Must-sees of 1955

The titles hereby listed have been chosen from among a selection of 93 works.
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1.
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.)
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
The Man from Laramie (1955)
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A stranger defies the local cattle baron and his sadistic son by working for one of his oldest rivals. (104 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
6.
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
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A one-handed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary. (81 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
7.
The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955)
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The delirious journey of a mental disordered man, who is obsessed in making the perfect crime. (89 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
8.
It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
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Three soldiers meet 10 years after their last meeting in New York, and find out that they have little in common now. (101 mins.)
 
9.
Diabolique (1955)
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The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (116 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
A Generation (1955)
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Story of youths during the German occupation of Poland in the World War II who come to adulthood through love and adversity. (83 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
13.
The Big Knife (1955)
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Hollywood actor Charles Castle is pressured by his studio boss into a criminal cover-up to protect his valuable career. (111 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
14.
Il Bidone (1955)
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A trio of con-men lead by a lonesome swindler must deal with their job and family pressures. (113 mins.)
 
15.
Tsuki wa noborinu (1955)
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(102 mins.)
Director: Kinuyo Tanaka
 
16.
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
 
17.
Floating Clouds (1955)
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A tragic social drama set in post war Japan and concerns a lonely women trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo. (123 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
18.
Rififi (1955)
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Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes... (118 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
19.
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
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A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies. (111 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
20.
Ôkami (1955)
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Time; a few years after the surrender of Japan in the Second World War. The country is in ruins, economy devastated... (127 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
21.
The Tattered Wings (1955)
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(99 mins.)
 
22.
Ordet (1955)
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Follows the lives of the Brogen 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.)
 
23.
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
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The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what needs to be done with his body... (99 mins.)
 
24.
Violent Saturday (1955)
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Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly. (90 mins.)
 
25.
Il segno di Venere (1955)
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(101 mins.)
Director: Dino Risi
 
26.
The Ladykillers (1955)
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Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians. (91 mins.)
 
27.
Man with the Gun (1955)
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When a notorious tough 'town tamer' is hired by the citizenry to rid of the gunmen driving them off their land, he finds the local saloon madam to be an old friend. (83 mins.)
Director: Richard Wilson
 
28.
To Catch a Thief (1955)
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When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence. (106 mins.)
 
29.
Blackboard Jungle (1955)
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A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty. (101 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
30.
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
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In 1950s England, professor Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth, but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate. (82 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
 
31.
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
 
32.
Marty (1955)
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A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other. (90 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
 
33.
I Live in Fear (1955)
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An aging, industrialist Japanese man becomes so fearful of nuclear war that it begins to take a toll on his life and family. (103 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
34.
5 Against the House (1955)
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Four vets attending college on the GI Bill and a cabaret singer try to rob a Reno Casino and pull off the perfect crime. (84 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
35.
Killer's Kiss (1955)
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Ready to catch a train to his hometown, a washed up boxer tells us about the strange and twisty events that happened to him the past couple of days. (67 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
36.
The Heart (1955)
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At the end of Meiji era a young student befriend an older man who as a proof of trust but also as a kind of exorcism entrust him his secret, a story about jealousy, betrayal , shame and guilt. (120 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
37.
Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
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In early 1900s England, a maid tries to blackmail her master into romancing her when she discovers he murdered his wife. (90 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
38.
Roman Tales (1955)
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Alvaro is been in jail and so he consider himself the most fit to lead his three friends Mario, Otello and Spartaco... (97 mins.)
 
39.
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
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When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor. (105 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
40.
The Big Combo (1955)
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A police lt. is ordered to stop investigating deadly crime boss Mr. Brown, because he hasn't been able to get any hard evidence against him. He then goes after Brown's girlfriend who despises him, for information instead. (89 mins.)
Director: Joseph Lewis
 
41.
This Island Earth (1955)
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Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war. (87 mins.)
Director: Joseph Newman
 
42.
The Belle of Rome (1955)
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Mario fa il pugile e finisce in galera per aver dato per sbaglio un pugno a un vigile urbano. La sua... (99 mins.)
Director: Luigi Comencini
 
43.
Wichita (1955)
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In 1874, after noticing the total lawlessness in Wichita, Wyatt Earp reluctantly accepts the Marshal's job and runs into the worst local troublemakers. (81 mins.)
 
44.
The Desperate Hours (1955)
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Glen, Hal and Sam are three escaped convicts who move in on and terrorize a suburban household. (112 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
45.
There's Always Tomorrow (1955)
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When a toy manufacturer feels ignored and unappreciated by by his wife and children, he begins to rekindle a past love when a former employee comes back into his life. (84 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
46.
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
 
47.
The Dam Busters (1955)
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The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective. (124 mins.)
 
48.
Illegal (1955)
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After an overly aggressive district attorney unknowingly sends an innocent man to the chair, he resigns, turns to drinking, and acquires a criminal clientèle. (88 mins.)
Director: Lewis Allen
 
49.
Jack and the Beanstalk (1955 Short Film)
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(12 mins.)
Director: Lotte Reiniger