My Favorite 50 Movies of 1957

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1.
Omar Khayyam (1957)
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During the 11th century, Persian poet Omar Khayyam's lover marries the Shah but the Shah, whose life is threatened by a sect of assassins, appoints Omar royal advisor. (101 mins.)
 
2.
The Big Land (1957)
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Alan Ladd stars as a Kansas cattle rancher battling the elements and corrupt cattle buyers to build a railroad spur to the Rio Grande just after the United States' Civil War. (92 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
3.
The Hard Man (1957)
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A lawman becomes a deputy in a town where he suspects the friend he had to kill in self defense, was framed for murder. (80 mins.)
Director: George Sherman
 
4.
12 Angry Men (1957)
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A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence. (96 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
5.
Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957)
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Tarzan leads five passengers from a downed airplane out of the jungle. En route white hunter Hawkins tries to sell them to the Oparian chief... (86 mins.)
 
6.
Paths of Glory (1957)
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After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
7.
Kiss Them for Me (1957)
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Three decorated Navy pilots finagle a four day leave in San Francisco. They procure a posh suite at the hotel and Commander Crewson... (105 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
8.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
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A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. (116 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
9.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
10.
Fire Down Below (1957)
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Tony and Felix own a tramp boat, and sail around the Caribbean doing odd jobs and drinking a lot. They... (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Parrish
 
11.
The Cranes Are Flying (1957)
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Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter. (97 mins.)
 
12.
Gun for a Coward (1957)
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After the death of a rancher his three sons run the ranch but one of them is seen as a coward because of his reluctance to gunfight. (88 mins.)
Director: Abner Biberman
 
13.
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
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Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him. (92 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
14.
The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957)
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Murphy deserts the Union Army to warn former Texas neighbors of impending Indian attacks triggered by Army massacre... (82 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
15.
War Drums (1957)
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The friendship between a white man and an Apache chief is tested when they fall in love with the same woman during a time of frontier conflict. (75 mins.)
 
16.
An Affair to Remember (1957)
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A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen? (119 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
17.
The Tall T (1957)
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An independent former ranch foreman is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by trio of ruthless outlaws. (78 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
18.
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
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A marine and a nun form an unlikely friendship. The marine is shipwrecked on a Pacific island and the nun has been left behind there; they find comfort in one another as the two wait out the war. (108 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
19.
Love in the Afternoon (1957)
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A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client. (130 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
20.
Old Yeller (1957)
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A boy brings a yellow dog home. The dog loves the family as much as they love him, but can the love last ? (83 mins.)
 
21.
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
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A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder. (91 mins.)
 
22.
The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
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Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo transatlantic crossing. (135 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
23.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
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Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. (122 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
24.
Boy on a Dolphin (1957)
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Phaedra is a poor sponge diver on the lovely Greek isle of Hydra. While diving, she discovers an ancient... (111 mins.)
Director: Jean Negulesco
 
25.
Peyton Place (1957)
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A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals. (157 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
26.
The Pride and the Passion (1957)
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The story in this movie deals with the perseverance of Spaniards to take back their country from the... (132 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
27.
Istanbul (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A suspected diamond smuggler returns to Istanbul and finds the lady love he thought was dead...or does he? (84 mins.)
Director: Joseph Pevney
 
28.
Forty Guns (1957)
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Showdown in Arizona between the Bonnell brothers, U.S.Marshals, and Jessica Drummond, the iron-fist rancher who controls the territory. (79 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
29.
A Farewell to Arms (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An English nurse and an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I fall in love, but the horrors surrounding them test their romance to the limit. (152 mins.)
Director: Charles Vidor
 
30.
Edge of the City (1957)
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Two New York City longshoremen Axel Nordmann, an Army deserter and Tommy Tyler, an easy-going freight car loader whose growing friendship is threatened by Charles Malik, a notably repellent punk. (85 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
31.
Joe Dakota (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A stranger rides into town and says he is looking for a local Indian. Told he left town, the truth everyone has been hiding comes out including the stranger's true identity. (79 mins.)
 
32.
Until They Sail (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
During WW2, husband-less New Zealand women meet and marry American soldiers who are fighting in the Pacific theater. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
33.
Designing Woman (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A sportswriter and a fashion-designer marry after a whirlwind romance, and discover they have little in common. (118 mins.)
 
34.
Utah Blaine (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Gunslinger Utah Blaine rescues rancher Joe Neal from lynching by vigilante land-grabbers and runs afoul of vigilante leader Russ Nevers' interests. (75 mins.)
Director: Fred F. Sears
 
35.
Man in the Shadow (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Virgil Renchler owns most of the town providing a thriving economy. When his men go to far and kill one of his migrant workmen, the sheriff goes after him even if it means his job and everyone else's. (80 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
36.
Legend of the Lost (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
American ne'er-do-well Joe January is hired to take Paul Bonnard on an expedition into the desert in search of treasure. (109 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
37.
Bitter Victory (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A commander receives a citation for an attack on Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved as the commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers. (102 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
38.
Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An expatriate American living in Madrid, former Air Force pilot Lloyd Tredman (Robert Taylor) is haunted... (98 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
39.
Night Passage (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A fired railroad man is rehired and trusted to carry a 10,000 dollar payroll in secret, even though he is suspected of being connected to outlaws. (90 mins.)
Director: James Neilson
 
40.
All Mine to Give (1957)
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An immigrant family in 1850's Wisconsin prospers until tragedy strikes. (103 mins.)
Director: Allen Reisner
 
41.
Gunsight Ridge (1957)
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Stage line agent investigates a series of robberies by taking the job of a deputy sheriff in a border Arizona town. (85 mins.)
Director: Francis D. Lyon
 
42.
Gun Glory (1957)
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A gunfighter defends his town when cattlemen threaten to destroy it by stampeding cattle through the farmlands. (89 mins.)
Director: Roy Rowland
 
43.
The Wings of Eagles (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A biography of Navy flier-turned-screenwriter Frank W. "Spig" Wead. (110 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
44.
Johnny Tremain (1957)
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Johnny Tremain is drawn into the Revolutionary War, and becomes a patriot fighting to free the colonies from England. Along the way he learns about life and about himself. (80 mins.)
 
45.
Band of Angels (1957)
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Mantha Starr grows up as a privileged southern Belle in the ante-bellum South but after her father dies broke, her world is destroyed when she discovers her mother was black. (125 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
46.
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the prince regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her. (115 mins.)
 
47.
Raintree County (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A graduating poet/teacher falls in love with a Southern woman, and then the Civil War and her past create problems. (160 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
48.
The True Story of Jesse James (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The last eighteen years in the life of Jesse James, showing his home life in Missouri, his experiences with Quantrill's raiders... (92 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
49.
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star. (96 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
50.
The Story of Mankind (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
The devil and the spirit of mankind argue as to whether or not humanity is ultimately good or evil. (100 mins.)
Director: Irwin Allen