Most Popular Feature Films Released 1956-01-01 to 1956-12-31


1. The Bad Seed (1956)

Approved | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

7.5
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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: 11,031

2. The Searchers (1956)

Passed | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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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: 70,626

3. A Cry in the Night (1956)

Approved | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.1
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A deranged man kidnaps the nubile daughter of a police captain.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Brian Donlevy, Natalie Wood, Raymond Burr

Votes: 616

4. The Ten Commandments (1956)

G | 220 min | Adventure, Drama

7.9
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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: 55,280 | Gross: $93.74M

5. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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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: 30,108 | Gross: $35.00M

6. The King and I (1956)

G | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.5
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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: 21,391 | Gross: $21.30M

7. 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: 39,678 | Gross: $3.00M

8. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.5
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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: 49,545 | Gross: $10.25M

9. The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

8.0
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Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

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

Votes: 70,792

10. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

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

7.8
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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: 39,138

11. Moby Dick (1956)

Not Rated | 116 min | Adventure, Drama

7.4
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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: 15,109 | Gross: $10.40M

12. 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: 8,975

13. Carousel (1956)

Approved | 128 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

6.8
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Fifteen years after his death, a carousel barker is granted permission to return to Earth for one day to make amends to his widow and their daughter.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Ruick

Votes: 5,138

14. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

G | 175 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.8
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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: 21,169 | Gross: $42.00M

15. War and Peace (1956)

PG | 208 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.8
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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: 7,826 | Gross: $12.50M

16. High Society (1956)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.0
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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: 11,998 | Gross: $13.00M

17. ...And God Created Woman (1956)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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In sunny St. Tropez, a young sexpot loves one brother but marries the other.

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Curd Jürgens, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jane Marken

Votes: 6,421 | Gross: $2.00M

18. Picnic (1956)

Approved | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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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: 7,105

19. The Conqueror (1956)

Approved | 111 min | Adventure, Biography, History

3.4
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Mongol chief Temujin battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. Temujin becomes the emperor Genghis Khan.

Director: Dick Powell | Stars: John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendáriz, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 2,741 | Gross: $4.50M

20. 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: 1,559

21. 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: 2,302

22. Bus Stop (1956)

Approved | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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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: 9,479

23. Baby Doll (1956)

Approved | 114 min | Drama

7.5
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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: 5,862

24. The Wrong Man (1956)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Film-Noir

7.5
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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: 22,004

25. The Swan (1956)

Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

6.5
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Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra, makes a good impression on a distant cousin when he pays a surprise visit to ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, Louis Jourdan, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 1,962

26. Rodan (1956)

Unrated | 74 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

6.4
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A large mining accident sets loose prehistoric Insects and giant pterosaur's on Japan.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Akihiko Hirata, Akio Kobori

Votes: 3,590 | Gross: $0.50M

27. Written on the Wind (1956)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

7.5
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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: 8,749

28. Three Men in a Boat (1956)

Approved | 84 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

5.6
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Three London gentlemen take vacation rowing down the Thames, encountering various mishaps and misadventures along the way.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Jimmy Edwards, David Tomlinson, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 281

29. Hollywood or Bust (1956)

95 min | Comedy, Musical

6.6
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A singer who can't pay his bookie joins a nerdy, star-struck movie fan and his Great Dane in a cross-country convertible ride to Hollywood.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Pat Crowley, Maxie Rosenbloom

Votes: 1,588

30. Anastasia (1956)

Unrated | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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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: 6,601

31. 1984 (1956)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.0
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In a totalitarian future society, Winston Smith, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Michael Redgrave, Jan Sterling, David Kossoff

Votes: 2,652

32. The Power and the Prize (1956)

Approved | 98 min | Drama

6.1
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Cliff Barton, an American business executive working in England, wants to marry European refugee Miriam Linka, but he is warned by his boss that such things just aren't done. Cliff digs in ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Robert Taylor, Elisabeth Müller, Burl Ives, Charles Coburn

Votes: 265

33. 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: 6,499

34. A Man Escaped (1956)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

8.2
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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: 15,040

35. The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Western

7.2
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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: 2,408

36. 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 1st administrator who can get the earliest scoops on the case.

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

Votes: 4,495

37. The Harder They Fall (1956)

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

7.6
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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: 5,866

38. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956)

PG | 104 min | Drama, History

6.8
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The timeless tale of the seductive gypsy Esmeralda and the tortured hunchback Quasimodo.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Anthony Quinn, Jean Danet, Alain Cuny

Votes: 2,075

39. Between Heaven and Hell (1956)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, War

6.6
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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: 976

40. 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: 5,630

41. Aparajito (1956)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

8.2
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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: 8,967 | Gross: $0.17M

42. It Conquered the World (1956)

Approved | 71 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.0
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A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Peter Graves, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef, Sally Fraser

Votes: 1,801

43. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Unrated | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.4
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Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact a scientist as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 6,046

44. The Last Hunt (1956)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Western

7.0
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In 1883 South Dakota, two buffalo hunters start a personal feud over a captured squaw and a stand-off with a Dakota raiding party over some stolen horses.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Lloyd Nolan, Debra Paget

Votes: 1,171

45. Trapeze (1956)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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A crippled circus acrobat is torn emotionally between two ambitious young trapeze artists, one a talented young American and a less-gifted but beautiful Italian.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida, Katy Jurado

Votes: 3,637

46. Love Me Tender (1956)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

6.2
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At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it.

Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: Richard Egan, Debra Paget, Elvis Presley, Robert Middleton

Votes: 3,101 | Gross: $4.50M

47. The Bottom of the Bottle (1956)

Approved | 88 min | Drama

6.6
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In the border town of Nogales, Arizona, a wealthy attorney and rancher is solicited by his escaped convict brother in aiding him to cross the border into Mexico where his wife and children are living in poverty.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Van Johnson, Joseph Cotten, Ruth Roman, Jack Carson

Votes: 203

48. Pacific Destiny (1956)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

5.7
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Life is strange and worrying for a cadet who arrives in the Pacific in the colonial service. And the testy resident commissioner, who had been expecting an experienced man, soon shows his disapproval.

Director: Wolf Rilla | Stars: Denholm Elliott, Susan Stephen, Felix Felton, Peter Bathurst

Votes: 50

49. The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.8
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A scientist captures the Creature and turns him into an air-breather, only for him to escape and start killing.

Director: John Sherwood | Stars: Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason, Leigh Snowden, Gregg Palmer

Votes: 2,424

50. 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: 3,698



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