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, talky, dramatic, emotional and serious films and TV shows about / with runaway, dialogue, storytelling, mentor, catastrophe, friendship, small town, honest, childhood and drinking plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
1950s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 1950s: Velvet (2013), The Girl Next Door (2007), October Sky (1999), The Founder (2016), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017), The Finest Hours (2016), My One and Only (2009), The Tree of Life (2011), Ladies in Black (2018), St. Agatha (2018).

List of 1950s movies

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: stylized, emotional, captivating, romantic, sincere
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: impossible love, fashion, wealth, seamstress, social differences, male female relationship, fashion designer, workplace romance, society, love, dressmaker, gallery ...
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, child abuse, torture, rape, cruelty, sadist, suffering, sister, helplessness, victim, crime, confined ...
Time: 1950s, contemporary
Place: america
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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, touching, realistic, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: date night, family outing, kids
Plot: follow your dream, teacher, generation gap, small town, against the odds, teenage life, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition, young heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 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, factual, realistic, motivational, clever ...
Plot: family business, business, fast food, ambition, businessman, salesman, 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, uplifting, captivating, feel good
Plot: stand up comedian, jewish family, divorce, female protagonist, comedian, career, breakup, husband wife relationship, single mother, fashion, judaism, stand up ...
Time: 1950s
Place: manhattan, new york city
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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, courage, adventure, rescue mission, coast guard, sinking ship, ocean, escapades, danger, boat, natural disaster ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts, england
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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, obsessive quest, family relations, parents and children, siblings relations, starting over, teenage life, on the road, father son relationship, jazz, hopes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: usa, california, chicago illinois, st. louis missouri, phoenix arizona ...
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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, captivating, touching, psychological, epic ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: childhood, dinosaur, grief, child abuse, suffering, parenthood, family life, family problems, family relations, parents and children, wisdom of life, parent child relationship ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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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, stylized, atmospheric, light, inspirational
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: department store, love and romance, female friendship, career, rise to the top, fashion, business, rivalry
Time: 1950s
Place: australia
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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, suspense, macabre, disturbing, brutal
Plot: convent, pregnant, torture, a vision, fear, young girl, danger, salvation, odd, female protagonist, betrayal, hit on the head ...
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, captivating, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: graduation, christmas, coming of age, friendship, small town, innocence lost, coach, jealousy, funeral, americana, american dream, basketball ...
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, realistic, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: housewife, friendship, suburbs, crumbling marriage, prejudice, racism, infidelity, homosexuality, psychiatrist, christmas, hypocrisy, divorce ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: connecticut, usa, miami
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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: france, paris 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, stylized, sincere ...
Plot: tv show, politics, journalism, communism, paranoia, suicide, media, journalist, friendship, singer, fear, patriotism ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: usa, new york, california, pentagon, 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, prostitute, police corruption, fighting the system, domestic violence, 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, rough, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, dysfunctional family, child abuse, mechanic, homosexual, parents and children, family relations, hopes, youth ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1957
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington, united states, washington state ...
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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, thought provoking, biting ...
Plot: politics, friendship, communism, mccarthyism, fighting the system, cons and scams, state affairs, love and romance, writer's life, bookies, dishonesty, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: new york, europe, florence, italy, usa
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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: dark humor, humorous, realistic, semi serious, satirical ...
Plot: hollywood, showbiz, kidnapping, ancient rome, movie star, journalist, ransom, uncover truth, filmmaking, actor's life, love and romance, artists and showbiz ...
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, realistic, touching, intense ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, childhood, coming of age, child abuse, loyalty, grief, innocence lost, railroad track, campfire story, small town, friends, human relationship ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1959, 80s
Place: oregon, usa
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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, sincere, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: unwanted pregnancy, neighbor, abortion, pregnancy, rape, injustice, female protagonist, tailor, miscarriage, women's prison, police, working class ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: england, europe, burma, korea, hamburg germany ...
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Liberty Heights (1999)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955.
Style: emotional, sentimental, realistic, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: coming of age, anti semitism, americana, high school, racism, culture clash, jewish, love and romance, small time, interracial relations, family relations, couple relations ...
Time: 1950s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, year 1954 ...
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, atlantic city new jersey
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Brooklyn (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Canada, Ireland, Belgium
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, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, working class, immigrants, love and romance, love affair, starting over, true love, community, ship, boarding house, journey, homesickness ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: ireland, usa, manhattan new york city, europe, coney island brooklyn new york city ...
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The Crown (2016)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 58 min.
Story: The gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham ...
Style: atmospheric, disturbing, serious, realistic, based on true events ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: royal family, queen, british history, british royal family, palace intrigue, woman, power, prime minister, winston churchill, monarch, monarchy, politics ...
Time: 1950s
Place: buckingham palace, england
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Quiz Show (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Quiz Show is a 1994 American historical drama film which tells the true story of the Twenty One quiz show scandal of the 1950s.
Style: intellectual, clever, witty, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: investigation, lawyer, moral dilemma, cheating, ethics, professor, fbi, advertising, media, prejudice, fame, contests and competitions ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, usa, boston
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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Genre: Drama
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: sentimental, touching, realistic, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: elderly, civil rights, master and servant, friendship, golden years, jewish, funeral, african american, racial slur, self discovery, thanksgiving, car accident ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, 1940s, 40s, 60s ...
Place: usa, georgia, atlanta georgia
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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, depressing, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Plot: under the surface, couple relations, family problems, jealousy, abortion, destiny, unfulfillment, crumbling marriage, adultery, housewife, dysfunctional family, self fulfillment ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1955, 1940s
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, california
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The Iron Giant (1999)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In the small town of Rockwell, Maine in October 1957, a giant metal machine befriends a nine-year-old boy and ultimately finds its humanity by unselfishly saving people from their own fears and prejudices.
Style: touching, exciting, semi serious, sentimental, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: androids and robots, friendship, cold war, benign alien, prejudice, family, giant, paranoia, small town, adventure, fear, army ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: maine, usa
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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, disturbing, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, transvestism, fight, union, transsexual, working class, crime, workplace situations, social decay, leadership, fall in love, teenage life ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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My Life as a Dog (1985)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Sweden
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A boy, obsessed with comparing himself with those less fortunate, experiences a different life at the home of his aunt and uncle in 1959 Sweden.
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, tragicomedy, offbeat ...
Plot: boxing, coming of age, small town, friendship, soccer, tomboy, teenage life, dog, sexuality, loneliness, family relations, friends ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe
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