Science Fiction Films of the 1950s

The Day the Earth Stood Still - A spaceship lands in Washington, D.C., capturing the attention of the world. But the alien emissary (Michael Rennie) it brings refuses to reveal his mission to any single government, leaving the military, the politicians, and millions of ordinary people to wait in fear.  (DVD 2347)

Them! -
A hard-nosed patrolman discovers a dazed child wandering in the New Mexico desert near a car and house trailer destroyed by a mysterious force. The trail leads an eventual confrontation in the sewers of Los Angeles. (DVD 3000)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers -
Plant-like extraterrestrials have invaded Santa Mira, a small town in California, replicating the villagers in giant seed "pods" and taking possession of their souls while they sleep. (DVD 408)

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms - An atom bomb test deep in the Arctic Circle disturbs the sleep of a giant rhedosaurus encased in ice for over 100 million years. The Beast swims down from the Arctic to New York City on a rampage of destruction and death. (DVD 8880)

Invaders From Mars -
Landmark science fiction thriller that plays on the paranoia and Communist threat invading Atomic Age America in the 1950s. A young boy is awakened during a storm to witness a flying saucer land in the field behind his home. No one will believe his story as, one by one, the townspeople are captured and put under the control of sinister forces from the planet Mars. (DVD 4603)

It Came From Beneath the Sea -
A giant, six-tentacled octopus, which is galvanized into action by an H-bomb test. Worse still, the monster is highly radioactive, rendering useless the normal means of defense against it. (DVD 8974)

War of the Worlds -
Invincible invaders from the planet Mars land in California and proceed with horrible efficiency to level forests, to burn cities, and to destroy most of civilization. (DVD 9362)

The Thing From Another World -
A team of scientists, investigating a magnetic disturbance near the North Pole, discovers a disc-shaped object and some sort of man-like creature frozen beneath the ice. (DVD 5595)

Forbidden Planet -
The far-off star Altair-IV, occupied by two lone inhabitants, is found by a search party from Earth.  Based on Shakespeare's "The Tempest". (DVD 541)

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers -
Zombie-like aliens arrive at a U.S. army base in search of help for their dying planet only to have the military greet their fleet of flying saucers with gunfire. (DVD 8979)

When Worlds Collide -
As Earth is about to be destroyed by a runaway star, a few privately financed individuals try to escape to start anew on another planet. (DVD 9361)

20 Million Miles to Earth -
An American rocket ship returns from a flight to Venus but crashes in Italy, leaving behind a cute little creature from Venus. Unfortunately, the little creature doesn’t stay little for long. (DVD 9484)

Destination Moon -
An American inventor gets private backing to build a rocket so that the United States can reach the moon before the Russians. Based on a story by Robert Heinlein. (DVD 4640)