Best films, 1959by Poisonthewell | created - 18 Apr 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
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1. Imitation of Life (1959)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama
An aspiring actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.
Votes: 12,238 | Gross: $13.99M
2. North by Northwest (1959)
Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
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.
Votes: 245,219 | Gross: $13.28M
3. Rio Bravo (1959)
Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Drama, Western
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.
Votes: 47,148 | Gross: $12.54M
4. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)
Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, War
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.
5. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (II) (1959)
Not Rated | 181 min | Drama, History, War
As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.
6. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 22,297 | Gross: $0.09M
7. Ballad of a Soldier (1959)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance, War
Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime.
8. Apur Sansar (1959)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama
This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer.
Votes: 8,523 | Gross: $0.02M
11. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 197,465 | Gross: $25.00M
13. Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)
Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music
Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational ... See full summary »
16. The Indian Tomb (1959)
102 min | Adventure, Romance
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.
19. Floating Weeds (1959)
Not Rated | 119 min | Drama
The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous.
20. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Not Rated | 160 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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?
Votes: 50,487 | Gross: $11.90M
21. Ben-Hur (1959)
G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Votes: 182,083 | Gross: $74.70M
23. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Dave Burke hires two very different debt-burdened men for a bank robbery. Suspicion and prejudice threaten to end their partnership.
24. Pociag (1959)
99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Jerzy enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something - as does the strange woman with whom he must share a sleeping compartment.
25. India: Matri Bhumi (1959)
90 min | Documentary, Drama
Divided into four episodes Roberto Rosellini's performs a ritual trip with India covering culture, beautiful architecture and also the State of India society, create an impression and a ... See full summary »
Director: Roberto Rossellini
28. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
148 min | Musical, Romance
Suresh Sinha, a famous director, discovers star potential in Shanti, a woman he stumbled into one rainy evening, and casts her as the lead in a film. In a twist of fate, Shanti becomes a superstar and Suresh faces a decline in his career.
29. Ride Lonesome (1959)
Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Western
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.
31. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Not Rated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery
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.
32. It Happened to Jane (1959)
Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy
Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".
34. Day of the Outlaw (1959)
Approved | 92 min | Western
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.
35. Warlock (1959)
Approved | 122 min | Western
A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang's rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods.
Votes: 4,172 | Gross: $3.71M
36. On the Beach (1959)
Approved | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 10,248 | Gross: $11.00M
37. Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)
Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Drama, History
In 1920s Ireland, I.R.A. members are being lead by the war mongering Dr. Sean Lenihan, as they fight oppressive British forces.
38. ...and the Wild Wild Women (1959)
106 min | Drama
A harsh study about the grim realities of life in a non-coed, totally female prison environment. Story concerns a young girl who comes to prison and experiences the entire prison subculture... See full summary »
40. The Nun's Story (1959)
Not Rated | 149 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 7,789 | Gross: $12.80M
41. The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Romance, War
In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks.
42. The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
A miner trapped in a cave-in resurfaces, and upon discovering mankind has been wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, sets out to find other survivors.
43. No Name on the Bullet (1959)
Passed | 77 min | Western
When hired killer John Gant rides into Lordsburg, the town's folk become paranoid as each leading citizen has enemies capable of using the services of a professional killer for personal revenge.
44. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Approved | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family
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.
Votes: 10,211 | Gross: $5.01M
46. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
Approved | 132 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.
Votes: 12,836 | Gross: $10.00M
47. Fate of a Man (1959)
103 min | Drama, War
The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a ... See full summary »
48. Tiger Bay (1959)
Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A 12 year old tomboy witnesses the murder of a woman by her Polish merchant marine boyfriend but bonds with him and thwarts the police in their investigation.
51. Horrors of the Black Museum (1959)
Unrated | 93 min | Horror
The promotion announced that this film was released in "Hypnovision" which gives an idea of the story. A frustrated thriller writer wants accurate crimes for his next book so he hypnotises ... See full summary »
52. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959)
76 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
The first puppet kinescope in the world. It is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare. Three worlds meet in this story: the noble world of three Athens couples, a common ... See full summary »
53. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
G | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 112,248 | Gross: $51.60M
54. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).
56. A Bucket of Blood (1959)
Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror
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.
57. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
Approved | 87 min | Horror, Mystery
When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.
58. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Unrated | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 11,494 | Gross: $13.90M
60. 4D Man (1959)
Unrated | 85 min | Sci-Fi, Horror, Romance
Two brothers, scientists Scott and Tony Nelson, develop an amplifier which enables a person to enter a 4th dimensional state, allowing him to pass through any object. Scott experiments on ... See full summary »
61. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A wily old codger matches wits with the king of the leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.
63. Deux hommes dans Manhattan (1959)
Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville) and hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) on an assignment to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women.
65. Donald in Mathmagic Land (1959)
Approved | 27 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Donald's goes on an adventure in which it is explained how mathematics can be useful in real life. Through this journey it is shown how numbers are more than graphs and charts, they are geometry, music and magical living things.
66. Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959)
G | 105 min | Adventure, Fantasy
While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, an amnesiac Hercules is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale.
67. Verboten! (1959)
Not Rated | 93 min | Thriller, War, Drama
A young American serviceman, stationed in Germany after the fall of the Third Reich, jeopardises his position with the Marshall Plan relief effort by breaking the non-fraternisatiom rule ... See full summary »
68. Operation Petticoat (1959)
Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Romance, War
During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.
Votes: 10,278 | Gross: $23.30M
70. Hannibal (1959)
103 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
During the Second Punic War in 218 BC, Carthaginian general Hannibal attacks the Roman Republic by crossing the Pyrenees and the Alps with his vast army.
71. The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959)
Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
In one of his rare performances without Bud Abbott, Lou Costello plays a rubbish collector and inventor. When radiation in a nearby cave turns his girlfriend into a giantess, antics ensure ... See full summary »
72. Agi Murad il diavolo bianco (1959)
91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The story of Hadji Murad, a 19th-century Chechen chieftain who led his warriors in a fight against the invading forces of the Russian Czar.
73. Wedlock House: An Intercourse (1959)
11 min | Short, Romance
We see a film negative of a nude couple embracing in bed. Then, back in regular black and white images, we see them alone and together, clothed, at home. It's night, she sees his reflection... See full summary »
76. The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959)
R | 63 min | Comedy
Mr. Teas is a door to door salesman for dentists' appliances. Everywhere he goes he encounters beautiful "well-developed" nude women, which of course stir his interest. The only sound in ... See full summary »
77. First Man Into Space (1959)
Approved | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
The first pilot to leave Earth's atmosphere lands, then vanishes; but something with a craving for blood prowls the countryside...
79. The Hideous Sun Demon (1958)
Unrated | 74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After exposure to radiation, an atomic research scientist finds himself changing into a murderous, lizard-like creature every time he is exposed to sunlight.