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The Best Underrated Movies From The 1950s

“What are the best Underrated 1950s Movies?” We looked at 96 of the top Underrated 1950s films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 5 films, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Underrated 1950s” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 90+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 5 Best Underrated 1950s Movies Ever Made



5 .) Giant from the Unknown (1958) directed by Richard E. Cunha

	Giant from the Unknown (1958)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 1
  • IMDB 2

A series of grisly murders plague a small mountain community and the sheriff suspects a local scientist whom he dislikes. Together with a former professor and the professor’s pretty daughter, the scientist sets about solving the crimes and discovers the killer is an oversized 16th century conquistador, resurrected by a lightning bolt from his mountain grave.



4 .) The Black Sleep (1956) directed by Reginald Le Borg

	The Black Sleep (1956)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 1
  • IMDB 2

In 19th century England, a noted brain surgeon rescues a former student from being hanged on a false conviction for murder, and spirits him away to an ancient, repurposed abbey far in the countryside. There, he connives his pupil into assisting him in mapping the functions of the various parts of the human brain, using living subjects who are under a terrible animation-suspending drug called “black sleep”. Subsequently, the student, along with the daughter of one of the subjects, discover that most of these subjects have survived but are being kept in a dungeon-like cellar, in various stages of derangement… ×



3 .) The Haunted Strangler (1958) directed by Robert Day

	The Haunted Strangler (1958)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 1
  • IMDB 2

A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.



2 .) The Man from Planet X (1951) directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

	The Man from Planet X (1951)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Geek Tyrant
  • IMDB 1

While watching for a planet that may collide with earth, scientists stationed in Scotland are approached by a visitor from outer space.



1 .) The Vampire (1957) directed by Paul Landres

	The Vampire (1957)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 1
  • IMDB 2

A small town doctor mistakenly ingests an experimental drug made from the blood of vampire bats which transforms the kindly medic into a bloodthirsty monster.



 


The 90+ Additional Best Underrated 1950s Films



 

# Movies Lists
6 4D Man – 1959 Geek Tyrant
7 A Blueprint for Murder (1953) IMDB 2
8 A Summer Place Movie Forums
9 A Tale of Two Cities (1958) Quora
10 Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) IMDB 1
11 Baby Doll Movie Forums
12 Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) Movie Forums
13 Blood of Dracula (1957) IMDB 2
14 Caged (1950) Taste Of Cinema
15 City of Fear (1959) IMDB 2
16 Corridors of Blood (1958) IMDB 2
17 D.O.A (1950) Movie Forums
18 Destry (1954) IMDB 2
19 Equinox Flower (1958) Movie Forums
20 Et Dieu… créa la femme (1956) Quora
21 Eyes in Outer Space (1959) IMDB 2
22 First Man Into Space (1959) IMDB 2
23 Five (1951) IMDB 2
24 Flight to Mars – 1951 Geek Tyrant
25 Gate of Hell (1953) Movie Forums
26 Girls Town (1959) IMDB 2
27 Gog (1954) IMDB 1
28 Highway 301 (1950) IMDB 2
29 House of Blackmail (1953) IMDB 2
30 How to Make a Monster (1958) IMDB 2
31 I Want to Live! (1958) Quora
32 Kid Monk Baroni (1952) IMDB 2
33 Kronos – 1957 Geek Tyrant
34 La cravate (1957) IMDB 2
35 La vache et le prisonnier (1959) Quora
36 Love me or Leave Me (1955) Taste Of Cinema
37 Masters of the Congo Jungle (1958) IMDB 2
38 Naked Alibi (1954) IMDB 2
39 Night of the Blood Beast (1958) IMDB 1
40 On Dangerous Ground (1951) Movie Forums
41 Orpheus (1950) Movie Forums
42 Park Row (1952) IMDB 2
43 Personal Affair (1953) IMDB 2
44 Peyton Place (1957) Quora
45 Pickup on South Street (1953) Movie Forums
46 Project Moonbase – 1953 Geek Tyrant
47 Rocketship X-M – 1950 Geek Tyrant
48 Seven Men from Now (1957) Movie Forums
49 Some Came Running (1958) Movie Forums
50 Something to Live For (1952) IMDB 2
51 Sorority Girl (1957) IMDB 2
52 Tension at Table Rock (1956) IMDB 2
53 Terror from the Year 5000 (1958) IMDB 1
54 Terror in a Texas Town (1958) Movie Forums
55 The Abominable Snowman (1957) IMDB 1
56 The Angry Red Planet (1959) IMDB 1
57 The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) Taste Of Cinema
58 The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955) IMDB 2
59 The Crimson Kimono (1959) IMDB 2
60 The Duel at Silver Creek (1952) IMDB 2
61 The Fireball (1950) IMDB 2
62 The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959) IMDB 1
63 The Giant Gila Monster (1959) IMDB 2
64 The Gun Runners (1958) IMDB 2
65 The Gunfighter (1950) Movie Forums
66 The H-Man (1958) IMDB 1
67 The Head (1959) IMDB 2
68 The Importance of Being Earnest (1952) Quora
69 The Kid from Texas (1950) IMDB 2
70 The Killer Shrews (1959) IMDB 2
71 The Lusty Men (1952) Taste Of Cinema
72 The Man Without a Body (1957) IMDB 1
73 The Maze (1953) IMDB 1
74 The Monster That Challenged the World (1957) IMDB 1
75 The Music Room (1958) Movie Forums
76 The Mysterians (1957) IMDB 2
77 The Naked Dawn (1955) Movie Forums
78 The Nevadan (1950) IMDB 2
79 The Quatermass Xperiment a.k.a. The Creeping Unknown – 1955 Geek Tyrant
80 The Return of Dracula (1958) IMDB 1
81 The Steel Trap (1952) IMDB 2
82 The Thing That Couldn’t Die (1958) IMDB 1
83 The Tin Star (1957) Movie Forums
84 The Wasp Woman (1959) IMDB 2
85 The Werewolf (1956) IMDB 1
86 The World, The Flesh and The Devil – 1959 Geek Tyrant
87 Tokyo Twilight (1957) Movie Forums
88 Under the Gun (1951) IMDB 2
89 Vera Cruz (1954) Movie Forums
90 Viaggio in Italia (1954) Quora
91 Violent Saturday (1955) IMDB 2
92 War of the Satellites – 1958 Geek Tyrant
93 Way of the Gaucho (1952) Movie Forums
94 When Worlds Collide – 1951 Geek Tyrant
95 Winchester ’73 (1950) Movie Forums
96 X the Unknown (1956) IMDB 1

 


 


6 Best Underrated 1950s Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Geek Tyrant 10 Great 1950s Sci-Fi Movies You May Have Never Heard Of
IMDB 1 20 Underrated 50’s SF/horror movies
Movie Forums Most Underrated Films of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s?
Taste Of Cinema The 20 Most Underappreciated Movies of The Hollywood Golden Age
IMDB 2 Underrated 50s
Quora What are some of the most overlooked/underrated classic films from

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