Feature Film, Released between 1959-01-01 and 1959-12-31 (Sorted by Number of Votes Descending)



1. 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: 275,366 | Gross: $13.28M

2. 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: 223,582 | Gross: $25.00M

3. 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: 203,425 | Gross: $74.70M

4. 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: 124,205 | Gross: $51.60M

5. 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: 93,432

6. 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: 54,668 | Gross: $11.90M

7. 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: 51,463 | Gross: $12.54M

8. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.0
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Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore

Votes: 33,962

9. 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: 25,154 | Gross: $0.09M

10. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Not Rated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery

6.9
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A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal

Votes: 20,516

11. 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: 17,308

12. 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: 14,187 | Gross: $18.75M

13. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.0
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An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Diane Baker

Votes: 14,137 | Gross: $10.00M

14. 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: 13,523 | Gross: $13.99M

15. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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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: 12,702 | Gross: $13.90M

16. 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: 11,362 | Gross: $23.30M

17. 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: 11,102 | Gross: $5.01M

18. 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: 11,039 | Gross: $11.00M

19. 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: 10,033 | Gross: $0.02M

20. 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: 8,792

21. 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: 8,704

22. 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: 8,592 | Gross: $12.80M

23. 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: 8,525

24. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Mystery

7.0
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When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi

Votes: 8,325

25. 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: 7,606

26. The Mummy (1959)

Unrated | 88 min | Adventure, Horror

6.8
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In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Eddie Byrne

Votes: 7,150

27. 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: 6,561

28. The Tingler (1959)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

6.7
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An obsessed pathologist discovers and captures a parasitic creature that grows when fear grips its host.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts

Votes: 6,428

29. 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: 6,392

30. 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: 6,388

31. 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: 6,265

32. 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: 5,842

33. 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: 5,325

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

Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, 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: 5,280

35. A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

6.7
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A dim-witted busboy finds acclaim as an artist for a plaster-covered dead cat that is mistaken as a skillful statuette. The desire for more praise soon leads to an increasingly deadly series of works.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone, Julian Burton

Votes: 5,233

36. 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: 4,874 | Gross: $3.71M

37. 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: 4,622

38. 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: 4,614

39. 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: 4,380

40. Santa Claus (1959)

G | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

2.6
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With the aid of Merlin, Santa Claus must defeat the evil machinations of the devil Pitch to ruin Xmas.

Director: René Cardona | Stars: José Elías Moreno, Cesáreo Quezadas 'Pulgarcito', José Luis Aguirre 'Trotsky', Armando Arriola

Votes: 4,297

41. 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: 4,154

42. The Killer Shrews (1959)

Not Rated | 69 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.0
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On an isolated island, a small group of people are terrorized by giant voracious shrews in the midst of a hurricane.

Director: Ray Kellogg | Stars: James Best, Ingrid Goude, Ken Curtis, Gordon McLendon

Votes: 4,082 | Gross: $1.00M

43. 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: 4,005

44. 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: 3,992

45. 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: 3,924 | Gross: $4.02M

46. Return of the Fly (1959)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

5.8
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Philippe Delambre, the now-adult son of "The Fly", does some transportation experimentation of his own.

Director: Edward Bernds | Stars: Vincent Price, Brett Halsey, David Frankham, John Sutton

Votes: 3,874

47. The Shaggy Dog (1959)

Approved | 104 min | Family, Comedy, Fantasy

6.5
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A teenage boy is cursed with periodically turning into an sheepdog.

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello

Votes: 3,868

48. The Bat (1959)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people.

Director: Crane Wilbur | Stars: Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Gavin Gordon, John Sutton

Votes: 3,685

49. Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

3.7
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A backwoods game warden and a local doctor discover that giant leeches are responsible for disappearances and deaths in a local swamp, but the local police don't believe them.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Ken Clark, Yvette Vickers, Jan Shepard, Michael Emmet

Votes: 3,562

50. The Wasp Woman (1959)

Not Rated | 63 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.6
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A scientist develops a youth formula for a cosmetics queen from jelly taken from queen wasps, failing to anticipate the typical horrible side effects.

Directors: Roger Corman, Jack Hill | Stars: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Barboura Morris, William Roerick

Votes: 3,430


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