Best Science Fiction Movies of 1956

1.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Starring: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates, Jean Willes, Ralph Dumke, Virginia Christine, Kenneth Patterson, Guy Way ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1956-02-05
2.

Forbidden Planet

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

Starship C57D travels to planet Altair 4 in search of the crew of spaceship "Bellerophon," a scientific expedition that has been missing for 20 years, only to find themselves unwelcome by the expedition's lone survivor and warned of destruction by an invisible force if they don't turn back immediately.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Earl Holliman, Richard Anderson, Marvin Miller, George Wallace, Robert Dix ..
Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
Release date: 1956-03-23
3.

Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

4.2
6.3/10 IMDB

During an assignment, foreign correspondent Steve Martin spends a layover in Tokyo and is caught amid the rampage of an unstoppable prehistoric monster the Japanese call 'Godzilla'. The only hope for both Japan and the world lies on a secret weapon, which may prove more destructive than the monster itself.

Starring: Raymond Burr, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Frank Iwanaga, James Hong, Sachio Sakai, Fuyuki Murakami, Ren Yamamoto ..
Directed by: Terry O. Morse, Ishir? Honda
Release date: 1956-04-27
4.

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

3.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Test space rockets exploding at liftoff and increased reporting of UFO sightings culminate in a direct attempt by alien survivors of a dead, extra-galactic civilization to invade Earth from impervious flying saucers, using ray-weapons of mass destruction.

Starring: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Thomas Browne Henry, Morris Ankrum, Grandon Rhodes, John Zaremba, Larry J. Blake, Paul Frees, Forbes Murray ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1956-07-04
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1956 : 1984
5.

1984

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Jan Sterling, Michael Redgrave, David Kossoff, Mervyn Johns, Donald Pleasence, Carol Wolveridge, Ernest Clark, Patrick Allen, Ronan O'Casey ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1956-03-06
6.

The Black Sleep

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

In 19th century England, a noted brain surgeon rescues a former student from being hanged on a false conviction for murder, and spirits him away to an ancient, repurposed abbey far in the countryside. There, he connives his pupil into assisting him in mapping the functions of the various parts of the human brain, using living subjects who are under a terrible animation-suspending drug called "black sleep". Subsequently, the student, along with the daughter of one of the subjects, discover that most of these subjects have survived but are being kept in a dungeon-like cellar, in various stages of physical and mental derangement...

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Herbert Rudley, Patricia Blair, Akim Tamiroff, Phyllis Stanley, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, George Sawaya, Tor Johnson ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1956-06-15
7.

X: The Unknown

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

When a fissure explosively opens in an English mud flat during a military exercise there, injuring one soldier and killing another, an American research scientist at a nearby nuclear plant joins with a British investigator to discover why the victims were radioactively burned and why, shortly thereafter, a series of radiation-related incidents are occurring in an ever-growing straight line away from the fissure.

Starring: Dean Jagger, Leo McKern, William Lucas, Edward Chapman, John Harvey, Anthony Newley, Ian MacNaughton, Peter Hammond, Michael Ripper, Kenneth Cope ..
Directed by: Leslie Norman, Joseph Losey
Release date: 1956-09-21
8.

World Without End

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

Four astronauts returning from man's first mission to Mars enter a time warp and crash on a 26th Century Earth devastated by atomic war. At first unaware where they are, but finding the atmosphere safe to breathe, they start exploring and find themselves in a divided future where disfigured mutants living like cavemen inhabit the surface, while the normals live comfortably below the surface but are dying as a race from lack of natural water, air and sunlight.

Starring: Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates, Rod Taylor, Lisa Montell, Nelson Leigh, Christopher Dark, Booth Colman, Everett Glass, Shirley Patterson, Stanley Fraser ..
Directed by: Edward Bernds
Release date: 1956-03-25
9.

The Werewolf

3.0
5.9/10 IMDB

The arrival in a small mountain town of a dissheveled stranger launches a series of murders committed by some sort of animal. As the town doctor and his daughter attempt to help the stranger, the sheriff investigates the murders; and they uncover a sinister experiment involving two rogue scientists, a car accident victim, his wife and children, and a serum that causes a man to turn into a ravaging werewolf.

Starring: Steven Ritch, Don Megowan, Joyce Holden, S. John Launer, George Lynn, Ken Christy, Eleanore Tanin, Kim Charney, Harry Lauter, Larry J. Blake ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1956-07-01
10.

The Creature Walks Among Us

3.0
5.6/10 IMDB

Scientists surgically transform the Creature into an air-breather, but being able to live on land is not enough to make him comfortable with humans. Enraged, he turns his wrath on anyone who comes near as he desperately tries to return to the deep-water world where he truly belongs.

Starring: Rex Reason, Jeff Morrow, Leigh Snowden, Gregg Palmer, Maurice Manson, James Rawley, David McMahon, Paul Fierro, Lillian Molieri, Frank Chase ..
Directed by: John Sherwood
Release date: 1956-04-26
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1956 : Rocket Squad
11.

Rocket Squad

3.0
7.6/10 IMDB

In a futuristic city, Detectives Monday and Tuesday pursue a wanted criminal.

Starring: Mel Blanc ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1956-03-10
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1956 : Rocket-bye Baby
12.

Rocket-bye Baby

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

A cosmic mix-up results in a Martian baby being delivered to Earth, while an Earth baby is sent to Mars. Joseph Wilbur and his wife try to raise the green-skinned, ingenious Martian tyke as if he were an Earthling. But the kid builds his own spaceship and flies away, and Wilbur must find him and bring him back, or he'll never be able to make an exchange with the Martian parents for his own boy.

Starring: Daws Butler, June Foray, Mel Blanc, Earl Keen, Richard Conte, Margaret Lawrence, Gloria Blondell ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1956-08-04
13.

The Mole People

2.7
5.0/10 IMDB

A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopatamia.

Starring: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont, Alan Napier, Nestor Paiva, Phil Chambers, Rodd Redwing, Robin Hughes, Frank Baxter, Eddie Parker ..
Directed by: Virgil W. Vogel
Release date: 1956-12-01
14.

It Conquered the World

2.6
4.9/10 IMDB

An alien from Venus tries to take over the world with the help of a disillusioned human scientist, as his wife, his best friend and the friend's wife try to intervene.

Starring: Peter Graves, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef, Sally Fraser, Russ Bender, Jonathan Haze, Dick Miller, Taggart Casey, Paul Harbor, Karen Kadler ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1956-07-14
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1956 : Supersonic Saucer
15.

Supersonic Saucer

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

A group of schoolchildren come upon an alien from Venus, and help him against a gang of criminals who are trying to kidnap him. The recipe for a successful Children's Film Foundation production: take a peaceful rural setting and fill with an equal mix of boys and girls (two of each will suffice). Add a bunch of crooks, a gentle moral, and a chase. For added flavour, director Tom Wells (son of H.G. Wells) spices up an old formula with a sprinkling of science-fiction in the form of a friendly alien creature. Enjoy!

Starring: Marcia Monolescue, Gillian Harrison, Fella Edmonds, Andrew Motte-Harrison, Tony Lyons, Hilda Fenemore, Donald Gray, Patrick Boxill, Raymond Rollett, Patrick Connor ..
Directed by: Guy Fergusson
Release date: 1956-03-01
16.

The Gamma People

2.4
5.3/10 IMDB

An American reporter smells a story when he is stranded in an Iron Curtain country where the local dictator is using gamma rays to transform children into mutated henchmen.

Starring: Paul Douglas, Eva Bartok, Leslie Phillips, Walter Rilla, Philip Leaver, Martin Miller, Jocelyn Lane, Rosalie Crutchley, Pauline Drewett ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1956-12-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1956 : Indestructible Man
17.

Indestructible Man

2.3
4.3/10 IMDB

A scientific experiment involving subjecting a corpse to an extreme charge of electricity accidentally revives an executed criminal and makes him impervious to harm, allowing him to seek revenge on his former partners, and deal similarly with anyone else who gets in his way.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Max Showalter, Marian Carr, Ross Elliott, Stuart Randall, Marvin Press, Ken Terrell, Roy Engle, Peggy Maley, Robert Shayne ..
Directed by: Jack Pollexfen
Release date: 1956-03-24
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1956 : Satellite in the Sky
18.

Satellite in the Sky

2.3
5.2/10 IMDB

A bomb dooms the first space satellite, manned by a selfless crew, a stowaway reporter (Lois Maxwell) and a mad scientist (Donald Wolfit).

Starring: Kieron Moore, Lois Maxwell, Donald Wolfit, Bryan Forbes, Jimmy Hanley, Barry Keegan, Thea Gregory, Shirley Lawrence, Donald Gray, Alan Gifford ..
Directed by: Paul Dickson
Release date: 1956-07-21
19.

The Beast of Hollow Mountain

2.2
4.1/10 IMDB

An American cowboy living in Mexico discovers his cattle is being eaten by a giant prehistoric dinosaur.

Starring: Guy Madison, Patricia Medina, Carlos Rivas, Mario Navarro, Pascual García Peña, Eduardo Noriega, Julio Villarreal, Lupe Carriles, José Chávez, Margarito Luna ..
Directed by: Ismael Rodríguez, Edward Nassour
Release date: 1956-08-01
20.

Beyond the Moon

1.9
4.5/10 IMDB

This outer space adventure marked the debut of Rocky Jones and his Space Rangers. Two of Rocky's allies are captured by aliens and brain washed.

Starring: Richard Crane, Scotty Beckett, Sally Mansfield, Leonard Penn, Patsy Parsons, Robert Lyden, Maurice Cass, Charles Meredith, Guy Prescott, William Hudson ..
Directed by: Hollingsworth Morse
Release date: 1956-01-01
21.

Man Beast

1.9
4.3/10 IMDB

Connie Hayward mounts an expedition into the Himalayan Mountains looking for her brother, who has not returned from a previous trek trying to locate the Yeti, or "Abominable Snowman". Arriving at her brother's last-known camp Connie and her companions find only a strange old guide, Varga. They are soon attacked by gigantic Snowmen but are not half as surprised as when Vargas reveals his secret origin and the plans he has for Connie.

Starring: Tom Maruzzi, Asa Maynor, George Skaff, Lloyd Nelson, Rock Madison, George Wells Lewis, Jack Haffner, Wong Sing ..
Directed by: Jerry Warren
Release date: 1956-12-05
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1956 : Menace from Outer Space
22.

Menace from Outer Space

1.6
3.8/10 IMDB

A nontheatrical (16mm) film comprise of three contiguous episodes of the TV series "Rocky Jones, Space Ranger".

Starring: Richard Crane, Scotty Beckett, Sally Mansfield, Robert Lyden, Maurice Cass, Leonard Penn, Charles Meredith, Patsy Parsons, Guy Prescott, Cliff Ferre ..
Directed by: Hollingsworth Morse
Release date: 1956-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1956 : Design for Dreaming
23.

Design for Dreaming

1.6
4.0/10 IMDB

Over-the-top 1950s “Populuxe” advertisement for General Motors. A woman falls asleep and dreams of a glorious future of perfect products, including a variety of shiny futuristic dream cars and Frigidaire’s fully automated “Kitchen of the Future.” The film debuted at the 1956 General Motors "Motorama" event in New York City.

Starring: Tad Tadlock, Marc Breaux, Thurl Ravenscroft ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1956-03-31
24.

Fire Maidens of Outer Space

1.3
2.4/10 IMDB

An astronaut (Anthony Dexter) and crew land on Jupiter's 13th moon and find a monster and women from Atlantis.

Starring: Anthony Dexter, Susan Shaw, Paul Carpenter, Jacqueline Curtis, Harry Fowler, Sydney Tafler, Rodney Diak, Owen Berry, Richard Walter, Maya Koumani ..
Directed by: Cy Roth
Release date: 1956-07-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1956 : Savage Fury
25.

Savage Fury

1.3
5.4/10 IMDB

Separately released feature version of the 1935 Serial, Call of the Savage.

Starring: Noah Beery Jr., Dorothy Short, Harry Woods, Bryant Washburn, Russ Powell, Fred MacKaye, John Davidson, William Desmond, Stanley Andrews ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1956-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1956 : Manhunt in Space
26.

Manhunt in Space

1.3
2.4/10 IMDB

Rocky Jones, Space Ranger fights space pirates over an invisible spaceship.

Starring: Richard Crane, Sally Mansfield, Scotty Beckett, Robert Lyden, Maurice Cass, Charles Meredith, Patsy Parsons, Gábor Curtiz, Henry Brandon, James Griffith ..
Directed by: Hollingsworth Morse
Release date: 1956-01-01

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