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The year 1951 in film involved some significant events.

Top-grossing films

United States

The top ten 1951 released films by box office gross in the United States are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1951
Rank Title Studio Box-office gross rental
1 Quo Vadis Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $11,143,000[1]
2 Show Boat $5,293,000[1]
3 David and Bathsheba 20th Century Fox $4,720,000[2]
4 The Great Caruso Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $4,309,000[1]
5 A Streetcar Named Desire Warner Bros. $4,250,000[3]
6 The African Queen United Artists $4,100,000[3]
7 That's My Boy Paramount Pictures $3,800,000[4]
8 An American in Paris Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $3,750,000[1]
9 A Place in the Sun Paramount Pictures $3,500,000[4]
10 At War with the Army $3,300,000[5]


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

Country Title Studio Gross Ref
France Samson and Delilah Paramount Pictures 7,116,442 admissions [6]
India Awaara R. K. Films $4,830,000 [n 2]
Italy Anna Lux Film 8,965,624 admissions [9]
Japan The Tale of Genji Daiei Kyoto ¥141,050,000 [10]
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 [14]

Worldwide gross

The following table lists known worldwide gross figures for several high-grossing films that originally released in 1951. Note that this list is incomplete and is therefore not representative of the highest-grossing films worldwide in 1951. This list also includes gross revenue from later re-releases.

Title Worldwide gross Country Ref
Awaara $30,660,000 India [n 7]
Quo Vadis $30,028,513 United States [21]



Category/Organization 9th Golden Globe Awards
February 21, 1952
24th Academy Awards
March 20, 1952
Drama Comedy or Musical
Best Film A Place in the Sun An American in Paris
Best Director László Benedek
Death of a Salesman
George Stevens
A Place in the Sun
Best Actor Fredric March
Death of a Salesman
Danny Kaye
On the Riviera
Humphrey Bogart
The African Queen
Best Actress Jane Wyman
The Blue Veil
June Allyson
Too Young to Kiss
Vivien Leigh
A Streetcar Named Desire
Best Supporting Actor Peter Ustinov
Quo Vadis
Karl Malden
A Streetcar Named Desire
Best Supporting Actress Kim Hunter
A Streetcar Named Desire
Best Screenplay, Adapted Robert Buckner
Bright Victory
Michael Wilson and Harry Brown
A Place in the Sun
Best Screenplay, Original Alan Jay Lerner
An American in Paris

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.[22]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. John Wayne
2. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
3. Betty Grable
4. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
5. Bing Crosby
6. Bob Hope
7. Randolph Scott
8. Gary Cooper
9. Doris Day
10. Spencer Tracy

They also published a Western stars poll which Roy Rogers topped for the ninth year running.[22]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Roy Rogers
2. Gene Autry
3. Tim Holt
4. Charles Starrett
5. Rex Allen
6. Wild Bill Elliott
7. Smiley Burnette
8. Allan Lane
9. Dale Evans
10. Gabby Hayes

Notable films released in 1951

United States release unless stated


























Short film series



The Oscar winner Warner Baxter publicity photo.
The Oscar winner Warner Baxter publicity photo.

Film Debuts


  1. ^ 4.7619 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1950 to 1965[8]
  2. ^ a b ₹23 million[7] ($4.83 million)[n 1]
  3. ^ a b 4 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1950 to 1960[13]
  4. ^ 5.875 million SUR (23.5 million Soviet tickets sold,[11] average ticket price of 25 kopecks),[12] 4 SUR per USD[n 3]
  5. ^ 35 million re-run admissions up until 1964-1966,[16] average Soviet ticket price of 25 kopecks[12]
  6. ^ 0.9 SUR per US$ from 1961 to 1971[13]
  7. ^ Awaara:
    • India – $4.83 million[n 2]
    • Soviet Union – 37.75 million руб ($16.97 million)
    • China – CN¥14.8 million ($8.86 million)
      • Initial release – CN¥2.8 million[17] ($1.14 million)[18]
      • Re-release – CN¥12 million[19][20] ($7.72) million[18]


  1. ^ a b c d The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Top 20 Films of 1951 by Domestic Revenue
  3. ^ a b "All-Time Top Grossers". Variety. January 13, 1954. p. 10. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "The Top Box Office Hits of 1951". Variety. January 2, 1952. p. 70. Retrieved May 12, 2020 – via
  5. ^ Top 20 Films of 1950 by Domestic Revenue
  6. ^ "Bilan Annuel France – 1951". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  7. ^ "". 22 September 2012. Archived from the original on 22 September 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Pacific Exchange Rate Service" (PDF). UBC Sauder School of Business. University of British Columbia. p. 3. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Bilan Annuel Italie – 1951". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ キネマ旬報ベスト・テン85回全史 1924–2011. Kinema Junpo. Kinema Junposha. May 2012. p. 88. ISBN 978-4873767550.
  11. ^ "Prokat2". Archived from the original on 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  12. ^ a b Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
  13. ^ a b "Archive". Central Bank of Russia. Archived from the original on 29 December 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  14. ^ "The Great Caruso". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  15. ^ Rajagopalan, Sudha (2005). Indian Films in Soviet Cinemas: The Culture of Movie-going After Stalin. Indiana University Press. p. 86. ISBN 9780253220998. The purchase of Shree 420 (Mr 420/Gospodin 420) followed a letter from a Soveksportfil'm representative in Bombay to officials in Moscow in which the former wrote: We are in a delicate situation with Raj Kapoor. He feels he is not being offered enough for Mr 420 despite the fact that 'The Vagabond' raised 29 million roubles for the Soviet state.
  16. ^ "You Asked It - Padmaavat Is Bigger Than Mughal E Azam?". Box Office India. 8 March 2018.
  17. ^ "《流浪者》《大篷车》中国内地票房". Sina Corp. 9 February 2019. Archived from the original on 17 January 2019. Retrieved 2018-11-03.
  18. ^ a b "Official exchange rate (LCU per US$, period average)". World Bank. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  19. ^ "异域音乐风 ——印度音乐(三至六)". China Central Television. 4 July 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  20. ^ Link, Perry (2000). The Uses of Literature: Life in the Socialist Chinese Literary System. Princeton University Press. p. 204. ISBN 9780691001982.
  21. ^ "Quo Vadis? (1951) – Financial Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  22. ^ a b "Exhibitors Pick Money Making Stars". Motion Picture Herald. December 28, 1951. p. 1.
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