Best Picture 1959

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1.
North by Northwest (1959)
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A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
 
2.
Imitation of Life (1959)
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A struggling young actress with a six year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white. (125 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
3.
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)
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As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals. (181 mins.)
 
4.
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
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A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan. (208 mins.)
 
5.
Der Tiger von Eschnapur (1959)
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In Eschnapur, a local Maharajah and a German architect fall in-love with the same temple dancer. (101 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
6.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
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In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case? (160 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
7.
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
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Harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. (180 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
8.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
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A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. (90 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
9.
The World of Apu (1959)
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This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer. (105 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
10.
Room at the Top (1959)
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An ambitious young accountant schemes to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
11.
Sapphire (1959)
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The murder of a young woman in London exposes deep racial tensions and prejudices inherent in the area. (92 mins.)
Director: Basil Dearden
 
12.
Violent Summer (1959)
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Summer, 1943: wealthy youth in the Riccione district of Rimini play while the war gets closer. Carlo Caremoli... (100 mins.)
Director: Valerio Zurlini
 
13.
The Indian Tomb (1959)
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A German architect runs away with the maharajah of Eschnapur's fiancee but is caught and thrown in the dungeon, while his relatives arrive from Europe looking for him and the maharajah's brother is scheming to usurp the throne. (102 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
14.
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
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The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth. (114 mins.)
 
15.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
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When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
16.
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies. (75 mins.)
Director: Clyde Geronimi
 
17.
The Little Apartment (1959)
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Rodolfo and Petrita each live in separate quarters in dilapidated Madrid, while looking to have a little apartment (or "pisito"... (87 mins.)
 
18.
Chance Meeting (1959)
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In 1950s London, Dutch painter Jan-Van Rooyer has an affair with a rich married Frenchwoman who is murdered, causing Van Rooyer to become prime-suspect for the Scotland Yard. (95 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
19.
Middle of the Night (1959)
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A widowed businessman becomes obsessed with one of his employees, the divorcée Betty Preisser. (118 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
 
20.
The Nun's Story (1959)
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After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II. (149 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
21.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
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When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate. (87 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
22.
125 rue Montmartre (1959)
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Pascal sells newspapers . He is a simple man who one day resting on the banks of the Seine sees a drowning stranger ... (85 mins.)
Director: Gilles Grangier
 
23.
A Summer Place (1959)
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A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples. (130 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
24.
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
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An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
 
25.
The Mummy (1959)
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In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences. (86 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
26.
Ben-Hur (1959)
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When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge. (212 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
27.
Pillow Talk (1959)
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A man and a woman who share a party line cannot stand each other, but he has fun romancing her with his voice disguised. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Gordon
 
28.
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
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A centenarian artist and scientist in 1890 Paris maintains his youth ad health by periodically replacing a gland with that of a living person. (83 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
29.
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
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Dave Burke hires two very different debt-burdened men for a bank robbery. Suspicion and prejudice threaten to end their partnership. (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
30.
The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)
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The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband. (76 mins.)
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
 
31.
The Scapegoat (1959)
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An English schoolteacher meets his lookalike, a French count; and unwillingly swaps identities with him. (91 mins.)
Director: Robert Hamer
 
32.
Black Orpheus (1959)
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A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. (100 mins.)
Director: Marcel Camus
 
33.
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
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A disgraced merchant marine officer elects to stay aboard his sinking cargo ship in order to prove the vessel was deliberately scuttled and, as a result, vindicate his good name. (105 mins.)
 
34.
The Tingler (1959)
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Dr. Warren Chapin is a pathologist who regularly conducts autopsies on executed prisoners at the State prison... (82 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
35.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
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A millionaire offers ten thousand dollars to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. (75 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
36.
On the Beach (1959)
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After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months. (134 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
37.
The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)
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Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing... (70 mins.)
Director: Edward L. Cahn
 
38.
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
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A naive and untalented artist finds acclaim for a plaster-covered dead cat that is mistaken as a skillful statuette. The desire for more praise soon leads to an increasingly deadly series of works. (66 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
39.
¿Dónde vas, Alfonso XII? (1959)
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The youth of Prince Alfonso who would become King Alfonso XII of Spain after Queen Isabel II abdication... (110 mins.)
 
40.
The Living Coffin (1959)
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A cowboy and his sidekick meet a ranching family that is haunted by spirits and vampires. (72 mins.)
 
41.
The Wasp Woman (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A cosmetics queen develops a youth formula from jelly taken from queen wasps. She fails to anticipate the typical hoary side- effects. (73 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman