My Favorite Movies of 1956

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1.
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
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An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children well. (153 mins.)
 
2.
War and Peace (1956)
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Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families. (208 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
3.
Beyond Mombasa (1956)
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An American travels to East Africa, where he tries to find out how his brother died. (90 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
4.
Our Miss Brooks (1956)
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Miss Brooks teaches English at Madison High, rents a room from Mrs. Davis, gets rides to school with student Walter... (85 mins.)
Director: Al Lewis
 
5.
The Iron Petticoat (1956)
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Captain Vinka Kovelenko defects from Russia, but not for political reasons. She defects because she feels discriminated against as a woman... (87 mins.)
Director: Ralph Thomas
 
6.
The Wrong Man (1956)
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In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber. (105 mins.)
 
7.
The King and Four Queens (1956)
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Opportunistic con man Dan Kehoe ingratiates himself with the cantankerous mother of four outlaws and their beautiful widows in order to find their hidden gold. (86 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
8.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
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A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering. (120 mins.)
 
9.
Baby Doll (1956)
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A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin. (114 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
10.
The Last Hunt (1956)
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Set in the early 1880s, this is the story of one of the last buffalo hunts in the Northwest. Sandy McKinzie is tired of hunting buffalo... (108 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
11.
Anastasia (1956)
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An opportunistic Russian businessman tries to pass a mysterious impostor as the Grand Duchess Anastasia. But she is so convincing in her performance that even the biggest skeptics believe her. (105 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
12.
The Searchers (1956)
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An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches. (119 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
13.
The Rainmaker (1956)
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Lizzie Curry is on the verge of becoming a hopeless old maid. Her wit and intelligence and skills as... (121 mins.)
Director: Joseph Anthony
 
14.
Written on the Wind (1956)
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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
 
15.
7th Cavalry (1956)
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An officer accused of cowardice volunteers to bring back General Custers's body after Little Big Horn. (75 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
 
16.
Helen of Troy (1956)
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The Iliad's story of the Trojan war, told from the Trojan viewpoint. (118 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
17.
Zarak (1956)
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An Afghan Outlaw finally saves a British Officer at the cost of his own life. (99 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
 
18.
Jubal (1956)
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A new foreman rejects the sexual advances of a frustrated rancher's wife, which leads to conflicts that could get him killed. (100 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
19.
Love Me Tender (1956)
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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
 
20.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
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A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
21.
Gun the Man Down (1956)
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Two bank robbers abandon their wounded partner to the posse and run with the loot but their partner, after serving time in prison, seeks revenge. (76 mins.)
 
22.
Raw Edge (1956)
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In 1842 lawless Oregon, a gunfighter seeks vengeance when his innocent brother is lynched and his beautiful Indian wife is claimed by the local tyrant. (77 mins.)
Director: John Sherwood
 
23.
Friendly Persuasion (1956)
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The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War. (137 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
24.
The Mountain (1956)
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Selfish Chris Teller pressures his older brother, a retired climber, to accompany him on a treacherous Alpine climb to loot the bodies of plane crash victims. (105 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
25.
Alexander the Great (1956)
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The life and military conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 - 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great. (141 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
26.
Odongo (1956)
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In Kenya, a white trader of exotic animals is mentoring and caring for an African boy but is annoyed by his new female replacement veterinarian and must deal with a disgruntled former employee. (85 mins.)
Director: John Gilling
 
27.
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
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A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days. (175 mins.)
 
28.
Pillars of the Sky (1956)
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In 1868 Oregon, when the Army violates the treaty by building a road across the reservation, several tribal chiefs decide to unite their forces against the trespassing whites. (95 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
29.
Between Heaven and Hell (1956)
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The spoiled rich son of a wealthy Southerner is changed by his experiences in the Pacific during World War II. (94 mins.)
 
30.
Walk the Proud Land (1956)
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An agent sent from Washington in 1874 takes charge of an Apache reservation and has the oppressive US Army back off, which creates conflicts and causes the Indians to have great respect for him. (88 mins.)
Director: Jesse Hibbs
 
31.
While the City Sleeps (1956)
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A serial killer has been killing beautiful women in New York, and the new owner of a media company offers a high ranking job to the 1st administrator who can get the earliest scoops on the case. (100 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
32.
Giant (1956)
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Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates. (201 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
33.
Backlash (1956)
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Jim Slater seeks a survivor of the Apache ambush his father died in. (84 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
34.
The Ten Commandments (1956)
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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. (220 mins.)
 
35.
The Last Wagon (1956)
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When a handful of settlers survive an Apache attack on their wagon train they must put their lives into the hands of Comanche Todd... (98 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
36.
7 Men from Now (1956)
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A former sheriff blames himself for his wife's death during a Wells Fargo robbery and vows to track down and kill the seven men responsible. (78 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
37.
Lust for Life (1956)
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The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh. (122 mins.)
 
38.
The Proud Ones (1956)
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Marshal Cass Silver has to deal with his old nemesis, a corrupt gambler, and his hired guns come to town as well as recurring bouts of blindness. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert D. Webb
 
39.
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
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A novelist aided by his future father-in-law conspires to frame himself in the murder of a stripper as part of an effort to ban capital punishment. (80 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
40.
The Harder They Fall (1956)
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Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina. (109 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
41.
Bigger Than Life (1956)
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A seriously ill schoolteacher becomes dependent on a "miracle" drug that begins to affect his sanity. (95 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
42.
Bhowani Junction (1956)
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Anglo-Indian Victoria Jones seeks her true identity amid the chaos of the British withdrawal from India. (110 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
43.
Pardners (1956)
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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
 
44.
The Lone Ranger (1956)
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Kilgore to mine silver on Indian land. The mountain he wants is sacred to the Indians. (86 mins.)
Director: Stuart Heisler
 
45.
Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)
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Davy Crockett and his sidekick Georgie compete against boastful Mike Fink ("King of the River") in a boat race to New Orleans... (81 mins.)
Director: Norman Foster
 
46.
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
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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
 
47.
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
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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
 
48.
Forever, Darling (1956)
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Susan and Lorenzo have been married for over five years and they are starting to drift apart. So into her life comes an angel... (96 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
 
49.
Congo Crossing (1956)
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Attractive Louise Whitman catalyzes action and adventure in an African country that offers haven to foreign fugitives. (85 mins.)
Director: Joseph Pevney
 
50.
The King and I (1956)
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A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children. (133 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
51.
Moby Dick (1956)
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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
 
52.
Mohawk (1956)
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In 1700s New York, a Boston artist working in the remote Fort Alden is torn between his love for 2 women and thrown into the middle of a Mohawk-Iroquois-American war. (80 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
 
53.
Safari (1956)
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During the Mau Mau Uprising in British Kenya in the 1950s, settler-hunter Ken Duffield is a hired guide for a lion hunting party but he also hopes to find the Mau Mau rebel who killed his family. (90 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
 
54.
A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
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A ruthless college student resorts to murder in a futile attempt to marry an heiress. (94 mins.)
Director: Gerd Oswald
 
55.
The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)
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During the Civil War Union spy Andrews and his men volunteer to steal a Confederate train and drive it to Union territory while destroying the Confederate railway system along the way. (85 mins.)
Director: Francis Lyon
 
56.
The Killing (1956)
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Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery. (85 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick