My Best Films of 1955

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1.
Ordet (1955)
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Follows the lives of the Borgen family, as they deal with inner conflict, as well as religious conflict with one and other, and the rest of the town. The various events that unfold throughout the film tests all of their faith and beliefs. (126 mins.)
 
2.
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
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A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery. (92 mins.)
 
3.
Pather Panchali (1955)
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Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. (125 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
4.
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
 
5.
Diabolique (1955)
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The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (117 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
 
6.
The Phenix City Story (1955)
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A crime-busting lawyer and his initially reluctant attorney father take on the forces that run gambling and prostitution in their small Southern town. (100 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
7.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
8.
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
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An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin...placing himself in grave danger. (93 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
9.
East of Eden (1955)
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A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother's girlfriend. (115 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
10.
Taira Clan Saga (1955)
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Special Forces commander Captain Tadamori returns to Kyoto after successfully defeating the uprising of pirates in the western sea of Japan... (108 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
11.
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
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It's late nineteenth century Sweden. Middle aged lawyer Fredrik Egerman and his nineteen year old current... (108 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
12.
Rififi (1955)
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Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes... (118 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
13.
Floating Clouds (1955)
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A tragic social drama set in post war Japan and concerns a lonely woman trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo. (123 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
14.
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
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An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers. (89 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
15.
The Mad Masters (1955 Documentary)
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In one of the first mockumentaries ever created, director Jean Rouch takes his viewers to the city of... (36 mins.)
Director: Jean Rouch
Stars: Jean Rouch
 
16.
Rio 100 Degrees F. (1955)
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A semi-documentary on the people of Rio de Janeiro. The camera follows boys from a hillside shanty town who sell peanuts at Copacabana... (100 mins.)
 
17.
The Naked Dawn (1955)
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In Mexico, at the dawn of the automobile, modern bandit Santiago burglarizes train freight cars and falls in love with a poor farmer's wife. (82 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
 
18.
Yôkihi (1955)
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In eighth century China, the Emperor is grieving over the death of his wife. The Yang family wants to... (98 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
19.
Moonfleet (1955)
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Moonfleet is set in Dorset, England. The Fleet refers to the land just west of Portland, Southern England. (84 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
20.
Lola Montès (1955)
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The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of... (116 mins.)
Director: Max Ophuls
 
21.
Aguaespejo granadino (1955 Documentary)
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As stated in the film, Jose Val del Omar presents a brief audiovisual essay of lyrical plastic art. (21 mins.)
 
22.
One Froggy Evening (1955 Short Film)
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A man futilely struggles to make his fortune with a frog that sings and dances, but only when it is alone with the owner. (7 mins.)
 
23.
The Long Gray Line (1955)
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The life story of a salt-of-the-earth Irish immigrant, who becomes an Army Noncommissioned Officer and... (138 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
24.
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
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A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down. (119 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
25.
Richard III (1955)
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Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir. (161 mins.)
 
26.
Stella (1955)
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The story of a young, wild woman who doesn't want to compromise and settle down. Stella is a restless... (90 mins.)
 
27.
Land of the Pharaohs (1955)
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A captured architect designs an ingenious plan to ensure the impregnability of tomb of a self-absorbed Pharaoh, obsessed with the security of his next life. (106 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks