Gregor's Top 20 of 1958 +10

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1. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson

Votes: 40,520 | Gross: $17.57M

2. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

99 Metascore

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 92,872 | Gross: $2.24M

3. The Big Country (1958)

Passed | 166 min | Romance, Western

A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston

Votes: 13,985

4. Vertigo (1958)

PG | 128 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

100 Metascore

A former police detective juggles wrestling with his personal demons and becoming obsessed with a hauntingly beautiful woman.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore

Votes: 321,728 | Gross: $3.20M

5. The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara

Votes: 29,820

6. The Defiant Ones (1958)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama

69 Metascore

Two escaped convicts chained together, white and black, must learn to get along in order to elude capture.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Charles McGraw

Votes: 11,908

7. A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Romance, War

On the Russian front in 1944 German Private Ernst Graeber receives a leave and visits his family in Germany but Germany isn't the same country he left behind.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: John Gavin, Liselotte Pulver, Jock Mahoney, Don DeFore

Votes: 2,545

8. Wet Asphalt (1958)

90 min | Drama, Thriller

In Berlin, when the journalist Greg Bachmann is released from prison six months before the end of his sentence, there is a driver named Jupp waiting for him. Soon he learns that the famous ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Wisbar | Stars: Horst Buchholz, Martin Held, Maria Perschy, Gert Fröbe

Votes: 128

9. Party Girl (1958)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Lawyer Tommy Farrell is a defender of crooks. Vicki Gaye encourages him to go straight, but mob king Rico Angelo insists otherwise.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Robert Taylor, Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb, John Ireland

Votes: 2,483

10. Man of the West (1958)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Gary Cooper, Julie London, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 5,913

11. Separate Tables (1958)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Romance

The stories of several people are told as they stay at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth which features dining at "Separate Tables."

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Burt Lancaster

Votes: 5,952 | Gross: $7.40M

12. The Young Lions (1958)

Approved | 167 min | Action, Drama, War

WW2 drama that follows the lives of three young men, one German and two Americans, during wartime.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Dean Martin, Hope Lange

Votes: 6,681 | Gross: $9.96M

13. The Fly (1958)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 18,900 | Gross: $3.00M

14. Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958)

Approved | 87 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

At Kimberley Prescott's villa, a stranger shows-up and claims he is her brother who supposedly died the previous year in a car accident.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom, Alexander Knox

Votes: 1,002

15. Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Not Rated | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

94 Metascore

A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly, Yori Bertin

Votes: 18,298 | Gross: $0.11M

16. The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles

Votes: 8,971

17. The Ballad of Narayama (1958)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

A kabuki theatre-inflected story about a poor village whose people have to be carried to a nearby mountain to die once they get old.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Teiji Takahashi, Yûko Mochizuki, Danko Ichikawa

Votes: 2,370

18. Gigi (1958)

G | 115 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Hermione Gingold

Votes: 17,785

19. Giants and Toys (1958)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

In the middle of a fierce commercial competition between three caramel companies, an executive builds up a ditsy teenage girl as a mascot while simultaneously trying to uncover the rival companies' plans.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Hitomi Nozoe, Osamu Abe, Kôichi Fujiyama

Votes: 691

20. The Vikings (1958)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Adventure

A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh

Votes: 11,351 | Gross: $7.00M

21. Horror of Dracula (1958)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses, forcing his colleague Dr. Van Helsing to destroy the predatory villain when he targets Harker's loved ones.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling

Votes: 18,696

22. The H-Man (1958)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

When a narcotics deal goes sour and a suspect disappears, leaving only his clothes, Tokyo police question his wife and stake out the nightclub where she works. His disappearance stumps the ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara, Akihiko Hirata, Eitarô Ozawa

Votes: 1,031

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23. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

G | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Family

When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher

Votes: 10,503 | Gross: $6.98M

24. The Left Handed Gun (1958)

Approved | 102 min | Western

After his employer is murdered by rival cattlemen, a troubled and uneducated young cowboy vows revenge on the murderers.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Paul Newman, Lita Milan, John Dehner, Hurd Hatfield

Votes: 3,501

25. Desire Under the Elms (1958)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Romance

Ephraim Cabot is an old man of amazing vitality who loves his New England farm with a greedy passion. Hating him, and sharing his greed, are the sons of two wives Cabot has overworked into ... See full summary »

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Burl Ives, Frank Overton

Votes: 1,027

26. Indiscreet (1958)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

An actress who has given up on love meets a suave banker and begins a flirtation with him...even though he's already married.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Cecil Parker, Phyllis Calvert

Votes: 6,899

27. Bell Book and Candle (1958)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Romance, Fantasy

A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancée, so she enchants him to love her instead, only to fall in love with him for real.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 8,639

28. The Night Heaven Fell (1958)

95 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

Ursula leaves the convent where she was educated, to start living with her uncle, the count Ribera, and her aunt Florentine. When she arrives, she is confronted with a local drama: a ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Alida Valli, Stephen Boyd, José Nieto

Votes: 578

29. I Want to Live! (1958)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 5,237

30. The Quiet American (1958)

TV-PG | 120 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A young naive American and a cynical older British diplomat disagree over politics in 1952 Vietnam and over a beautiful young native girl.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Audie Murphy, Michael Redgrave, Claude Dauphin, Giorgia Moll

Votes: 1,514

31. The Blob (1958)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

Directors: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., Russell S. Doughten Jr. | Stars: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, Olin Howland

Votes: 20,316

32. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

Not Rated | 65 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

When an abused socialite grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers, Roy Gordon

Votes: 4,267 | Gross: $0.48M



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