50s movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant 50s movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, stylized, intense, dramatic and captivating films and TV shows about / with runaway, friendship, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, love and romance, family relations, suprisingly clever, catastrophe and love plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Australia and other countries.
50s
 1191
50s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 50s: Pleasantville (1998), October Sky (1999), Brooklyn (2015), Carol (2015), Father Brown (2013), Grantchester (2014), The Night Porter (1974), The Godfather (1972), Goodfellas (1990), Back to the Future (1985).

List of 50s movies

 7.5
 120K
Pleasantville (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where everything is peachy keen all the time. But when Jennifer's ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, light, talky ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen comedy
Plot: alternate reality, parallel world, utopia, time travel, coming of age, small town life, small town, siblings relations, old love, family relations, prejudice, fish out of water ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s ...
Place: france, paris france
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 7.8
 81K
October Sky (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
Style: realistic, exciting, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: follow your dream, generation gap, against the odds, teacher, small town, teenage life, mathematics, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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 7.5
 129K
Brooklyn (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Canada, Ireland
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Ellis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.
Style: sentimental, touching, romantic, realistic, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: immigrants, love triangle, love and romance, working class, starting over, brooklyn new york city, homesickness, true love, love affair, community, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1952, year 1951
Place: ireland, new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.2
 113K
Carol (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, sexy ...
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian romance, lesbian love, lesbian relationship, forbidden love, age difference, impossible love, gays and lesbians, older woman younger woman relationship, women, divorce ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1953, year 1952
Place: new york, usa, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city
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 7.7
 8K
Father Brown (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Father Brown is based on G. K. Chesterton's detective stories about a Catholic priest who doubles as an amateur detective in order to try and solve mysteries.
Style: intellectual, serious, captivating, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: amateur detective, who done it, investigation, clergy, uncover truth, danger, priest, law enforcement, riddles and clues, murder, church, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england
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 7.9
 9K
Grantchester (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Drama series set in 1953, against the backdrop of the real hamlet of Grantchester. The drama focuses upon the life of Sidney Chambers, a charismatic, charming clergyman who turns investigative vicar when one of his parishioners dies in suspicious ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, clever, realistic
Plot: investigation, priest, murder mystery, murder, partners, amateur detective, police detective, partners against crime, haunted by the past, who done it, crimes, murder investigation ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england
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The Night Porter (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In this unsettling drama from Italian filmmaker Liliana Cavani, a concentration camp survivor discovers her former torturer and lover working as a porter at a hotel in postwar Vienna. When the couple attempt to re-create their sadomasochistic ...
Style: psychological, serious, sexual, bleak, sexy ...
Plot: s&m, dangerous attraction, war crime, sexual perversion, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual abuse, lovers reunited, graphic violence, hotel, eroticism, danger, haunted by the past ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, 1940s ...
Place: vienna, europe, germany, hungary, frankfurt germany ...
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 9.2
 1.6M
The Godfather (1972)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Spanning the years 1945 to 1955, a chronicle of the fictional Italian-American Corleone crime family. When organized crime family patriarch, Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son, Michael steps in to take care of the ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, pride and honor, criminal heroes, gang war, crimes, cosa nostra, greed, mob boss, lawyer, corruption ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: italy, new york, europe, sicily, usa ...
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 8.7
 1.0M
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, crimes, rise and fall, friends, fbi, mentor, criminal heroes, friendship, shooting, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 60s, 20th century, 80s ...
Place: new york, florida, usa, pittsburgh, bronx new york city
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Back to the Future (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his ...
Style: feel good, exciting, light, humorous, clever ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, teen comedy, kids
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, adventure, mad scientist, time machine, destiny, inventor, chases and races, scientist, sent to the past, disorder, teenager ...
Time: 80s, future, 50s, 1950s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, california
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Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Lionel Essrog, a private detective living with Tourette syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and best friend — a mystery that carries him from the gin-soaked jazz clubs of Harlem to the slums of Brooklyn to the gilded halls of New ...
Style: enigmatic, suspense, captivating, melancholic
Plot: private detective, murder investigation, brooklyn new york city, conspiracy, murder, tourette's syndrome, corruption, abuse of power, organized crime, social injustice, politics, investigation ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, usa, united states, new york
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 7.1
 4K
Hipsters (2008)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In this hit Russian musical, a group of friends flaunts Soviet authority in 1950s Moscow by embracing jazz. When Communist Mels falls for Polly, a free-spirited jazz fan, he risks losing his party membership by associating with her rebellious crew.
Style: captivating, stylized, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: youth, politics, singing, against the rules, subculture, love and romance, counterculture, rock, rebellion, adoption, state affairs, communism ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: moscow russia, soviet union
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 6.5
 54K
Cry-Baby (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A prim and proper schoolgirl goes against her mother's wishes when she dates a motorcycle-riding juvenile delinquent.
Style: sentimental, humorous, feel good, satirical, light ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: forbidden love, rock and roll, teenage love, gang, teenage life, rivalry, juvenile delinquent, love and romance, fall in love, juvenile delinquency, youth, parody ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1954, 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
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The Way We Were (1973)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.
Style: serious, sentimental, captivating, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: politics, opposites attract, love and romance, couples, couple relations, mccarthyism, romance, naval officer, radical, naval uniform, young lovers, communist ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s, 40s ...
Place: new york, usa, california, washington d.c., malibu california ...
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Project Blue Book (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: A chronicle of the true top secret U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s, known as “Project Blue Book.”
Style: based on true events, captivating, exciting, enigmatic, twists and turns ...
Plot: ufo, alien, cold war, special agents, physicist, alien abduction, scientific research, space and aliens, alien encounter, paranormal activity, alien contact, abduction ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: usa
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My One and Only (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A mother takes her two sons on an unusual road trip from New York. Pittsburgh, St. Louis and eventually Hollywood in her quest to find a man to take care of them all.
Style: realistic, semi serious, captivating, sincere, humorous ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, road trip, parents and children, obsessive quest, siblings relations, starting over, teenage life, on the road, father son relationship, jazz, youth ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: usa, california, phoenix arizona, cleveland ohio, albuquerque new mexico ...
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 6.2
 1K
Book of Love (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: John Twiller takes down his high school yearbook and begins to reminiscence about that time he first moved into the neighborhood in 1956. His teenage self, Jack is obsessed with Lily one of the more popular girls around. The sole obstacle is Angelo, ...
Style: touching, humorous, feel good, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy
Plot: prom, teenage love, friendship, fish out of water, high school, americana, youth, romance, friends, couple relations, self discovery, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: california
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The Doctor Blake Mysteries (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 57 min.
TV show
Story: Dr Lucien Blake left Ballarat as a young man. But now he finds himself returning to take over not only his dead father's medical practice, but also his on-call role as the town's police surgeon, only to find change is afoot, nothing is ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, realistic, stylized, serious
Plot: investigation, social relations, crimes, doctors and patients, riddles and clues, murder, homecoming, mystery, doctor, danger, forensics, crime ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: australia
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The Man in the Moon (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Maureen Trant and her younger sibling Dani share a strong connection, but local boy Court Foster threatens to throw their bond off balance. Dani and Court meet first and have a flirtatious rapport -- but when he meets Maureen, he falls hard and they ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, coming-of-age, love triangle, corporal punishment, twins, small town, pregnancy, rain, sibling relationship, sister sister relationship, first love, skinny dipping ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa, london
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 8.8
 1.8M
Forrest Gump (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events - in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. Yet, despite all the things he has attained, his one true love eludes ...
Style: touching, sincere, uplifting, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: mentally challenged, life philosophy, human spirit, destiny, rise to the top, storytelling, true love, journey, human relationship, odd, selflessness, philosophy ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam, china, united states ...
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 6.5
 12K
The Bookshop (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Spain, Germany, France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Set in an small English town in 1959, the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield.
Style: tense, sincere, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: shopkeeper, bookstore, small town, storekeeper, literature, narrow mindedness, widow, society, rivalry, platonic relationship, independent woman, furnace ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: germany
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Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, West Germany, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A gritty Brooklyn story about union corruption, violence, taboos and social norms. The stories told are of the sailors, the prostitute, the union bosses, the hooligans and the gay community set in the early 50s.
Style: rough, bleak, social, tense, based on true events ...
Plot: prostitute, brooklyn new york city, union, fight, working class, society, crime, crimes, pregnancy, labor union, transvestism, transsexual ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany
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L.A. Confidential (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.
Style: tense, captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: neo noir, dangerous attraction, police detective, murder, murder mystery, organized crime, gang, police investigation, fighting the system, police corruption, corpse, prostitute ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, arizona, united states
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 6.3
 122K
Ave, Caesar! (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Mystery
Country: USA, UK, Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Tells the comedic tale of Eddie Mannix, a fixer who worked for the Hollywood studios in the 1950s. The story finds him at work when a star mysteriously disappears in the middle of filming.
Style: semi serious, dark humor, humorous, talky, stylized ...
Plot: hollywood, showbiz, kidnapping, movie star, ransom, journalist, uncover truth, missing person, actor's life, filmmaking, disappearance, film within a film ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1951, hollywood star ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, malibu california
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 7.3
 17K
Big Night (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Primo & Secondo, two immigrant brothers, pin their hopes on a banquet honoring Louis Prima to save their struggling restaurant.
Style: witty, sincere, sentimental, melancholic, clever ...
Plot: immigrants, food, self discovery, human nature, restaurant, brother brother relationship, cooking, loan, chef, jazz, banquet, italian restaurant ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, usa, italy
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A Place to Call Home (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A mysterious woman is perched between the harsh legacy of World War II and the hope of a new life in Australia. A sweeping romantic drama set in 1950s rural Australia following the lives of the Blighs, a wealthy and complicated pastoralist family, ...
Style: captivating, emotional, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, love affair, love and romance, family life, society, starting over, social differences, mysterious character, family secret, forbidden love, post war, nurse ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: australia
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Set Fire to the Stars (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An aspiring poet in 1950s New York has his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas.
Style: atmospheric, sincere, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: writer's life, life turned upside down, artists and showbiz, poet, disorder
Time: 50s, 1950s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: usa, new york
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Dead Poets Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: At an elite, old-fashioned boarding school in New England, a passionate English teacher inspires his students to rebel against convention and seize the potential of every day, courting the disdain of the stern headmaster.
Style: philosophical, intellectual, sentimental, uplifting, motivational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: teacher, teachers and students, poetry, boarding school life, literature, philosophy, dedicated educator, poet, student, suicide, coming of age, youth ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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Murmur of the Heart (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy finds himself between the urge to discover love and the ever-present, dominating affection of his mother.
Style: sexy, touching, sentimental, disturbing, semi serious ...
Plot: mother son incest, incest, mother son relationship, sexual initiation, teenage life, self discovery, parents and children, family relations, coming of age, siblings relations, sexuality, love ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1954, 70s
Place: france, europe, paris france, indochina, tokyo
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 6.9
 28K
La Bamba (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of singer Ritchie Valens whose life was cut short by a plane crash.
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: musician's life, death, latin, audition, music business, musician, rock star, music industry, family relations, interracial relations, death of protagonist, main character dies ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa, tijuana mexico, california
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