Feature Film, Released between 1956-01-01 and 1956-12-31, Rating Count at least 300, English (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)



1. The Burmese Harp (1956)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Music, War

8.1
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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: 5,331

2. The Killing (1956)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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91 Metascore

Crook Johnny Clay assembles a five man team to plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

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

Votes: 80,252

3. The Ten Commandments (1956)

G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama

7.9
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Moses, an Egyptian Prince, 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: 62,686 | Gross: $93.74M

4. The Searchers (1956)

Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.9
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94 Metascore

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: 79,060

5. Patterns (1956)

Approved | 83 min | Drama

7.7
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When Fred Staples is recruited onto the board of a high-powered New York corporation, he finds his ethics and ambition at odds.

Director: Fielder Cook | Stars: Van Heflin, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, Beatrice Straight

Votes: 2,180

6. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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

7.7
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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: 44,233

7. Bob le Flambeur (1956)

PG | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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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: 10,686 | Gross: $0.02M

8. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

7.6
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84 Metascore

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: 33,490

9. Forbidden Planet (1956)

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

7.6
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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: 44,703 | Gross: $3.00M

10. Bigger Than Life (1956)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

7.6
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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: 6,583

11. Written on the Wind (1956)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

7.5
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86 Metascore

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: 10,079

12. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Passed | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.5
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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: 7,242

13. The Harder They Fall (1956)

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

7.5
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An ex-sportswriter is hired by a shady fight promoter to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable rising star from Argentina.

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

Votes: 7,019

14. The Catered Affair (1956)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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When Jane tells her parents that she is getting married to Ralph Halloran, her mother Agnes, starts planning an elaborate wedding, even though Jane does not wish it.

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

Votes: 2,870

15. The Bad Seed (1956)

Approved | 129 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.5
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51 Metascore

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

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Gage Clarke, Jesse White

Votes: 12,601

16. The Wrong Man (1956)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.4
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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: 25,098

17. The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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A minority stockholder takes on the crooked board of directors at a billion dollar corporation.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Judy Holliday, John Williams, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,507

18. 7 Men from Now (1956)

Approved | 78 min | Action, Western

7.4
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A former sheriff blames himself for his wife's death during a Wells Fargo robbery and vows to track down and kill the seven men responsible.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, Lee Marvin, Walter Reed

Votes: 4,576

19. The Man Who Never Was (1956)

Approved | 103 min | War, Drama

7.4
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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: 4,420

20. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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78 Metascore

A tale of innocent American tourists in Morocco whose son's kidnapping sets off a twisting plot of international intrigue.

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

Votes: 57,195 | Gross: $10.25M

21. Lust for Life (1956)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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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: 10,430

22. The King and I (1956)

G | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.4
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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: 23,538 | Gross: $21.30M

23. Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Passed | 137 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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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: 6,266

24. Baby Doll (1956)

Approved | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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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: 6,695

25. Attack (1956)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Drama, War

7.4
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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: 4,640

26. Crazed Fruit (1956)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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Spending their summer on an exotic beach, two brothers fall for the same beautiful girl, whose charm and looks may hide more than they they bargained for.

Director: Kô Nakahira | Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Masahiko Tsugawa, Mie Kitahara, Shinsuke Ashida

Votes: 1,734

27. Tea and Sympathy (1956)

Approved | 122 min | Drama

7.3
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A new senior at a boy's prep school, finds himself harassed by the machismo culture of his classmates and the unfeelingly behavior by his father, only being treated with decency by his roommate and with affection by the coach's wife.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson, Edward Andrews

Votes: 2,313

28. Moby Dick (1956)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Drama

7.3
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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: 16,722 | Gross: $10.40M

29. The Green Man (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

7.2
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An assassin is annoyed by a vacuum cleaner salesman determined to stop him.

Directors: Robert Day, Basil Dearden | Stars: Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas, Jill Adams

Votes: 1,392

30. A Town Like Alice (1956)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.2
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A newly wealthy English woman returns to Malaya to build a well for the villagers who helped her during war. Thinking back, she recalls the Australian man who made a great sacrifice to aid her and her fellow prisoners of war.

Director: Jack Lee | Stars: Virginia McKenna, Peter Finch, Kenji Takaki, Tran Van Khe

Votes: 1,409

31. Reach for the Sky (1956)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.2
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Biopic of RAF Group Captain Douglas Bader who, after having lost both legs, flew a British fighter plane during WW2.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Kenneth More, Muriel Pavlow, Lyndon Brook, Lee Patterson

Votes: 2,300

32. Nightfall (1956)

78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.2
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Through a series of bizarre coincidences, an artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith, Jocelyn Brando

Votes: 3,264

33. Good-bye, My Lady (1956)

G | 94 min | Drama

7.2
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An old man and a young boy who live in the southeastern Mississippi swamps are brought together by the love of a dog.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Walter Brennan, Phil Harris, Brandon De Wilde, Sidney Poitier

Votes: 735

34. The Thick-Walled Room (1956)

110 min | Drama

7.1
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A group of rank-and-file Japanese soldiers are jailed for crimes against humanity, themselves victims of a nation refusing to bear its burdens as a whole.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Kô Mishima, Torahiko Hamada, Keiko Kishi, Toshiko Kobayashi

Votes: 426

35. The Third Key (1956)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Police drama. The sleuths of Scotland Yard try to solve a series of burglaries.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Jack Hawkins, John Stratton, Dorothy Alison, Michael Brooke

Votes: 620

36. Miracle in the Rain (1956)

Approved | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.1
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Wartime romance about a lonely man and woman who meet one rainy afternoon in New York.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Jane Wyman, Van Johnson, Peggie Castle, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,108

37. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)

Approved | 153 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children well.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Fredric March, Marisa Pavan

Votes: 3,226 | Gross: $10.88M

38. The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)

Passed | 89 min | Drama, Western

7.1
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In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him.

Director: Russell Rouse | Stars: Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 2,758

39. Blonde Sinner (1956)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

7.1
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A young woman who has been abused and taken advantage of by all the men in her life, finally finds a man she believes truly loves her, but she snaps when she finds out that he, too, is ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Diana Dors, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig, Marie Ney

Votes: 804

40. Jubal (1956)

Passed | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.1
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A new foreman rejects the sexual advances of a frustrated rancher's wife, which leads to conflicts that could get him killed.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger, Valerie French

Votes: 3,371

41. While the City Sleeps (1956)

Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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A serial killer has been killing beautiful women in New York and the new owner of a media company offers a high ranking job to the first of his senior executives who can get the earliest scoops on the case.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Howard Duff

Votes: 5,275

42. Ransom! (1956)

Approved | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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After the child of wealthy parents gets abducted, the police and a member of the press intervene to assist the parents in their search but end up complicating their impending decisions.

Director: Alex Segal | Stars: Glenn Ford, Donna Reed, Leslie Nielsen, Juano Hernandez

Votes: 1,780

43. The Rainmaker (1956)

Approved | 121 min | Romance, Western

7.0
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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: 3,456

44. The Proud Ones (1956)

Approved | 94 min | Western

7.0
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Marshal Cass Silver has to deal with his old nemesis, a corrupt gambler, and his hired guns come to town as well as recurring bouts of blindness.

Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: Robert Ryan, Virginia Mayo, Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Middleton

Votes: 1,119

45. The Last Wagon (1956)

Approved | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.0
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Wagon train survivors of an Apache attack entrust the sheriff's prisoner, scout Comanche Todd, with their lives despite his wanted-for-murder status.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Richard Widmark, Felicia Farr, Susan Kohner, Tommy Rettig

Votes: 2,769

46. High Society (1956)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.0
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A spoiled heiress must choose among 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: 13,561 | Gross: $13.00M

47. Come Next Spring (1956)

Approved | 92 min | Drama

7.0
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In 1920s Arkansas, after a 12 year absence, reformed alcoholic Matt Ballot returns to his abandoned family but has to win them back and regain his hometown's respect too.

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Steve Cochran, Walter Brennan, Sherry Jackson

Votes: 342

48. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.0
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A novelist aided by his future father-in-law conspires to frame himself for the murder of a burlesque dancer as part of an effort to ban capital punishment.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz

Votes: 4,655

49. Anastasia (1956)

Unrated | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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An opportunistic businessman tries to pass off a mysterious impostor as the Grand Duchess Anastasia, and she is so convincing that even the biggest skeptics believe her.

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

Votes: 7,426

50. 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)

Approved | 103 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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A blind American writer living in London stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy involving kidnapping and extortion.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Cecil Parker, Patricia Laffan

Votes: 1,885


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