Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1957. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1957. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1957 Sci-Fi Movies List
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
R | 1h 21min | 81min | 17 May 1957Score: 8.4/10
Director: Jack Arnold
Starring: William Schallert, Billy Curtis, Regis Parton, Charles Perry, Chet Brandenburg
Synopsis: Scott Carey and his wife Louise are sunning themselves on their cabin cruiser, the small craft adrift on a calm sea. While his wife is below deck, a low mist passes over him. Scott, lying in the sun, is sprinkled with glittery particles that quickly evaporate. Later he is accidentally sprayed with an insecticide while driving and, in the next few days, he finds that he has begun to shrink. First just a few inches, so that his clothes no longer fit, then a little more. Soon he is only three feet tall, and a national curiosity. At six inches…
Tagline: Almost beyond the imagination . . . A strange adventure into the unknown ! [UK Theatrical]
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
R | 1h 22min | 82min | 25 Jun 1957Score: 7.65/10
Director: Terence Fisher
Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Valerie Gaunt, Anne Blake, Andrew Leigh
Synopsis: In prison and awaiting execution, Dr. Victor Frankenstein recounts to a priest what led him to his current circumstance. He inherited his family's wealth after the death of his mother when he was still only a young man. He hired Paul Krempe as his tutor and he immediately developed an interest in medical science. After several years, he and Krempe became equals and he developed an interest in the origins and nature of life. After successfully re-animating a dead dog, Victor sets about constructing a man using body parts he acquires for the purpose including the hands of a pianist…
Tagline: Not recommended for people of nervous disposition
Quatermass 2 (1957)
R | 1h 25min | 85minScore: 7.25/10
Director: Val Guest
Starring: George Hilsdon, John Stuart, William Franklyn, John Van Eyssen, Charles Lloyd Pack
Synopsis: Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for Moon colonisation his project to colonize the Moon, is intrigued by the mysterious traces that have been showing up on his radar - meteorites crashing down?. Following them to the place where they should be landing he finds a destroyed village, a mysterious factory too close to his designs for the Moon colony for comfort, and some strange, aerodynamic objects containing a mysterious, ammonia-based gas that infects one of his assistants. Officially, the factory is producing synthetic food; but despite the veil of secrecy surrounding it Quatermass succeeds in finding out it harbours…
Tagline: A horrible enemy from the unknown strikes terror across the earth!
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
R | 1h 22min | 82minScore: 7.2/10
Director: Nathan Juran
Starring: Duke Fishman, Frank Puglia, Darlene Fields, John Zaremba, William Woodson
Synopsis: The first spaceship to visit Venus crash lands in the sea, freeing a small native Venusian creature called the Ymir. Eventually growing to enormous size, it threatens the city of Rome.
Tagline: Space nightmares!
The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)
R | 1h 24min | 84minScore: 6.25/10
Director: Arnold Laven
Starring: Tim Holt, Michael Dugan, Sarah Selby, Barbara Darrow, Marjorie Stapp
Synopsis: An earthquake in the Salton Sea unleashes a horde of prehistoric mollusk monsters. Discovering the creatures, a Naval officer and several scientists attempt to stop the monsters, but they escape into the canal system of the California's Imperial Valley and terrorize the populace.
Tagline: Distinctly chilling. So real that it is nearly incredible. (1993 MGM/UA VHS tape cover).
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
R | 1h 02min | 62min | 10 Feb 1957Score: 5.75/10
Director: Roger Corman
Starring: Mel Welles, Russell Johnson, Ed Nelson, Doug Roberts, Beach Dickerson
Synopsis: A group of scientists travel to a remote island to study the effects of nuclear weapons tests, only to get stranded when their airplane explodes. The team soon discovers that the island has been taken over by crabs that have mutated into enormous, intelligent monsters. To add to their problems, the island is slowly sinking into the ocean. Will any of them manage to escape?
Tagline: From the depths of the sea... a tidal wave of terror!
The Black Scorpion (1957)
PG | 1h 28min | 88min | 11 Oct 1957Score: 5.6/10
Director: Edward Ludwig
Starring: Bob Johnson, Margarito Luna, Richard Denning, Héctor Mateos, Mara Corday
Synopsis: Giant scorpions demolish Mexico City. They have been released from underground caverns by a series of volcanic eruptions, and it's up to Hank, an American geologist to stop them.
Tagline: DON'T BE ASHAMED TO SCREAM - IT HELPS TO RELIEVE THE TENSION
The Vampire (1957)
PG | 1h 15min | 75minScore: 5.46/10
Director: Paul Landres
Starring: Kenneth Tobey, Michael Jeffers, John Beal, Dabbs Greer, Natalie Masters
Synopsis: Dr. Matthew Campbell has been experimenting on methods to regress the mind to primitive instincts so that we can find methods to improve our brains and not get taken in by cheap horror movie hogwash. He's developed a drug made from vampire bat blood and has begun treating himself with it. But instead of improving his mind, he's become ill and addicted. He dies, but not before trying to warn fellow doctor Paul Beecher. Fortunately for us, he dies before he can say more than that pills are to blame. While still at Campbell's house, Paul finds a bottle of…
Tagline: It Feeds on the Blood of Beautiful Women!
The Monolith Monsters (1957)
R | 1h 17min | 77min | 18 Dec 1957Score: 5.43/10
Director: John Sherwood
Starring: William Schallert, Carol Morris, Paul Frees, Paul Petersen, Les Tremayne
Synopsis: A strange black meteor crashes near the town of San Angelo and litters the countryside with fragments. When a storm exposes these fragments to water, they grow into skyscraper-sized monoliths which then topple and shatter into thousands of pieces that grow into monoliths themselves and repeat the process. Any humans in the way are crushed or turned into human statues. The citizens of San Angelo desperately try to save themselves and the world from the spreading doom.
Tagline: Mammoth skyscrapers of stone thundering across the earth!
The Land Unknown (1957)
R | 1h 18min | 78min | 30 Oct 1957Score: 5.11/10
Director: Virgil W. Vogel
Starring: Bert Stevens, Bing Russell, Ralph Brooks, Henry Brandon, Kenner G. Kemp
Synopsis: On a naval expedition to Antarctica, three men and reporter Maggie Hathaway crash-land in a crater 1000 m below sea level. There, they encounter steamy tropical forest, dinosaurs, carnivorous plants, and human footprints, as Maggie's clothes become more and more abbreviated.
Tagline: DEEP IN THE ANTARCTIC WILDERNESS! (original print ad - all caps)
Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)
R | 1h 09min | 69minScore: 4.98/10
Director: Edward L. Cahn
Starring: Angelo Rossitto, Bob Burns, Frank Gorshin, Buddy Mason, Jason Johnson
Synopsis: A teenage couple making out in the woods accidentally runs over an alien creature with their car. The creature's hand falls off, but it comes alive, and, with an eye growing out of it, begins to stalk the teens. Meanwhile, Joe the town drunk wants to store the body in his refrigerator, but some of the alien's buddies inject alcohol into his system, and Joe dies of an overdose.
Tagline: They Threatened The World Until Some Hep Youngsters Took Over! (original posters)
The Cyclops (1957)
R | 1h 06min | 66min | 28 Jul 1957Score: 4.66/10
Director: Bert I. Gordon
Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Gloria Talbott, Manuel Lopez, James Craig, Tom Drake
Synopsis: Susan Winter undertakes an expedition to a remote area of Mexico, hoping to find her fiance, Bruce Barton, whos plane-crashed there some time ago. The area is suspected to have a good supply of uranium, so Susan has promoted this to wealthy Martin Melville to get money for her expenses. In addition to Melville, she is accompanied by guide Russ Bradford and pilot Lee Brand in his small-engine craft. But the plane crashes, stranding the four in an isolated valley, which they soon discover is highly radioactive and inhabited by mutated life forms - giant insects, enormous lizards, and a…
Tagline: DOUBLE HORROR BILL of ARCH FIENDS! (original ad - all caps; co-feature of "Daughter of Dr. Jekyll")
I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)
R | 1h 14min | 74min | 23 Nov 1957Score: 4.49/10
Director: Herbert L. Strock
Starring: Claudia Bryar, Robert Burton, Bill Quinn, Joy Stoner, Whit Bissell
Synopsis: Professor Frankenstein, a university lecturer with an alligator pit under his house, steals body parts of dead athletes from the wreckage of a crashed airplane. He builds a hunky male monster with a hideously disfigured face, which goes on a killing spree.
Tagline: Body of a boy! Mind of a monster! Soul of an unearthly thing!
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
R | 1h 16min | 76min | 19 Jun 1957Score: 4.45/10
Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
Starring: Larry J. Blake, Michael Rougas, James Best, Vladimir Sokoloff, S. John Launer
Synopsis: A troubled teenager seeks help through hypnotherapy, but his evil doctor uses him for regression experiments that transform him into a rampaging werewolf.
Tagline: The most amazing motion picture of our time!
The Giant Claw (1957)
R | 1h 15min | 75minScore: 4.44/10
Director: Fred F. Sears
Starring: Dabbs Greer, Leonard P. Geer, Benjie Bancroft, Fred F. Sears, Morgan Jones
Synopsis: When electronics engineer Mitch MacAfee spots a UFO as "big as a battleship," from his plane, the Air Force scrambles planes to investigate. However, nothing shows up on radar, and one of the jets is lost during the action. MacAfee is regarded as a dangerous crackpot until other incidents and disappearances convince the authorities that the threat is real. Some believe it is a French-Canadian folk legend come to life, but it turns out to be an extraterrestrial giant bird composed of anti-matter whose disregard for human life and architecture threatens the world.
Tagline: Flying beast out of prehistoric skies!
The Deadly Mantis (1957)
PG | 1h 19min | 79min | 26 May 1957Score: 4.35/10
Director: Nathan Juran
Starring: Michael Forest, Marvin Miller, Frank Baker, James Dime, Paul Smith
Synopsis: The calving of an Arctic iceberg releases a giant praying mantis, trapped in suspended animation since prehistoric times. It first attacks military outposts to eat their occupants, then makes its way to the warmer latitudes of Washington and New York. A paleontologist works together with military units to try to kill it.
Tagline: This Was the Day That Engulfed the World in Terror!
From Hell It Came (1957)
R | 1h 11min | 71min | 25 Aug 1957Score: 4.12/10
Director: Dan Milner
Starring: Robert Swan, Chester Hayes, Tod Andrews, Tina Carver, Linda Watkins
Synopsis: Tabonga, a killer spirit reincarnated as a scowling tree stump, comes back to life and kills a bunch of natives of a South Seas island. A pair of American scientists save the day.
Tagline: Frightmare! Born of Jungle Witchcraft! Created by a Curse!
Beginning of the End (1957)
R | 1h 16min | 76min | 28 Jun 1957Score: 4.08/10
Director: Bert I. Gordon
Starring: Peter Graves, Steve Warren, Larry J. Blake, Bill Baldwin, James Douglas
Synopsis: Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm. She endeavors to save Chicago, despite a military cover-up.
Tagline: Filmed in New Horrorscope!
Monster from Green Hell (1957)
R | 1h 11min | 71minScore: 4.03/10
Director: Kenneth G. Crane
Starring: Jim Davis, Robert Griffin, Vladimir Sokoloff, Joel Fluellen, Barbara Turner
Synopsis: The U.S. government is conducting experiements on the effects of exposure to space radiation by sending animals briefly into orbit. Following a malfunction, one of the rockets stays in space longer than planned, and is lost from the scientists' radar screens. Later, Dr. Brady, one of the rocket scientists, reads a news report about strange occurances in Central Africa. Theorizing that it may be the irradiated test wasp wreaking havoc in the jungle, he organizes an expedistion to investigate.
Tagline: Atomic mutations with an appetite for flesh!
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