Best Drama Movies of 1952


The Bad and the Beautiful

7.8/10 IMDB

Told in flashback form, the film traces the rise and fall of a tough, ambitious Hollywood producer, Jonathan Shields, as seen through the eyes of various acquaintances, including a writer, James Lee Bartlow; a star, Georgia Lorrison; and a director, Fred Amiel. He is a hard-driving, ambitious man who ruthlessly uses everyone on the way to becoming one of Hollywood's top movie makers.

Starring: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland, Leo G. Carroll, Vanessa Brown, Paul Stewart ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1952-12-25

The Quiet Man

7.8/10 IMDB

A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.

Starring: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaglen, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Mildred Natwick, Francis Ford, Eileen Crowe, May Craig, Arthur Shields ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1952-07-21
Best Drama Movies of 1952 : The Four Poster

The Four Poster

5.6/10 IMDB

Jan de Hartog's two-person stage play The Fourposter has always seemed to attract married acting couples, a tradition established by the play's first Broadway stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. The film version featured Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer, who (you guessed it) were man and wife at the time. The story traces the history of a marriage from the wedding night in 1890 to the death of the wife in the 1930s; all crucial scenes are acted out in the couple's boudoir, near the fourposter bed they'd received as a wedding present. The passing years, and the triumphs and tragedies of the couple, are wittily represented by transitional animation sequences produced by the UPA cartoon studios. A musical version of The Fourposter titled I Do I Do opened on Broadway in 1966, breaking precedent by starring Mary Martin and Robert Preston, who were happily married but not to each other.

Starring: Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer ..
Directed by: Irving Reis
Release date: 1952-10-08
Best Drama Movies of 1952 : Eight Iron Men

Eight Iron Men

6.6/10 IMDB

Stanley Kramer's WW-II character study has Lee Marvin as the Sergeant of a small squad laid over during fighting in Italy. During the otherwise boring time between battles, tensions arise as they are ordered not to rescue a squad mate pinned down by the enemy, for fear of risking more lives. Based on the stage play "A Sound of Hunting", by Harry Brown.

Starring: Bonar Colleano, Lee Marvin, Arthur Franz, Richard Kiley, Nick Dennis, James Griffith, Dickie Moore, Mary Castle, George Cooper, Barney Phillips ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1952-12-01
Best Drama Movies of 1952 : Boots Malone

Boots Malone

6.9/10 IMDB

In this 1952 drama directed by William Dieterle, William Holden stars as an agent for horse jockeys who faces his greatest challenge.

Starring: William Holden, Stanley Clements, Harry Morgan, Ed Begley, Carl Benton Reid, Basil Ruysdael, Ralph Dumke, Hugh Sanders, Anthony Caruso, Billy Pearson ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1952-01-11
Best Drama Movies of 1952 : For Men Only

For Men Only

7.2/10 IMDB

A college professor begins to suspect that a student's accidental death was tied to his refusal to take part in a traditional "hazing" and was no accident.

Starring: Paul Henreid, Russell Johnson, Robert Sherman, Vera Miles, Margaret Field, Kathleen Hughes, O.Z. Whitehead ..
Directed by: Paul Henreid
Release date: 1952-01-11
Best Drama Movies of 1952 : The Pride of St. Louis

The Pride of St. Louis

6.6/10 IMDB

The story of Jerome "Dizzy" Dean, a major-league baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in the 1930s and 1940s.

Starring: Dan Dailey, Joanne Dru, Richard Hylton, Richard Crenna, Hugh Sanders, James Brown, Leo Cleary, John Doucette ..
Directed by: Harmon Jones
Release date: 1952-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1952 : Derby Day

Derby Day

6.3/10 IMDB

Entertaining ensemble piece dealing with several characters who are on the way to the races on Derby day. It cleverly blends dramatic, romantic and comic elements, including the woman and lover who have murdered her husband, and the working class couple who are excited about their chance to go to the races, but end up listening to it on the radio in the car-park because they've got such a bad view.

Starring: Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Googie Withers, John McCallum, Peter Graves, Suzanne Cloutier, Gordon Harker, Edwin Styles, Gladys Henson, Nigel Stock ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1952-06-09
Best Drama Movies of 1952 : Private Information

Private Information

6.3/10 IMDB

A woman suspects that the local council is corrupt and building defective drains that could cause public health issues.

Starring: Jill Esmond, Jack Watling, Carol Marsh, Gerard Heinz, Mercy Haystead, Norman Shelley, Lloyd Pearson, Brenda De Banzie, Henry Caine ..
Directed by: Fergus McDonell
Release date: 1952-05-01
Best Drama Movies of 1952 : Paula


6.5/10 IMDB

A woman, distraught because of her recent miscarriage, accidentally injures a child in a hit-and-run accident, but she keeps the incident a secret. Overcome with guilt and remorse, she seeks out the child in the hospital and attempts to help him regain his speech, even though, if successful, it might mean he will implicate her for the crime.

Starring: Loretta Young, Kent Smith, Alexander Knox, Tommy Rettig, Otto Hulett, Will Wright, Raymond Greenleaf, Ann Doran, William Schallert, Kenner G. Kemp ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1952-05-15

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