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1953 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In television

The year 1953 in film involved some significant events.


  • Events 1
  • Top grossing films (U.S.) 2
  • Awards 3
  • Notable films released in 1953 4
  • Serials 5
  • Short film series 6
  • Births 7
  • Deaths 8
  • Debuts 9
  • Notes 10


Top grossing films (U.S.)[1]

Rank Title Studio Director(s) Actors Gross
1. The Robe Twentieth Century Fox Henry Koster Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie, Jay Robinson, Dean Jagger $17,500,000
2. From Here to Eternity Columbia Pictures Fred Zinneman George Reeves $12,500,000
3. Shane Paramount Pictures George Stevens Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon deWilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan $8,000,000
4. How to Marry a Millionaire Twentieth Century Fox Jean Negulesco Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, William Powell, Cameron Mitchell, Rory Calhoun $7,500,000
5. Peter Pan RKO / Walt Disney Productions / Walt Disney Feature Animation Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske, Heather Angel, Bill Thompson, Margaret Kerry, Corinne Orr, Robert Ellis, Jeffery Silver, Jonny McGovern, Stuffy Singer, Tony Butala $7,000,000
6. Hans Christian Andersen RKO Radio Pictures Charles Vidor Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire $6,000,000
7. House of Wax Warner Bros. André de Toth Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Frank Lovejoy, Carolyn Jones, Phyllis Kirk $5,500,000
8. Mogambo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer John Ford Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Donald Sinden $5,200,000
9. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Twentieth Century Fox Howard Hawks Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn, Elliot Reed, Tommy Noonan $5,100,000
10. Salome Columbia Pictures William Dieterle Rita Hayworth, Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton, Judith Anderson, Sir Cedric Hardwicke $4,750,000


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: From Here to Eternity - Columbia Pictures
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann - From Here to Eternity
Best Actor: William Holden - Stalag 17
Best Actress: Audrey Hepburn - Roman Holiday
Best Supporting Actor: Frank Sinatra - From Here to Eternity
Best Supporting Actress: Donna Reed - From Here to Eternity

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: The Robe
Best Actor: Spencer Tracy - The Actress
Best Actress: Audrey Hepburn - Roman Holiday
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: No award
Best Actor: David Niven - The Moon Is Blue
Best Actress: Ethel Merman - Call Me Madam
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann - From Here to Eternity

Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival):

Henri-Georges Clouzot, France / Italy

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival): Not awarded

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

The Wages of Fear (Le salaire de la peur), directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, France / Italy

Notable films released in 1953

U.S.A. unless stated
















Short film series





  1. ^ "The Top Box Office Hits of 1953". Variety, January 13, 1954.
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