Best Science Fiction Movies of 1953


The War of the Worlds

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
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1953 : Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century

Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century

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

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

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

It Came from Outer Space

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

Invaders from Mars

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

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

6.4/10 IMDB

Abbott and Costello, two bumbling American cops on exchange in London, hunt for Mr. Hyde—the monster that has been terrorizing the city.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff, Eddie Parker, Craig Stevens, Helen Westcott, Reginald Denny, John Dierkes, Patti McKaye, Betty Tyler ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1953-08-01

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars

5.9/10 IMDB

Lester and Orville accidentally launch a rocket which is supposed to fly to Mars. Instead it goes to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They are then forced by bank robber Mugsy and his pal Harry to fly to Venus where they find a civilization made up entirely of women, men having been banished.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Mari Blanchard, Horace McMahon, Jack Kruschen, Robert Paige, Martha Hyer, Joe Kirk, Harold Goodwin, Hal Forrest ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1953-04-06

Donovan's Brain

5.9/10 IMDB

A scientist takes a the brain of dead man and revives it via electrodes as it lays suspended in a tank of liquid. Soon, the brain grows to possess enormous psychic powers and inflicts its personality upon the doctor who saved creating a "Jekyll and Hyde" paradigm.

Starring: Lew Ayres, Nancy Reagan, Gene Evans, Steve Brodie, Tom Powers, Lisa Howard, James Anderson, Victor Sutherland, Michael Colgan, Peter Adams ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1953-09-30

The Magnetic Monster

5.8/10 IMDB

The Office of Scientific Investigations tracks down the source of increased magnetism and radioactivity in Los Angeles, and discovers that a man-made isotope is consuming available energy from nearby mass every few hours, doubling its size in the process. Although microscopic, it will soon become big enough to destroy Earth; and how to stop it is yet to be determined. The film's Deltatron special effects footage is taken from the 1934 German sci-fi film GOLD.

Starring: Richard Carlson, King Donovan, Jean Byron, Harry Ellerbe, Leo Britt, Leonard Mudie, Byron Foulger, Michael Fox, John Zaremba, Lee Phelps ..
Directed by: Curt Siodmak, Herbert L. Strock
Release date: 1953-02-18

The Maze

5.9/10 IMDB

A Scotsman abruptly breaks off his engagement to pretty Kitty and moves to his uncle's castle in the Scottish highlands. Kitty and her aunt follow Gerald a few weeks later, and discover he has suddenly aged. Some mysterious things happen in a maze made from the hedges adjoining the castle.

Starring: Richard Carlson, Veronica Hurst, Katherine Emery, Michael Pate, John Dodsworth, Hillary Brooke, Stanley Fraser, Lilian Bond, Owen McGiveney, Robin Hughes ..
Directed by: William Cameron Menzies
Release date: 1953-07-26
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1953 : 1984


6.6/10 IMDB

George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love. Episode 1 of Season 6 of Studio One's anthology series.

Starring: Eddie Albert, Lorne Greene, Norma Crane, Noel Leslie, Truman Smith, Victor Thorley, Susan Hallaran, Don Hollenbeck ..
Directed by: Paul Nickell
Release date: 1953-09-21
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1953 : Four Sided Triangle

Four Sided Triangle

5.8/10 IMDB

A young man, in love with a woman who can never be his, discovers a way to fulfil his dreams. In their childhood the three were the best of friends, the perfect triangle. But years later when Lena returns to her sleepy home the tone of the relationship changes and it is Robin she loves. Bill has discovered a method of duplication and decides to make an exact replica of the woman he cannot have... .with disastrous consequences for them all.

Starring: Barbara Payton, James Hayter, Stephen Murray, John Van Eyssen, Percy Marmont, Kynaston Reeves, Edith Saville, John Stuart ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1953-06-15
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1953 : The Net

The Net

5.6/10 IMDB

A secret jet aircraft capable of traveling three times the speed of sound is being developed by a group of scientists. On the day of the test flight, one of the scientists dies in a mysterious accident, and there are many arguments concerning the flight itself; some think it should be ground-controlled while Heathley (James Donald) wants it to be a manned flight with himself at the controls. Conflict also arises when one of his fellow scientists, taking advantage of Heathley's lack of attention toward his wife, Lydia (Phyllis Calvert), makes some moves on her. Then there is the question of just who is the enemy agent on the project.

Starring: James Donald, Phyllis Calvert, Noel Willman, Herbert Lom, Robert Beatty, Patric Doonan, Walter Fitzgerald, Muriel Pavlow, Maurice Denham, Marjorie Fielding ..
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1953-02-09


5.0/10 IMDB

The test launch for the first inter-planetary research station goes wrong when the satellite station is inadvertently set up instead of returning to earth. Two people attached to the secret project are missing, presumed murdered, and all suspicions fall on the cuckold husband, the scientist responsible for the lack of fuel aboard the rocket. The theory is he murdered his wife and her lover, depositing the bodies on the errant rocket. Desperate to prove his innocence he volunteers for the next mission to link up with the satellite and clear his name.

Starring: Howard Duff, Eva Bartok, Alan Wheatley, Philip Leaver, Cecile Chevreau, Michael Medwin, Andrew Osborn, Anthony Ireland, Hugh Moxey, David Horne ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1953-07-01

Phantom from Space

4.1/10 IMDB

After a UFO sighting, a mysterious phantom in a bizarre outfit starts attacking people in San Fernando Valley.

Starring: Ted Cooper, Tom Daly, Steve Acton, Burt Wenland, Lela Nelson, Harry Landers, Bert Arnold, Sandy Sanders, Harry Strang, Jim Bannon ..
Directed by: W. Lee Wilder
Release date: 1953-05-15
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1953 : The Twonky

The Twonky

5.4/10 IMDB

A college professor, left alone by his wife for the weekend, discovers his new TV set is not only alive, but determined to take control of his entire life.

Starring: Hans Conried, Janet Warren, William H. Lynn, Edwin Max, Gloria Blondell, Evelyn Beresford, Norman Fields, Bob Jellison, Stephen Roberts, Connie Marshall ..
Directed by: Arch Oboler
Release date: 1953-06-10

Cat-Women of the Moon

3.9/10 IMDB

Astronauts travel to the moon where they discover it is inhabited by attractive young women in black tights.

Starring: Sonny Tufts, Victor Jory, Marie Windsor, Carol Brewster, William Phipps, Douglas Fowley, Susan Morrow, Suzanne Alexander, Bette Arlen, Roxann Delman ..
Directed by: Arthur Hilton
Release date: 1953-09-03

Robot Monster

2.9/10 IMDB

Ro-Man, an alien robot who greatly resembles a gorilla in a diving helmet, is sent to earth to destroy all human life. Ro-Man falls in love with one of the last six remaining humans, and struggles to understand how his programming can instruct him to kill her while his heart demands that he can't.

Starring: George Nader, Claudia Barrett, Gregory Moffett, John Mylong, Selena Royle, Pamela Paulson, George Barrows, John Brown ..
Directed by: Phil Tucker
Release date: 1953-06-25
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1953 : Planet Outlaws

Planet Outlaws

3.9/10 IMDB

A 20th Century pilot named Buck Rogers and his young friend Buddy Wade awake from 500 years in suspended animation to find that the world has been taken over by the outlaw army of Killer Kane. Feature version of the film serial Buck Rogers by Universal Pictures, 1940.

Starring: Buster Crabbe, Constance Moore, Jackie Moran, Anthony Warde, Jack Mulhall, Philson Ahn, C. Montague Shaw, Guy Usher, William Gould, Henry Brandon ..
Directed by: Saul A. Goodkind, Ford Beebe
Release date: 1953-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1953 : The Neanderthal Man

The Neanderthal Man

4.4/10 IMDB

A scientist develops a formula which will cause animals to regress to the form of their primitive ancestors, and tries it on himself with disastrous results.

Starring: Robert Shayne, Richard Crane, Joyce Terry, Doris Merrick, Tandra Quinn, Robert Long, Dick Rich, Lee Morgan, Beverly Garland, Frank Gerstle ..
Directed by: E.A. Dupont
Release date: 1953-06-19

Project Moon Base

3.3/10 IMDB

In the future (1970) the US sends a mission to the moon to investigate the building of a moon base.

Starring: Donna Martell, Hayden Rorke, Ross Ford, Larry Johns, Herb Jacobs, Barbara Morrison, Ernestine Barrier, James Craven, John Hedloe, Peter Adams ..
Directed by: Richard Talmadge
Release date: 1953-09-04
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1953 : Killer Ape

Killer Ape

5.1/10 IMDB

Nasty white hunters are testing out their germ warfare weapons using wild animals in Africa… until they run into Jungle Jim.

Starring: Johnny Weissmuller, Carol Thurston, Max Palmer, Burt Wenland, Nestor Paiva, Paul Marion ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Release date: 1953-12-15

Mesa of Lost Women

2.7/10 IMDB

A mad scientist, Dr. Aranya (Jackie Coogan), has created giant spiders in his Mexican lab in Zarpa Mesa to create a race of superwomen by injecting spiders with human pituitary growth hormones. Women develop miraculous regenerative powers, but men mutate into disfigured dwarves. Spiders grow to human size and intelligence.

Starring: Jackie Coogan, Allan Nixon, Richard Travis, Lyle Talbot, Paula Hill, Tandra Quinn, Robert Knapp, Harmon Stevens, George Barrows, Dolores Fuller ..
Directed by: Ron Ormond, Herbert Tevos
Release date: 1953-06-17
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1953 : The Lost Planet

The Lost Planet

5.1/10 IMDB

Dr. Ernst Grood , having already dominated the planet Ergro, now intends to take over the control of the Earth. Unfortunately for him, reporters oppose his sinister designs.

Starring: Judd Holdren, Vivian Mason, Michael Fox, Forrest Taylor, Gene Roth, Ted Thorpe, Karl 'Killer' Davis, Jack George, Frederic Berest, John L. Cason ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Release date: 1953-06-04
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1953 : Port Sinister

Port Sinister

4.8/10 IMDB

A 17th-century Caribbean port rumored to have frequented by pirates rises from the ocean floor, where it came to rest after an earthquake many years before. A scientist wants to study it, some thugs want the treasure alleged to be stored there, a bunch of mutated giant crabs living there attack them all.

Starring: James Warren, Lynne Roberts, Paul Cavanagh, House Peters Jr., Robert Bice, William Schallert, Merritt Stone, Norman Budd, Ken Terrell, Eric Colmar ..
Directed by: Harold Daniels
Release date: 1953-04-10

From Time to Time

0.0/10 IMDB

A young woman on a bike ride suffers a head injury and is transported back in time to an event which occurred on the same spot years before during the Irish War of Independence when an informer was captured by the IRA.

Starring: Micheál MacLiammóir, Maureen Cusack, Patrick Bedford ..
Directed by: Hilton Edwards
Release date: 1953-01-01


0.0/10 IMDB

Feature version of the 1948 Columbia serial film, never exhibited or otherwise made available to the public itself in the USA.

Starring: Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Carol Forman, Tommy Bond, Pierre Watkin ..
Directed by: Thomas Carr, Spencer Gordon Bennet
Release date: 1953-05-16

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