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1950s Films

Here is a list of 1950s films so you can create your own 1950s film festival at home. 

This is a great way to get ready for Nebraska Chautauqua! "The Fifties in Focus" is being planned for July 31 & August 1 in Ashland. There will be many free and family-friendly activities as you immerse yourself in America's most iconic decade.  Watch for more information about "The Fifties in Focus" on our Nebraska Chautauqua page.

Some of these films use poetic license and are not 100% historically accurate.
Some of these films may have outdated depictions of various ethnic, gender or religious groups. Parental discretion is advised.
Movies Made in the 1950s

Father of the Bride (1950)                         
Sunset Boulevard (1950)                            
Cinderella  (1950)
Ace in the Hole  (1951)                             
Angels in the Outfield (1951)                      
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)        
The Harlem Globetrotters  (1951) 
High Noon (1952)                                     
One Minute to Zero  (1952)                         
The Wild One  (1952) 
Big Leaguer  (1953)                                  
The Joe Louis Story  (1953)                       
Take the High Ground  (1953)                 
The War of the Worlds (1953) 
A Star is Born (1954)                                
Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)   
On the Waterfront (1954)                          
Salt of the Earth (1954)
Blackboard Jungle (1955)                         
East of Eden (1955)                                   
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) 
Forbidden Planet  (1956)                          
High Society (1956)                                    
Hold Back the Night (1956)
The Man Who Knew Too Much  (1956)   
Shake, Rattle & Rock!  (1956) 
Designing Woman  (1957)                       
Funny Face  (1957)                                    
Invasion of the Body Snatchers  (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)                              
Twelve Angry Men (1957)
The Blob (1958)                                        
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof  (1958)                   
Houseboat  (1958) 
North by Northwest (1959)                       
On the Beach (1959)                                 
Pork Chop Hill (1959) 

Movies About the 1950s

American Hot Wax” (1978)

Back to the Future” (1986)

The Buddy Holly Story” (1978) 

Cadillac Records” (2008)

Corrina, Corrina” (1994)

Coupe De Ville” (1990) 

Dead Poets Society” (1989)

Diner” (1982)

The Front Line” (2011)

Good Night, and Good Luck” (2005)

Grease” (1978)

Great Balls of Fire” (1989)

Guilty By Suspicion” (1991)

Hoosiers” (1986)

La Bamba” (1987)

Liberty Heights” (1999)

The Long Walk Home” (1990)

The Lords of Flatbush” (1974)

MacArthur” (1977)

The Manchurian Candidate” (1962)

M*A*S*H” (1970)

Mona Lisa Smile” (2003)

My Favorite Year” (1982)

My One and Only” (2009)

Northfork” (2003)

October Sky” (1999)

Pleasantville” (1998)

Populaire” (2012)

Pork Chop Hill” (1959)

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio” (2005)

Raging Bull” (1980)

Revolutionary Road” (2008)

The Right Stuff” (1983)

The Rosa Parks Story” (2002)

Saint Ralph” (2004)

Sergeant Ryker” (1968) 

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War” (2004)

Yves Saint Laurent” (2014)

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