Favorite Films of 1959

Updated: 6/5/16

I have watched 31 films with a 1959 release date. I have listed them here ranked from best to worst (in my opinion).
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1.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
 
2.
The 400 Blows (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
 
3.
Rio Bravo (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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.
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
5.
Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A group of drag-racing fanatics, members of a Los Angeles club, move into an old deserted mansion and set up shop... (65 mins.)
Director: William Hole
 
6.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
7.
Mysteries of the Deep (1959 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
(24 mins.)
 
8.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
 
9.
Alias Jesse James (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The outlaw T.J. 'Jesse' James tries to kill insurance agent Milford Farnsworth who has been mistaken for him in order to collect on a big policy. (92 mins.)
 
10.
Operation Petticoat (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
11.
Jungle Cat (1960 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
This documentary chronicles the life of a female spotted jaguar in the South American jungle. (69 mins.)
Director: James Algar
 
12.
The Shaggy Dog (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A teenage boy is cursed with periodically turning into an sheepdog. (104 mins.)
Director: Charles Barton
 
13.
The Bat (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people. (80 mins.)
Director: Crane Wilbur
 
14.
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
15.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
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
 
16.
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb). (79 mins.)
 
17.
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply center... (120 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
18.
Return of the Fly (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Philippe Delambre, the now-adult son of "The Fly", does some transportation experimentation of his own. (80 mins.)
 
19.
Ben-Hur (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
20.
The Tingler (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host. (82 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
21.
The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community and a a heroic teenager attempts to destroy the creature. (74 mins.)
Director: Ray Kellogg
 
22.
Disneyland '59 (1959 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
23.
Terror Is a Man (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A mad scientist transforms a panther into a man-like creature that escapes and goes on a murderous rampage. (89 mins.)
 
24.
The Giant Behemoth (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur which threatens London. (80 mins.)
 
25.
Beast from Haunted Cave (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
A group of gold thieves pull of a heist and flee into the snowy wilderness, only to be pursued by a horrible, spider-like monster. (71 mins.)
Director: Monte Hellman
 
26.
The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing... (70 mins.)
Director: Edward L. Cahn
 
27.
It Happened to Jane (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
28.
The Killer Shrews (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
On an isolated island, a small group of people are terrorized by giant voracious shrews in the midst of a hurricane. (69 mins.)
Director: Ray Kellogg
 
29.
The Alligator People (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A woman in a hypnotic state recounts to two doctors the details of a horrific experience from her past life that began with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of her husband. (74 mins.)
Director: Roy Del Ruth
 
30.
The Mummy (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences. (86 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
31.
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
A backwoods game warden and a local doctor discover that giant leeches are responsible for disappearances and deaths in a local swamp, but the local police don't believe them. (62 mins.)