Best Romance 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.

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
3.

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
4.

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
5.

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
6.

Calamity Jane

5.1
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
7.

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
8.

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
9.

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
10.

Lili

3.7
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
11.

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
12.

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
13.

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
14.

Houdini

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

By the early 1900s, the extraordinary Houdini earned an international reputation for his theatrical tricks and daring feats of extrication from shackles, ropes, handcuffs and... Scotland Yard's jails.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Torin Thatcher, Angela Clarke, Stefan Schnabel, Ian Wolfe, Sig Ruman, Michael Pate, Connie Gilchrist, Malcolm Lee Beggs ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1953-07-02
15.

Inferno

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

When selfish and arrogant millionaire Donald Carson fractures his leg during a desert vacation, his wife, Geraldine, leaves with their friend Joseph Duncan to supposedly get help. However, the two of them are really lovers who are leaving Carson to die in the heat. Slowly, Carson realizes he is on his own and vows revenge on the traitorous couple. Having had a privileged life, Carson must now use his wits to stay alive.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, Larry Keating, Henry Hull, Carl Betz, Robert Burton, Barbara Pepper, Everett Glass ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1953-08-12
Best Romance Movies of 1953 : Call Me Madam
16.

Call Me Madam

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Washington hostess Sally Adams becomes a Truman-era US ambassador to a European grand duchy.

Starring: Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Vera-Ellen, George Sanders, Billy De Wolfe, Helmut Dantine, Walter Slezak, Steven Geray, Ludwig Stössel, Lilia Skala ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1953-03-25
17.

The Moon Is Blue

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Two aging playboys are both after the same attractive young woman, but she fends them off by claiming that she plans to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Both men determine to find a way around her objections.

Starring: David Niven, William Holden, Maggie McNamara, Tom Tully, Dawn Addams, Fortunio Bonanova, Gregory Ratoff, Hardy Krüger, Johannes Heesters, Johanna Matz ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1953-07-08
18.

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Young Bart Collins lives with his widowed mother Heloise. The major blight on Bart's existence is the hated piano lessons he is forced to endure under the tutelage of the autocratic Dr. Terwilliker. Bart feels that his mother has fallen under Terwilliker's sinister influence, and gripes to visiting plumber August Zabladowski, without much result. While grimly hammering away at his lessons, Bart dozes off and enters a fantastical musical dream.

Starring: Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy, Hans Conried, Tommy Rettig, Tony Butala, Noel Cravat, Robert Heasley, Jack Heasley, Alan Aric, Henry Kulky ..
Directed by: Roy Rowland
Release date: 1953-06-19
19.

Young Bess

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

The mother died under the executioner's axe; the daughter rose to become England's greatest monarch -- the brilliant and cunning Queen Elizabeth I. Jean Simmons portrays young Bess in this rich tapestry of a film that traces the tumultuous, danger-fraught years from Elizabeth's birth to her unexpected ascension to the throne at a mere 25. Charles Laughton reprises his Academy Award®-winning* role as her formidable father Henry VIII. Deborah Kerr plays her last stepmother (and Henry's last of six wives), gentle Catherine Parr. And Simmons' then real-life husband, Stewart Granger, adds heroics as Lord Admiral Thomas Seymour. In a resplendent world of adventure, romance and court intrigue, Young Bess reigns.

Starring: Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Charles Laughton, Kay Walsh, Guy Rolfe, Kathleen Byron, Cecil Kellaway, Rex Thompson, Robert Arthur ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1953-05-29
20.

Battle Circus

3.4
5.9/10 IMDB

A young Army nurse, Lt Ruth McGara, newly assigned to the 66th MASH during the Korean War, attracts the sexual attention of the unit's commander Dr. (MAJ) Jed Webbe. Webbe, who has a drinking problem, at first wants a "no strings" relationship. McGara is warned by the other nurses of Webbe's womanizing ways. Despite these initial handicaps, their love flourishes against a background of war, enemy attacks, death and injury. The relationship deepens and uplifts both characters.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, June Allyson, Keenan Wynn, Robert Keith, William Campbell, Perry Sheehan, Patricia Tiernan, Adele Longmire, Jonathan Cott, Ann Morrison ..
Directed by: Richard Brooks
Release date: 1953-03-06
21.

Beat the Devil

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

A group of con artists stake their claim on a bogus uranium mine.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley, Peter Lorre, Edward Underdown, Ivor Barnard, Marco Tulli, Bernard Lee, Mario Perrone ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1953-11-24
22.

The Story of Three Loves

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

Passengers on an ocean liner recall their greatest loves.

Starring: Pier Angeli, Ethel Barrymore, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas, Farley Granger, James Mason, Moira Shearer, Agnes Moorehead, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Richard Anderson ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli, Gottfried Reinhardt
Release date: 1953-03-26
23.

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

3.3
7.0/10 IMDB

Marjorie Winfield's engagement to Bill Sherman, who has just arrived home from fighting in World War I, serves as the backdrop for the trials and tribulations of her family.

Starring: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Mary Wickes, Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp, Billy Gray, Russell Arms, Maria Palmer, Howard Wendell, Walter 'PeeWee' Flannery ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1953-03-26
24.

Vicki

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

A supermodel gets murdered. While investigating the case the story of a waitress turned glamor girl is revealed.

Starring: Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters, Elliott Reid, Richard Boone, Max Showalter, Alexander D'Arcy, Carl Betz, Aaron Spelling, Frank Gerstle, John Dehner ..
Directed by: Harry Horner
Release date: 1953-10-05
25.

The Captain's Paradise

3.3
6.8/10 IMDB

Mediterranean ferryboat captain Henry St James has things well organized - a loving and very English wife Maud in Gibraltar, and the loving if rather more hot-blooded Mistress, Nita in Tangiers. A perfect life. As long as neither woman decides to follow him to the other port.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Yvonne De Carlo, Celia Johnson, Charles Goldner, Miles Malleson, Walter Crisham, Nicholas Phipps, Bill Fraser, Ferdy Mayne, Sebastian Cabot ..
Directed by: Anthony Kimmins
Release date: 1953-09-28
26.

Knights of the Round Table

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

In Camelot, kingdom of Arthur and Merlin, Lancelot is well known for his courage and honor. But one day he must quit Camelot and the Queen Guinevere's love, leaving the Round Table without protection.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer, Anne Crawford, Stanley Baker, Felix Aylmer, Maureen Swanson, Gabriel Woolf, Anthony Forwood, Robert Urquhart ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1953-12-22
27.

Dream Wife

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

Clemson Reade, a business tycoon with marriage on his mind, and Effie, a U.S. diplomat, are a modern couple. Unfortunately there seems to be too much business and not enough pleasure on the part of Effie. When Clemson meets Tarji, a princess trained in all the arts of pleasing men, he decides he wants an old fashioned girl. Princess Tarji's father is king of oil-rich Bukistan. Because of the oil situation and to maintain good political relations during the courtship between Clemson & Tarji, the State Department assigns a diplomat to maintain protocol until the wedding - Effie!

Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Walter Pidgeon, Betta St. John, Eduard Franz, Buddy Baer, Les Tremayne, Donald Randolph, Bruce Bennett, Richard Anderson ..
Directed by: Sidney Sheldon
Release date: 1953-06-19
Best Romance Movies of 1953 : Gun Fury
28.

Gun Fury

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

After a stagecoach holdup, Frank Slayton's notorious gang leave Ben Warren for dead and head off with his fiancée. Warren follows, and although none of the townspeople he comes across are prepared to help, he recruits two others who have sworn revenge on the ruthless Slayton.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Lee Marvin, Philip Carey, Roberta Haynes, Leo Gordon, Neville Brand, Ray Thomas, Bob Herron, Phil Rawlins ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1953-10-09
Best Romance Movies of 1953 : The President's Lady
29.

The President's Lady

3.1
6.8/10 IMDB

The story of president Andrew Jackson from his early years, through his meeting with and subsequent marriage to Rachel Donelson Robards. The plot concentrates on the later scandal concerning the legality of their marriage and how they overcame the difficulties.

Starring: Susan Hayward, Charlton Heston, John McIntire, Fay Bainter, Ruth Attaway, Margaret Wycherly, Gladys Hurlbut, Carl Betz, John George, Nina Varela ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1953-05-21
Best Romance Movies of 1953 : Salome
30.

Salome

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

In the reign of emperor Tiberius, Gallilean prophet John the Baptist preaches against King Herod and Queen Herodias. The latter wants John dead, but Herod fears to harm him due to a prophecy. Enter beautiful Princess Salome, Herod's long-absent stepdaughter. Herodias sees the king's dawning lust for Salome as her means of bending the king to her will. But Salome and her lover Claudius are (contrary to Scripture) nearing conversion to the new religion. And the famous climactic dance turns out to have unexpected implications...

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Charles Laughton, Stewart Granger, Judith Anderson, Cedric Hardwicke, Alan Badel, Basil Sydney, Maurice Schwartz, Karl 'Killer' Davis, Arnold Moss ..
Directed by: William Dieterle
Release date: 1953-03-24
31.

Torch Song

3.1
5.6/10 IMDB

Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual, Tye Graham, a blind pianist who may be able to break through her tough exterior.

Starring: Joan Crawford, Gig Young, Michael Wilding, Marjorie Rambeau, Harry Morgan, Dorothy Patrick, James Todd, Eugene Loring, Paul Guilfoyle, Benny Rubin ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1953-10-01
Best Romance Movies of 1953 : Main Street to Broadway
32.

Main Street to Broadway

3.0
6.0/10 IMDB

In New York, a surly, down-on-his-heels playwright meets a country girl who's giving up trying to act and returning home. He goes with her for inspiration when his agent convinces a stage star to take his next effort. When he returns to Broadway, his girl stays behind and starts seeing a local businessman.

Starring: Tommy Morton, Mary Murphy, Agnes Moorehead, Herb Shriner, Rosemary DeCamp, Clinton Sundberg, Tallulah Bankhead, Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Gertrude Berg ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1953-10-12
33.

Miss Sadie Thompson

3.0
5.9/10 IMDB

Sadie Thompson winds up stranded on an island and while her boat is being quarantined, she manages to stir up the blood of every marine on the base.

Starring: Rita Hayworth, José Ferrer, Aldo Ray, Russell Collins, Diosa Costello, Harry Bellaver, Wilton Graff, Peggy Converse, Henry Slate, Rudy Bond ..
Directed by: Curtis Bernhardt
Release date: 1953-12-23
Best Romance Movies of 1953 : A Day to Remember
34.

A Day to Remember

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

Based on The Hand and the Flower, a novel by Jerrard Tickell, A Day to Remember stars Stanley Holloway as Charley Porter, captain of London darts team. When the team travels to the French town of Boulogne for the annual darts tournament, a good time is had by all--and more besides. Jim Carver one of the team's members, is reunited with a little French girl he'd befriended during the war, who has now developed into a beautiful young woman. And Fred Collins makes a poignant journey to the hotel where he'd honeymooned with his late wife. The film works best as a low-key comedy-drama; it is least successful when it ventures into O. Henry territory and strains for "surprise" story twists. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Starring: Stanley Holloway, Donald Sinden, Joan Rice, Odile Versois, James Hayter, Harry Fowler, Edward Chapman, Bill Owen, Meredith Edwards, George Coulouris ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1953-11-10
Best Romance Movies of 1953 : The Mississippi Gambler
35.

The Mississippi Gambler

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Mark Fallon, with partner Kansas John Polly, tries to introduce honest gambling on the riverboats. His first success makes enemies of the crooked gamblers and of fair Angelique Dureau, whose necklace he won. Later in New Orleans, Mark befriends Angelique's father, but she still affects to despise him as his gambling career brings him wealth. Duelling, tragedy, and romantic complications follow.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Piper Laurie, Julie Adams, John McIntire, Paul Cavanagh, John Baer, Ron Randell, Ralph Dumke, Robert Warwick, William Reynolds ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1953-01-29
36.

I Love Melvin

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Melvin Hoover, a budding photographer for Look magazine, accidentally bumps into a young actress named Judy LeRoy in the park. They start to talk and Melvin soon offers to do a photo spread of her. His boss, however, has no intention of using the photos. Melvin wants to marry Judy, but her father would rather she marry dull and dependable Harry Black. As a last resort, Melvin promises to get Judy's photo on the cover of the next issue of Look, a task easier said than done.

Starring: Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Una Merkel, Richard Anderson, Allyn Joslyn, Les Tremayne, Noreen Corcoran, Jim Backus, Barbara Ruick, Nesdon Booth ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1953-03-20
37.

Easy to Love

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

Two men vie for the heart of a Cypress Gardens swimming star.

Starring: Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Tony Martin, John Bromfield, Edna Skinner, King Donovan, Larri Thomas, Paul Bryar, Carroll Baker, Ed Oliver ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1953-11-26
Best Romance Movies of 1953 : The Redhead from Wyoming
38.

The Redhead from Wyoming

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

A saloonkeeper sides with the sheriff for justice after she's framed for rustling.

Starring: Maureen O'Hara, Alex Nicol, William Bishop, Robert Strauss, Alexander Scourby, Gregg Palmer, Jack Kelly, Jeanne Cooper, Dennis Weaver, Stacy Harris ..
Directed by: Lee Sholem
Release date: 1953-01-08
39.

So Big

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

After the death of her father and the loss of his fortune, Selina takes a job teaching school in the Dutch community of New Holland. She stays with the Pools and teaches young Roelf piano. He has a crush on her, but it is Pervus she marries. Dirk is their only child. After a few years Pervus dies. With a young child and only the farm, Selina begins her quest to grow high quality vegetables. She wants more for Dirk and guides his life until he graduates from college as an architect. As her vegetable label prospers, she sees Paula control Dirk's life as he moves away from creating and into sales, which is not where he wants to go.

Starring: Jane Wyman, Sterling Hayden, Steve Forrest, Nancy Olson, Elisabeth Fraser, Martha Hyer, Roland Winters, Richard Beymer, Sue George, Frank Ferguson ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1953-10-31
Best Romance Movies of 1953 : The Desert Song
40.

The Desert Song

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Shiek Yousseff, poses as a friend of the French while secretly plotting to overthrow them. Apposing Yousseff are the Riffs, whose secret leader, The Red Shadow, is Paul Bonnard, a professor who is studying the desert, and whose attacks on the supply trains intended for Yousseff keep the Riff villages in food. Foreign Legion General Birabeau arrives to conduct an investigation, accompanied by his daughter, Margot. Birabeau hires Bonnard to tutor her, and she is attracted to a Legionaire captain, Claud Fontaine. While the general, Bonnard and Fontaine pay a visit to Yousseff, an American newspaper man, Benji Kidd, discovers a secret way in and out of Yousseff's palace, with the aid of Azuri, a dancing girl in love with Bonnard. The latter is forced to resume his role as the Riffs leader, and kidnap Margot until he can convince her of Yousseff's treachery. But Yousseff's men attack the Riff camp and take Margot prisoner.

Starring: Kathryn Grayson, Gordon MacRae, Steve Cochran, Raymond Massey, Dick Wesson, Allyn Ann McLerie, Ray Collins, Paul Picerni, Frank De Kova, William Conrad ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1953-05-30
41.

The Affairs of Dobie Gillis

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Grainbelt University has one attraction for Dobie Gillis - women, especially Pansy Hammer. Pansy's father, even though and maybe because she says she's in dreamville, does not share her affection for Dobie. An English essay which almost revolutionizes English instruction, and Dobie's role in a chemistry lab explosion convinces Mr. Hammer he is right. Pansy is sent off broken-hearted to an Eastern school, but with the help of Happy Stella Kolawski's all-girl band, several hundred students and an enraged police force, Dobie secures Pansy's return to Grainbelt.

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van, Barbara Ruick, Bob Fosse, Hanley Stafford, Lurene Tuttle, Hans Conried, Charles Lane, Archer MacDonald, Kathleen Freeman ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1953-08-14
Best Romance Movies of 1953 : Forbidden
42.

Forbidden

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Forbidden bears traces of several earlier film noirs, with Tony Curtis filling the shoes vacated by the likes of Alan Ladd, Dick Powell and Robert Mitchum. Curtis acquits himself very nicely as a small-time hood sent to Macao by gangster Lyle Bettger to locate Joanne Dru, the widow of another gangster.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Joanne Dru, Lyle Bettger, Marvin Miller, Victor Sen Yung, Alan Dexter, David Sharpe, Peter Mamakos, Mai Tai Sing, Howard Chuman ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1953-12-02
43.

Small Town Girl

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Rick Belrow Livingston, in love with Broadway star Lisa, is sentenced to 30 days in jail for speeding through a small town. He persuades the judge's daughter Cindy to let him leave for one night, so that he can visit Lisa on her birthday. After that he goes on the town with Cindy and she falls in love with him. But Dr. Schemmer wants his son to become her husband.

Starring: Jane Powell, Farley Granger, Ann Miller, S.Z. Sakall, Robert Keith, Bobby Van, Billie Burke, Fay Wray, Nat King Cole, Dean Miller ..
Directed by: László Kardos
Release date: 1953-04-10
44.

The Girl Who Had Everything

2.6
5.6/10 IMDB

Attorney's daughter falls for one of his gangster clients.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Fernando Lamas, William Powell, Gig Young, James Whitmore, Robert Burton, Bill Walker ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1953-03-27
Best Romance Movies of 1953 : Jungle Drums of Africa
45.

Jungle Drums of Africa

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

In Africa, a deceased medical missionary's daughter in Africa carries on her father's work. Before long, she finds herself in danger from crooks and a local witch doctor.

Starring: Clayton Moore, Phyllis Coates, Johnny Sands, Roy Glenn, John L. Cason, Henry Rowland, Steve Mitchell, Bill Walker, Don Blackman, Felix Nelson ..
Directed by: Fred C. Brannon
Release date: 1953-01-21
46.

Laxdale Hall

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

A starchy parliamentary delegation is sent to a remote Scottish Highlands community, where the residents are protesting the poor condition of their road by withholding their taxes, and spend a few days among the locals.

Starring: Ronald Squire, Kathleen Ryan, Raymond Huntley, Prunella Scales, Sebastian Shaw, Jean Colin, Fulton Mackay, Kynaston Reeves, Jameson Clark, Grace Gavin ..
Directed by: John Eldridge
Release date: 1953-04-01
Best Romance Movies of 1953 : King of the Khyber Rifles
47.

King of the Khyber Rifles

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Freshly arrived Sandhurst-trained Captain Alan King, better versed in Pashtun then any of the veterans and born locally as army brat, survives an attack on his escort to his Northwest Frontier province garrison near the Khyber pass because of Ahmed, a native Afridi deserter from the Muslim fanatic rebel Karram Khan's forces. As soon as his fellow officers learn his mother was a native Muslim which got his parents disowned even by their own families, he falls prey to stubborn prejudiced discrimination, Lieutenant Geoffrey Heath even moves out of their quarters, except from half-Irish Lt. Ben Baird.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Terry Moore, Michael Rennie, John Justin, Guy Rolfe, Richard Wyler, Murray Matheson, Frank De Kova, Argentina Brunetti, Sujata Rubener ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1953-12-23
48.

Dangerous When Wet

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

The health conscious, dairy-farming Higgins family begin each day with an invigorating swim. One day, traveling health-tonic salesman, Windy Weebe, comes to town and suggests they could swim the English Channel. Sponsored by "Liquapep" and coached by Windy, the family arrive in Europe. There it is decided that daughter Katie is the only one strong enough to enter the contest. But while she should be focused on the difficult and risky task ahead, Katie is pursed by dashing Frenchman, André Lanet... This comedic musical is well remembered for the scene when Katie dreams she is swimming with cartoon characters Tom & Jerry!

Starring: Esther Williams, Fernando Lamas, Jack Carson, Charlotte Greenwood, Henri Letondal, Denise Darcel, William Demarest, Donna Corcoran, Barbara Whiting, Bunny Waters ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1953-06-18
49.

Never Let Me Go

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

An American reporter falls in love with a Russian ballet dancer.

Starring: Clark Gable, Gene Tierney, Bernard Miles, Richard Haydn, Belita, Kenneth More, Karl Stepanek, Theodore Bikel, George Froeschel, Frederick Valk ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1953-03-18
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Take Me to Town

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Saloon entertainer Vermilion O'Toole and her former partner in crime Newt Cole escape from a train ride to prison and hide out in logging town Timberline. Meanwhile, the three sons of widower Will Hall come to town in search of a wife for their dad. Vermilion needs to lay low to escape the marshal, so she accepts the boys' offer to visit pioneer community Pine Grove. Once there, she annoys local Mrs. Grundys but eventually starts to fit in.

Starring: Ann Sheridan, Sterling Hayden, Phillip Reed, Lee Patrick, Lee Aaker, Larry Gates, Phyllis Stanley, Harvey Grant, Dusty Henley, Forrest Lewis ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1953-06-19

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