Best films, 1959

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1.
Imitation of Life (1959)
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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. (125 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
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.
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
 
4.
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
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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. (208 mins.)
 
5.
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)
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As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals. (181 mins.)
 
6.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
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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. (90 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
The World of Apu (1959)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
9.
Shadows (1959)
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Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City. (81 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
10.
Pickpocket (1959)
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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. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
11.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
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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. (121 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
12.
The Bridge (1959)
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In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers. (103 mins.)
Director: Bernhard Wicki
 
13.
Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959 Documentary)
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Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience... (85 mins.)
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
Der Tiger von Eschnapur (1959)
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In Eschnapur, a local Maharajah and a German architect fall in-love with the same temple dancer. (101 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
16.
The Indian Tomb (1959)
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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. (102 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
17.
Fires on the Plain (1959)
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In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation. (108 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
18.
Floating Weeds (1959)
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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. (119 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
19.
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
 
20.
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
 
21.
Room at the Top (1959)
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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. (117 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
22.
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
 
23.
Night Train (1959)
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Jerzy enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something - as does the... (99 mins.)
 
24.
India: Matri Bhumi (1959 Documentary)
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Divided into four episodes Roberto Rosellini's performs a ritual trip with India covering culture, beautiful... (90 mins.)
 
25.
Look Back in Anger (1959)
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A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values. (98 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
26.
Gidget (1959)
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A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer. (95 mins.)
Director: Paul Wendkos
 
27.
Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)
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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. (148 mins.)
Director: Guru Dutt
 
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.
Sapphire (1959)
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The murder of a young woman in London exposes deep racial tensions and prejudices inherent in the area. (92 mins.)
Director: Basil Dearden
 
30.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
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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. (75 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
31.
It Happened to Jane (1959)
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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". (97 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
32.
Nazarin (1959)
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A priest in a poor community lives a charitable life in accordance with his religious principles, but many others do not return the favor. (94 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
33.
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
 
34.
Warlock (1959)
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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. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
35.
On the Beach (1959)
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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. (134 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
36.
Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)
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In 1920s Ireland, I.R.A. members are being lead by the war mongering Dr. Sean Lenihan, as they fight oppressive British forces. (111 mins.)
 
37.
...and the Wild Wild Women (1959)
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A harsh study about the grim realities of life in a non-coed, totally female prison environment. Story... (106 mins.)
 
38.
Black Orpheus (1959)
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A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. (100 mins.)
Director: Marcel Camus
 
39.
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
 
40.
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
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A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply center... (120 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
41.
The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)
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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. (95 mins.)
 
42.
No Name on the Bullet (1959)
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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. (77 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
43.
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
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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. (180 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
44.
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.)
 
45.
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
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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. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
 
46.
Fate of a Man (1959)
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The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and... (103 mins.)
 
47.
Tiger Bay (1959)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
48.
The Tingler (1959)
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An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host. (82 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
49.
The Crimson Kimono (1959)
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Two detectives seek a stripper's killer in the Japanese quarter of Los Angeles, but a love triangle threatens their friendship. (82 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
50.
Horrors of the Black Museum (1959)
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The promotion announced that this film was released in "Hypnovision" which gives an idea of the story... (93 mins.)
Director: Arthur Crabtree
 
51.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959)
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The first puppet kinescope in the world. It is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare... (76 mins.)
Director: Jirí Trnka
 
52.
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
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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. (75 mins.)
Director: Clyde Geronimi
 
53.
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
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Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb). (79 mins.)
 
54.
Good Morning (1959)
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Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set. (94 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
55.
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
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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. (66 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
56.
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
 
57.
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.)
 
58.
Pillow Talk (1959)
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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. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Gordon
 
59.
4D Man (1959)
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Two brothers, scientists Scott and Tony Nelson, develop an amplifier which enables a person to enter a 4th dimensional state... (85 mins.)
 
60.
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
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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. (93 mins.)
 
61.
The Journey (1959)
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A British woman trying to escape Hungary with her freedom fighter lover finds herself the obsession of a Communist officer. (126 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
62.
Two Men in Manhattan (1959)
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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. (84 mins.)
 
63.
Terror Is a Man (1959)
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A mad scientist transforms a panther into a man-like creature that escapes and goes on a murderous rampage. (89 mins.)
 
64.
Donald in Mathmagic Land (1959 Short Film)
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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. (27 mins.)
 
65.
Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959)
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While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, an amnesiac Hercules is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale. (98 mins.)
 
66.
Verboten! (1959)
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A young American serviceman, stationed in Germany after the fall of the Third Reich, jeopardises his... (93 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
67.
Operation Petticoat (1959)
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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. (124 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
68.
Al Capone (1959)
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This factual biography of gang lord Al Capone follows his rise and fall in Chicago gangdom during the Prohibition era. (104 mins.)
Director: Richard Wilson
 
69.
Hannibal (1959)
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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. (100 mins.)
 
70.
The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959)
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In one of his rare performances without Bud Abbott, Lou Costello plays a rubbish collector and inventor... (75 mins.)
Director: Sidney Miller
 
71.
Agi Murad il diavolo bianco (1959)
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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. (91 mins.)
Director: Richard Freda
 
72.
Wedlock House: An Intercourse (1959 Short Film)
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We see a film negative of a nude couple embracing in bed. Then, back in regular black and white images... (11 mins.)
Director: Brakhage
 
73.
The Wonderful Country (1959)
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Having fled to Mexico from the U.S. many years ago for killing his father's murderer, Martin Brady travels... (98 mins.)
Director: Robert Parrish
 
74.
Goliath and the Barbarians (1959)
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When barbarians invade his village and kill his father, a local man wages a one-man war against them. (100 mins.)
 
75.
The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959)
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Mr. Teas is a door to door salesman for dentists' appliances. Everywhere he goes he encounters beautiful "well-developed" nude women... (63 mins.)
Director: Russ Meyer
 
76.
First Man Into Space (1959)
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The first pilot to leave Earth's atmosphere lands, then vanishes; but something with a craving for blood prowls the countryside... (77 mins.)
Director: Robert Day
 
77.
Falling Pink (1959 Short Film)
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(9 mins.)
 
78.
The Hideous Sun Demon (1959)
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After exposure to radiation, an atomic research scientist finds himself changing into a murderous, lizard-like creature every time he is exposed to sunlight. (74 mins.)
 
79.
The Mouse That Roared (1959)
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An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don't go according to plan. (83 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
80.
The Cosmic Man (1959)
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A spherical UFO proves to contain one alien visitor. How to deal with him? Investigators disagree... (72 mins.)
 
81.
Cat's Cradle (1959 Short Film)
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Images of two women, two men, and a gray cat form a montage of rapid bits of movement. A woman is in a bedroom... (6 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage