Best films, 1956

All worthwhile films of 1956 ranked
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1.
Written on the Wind (1956)
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Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister. (99 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
2.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (98 mins.)
 
3.
Bob le Flambeur (1956)
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Bob, an old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend... (98 mins.)
Director: Melville
 
4.
The Searchers (1956)
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An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
5.
Baby Doll (1956)
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A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin. (114 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
6.
A Man Escaped (1956)
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A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from prison. (101 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
7.
Aparajito (1956)
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Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone. (110 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
8.
Patterns (1956)
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When Fred Staples is recruited onto the board of a high-powered New York corporation, he finds his ethics and ambition at odds. (83 mins.)
Director: Fielder Cook
 
9.
The Ogre of Athens (1956)
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A peaceful, frightened little man is mistakenly identified as "the dragon", a notorious criminal at large. He briefly and reluctantly rules the underworld until they realize their mistake. (103 mins.)
 
10.
The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
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A gangster hires a down-and-out press agent to make his airheaded girlfriend a singing star. (99 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
 
11.
There's Always Tomorrow (1956)
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When a toy manufacturer feels ignored and unappreciated by by his wife and children, he begins to rekindle a past love when a former employee comes back into his life. (84 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
12.
Early Spring (1956)
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A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance. (144 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
13.
The Killing (1956)
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Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. (85 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
14.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
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A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
15.
Bigger Than Life (1956)
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A seriously ill schoolteacher becomes dependent on a "miracle" drug that begins to affect his sanity. (95 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
16.
Night and Fog (1956 Documentary)
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The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. (32 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
17.
Giant (1956)
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Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates. (201 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
18.
Moby Dick (1956)
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The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick. (116 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
19.
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
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Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947. (113 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
20.
The Forty-First (1956)
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An unexpected romance occurs for a female Red Army sniper and a White Army officer. (88 mins.)
 
21.
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
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Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time. (105 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
22.
Lust for Life (1956)
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The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh. (122 mins.)
 
23.
While the City Sleeps (1956)
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A serial killer has been killing beautiful women in New York, and the new owner of a media company offers a high ranking job to the 1st administrator who can get the earliest scoops on the case. (100 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
24.
7 Men from Now (1956)
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A former sheriff blames himself for his wife's death during a Wells Fargo robbery and vows to track down and kill the seven men responsible. (78 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
25.
Crazed Fruit (1956)
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Spending their summer on an exotic beach, two brothers fall for the same beautiful girl, whose charm and looks may hide more than they they bargained for. (86 mins.)
Director: Kô Nakahira
 
26.
Tea and Sympathy (1956)
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Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain... (122 mins.)
 
27.
The Burmese Harp (1956)
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In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk. (116 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
28.
Hot Blood (1956)
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Stephen Torino (Wilde), who is tricked by his brother Marco (Adler) into an arranged marriage with tempestuous Annie Caldash (Russell). Annie is willing to give the union a go, but Torino wants none of it. (85 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
29.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
 
30.
Flowing (1956)
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Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo... (117 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
31.
Carnival in Moscow (1956)
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A new chief of a "Culture House" is planning to hold a terribly boring New Year concert. A group of young amateur actors are doing their best to liven up the concert. (78 mins.)
Director: Eldar Ryazanov
 
32.
The Bad Seed (1956)
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A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer. (129 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
33.
Street of Shame (1956)
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The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel. (87 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
34.
Le mystère Picasso (1956 Documentary)
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A filmed record of Pablo Picasso painting numerous canvases for the camera, allowing us to see his creative process at work. (78 mins.)
 
35.
Bus Stop (1956)
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A naive but stubborn cowboy falls in love with a saloon singer and tries to take her away against her will to get married and live on his ranch in Montana. (96 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
 
36.
23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)
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A blind American writer living in London stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy involving kidnapping and extortion. (103 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
37.
Bhowani Junction (1956)
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Anglo-Indian Victoria Jones seeks her true identity amid the chaos of the British withdrawal from India. (110 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
38.
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
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An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children well. (153 mins.)
 
39.
Hollywood or Bust (1956)
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A singer who can't pay his bookie joins a nerdy, star-struck movie fan and his Great Dane in a cross-country convertible ride to Hollywood. (95 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
 
40.
On the Bowery (1956 Documentary)
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At the time of this film, the Bowery was a neighborhood in New York City populated largely by the down and out... (65 mins.)
Director: Lionel Rogosin
 
41.
The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
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The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s. (123 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
42.
Nightfall (1956)
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Through a series of bizarre coincidences artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers. (78 mins.)
 
43.
The Killer Is Loose (1956)
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An unhinged, deceptively mild-mannered bank robber escapes prison, seeking revenge on the cop who accidentally killed his wife during a gun battle. (73 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
44.
The Wrong Man (1956)
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In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber. (105 mins.)
 
45.
Attack (1956)
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In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between captain Cooney and lieutenant Costa run high. (107 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
46.
War and Peace (1956)
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Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families. (208 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
47.
Run for the Sun (1956)
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In Central America, an action-adventure novelist and a journalist for a magazine find themselves at the mercy of Nazi war criminals. (99 mins.)
Director: Roy Boulting
 
48.
The Harder They Fall (1956)
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Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
49.
The Last Wagon (1956)
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When a handful of settlers survive an Apache attack on their wagon train they must put their lives into the hands of Comanche Todd... (98 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
50.
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
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A novelist aided by his future father-in-law conspires to frame himself in the murder of a stripper as part of an effort to ban capital punishment. (80 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
51.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
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A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering. (120 mins.)
 
52.
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
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The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War. (137 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
53.
A Wife's Heart (1956)
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(101 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
54.
High Society (1956)
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C.K. Dexter-Haven, a successful popular jazz musician, lives in a mansion near his ex-wife's Tracy Lord's family estate... (111 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
55.
Storm Center (1956)
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A small-town librarian is branded as a Communist by local politicians when she refuses to withdraw a controversial book from the library's shelves. (85 mins.)
Director: Daniel Taradash
 
56.
Reach for the Sky (1956)
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Biopic of RAF Group Captain Douglas Bader who, after having lost both legs, flew a British fighter plane during WW2. (135 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
57.
A Town Like Alice (1956)
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A newly wealthy English woman returns to Malaya to build a well for the villagers who helped her during war. Thinking back, she recalls the Australian man who made a great sacrifice to aid her and her fellow prisoners of war. (117 mins.)
Director: Jack Lee
 
58.
Four Bags Full (1956)
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Two men, a painter and a poor guy, have to cross over Paris by night during World War II and to deliver black market meat... (80 mins.)
 
59.
1984 (1956)
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George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love. (90 mins.)
 
60.
The King and I (1956)
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A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children. (133 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
61.
The Great Man (1956)
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Joe Harris, preparing a eulogy for popular radio commentator Herb Fuller, finds that nobody has a good word to say about him. (92 mins.)
Director: José Ferrer
 
62.
Gunslinger (1956)
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After her husband is gunned down, Rose Hood takes his place temporarily as marshal of a small Western town. (71 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
63.
Anything Goes (1956)
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Bill Benson and Ted Adams are to appear in a Broadway show together and, while in Paris, each 'discovers'... (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Lewis
 
64.
The Sword and the Dragon (1956)
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A mythical knight goes on an epic journey and fights barbarian hordes in an ancient land. (87 mins.)
 
65.
Jubal (1956)
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A new foreman rejects the sexual advances of a frustrated rancher's wife, which leads to conflicts that could get him killed. (100 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
66.
X the Unknown (1956)
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A radioactive, mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village. (81 mins.)
Director: Leslie Norman
 
67.
Foreign Intrigue (1956)
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When a reclusive, enigmatic millionaire dies suddenly on the Riviera, his press agent begins to investigate his employer's shady past. (100 mins.)
 
68.
Love Me Tender (1956)
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At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it. (89 mins.)
Director: Robert D. Webb
 
69.
Autumn Leaves (1956)
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Millicent Wetherby is a middle-aged woman whose life is devoid of love and affection. Millicent's solitary... (107 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
70.
Toute la mémoire du monde (1957 Documentary)
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This documentary explores the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, its priceless treasures and how humanity remembers itself. (21 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
71.
Time Table (1956)
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As a train speeds through the Arizona night, a man posing as a physician holds up the baggage-car crew and escapes with a $500,000 payroll... (79 mins.)
Director: Mark Stevens
 
72.
Miracle in the Rain (1956)
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Wartime romance about a lonely man and woman who meet one rainy afternoon in New York. (108 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
73.
...And God Created Woman (1956)
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In sunny St. Tropez, a young sexpot loves one brother but marries the other. (95 mins.)
Director: R. Vadim
 
74.
Liane, Jungle Goddess (1956)
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An expedition discovers blonde 16 year-old Liane venerated by the native tribe in the African jungle... (88 mins.)
 
75.
Nightmare (1956)
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A New Orleans musician has a nightmare about killing a man in a strange house but he suspects that it really happened. (89 mins.)
Director: Maxwell Shane