Best 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.

Peter Pan

5.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Leaving the safety of their nursery behind, Wendy, Michael and John follow Peter Pan to a magical world where childhood lasts forever. But while in Neverland, the kids must face Captain Hook and foil his attempts to get rid of Peter for good.

Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson, Heather Angel, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske, Candy Candido, Tom Conway, June Foray ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1953-02-05
3.

Stalag 17

5.6
8.0/10 IMDB

It's a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17 and the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problem—there seems to be a security leak.

Starring: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck, Richard Erdman, Peter Graves, Neville Brand, Sig Ruman, Michael Moore ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1953-05-29
4.

The Big Heat

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

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
5.

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
6.

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
7.

From Here to Eternity

5.4
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
8.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

5.3
7.2/10 IMDB

Lorelei Lee is a beautiful showgirl engaged to be married to the wealthy Gus Esmond, much to the disapproval of Gus' rich father, Esmond Sr., who thinks that Lorelei is just after his money. When Lorelei goes on a cruise accompanied only by her best friend, Dorothy Shaw, Esmond Sr. hires Ernie Malone, a private detective, to follow her and report any questionable behavior that would disqualify her from the marriage.

Starring: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow, Marcel Dalio, Taylor Holmes, Norma Varden, Howard Wendell ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1953-07-14
9.

The Band Wagon

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

A Broadway artiste turns a faded film star's comeback vehicle into an artsy flop.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Nanette Fabray, Jack Buchanan, Robert Gist, James Mitchell, Don Beddoe, Henry Corden, Steve Forrest ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1953-08-07
10.

Julius Caesar

5.2
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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