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418 Ratings

The War of the Worlds

Directed by Byron Haskin
United States, 1953
Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror


The residents of a small town in California are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Their joy is tempered somewhat when they discover that the Martians are here to invade planet Earth and begin to attack! Nothing seems to be able to defeat them, even an atom bomb.

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The War of the Worlds Directed by Byron Haskin

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1954 | Winner: Best Effects, Special Effects

1954 | 2 nominations including: Best Sound, Recording

National Film Preservation Board

2011 | Winner: National Film Registry

Hugo Awards

1954 | Winner: Best Dramatic Presentation

Critics reviews

For Nigel Kneale and Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky and Spielberg the search for gods was something that could be pursued through the motifs of science fiction itself, rather than offered as a bulwark that could make science fiction coherent and appetising for people just beginning to contemplate existence… For all its dated elements, one reason The War of the Worlds still packs the force of legend today is that it enshrined that very feeling forever.
August 17, 2016
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