My Best Films of 1959

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1.
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
 
2.
Night Train (1959)
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A man, Jerzy, enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something--and... (99 mins.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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. (75 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
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.)
“ "The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity" shares this slot. ” - g_monte
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
Araya (1959 Documentary)
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"Araya" is an old natural salt mine located in a peninsula in northeastern Venezuela which was still... (90 mins.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
Imitation of Life (1959)
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A struggling young actress with a six year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white. (125 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
17.
The Little Apartment (1959)
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Rodolfo and Petrita each live in separate quarters in dilapidated Madrid, while looking to have a little apartment (or "pisito"... (87 mins.)
 
18.
Le chant du Styrène (1959 Documentary)
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Poetic and aesthetic visit of a large polystyrene factory. (19 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
19.
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.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
Window Water Baby Moving (1959 Documentary)
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Stan Brakhage films the birth of his first child, Myrrena. (13 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
22.
The Wonder Ring (1959 Short Film)
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(6 mins.)
 
23.
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
 
24.
A Simple Story (1959)
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A woman arrives in Paris with her little girl to look for work. With limited funds and no luck, they end up penniless, homeless and dependent on the rare kindness of strangers. (68 mins.)
Director: Marcel Hanoun