Favourite Films of 1959

My favourite films of 1959.
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1.
Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
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Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime. (88 mins.)
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
The Big Circus (1959)
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A circus owner tries to keep his financially troubled circus on the road, despite the efforts of a murderous saboteur who has decided that the show must not go on. (109 mins.)
 
4.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
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When two 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
 
5.
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
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
They Came to Cordura (1959)
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An army major, himself guilty of cowardice, is asked to recommended soldiers for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Mexican Border Incursion of 1916. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
8.
Rio Bravo (1959)
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A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy. (141 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
9.
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
 
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.
North West Frontier (1959)
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In British India, a young prince must be taken to safey across rebel-held territory, and an old train is the only way to do it. (129 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
12.
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
 
13.
Never So Few (1959)
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During WW2, the American O.S.S. mounts covert operations against the Japanese army in the jungles of Burma. (125 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
14.
Carry on Teacher (1959)
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Pupils run amok at Maudlin Street School in an attempt to hang on to their headmaster. He has applied for a new job... (86 mins.)
Director: Gerald Thomas
 
15.
Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
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A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for the rape and murder of his wife. (95 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
16.
I'm All Right Jack (1959)
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A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labour union. (105 mins.)
Director: John Boulting
 
17.
Carry on Nurse (1959)
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Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men's ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together... (86 mins.)
Director: Gerald Thomas
 
18.
Pillow Talk (1959)
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A man and a woman who share a telephone line despise each other, but he has fun romancing her with his voice disguised. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Gordon
 
19.
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
 
20.
Breakout (1959)
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In 1943, an Italian-administered POW camp for captured Allies goes through a series of failed escapes only to culminate in a daring plan for a literally-dramatic mass escape. (101 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
 
21.
Our Man in Havana (1959)
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Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble. (103 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
22.
Jet Storm (1959)
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Richard Attenborough plays Ernest Tilley, a man who lost his daughter in a hit-and-run accident. He... (99 mins.)
 
23.
Compulsion (1959)
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Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case. (103 mins.)
 
24.
The 400 Blows (1959)
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
 
25.
Day of the Outlaw (1959)
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Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow. (92 mins.)
Director: Andre De Toth
 
26.
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
 
27.
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
 
28.
Ride Lonesome (1959)
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A bounty hunter escorts a killer to town to be hanged, but is allowing the man's outlaw brother to catch up with him, for a showdown over a shocking previous murder. (73 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
29.
Expresso Bongo (1959)
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Johnny Jackson, a sleazy talent agent, discovers teenager Bert Rudge singing in a coffee house. Despite... (111 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
 
30.
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