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, dramatic, serious, intense, stylized and captivating films and TV shows about / with friendship, storytelling, dialogue, runaway, mentor, family relations, life philosophy, catastrophe, death and dancing plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, Australia and other countries.
50s
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50s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 50s: Pleasantville (1998), Brooklyn (2015), October Sky (1999), Dead Poets Society (1989), Carol (2015), Motherless Brooklyn (2019), Revolutionary Road (2008), Far from Heaven (2002), A Place to Call Home (2013), Project Blue Book (2019).

List of 50s movies

 7.5
 128K
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, humorous, semi serious, light, talky ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen drama
Plot: alternate reality, utopia, parallel world, time travel, coming of age, small town life, small town, old love, fish out of water, bully, rain, adolescence ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 90s, future
Place: paris france, france
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 7.5
 140K
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, romantic, touching, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: immigrants, starting over, love and romance, love triangle, working class, homesickness, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, true love, friendship, marriage proposal, female protagonist, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952, year 1951
Place: ireland, brooklyn new york city, new york, europe, usa ...
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 7.8
 89K
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, inspirational, 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, family relations, nasa, cold war ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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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, uplifting, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: teachers and students, literature, boarding school life, teacher, poetry, coming of age, poet, suicide, philosophy, dedicated educator, student, boarding school ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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 7.2
 127K
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, sexy, enigmatic ...
Plot: lgbt, lesbian, lesbian romance, lesbian relationship, older woman younger woman relationship, forbidden love, lesbian love, impossible love, lesbian sex, gays and lesbians, age difference, road trip ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952, year 1953
Place: new york, chicago illinois, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, neo noir, suspense, captivating, melancholic
Plot: private detective, interracial romance, murder investigation, crime investigation, investigation, racial segregation, tourette's syndrome, conspiracy, murder, abuse of power, social injustice, politics ...
Time: 50s
Place: brooklyn new york city, harlem, new york, usa
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Revolutionary Road (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates.
Style: bad ending, serious, bleak, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: housewife, family problems, adultery, under the surface, suburbs, cold relationship, dysfunctional family, couple relations, death of wife, jealousy, deadend life, abortion ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1948, year 1955, 1940s
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, new york, california
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Far from Heaven (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.
Style: emotional, sincere, psychological, tense, sexy ...
Plot: housewife, crumbling marriage, friendship, suburbs, interracial relations, prejudice, infidelity, racism, hypocrisy, social differences, african american, lifestyle ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: miami, usa, connecticut, baltimore
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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: emotional, captivating, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, love affair, society, love and romance, family life, starting over, social differences, family secret, mysterious character, forbidden love, post war, nurse ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: australia
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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: captivating, enigmatic, exciting, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: ufo, alien, cold war, special agents, space and aliens, physicist, alien abduction, scientific research, paranormal activity, alien contact, explorer, alien encounter ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 6.4
 59K
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: humorous, sentimental, feel good, satirical, parody ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: forbidden love, rock and roll, gang, teenage love, rivalry, teenage life, juvenile delinquent, fall in love, youth, juvenile delinquency, love and romance, dancing ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1954, 80s
Place: baltimore, usa
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 7.9
 13K
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: serious, tense, suspenseful, clever, realistic
Plot: murder mystery, investigation, priest, murder, police detective, partners, who done it, village, partners against crime, haunted by the past, amateur detective, village life ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: england, united kingdom, europe
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 7.8
 11K
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: captivating, serious, intellectual, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: who done it, amateur detective, clergy, uncover truth, priest, riddles and clues, investigation, murder, law enforcement, church, police investigation, social relations ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: england, united kingdom
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 8.1
 393K
Stand by Me (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After the death of a friend, a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: coming of age, childhood, friendship, adventure, teenager, youth, boy, young heroes, young kid, friends, courage, loyalty ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959, 80s
Place: oregon, usa, normandy
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 8.7
 1.1M
Goodfellas (1990)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 145 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, rise and fall, crimes, criminal heroes, friends, mentor, fbi, court, cosa nostra, racial slur ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 20th century, 60s, 80s ...
Place: new york, florida, brooklyn new york city, usa, bronx new york city ...
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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, rain, first love, corporal punishment, love triangle, twins, small town, pregnancy, sibling relationship, sister sister relationship, skinny dipping, bittersweet ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: louisiana, usa, southern usa, london
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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, humorous, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, coming of age, road trip, obsessive quest, parents and children, starting over, teenage life, siblings relations, on the road, father son relationship, dark humor, youth ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: usa, philadelphia, los angeles, kansas city, pittsburgh ...
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The Night Porter (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
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, bleak, sexy, gloomy ...
Plot: s&m, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexual perversion, dangerous attraction, war crime, sexual abuse, graphic violence, hotel, eroticism, haunted by the past, destructive relationship, guilt ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1957, 1940s ...
Place: vienna, europe, hungary, frankfurt germany, 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: neo noir, tense, captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, police detective, police corruption, corpse, police investigation, gunfight, prostitute, murder, organized crime, police brutality, crimes, fighting the system ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, arizona
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The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Evelyn Ryan, a midwestern housewife who managed to rescue her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer product companies.
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: large family, optimism, underdog, advertising, americana, prize, small town, eviction, contests and competitions, ambition, family problems, hopes ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century
Place: ohio, usa
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Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in ...
Style: sentimental, touching, intellectual, romantic, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: feminism, teachers and students, femininity, dedicated educator, college, art, art school, art history, gender, irreverence, society, fighting the system ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: massachusetts, usa, california, manhattan new york city, philadelphia ...
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 166 min.
Story: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
Style: captivating, touching, sentimental, dramatic, philosophical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: life philosophy, aging, impossible love, true love, tragic love, love and romance, life & death, child as adult, existentialism, journey, elderly, fall in love ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: new orleans, usa, pearl harbor, louisiana, new york ...
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 9.2
 1.8M
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: captivating, serious, family saga, rough, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, organized crime, greed, pride and honor, criminal heroes, crime boss, gang war, mob boss, crimes, cosa nostra, lawyer ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: italy, new york, europe, sicily, usa ...
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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, serious, stylized ...
Plot: investigation, forensics, doctors and patients, social relations, crimes, murder, homecoming, mystery, riddles and clues, doctor, murder mystery, crime investigation ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: australia
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 7.1
 5K
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: teens, date night
Plot: youth, politics, against the rules, love and romance, subculture, rebellion, rock, adoption, state affairs, communism, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, dancing ...
Time: 50s
Place: moscow russia, ussr
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Call the Midwife (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Drama following the lives of a group of midwives working in the poverty-stricken East End of London during the 1950s, based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth.
Style: stylized, sincere, touching, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: convent, nurse, midwife, childbirth, nun, doctor, family life, family relations, friends, nursing, pregnancy, home birth ...
Time: 50s, 60s, year 1961, 20th century, year 1957 ...
Place: england, london, europe
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 7.4
 18K
Happy Days (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974 to September 24, 1984 on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s United States. The series ...
Style: sitcom, realistic, humorous, semi serious, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, love and romance, youth, teenage love, family life, coming of age, buddies, teenage life, siblings relations, parents and children, family relations, basketball ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, wisconsin, milwaukee wisconsin
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 7.2
 146K
The Founder (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise ...
Style: motivational, inspirational, realistic, uplifting, factual ...
Plot: business, businessman, salesman, fast food, rags to riches, ambition, mcdonald's restaurant, capitalism, family business, greed, betrayal, destiny ...
Time: 50s, year 1940, year 1984, 20th century, year 1967 ...
Place: usa, america, california, beverly hills, milwaukee wisconsin ...
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The Queen's Gambit (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 395 min.
TV show
Story: In a Kentucky orphanage in the 1950s, a young girl discovers an astonishing talent for chess while struggling with addiction.
Style: captivating, psychological, suspense, unusual plot structure, tense ...
Plot: chess, genius, girl power, addiction, child prodigy, female protagonist, girl, prodigy, mathematics, obsession, orphanage, orphan ...
Time: 60s, 50s
Place: europe, usa, moscow russia, kentucky, las vegas ...
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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her colored chauffeur Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong friendship between the two very different characters in a time when those ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, witty, intense, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: elderly, golden years, master and servant, civil rights, interracial relations, racial slur, friendship, self discovery, chauffeur, prejudice, african american, social differences ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1940s, 60s, 20th century
Place: georgia, usa, atlanta, atlanta georgia
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