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, interesting, intense, serious, visually appealing and dramatic films and TV shows about / with storytelling, dialogue, runaway, mentor, friendship, catastrophe, adaptation, drinking alcohol, love and life philosophy plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
50s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 50s: Brooklyn (2015), Pleasantville (1998), October Sky (1999), Stand by Me (1986), Far from Heaven (2002), Populaire (2012), Call the Midwife (2012), Dead Poets Society (1989), L.A. Confidential (1997), Project Blue Book (2019).

List of 50s movies

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: romantic, sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: immigrants, starting over, love and romance, fashion, love triangle, friendship, female protagonist, irish, immigration, love, working class, true love ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1951, year 1952
Place: ireland, brooklyn new york city, new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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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, feel good, surreal, talky ...
Audience: date night, teens, kids, teen fantasy, teen drama
Plot: small town, time travel, alternate reality, coming of age, parallel world, utopia, symbolism, distopia, fish out of water, fantasy world, parallel universe, teenager ...
Time: 50s, future, 20th century, 90s
Place: france, paris france
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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: inspirational, touching, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, date night
Plot: small town, friendship, teacher, follow your dream, mathematics, against the odds, generation gap, teenage life, life philosophy, space program, scientist, dedicated educator ...
Time: 50s, future, 20th century, year 1957
Place: west virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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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, emotional, sad, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: childhood, coming of age, friendship, teenager, boy, youth, children, courage, young heroes, child, death, young kid ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959, 80s
Place: usa, oregon, normandy
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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: sincere, emotional, stylized, sexy, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: racism, gay husband, gay, crumbling marriage, suburbs, friendship, housewife, forbidden love, prejudice, homosexuality, couples, infidelity ...
Time: 50s, year 1957, 20th century
Place: connecticut, miami, usa, baltimore
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Populaire (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Set in 1958, Populaire focuses on Rose Pamphyle, who lives with her widowed father and is destined to marry a son of the local mechanic. Rose travels out of town and applies for a secretarial job with an insurance agency run by Louis Échard. Louis ...
Style: romantic, sweet, feel good, sentimental, sexy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: fall in love, secretary, boss and employee, receptionist, employer employee relationship, love and romance, workplace, competition, ambition, love story, contests and competitions, happy ending ...
Time: 50s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1958, year 1959
Place: france, paris france, normandy, new york
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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: sincere, touching, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: midwife, childbirth, convent, doctor, nurse, pregnancy, nursing, friends, family life, nun, hospital, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 60s, year 1961, 20th century, year 1963 ...
Place: england, london, europe, britain
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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, sentimental, emotional, inspirational, intellectual ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night, family outing, teen drama
Plot: teacher, suicide, coming of age, literature, teachers and students, poetry, mentor, philosophy, poet, youth, dedicated educator, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: vermont, new england, usa, harvard university
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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, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: police corruption, corruption, murder, murder mystery, police detective, police, justice, organized crime, fighting the system, gang, dangerous attraction, police brutality ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, arizona
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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: enigmatic, captivating, exciting, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: ufo, alien, special agents, physicist, paranormal activity, political conspiracy, alien abduction, alien contact, space and aliens, abduction, investigation, state affairs ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: usa
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 57 min.
TV show
Story: It’s 1958 Manhattan and Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she’s ever wanted - the perfect husband, kids, and Upper West Side apartment. But when her life suddenly takes a turn and Midge must start over, she discovers a previously unknown ...
Style: feel good, captivating, witty, humorous, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: female protagonist, jewish family, comedian, stand up comedian, female comedian, divorce, career, husband wife relationship, judaism, women, lifestyle change, changing lives ...
Time: 50s, future
Place: new york, 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: neo noir, enigmatic, melancholic, captivating
Audience: date night
Plot: private detective, interracial romance, murder investigation, investigation, murder, crime investigation, social injustice, politics, organized crime, murder mystery, racial segregation, detective agency ...
Time: 50s, future, 20th century
Place: brooklyn new york city, harlem, usa, new york
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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, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: love affair, love and romance, family life, society, starting over, social differences, forbidden love, family secret, mysterious character, country estate, family relations, nurse ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: australia
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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: inspirational, touching, romantic, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: feminism, dedicated educator, teacher, art, college, women, teachers and students, coming of age, mentor, teenager, irreverence, gender ...
Time: 50s, post world war two, 20th century, year 1953
Place: massachusetts, california, new jersey, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city ...
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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, disturbing, intense, gloomy ...
Plot: prostitute, prostitution, rape, transsexual, working class, gay, labor union, gang rape, union, fight, society, depression ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: brooklyn new york city, new york, usa, berlin germany
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Vera Drake (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain – a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.
Style: sincere, bleak, depressing, compassionate, gloomy ...
Plot: abortion, unwanted pregnancy, working class, pregnancy, rape, character study, neighbor, injustice, miscarriage, life is a bitch, double life, abortionist ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: england, london, europe, hamburg germany, korea ...
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Hail, Caesar! (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, 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: humorous, talky, surreal, stylized, witty ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hollywood, movie star, ransom, showbiz, kidnapping, actor, dark humor, journalist, screenwriter, film industry, suspense, uncover truth ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, biblical epic ...
Place: los angeles, usa, california, malibu california
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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, captivating, semi serious, humorous, sincere ...
Plot: road trip, family relations, coming of age, parents and children, obsessive quest, siblings relations, teenage life, starting over, father son relationship, teenager, writers, mother son relationship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: usa, albuquerque new mexico, pittsburgh, kansas city, los angeles ...
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Revolutionary Road (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
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, depressing, heartbreaking, bleak, sad ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: adultery, marriage, abortion, mental illness, infidelity, dysfunctional family, depression, death of wife, under the surface, suburbs, family problems, existentialism ...
Time: 50s, year 1955, 1940s, 20th century, year 1948
Place: california, usa, paris france, new york, connecticut
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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, inspirational, semi serious, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: advertising, optimism, underdog, prize, adaptation, creativity, americana, courage, eviction, small town, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 60s
Place: ohio, usa
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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, light, campy, parody ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, date night
Plot: rock and roll, forbidden love, gang, youth, music, rivalry, teenage love, teenager, juvenile delinquent, fall in love, juvenile delinquency, teenage life ...
Time: 50s, 80s, year 1954, 20th century
Place: maryland, baltimore, usa
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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: inspirational, motivational, realistic, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens
Plot: business, rags to riches, fast food, businessman, greed, capitalism, ambition, salesman, betrayal, money, fast food restaurant, mcdonald's restaurant ...
Time: 50s, year 1929, year 1967, year 1940, year 1954 ...
Place: america, usa, california, beverly hills, minneapolis minnesota ...
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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: sexy, emotional, serious, melancholic, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick, adult
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, forbidden love, lesbian love, lesbian relationship, women, gays and lesbians, department store, lesbian romance, age difference, divorce, older woman younger woman relationship ...
Time: 50s, year 1952, year 1953, 20th century
Place: new york, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, usa
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The Queen's Gambit (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 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, visually appealing, unusual plot structure, tense ...
Plot: chess, addiction, genius, female protagonist, child prodigy, obsession, prodigy, orphan, girl, girl power, champion, coming of age ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century
Place: usa, europe, moscow russia, kentucky, paris france ...
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This Boy's Life (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries ...
Style: depressing, realistic, touching, emotional, sad ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, small town, child abuse, single parent, abusive stepfather, domestic violence, childhood, husband wife relationship, teenager, dysfunctional family, friendship, writers ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, washington state, salt lake city utah, washington d.c., california ...
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Chocolat (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group ...
Style: romantic, feel good, sentimental, sweet, fairy tale ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: small town, chocolate, love story, prejudice, women, cooking and food, love and romance, lifestyle change, culture clash, food, love, village ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france, canada, central america
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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, feel good, touching, intense ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, family outing
Plot: racism, friendship, elderly, golden years, jewish, master and servant, civil rights, african american, racial segregation, prejudice, old age, stereotypes ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1940s, 20th century, 60s
Place: atlanta georgia, atlanta, usa, georgia
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The Restaurant (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Monday May 7, 1945 – the Second World War finally comes to an end and a new, brighter future beckons. In the midst of central Stockholm celebrations, two strangers come together with a quick kiss, parting company immediately after. Upper-class ...
Style: family saga, captivating, light, stylized, visually appealing ...
Plot: family business, restaurant, brother brother relationship, male female relationship, mother son relationship, family relations, sexism, anti semitism, mother daughter relationship, emigrant, world war two, love ...
Time: 50s, post world war two, 60s, 70s, 1940s
Place: stockholm sweden, eastern europe
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My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, melancholic, factual, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: historical figure, fame, love, hollywood, actress, actor's life, movie star, ambition, cultural icon, women, depression, celebrity ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1956
Place: england, london, california, europe
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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, sexy, serious, controversial, disturbing ...
Audience: adult
Plot: world war two, eroticism, sexuality, dangerous attraction, nazi, s&m, guilt, concentration camp, bdsm, sex, sexual abuse, destructive relationship ...
Time: 50s, post world war two, 1940s, 70s, year 1957 ...
Place: vienna, italy, berlin germany, tokyo, hungary ...
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