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 talky, thought provoking, dramatic, realistic, melancholic and interesting films and TV shows about / with mentor, storytelling, dialogue, runaway, love, husband wife relationship, life philosophy, catastrophe, small town and cigarette smoking plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
1950s movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as 1950s: Brooklyn (2015), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017), The Founder (2016), Ladies in Black (2018), L.A. Confidential (1997), The Last Picture Show (1971), Diner (1982), Back to the Future (1985), The Bookshop (2017), Carol (2015).

List of 1950s 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, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: immigrants, starting over, love and romance, love triangle, female protagonist, friendship, irish, immigration, working class, true love, homesickness, fashion ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952, year 1951
Place: ireland, brooklyn new york city, new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 57 min.
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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, atmospheric, humorous ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: female protagonist, jewish family, comedian, stand up comedian, career, husband wife relationship, divorce, breakup, judaism, female comedian, changing lives, lifestyle change ...
Time: 50s, future
Place: new york, manhattan new york city
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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 ...
Plot: business, rags to riches, fast food, businessman, capitalism, salesman, ambition, betrayal, greed, fast food restaurant, mcdonald's restaurant, destiny ...
Time: 50s, year 1940, year 1984, 20th century, year 1954 ...
Place: america, usa, california, beverly hills, phoenix arizona ...
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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: stylized, atmospheric, captivating, inspirational, light ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: fashion, department store, rise to the top, career, woman, post war, women, love, happy ending, opportunity, final exam, immigrants ...
Time: 50s, year 1959
Place: sydney australia, australia
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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, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, murder, police detective, police corruption, corruption, murder mystery, justice, dangerous attraction, police brutality, organized crime, twists and turns, call girl ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, arizona
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The Last Picture Show (1971)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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, sexy, thought provoking, captivating ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, friendship, small town, older woman younger man relationship, teenager, graduation, high school, nostalgia, christmas, high school prom, jealousy, self discovery ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 70s, year 1952, year 1951
Place: texas, usa, california, austin texas, oklahoma ...
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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, melancholic, sentimental, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, date night
Plot: friendship, christmas, diner, gambling debt, adolescence vs adulthood, adulthood, love and romance, food, introspection, twentysomething life, couples, youth ...
Time: 50s, year 1959, 20th century
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, new jersey
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Back to the Future (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his ...
Style: feel good, exciting, light, funny, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, girls' night, date night
Plot: time travel, teenager, time machine, destiny, mad scientist, changing the past or future, adventure, inventor, time loop, scientist, time paradox, escapades ...
Time: future, 80s, 50s, year 1985, year 1955 ...
Place: usa, california
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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, thought provoking, tense, sincere, art house ...
Plot: small town, literature, bookstore, narrow mindedness, widow, independent woman, storekeeper, platonic relationship, death, society, rivalry, women ...
Time: 50s, year 1959
Place: germany
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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, erotic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, forbidden love, lesbian love, lesbian relationship, women, gays and lesbians, department store, lesbian romance, age difference, older woman younger woman relationship, road trip ...
Time: 50s, year 1952, year 1953, 20th century
Place: new york, chicago illinois, manhattan new york city, usa
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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, light ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen drama
Plot: time travel, alternate reality, small town, coming of age, parallel world, utopia, symbolism, satire, distopia, small town life, parallel universe, teenager ...
Time: 50s, future, 20th century, 90s
Place: paris france, france
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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, adventure, youth, children, courage, young heroes, death, friends ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1959, 80s
Place: usa, oregon, normandy
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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, epic ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, small town, child abuse, single parent, domestic violence, abusive stepfather, teenager, dysfunctional family, friendship, childhood, marital abuse, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1957
Place: seattle, washington state, salt lake city utah, washington d.c., california ...
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Hoosiers (1986)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach -- abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale -- whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy.
Style: inspirational, realistic, exciting, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: basketball, high school, small town, sport, underdog, high school basketball, alcoholic, father son relationship, championship, basketball coach, athlete and trainer, redemption ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 80s
Place: indiana, usa, california, texas
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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, emotional, stylized, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, teens
Plot: friendship, small town, robot, prejudice, self sacrifice, benign alien, androids and robots, childhood, boy, cold war, space and aliens, paranoia ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, future, year 1957
Place: maine, usa, iceland
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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, touching, talky, intense ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: racism, friendship, elderly, golden years, master and servant, civil rights, jewish, prejudice, old age, widow, boss and employee, stereotypes ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 1940s, 20th century, 60s
Place: atlanta georgia, atlanta, usa, georgia
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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, suspense, melancholic, captivating
Audience: date night
Plot: private detective, interracial romance, murder investigation, investigation, murder, crime investigation, politics, social injustice, organized crime, detective agency, conspiracy, corruption ...
Time: 50s, future
Place: brooklyn new york city, harlem, usa, new york
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Cold War (2018)
Genre: Drama, 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: romantic, sad, thought provoking, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: cold war, musician, audition, love, loveless marriage, communism, love story, female singer, suicide, tragic love, jazz, defector ...
Time: 50s, 60s, year 1951, year 1952, year 1959 ...
Place: paris france, poland, former yugoslavia, east berlin, eastern 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, philosophical, thought provoking, atmospheric, art house ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: philosophy, childhood, grief, coming of age, parenthood, spirituality, father son relationship, family relations, domineering father, death, redhead, strict father ...
Time: 50s, prehistory, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In the 1950s, brothers Jacey and Doug Holt, who come from the poorer side of their sleepy Midwestern town, vie for the affections of the wealthy, lovely Abbott sisters. Lady-killer Jacey alternates between Eleanor and Alice, wanting simply to break ...
Style: emotional, erotic, sweet, romantic, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: coming of age, small town, romance, dysfunctional marriage, working class, sex scene, obsession, family relations, family feud, social differences, americana, rich and poor ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century
Place: illinois, usa, philadelphia
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Phantom Thread (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK, China
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Renowned British dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock comes across Alma, a young, strong-willed woman, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover.
Style: sentimental, psychological, suspense, uplifting, visually appealing ...
Plot: fashion show, fashion, dressmaker, seamstress, fashion designer, masochism, lady, doctor, wedding, brother sister relationship, dysfunctional relationship, obsession ...
Time: 50s, post world war two
Place: alps, london
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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, serious, bleak, sexy, disturbing ...
Plot: world war two, eroticism, dangerous attraction, nazi, s&m, guilt, concentration camp, bdsm, sexuality, sexual abuse, graphic violence, concentration camp survivor ...
Time: 50s, post world war two, 1940s, 70s, year 1957 ...
Place: vienna, tokyo, berlin germany, frankfurt germany, hungary ...
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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, melancholic, sexy, stylized, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: jewish, college, romance, adolescence, existentialism, war, atheist, coming of age, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, student ...
Time: 50s, year 1951, year 1955, 20th century
Place: ohio, tokyo, new jersey
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Big Eyes (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the awakening of the painter, Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, suspense, sentimental, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: art, painter, artist, painting, plagiarism, secret, ambition, greed, marriage, abusive husband, court case, justice ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1958 ...
Place: hawaii, san francisco, paris france, california, usa ...
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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, heartbreaking, depressing, bleak, sad ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: adultery, abortion, infidelity, mental illness, destiny, death of wife, under the surface, marriage, family problems, suburbs, deadend life, depression ...
Time: 50s, year 1955, 1940s, 20th century, year 1948
Place: california, usa, paris france, new york, connecticut
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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: realistic, touching, sentimental, sexy, philosophical ...
Plot: coming of age, small town, children, boxing, childhood, nude model, friendship, boy, loneliness, youth, bittersweet, tomboy ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe, scandinavia
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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, talky, intense, realistic ...
Plot: corruption, manipulation, cheating, lawyer, advertising, investigation, greed, tv show, moral dilemma, television, contests and competitions, idealism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, boston, washington d.c.
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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: disturbing, scary, psychological, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, teen drama
Plot: torture, child abuse, rape, sexual abuse, cruelty, victim, helplessness, suffering, sister, sadist, child molestation, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 50s, year 1958, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, new york, america
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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, satirical, parody ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: rock and roll, forbidden love, gang, music, youth, rivalry, teenage love, juvenile delinquent, fall in love, juvenile delinquency, teenager, teenage life ...
Time: 50s, 80s, year 1954, 20th century
Place: maryland, baltimore, usa
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On the Basis of Sex (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, China, Canada
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, inspirational, thought provoking, captivating, motivational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: lawyer, female lawyer, women's rights, human rights, courtroom, marriage, teacher, supreme court, husband wife relationship, equality, misogyny, women ...
Time: 50s, 70s, year 1956, year 1963, 60s ...
Place: usa, denver colorado, new york
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