The decade of the 1950s was another era of spectacular science-fiction films. Almost every year of the 1950s brought some brilliant works in the sci-fi genre. These movies offer concepts and thrills that were way ahead of their time. The sci-fi films of this era set the stage for several films to follow in their footsteps. Here is our pick of the best science fiction movies of the 50s.
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Ranked: Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1950s

1.The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
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6
The Day the Earth Stood Still
TV-G
21
6

This 1951 black-and-white sci-fi film tells the story of a humanoid alien visitor, Klaatu, who comes to Earth, along with a robot ,to deliver an important message, and to rescue to Earth from the greatest threat. 

Directed By:
Robert Wise
2.Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
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5
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
16
5

Strange seeds drift to Earth from outer space, and they cause mysterious pods to grow in California. Soon, some of the human beings start behaving like robots. One doctor takes note of this, and soon other people begin to make similar observations. It soon becomes apparent that the pods have been replicating the residents into emotionless automatons one body at a time.

Starring:
Carolyn Jones, Dana Wynter
Directed By:
Don Siegel
3.Forbidden Planet (1956)
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5
Forbidden Planet
TV-PG
16
5

Forbidden Planet is a science fiction adventure thriller film which revolves around a starship crew that decides to investigate the silence of a distant planet’s colony. They soon find that only two survivors are remaining, along with a robot.

Starring:
Directed By:
Fred M. Wilcox
4.The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
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3
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Not Rated
11
3

The Incredible Shrinking Man is a science fiction horror film which revolves around a businessman named Scott, who is on a vacation by boat, along with his wife Louise. Things get ugly when he is exposed to harmful chemicals, which causes him to shrink in size. As he continues to grow smaller and smaller, survival becomes difficult for him.

5.Godzilla (1954)
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Godzilla
Not Rated
13
4

Japanese Kaiju film depicts a sudden appearance of dinosaur-like giant monster that destroys ships and villages on Odo Island. Paleontologist Yamane reaches there to investigate. The attempts to kill it fail because the apparently indestructible Gojira is result of American nuclear weapon testing. Yamane’s colleague and reclusive scientist Serizawa has developed a powerful device, but can he be convinced to use it? 

6.The Man in the White Suit (1951)
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The Man in the White Suit
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3

Gifted chemist Sidney Stratton, obsessed with the idea of inventing everlasting fiber, loses several jobs for demanding expensive research equipment. Finally he succeeds and develops a white suit out of fiber that doesn’t stain or wear off. Though initially heralded as a great inventor, soon mill-owners and workers, who realize the threat to their livelihood, try to suppress the inventor and his invention.

Starring:
Directed By:
Alexander Mackendrick
7.20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
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5
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
12
5

In 1866, Professor Pierre M Aronnax and his assistant come across reports of a giant sea monster that is attacking ships in the Pacific Ocean. They are asked to investigate the disappearances, and therefore they set out on an expedition. But soon they discover that the monster is actually an advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.   

Directed By:
Richard Fleischer
8.Them! (1954)
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Them!
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4

Them! is a sci-fi horror film which revolves around common ants who mutate into giant man-eating monsters after the atomic tests in New Mexico. Meanwhile, General O’Brien, along with few others, attempts to take them down, and rescue any survivors.

Directed By:
Gordon Douglas
9.The War of the Worlds (1953)
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5
The War of the Worlds
TV-PG
12
5

While an alien invasion threatens the future of the human race, an American man Ray Ferrier struggles to survive the catastrophic nightmare, along with his family.   

Starring:
Directed By:
Byron Haskin
10.The Thing from Another World (1951)
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5
The Thing from Another World
11
5

The Thing from Another World is a science fiction horror film which tells the story of a US Air Force crew and scientists who find a flying saucer and a humanoid body in the Arctic ice. However, things take an ugly turn when the alien creature is accidentally defrosted and they have no other option but to defend themselves from it.   

Starring:
Directed By:
Howard Hawks, Christian Nyby
11.The Fly (1958)
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4
The Fly
10
4

The Fly is a science fiction horror drama film which tells the story of Andre, a scientist, who invents a teleportation device. However, things take an ugly turn and he meets with a terrible accident, as a fly enters his device.  This transforms him into a strange creature, which is a human-fly hybrid.

Starring:
Vincent Price
Directed By:
Kurt Neumann
12.On the Beach (1959)
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4
On the Beach
9
4

On the Beach is a science fiction film which takes us to 1964, where a third World War has caused total destruction of the World’s Northern Hemisphere, where nuclear fallout has eliminated the life of all humans. Meanwhile, survivors in Australia detect a signal coming from the West Cost of the US.  

Starring:
Fred Astaire, Gregory Peck, Anthony Perkins, Ava Gardner
Directed By:
Stanley Kramer
13.Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
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4
Journey to the Center of the Earth
G
9
4

Journey to the Center of the Earth is a science fiction adventure film which revolves around a geologist and his assistant who decide to go on an expedition to find the center of the Earth. The travel to a volcano in Iceland, from where they plan to begin their journey. Two other people decide to join them, but problem arises when a rival scientist decides to follow them as well.

Starring:
Pat Boone, James Mason
Directed By:
Henry Levin
14.The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
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4
The Curse of Frankenstein
8
4

Baron Victor Frankenstein, trying to evade execution for murder, recounts his life-story to a priest. After inheriting his family estate, Frankenstein appoints Krempe as tutor and later they carry experiments to bring dead creatures to life. However, Krempe withdraws when Frankenstein starts assembling parts from different human corpses. The creature that he brings to life turns disobedient and violent, and lands Frankenstein in trouble.   

Starring:
Christopher Lee
Directed By:
Terence Fisher
15.Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
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5
Creature from the Black Lagoon
G
11
5

Creature from the Black Lagoon is a science fiction horror film which revolves around a strange prehistoric beast, which has been lurking in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of explorers on a scientific expedition manage to capture the mysterious creature, but things take a turn after it manages to escape, and manages to kidnap Kay, the fiancée of one of the scientists.

16.Monkey Business (1952)
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4
Monkey Business
8
4

Monkey Business is a comedy film which tells the story of a scientist who is able to develop the elixir of life, which can help adults become young once again. Things get hilarious when he and his wife actually drink it.  

Starring:
Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Ginger Rogers
Directed By:
Howard Hawks
17.The Blob (1958)
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The Blob
9
5

The Blob is a science fiction horror film which tells the story of a young teen, who discovers that a monster has arrived in his town from outer space, that consumes everything in its path, as it continues to grow and grow.  

Starring:
Steven McQueen
Directed By:
Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., Russell S. Doughten Jr.
18.Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
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Plan 9 from Outer Space
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0

Various sightings of flying saucers landing near a cemetery in California, accompanied with strange occurrences, make the locals curious and afraid. When the aliens under Commander Eros and his assistant, Tanna, fail to stop humans from developing weapon that could destroy the universe, they put their ‘Plan 9’ in action and resurrect the dead in an attempt to take over the planet.

Starring:
Bela Lugosi
Directed By:
Edward D. Wood Jr.