My 40 Favorite Movies 0f 1955

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1. Many Rivers to Cross (1955)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker star as a Kentucky backwoodsman and the woman who will NOT let anything interfere with her plans to marry him in this humorous romantic adventure through the American Frontier of 1798.

Director: Roy Rowland | Stars: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, Victor McLaglen, Jeff Richards

Votes: 855

2. Mr. Arkadin (1955)

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

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

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

Votes: 6,312

3. Storm Over the Nile (1955)

107 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A CinemaScope remake of "The Four Feathers"

Directors: Zoltan Korda, Terence Young | Stars: Anthony Steel, Laurence Harvey, James Robertson Justice, Mary Ure

Votes: 399

4. The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)

Approved | 100 min | Biography, Drama, War

A dramatization of the American general and his court martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gary Cooper, Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy, Rod Steiger

Votes: 1,413

5. All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Conrad Nagel

Votes: 10,754

6. The Rains of Ranchipur (1955)

Approved | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Despite marital problems, English Lord Albert Esketh and his rich American socialite wife Lady Edwina Esketh travel to India to buy a prize horse from the ruler of Ranchipur.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Lana Turner, Richard Burton, Fred MacMurray, Joan Caulfield

Votes: 751

7. Quentin Durward (1955)

Approved | 103 min | Action, Adventure, History

A Scottish knight in France to facilitate a marriage between a rich and beautiful countess and his aging uncle becomes involved in court intrigue.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Taylor, Kay Kendall, Robert Morley, George Cole

Votes: 775

8. Diabolique (1955)

Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Votes: 52,374

9. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

87 Metascore

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

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 71,683

10. The Trouble with Harry (1955)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Mystery

The trouble with Harry is that he's dead, and everyone seems to have a different idea of what should be done with his body.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick

Votes: 28,329

11. Simba (1955)

Not Rated | 99 min | Adventure, Drama

A European family in East Africa finds itself caught up in an uprising by local black Africans against their white colonial masters. Based on the Mau-Mau rebellion in Kenya in the early 1950s.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Virginia McKenna, Basil Sydney, Donald Sinden

Votes: 316

12. Seven Cities of Gold (1955)

Approved | 103 min | Adventure, Biography, History

In 1769, a Spanish expedition to California seeks to conquer the land and discover its famed gold treasures while missionaries aim to gain new converts and establish a network of Catholic missions.

Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: Richard Egan, Anthony Quinn, Michael Rennie, Jeffrey Hunter

Votes: 278

13. The Left Hand of God (1955)

Approved | 87 min | Drama

At a Catholic mission in China, long-awaited "Father O'Shea" proves to be a tough guy, disturbingly attractive to mission nurse Anne.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gene Tierney, Lee J. Cobb, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 1,911

14. The Man from Laramie (1955)

Approved | 103 min | Western

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

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O'Donnell

Votes: 7,825

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

Unrated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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.

Directors: Henry King, Otto Lang | Stars: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom

Votes: 3,810

16. The King's Thief (1955)

Not Rated | 78 min | Adventure, History

A highwayman uncovers a plot to assassinate King Charles II.

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, Hugo Fregonese | Stars: Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, David Niven, George Sanders

Votes: 457

17. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

Votes: 52,418 | Gross: $8.75M

18. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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.

Director: Charles Laughton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason

Votes: 71,325

19. The Kentuckian (1955)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, Western

A Kentucky widower bound for 1820's Texas with his young son is thwarted in his efforts by a corrupt constable, a long-standing family feud, and a beautiful indentured servant.

Director: Burt Lancaster | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Diana Lynn, Dianne Foster, Walter Matthau

Votes: 1,969

20. Moonfleet (1955)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, Drama

Moonfleet is set in Dorset, England. The Fleet refers to the land just west of Portland, England.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Stewart Granger, George Sanders, Joan Greenwood, Viveca Lindfors

Votes: 2,754

21. The Long Gray Line (1955)

Approved | 138 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

In 1898, Irish immigrant Martin Maher is hired as a civilian employee at West Point where, during a 50-year career, he rises to the rank of NCO and instructor.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Robert Francis, Donald Crisp

Votes: 2,072

22. Tarzan's Hidden Jungle (1955)

TV-PG | 72 min | Action, Adventure

Hunters trespass into Sukulu country, where animals are sacred, posing as photographers. Their work has the blessing of the U.N.'s Dr. Celliers, close friend of the Sukulu chief. The ... See full summary »

Director: Harold D. Schuster | Stars: Gordon Scott, Vera Miles, Peter van Eyck, Jack Elam

Votes: 347

23. White Feather (1955)

Approved | 102 min | History, Western

In 1877 Wyoming, during the peace negotiations between the Cheyenne and the USA, an Indian girl falls in-love with a land surveyor, causing the ire of her Cheyenne fiance.

Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, John Lund, Debra Paget

Votes: 732

24. Pirates of Tripoli (1955)

Approved | 72 min | Adventure

Princess Karjan promises pirate captain Edri-Al-Gardian a fabulous reward if he helps her regain her lost kingdom of Misurata from Malek. When the latter destroys Gardian's armada, Karjan ... See full summary »

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: Paul Henreid, Patricia Medina, Paul Newlan, John Miljan

Votes: 101

25. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

Not Rated | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A one-armed stranger comes to a tiny town possessing a terrible past they want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger

Votes: 16,307

26. Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

Approved | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A captured architect designs an ingenious plan to ensure the impregnability of tomb of a self-absorbed Pharaoh, obsessed with the security of his next life.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, Dewey Martin, Alexis Minotis

Votes: 3,082 | Gross: $1.50M

27. Tall Man Riding (1955)

Approved | 83 min | Western

Larry Madden returns after several years still vowing to avenge himself against the humiliating whipping he received at the hands of cattle baron Tucker Ordway.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone, Peggie Castle, William Ching

Votes: 513

28. The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

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

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

Votes: 28,952 | Gross: $12.00M

29. Son of Sinbad (1955)

PG | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Legendary pirate and adventurer Sinbad is in single-minded pursuit of two things: beautiful women and a substance called Greek Fire--an early version of gunpowder.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff | Stars: Dale Robertson, Vincent Price, Sally Forrest, Lili St. Cyr

Votes: 368

30. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

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

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez

Votes: 15,639

31. The Far Horizons (1955)

Not Rated | 108 min | History, Western

After purchasing Louisiana from France, the USA sends surveyors Lewis and Clark, assisted by a Shoshone guide, to chart the new territory.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Charlton Heston, Donna Reed, Barbara Hale

Votes: 808

32. The Prodigal (1955)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

A wealthy young Hebrew traveling in Damascus renounces his faith after he is seduced by an alluring pagan priestess and cheated of his fortune by the High Priest as well.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Lana Turner, Edmund Purdom, Louis Calhern, Audrey Dalton

Votes: 498

33. Violent Saturday (1955)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Three men case a small town very carefully, with plans to rob the bank on the upcoming Saturday, which turns violent and deadly.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Victor Mature, Richard Egan, Stephen McNally, Virginia Leith

Votes: 1,608

34. Chief Crazy Horse (1955)

Approved | 86 min | Biography, Western

This biography of the famous Lakota Sioux war chief is told entirely from the Indian viewpoint.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Victor Mature, Suzan Ball, John Lund, Ray Danton

Votes: 389

35. The Violent Men (1954)

Approved | 96 min | Western

A bitter land dispute causes a Civil War veteran to take extreme action.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Dianne Foster

Votes: 1,939

36. A Man Called Peter (1955)

Approved | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Family

The rise of Peter Marshall, from modest Scottish upbringing, to New York seminary, time in Atlanta churches, his marriage, appointment as chaplain of the US Senate, and early death at 46. Based on real events.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Richard Todd, Jean Peters, Marjorie Rambeau, Jill Esmond

Votes: 830

37. Blackboard Jungle (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama

A new English teacher at a violent, unruly inner-city school is determined to do his job, despite resistance from both students and faculty.

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

Votes: 7,029

38. East of Eden (1955)

PG | 118 min | Drama

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.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Burl Ives

Votes: 34,239

39. Untamed (1955)

Approved | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In 1847, the Irish potato famine forces Katie O'Neill and her husband to emigrate to a troubled South Africa where Katie runs into an old flame.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Richard Egan, John Justin

Votes: 501

40. Captain Lightfoot (1955)

Approved | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A pair of Irish rebels have swashbuckling adventures in 1815.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Jeff Morrow, Kathleen Ryan

Votes: 549