1950s movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant 1950s movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, suspense, stylized, captivating, serious and interesting films and TV shows about / with death, storytelling, mentor, friendship, runaway, catastrophe, dialogue, husband wife relationship, drinking and betrayal plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as 1950s: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017), Stand by Me (1986), Brooklyn (2015), The Founder (2016), The Finest Hours (2016), Project Blue Book (2019), Velvet (2013), The Death of Stalin (2017), The Girl Next Door (2007), L.A. Confidential (1997).

List of 1950s movies

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: witty, feel good, captivating, atmospheric, uplifting
Plot: female protagonist, jewish family, comedian, divorce, career, breakup, husband wife relationship, judaism, stand up comedian, jewish, fashion, single mother ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
Place: manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, new york
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 8.1
 362K
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, youth, coming-of-age, teenager, loyalty, innocence, friends, young kid, young heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1959, 80s
Place: oregon, usa, normandy
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 7.5
 130K
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, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: immigrants, love triangle, love and romance, working class, starting over, brooklyn new york city, homesickness, love affair, true love, community, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, friendship ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1951, year 1952
Place: ireland, new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.2
 124K
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, based on true events, inspirational, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: business, salesman, businessman, fast food, mcdonald's restaurant, family business, ambition, rags to riches, greed, destiny, capitalism, betrayal ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1954, year 1984 ...
Place: usa, america, california, minnesota, illinois ...
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The Finest Hours (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: survival, natural disaster, storm at sea, adventure, ocean, forces of nature, courage, sinking ship, rescue mission, daring rescue, coast guard, danger ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1952, year 1951
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts, england
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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, enigmatic, exciting, twists and turns ...
Plot: ufo, alien, cold war, special agents, space and aliens, alien abduction, physicist, paranormal activity, scientific research, alien encounter, investigation, alien contact ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 8.1
 5K
Velvet (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: In 1950s Spain, the heir to a fashion house romances a beautiful seamstress who works for the company, despite the objections of his family.
Style: romantic, stylized, captivating, emotional, sincere
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: fashion, impossible love, seamstress, male female relationship, fashion designer, wealth, society, social differences, workplace romance, love, dressmaker, clothes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 60s, 1960s
Place: spain, europe
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The Death of Stalin (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, Belgium, Canada, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweebish Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev and Lavrenti Beria ...
Style: banned film, satirical, political comedy
Plot: josef stalin, political satire, socialism, military, death, chaos, repression, power struggle, funeral, satire, dictator, political intrigue ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, year 1953, year 1956, year 1949 ...
Place: soviet union, ussr, russia, siberia, moscow russia
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The Girl Next Door (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a quiet suburban town in the summer of 1958, two recently orphaned sisters are placed in the care of their mentally unstable Aunt Ruth. But Ruth's depraved sense of discipline will soon lead to unspeakable acts of abuse and torture that ...
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: sexual abuse, rape, child abuse, torture, child molestation, sadist, cruelty, nudity (full frontal - brief), torment, sister, suffering, suburbs ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, contemporary, year 1958
Place: new york, america
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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, organized crime, gang, police investigation, fighting the system, police corruption, corpse, prostitute, murder mystery ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, arizona, united states
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 7.8
 82K
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: touching, realistic, exciting, inspirational, sentimental ...
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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 6.3
 124K
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, journalist, ransom, uncover truth, missing person, filmmaking, actor's life, 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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Ladies in Black (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Adapted from the bestselling novel by Madeleine St John, Ladies in Black is an alluring and tender-hearted comedy drama about the lives of a group of department store employees in 1959 Sydney.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, captivating, inspirational, light
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: department store, fashion, female friendship, rise to the top, career, love and romance, opportunity, business, rivalry, feminism, pretty woman, immigrants ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: australia, sydney australia
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 6.7
 11K
Indignation (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, China, Brazil, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In 1951, Marcus Messner, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with anti-Semitism, sexual repression, and the ongoing Korean War.
Style: intellectual, stylized, exciting, melancholic, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, student, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, jewish, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, atheist, romance, jews, existentialism, adolescence, war ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, year 1951, year 1955
Place: ohio, new jersey, tokyo
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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, melancholic, captivating
Plot: private detective, murder investigation, investigation, interracial romance, crime investigation, brooklyn new york city, racial segregation, conspiracy, murder, tourette's syndrome, organized crime, corruption ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: harlem, harlem manhattan new york city, new york, usa, united states
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 7.6
 48K
Cold War (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, Music, Romance
Country: Poland, UK, France, Belgium
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A Cold War-era love story follows the passionate love affair between a mismatched couple.
Style: sad, romantic, melancholic, tragic ending
Plot: loveless marriage, cold war, tragic love, female singer, musician, audition, prison, suicide, jazz, communism, folk music, folklore ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 1960s, 60s, year 1951 ...
Place: paris france, former yugoslavia, east berlin, poland, east berlin east germany ...
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 6.5
 13K
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: captivating, sincere, tense, thought provoking
Plot: bookstore, shopkeeper, literature, small town, storekeeper, narrow mindedness, widow, society, rivalry, independent woman, platonic relationship, furnace ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: germany
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Voice from the Stone (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Set in 1950s Tuscany, Voice from the Stone is the haunting and suspenseful story of Verena, a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy who has fallen silent since the sudden passing of his mother.
Style: enigmatic, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, gothic ...
Plot: old mansion, father son relationship, governess, mute child, mysticism, supernatural, boy, estate, bedroom, female protagonist, widower, hearing voices ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, quarry
Place: italy, tuscany
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Laverne & Shirley (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, single roommates who worked as bottlecappers in a ...
Style: sitcom, feel good, not serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: best friends, friendship, female friendship, nothing goes right, lifestyle, starting over, looking for love, family relations, suburban life, working class, boss and employee, workplace ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, milwaukee wisconsin
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Women Without Men (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Ukraine, Morocco, Iran
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.
Style: sincere, stylized, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: prostitute, life is a bitch, society, social differences, state affairs, coping, rich and poor, coup d'etat, women, power relations, political unrest, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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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, parents and children, obsessive quest, siblings relations, teenage life, starting over, on the road, father son relationship, jazz, hopes ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1953
Place: usa, kansas city, phoenix arizona, cleveland ohio, albuquerque new mexico ...
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Intimate Enemies (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, Morocco
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A drama following a French platoon during Algeria's war of independence
Style: realistic, rough, disturbing, serious, bleak
Plot: military, soldier, atrocity, politics, anti war, racism, basic training, moral dilemma, political unrest, military life, imperialism, danger ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: algeria, france, europe
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 7.1
 19K
Diner (1982)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Set in 1959, Diner shows how five young men resist their adulthood and seek refuge in their beloved Diner. The mundane, childish, and titillating details of their lives are shared. But the golden moments pass, and the men shoulder their ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, touching, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, date night
Plot: friendship, diner, gambling debt, love and romance, adulthood, adolescence vs adulthood, couples, introspection, twentysomething life, youth, buddies, lifestyle ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1959
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, new jersey
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 7.2
 44K
Che: Part One (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The Argentine, begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Style: epic, thought provoking, sincere, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: revolution, cuban revolution, communism, execution, dictatorship, idealism, fighting the system, state affairs, leadership, freedom, political unrest, rise to the top ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: cuba, latin america, mexico city, new york
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 6.3
 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, feel good, humorous, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen comedy
Plot: prom, teenage love, friendship, high school, fish out of water, americana, youth, romance, friends, fall in love, couple relations, self discovery ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: california
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 6.9
 22K
Get on Up (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
Style: captivating, realistic, emotional, talky, heartbreaking ...
Plot: soul music, music, friendship, rising to stardom, desire for fame, ambition, musician's life, artists and showbiz, showbiz, rise to the top, blind ambition, black man ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1950s, 80s, 60s ...
Place: usa, georgia, south carolina, new jersey, boston
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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, touching, sincere, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: convent, midwife, nun, nurse, child birth, childbirth, doctor, family life, friends, family relations, nursing, pregnancy ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 1960s, 60s, year 1961 ...
Place: england, london, europe
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The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, touching, contemplative, captivating ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, philosophy, dinosaur, outer space, family relations, suffering, child abuse, grief, hopes, spirituality, parenthood, family problems ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set during the Cold War, the Soviets – led by sword-wielding Irina Spalko – are in search of a crystal skull which has supernatural powers related to a mystical Lost City of Gold. After being captured and then escaping from them, Indy is coerced ...
Style: exciting, humorous, suspenseful, entertaining, scenic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, family outing
Plot: archaeologist, adventure, treasure hunt, adventurer, treasure, archaeology, artifact, chase, heroes, sword fight, russian, good versus evil ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: latin america, peru, mexico city, nevada, connecticut ...
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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, social realism, based on true events ...
Plot: prostitute, brooklyn new york city, union, fight, working class, society, crimes, crime, pregnancy, labor union, transvestism, transsexual ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, berlin germany
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