MY TOP 30 MOVIES FOR 1956

The cinematic mind of Bresson; Ford and Wayne do it again, and Dean hangs out with Taylor and Hudson. (In list order.)
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1.
A Man Escaped (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Captured French Resistance fighter Lieutenant Fontaine awaits a certain death sentence for espionage in a stark Nazi prison... (99 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
“ One of Bresson's finest... ” - mifunesamurai
 
2.
The Searchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from an Indian tribe. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Wayne and Ford deliver their best... ” - mifunesamurai
 
3.
Giant (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates. (201 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
“ Dream cast in epic melodrama... ” - mifunesamurai
 
4.
Baby Doll (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin. (114 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Kazan pushes it and gets away with it... ” - mifunesamurai
 
5.
Early Spring (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance. (144 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
“ Ozu delivers again... ” - mifunesamurai
 
6.
Moby Dick (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick. (116 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Huston captures the soul of the book... ” - mifunesamurai
 
7.
Attack (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between captain Cooney and lieutenant Costa run high. (107 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ Perfect vehicle for Aldrich and cast... ” - mifunesamurai
 
8.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ One of the best 50's sci-fi... ” - mifunesamurai
 
9.
Bob le Flambeur (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Bob, an old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend... (98 mins.)
Director: Melville
“ Slick Melville and his cool Noir gangsters... ” - mifunesamurai
 
10.
The Girl from Flanders (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(105 mins.)
Director: Helmut Käutner
“ An anti-war film that explores the importance of humanity through a romantic love affair. ” - mifunesamurai
 
11.
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947. (113 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Newman begins to stand out... ” - mifunesamurai
 
12.
Elena and Her Men (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Polish countess Elena falls in love to a Frensh radical party's candidate, a general, in pre world war I Paris, but another officer pines for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Renoir's magic works a treat on Ingrid... ” - mifunesamurai
 
13.
The Bad Seed (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer. (129 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
“ Overlong, too theatrical, melodramatic campy performances, but still riveting stuff... ” - mifunesamurai
 
14.
The Killing (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. (85 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kubrick prepares for the big one... ” - mifunesamurai
 
15.
The Burmese Harp (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk. (116 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
“ Ichikawa finds peace in War... ” - mifunesamurai
 
16.
Written on the Wind (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister. (99 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
“ Hudson and Bacall are perfect in this campy Sirk melodrama... ” - mifunesamurai
 
17.
The King and I (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children. (133 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
“ Lavish musical... ” - mifunesamurai
 
18.
The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Gangster hires down-and-out press agent to make his blonde bimbo girlfriend a singing star. (99 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
“ Tashlin has fun with the jugs, and the music is great... ” - mifunesamurai
 
19.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
“ De Mille sure knows how to make them bigger than the bible... ” - mifunesamurai
 
20.
What a Woman! (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Antonietta viene fotografata per caso e la sua foto finisce in copertina. Il suo fidanzato vuol far causa al giornale per questo... (100 mins.)
“ Sophia and Marcello warming up for better things to come... ” - mifunesamurai
 
21.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (98 mins.)
“ It's a crazy kinky planet... ” - mifunesamurai
 
22.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering. (120 mins.)
“ Hitchcock sure knows how to thrill an audience... ” - mifunesamurai
 
23.
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo. (80 mins.)
“ Loved it as a child... ” - mifunesamurai
 
24.
The Wrong Man (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
True story of an innocent man mistaken for a criminal. (105 mins.)
“ One of the lesser interesting and safe Hitchcock projects... ” - mifunesamurai
 
25.
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days. (175 mins.)
“ Pure fun with Niven and Co... ” - mifunesamurai
 
26.
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him. (89 mins.)
Director: Russell Rouse
“ Perfect ending but had to sit through clunky wordy junk to get to it... ” - mifunesamurai
 
27.
Ransom! (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The Stannards' son is kidnapped for ransom. Plot centres around Ford's (the father) efforts to find him. (109 mins.)
Director: Alex Segal
“ It keeps you intrigued even through all the corniness... ” - mifunesamurai
 
28.
Lust for Life (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh. (122 mins.)
“ Just didn't have that edge like Van Gogh's life... ” - mifunesamurai
 
29.
Love Me Tender (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it. (89 mins.)
Director: Robert D. Webb
“ Wrong title for this interesting Elvis film... ” - mifunesamurai
 
30.
Pardners (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A rich momma's boy returns west with the son of his murdered father's partner to foil a gang trying to gain control of his family ranch. (90 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
“ The lads have fun out West... ” - mifunesamurai