1953 in film

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The year 1953 in film involved some significant events.

Events[edit]

Top grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

Rank Title Studio Director(s) Actors Gross
1. Peter Pan* RKO / Walt Disney Productions / Walt Disney Feature Animation Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske, Heather Angel, Bill Thompson, Margaret Kerry, Corinne Orr, Robert Ellis, Jeffery Silver, Jonny McGovern, Stuffy Singer, Tony Butala $87,584,000
2. The Robe Twentieth Century Fox Henry Koster Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie, Jay Robinson, Dean Jagger $36,000,000[1]
3. From Here to Eternity Columbia Pictures Fred Zinneman Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine, Philip Ober, Jack Warden $30,500,000[2]
4. House of Wax* Warner Bros. Pictures André de Toth Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Frank Lovejoy, Carolyn Jones, Phyllis Kirk $23,750,000
5. Shane Paramount Pictures George Stevens Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon deWilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan $20,000,000[3]
6. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Fox Howard Hawks Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn, Elliot Reed, Tommy Noonan $12,000,000[4]
7. How to Marry a Millionaire Fox Jean Negulesco Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, William Powell $7,300,000[5]
8. Hondo Warner Bros. John Farrow John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, Michael Pate, James Arness, Leo Gordon $8,200,000[6]
9. Mogambo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer John Ford Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Donald Sinden $5,100,000
10. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Warner Bros. Eugène Lourié Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway $5,000,000[7]
11. Salome Columbia William Dieterle Rita Hayworth, Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton, Judith Anderson, Sir Cedric Hardwicke $4,864,000
12. Roman Holiday Paramount William Wyler Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams $4,750,000
13. Julius Caesar MGM Joseph L. Mankiewicz Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud, Louis Calhern, Edmond O'Brien, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr $4,741,000
14. Niagara Fox Henry Hathaway Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Max Showalter, Denis O'Dea $2,500,000[8]
15. The War of the Worlds Paramount Byron Haskin Gene Barry, Ann Robinson $2,000,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: From Here to Eternity - Columbia Pictures
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann - From Here to Eternity
Best Actor: William Holden - Stalag 17
Best Actress: Audrey Hepburn - Roman Holiday
Best Supporting Actor: Frank Sinatra - From Here to Eternity
Best Supporting Actress: Donna Reed - From Here to Eternity

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: The Robe
Best Actor: Spencer Tracy - The Actress
Best Actress: Audrey Hepburn - Roman Holiday
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: No award
Best Actor: David Niven - The Moon Is Blue
Best Actress: Ethel Merman - Call Me Madam
Other
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann - From Here to Eternity

Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival):

The Wages of Fear (Le salaire de la peur), directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, France / Italy

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival): Not awarded

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The Wages of Fear (Le salaire de la peur), directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, France / Italy

Notable films released in 1953[edit]

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