14: 'Destination Moon' - 1950 - Plot: Straightforward
and forward-looking story of mankind's first expedition to
15: 'The Flying Saucer' - 1950 - Plot: UFO sightings
are linked to a secret Soviet aircraft. The first film to
focus on UFOs and to use the term "flying saucer."
16: 'Rocket Ship X-M' - 1950 - Plot: An early
space mission to the Moon goes off course and ends up on Mars.
17: 'The Man from Planet X' - 1951 - Plot: A
visitor from outer space uses a ray gun to control a scientist,
his daughter, and others in a remote Scottish village.
18: 'When Worlds Collide' - 1951 - Plot: When
scientists discover a rogue planet on a collision course with
Earth, a plan is developed to save a handful of people to
repopulate a new Earth.
19: 'Red Planet Mars' - 1952 - Plot: In the
midst of the Cold War, earthlings get messages from the cosmos
-- or perhaps from God?
20: 'The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms' - 1953 -
Plot: A nuclear blast awakens a dinosaur, who leaves
his Arctic stomping ground and heads to Manhattan to terrorize
the natives. Based on a story by Ray Bradbury. Features stop-motion
animation by Ray Harryhausen.
21: 'Invaders from Mars' - 1953 - Plot: A boy
sees a flying saucer land in the desert, but no one believes
him until his friends, family, and neighbors start acting
22: 'It Came from Outer Space' - 1953 - Plot:
Alien "xenomorphs" crash-land in the Arizona desert
and masguerade as humans to avoid detection. Originally released
23: 'War of the Worlds' - 1953 - Plot: A group
of scientists and military troops try to fight off an all-out
Martian invasion of Earth. Based on the novel by H.G. Wells.
24: 'Conquest of Space' - 1954 - Plot: The
U.S. military seeks to conquer new territory - Mars. Features
excellent special effects by legendary George Pal.
25: '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' - 1954 -
Plot: A scientist and a sailor get involved with Captain
Nemo, a power-hungry mariner who has a futuristic submarine.
Based on the novel by Jules Verne.
26: 'It Came from Beneath the Seas' - 1955 -
Plot: Atomic tests in the Pacific rouse a giant octopus
that attacks San Francisco. Features stop-motion animation
by Ray Harryhausen.
27: 'This Island Earth' - 1955 - Plot: Scientists
are lured into using their talents to help save an alien civilization.
28: 'Earth vs the Flying Saucers' - 1956 - Plot:
Aliens from a dying planet attempt to conquer and colonize
Earth. Features Ray Harryhausen's special effects.
29: 'Forbidden Planet' - 1956 - Plot: Survivors
of a spaceship crash meet the enigmatic Dr. Morbius, his beautiful
daughter, their robot assistant Robby, and the dangerous creature
of the Id. Based on Shakespeare's play "Tempest."
yes, there are many more