A true sci-fi fan wants to delve into the origins of this popular genre, which lies within the science fiction movies of 1950s. Many tributes and similarities to these classic titles can be found in modern day science fiction movies. Here is a list of the best movies, in this genre, for the decade:

  1. “Day the World Ended” Made in 1955, this movie follows a group of nuclear war survivors and their troubles trying to cling to life. Like any nuclear holocaust-centric story, this movie thrives off of friendship and tough decisions. One of the first of its kind (in movie form, anyway), so this movie should go down as one of the must see science fiction movies of the 1950s.

  2. “Kronos” A classic film about scientists who stumble upon an alien spacecraft that crashed into the ocean. After nights of mysterious happenings, alien machinery exit the ocean with ominous intentions. This follows the theory that aliens may have a civilization in the ocean; awaiting the day to come out and make human contact. Definitely sharing many similarities to the UFO sightings during that decade.

  3. “The Man From Planet X” A movie about the famed planet X, an extraterrestrial body said to come within close contact of earth. An inhabitant of the planet surprisingly visits earth in an attempt to make contact with humans, which it does on an island. Ignoring the awkward sense of mild romance, the movie remains to be one of the best science fiction movies of the 1950s.

  4. “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” An abused housewife becomes a giant after alien contact and then goes on to hunt down her cheating husband. That sentence alone should send herds of people flocking to see this promising movie. While the movie may be short on plot twists or hard scientific evidence, it certainly is quirky enough to satisfy the average movie goer. Definitely one of the more imaginative, and often spoofed, science fiction movies of the 1950s.

  5. “I Married a Monster From Outer Space” A movie in which aliens are becoming more and more humanized and accustomed to our way of life. This becomes evident when a human woman marries an alien male. It is supposed to be a horror movie, but many modern viewers will see this as a comedic science fiction movie. It gets my vote as one of the more comedic science fiction movies of the 1950s.

  6. “Forbidden Planet” A movie of epic proportions about a starship group that investigates the unpleasant calm in a colony, only to find out there has seemingly been a mass tragedy. This movie introduces a mysterious aspect into the science fiction mix, which makes it stand out as one of the best science fiction movies of the 1950s.

  7.  Godzilla, King of the Monsters!” One of the most popular monster movies of all time, rivaling even King Kong. This is a must see movie for any monster movie enthusiast whom is wondering how Godzilla came to be. Just do not watch this movie expecting jaw dropping special effects, considering that it was made in 1956.

  8. “Fiend Without a Face”  A movie about a scientist whom is experimenting with telekinetic powers and manages to create a new form of life. As any movie goer knows, however, the creation of life by a “mad scientist” in a laboratory only spells disaster. This is one of the many horror filled science fiction movies of the 1950s.

  9. “Red Planet Mars” The United States manages to successfully make contact with Martians, and this movie takes a look into the effect this news had on society, politics and the government. A great movie to see if you are looking to have your thoughts provoked.

  10. “Quatermass II: Enemy From Space” A scientist discovers that aliens are living on earth, secretly scheming to devastate the planet. The main characters come across the aliens in a mysterious factory which serves to be a mere façade for what is actually a complex plan to destroy the world. Another science fiction horror title that thrived off of the UFO scares of the mid to late 1900s.