Best Picture 1959

by logandarko | created - 20 Mar 2011 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

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1. North by Northwest (1959)

Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.4
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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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 243,457 | Gross: $13.28M

2. Imitation of Life (1959)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

7.9
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An aspiring actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner

Votes: 12,101 | Gross: $13.99M

3. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (II) (1959)

Not Rated | 181 min | Drama, History, War

8.6
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As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Kokinji Katsura, Jun Tatara

Votes: 3,425

4. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)

Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, War

8.6
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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.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima

Votes: 4,419

5. Der Tiger von Eschnapur (1959)

101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.8
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In Eschnapur, a local Maharajah and a German architect fall in-love with the same temple dancer.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Walther Reyer, Claus Holm

Votes: 1,875

6. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 160 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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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?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 50,221 | Gross: $11.90M

7. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Approved | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.4
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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.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Millie Perkins, Shelley Winters, Joseph Schildkraut, Richard Beymer

Votes: 10,180 | Gross: $5.01M

8. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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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.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud

Votes: 22,146 | Gross: $0.09M

9. Apur Sansar (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

8.3
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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.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Votes: 8,424 | Gross: $0.02M

10. Room at the Top (1959)

115 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit

Votes: 4,068

11. Sapphire (1959)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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The murder of a young woman in London exposes deep racial tensions and prejudices inherent in the area.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Nigel Patrick, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig, Paul Massie

Votes: 850

12. Violent Summer (1959)

98 min | Drama, War

7.7
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Summer, 1943: wealthy youth in the Riccione district of Rimini play while the war gets closer. Carlo Caremoli, a young man who follows the crowd, has found ways to avoid military service. ... See full summary »

Director: Valerio Zurlini | Stars: Eleonora Rossi Drago, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Lilla Brignone, Raf Mattioli

Votes: 967

13. The Indian Tomb (1959)

102 min | Adventure, Romance

6.8
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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.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Walther Reyer, Claus Holm

Votes: 1,707

14. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Unrated | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.7
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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.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker

Votes: 11,413 | Gross: $13.90M

15. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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97 Metascore

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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 195,909 | Gross: $25.00M

16. Pickpocket (1959)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Jean Pélégri, Dolly Scal

Votes: 15,202

17. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Approved | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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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.

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 111,533 | Gross: $51.60M

18. The Little Apartment (1958)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Rodolfo and Petrita each live in separate quarters in dilapidated Madrid, while looking to have a little apartment (or "pisito", in Spanish dialect). Unfortunately their low salaries ... See full summary »

Directors: Marco Ferreri, Isidoro M. Ferry | Stars: Mary Carrillo, José Luis López Vázquez, Concha López Silva, Ángel Álvarez

Votes: 572

19. Chance Meeting (1959)

95 min | Mystery, Thriller, Crime

6.9
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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.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Stanley Baker, Micheline Presle, John Van Eyssen

Votes: 466

20. Middle of the Night (1959)

Approved | 118 min | Drama

7.3
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A widowed businessman becomes obsessed with one of his employees, the divorcée Betty Preisser.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Fredric March, Kim Novak, Glenda Farrell, Albert Dekker

Votes: 832

21. The Nun's Story (1959)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft

Votes: 7,744 | Gross: $12.80M

22. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Approved | 87 min | Horror, Mystery

7.0
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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.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi

Votes: 7,505

23. 125 rue Montmartre (1959)

85 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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Pascal (Lino Ventura) sells newspapers . He is a simple man who one day resting on the banks of the Seine sees a drowning stranger . Pascal saves his life and begins his adventure next to a... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Grangier | Stars: Lino Ventura, Andréa Parisy, Robert Hirsch, Dora Doll

Votes: 238

24. A Summer Place (1959)

Approved | 130 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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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.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 2,340

25. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

Approved | 132 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.1
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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.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker

Votes: 12,765 | Gross: $10.00M

26. The Mummy (1959)

Unrated | 88 min | Adventure, Horror

6.8
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In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Eddie Byrne

Votes: 6,242

27. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 180,623 | Gross: $74.70M

28. Pillow Talk (1959)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

7.5
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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.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 12,443 | Gross: $18.75M

29. The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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A centenarian artist and scientist in 1890 Paris maintains his youth and health by periodically replacing a gland with that of a living person.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Anton Diffring, Hazel Court, Christopher Lee, Arnold Marlé

Votes: 1,100

30. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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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.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame, Shelley Winters

Votes: 2,689

31. The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)

76 min | Horror

7.1
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The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband.

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Shigeru Amachi, Noriko Kitazawa, Katsuko Wakasugi, Shuntarô Emi

Votes: 889

32. The Scapegoat (1959)

Unrated | 91 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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An English schoolteacher meets his lookalike, a French count; and unwillingly swaps identities with him.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Alec Guinness, Bette Davis, Nicole Maurey, Irene Worth

Votes: 1,337

33. Black Orpheus (1959)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

7.5
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81 Metascore

A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.

Director: Marcel Camus | Stars: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Léa Garcia

Votes: 7,853

34. The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.8
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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.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave, Emlyn Williams

Votes: 1,890

35. The Tingler (1959)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

6.7
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An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts

Votes: 5,743

36. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery

6.9
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A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

Directors: William Castle, Rosemary Horvath | Stars: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal

Votes: 18,068

37. On the Beach (1959)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.3
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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.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins

Votes: 10,186 | Gross: $11.00M

38. The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)

Approved | 70 min | Horror, Mystery

5.9
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Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing. When his brother's skull shows up later in a locked cabinet, Drake realizes an... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Eduard Franz, Valerie French, Grant Richards, Henry Daniell

Votes: 645

39. Las dos y media y... veneno (1959)

87 min | Comedy

5.6
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The old Don Senén has squandered in sprees the inheritance of his niece Begoña rather than manage it. There is still a million pesetas, which will only be delivered after the death of Don ... See full summary »

Director: Mariano Ozores | Stars: José Luis Ozores, Antonio Ozores, Elisa Montés, Fernando Rey

Votes: 28

40. A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

6.8
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A dim-witted busboy finds acclaim as an artist 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.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone, Julian Burton

Votes: 4,477

41. ¿Dónde vas, Alfonso XII? (1959)

110 min | Drama

6.4
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The youth of Prince Alfonso who would become King Alfonso XII of Spain after Queen Isabel II abdication, centered in his love for his cousin María de las Mercedes. Daughter of one of his ... See full summary »

Director: Luis César Amadori | Stars: Vicente Parra, Paquita Rico, Mercedes Vecino, Tomás Blanco

Votes: 74

42. The Living Coffin (1959)

72 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.4
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A cowboy and his sidekick meet a ranching family that is haunted by spirits and vampires.

Director: Fernando Méndez | Stars: Gastón Santos, María Duval, Pedro de Aguillón, Hortensia Santoveña

Votes: 137

43. The Wasp Woman (1959)

Not Rated | 63 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.6
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A cosmetics queen develops a youth formula from jelly taken from queen wasps, failing to anticipate the typical hoary side effects.

Directors: Roger Corman, Jack Hill | Stars: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris, William Roerick

Votes: 3,018