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, dramatic, talky, serious, emotional and melancholic films and TV shows about / with mentor, runaway, dialogue, storytelling, friendship, catastrophe, culture clash, childhood, death and loneliness plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.

1950s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 1950s: The Girl Next Door (2007), The Founder (2016), The Finest Hours (2016), Pleasantville (1998), The Last Picture Show (1971), L.A. Confidential (1997), Brooklyn (2015), The Crown (2016), Stand by Me (1986), School Ties (1992).
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The Crown (2016)
Drama, History
58 min.
The Finest Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller
117 min.
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Cold War (2018)
Drama, Music, Romance
Poland, UK, France
88 min.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA, India, Canada
105 min.

List of 1950s movies

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, cruelty, sister, suffering, sadist, rape, victim, helplessness, crime, confined ...
Time: 1950s, contemporary
Place: america
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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: factual, based on true events, realistic, motivational, clever ...
Plot: family business, fast food, businessman, ambition, salesman, greed, business, rags to riches, capitalism, betrayal, twists & turns, destiny ...
Time: 1950s
Place: mcdonald's restaurant, usa, america, california
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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, suspenseful, serious, tense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, daring rescue, adventure, rescue mission, coast guard, sinking ship, danger, escapades, courage, natural disaster, boat, ocean ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new england, usa, massachusetts, england
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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: witty, touching, semi serious, humorous, offbeat ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen comedy
Plot: small town life, utopia, coming of age, parallel world, siblings relations, small town, time travel, alternate reality, racism, book burning, fish out of water, society ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: paris france, france
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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, sentimental, serious, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: innocence lost, graduation, christmas, small town, coming of age, friendship, high school graduation, elopement, self discovery, americana, american dream, basketball ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: texas, usa, mexico, oklahoma, california
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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, gloomy, clever, talky ...
Plot: dangerous attraction, murder, police detective, police corruption, prostitute, manipulations, fighting the system, district attorney, domestic violence, corpse, gang, police investigation ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa
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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, hopes, boarding house, marriage, ship, homesickness ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: ireland, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, usa, europe ...
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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, based on true events, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: queen, royal family, british royal family, palace intrigue, woman, monarch, prime minister, winston churchill, british history, monarchy, power, politics ...
Time: 1950s
Place: england, buckingham palace
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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, realistic, intense ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing
Plot: friendship, coming of age, childhood, buddies, innocence lost, youth, friends, young heroes, small town, human relationship, coming-of-age, young kid ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1959
Place: oregon, usa
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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, realistic, serious, thought provoking, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: anti semitism, high school, coming of age, boarding school life, friendship, preparatory school, football, cheating, boarding school, sport, working class, teenage life ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, israel
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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, serious, rough, sentimental ...
Plot: single parent, coming of age, domestic violence, friendship, dysfunctional family, child abuse, mechanic, homosexual, jealousy, oppression, alcoholic, parents and children ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: seattle, usa, washington state, united states, seattle washington
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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, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: elderly, master and servant, golden years, civil rights, boss and employee, friendship, widow, car accident, chauffeur, jewish, self discovery, aging ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: georgia, usa, atlanta georgia
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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, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: androids and robots, friendship, cold war, benign alien, giant, giant robots, small town, loneliness, giant robot, paranoia, fish out of water, prejudice ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1957
Place: maine, usa
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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, semi serious, realistic, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, friendship, communism, mccarthyism, fighting the system, cons and scams, movie business, fight, dishonesty, society, actor's life, writer's life ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s
Place: europe, florence, new york, usa, italy
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Masters of Sex (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: William Masters and Virginia Johnson are real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a midwestern teaching hospital to the cover of Time magazine and multiple appearances ...
Style: sexual, stylized, sexy, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: strong sexual content, sexuality, sexual relations, sexual exploration, masturbation, sexual dysfunction, human nature, sexual identity, couple relations, love and romance, against the rules, society ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, missouri
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Carol (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
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, gloomy, breathtaking ...
Plot: lesbian, forbidden love, gays and lesbians, divorce, lesbian romance, hotel, gay, lesbian kiss, child custody, road trip, department store, christmas ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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: realistic, bleak, gloomy, serious, captivating ...
Plot: abortion, unwanted pregnancy, neighbor, pregnancy, injustice, female protagonist, tailor, miscarriage, women's prison, police, rape, family in crisis ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: england, europe, hamburg germany, korea, burma ...
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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, feel good, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: follow your dream, teacher, small town, against the odds, generation gap, nasa, teenage life, satellite, friendship, rocket, coal mine, student ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, mine, usa
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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, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: investigation, moral dilemma, lawyer, cheating, contests and competitions, media, manipulation, advertising, fame, professor, prejudice, ethics ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: new york, usa, boston
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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: serious, depressing, heartbreaking, bad ending, bleak ...
Plot: under the surface, couple relations, family problems, destiny, adultery, crumbling marriage, dysfunctional family, unfulfillment, abortion, jealousy, death of wife, relationships ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1940s, year 1955
Place: connecticut, usa, paris france, california
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: adventure, archaeologist, adventurer, treasure hunt, treasure, chase, artifact, whip, good versus evil, russian, heroes, master villain ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, year 1957
Place: latin america, peru, mexico city, usa, nevada ...
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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, realistic, tragicomedy, semi serious, sentimental ...
Plot: boxing, coming of age, teenage life, friendship, small town, dog, sexuality, tomboy, loneliness, soccer, underdog, uncle ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: sweden, europe
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Dance with a Stranger (1985)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain, Mike Newell's Dance With a Stranger (1985) concentrates on Ellis's (Richardson) short-lived relationship with motor-racing driver David Blakely (Rupert Everett).
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, touching, psychological ...
Plot: murder, obsession, true crime, female criminal, nightclub, capital punishment, single mother, dangerous attraction, vengeance, older woman younger man relationship, romance, love affair ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, 1920s
Place: england, europe, tokyo, london, california
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Knock (2017)
Genre: Comedy
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Doctor Knock is a former thug who has become a doctor and arrives in the small village of Saint-Maurice to make his fortune according to a particular method. It will make the villagers believe that they are not as healthy as they might think. It is ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, captivating, uplifting, funny
Plot: doctor, clinic, pharmacist, pharmacy, letter, restaurant, school, village, blackmail, debt, escapades, deception ...
Time: 1950s
Place: france
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Father Brown (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 52 min.
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating, intellectual
Plot: amateur detective, investigation, clergy, uncover truth, church, riddles and clues, crimes, danger, law enforcement, village life, police investigation, priest ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: england
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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: stylized, captivating, humorous, realistic, semi serious
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: youth, politics, adoption, love and romance, rock, rebellion, counterculture, subculture, state affairs, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, communism, dance ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: moscow russia, soviet union
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Pokrov Gates (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Stories from the lives of the tenants of the Moscow's communal apartment: Kostik, who is a college student, lives with his aunt while studying; Arkady Velyurov who is a performing artist; Khobotovs, who are a divorced couple; and Sava, who is ...
Style: humorous, tragicomedy, entertaining
Plot: love, biker, wedding, artist, farce, husband wife relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship, time warp, poet, boy, university, doctor ...
Time: 1950s
Place: russia
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M*A*S*H (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: The 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital is stuck in the middle of the Korean war. With little help from the circumstances they find themselves in, they are forced to make their own fun. Fond of practical jokes and revenge, the doctors, nurses, ...
Style: humorous, cynical, clever, realistic, witty ...
Plot: doctors and patients, sitcom, military life, military, military hospital, doctor, friendship, surgery, u.s. army, sergeant, korean war, combat casualty ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: korea
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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher, a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery, an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening ...
Style: sentimental, colourful, romantic, lyrical, sweet ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, unfulfilled love, young lovers, love and romance, unfulfillment, couple relations, family relations, love, class differences, first love, mother daughter relationship, teenage love ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, 20th century, 50s, year 1963 ...
Place: france, normandy, europe, tokyo
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Chocolate (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany, Cameroon
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, Protee - a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty ...
Style: touching, realistic, atmospheric, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: interracial relations, colonialism, racism, culture clash, jazz, coming of age, social differences, sexual tension, discrimination, society, youth, family relations ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: africa, france
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