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



1. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (II) (1959)

Not Rated | 181 min | Drama, History, War

8.5
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As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Kokinji Katsura, Jun Tatara

Votes: 5,045

2. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)

Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, History, War

8.5
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A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima

Votes: 6,330

3. 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: 11,588 | Gross: $0.02M

4. North by Northwest (1959)

Approved | 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: 294,175 | Gross: $13.28M

5. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Passed | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

8.2
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98 Metascore

After 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: 239,812 | Gross: $25.00M

6. The Great War (1959)

Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.2
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The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I.

Director: Mario Monicelli | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman, Bernard Blier, Folco Lulli

Votes: 3,712

7. Ballad of a Soldier (1959)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.2
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Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime.

Director: Grigoriy Chukhray | Stars: Vladimir Ivashov, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Antonina Maksimova, Nikolay Kryuchkov

Votes: 9,341

8. The Curlew's Cry (1959)

109 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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This compelling tale of love and betrayal, set in the upper Egyptian countryside, follows the story of Amna as she plots her revenge on the engineer who destroyed her family's honor.

Director: Henry Barakat | Stars: Faten Hamamah, Ahmad Mazhar, Aminah Rizq, Zahrat El-Ula

Votes: 1,527

9. 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: 102,891

10. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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90 Metascore

After 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: 216,130 | Gross: $74.70M

11. The Policeman of the 16th Precinct (1959)

84 min | Comedy

8.0
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Three poor friends, Ilias, Thomás and Vangelis, decide to commit a burglary, but everything, although being planned with detail, goes wrong.

Director: Alekos Sakellarios | Stars: Kostas Hatzihristos, Marika Krevata, Dionysis Papagiannopoulos, Kyveli Theohari

Votes: 1,565

12. Floating Weeds (1959)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

8.0
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The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Ganjirô Nakamura, Machiko Kyô, Haruko Sugimura, Ayako Wakao

Votes: 7,037

13. Fate of a Man (1959)

103 min | Drama, War

8.0
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The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk | Stars: Sergey Bondarchuk, Pavel Boriskin, Zinaida Kirienko, Pavel Volkov

Votes: 2,723

14. Rio Bravo (1959)

Passed | 141 min | Action, Drama, Western

8.0
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93 Metascore

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: 55,233 | Gross: $12.54M

15. Fires on the Plain (1959)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, War

8.0
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In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Eiji Funakoshi, Mantarô Ushio, Yoshihiro Hamaguchi, Osamu Takizawa

Votes: 4,342

16. Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

Unrated | 148 min | Romance

8.0
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Suresh Sinha, a famous director, discovers star potential in Shanti, a woman he stumbled into one rainy evening, and casts her as the lead in a film. In a twist of fate, Shanti becomes a superstar and Suresh faces a decline in his career.

Director: Guru Dutt | Stars: Waheeda Rehman, Guru Dutt, Kumari Naaz, Johnny Walker

Votes: 1,988

17. 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: 6,970

18. 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: 58,816 | Gross: $11.90M

19. 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: 7,815

20. Imitation of Life (1959)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

7.9
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87 Metascore

An aspiring white actress befriends an African American 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: 14,523 | Gross: $13.99M

21. 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: 27,714 | Gross: $0.09M

22. Anari (1959)

166 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.9
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A poor young man gets employed by a rich man admiring his honesty. But when he gets suspected in a lady's murder case, he need to prove his innocence.

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee | Stars: Raj Kapoor, Nutan, Lalita Pawar, Shubha Khote

Votes: 688

23. Nazarin (1959)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

7.9
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A priest in a poor community lives a charitable life in accordance with his religious principles, but many others do not return the favor.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Francisco Rabal, Marga López, Rita Macedo, Ignacio López Tarso

Votes: 5,181

24. 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: 2,796

25. Pociag (1959)

99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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Jerzy enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something - as does the strange woman with whom he must share a sleeping compartment.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Lucyna Winnicka, Leon Niemczyk, Teresa Szmigielówna, Zbigniew Cybulski

Votes: 2,640

26. Pickpocket (1959)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Martin LaSalle, Marika Green, Jean Pélégri, Dolly Scal

Votes: 19,216

27. The Chaplin Revue (1959)

G | 119 min | Comedy

7.7
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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: 1,173

28. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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54 Metascore

A surgeon is assigned the case of a young woman whose aunt wants her lobotomized to cover up a family secret.

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

Votes: 13,580 | Gross: $13.90M

29. The Nun's Story (1959)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama

7.6
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78 Metascore

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: 9,193 | Gross: $12.80M

30. Marie-Octobre (1959)

90 min | Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Fifteen years after WWII, a group of ex-resistance fighters are brought together by Marie-Octobre, so that the former members of the network can finally relive one fateful night and find out who betrayed their murdered leader, Castille.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Danielle Darrieux, Bernard Blier, Robert Dalban, Paul Frankeur

Votes: 1,014

31. O Thisavros Tou Makariti (1959)

89 min | Comedy

7.5
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Theoni finds a strange way to gain some money, in order to pay her bills , by renting rooms in her rickety house.

Director: Nikos Tsiforos | Stars: Georgia Vasileiadou, Vasilis Avlonitis, Nikos Rizos, Xenia Kalogeropoulou

Votes: 526

32. 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: 2,388

33. Stars (1959)

91 min | War, Drama

7.5
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The tragic love of the Jewish girl and the Nazi officer is presented as a symbol of human purity defeated by fascism and racial prejudice.

Director: Konrad Wolf | Stars: Sasha Krusharska, Jürgen Frohriep, Erik S. Klein, Stefan Pejchev

Votes: 351

34. 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: 5,286

35. Black Orpheus (1959)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

7.5
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81 Metascore

A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.

Director: Marcel Camus | Stars: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira, Léa Garcia

Votes: 9,759

36. The Facts of Murder (1959)

115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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A police detective and his team attempt to solve two crimes committed within a day of each other in neighboring apartment rooms.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Pietro Germi, Claudia Cardinale, Franco Fabrizi, Cristina Gaioni

Votes: 970

37. Violent Summer (1959)

98 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.5
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Summer, 1943: wealthy youth in the Riccione district of Rimini play while the war gets closer. Carlo Caremoli, a young man who follows the crowd, has found ways to avoid military service. ... See full summary »

Director: Valerio Zurlini | Stars: Eleonora Rossi Drago, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Lilla Brignone, Raf Mattioli

Votes: 1,162

38. Baza ludzi umarlych (1959)

104 min | Drama

7.5
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Because of the danger involved and the harsh conditions, wood transport drivers, working in the forests of south-east Poland, are going to quit their jobs. A party activist arrives to make them change their minds.

Director: Czeslaw Petelski | Stars: Zygmunt Kestowicz, Emil Karewicz, Teresa Izewska, Leon Niemczyk

Votes: 408

39. 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: 3,254

40. Pillow Talk (1959)

Passed | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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73 Metascore

An interior decorator and a playboy songwriter share a telephone party line and size each other up.

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

Votes: 15,282 | Gross: $18.75M

41. 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: 3,671

42. 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: 6,494

43. 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: 11,823 | Gross: $5.01M

44. 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: 5,751

45. Time Stood Still (1959)

83 min | Drama

7.4
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Two middle-aged men work as caretakers on an isolated dam construction site high in the snow-capped Italian Alps. When one of them leaves for the valley to spend Christmas vacation with his... See full summary »

Director: Ermanno Olmi | Stars: Natale Rossi, Roberto Seveso, Paolo Quadrubbi

Votes: 348

46. Unamenables (1959)

80 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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A young, active girl from a factory is assigned to look after her workmates - two idlers who only waste everyone's time. Unexpectedly, they grew attached to each other.

Director: Yuriy Chulyukin | Stars: Nadezhda Rumyantseva, Yuri Belov, Aleksey Kozhevnikov, Vladimir Kozlov

Votes: 352

47. 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: 12,455 | Gross: $23.30M

48. The Chasers (1959)

94 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.3
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Two men attracted to the same woman are attending a trip with her in the Mountains during the bird hunting season. A triangular love drama ending with tragedy. Or is it, really?

Director: Erik Løchen | Stars: Rolf Søder, Bente Børsum, Tor Stokke, Harald Aimarsen

Votes: 373

49. 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: 3,077

50. The Cousins (1959)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

7.3
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A pair of cousins share a flat, but animosity begins to build between the two when a woman gets involved.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Gérard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy, Juliette Mayniel, Guy Decomble

Votes: 2,494


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