Most Popular Feature Films Released 1955-01-01 to 1955-12-31


1. Cult of the Cobra (1955)

Approved | 82 min | Fantasy, Horror

5.8
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American G.I.s who trespass on a Hindu ceremony are hunted down by a beautiful woman who has the power to transform herself into a cobra.

Writers: Jerry Davis, Cecil Maiden, Richard Collins | Director: Francis D. Lyon | Stars: Faith Domergue, Richard Long, Marshall Thompson, Kathleen Hughes

2. Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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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.

Writers: Richard Brooks, Evan Hunter | Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Margaret Hayes

3. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

7.8
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A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Writers: Stewart Stern, Irving Shulman, Nicholas Ray | Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

4. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.1
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99 Metascore

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.

Writers: Davis Grubb, James Agee | Directors: Charles Laughton, Robert Mitchum, Terry Sanders | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

5. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

7.5
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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.

Writers: John Michael Hayes, David Dodge | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

6. East of Eden (1955)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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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.

Writers: John Steinbeck, Paul Osborn | Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives

7. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Approved | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.4
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The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.

Writers: Ward Greene, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ralph Wright, Don DaGradi | Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson

8. The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Approved | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.

Writers: Billy Wilder, George Axelrod | Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts

9. Guys and Dolls (1955)

Approved | 150 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.3
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In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.

Writers: Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows, Damon Runyon, Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine

10. Diabolique (1955)

Unrated | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

8.1
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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.

Writers: Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jérôme Géronimi, René Masson, Frédéric Grendel | Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

11. Oklahoma! (1955)

Approved | 145 min | Musical, Romance, Western

7.2
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In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.

Writers: Sonya Levien, William Ludwig, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Lynn Riggs | Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood

12. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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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.

Writers: Millard Kaufman, Don McGuire, Howard Breslin | Director: John Sturges | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger

13. Rififi (1955)

Not Rated | 122 min | Crime, Thriller

8.2
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97 Metascore

Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...

Writers: Auguste Le Breton, Jules Dassin, René Wheeler | Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey

14. The Trouble with Harry (1955)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

7.2
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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...

Writers: John Michael Hayes, Jack Trevor Story | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick

15. Picnic (1955)

Approved | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Emotions are ignited amongst the complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic.

Writers: Daniel Taradash, William Inge | Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: William Holden, Kim Novak, Betty Field, Susan Strasberg

16. Marty (1955)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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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.

Writer: Paddy Chayefsky | Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli

17. We're No Angels (1955)

106 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

7.5
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Three Devil's Island escapees hide out in the home of a kindly merchant and repay his kindness by helping him and his family out of several crises.

Writers: Albert Husson, Ranald MacDougall | Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett

18. This Island Earth (1955)

Approved | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.8
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Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

Writers: Raymond F. Jones, Franklin Coen, George Callahan | Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller

19. The Court Jester (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

8.0
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A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king.

Writers: Norman Panama, Melvin Frank | Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama | Stars: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury

20. The Ladykillers (1955)

91 min | Comedy, Crime

7.8
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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.

Writer: William Rose | Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

21. The Man from Laramie (1955)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Western

7.4
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A stranger defies the local cattle baron and his sadistic son by working for one of his oldest rivals.

Writers: Philip Yordan, Frank Burt, Thomas T. Flynn | Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O'Donnell

22. Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955)

99 min | Comedy, Musical

5.2
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Two Broadway showgirls, who are also sisters, are sick and tired of New York as well as not getting nowhere. Quitting Broadway, the sisters decided to travel to Paris to become famous.

Writers: Anita Loos, Mary Loos, Richard Sale | Director: Richard Sale | Stars: Jane Russell, Jeanne Crain, Alan Young, Scott Brady

23. Mister Roberts (1955)

Unrated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.8
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Comedy-drama about life on a not particularly important ship of the US Navy during WW2.

Writers: Frank S. Nugent, Joshua Logan, Thomas Heggen | Directors: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy, Joshua Logan | Stars: Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon

24. Killer's Kiss (1955)

Unrated | 67 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.7
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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.

Writer: Stanley Kubrick | Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Frank Silvera, Irene Kane, Jamie Smith, Jerry Jarrett

25. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Approved | 106 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

7.7
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A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit."

Writers: Mickey Spillane, A.I. Bezzerides | Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez

26. Revenge of the Creature (1955)

Approved | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.5
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Men capture the creature from the Black Lagoon and make him an aquarium attraction, from which he escapes.

Writers: Martin Berkeley, William Alland | Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: John Agar, Lori Nelson, John Bromfield, Nestor Paiva

27. Battle Cry (1955)

Approved | 149 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.6
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A group of young Marines have adventures in love and war.

Writer: Leon Uris | Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Mona Freeman, Nancy Olson

28. Summertime (1955)

Not Rated | 100 min | Romance, Drama

7.5
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A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy.

Writers: Arthur Laurents, H.E. Bates, David Lean | Director: David Lean | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Isa Miranda, Darren McGavin

29. The Desperate Hours (1955)

Approved | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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Glen, Hal and Sam are three escaped convicts who move in on and terrorize a suburban household.

Writer: Joseph Hayes | Director: William Wyler | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Arthur Kennedy, Martha Scott

30. Sissi (1955)

102 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.0
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In the first of a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the young vibrant princess catches the eye of her sister's fiancé, Emperor Franz Josef.

Writer: Ernst Marischka | Director: Ernst Marischka | Stars: Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Uta Franz

31. The Fast and the Furious (1955)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.3
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A man wrongly imprisoned for murder breaks out of jail. He wants to clear his name, but with the police pursuing him, he's forced to take a beautiful young woman, driving a fast sports car,... See full summary »

Writers: Jerome Odlum, Jean Howell, Roger Corman | Directors: John Ireland, Edward Sampson | Stars: John Ireland, Dorothy Malone, Bruce Carlisle, Iris Adrian

32. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)

Approved | 119 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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A strung-out junkie deals with a demoralizing drug addiction while his crippled wife and card sharks pull him down.

Writers: Walter Newman, Lewis Meltzer, Nelson Algren | Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker, Arnold Stang

33. Bengazi (1955)

79 min | Drama, Adventure, Crime

4.9
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An American with a shady past joins with a morally-bankrupt Irishman to find treasure buried by Arabs in a deserted mosque in the Sahara. The situation becomes complicated when they are surrounded by bellicose Bedouin bandits.

Writers: Jeff Bailey, Endre Bohem, Louis Vittes | Director: John Brahm | Stars: Richard Conte, Victor McLaglen, Richard Carlson, Mala Powers

34. To Hell and Back (1955)

Approved | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.5
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The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.

Writers: Gil Doud, Audie Murphy | Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake, Jack Kelly

35. Run for Cover (1955)

93 min | Western

6.7
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Mistaken for train robbers, Matt Dow and Davey Bishop are shot at by the sheriff and his posse but they are cleared and hired as lawmen.

Writers: Winston Miller, Harriet Frank Jr., Irving Ravetch | Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Cagney, Viveca Lindfors, John Derek, Jean Hersholt

36. Tarantula (1955)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants.

Writers: Robert M. Fresco, Martin Berkeley, Jack Arnold | Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll, Nestor Paiva

37. Daddy Long Legs (1955)

Approved | 126 min | Musical, Romance

6.8
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On a trip to France, millionaire Jervis Pendelton sees an 18 year old girl in an orphanage. Enchanted with her, but mindful of the difference in their ages, he sponsors her to college in ... See full summary »

Writers: Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron, Jean Webster | Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Terry Moore, Thelma Ritter

38. All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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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.

Writers: Peg Fenwick, Edna L. Lee, Harry Lee | Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Conrad Nagel

39. Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955)

Approved | 93 min | Family, Western, Adventure

7.1
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Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davey Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes. Crockett and his friend George Russell ... See full summary »

Writer: Thomas W. Blackburn | Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Basil Ruysdael, Hans Conried

40. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

Unrated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution.

Writers: John Patrick, Han Suyin | Directors: Henry King, Otto Lang | Stars: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom

41. The Sea Chase (1955)

Approved | 117 min | Action, Drama, War

6.5
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As World War II begins, German freighter captain Karl Ehrlich tries to get his ship back to Germany through a gauntlet of Allied warships.

Writers: James Warner Bellah, John Twist, Andrew Geer | Director: John Farrow | Stars: John Wayne, Lana Turner, David Farrar, Lyle Bettger

42. The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, History, War

7.4
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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.

Writers: Paul Brickhill, Guy Gibson, R.C. Sherriff | Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney

43. Five Guns West (1955)

Approved | 78 min | Western

4.5
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Shalee Jethro (Dorothy Malone) helps her father run a desert stagecoach station. Five desperate outlaws arrive at the station to await a gold shipment they plan to rob, and Shalee becomes ... See full summary »

Writer: R. Wright Campbell | Director: Roger Corman | Stars: John Lund, Dorothy Malone, Mike Connors, R. Wright Campbell

44. Confidential Report (1955)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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An American adventurer investigates the past of mysterious tycoon Arkadin...placing himself in grave danger.

Writer: Orson Welles | Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Peter van Eyck, Michael Redgrave, Patricia Medina

45. Man Without a Star (1955)

Approved | 89 min | Western

7.0
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A drifter working as foreman for an iron-fist female rancher must chose sides between his attractive employer and the other neighboring settlers who are mistreated by her.

Writers: Borden Chase, D.D. Beauchamp, Dee Linford | Director: King Vidor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Claire Trevor, William Campbell

46. Ordet (1955)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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People believe in the dead Christ, but not in the living.

Writer: Kaj Munk | Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Henrik Malberg, Emil Hass Christensen, Preben Lerdorff Rye, Hanne Aagesen

47. The Tall Men (1955)

Approved | 122 min | Western

6.7
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Two brothers, Ben and Clint, join a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. While heading for Texas they save Nella from the Indians, and she decides to ride with them. Ben and Nella start to ... See full summary »

Writers: Sydney Boehm, Frank S. Nugent, Heck Allen | Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Robert Ryan, Cameron Mitchell

48. Richard III (1955)

Not Rated | 161 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

Writers: William Shakespeare, David Garrick, Colley Cibber | Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen, Ralph Richardson

49. Not as a Stranger (1955)

135 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance

6.8
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An ego-driven, aspiring physician, intolerant of the weaknesses of others, especially those closest to him, comes to grips with his own imperfections.

Writers: Edna Anhalt, Edward Anhalt, Morton Thompson | Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum, Gloria Grahame

50. Rage at Dawn (1955)

Approved | 87 min | Western

6.0
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A special agent from Chicago is sent out west to bring in the notorious Reno brothers.

Writers: Horace McCoy, Frank Gruber | Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, Mala Powers, J. Carrol Naish