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, interesting, serious, talky, dramatic and stylized films and TV shows about / with runaway, dialogue, mentor, storytelling, friendship, catastrophe, betrayal, pornography, greed and small town plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
1950s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 1950s: Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989), Project Blue Book (2019), Velvet (2013), The Girl Next Door (2007), Ave, Caesar! (2016), Stand by Me (1986), October Sky (1999), The Founder (2016), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017), Happy Days (1974).

List of 1950s movies

Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, West Germany
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: bleak, rough, social, based on true events, social realism ...
Plot: prostitute, union, fight, working class, society, urban, crime, brooklyn new york city, labor union, transvestism, pregnancy, transsexual ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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Project Blue Book (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
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, enigmatic, exciting
Plot: physicist, female friendship, uncover truth, scientific research, ufo, cold war, explorer, political conspiracy, female spy, lesbian interest, alien technology, alien
Time: 1950s
Place: usa
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Velvet (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 43 min.
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: captivating, stylized, emotional, romantic, sincere
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: impossible love, fashion, wealth, fashion designer, society, seamstress, social differences, male female relationship, workplace romance, gallery, love, dressmaker ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s
Place: spain, europe
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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, disturbing, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, torture, child abuse, rape, sadist, cruelty, sister, suffering, helplessness, victim, crime, confined ...
Time: 1950s, contemporary
Place: america
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Ave, Caesar! (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Mystery
Country: UK, Japan, USA
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, actor's life, filmmaking, disappearance, ancient rome ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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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, touching, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: coming of age, childhood, friendship, youth, adventure, loyalty, innocence, camp, courage, teenager, death, dream ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1959, 80s
Place: oregon, usa
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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: exciting, realistic, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: follow your dream, teacher, small town, generation gap, against the odds, teenage life, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition, young heroes ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, mine, usa, new jersey
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The Founder (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
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: based on true events, cerebral, factual, realistic, motivational ...
Plot: business, salesman, family business, fast food, ambition, businessman, rags to riches, greed, capitalism, betrayal, twists & turns, destiny ...
Time: 1950s
Place: mcdonald's restaurant, usa, america, california
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 57 min.
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, atmospheric, feel good, captivating, uplifting
Plot: stand up comedian, jewish family, female protagonist, divorce, comedian, fashion, husband wife relationship, career, breakup, single mother, judaism, beatnik ...
Time: 1950s
Place: manhattan, new york city
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Happy Days (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
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: humorous, realistic, sentimental, semi serious
Plot: sitcom, friendship, family life, teenage love, youth, love and romance, teenage life, buddies, parents and children, siblings relations, coming of age, basketball ...
Time: 1950s, 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s
Place: usa, wisconsin, milwaukee wisconsin
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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, humorous, sincere, semi serious ...
Plot: coming of age, road trip, family relations, parents and children, obsessive quest, teenage life, starting over, siblings relations, on the road, father son relationship, jazz, youth ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, chicago illinois, cross country, cleveland ohio ...
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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, gambling debt, adolescence vs adulthood, love and romance, adulthood, couples, buddies, introspection, lifestyle, youth, twentysomething life, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1959
Place: baltimore, usa, maryland, new jersey
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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: atmospheric, touching, captivating, psychological, epic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, dinosaur, grief, suffering, child abuse, parenthood, family relations, family life, family problems, wisdom of life, parents and children, sibling relationship ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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Tell It to the Bees (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Dr. Jean Markham returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father's medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the ...
Style: psychological, sad, touching, romantic, thought provoking
Plot: lesbian relationship, lgbt, intolerance, emotional abuse, love and romance, parent child relationship, secrets, society, beekeeper, working class, doctor, lesbian sex ...
Time: 1950s
Place: scotland
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Ladies in Black (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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: captivating, atmospheric, stylized, inspirational, light
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: department store, love and romance, female friendship, career, rise to the top, feminism, fashion, business, rivalry
Time: 1950s
Place: australia
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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, suspenseful, tense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, daring rescue, ocean, coast guard, courage, sinking ship, adventure, natural disaster, rescue mission, escapades, danger, forces of nature ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts, england
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White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A thinly fictionalized account of a legendary movie director, whose desire to hunt down an animal turns into a grim situation with his movie crew in Africa
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, touching, enigmatic ...
Plot: elephant, adventure, obsession, obsessive quest, wilderness, friendship, danger, friends, movie business, racial slur, animal attack, filmmaking ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: africa, uganda, california, texas
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Under Suspicion (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the late 1950s, British police officer Tony Aaron resigns from the force after sleeping with Hazel, wife of the man whose house he was supposed to guard. In his new job as a fake private investigator, he helps couples get divorces by ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: adultery, private detective, murder, divorce, vengeance, betrayal, investigation, police investigation, uncover truth, who done it, law enforcement, infidelity ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1959
Place: england, brighton, europe
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Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A Japanese-American fisherman may have killed his neighbor Carl at sea. In the 1950s, race figures in the trial. So does reporter Ishmael.
Style: emotional, sentimental, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, forbidden love, jury, japanese american, fisherman, culture clash, crimes, who done it, life is a bitch, romance, couples ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: washington state, pearl harbor, seattle washington
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St. Agatha (2018)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: St. Agatha is set in the 1950s in small town Georgia. A pregnant con woman named Agatha is on the run and seeks refuge in a convent hidden in deafening isolation. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a dark lair ...
Style: suspenseful, macabre, suspense, disturbing, brutal
Plot: convent, pregnant, torture, danger, fear, young girl, pregnant woman nude, salvation, violence, sect, dark secret, odd ...
Time: 1950s
Place: georgia
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The Last Picture Show (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The coming of age of a youth named Sonny in a small Texas town in the 1950s.
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Plot: graduation, christmas, coming of age, friendship, small town, innocence lost, basketball, jealousy, funeral, self discovery, coach, american dream ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, oklahoma, mexico, california
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Far from Heaven (2002)
Genre: Drama
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: stylized, emotional, tense, sexual, psychological ...
Plot: housewife, friendship, suburbs, crumbling marriage, prejudice, racism, infidelity, homosexuality, psychiatrist, divorce, christmas, african american ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: connecticut, miami, usa
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On the Basis of Sex (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.
Style: clever, surprise ending, inspirational, captivating, thought provoking
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: supreme court, equality, female lawyer, feminism, women's rights, husband wife relationship, mother daughter relationship, human rights, courtroom, marriage, female protagonist, u.s. constitution ...
Time: 1950s, year 1959, year 1970, year 1963
Place: usa, denver colorado
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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, semi serious, humorous, light, talky ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen comedy
Plot: time travel, parallel world, small town life, utopia, alternate reality, small town, siblings relations, old love, coming of age, prejudice, fish out of water, american dream ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: paris france, france
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Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, France, UK, Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of journalist, Edward R Murrow's stand against Senator McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s.
Style: talky, clever, realistic, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: tv show, politics, journalism, communism, paranoia, media, journalist, newspaper, singer, friendship, fear, suicide ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: usa, new york, california, soviet union, washington d.c. ...
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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, cynical, talky, clever ...
Plot: police detective, murder, dangerous attraction, corpse, district attorney, domestic violence, prostitute, police corruption, fighting the system, millionaire, heroin, organized crime ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1930s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, arizona
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School Ties (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When David Greene receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s, he feels pressure to hide the fact that he is Jewish from his classmates and teachers, fearing that they may be anti-Semitic. He quickly becomes the big man ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, serious, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: anti semitism, high school, friendship, coming of age, football, boarding school life, preparatory school, working class, sport, society, youth, teenage life ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel, boston
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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: realistic, emotional, touching, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, dysfunctional family, child abuse, homosexual, mechanic, teenage life, step parent, youth, respect ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, washington state, united states ...
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The Front (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
Style: clever, humorous, touching, biting, realistic ...
Plot: politics, friendship, communism, mccarthyism, fighting the system, state affairs, writer's life, bookies, love and romance, dishonesty, political corruption, cons and scams ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s
Place: new york, europe, italy, usa, florence
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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: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Plot: unwanted pregnancy, neighbor, abortion, pregnancy, rape, injustice, women's prison, tailor, miscarriage, police, female protagonist, working class ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: england, europe, melbourne australia, burma, hamburg germany ...
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