Feature Film, Released between 1959-01-01 and 1959-12-31, Rating Count at least 300, English (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)



1. The World of Apu (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

8.5
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This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore, Alok Chakravarty, Swapan Mukherjee

Votes: 10,152 | Gross: $0.02M

2. North by Northwest (1959)

Not Rated | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

8.3
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98 Metascore

A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 277,498 | Gross: $13.28M

3. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

8.2
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97 Metascore

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 225,482 | Gross: $25.00M

4. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Votes: 94,408

5. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 204,802 | Gross: $74.70M

6. Rio Bravo (1959)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Drama, Western

8.0
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A small-town sheriff in the American West enlists the help of a cripple, a drunk, and a young gunfighter in his efforts to hold in jail the brother of the local bad guy.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson

Votes: 51,913 | Gross: $12.54M

7. The Bridge (1959)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, War

8.0
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In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers.

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz, Frank Glaubrecht

Votes: 6,464

8. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 161 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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95 Metascore

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 55,059 | Gross: $11.90M

9. Good Morning (1959)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Chishû Ryû, Kuniko Miyake

Votes: 6,649

10. Imitation of Life (1959)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

7.9
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An aspiring actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner

Votes: 13,649 | Gross: $13.99M

11. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud

Votes: 25,412 | Gross: $0.09M

12. Il Generale Della Rovere (1959)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama, War

7.8
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Bardone, a petty con man, is arrested by the Gestapo and coerced into impersonating a partisan leader in order to expose another resistance organizer.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Hannes Messemer, Sandra Milo, Giovanna Ralli

Votes: 2,525

13. The Chaplin Revue (1959)

G | 119 min | Comedy

7.8
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Three Chaplin silent comedies "A Dog's Life", "Shoulder Arms", and "The Pilgrim" are strung together to form a single feature length film. Chaplin provides new music, narration, and a small... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Albert Austin, Henry Bergman

Votes: 1,049

14. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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54 Metascore

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker

Votes: 12,788 | Gross: $13.90M

15. The Nun's Story (1959)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama

7.6
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After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft

Votes: 8,664 | Gross: $12.80M

16. Tiger Bay (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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A twelve-year-old tomboy witnesses the murder of a woman by her Polish merchant marine boyfriend, but bonds with him and thwarts the police in their investigation.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell

Votes: 2,103

17. Room at the Top (1959)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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84 Metascore

An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit

Votes: 4,699

18. The Young Philadelphians (1959)

Approved | 136 min | Drama

7.4
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A promising lawyer tries to handle his social and professional problems while climbing the ranks in Philadelphia.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Alexis Smith, Brian Keith

Votes: 2,931

19. Pillow Talk (1959)

Passed | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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A man and a woman who share a party line cannot stand each other, but he has fun romancing her with his voice disguised.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 14,278 | Gross: $18.75M

20. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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Dave Burke hires two very different debt-burdened men for a bank robbery. Suspicion and prejudice threaten to end their partnership.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame, Shelley Winters

Votes: 3,252

21. Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)

Passed | 95 min | Romance, Western

7.4
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A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for his role in the rape and murder of the marshal's Native American wife.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones, Earl Holliman

Votes: 5,898

22. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Approved | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.4
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59 Metascore

During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Millie Perkins, Shelley Winters, Joseph Schildkraut, Richard Beymer

Votes: 11,195 | Gross: $5.01M

23. Compulsion (1959)

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, Diane Varsi, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 5,367

24. Operation Petticoat (1959)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Romance, War

7.3
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During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill

Votes: 11,465 | Gross: $23.30M

25. The Five Pennies (1959)

Approved | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.3
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Loring "Red" Nichols is a cornet-playing country boy who goes to New York in the 1920s full of musical ambition and principles. He gets a job playing in Wil Paradise's band, but quits to ... See full summary »

Director: Melville Shavelson | Stars: Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong, Harry Guardino

Votes: 1,506

26. Day of the Outlaw (1959)

Not Rated | 92 min | Western

7.3
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Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise, Alan Marshal

Votes: 2,605

27. No Name on the Bullet (1959)

Passed | 77 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.3
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When hired killer John Gant rides into Lordsburg, the town's folk become paranoid as each leading citizen has enemies capable of using the services of a professional killer for personal revenge.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Audie Murphy, Charles Drake, Joan Evans, Virginia Grey

Votes: 1,808

28. Our Man in Havana (1959)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an Agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Alec Guinness, Maureen O'Hara, Burl Ives, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 4,428

29. Warlock (1959)

Passed | 121 min | Drama, Western

7.2
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A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang's rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 4,936 | Gross: $3.71M

30. Third Man on the Mountain (1959)

Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.2
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A boy attempts to realize his father's dream of climbing an alpine peak known as the Citadel.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Michael Rennie, James MacArthur, Janet Munro, James Donald

Votes: 734

31. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

G | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.2
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85 Metascore

After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies.

Director: Clyde Geronimi | Stars: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 125,255 | Gross: $51.60M

32. Ride Lonesome (1959)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Western

7.2
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A bounty hunter escorts a killer to be tried for murder, but allows the man's outlaw brother to catch up with them to have a showdown over a previous shocking murder.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, James Best

Votes: 4,085

33. Porgy and Bess (1959)

138 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.2
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A woman whose past is scorned by nearly everyone around her meets a man who'd love her regardlessly- if only everyone else would allow them to.

Directors: Otto Preminger, Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey

Votes: 1,400

34. On the Beach (1959)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.2
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55 Metascore

After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins

Votes: 11,119 | Gross: $11.00M

35. North West Frontier (1959)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Drama

7.2
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In British India, a young prince must be taken to safey across rebel-held territory, and an old train is the only way to do it.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall, Herbert Lom, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 2,016

36. Middle of the Night (1959)

Approved | 118 min | Drama

7.2
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A widowed businessman becomes obsessed with one of his employees, the divorcée Betty Preisser.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Kim Novak, Glenda Farrell, Jan Norris, Lee Grant

Votes: 982

37. I'm All Right Jack (1959)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy

7.2
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A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labor union.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 3,282

38. The Horse Soldiers (1959)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Romance, War

7.2
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In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt

Votes: 8,589

39. The Devil's Disciple (1959)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, History, Romance

7.2
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The black sheep of a family and the local minister discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.

Directors: Guy Hamilton, Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Janette Scott

Votes: 1,948

40. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.2
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A wily old codger matches wits with the King of the Leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O'Dea

Votes: 6,317

41. Yesterday's Enemy (1959)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, War

7.1
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In World War II, during the Japanese invasion of Burma, the lost remnant of a British Army Brigade HQ, led by the ruthless Captain Alan Langford, escapes through the jungle toward the British lines.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Stanley Baker, Guy Rolfe, Leo McKern, Gordon Jackson

Votes: 610

42. Sapphire (1959)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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The murder of a young woman in London exposes deep racial tensions and prejudices inherent in the area.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Nigel Patrick, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig, Paul Massie

Votes: 1,139

43. Pork Chop Hill (1959)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, War

7.1
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During the Korean War peace talks, U.S. troops fight to retake a hill from the Communist Chinese forces.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, George Peppard

Votes: 3,953 | Gross: $4.02M

44. Libel (1959)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

7.1
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A shell-shocked World War II veteran with memory problems is accused of being an impostor by a former comrade.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Olivia de Havilland, Paul Massie, Robert Morley

Votes: 908

45. The Hanging Tree (1959)

Not Rated | 107 min | Western

7.1
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Character study of a Doctor who saves a local criminal from a mob who are trying to hang him, but then tries to control the life of the young man, realizing that he can exploit his secret.

Directors: Delmer Daves, Karl Malden, Vincent Sherman | Stars: Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, Karl Malden, George C. Scott

Votes: 3,306

46. Look Back in Anger (1959)

Approved | 98 min | Drama

7.1
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A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure, Edith Evans

Votes: 3,028

47. Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Drama, History

7.0
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In 1920s Ireland, I.R.A. members are being lead by the war mongering Dr. Sean Lenihan (James Cagney), as they fight oppressive British forces.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: James Cagney, Don Murray, Dana Wynter, Glynis Johns

Votes: 1,064

48. The Mouse That Roared (1959)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

7.0
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An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don't go according to plan.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg, William Hartnell, David Kossoff

Votes: 7,648

49. The Mating Game (1959)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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An uptight IRS agent is ordered to investigate a rural family in debt to the government...but the family - including lovely daughter Mariette - help him loosen up.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Tony Randall, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,265

50. The Last Angry Man (1959)

Approved | 100 min | Drama

7.0
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An aspiring journalist's story of his aged uncle doctor leads to the uncle's life being profiled on TV.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Paul Muni, David Wayne, Betsy Palmer, Luther Adler

Votes: 670


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