List of American films of 1953

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The following is a list of American films released in 1953.

Donald O'Connor and Fredric March co-hosted the 26th Academy Awards ceremony on March 25, 1954, held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. This was the ceremony's second year of being telecast, with viewership at an estimated 43,000,000.

The winner of the Best Motion Picture category was Columbia Pictures's From Here to Eternity. All of the big winners that year were black-and-white films.

The 11th Golden Globe Awards also honored the best films of 1953. That year, no award was given for Best Picture: Musical or Comedy.

Spencer Tracy won the Golden Globe for Best Actor - Motion Picture - Drama, for The Actress, while David Niven won Best Actor - Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for The Moon Is Blue. Audrey Hpeburn won Best Actress - Motion Picture - Drama for Roman Holiday, while Ethel Merman won for Best Actress - Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for Call Me Madam. The Robe won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture.

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
99 River Street Phil Karlson John Payne, Evelyn Keyes Film noir
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T Roy Rowland Tommy Rettig, Mary Healy Musical Fantasy Written by Dr. Seuss
Abbott and Costello Go to Mars Charles Lamont Abbott and Costello, Horace McMahon, Martha Hyer Comedy
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Charles Lamont Abbott and Costello, Boris Karloff Comedy
Act of Love Anatole Litvak Kirk Douglas, Dany Robin Drama
The Actress George Cukor Jean Simmons, Spencer Tracy, Teresa Wright Drama Based on Ruth Gordon
The All American Jesse Hibbs Tony Curtis, Lori Nelson, Mamie Van Doren Sports drama
All I Desire Douglas Sirk Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Carlson, Lyle Bettger Drama
All My Babies George C. Stoney Educational
All the Brothers Were Valiant Richard Thorpe Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger Adventure Remake of 1923 film
Appointment in Honduras Jacques Tourneur Glenn Ford, Ann Sheridan, Zachary Scott Adventure
Arrowhead Charles Marquis Warren Charlton Heston, Jack Palance, Katy Jurado Adventure
Baby Butch Animated
The Band Wagon Vincente Minnelli Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, Jack Buchanan Musical 5 Oscar nominations
Battle Circus John Huston Humphrey Bogart, June Allyson, Keenan Wynn Drama
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Eugène Lourié Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway Science fiction
Beat the Devil John Huston Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lorre Comedy Written by Truman Capote
Ben and Me Hamilton Luske Animation
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef Robert D. Webb Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Gilbert Roland Adventure
The Big Heat Fritz Lang Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin Film noir
Big Leaguer Robert Aldrich Edward G. Robinson, Vera-Ellen Comedy
The Bigamist Ida Lupino Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmond O'Brien Drama
The Blue Gardenia Fritz Lang Ann Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr Film noir
A Blueprint for Murder Andrew L. Stone Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Gary Merrill Thriller
Bully for Bugs Chuck Jones Looney Tunes Animation
By the Light of the Silvery Moon David Butler Doris Day, Gordon MacRae Musical On Moonlight Bay sequel

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
The Caddy Norman Taurog Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Donna Reed Comedy Debut of song That's Amore
Calamity Jane David Butler Doris Day, Howard Keel Musical
Call Me Madam Walter Lang Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Vera-Ellen, Billy de Wolfe Musical
Canadian Mounties vs Atomic Invaders Franklin Adreon Bill Henry Western
Captain John Smith and Pocahontas Lew Landers Anthony Dexter, Jody Lawrance Historical
Cat-Women of the Moon Arthur Hilton Sonny Tufts, Victor Jory Science fiction
Cat-Tails for Two Robert McKimson Looney Tunes Animation
Catty Cornered Animation
Cease Fire! Owen Crump War
The Charge at Feather River Gordon Douglas Guy Madison, Vera Miles Western
City Beneath the Sea Budd Boetticher Robert Ryan, Anthony Quinn, Mala Powers Adventure
City That Never Sleeps John H. Auer Gig Young, William Talman, Mala Powers, Chill Wills Thriller
The Clown Robert Z. Leonard Red Skelton, Jane Greer, Tim Considine Drama
Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe Serial
Confidentially Connie Edward Buzzell Van Johnson, Janet Leigh, Louis Calhern Comedy
Cry of the Hunted Joseph H. Lewis Vittorio Gassman, Barry Sullivan, Polly Bergen Crime thriller

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Dance Hall Racket Phil Tucker Lenny Bruce Drama
Dangerous Crossing Joseph M. Newman Jeanne Crain, Michael Rennie, Carl Betz Mystery Based on the play Cabin B-13
Dangerous When Wet Charles Walters Esther Williams, Fernando Lamas, Jack Carson Musical
The Desert Rats Robert Wise Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton War
The Desert Song H. Bruce Humberstone Kathryn Grayson, Gordon MacRae Musical Based on the operetta
Designs on Jerry Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animation
Destination Gobi Robert Wise Richard Widmark, Don Taylor War drama
Don's Fountain of Youth Jack Hannah Animation
Donovan's Brain Felix E. Feist Lew Ayres, Nancy Davis Horror Davis later became Nancy Reagan
Down Among the Sheltering Palms Edmund Goulding Mitzi Gaynor, William Lundigan, David Wayne Musical
Dream Wife Sidney Sheldon Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Walter Pidgeon Comedy
Duck Dodgers Looney Tunes Animation
Duck! Rabbit, Duck! Looney Tunes Animation
East of Sumatra Budd Boetticher Jeff Chandler, Anthony Quinn, Marilyn Maxwell Adventure
Easy to Love Charles Walters Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Tony Martin Musical
The Eddie Cantor Story Alfred E. Green Keefe Brasselle, Marilyn Erskine, Aline MacMahon Biography
Escape from Fort Bravo John Sturges William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe Western
Fair Wind to Java Joseph Kane Fred MacMurray, Vera Ralston, Victor McLaglen Adventure
The Farmer Takes a Wife Henry Levin Betty Grable Musical comedy Remake of 1934 play, 1935 film
Fast Company John Sturges Howard Keel, Polly Bergen Comedy
Fear and Desire Stanley Kubrick Frank Silvera, Paul Mazursky Drama
From Here to Eternity Fred Zinnemann Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine War, Drama based on the novel by James Jones; won 8 Academy Awards
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Howard Hawks Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell Musical comedy Based on 1949 Broadway show
The Girl Next Door Richard Sale Dan Dailey, June Haver Musical
The Girl Who Had Everything Richard Thorpe Elizabeth Taylor, Fernando Lamas, William Powell Drama
The Girls of Pleasure Island F. Hugh Herbert Don Taylor, Elsa Lanchester Comedy
Give a Girl a Break Stanley Donen Debbie Reynolds, Marge Champion, Gower Champion Musical comedy
The Glass Wall Maxwell Shane Vittorio Gassman, Gloria Grahame Drama
Glen or Glenda Ed Wood Dolores Fuller Drama
The Golden Blade Nathan Juran Rock Hudson, Piper Laurie, Gene Evans Adventure
The Great Sioux Uprising Lloyd Bacon Jeff Chandler, Faith Domergue, Lyle Bettger Western
Gun Fury Raoul Walsh Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Philip Carey Western

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
The Hitch-Hiker Ida Lupino Edmond O'Brien, William Talman, Frank Lovejoy Film noir
Hondo John Farrow John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, James Arness Western
Houdini George Marshall Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh Biographical story of Harry Houdini
House of Wax André de Toth Vincent Price, Carolyn Jones, Phyllis Kirk Horror
How to Marry a Millionaire Jean Negulesco Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, William Powell Comedy
I Confess Alfred Hitchcock Montgomery Clift Drama
I Love Lucy Edward Sedgwick Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz Comedy Feature-length version of TV show
I, the Jury Harry Essex Biff Elliot Drama Based on book by Mickey Spillane
Inferno Roy Ward Baker Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming Thriller
Invaders from Mars William Cameron Menzies Helena Carter Science fiction
Island in the Sky William Wellman John Wayne, Lloyd Nolan, James Arness Drama
It Came from Outer Space Jack Arnold Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush Science fiction
Jennifer Joel Newton Ida Lupino, Howard Duff Thriller
Jeopardy John Sturges Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Ralph Meeker Thriller
Johann Mouse Animation
Julius Caesar Joseph L. Mankiewicz Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr, Louis Calhern, Edmond O'Brien Drama based on William Shakespeare play; 5 Oscar nominations
Jungle Drums of Africa Fred C. Brannon Phyllis Coates Adventure 12-part serial
Kansas Pacific Ray Nazarro Sterling Hayden Western
King of the Khyber Rifles Henry King Tyrone Power, Terry Moore, Michael Rennie Historical
Kiss Me, Kate George Sidney Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller Musical Based on 1948 Broadway show
Knights of the Round Table Richard Thorpe Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer Adventure

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Latin Lovers Mervyn LeRoy Lana Turner, Ricardo Montalbán, John Lund
Law and Order Nathan Juran Ronald Reagan, Dorothy Malone Western
The Lawless Breed Raoul Walsh Rock Hudson, Julie Adams, Hugh O'Brian Western
Let's All Go to the Lobby Animation
Let's Do It Again Alexander Hall Jane Wyman, Ray Milland, Aldo Ray Musical comedy
Life with Tom Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animated
Lili Charles Walters Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Zsa Zsa Gabor Musical 5 Oscar nominations
A Lion Is in the Streets Raoul Walsh James Cagney, Barbara Hale Drama
Little Boy Lost George Seaton Bing Crosby, Claude Dauphin Drama
Little Fugitive 3 directors Richie Andrusco Drama
The Living Desert Documentary Academy Award: Best Documentary
The Lost Planet Spencer Bennet Judd Holdren Science fiction
The Magnetic Monster Curt Siodmak Richard Carlson, King Donovan Science fiction
Man in the Attic Hugo Fregonese Jack Palance Drama
Man in the Dark Lew Landers Edmund O'Brien, Audrey Totter Thriller Remake of 1936 film
Man on a Tightrope Elia Kazan Fredric March, Terry Moore, Gloria Grahame Thriller
Martin Luther Irving Pichel Niall MacGinnis, Pierre Lefevre Biography
Meet Me at the Fair Douglas Sirk Dan Dailey, Diana Lynn, Hugh O'Brien Drama
Mesa of Lost Women Ron Ormond, Herb Tevis Jackie Coogan, Richard Travis Science fiction
Miss Sadie Thompson Curtis Bernhardt Rita Hayworth, José Ferrer, Aldo Ray Musical
The Missing Mouse Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry Animated
The Mississippi Gambler Rudolph Maté Tyrone Power, Piper Laurie, Julie Adams Adventure
Mogambo John Ford Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly Adventure
Money from Home George Marshall Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis Comedy 10th Martin and Lewis film
The Moon Is Blue Otto Preminger William Holden, David Niven, Maggie McNamara Romantic comedy
The Moonlighter Roy Rowland Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Ward Bond Western
Mouse for Sale Animation
The Naked Spur Anthony Mann James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan Western
The Neanderthal Man Ewald Andre Dupont Robert Shayne, Beverly Garland Science fiction
Neapolitan Mouse
Never Let Me Go Delmer Daves Clark Gable, Gene Tierney Adventure
Niagara Henry Hathaway Marilyn Monroe, Jean Peters, Joseph Cotten Suspense

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
One Girl's Confession Hugo Haas Cleo Moore Drama
Pardon My Backfire The Three Stooges Comedy
Peter Pan Clyde Geronimi voices of Hans Conried, Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont Animated from J. M. Barrie story
Pickup on South Street Samuel Fuller Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter Thriller
Plunder of the Sun John Farrow Glenn Ford, Diana Lynn, Francis L. Sullivan Adventure
Pony Express Jerry Hopper Charlton Heston, Rhonda Fleming, Forrest Tucker Western
The President's Lady Henry Levin Susan Hayward, Charlton Heston, John McIntire Biography story of Andrew Jackson
Project Moonbase Richard Talmadge Ross Ford Science fiction
Pup on a Picnic Animation
Puppy Tale Animation
The Redhead from Wyoming Lee Sholem Maureen O'Hara, Alex Nicol, Dennis Weaver Western
Return to Paradise Mark Robson Gary Cooper, Barry Jones, Roberta Haynes Adventure
Ride, Vaquero! John Farrow Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Anthony Quinn Western
Roar of the Crowd William Beaudine Howard Duff, Helene Stanley Sports Monogram
Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue Harold French Richard Todd Adventure
The Robe Henry Koster Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Richard Boone Drama 5 Oscar nominations
Robot Monster Phil Tucker George Nader, Selena Royle Science fiction
Roman Holiday William Wyler Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck Romantic comedy Academy Award for Hepburn
Salome William Dieterle Rita Hayworth, Stewart Granger, Judith Anderson, Charles Laughton Drama
Scared Stiff George Marshall Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Carmen Miranda Comedy 8th Martin and Lewis film
Sea Devils Raoul Walsh Rock Hudson, Yvonne De Carlo, Maxwell Reed Adventure
The Seafarers Stanley Kubrick 30-minute short
Second Chance Rudolph Mate Robert Mitchum, Jack Palance, Linda Darnell Thriller
Seminole Budd Boetticher Rock Hudson, Anthony Quinn, Barbara Hale Western
Serpent of the Nile William Castle Rhonda Fleming, Raymond Burr, William Lundigan Adventure
Shane George Stevens Alan Ladd, Van Heflin, Jean Arthur, Brandon De Wilde, Jack Palance Western
The Simple Things Mickey Mouse Animation
Small Town Girl László Kardos Jane Powell, Farley Granger, Ann Miller Musical
So Big! Robert Wise Jane Wyman, Sterling Hayden, Steve Forrest, Nancy Olson Drama
So This Is Love Gordon Douglas Kathryn Grayson, Merv Griffin, Walter Abel Musical
South Sea Woman Arthur Lubin Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Chuck Connors Adventure
Southern Fried Rabbit Animation
Spaceways Terence Fisher Howard Duff, Eva Bartók Science fiction
Split Second Dick Powell Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Jan Sterling Thriller
Spooks! The Three Stooges Comedy short
Stalag 17 Billy Wilder William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger P.O.W.
The Steel Lady Ewald André Dupont Rod Cameron, Tab Hunter, John Dehner Drama
The Story of Three Loves Vincente Minnelli Pier Angeli, Kirk Douglas, Leslie Caron, Ethel Barrymore Romance
The Sun Shines Bright John Ford Charles Winninger, Arleen Whelan, Stepin Fetchit Comedy
The Sword and the Rose Ken Annakin Glynis Johns, Richard Todd, James Robertson Justice Adventure

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Take Me to Town Douglas Sirk Sterling Hayden, Ann Sheridan Comedy western
Take the High Ground! Richard Brooks Richard Widmark, Karl Malden, Russ Tamblyn War
Tangier Incident Lew Landers George Brent, Mari Aldon Thriller
The Tell-Tale Heart Ted Parmelee Animation Based on Poe story
Terminal Station Vittorio De Sica Jennifer Jones, Montgomery Clift Drama
Thunder Bay Anthony Mann James Stewart, Dan Duryea, Joanne Dru Drama
Thunder Over the Plains André de Toth Randolph Scott, Lex Barker, Phyllis Kirk Western
Titanic Jean Negulesco Barbara Stanwyck, Clifton Webb, Robert Wagner Biography
Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom Animated short Disney educational film
Torch Song Charles Walters Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding, Gig Young Drama
Treasure of the Golden Condor Delmer Daves Cornel Wilde, Constance Smith, Finlay Currie Adventure
Trouble Along the Way Michael Curtiz John Wayne, Donna Reed Comedy
The Twonky Arch Oboler Hans Conreid, Gloria Blondell Comedy
The Veils of Bagdad George Sherman Victor Mature, Mari Blanchard Action drama
Vicki Harry Horner Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters, Richard Boone Crime drama I Wake Up Screaming remake
War Arrow George Sherman Jeff Chandler, Maureen O'Hara, John McIntire Western
The War of the Worlds Byron Haskin Gene Barry, Ann Robinson Science fiction Based on H.G. Wells novel
White Lightning Edward Bernds Stanley Clements, Barbara Bestar, Steve Brodie Sports drama
White Witch Doctor Henry Hathaway Robert Mitchum, Susan Hayward Adventure
The Wild One Laszlo Benedek Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin Drama
Working for Peanuts Jack Hannah Animated Chip and Dale cartoon
Young Bess George Sidney Jean Simmons, Deborah Kerr, Charles Laughton Biography story of Elizabeth I

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