War of the Worlds ( promotionally as H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds) is a 1953 sci-fi film stars Gene Barry & Ann Robinson. Loose adaptation of the H. G. Wells classic novel of the and 1st of a number of film adaptations based on Wells' novel. Produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haski. First of 2 adapts of Wells' work filmed by Pal, is considered to be 1 of the great sci-fi films of the 1950s. Won Oscar for special effects, included National Film Registry of Library of Congress.