Best films, 1957

All worthwhile films of 1957 ranked
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1.
Throne of Blood (1957)
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A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
2.
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
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To save his career, a writer for television advertising wants a famous actress to endorse a lipstick. In return, he has to pretend to be her new lover. (93 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
 
3.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
4.
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
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Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician. (96 mins.)
 
5.
12 Angry Men (1957)
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
6.
The Cranes Are Flying (1957)
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Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter. (95 mins.)
 
7.
Le Notti Bianche (1957)
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A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover. (102 mins.)
 
8.
Wild Strawberries (1957)
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After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence. (91 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
9.
Kanal (1957)
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In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement. (91 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
10.
The Nights of Cabiria (1957)
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A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak. (110 mins.)
 
11.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
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A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. (116 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
12.
The Tarnished Angels (1957)
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Story of a friendship between an eccentric journalist and a daredevil barnstorming pilot. (91 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
13.
Paths of Glory (1957)
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After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
14.
Tôkyô boshoku (1957)
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Two sisters find out the existence of their long-lost mother, but the younger cannot take the truth of being abandoned as a child. (140 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
15.
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
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An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become? (126 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
16.
Pyaasa (1957)
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A talented but indigent poet Vijay struggles for love and recognition in this selfish world. (146 mins.)
Director: Guru Dutt
 
17.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
18.
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
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When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
19.
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
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Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him. (92 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
20.
Curse of the Demon (1957)
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American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell. (95 mins.)
 
21.
The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era (1957)
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In the last days of the Shogunate, a resourceful grifter seeks to outwit competing prostitutes, rebellious samurai and other inhabitants of a brothel in order to survive the hardened times. (110 mins.)
 
22.
Bitter Victory (1957)
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A commander receives a citation for an attack on Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved as the commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers. (102 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
23.
Il Grido (1957)
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A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive. (116 mins.)
 
24.
Funny Face (1957)
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An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk. (103 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
25.
The Tall T (1957)
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An independent former ranch foreman is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by trio of ruthless outlaws. (78 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
26.
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
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An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the prince regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her. (115 mins.)
 
27.
Jet Pilot (1957)
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Air Force Colonel Jim Shannon is tasked to escort a defecting Soviet pilot who is scheming to lure Shannon to the USSR. (117 mins.)
 
28.
Hell Drivers (1957)
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Ex-con trucker tries to expose his boss's rackets. (108 mins.)
 
29.
Sayonara (1957)
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A US air force major in Kobe confronts his own opposition to marriages between American servicemen and Japanese women when he falls for a beautiful performer. (147 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
 
30.
Pal Joey (1957)
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Joey Evans is charming, handsome, funny, talented, and a first class, A-number-one heel. When Joey meets... (111 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
31.
Abandon Ship (1957)
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Ship's officer finds himself in command of a lifeboat full of survivors of a sunken luxury liner. (100 mins.)
Director: Richard Sale
 
32.
Band of Angels (1957)
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Mantha Starr grows up as a privileged southern Belle in the ante-bellum South but after her father dies broke, her world is destroyed when she discovers her mother was black. (125 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
33.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
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Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. (122 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
34.
Designing Woman (1957)
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A sportswriter and a fashion-designer marry after a whirlwind romance, and discover they have little in common. (118 mins.)
 
35.
Plunder Road (1957)
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On a dark night of pelting rain, five men stage a well-planned train robbery and get away with a $10 millionr... (72 mins.)
 
36.
Decision at Sundown (1957)
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Bart Allison and sidekick Sam arrive in the town of Sundown on the wedding day of town boss Tate Kimbrough, whom Allison blames for his wife's death years earlier. (77 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
37.
Men in War (1957)
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During the Korean War, a battle-worn lieutenant and his platoon are behind enemy lines, and have orders to march to Hill 465 for possible relief. (102 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
38.
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
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Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
39.
Mother India (1957)
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In this melodrama, a poverty-stricken woman raises her sons through many trials and tribulations. But no matter the struggles, always sticks to her own moral code. (172 mins.)
Director: Mehboob
 
40.
Forty Guns (1957)
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Showdown in Arizona between the Bonnell brothers, U.S.Marshals, and Jessica Drummond, the iron-fist rancher who controls the territory. (80 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
41.
The Wings of Eagles (1957)
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A biography of Navy flier-turned-screenwriter Frank W. "Spig" Wead. (110 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
42.
Legend of the Lost (1957)
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American ne'er-do-well Joe January is hired to take Paul Bonnard on an expedition into the desert in search of treasure. (109 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
43.
Across the Bridge (1957)
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A wealthy businessman attempts to run to Mexico to escape capture for embezzlement. On the way, he switches identities for a visa but that only complicates matters. (103 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
 
44.
A Hatful of Rain (1957)
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A Korean War veteran's morphine addiction wreaks havoc upon his family. (109 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
45.
Three Little Bops (1957 Short Film)
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Three pigs' career as a jazz band is complicated by a wolf they rejected for membership who keeps blowing down their gigs. (7 mins.)
Director: Friz Freleng
 
46.
The Pajama Game (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An Iowa pajama factory worker falls in love with an affable superintendent who had been hired by the factory's boss to help oppose the workers' demand for a pay rise. (101 mins.)
 
47.
A King in New York (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A recently-deposed European monarch seeks shelter in New York City, where he becomes an accidental television celebrity and is later wrongly accused of being a Communist. (110 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
48.
Saint Joan (1957)
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In 1456, French king Charles VII recalls the story of how he met the 17 year-old peasant girl Joan of Arc, entrusted her with the command of the French Army and ultimately burned her at the stake as a heretic. (110 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
49.
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
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A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder. (91 mins.)
 
50.
Love in the Afternoon (1957)
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A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client. (130 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
51.
Desk Set (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two extremely strong personalities clash over the computerization of a television network's research department. (103 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
52.
The Abominable Snowman (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti. (91 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
 
53.
Istanbul (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A suspected diamond smuggler returns to Istanbul and finds the lady love he thought was dead...or does he? (84 mins.)
Director: Joseph Pevney
 
54.
China Gate (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1954, during the French Indochina War, an Eurasian female smuggler and a group of French Foreign Legion mercenaries, infiltrate the enemy territory in order to destroy an arms depot. (97 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
55.
The Tattered Dress (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When top lawyer James Blane gets an acquittal for a man who killed another man for sexually roughing up his trophy wife, the murderous town sheriff frames him for bribing a juror in the case. (93 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
56.
The Enemy Below (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are experts, and so begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. (98 mins.)
Director: Dick Powell
 
57.
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
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A marine and a nun form an unlikely friendship. The marine is shipwrecked on a Pacific island and the nun has been left behind there; they find comfort in one another as the two wait out the war. (108 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
58.
The Brothers Rico (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A retired mob accountant is drawn back in when his brothers, who have recently made a hit for the organization, decide to go to the authorities. (92 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
59.
The Burglar (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City. (90 mins.)
Director: Paul Wendkos
 
60.
The Garment Jungle (1957)
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The struggle of a lady's garment workers' organization to unionize a New York clothing sweat shop; the owner of which is determined to keep the union out of his business at any cost. (88 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
61.
Battle Hymn (1957)
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A remorseful bomber pilot-turned-minister rejoins for the Korean War. (108 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
62.
The Sun Also Rises (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A group of disillusioned American expatriate writers live a dissolute, hedonistic lifestyle in 1920's France and Spain. (130 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
63.
A Chairy Tale (1957 Short Film)
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An ordinary looking chair refuses to be sat upon. (12 mins.)
 
64.
An Affair to Remember (1957)
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A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen? (115 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
65.
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
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After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star. (96 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
66.
What's Opera, Doc? (1957 Short Film)
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Elmer Fudd is again hunting rabbits - only this time it's an opera. Wagner's Siegfried with Elmer as the titular hero and Bugs as Brunnhilde. They sing, they dance, they eat the scenery. (7 mins.)
Director: Chuck Jones
 
67.
Big Time Operators (1957)
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A young couple inherits a debt-ridden old movie theater, appropriately nicknamed "The Flea Pit," and the three eccentric senior citizens who work there. (80 mins.)
Director: Basil Dearden
 
68.
Night Ambush (1957)
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Led by British officers, partisans on Crete plan to kidnap the island's German commander and smuggle him to Cairo to embarrass the occupiers. (104 mins.)
 
69.
Old Yeller (1957)
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A teenage boy grows to love a stray yellow dog while helping his mother and younger brother run their Texas homestead while their father is away on a cattle drive. First thought to be good-for-nothing mutt, Old Yeller is soon beloved by all. (83 mins.)
 
70.
Untamed Youth (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
Sisters Jane and Penny are arrested for hitchhiking on their way to Los Angeles when they stop for a quick skinny-dip in a rural town... (80 mins.)
Director: Howard W. Koch
 
71.
Baby Face Nelson (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
George "Babyface" Nelson becomes one of the most important gangsters of 1930's Chicago by making brutal robberies. In order to compete with Al Capone he allies himself with John Dillinger... (85 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
72.
Not of This Earth (1957)
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An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war. (67 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
73.
Island in the Sun (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Set on a fictitious island in the Carribean during colonial British rule, it focuses on the life of... (119 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
74.
Teenage Doll (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A delinquent girls' gang pursues a nice ingenue linked romantically to the male leader of a rival gang, and apparently to the murder of one of their members. (71 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
75.
The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Union Army deserter, Lt. Hewitt, trains a rag tag band of all-female homesteaders to defend themselves against a Comanche tribe on the warpath. (82 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
76.
The Snow Queen (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When the Snow Queen, a lonely and powerful fairy, kidnaps the human boy Kay, his best friend Gerda must overcome many obstacles on her journey to rescue him.. (55 mins.)
Director: L. Atamanov
 
77.
The Rising of the Moon (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Three vignettes of old Irish country life, based on a series of short stories. In "The Majesty of the... (81 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
78.
N.Y., N.Y. (1957 Short Film)
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A day in the life of the city and citizens of New York as seen through the fantastic eye, and the incredibly distorted optic lenses, of filmmaker Francis Thompson. (15 mins.)
 
79.
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
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The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic. (82 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
 
80.
A Farewell to Arms (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An English nurse and an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I fall in love, but the horrors surrounding them test their romance to the limit. (152 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
81.
Kiss Them for Me (1957)
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In 1944, three Navy pilots stationed in Hawaii and a P.R. officer go on a 4-day leave to San Francisco where they party with a good crowd in the executive suite of a busy hotel. (105 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
82.
The Sad Sack (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months... (98 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
83.
Crime of Passion (1957)
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Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path. (84 mins.)
Director: Gerd Oswald
 
84.
The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The last eighteen years in the life of Jesse James, showing his home life in Missouri, his experiences with Quantrill's raiders... (92 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
85.
Adebar (1957 Short Film)
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An early experimental short film produced by Peter Kubelka. (2 mins.)
Director: Peter Kubelka