1951 in Film
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1951 in Film

The year 1951 in film involved some significant events.


Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Film Studio Gross rental
1. Quo Vadis Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $11,902,000
2. Alice in Wonderland* Walt Disney Productions $7,196,000
3. Show Boat Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $5,533,000
4. A Streetcar Named Desire Warner Bros. $4,800,000
5. David and Bathsheba 20th Century Fox $4,720,000
6. An American in Paris Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $4,531,000
7. The African Queen United Artists $4,300,000
8. A Place in the Sun Paramount Pictures $4,213,000
9. Strangers on a Train Warner Bros. $3,800,000
10. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $3,500,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)

Top-grossing films by country

The highest-grossing 1951 films from countries outside of North America.

Country Title Studio Gross Source(s)
France Samson and Delilah Paramount Pictures 7,116,442 admissions [1]
India Awaara R. K. Films $4,830,000 [n 2]
Italy Anna Lux Film 8,965,624 admissions [4]
Soviet Union In Peaceful Time Dovzhenko Film Studios $1,470,000 [n 4]
United Kingdom The Great Caruso Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 12,400,000 admissions [8]


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: An American in Paris - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Best Director: George Stevens - A Place in the Sun
Best Actor: Humphrey Bogart - The African Queen
Best Actress: Vivien Leigh - A Streetcar Named Desire
Best Supporting Actor: Karl Malden - A Streetcar Named Desire
Best Supporting Actress: Kim Hunter - A Streetcar Named Desire

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: A Place in the Sun
Best Actor: Fredric March - Death of a Salesman
Best Actress: Jane Wyman - The Blue Veil
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: An American in Paris
Best Actor: Danny Kaye - On the Riviera
Best Actress: June Allyson - Too Young to Kiss
Best Director: Laslo Benedek - Death of a Salesman
Special Award: Pictura: An Adventure in Art

Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival):

Miss Julie (Fröken Julie), directed by Alf Sjöberg, Sweden
Miracle in Milan (Miracolo a Milano), directed by Vittorio De Sica, Italy

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival)

Rashomon, directed by Akira Kurosawa, Japan

Top ten money making stars

The Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll was published by Quigley Publishing Company based on a poll of U.S. movie theater owners who were asked to name who they felt were the previous year's top 10 moneymaking stars.[9]

They also published a Western stars poll which Roy Rogers topped for the ninth year running.[9]

Notable films released in 1951

U.S.A. release unless stated



















Short film series



The Oscar winner Warner Baxter publicity photo.

Film Debuts


  1. ^ 4.7619 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1950 to 1965[3]
  2. ^ INR2.3 crore[2] (US$4.83 million)[n 1]
  3. ^ 4 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1950 to 1960[7]
  4. ^ 5.875 million SUR (23.5 million Soviet tickets sold,[5] average ticket price of 25 kopecks),[6] 4 SUR per USD[n 3]


  1. ^ "Bilan Annuel France -1951". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". archive.org. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ http://fx.sauder.ubc.ca/etc/USDpages.pdf#page=3
  4. ^ "Bilan Annuel Italie -1951". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Prokat2". Kinokultura.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-10. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
  7. ^ Archive of Bank of Russia http://cbr.ru/currency_base/OldDataFiles/USD.xls
  8. ^ "The Great Caruso". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Exhibitors Pick Money Making Stars". Motion Picture Herald. December 28, 1951. p. 1.

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