Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of the 1950s




Time to travel back to an era where flying saucers, strange creatures, and exclamation points were invading the world – or at least, our movie screens. Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 science fiction movies of the 1950s. Check us out at and Also, check out the trivia section for this video:

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25 Comments

  1. Thomas Boyer
    May 7, 2017
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    What theme was used in this movie? Can someone please help me?

  2. chieflittlehorse
    May 11, 2017
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    My #1 favorite is War of the Worlds.

  3. A. Ñeko
    May 11, 2017
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    The Thing From Another World better be on this list

  4. Odee Dillon
    May 18, 2017
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    The Incredible Shrinking Man deserved more coverage. I know it wowed my socks off as a kid, when I watched in the early 60s

  5. Jetfire1959
    May 21, 2017
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    You should have had "This Island Earth" in your honorable mentions.

  6. badbobby badbobbyb
    May 29, 2017
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    I enjoyed watching these at theaters, and also night TV, with many of my childhood friends. Even though I am ow 65+, I still like to watch them.

  7. Bruno56
    June 6, 2017
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    They left out so many like the campy "Tarantula" of 1954, "The Amazing Colossal Man" of 1957 & "The Wasp Woman" of 1959! And what about my favorite "The Attack of the Crab Monsters". also of 1957?

  8. Cesar Montenegro
    June 10, 2017
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    it came from outer space for me one of the best movies

  9. vkorchnoifan
    June 18, 2017
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    "Forbidden Planet" is number Six ???!!!?!? It should be NUMBER ONE !?!?!!?!?????!!!!

  10. True
    June 25, 2017
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    i know there's not a lot of good sci-fi movies from the 1950s but C'mooon plan 9 C'moooon C'mooooooooon

  11. hydrolito
    July 16, 2017
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    The novel War of the world said for lack of a better word a heat ray, laser is a narrower beam of light. Maybe a microwave beam would fit the novel better but that's not a microwave either not sure what kind of energy that is suppose to represent maybe more similar to welding sparks although does not look quite right for that either.

  12. ParadigmBlaster
    July 31, 2017
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    There was a time that I thought that: "The Day the Earth Stood Still" had a Higher agenda that some Science Fiction films but, after I realized that it was disturbingly similar to "The Shape of Things to Come" and other film vehicles of the unspeakable sociopathic psychotic twits that occupy such organizations as "The Black Nobility", "Skull and Bones", "The Council of 300", Edward Bernays: "The Council on Public Relations" and David Rockefellers Luciferian collections of the criminally insane: "The Council on Foreign Relations" and his extension of that to get the Japanese Elite involved in those machinations: "The Trilateral Commission"…the idiotic control freaks that have ruined the environment deliberately to make money and blame their sadistic schemes on us and then use such as EXCUSES further impoverish and enslave us with CARBON TAXES(!)….I am sorry but, even running such evil garbage, feet first through wood chippers seems ENTIRELY TOO MERCIFUL(!). Here's to their ultimate DEMISE and utter and complete OBLITERATION(!) of all their filthy, self-serving PROPAGANDA(!)…

  13. CptDunsel
    August 2, 2017
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    "The audience virtually never sees the aliens or their technology…"  What on Earth (or any other planet) makes you think this?  There's no reason whatsoever to assume there is ANY "technology" involved in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers".

  14. Durins Bane
    September 23, 2017
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    Bit surprised   'It Came from Outer Space' didn't get a mention.'    Scary as well as a great story by Ray Bradbury.

  15. bukster1
    September 26, 2017
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    It's amazing how even though we have so much more technology and budgets for movies these days some of these movies from the fifties are just better movies. They were skillfully made rather than relying on special effects. They stand up well even today.

  16. Leslie Anderson
    September 26, 2017
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    Earth vs. the Flying Saucers was another classic from the era. Also, I was surprised that This Island Earth wasn't mentioned.

  17. Data Not Found Please Try Again
    October 2, 2017
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    Why is Plan 9 From Outer Space on this list? It's horrible!

  18. Homer Doggoneit
    October 10, 2017
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    Beast from 20000 Fathoms; Earth vs. the Flying Saucers; needed at least a mention.

  19. Holly Daviez
    October 25, 2017
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    My favourite movie is the war of the worlds

  20. Cliff Yablonski
    October 31, 2017
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    Destination: Moon and Conquest of Space belong here.

  21. Cliff Yablonski
    October 31, 2017
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    Lot of great sci fi movies in the 50's, then the 60's came along and a lot of crap was made.

  22. oldgysgt
    November 1, 2017
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    I agree with 9 of the picks, although I would have put them in a different order, but Godzilla would NEVER be on my list. I remember seeing the Americanized version with Raymond Burr when it first came out, but even as a kid I thought it was laughable. To fill the tenth slot, “The Fly” or “When Worlds Collide” would be good choices.

  23. marconatrix
    November 3, 2017
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    Forbidden Planet is basically The Tempest set in space, hence the semi-decent plot. But I think, like you, that TDTESS way above all the scary monster flicks. I'd say it still stands up today, the message is timeless.

  24. louisblackforester
    November 19, 2017
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    It Came from Outer Space !!!

  25. James Tausch
    November 29, 2017
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    A very enjoyable list; including the honorable mentions. Thanks!

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