1953 in Film - Notable Films Released in 1953

Notable Films Released in 1953

U.S.A. unless stated

  • 99 River Street, starring John Payne and Evelyn Keyes
  • The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, starring Tommy Rettig


  • Abbott and Costello Go to Mars
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • The Actress, starring Spencer Tracy and Jean Simmons
  • Albert R.N., starring Anthony Steel and Jack Warner - (Britain)
  • The All-American, starring Tony Curtis
  • All I Desire, starring Barbara Stanwyck
  • All the Brothers Were Valiant, starring Ann Blyth
  • Anarkali - (India)
  • Appointment in Honduras, directed by Jacques Tourneur, starring Ann Sheridan and Glenn Ford
  • Arrowhead, starring Charlton Heston and Jack Palance


  • Baaz, directed by and starring Guru Dutt - (India)
  • The Band Wagon, starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant
  • The Bandit of Brazil (O Cangaceiro) - (Brazil)
  • The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, starring Paula Raymond and Cecil Kellaway
  • Beat the Devil, directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida - (Italy/Britain/U.S.A.)
  • The Beggar's Opera, starring Laurence Olivier and Dorothy Tutin - (Britain)
  • Belinsky - (U.S.S.R.)
  • Ben and Me, featuring the voices of Sterling Holloway and Charles Ruggles
  • Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, starring Robert Wagner
  • Bienvenido Mr. Marshall, directed by Luis García Berlanga, starring Fernando Rey - (Spain)
  • The Bigamist, directed by and starring Ida Lupino, with Joan Fontaine and Edmond O'Brien
  • The Big Heat, directed by Fritz Lang, starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin
  • Big Leaguer, starring Edward G. Robinson
  • The Blue Gardenia, starring Anne Baxter and Raymond Burr
  • A Blueprint for Murder, starring Joseph Cotten and Jean Peters
  • Bread, Love and Dreams (Pane, amore e fantasia), starring Vittorio De Sica and Gina Lollobrigida - (Italy)
  • The Brute (El Bruto), directed by Luis Buñuel, starring Pedro Armendáriz and Katy Jurado - (Mexico)


  • The Caddy, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
  • Calamity Jane, starring Doris Day
  • Call Me Madam, starring Ethel Merman
  • The Captain's Paradise, starring Alec Guinness - (Britain)
  • Carbine Williams, starring James Stewart and Jean Hagen
  • Cease Fire
  • City Beneath the Sea, starring Robert Ryan, Anthony Quinn, Mala Powers
  • City That Never Sleeps, starring Gig Young, William Talman, Paula Raymond, Mala Powers
  • The Clown, starring Red Skelton
  • Confidentially Connie, starring Van Johnson and Janet Leigh
  • The Conquest of Everest - (documentary) - (Britain)
  • The Cruel Sea, starring Jack Hawkins and Denholm Elliott - (Britain)
  • Cry of the Hunted, starring Vittorio Gassman, Barry Sullivan, Polly Bergen


  • Dangerous Crossing, starring Jeanne Crain and Michael Rennie
  • Dangerous When Wet, starring Esther Williams
  • The Desert Rats, starring Richard Burton and James Mason
  • Desperate Moment, starring Dirk Bogarde and Mai Zetterling - (Britain)
  • Devdas - (India)
  • Do Bigha Zamin (Two Acres of Land), directed by Bimal Roy - (India)
  • Donovan's Brain, starring Lew Ayres and Nancy Davis
  • Down Among the Sheltering Palms, starring Mitzi Gaynor, Gloria DeHaven, Jane Greer
  • Dream Wife, starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
  • Él (Him), directed by Luis Buñuel, starring Arturo de Córdova - (Mexico)
  • The Earrings of Madame de..., directed by Max Ophüls, starring Charles Boyer - (France/Italy)
  • East of Sumatra, starring Anthony Quinn and Jeff Chandler
  • Easy to Love, starring Esther Williams
  • Easy Years (Anni facili), directed by Luigi Zampa - (Italy)
  • The Eddie Cantor Story, starring Keefe Brasselle
  • Entotsu no mieru basho (The Four Chimneys) - (Japan)
  • Escape By Night, starring Bonar Colleano and Sid James - (Britain)
  • Escape from Fort Bravo, directed by John Sturges, starring William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe
  • Fair Wind to Java, starring Fred MacMurray and Vera Ralston
  • The Farmer Takes a Wife, starring Betty Grable
  • Fear and Desire, directed by Stanley Kubrick
  • Fast Company, starring Howard Keel and Polly Bergen
  • The Final Test, directed by Anthony Asquith, starring Jack Warner (Britain)
  • Folly to Be Wise, directed by Frank Launder, starring Alastair Sim - (Britain)
  • Footpath, starring Dilip Kumar - (India)
  • From Here to Eternity, directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden, George Reeves -- winner of 8 Oscars


  • Gate of Hell (Jigokumon) - (Japan)
  • A Geisha (Gion Bayashi), directed by Kenji Mizoguchi - (Japan)
  • Genevieve, starring Dinah Sheridan, John Gregson, Kay Kendall - (Britain)
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, directed by Howard Hawks, starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe
  • The Girl Next Door, starring June Haver and Dan Dailey
  • The Girl Who Had Everything, starring Elizabeth Taylor, William Powell, Fernando Lamas, Gig Young
  • Give a Girl a Break, directed by Stanley Donen, starring Debbie Reynolds, Marge Champion, Gower Champion
  • The Glass Wall, starring Vittorio Gassman and Gloria Grahame
  • The Golden Blade, starring Rock Hudson and Piper Laurie
  • The Great Adventure (Det stora äventyret), directed by Arne Sucksdorff - (Sweden)
  • The Great Sioux Uprising, starring Jeff Chandler
  • Gun Fury, starring Rock Hudson and Donna Reed
  • The Heart of the Matter, starring Trevor Howard - (Britain)
  • The Hitch-Hiker, directed by Ida Lupino, starring Edmond O'Brien and William Talman
  • Hondo, starring John Wayne and Geraldine Page in her film debut
  • Houdini, starring (husband and wife) Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh
  • House of Wax, starring Vincent Price
  • How to Marry a Millionaire, starring Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall (Grable, Fox's top star of the 1940s, with Monroe, Fox's top star of the 1950s)


  • I Confess, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter
  • I, the Jury, starring Biff Elliot and Peggie Castle
  • I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
  • I Vitelloni, directed by Federico Fellini - (France/Italy)
  • Inferno, starring Robert Ryan
  • Interim, directed by Stan Brakhage, short film (25 ½ minutes); music by James Tenney)
  • The Intruder, starring Jack Hawkins - (Britain
  • Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary?, starring Bonar Colleano and Diana Dors - (Britain)
  • Island in the Sky, starring John Wayne
  • It Came from Outer Space, directed by Jack Arnold, starring Richard Carlson
  • Jennifer, starring Ida Lupino and Howard Duff
  • Jeopardy, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Ralph Meeker
  • Julius Caesar, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starring Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud, Louis Calhern, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr


  • The Kidnappers, starring Jon Whiteley - (Britain)
  • King of the Khyber Rifles, starring Tyrone Power
  • Kiss Me Kate, starring Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, released in 2-D and 3-D
  • The Lady Without Camelias (La signora senza camelie), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni - (Italy)
  • The Landowner's Daughter (Sinhá Moça), starring Anselmo Duarte - (Brazil)
  • Latin Lovers, starring Lana Turner
  • Law and Order, a western starring Ronald Reagan
  • The Lawless Breed, starring Rock Hudson
  • Lili, starring Leslie Caron
  • The Limping Man, starring Lloyd Bridges - (U.K.)
  • A Lion Is in the Streets, starring James Cagney, Barbara Hale, Anne Francis
  • Little Fugitive


  • Malta Story, starring Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Muriel Pavlow - (Britain)
  • Man in the Attic, starring Jack Palance and Constance Smith
  • The Man Between, starring James Mason and Claire Bloom - (Britain)
  • Man in the Dark, starring Edmond O'Brien and Audrey Totter
  • Man on a Tightrope, starring Fredric March and Gloria Grahame
  • Martin Luther - (U.S.A./West Germany)
  • Meet Me at the Fair, starring Dan Dailey and Diana Lynn
  • Miss Sadie Thompson, starring Rita Hayworth
  • The Mississippi Gambler, starring Tyrone Power and Piper Laurie
  • Mogambo, starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly (a remake of the 1932 film Red Dust which starred Gable with Jean Harlow)
  • Money from Home, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot), directed by and starring Jacques Tati - (France)
  • The Moon Is Blue, first U.S. movie to use the words "pregnant" and "virgin", directed by Otto Preminger, starring William Holden, David Niven, Maggie McNamara
  • The Moonlighter, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray


  • The Naked Spur, starring James Stewart, Robert Ryan and Janet Leigh
  • The Net, directed by Anthony Asquith - (Britain)
  • Niagara, starring Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten
  • No Way Back (Weg Ohne Umkehr) - (West Germany)


  • Patita, starring Dev Anand and Usha Kiran - (India)
  • Peter Pan, a Walt Disney animation featuring the voice of Bobby Driscoll
  • The Phantom Stockman, starring Chips Rafferty - (Australia)
  • Pickup on South Street, directed by Sam Fuller, starring Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter
  • Plunder of the Sun, starring Glenn Ford
  • Pony Express, starring Charlton Heston (as Buffalo Bill)
  • The President's Lady (Charlton Heston's first turn at Andrew Jackson before The Buccaneer)


  • Report News (Reportaje), starring Arturo de Córdova and Dolores del Río - (Mexico)
  • Return to Paradise, starring Gary Cooper
  • Ride, Vaquero!, starring Robert Taylor and Ava Gardner
  • The Robe, the first movie filmed in CinemaScope, starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons
  • Roman Holiday, directed by William Wyler, starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in her Oscar-winning first leading role


  • Salome, starring Rita Hayworth
  • Sawdust and Tinsel (Gycklarnas afton), directed by Ingmar Bergman - (Sweden)
  • Scared Stiff, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
  • Sea Devils, starring Rock Hudson and Yvonne De Carlo - (Britain/U.S.A.)
  • Seminole, starring Rock Hudson and Anthony Quinn
  • Shane, directed by George Stevens, starring Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur (in her final film role), Brandon de Wilde, Ben Johnson, Jack Palance
  • Siamo Donne (We, the Women), starring Alida Valli and Ingrid Bergman - (Italy)
  • Small Town Girl, starring Jane Powell and Ann Miller
  • So Big, directed by Robert Wise, starring Jane Wyman, Sterling Hayden, Steve Forrest
  • So This Is Love, starring Kathryn Grayson and Merv Griffin
  • South Sea Woman, starring Burt Lancaster and Virginia Mayo
  • Split Second, starring Alexis Smith and Jan Sterling
  • Stalag 17, directed by Billy Wilder, starring William Holden (in his Oscar-winning role), Don Taylor, Harvey Lembeck, Robert Strauss, Otto Preminger, Peter Graves
  • Stars of the Russian Ballet (Mastera russkogo baleta), starring Galina Ulanova - (USSR)
  • The State Department Store (Állami Áruház) - (Hungary)
  • The Steel Lady, starring Rod Cameron and Tab Hunter
  • The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan, starring Robert Morley and Maurice Evans - (Britain)
  • The Story of Little Muck (Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck) - (East Germany)
  • The Story of Three Loves, trilogy starring James Mason, Leslie Caron, Kirk Douglas
  • Summer with Monika (Sommaren med Monika), directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Harriet Andersson - (Sweden)
  • The Sun Shines Bright, directed by John Ford, starring Charles Winninger


  • Take the High Ground!, starring Richard Widmark and Karl Malden
  • Take Me to Town, directed by Douglas Sirk, starring Ann Sheridan and Sterling Hayden
  • Thérèse Raquin, directed by Marcel Carné, starring Simone Signoret - (France)
  • Three Perfect Wives (Las Tres perfectas casadas), starring Arturo de Córdova - (Mexico)
  • Thunder Over the Plains, starring Randolph Scott
  • Titanic, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Clifton Webb, Thelma Ritter, Brian Aherne, Robert Wagner
  • The Titfield Thunderbolt, directed by Charles Crichton, starring Stanley Holloway - (Britain)
  • Tokyo Story (Tōkyō Monogatari), directed by Yasujirō Ozu - (Japan)
  • Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom
  • Torch Song, starring Joan Crawford
  • Treasure of the Golden Condor, directed by Delmer Daves, starring Cornel Wilde
  • Trouble Along the Way, starring John Wayne
  • Trouble in Store, starring Norman Wisdom - (Britain)
  • Twice Upon a Time, directed by Emeric Pressburger - (Britain)
  • Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari), directed by Kenji Mizoguchi - (Japan)
  • The Vanquished (I Vinti), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni - (Italy)


  • The Wages of Fear (Le Salaire de la Peur), directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, starring Yves Montand - winner of Golden Bear and Palme d'Or awards - (France)
  • War Arrow, starring Maureen O'Hara and Jeff Chandler
  • The War of the Worlds, starring Gene Barry
  • White Lightning, starring Stanley Clements and Steve Brodie
  • White Mane (Crin Blanc, Cheval Sauvage) - (France)
  • White Witch Doctor, starring Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward
  • The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando (a film thought by some to have started the generation gap between adults and young people)
  • Young Bess, starring Jean Simmons, Deborah Kerr, Charles Laughton

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