Top 5 Space Movies of the 1950s

#6 - The First Great Era of Science Fiction

Before the 1950s there had been some science fiction in movies, but it was generally few and far between. In the 1930s there was Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, even earlier Fritz Lang did Metropolis and Woman in the Moon in Germany in the 1920s, and in 1949 Captain Video started off the TV scifi trend. With the coming of the 1950s, a sudden explosion of scifi happened, and the genre really started to come into its own. We started seeing rocketships flying off to the moon, or to other planets, flying saucers, and men venturing out into the unknown. This is one of my favorite eras of scifi. You've got bold adventuring and exploring, streamlined rocketships, rayguns, Moon Men, Martians, and more. Special effects were starting to mature, and these stories of adventures in far off places in space were now really possible to show. I am going to narrow down the field a little by restricting this to films that spend a significant portion of their time in space. For example, When Worlds Collide, though a great 1950s scifi movie, only gets into space in the last 5 minutes of the movie, and so doesn't qualify, to me, as a “space” movie. That said, here we go. Here's a look at the Top 5 Space Movies from this first real decade of science fiction in film.

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