Best Drama Movies of 1953

1.

Roman Holiday

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor kicks in, however, she falls asleep on a park bench and is found by an American reporter, Joe Bradley, who takes her back to his apartment for safety. At work the next morning, Joe finds out Ann's regal identity and bets his editor he can get exclusive interview with her, but romance soon gets in the way.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams, Margaret Rawlings, Tullio Carminati, Paolo Carlini, Claudio Ermelli, Paola Borboni ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1953-08-26
2.

The Big Heat

5.6
8.0/10 IMDB

Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague's suicide and his fellow officers' suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters' payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster's spurned girlfriend Debbie. As Bannion and Debbie fall further and further into the Gangland's insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Jeanette Nolan, Peter Whitney, Willis Bouchey, Robert Burton, Adam Williams ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1953-10-14
3.

Shane

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smouldering settler and rancher conflict forces him to act.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan, Emile Meyer, Elisha Cook Jr., Douglas Spencer ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1953-04-23
4.

From Here to Eternity

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Philip Ober, Mickey Shaughnessy, Harry Bellaver, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1953-08-28
5.

Pickup on South Street

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

In New York City, an insolent pickpocket, Skip McCoy, inadvertently sets off a chain of events when he targets ex-prostitute Candy and steals her wallet. Unaware that she has been making deliveries of highly classified information to the communists, Candy, who has been trailed by FBI agents for months in hopes of nabbing the spy ringleader, is sent by her ex-boyfriend, Joey, to find Skip and retrieve the valuable microfilm he now holds.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye, Richard Kiley, Willis Bouchey, Milburn Stone, Parley Baer, Chet Brandenburg, Frank Kumagai ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1953-05-27
6.

I Confess

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

Unable, due to the seal of the confessional, to be forthcoming with information that would serve to clear himself during a murder investigation, a priest becomes the prime suspect.

Starring: Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, O.E. Hasse, Brian Aherne, Roger Dann, Dolly Haas, Charles Andre, Nan Boardman, Henry Corden ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1953-02-28
7.

The Wild One

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

The Black Rebels Motorcycle Club ride into the small California town of Wrightsville, eager to raise hell. Brooding gang leader Johnny Strabler takes a liking to Kathie, the daughter of the local watering hole as another club rolls into town.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith, Lee Marvin, Timothy Carey, Jay C. Flippen, Ray Teal, Hugh Sanders, Peggy Maley, Will Wright ..
Directed by: László Benedek
Release date: 1953-12-30
8.

The Cruel Sea

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer

Starring: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker, Virginia McKenna, John Stratton, John Warner, Bruce Seton, Liam Redmond, Moira Lister ..
Directed by: Charles Frend
Release date: 1953-02-24
9.

Angel Face

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

An ambulance driver gets involved with a rich girl that might have a darker side.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman, Herbert Marshall, Barbara O'Neil, Leon Ames, Raymond Greenleaf, Griff Barnett, Kenneth Tobey, Jim Backus ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1953-01-01
10.

Julius Caesar

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for the idealist and the republic.

Starring: Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud, Louis Calhern, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr, Edmond O'Brien, George Macready, Michael Pate, Richard Hale ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1953-06-04

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