Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1956. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1956. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1956 Sci-Fi Movies List
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
R | 1h 20min | 80min | 05 Feb 1956Score: 8.93/10
Director: Don Siegel
Starring: Kevin McCarthy, Robert Osterloh, Dabbs Greer, Carolyn Jones, Beatrice Maude
Synopsis: Dr. Miles Bennell returns to his small town practice to find several of his patients suffering the paranoid delusion that their friends or relatives are impostors. He is initially skeptical, especially when the alleged doppelgangers are able to answer detailed questions about their victim's lives, but he is eventually persuaded that something odd has happened and determines to find out what is causing this phenomenon.
Tagline: The original Black & White classic
Forbidden Planet (1956)
PG | 1h 38min | 98min | 22 Aug 1956Score: 8.7/10
Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Robby the Robot, Jack Kelly, Marvin Miller, James Best
Synopsis: When Adams and his crew are sent to investigate the silence from a planet inhabited by scientists, he finds all but two have died. Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira have somehow survived a hideous monster which roams the planet. Unknown to Adams, Morbius has made a discovery, and has no intention of sharing it (or his daughter!) with anyone.
Tagline: IT'S OUT OF THIS WORLD! (original print ad - all caps)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
R | 1h 20min | 80min | 27 Apr 1956Score: 6.97/10
Directors: Ishirô Honda, Terry O. Morse, Ishirô Honda
Starring: James Hong, Akira Takarada, Kenji Sahara, Akihiko Hirata, Lee Miller
Synopsis: When American reporter Steve Martin investigates a series of mysterious disasters off the coast of Japan, he comes face to face with an ancient creature so powerful and so terrifying, it can reduce Tokyo to a smoldering graveyard. Nuclear weapon testing resurrected this relic from the Jurassic age, and now it's rampaging across Japan. At night, Godzilla wades through Tokyo leaving death and destruction in his wake, disappearing into Tokyo Bay when his rage subsides. Coventional weapons are useless against him; but renowned scientist Dr. Serizawa has discovered a weapon that could destroy all life in the bay -- including…
Tagline: Makes KING KONG look like a Midget!
R | 1h 22min | 82min | 06 Aug 1957Score: 6.7/10
Directors: Ishirô Honda, Ishirô Honda
Starring: Keye Luke, Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara, Yutaka Oka, Tateo Kawasaki
Synopsis: In the Japanese mining village of Kitamatsu, miners ares starting to disappear deep inside shaft number 8. Some of the men sent to investigate are killed but one who has managed to escape brings back a tale of a giant insect. Soon, the giant prehistoric insects are attacking the village. Not long after, something traveling faster than the speed of sound is found flying in the sky. It is Rodan, a giant flying prehistoric reptile that has come to life. It spreads terror throughout Japan and is seemingly invincible to any weapon they may throw at it.
Tagline: Most horrifying hell creature that ever menaced all mankind!
X the Unknown (1956)
R | 1h 21min | 81minScore: 6.1/10
Directors: Leslie Norman, Joseph Losey
Starring: Brian Peck, Leo McKern, John Harvey, Jack Lambert, Edwin Richfield
Synopsis: British Army radiation drills at a remote Scottish base attract a subterranean, radioactive entity of unknown nature that vanishes, leaving two severely radiation-burned soldiers... and a "bottomless" crack in the earth. Others who meet the thing in the night suffer likewise, and with increasing severity; it seems to be able to "absorb" radiation from any source, growing bigger and bigger. What is it?? How do you destroy a thing that "feeds" on energy?
Tagline: NOTHING CAN STOP IT! (original print ad - all caps)
R | 1h 30min | 90minScore: 5.65/10
Director: Michael Anderson
Starring: Donald Pleasence, John Vernon, Patrick Troughton, Walter Gotell, Michael Ripper
Synopsis: In a futuristic, state-run society controlled by "Big Brother" in which love is outlawed, employee of the state Winston Smith falls for Julia, and is tortured and brainwashed for his crime.
Tagline: Will Ecstasy Be a Crime ...In the Terrifying World of the Future?
The Werewolf (1956)
R | 1h 19min | 79minScore: 5.51/10
Director: Fred F. Sears
Starring: Bill Clark, Larry J. Blake, Leonard P. Geer, Ernesto Molinari, Don Megowan
Synopsis: Two scientists come across an auto accident and find an unconscious man in the wreck. They take him back to their lab and inject him with a serum they have been working with. Unfortunately, the serum has the effect of turning the man into a murderous werewolf.
Tagline: You see it happen!
The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
R | 1h 18min | 78min | 26 Apr 1956Score: 4.8/10
Director: John Sherwood
Starring: James Rawley, Ricou Browning, Frank Chase, Gregg Palmer, David McMahon
Synopsis: In this third Gill-Man feature, the Creature is captured and turned into an air-breather by a rich mad scientist. This makes the Creature very unhappy, and he escapes, killing people and setting fires in the process.
Tagline: The second sequel to The Creature from the Black Lagoon!
The Mole People (1956)
R | 1h 17min | 77minScore: 4.66/10
Director: Virgil W. Vogel
Starring: Bob Herron, Kay E. Kuter, James Logan, John Agar, Frank Baxter
Synopsis: On an archaeological dig in Asia, Dr. Roger Bentley finds a cuneiform tablet referring to an ancient society, the Shadow Dynasty, that was destroyed. An earthquake soon after reveals an ancient artifact and the scientists discover the ruins of an ancient temple world on a remote mountain site. It leads them to an underground world, lost in time, where people have adapted to low light. The High Priest Elinu doesn't welcome the presence of the new arrivals and wants them eliminated.
Tagline: ...a savage civilization a million years old, raging with blood-lusting fury!
Man Beast (1956)
R | 1h 07min | 67min | 05 Dec 1956Score: 4.2/10
Director: Jerry Warren
Starring: George Skaff, Asa Maynor, Rock Madison, Tom Maruzzi, Lloyd Nelson
Synopsis: Connie Hayward mounts an expedition into the Himalayan Mountains looking for her brother, who has not returned from a previous trek trying to locate the Yeti, or "Abominable Snowman". Arriving at her brother's last-known camp Connie and her companions find only a strange old guide, Varga. They are soon attacked by gigantic Snowmen but are not half as surprised as when Vargas reveals his secret origin and the plans he has for Connie.
Tagline: Hair-raising excitement in the icy lair of man-like creatures roaming the roof of the world!
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