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.

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
7.

Pickup on South Street

5.4
7.6/10 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
8.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

5.3
7.1/10 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

5.2
7.4/10 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
7.2/10 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
Best Movies of 1953 : Duck Amuck
11.

Duck Amuck

5.1
8.6/10 IMDB

The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1953-02-28
12.

I Confess

5.1
7.2/10 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
13.

The Naked Spur

5.1
7.3/10 IMDB

Howard Kemp has been tracking killer Ben Vandergroat for a long time. In the Colorado Rockies, he teams up with prospector Jesse Tate and former Union soldier Roy Anderson. Thinking Kemp is a sheriff, they agree to help for a small fee. When they catch Vandergroat, he tells them Kemp is pursuing a $5,000 bounty. After demanding equal shares, the uneasy alliance heads for Kansas as Vandergroat tries to turn them against each other.

Starring: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker, Millard Mitchell ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1953-01-30
14.

House of Wax

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

A New York sculptor who opens a wax museum to showcase the likenesses of famous historical figures runs into trouble with his business partner, who demands that the exhibits become more extreme in order to increase profits.

Starring: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni, Charles Bronson, Roy Roberts, Dabbs Greer, Angela Clarke, Paul Cavanagh ..
Directed by: André de Toth
Release date: 1953-04-16
15.

Niagara

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Rose Loomis and her older, gloomier husband, George, are vacationing at a cabin in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The couple befriend Polly and Ray Cutler, who are honeymooning in the area. Polly begins to suspect that something is amiss between Rose and George, and her suspicions grow when she sees Rose in the arms of another man. While Ray initially thinks Polly is overreacting, things between George and Rose soon take a shockingly dark turn.

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter, Denis O'Dea, Richard Allan, Don Wilson, Lurene Tuttle, Russell Collins, Will Wright ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1953-01-26
16.

The Robe

5.0
6.7/10 IMDB

Marcellus is a tribune in the time of Christ. He is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus. Drunk, he wins Jesus' homespun robe after the crucifixion. He is tormented by nightmares and delusions after the event. Hoping to find a way to live with what he has done, and still not believing in Jesus, he returns to Palestine to try and learn what he can of the man he killed.

Starring: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Jay Robinson, Richard Boone, Leon Askin, Michael Rennie, Dean Jagger, Torin Thatcher, Betta St. John ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1953-09-16
17.

The War of the Worlds

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

The residents of a small town are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills, until they discover it is the first of many transport devices from Mars bringing an army of invaders invincible to any man-made weapon, even the atomic bomb.

Starring: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Lewis Martin, Robert Cornthwaite, Sandro Giglio, Ann Codee, Edgar Barrier, Frank Kreig, Paul Birch ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1953-08-13
18.

How to Marry a Millionaire

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

Starring: Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell, Alexander D'Arcy, Fred Clark, William Powell, Percy Helton ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1953-10-29
19.

Hondo

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Army despatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and her son living in the midst of warring Apaches, and he becomes their protector.

Starring: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, Rodolfo Acosta, James Arness, Tom Irish, Lee Aaker, Paul Fix, Frank McGrath ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1953-11-25
Best Movies of 1953 : Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
20.

Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century

4.9
8.1/10 IMDB

Space hero Daffy battles Marvin the Martian for control of Planet X.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1953-07-25
21.

The Wild One

4.8
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 lawman, 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
22.

Angel Face

4.4
7.2/10 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: 1953-01-02
23.

Calamity Jane

4.4
7.2/10 IMDB

Sharpshooter Calamity Jane takes it upon herself to recruit a famous actress and bring her back to the local saloon, but jealousy soon gets in the way.

Starring: Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie, Philip Carey, Dick Wesson, Paul Harvey, Chubby Johnson, Gale Robbins, Colin Kenny, Billy Bletcher ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1953-11-04
24.

The Hitch-Hiker

4.2
6.9/10 IMDB

Roy and Gilbert's fishing trip takes a terrifying turn when the hitchhiker they pick up turns out to be a sociopath on the run from the law. He's killed before, and he lets the two know that as soon as they're no longer useful, he'll kill again. The two friends plot an escape, but the hitchhiker's peculiar physical affliction, an eye that never closes even when he sleeps, makes it impossible for them to tell when they can make a break for it.

Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay, Sam Hayes, Wendell Niles, Jean Del Val, Clark Howat, Natividad Vacío, Larry Hudson ..
Directed by: Ida Lupino
Release date: 1953-03-30
25.

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms

4.2
6.6/10 IMDB

The controlled explosion of an atomic bomb in the Arctic Circle awakens a frozen dinosaur that will wreak havoc in New York City.

Starring: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey, Donald Woods, Lee Van Cleef, Steve Brodie, Ross Elliott, Jack Pennick, Ray Hyke ..
Directed by: Eugène Lourié
Release date: 1953-06-13
26.

It Came from Outer Space

4.1
6.5/10 IMDB

Author & amateur astronomer John Putnam and schoolteacher Ellen Fields witness an enormous meteorite come down near a small town in Arizona, but Putnam becomes a local object of scorn when, after examining the object up close, he announces that it is a spacecraft, and that it is inhabited...

Starring: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Joe Sawyer, Russell Johnson, Dave Willock, Alan Dexter, George Eldredge, Warren MacGregor, Edgar Dearing ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1953-06-05
Best Movies of 1953 : Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
27.

Duck! Rabbit, Duck!

4.1
8.1/10 IMDB

The final installment of the "Hunting Trilogy" once again has Elmer out hunting, while Bugs and Daffy try to con him into shooting the other.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1953-10-03
Best Movies of 1953 : Don't Give Up the Sheep
28.

Don't Give Up the Sheep

4.1
8.0/10 IMDB

A sheepdog thwarts the efforts of a thieving wolf whose tricks include altering the time clock, hiding in a bush, imitating Pan, digging a tunnel, unleashing a wildcat and disguising himself as the dog's coworker.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1953-01-03
29.

Mogambo

4.1
6.6/10 IMDB

Victor Marswell runs a big game trapping company in Kenya. Eloise Kelly is ditched there, and an immediate attraction happens between them. Then Mr. and Mrs. Nordley show up for their gorilla documenting safari. Mrs. Nordley is not infatuated with her husband any more, and takes a liking to Marswell. The two men and two women have some difficulty arranging these emotions to their mutual satisfaction, but eventually succeed.

Starring: Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Donald Sinden, Philip Stainton, Eric Pohlmann, Laurence Naismith, Denis O'Dea, Bruce Seton ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1953-09-23
Best Movies of 1953 : Bully for Bugs
30.

Bully for Bugs

4.0
8.0/10 IMDB

Bugs Bunny once again making that "wrong turn at Albuquerque" burrows into a bullring, where a magnificent bull is making short work of a toreador. The bull bucks Bugs out of the arena, prompting the bunny to declare "Of course you realize, this means war!" The deft Bugs' arsenal comes plenty packed, as he uses anvils, well-placed face slaps and the bull's horns as a slingshot. The bull fights back, using his horns as a shotgun barrel. The bull's comeback is short-lived; just after Bugs makes out his will, he lures the bull out of the arena, just in time to set up a rube-like device that leads to the bull's defeat.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1953-08-08
31.

Fear and Desire

3.9
5.4/10 IMDB

After their airplane crashes behind enemy lines, four soldiers must survive and try to find a way back to their battalion. However, when they come across a local peasant girl the horrors of war quickly become apparent.

Starring: Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, Paul Mazursky, Stephen Coit, Virginia Leith, David Allen, Stephen Coit ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1953-04-01
Best Movies of 1953 : Daybreak Express
32.

Daybreak Express

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

Set to a classic Duke Ellington recording "Daybreak Express", this is a five-minute short of the soon-to-be-demolished Third Avenue elevated subway station in New York City.

Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker
Release date: 1953-01-01
Best Movies of 1953 : The Tell-Tale Heart
33.

The Tell-Tale Heart

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

One of the most discussed and imaginative cartoons of any era. It tells the famous Edgar Allan Poe story of the deranged boarder who had to kill his landlord, not for greed, but because he possessed an "evil eye." The killer is never seen but his presence is felt by the use light-and-shadow to give the impression of impending disaster.

Starring: James Mason ..
Directed by: Ted Parmelee
Release date: 1953-12-17
34.

The Living Desert

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

The Living Desert was the first feature-length film in Disney’s True-Life Adventures series of documentaries focusing on zoological studies; the previous films in the series, including the Academy Award-winning Seal Island, were short subjects. The documentary was filmed at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona. Most of the wildlife shown in the film was donated to what would soon become the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The film was inspired by 10 minutes of footage shot by N. Paul Kenworthy Jr., a doctoral student at the University of California at Los Angeles. Kenworthy’s footage of a battle between a tarantula and a wasp intrigued Disney, who funded a feature-length production following the lives of diverse desert species. Disney was highly supportive of Kenworthy’s work and its impact on nonfiction filmmaking, stating, “This is where we can tell a real, sustained story for the first time in these nature pictures.”

Starring: Winston Hibler ..
Directed by: James Algar
Release date: 1953-11-10
35.

The Cruel Sea

3.8
7.4/10 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
36.

Little Fugitive

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

After a prank makes Joey Norton believe he killed his older brother, he runs away from home and spends the day at Coney Island while his brother tries to find him before their mother gets home.

Starring: Richie Andrusco, Richard Brewster, Winifred Cushing, Jay Williams, Will Lee, Charlie Moss, Tommy DeCanio, Ruth Orkin ..
Directed by: Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin
Release date: 1953-10-01
37.

Invaders from Mars

3.8
6.3/10 IMDB

In the early hours of the night, young David Maclean sees a flying saucer land and disappear into the sand dunes just beyond his house. Slowly, all of the adults, including his once loving parents, begin to act strangely.

Starring: Jimmy Hunt, Arthur Franz, Helena Carter, Leif Erickson, Hillary Brooke, Morris Ankrum, Walter Sande, Bert Freed, Max Wagner, Charles Gibb ..
Directed by: William Cameron Menzies
Release date: 1953-04-22
38.

Crime Wave

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter. The other two former cellmates then attempt to force him into doing a bank job.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Gene Nelson, Phyllis Kirk, Ted de Corsia, Charles Bronson, Jay Novello, Nedrick Young, James Bell, Dub Taylor, Gayle Kellogg ..
Directed by: André De Toth
Release date: 1953-10-22
39.

99 River Street

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A former boxer --now taxi driver-- gets mixed up with jewel thieves.

Starring: John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen, Peggie Castle, Jay Adler, Jack Lambert, Glenn Langan, Eddy Waller, John Daheim ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1953-08-21
40.

Lili

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Members of a circus troupe "adopt" Lili Daurier when she finds herself stranded in a strange town. The magician who first comes to her rescue already has romantic entanglements and thinks of her as a little girl. Who can she turn to but the puppets, singing to them her troubles, forgetting that there are puppeteers? A crowd gathers around Lili as she sings. The circus has a new act. She now has a job. Will she get her heart's desire?

Starring: Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Kurt Kasznar, Amanda Blake, Alex Gerry, Ralph Dumke, Wilton Graff, George Baxter ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1953-03-10
Best Movies of 1953 : All I Desire
41.

All I Desire

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

In 1910, a wayward mother re-visits the family she deserted.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Carlson, Lyle Bettger, Marcia Henderson, Lori Nelson, Maureen O'Sullivan, Richard Long, Billy Gray, Lotte Stein, Dayton Lummis ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1953-07-03
Best Movies of 1953 : Paapi
42.

Paapi

3.7
7.6/10 IMDB

On the run from the police, an atheist masquerades as a religious icon.

Starring: Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Dulari, P. Kailash, Ramesh Thakur, Jagdeep, Mehar Banu, Master Romi ..
Directed by: Chandulal Shah
Release date: 1953-06-08
43.

Titanic

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Unhappily married, Julia Sturges decides to go to America with her two children on the Titanic. Her husband, Richard also arranges passage on the luxury liner so as to have custody of their two children. All this fades to insignificance once the ship hits an iceberg.

Starring: Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton, Thelma Ritter, Brian Aherne, Richard Basehart, Allyn Joslyn, James Todd, Frances Bergen ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1953-04-11
Best Movies of 1953 : Johann Mouse
44.

Johann Mouse

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

At the home of Viennese composer Johann Strauss lived Johann Mouse. Whenever the composer played his waltzes, the mouse would dance to the music, unable to control himself. One day, when Strauss was away, the house cat played his master's music. When word got out about a piano-playing cat and a dancing mouse, they were commanded to perform for the emperor.

Starring: Hans Conried ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1953-03-21
Best Movies of 1953 : The Man Between
45.

The Man Between

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A British woman on a visit to post-war Berlin is caught up in an espionage ring smuggling secrets into and out of the Eastern Bloc.

Starring: Claire Bloom, James Mason, Hildegard Knef, Geoffrey Toone, Hilde Sessak, Aribert Wäscher, Ernst Schröder, Dieter Krause, Karl John, Ljuba Welitsch ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1953-11-18
Best Movies of 1953 : The Titfield Thunderbolt
46.

The Titfield Thunderbolt

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

When British Railways announce the closure of the Titfield to Mallingford branch line a group of local residents make a bid to run it themselves, backed by a monied member of the community who is attracted by the complete lack of licensing hours on trains. Unfortunately the local bus company starts to use methods that can hardly be seen as fair competition.

Starring: Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Naunton Wayne, John Gregson, Godfrey Tearle, Gabrielle Brune, Sid James, Reginald Beckwith, Edie Martin, Michael Trubshawe ..
Directed by: Charles Crichton
Release date: 1953-03-04
47.

Kiss Me Kate

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Fred and Lilli are a divorced pair of actors who are brought together by Cole Porter who has written a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. Of course, the couple seem to act a great deal like the characters they play. A fight on the opening night threatens the production, as well as two thugs who have the mistaken idea that Fred owes their boss money and insist on staying next to him all night.

Starring: Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn, Bobby Van, Tommy Rall, James Whitmore, Kurt Kasznar, Bob Fosse, Ron Randell ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1953-11-26
Best Movies of 1953 : Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom
48.

Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

In this short subject (which mostly represents a departure from Disney's traditional approach to animation), a stuffy owl teacher lectures his feathered flock on the origins of Western musical instruments. Starting with cavepeople, whose crude implements could only "toot, whistle, plunk and boom," the owl explains how these beginnings led to the development of the four basic types of Western musical instruments: brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion.

Starring: Bill Thompson, Loulie Jean Norman, Gloria Wood, Thurl Ravenscroft ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols, Ward Kimball
Release date: 1953-11-10
49.

Man on a Tightrope

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

Elia Kazan's 1953 film stars Fredric March as the owner of an impoverished circus in Communist-ruled Czechoslovokia who plots to flee across the border to freedom, taking his entire troupe of performers and wild animals with him. The cast also includes Gloria Grahame, Terry Moore, Cameron Mitchell, Richard Boone and Adolphe Menjou.

Starring: Fredric March, Terry Moore, Gloria Grahame, Cameron Mitchell, Adolphe Menjou, Robert Beatty, Richard Boone, Alexander D'Arcy, Pat Henning, Paul Hartman ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1953-05-21
Best Movies of 1953 : King Lear
50.

King Lear

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

An old king, stepping down from the throne, disinherits his favorite daughter on a mad whim and gives his kingdom to his two older daughters, both of whom prove treacherous.

Starring: Orson Welles, Natasha Parry, Arnold Moss, Bramwell Fletcher, David J. Stewart, David J. Stewart, Beatrice Straight, Margaret Phillips, Alan Badel, Micheál MacLiammóir ..
Directed by: Andrew McCullough
Release date: 1953-10-18

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