1956 Chronicle of The Cinema

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1. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

G | 175 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.

Directors: Michael Anderson, John Farrow | Stars: David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton

Votes: 21,347 | Gross: $42.00M

2. Attack (1956)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Drama, War

In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between Captain Cooney and Lieutenant Costa run high.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, Eddie Albert, Robert Strauss

Votes: 4,056

3. The Burmese Harp (1956)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Music, War

In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Shôji Yasui, Tatsuya Mihashi, Jun Hamamura

Votes: 4,771

4. Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Passed | 137 min | Drama, Romance, War

The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer

Votes: 5,652

5. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 30,334 | Gross: $35.00M

6. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

92 Metascore

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan

Votes: 39,526

7. A Man Escaped (1956)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

A captured French Resistance fighter during WWII engineers a daunting escape from a Nazi prison in France.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: François Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod

Votes: 15,266

8. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

An American physician and his wife take matters into their own hands after assassins planning to execute a foreign Prime Minister kidnap their son.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Doris Day, Brenda de Banzie, Bernard Miles

Votes: 50,034 | Gross: $10.25M

9. The Searchers (1956)

Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond

Votes: 71,093

10. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Passed | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 6,538

11. L'atelier (2017)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

The scene is set one Summer in La Ciotat, a town near Marseille which used to be prosperous thanks to its huge dockyard but has been in decline since its closing 25 years before. It is in ... See full summary »

Director: Laurent Cantet | Stars: Marina Foïs, Matthieu Lucci, Florian Beaujean, Mamadou Doumbia

Votes: 1,141 | Gross: $0.02M

12. The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 71,225

13. The Wrong Man (1956)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Film-Noir

In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle, Harold J. Stone

Votes: 22,183

14. Bigger Than Life (1956)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

A seriously ill schoolteacher becomes dependent on a "miracle" drug that begins to affect his sanity.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau, Robert F. Simon

Votes: 5,917

15. Night and Fog (1956)

Not Rated | 32 min | Documentary, Short, History

The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 15,091

16. Bob le Flambeur (1956)

PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

After losing big, an aging gambler decides to assemble a team to rob a casino.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy, Guy Decomble

Votes: 8,989 | Gross: $0.02M

17. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 39,965 | Gross: $3.00M

18. Written on the Wind (1956)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

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.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 8,823

19. High Society (1956)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A spoiled heiress must choose between three suitors: her jazz musician ex-husband, a stuffy businessman, and an undercover tabloid reporter.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm

Votes: 12,084 | Gross: $13.00M

20. The Ten Commandments (1956)

G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama

The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson

Votes: 55,599 | Gross: $93.74M

21. Aparajito (1956)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Banerjee

Votes: 9,102 | Gross: $0.17M

22. The King and I (1956)

G | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

72 Metascore

A widow accepts a job as a live-in governess to the King of Siam's children.

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson

Votes: 21,533 | Gross: $21.30M

23. Lust for Life (1956)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown

Votes: 9,065

24. Bus Stop (1956)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A naive but stubborn cowboy falls in love with a saloon singer and tries to take her away against her will to get married and live on his ranch in Montana.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field

Votes: 9,542

25. The Bold and the Brave (1956)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, War

An assortment of American types come together in the Italian campaign of 1944.

Directors: Lewis R. Foster, Mickey Rooney | Stars: Wendell Corey, Mickey Rooney, Don Taylor, Nicole Maurey

Votes: 124

26. Anastasia (1956)

Unrated | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

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.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff

Votes: 6,662

27. The Bad Seed (1956)

Approved | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 11,190

28. Baby Doll (1956)

Approved | 114 min | Drama

A steamy tale of two Southern rivals and a sensuous nineteen-year-old virgin.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach, Mildred Dunnock

Votes: 5,907

29. The Rainmaker (1956)

Approved | 121 min | Romance, Western

During the Depression, a con-man promises rain to a desperate drought-ridden Kansas town and marriage to a local desperate spinster.

Director: Joseph Anthony | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Katharine Hepburn, Wendell Corey, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 3,092

30. The Proud and Profane (1956)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, War

In the Pacific during WWII, a Roman Catholic widow falls for a tough lieutenant colonel.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: William Holden, Deborah Kerr, Thelma Ritter, Dewey Martin

Votes: 361

31. Teenage Rebel (1956)

Approved | 94 min | Drama

Nancy Fallon gets custody of her teenage daughter Dodie back from her ex-husband when she remarries but she must win her love.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Michael Rennie, Mildred Natwick, Rusty Swope

Votes: 253

32. The Harder They Fall (1956)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Sport

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.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Mike Lane

Votes: 5,923

33. The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Tyrone Power, Kim Novak, Victoria Shaw, James Whitmore

Votes: 1,462

34. War and Peace (1956)

PG | 208 min | Drama, Romance, War

Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman

Votes: 7,889 | Gross: $12.50M

35. The Brave One (1956)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Family

A young Mexican boy tirelessly tries to save his pet bull from death at the hands of a celebrated matador.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Michel Ray, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Elsa Cárdenas, Carlos Navarro

Votes: 600

36. Qivitoq (1956)

119 min | Drama, Family, Romance

In this visual masterpiece and first Oscar nominated Danish film, young teacher Eva arriving in Greenland, surprising her fiancée in the arms of a woman. Seeking refuge, she meets a man also carrying a broken heart in the scenic landscape.

Director: Erik Balling | Stars: Poul Reichhardt, Astrid Villaume, Gunnar Lauring, Randi Michelsen

Votes: 155

37. The Captain from Köpenick (1956)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

A young shoemaker is arrested for stealing a small amount of money, and is released after being jailed for 15 years. He wants to have a pass to get a job and start anew, but without a job ... See full summary »

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Martin Held, Hannelore Schroth, Willy A. Kleinau

Votes: 1,323

38. Gervaise (1956)

116 min | Drama

Gervaise Macquart, a young lame laundress, is left by her lover Auguste Lantier with two boys... She manages to make it, and a few years later she marries Coupeau, a roofer. After working ... See full summary »

Director: René Clément | Stars: Maria Schell, François Périer, Jany Holt, Mathilde Casadesus

Votes: 954

39. Julie (1956)

Approved | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A terrified wife tries to escape from her insanely jealous husband who is bent on killing her.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Doris Day, Louis Jourdan, Barry Sullivan, Frank Lovejoy

Votes: 1,144

40. Between Heaven and Hell (1956)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, War

The spoiled rich son of a wealthy Southerner is changed by his experiences in the Pacific during World War II.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Broderick Crawford, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 984

41. The Red Balloon (1956)

Not Rated | 34 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

Director: Albert Lamorisse | Stars: Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov

Votes: 14,504

42. Picnic (1956)

Approved | 115 min | Drama, Romance

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.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: William Holden, Kim Novak, Betty Field, Susan Strasberg

Votes: 7,149

43. Moby Dick (1956)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Drama

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.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 15,199 | Gross: $10.40M

44. Le monde du silence (1956)

86 min | Documentary

This pioneering nature documentary investigates aquatic habitats in various locations around the world. It doesn't shy away from the brutality present in the natural world, but it also ... See full summary »

Directors: Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Louis Malle | Stars: Frédéric Dumas, Albert Falco, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, François Saout

Votes: 1,182

45. The Catered Affair (1956)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

At breakfast, Jane announces that she and Ralph are getting married the next week. All Jane and Ralph want is a small wedding with the immediate family and no reception, because Jane's ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds, Barry Fitzgerald

Votes: 2,462

46. The Man Who Never Was (1956)

Approved | 103 min | War, Drama

True story of a British attempt to trick the enemy into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack, using a dead man with faked papers.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame, Robert Flemyng, Josephine Griffin

Votes: 3,727

47. Torero (1956)

75 min | Documentary, Drama

The life of the famed Mexican bullfighter Luis Procuna, from his boyhood through his training and the triumphs that followed as Procuna rose to the peak of his profession.

Director: Carlos Velo | Stars: Luis Procuna, Consuelo Procuna, Ángel Procuna, Antonio Sevilia

Votes: 58

48. Il tetto (1956)

91 min | Drama

Under provincial Italian law at the time, once a roof is erected, the occupants cannot be evicted from a building. This comedy follows the efforts of a family to erect the roof on a house ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Gabriella Pallotta, Giorgio Listuzzi, Gastone Renzelli, Maria Di Rollo

Votes: 382



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