Most Popular Feature Films Released 1959-01-01 to 1959-12-31


1. Gidget (1959)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy

6.7
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A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Sandra Dee, James Darren, Cliff Robertson, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 2,627

2. 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: 188,799 | Gross: $74.70M

3. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Romance

8.3
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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: 204,362 | Gross: $25.00M

4. North by Northwest (1959)

Not Rated | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

8.4
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98 Metascore

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

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

Votes: 252,869 | Gross: $13.28M

5. Ride Lonesome (1959)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Western

7.3
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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: 3,457

6. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

G | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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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: 114,094 | Gross: $51.60M

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: 47,849 | Gross: $12.54M

8. 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: 7,948 | Gross: $12.80M

9. 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.

Directors: William Castle, Rosemary Horvath | Stars: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal

Votes: 18,477

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: 12,473 | Gross: $13.99M

11. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 160 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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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: 51,188 | Gross: $11.90M

12. 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: 85,147

13. 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: 7,748

14. 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: 11,750 | Gross: $13.90M

15. Pillow Talk (1959)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

7.5
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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: 12,852 | Gross: $18.75M

16. 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: 32,129

17. On the Beach (1959)

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

7.3
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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: 10,372 | Gross: $11.00M

18. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Approved | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.4
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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: 10,433 | Gross: $5.01M

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

G | 132 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.1
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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: 13,066 | Gross: $10.00M

20. Look Back in Anger (1959)

Approved | 98 min | Drama

7.2
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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: 2,629

21. Warlock (1959)

Approved | 122 min | Western

7.3
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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: 4,275 | Gross: $3.71M

22. Four Desperate Men (1959)

100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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An escaped prisoner is trying to clear his name.

Director: Harry Watt | Stars: Aldo Ray, Heather Sears, Neil McCallum, Victor Maddern

Votes: 109

23. Solomon and Sheba (1959)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.2
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After becoming king of ancient Israel, Solomon faces threats coming from his jealous dispossessed brother Adonijah, the Egyptian Pharaoh and the scheming Queen of Sheba.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Yul Brynner, Gina Lollobrigida, George Sanders, Marisa Pavan

Votes: 2,388 | Gross: $12.20M

24. 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: 5,829

25. 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: 10,457 | Gross: $23.30M

26. The Wild and the Innocent (1959)

Approved | 84 min | Romance, Western

6.5
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In Wyoming, mountain trapper Yancy goes to the nearest town to trade his pelts but gets into trouble when he tries to save runaway saloon girl Rosalie from her shameful job.

Director: Jack Sher | Stars: Audie Murphy, Joanne Dru, Gilbert Roland, Jim Backus

Votes: 466

27. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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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: 22,745 | Gross: $0.09M

28. The Oregon Trail (1959)

Approved | 86 min | Western

5.0
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In 1846, a newspaperman joins an Oregon Trail wagon train to verify rumors about the U.S. government sending troops disguised as settlers there in order to claim Oregon.

Director: Gene Fowler Jr. | Stars: Fred MacMurray, William Bishop, Nina Shipman, Gloria Talbott

Votes: 169

29. A Summer Place (1959)

Approved | 130 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 2,371

30. Room at the Top (1959)

115 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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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: 4,205

31. 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: 8,085

32. Compulsion (1959)

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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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: 4,884

33. Green Mansions (1959)

Not Rated | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

5.6
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A young man in the jungles of Venezuela meets a strange girl of the forest and falls in love with her.

Director: Mel Ferrer | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Anthony Perkins, Lee J. Cobb, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 1,779

34. Pickpocket (1959)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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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: 15,625

35. A Hole in the Head (1959)

Approved | 120 min | Comedy

6.3
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Widower Tony is trying to keep a small Miami hotel afloat while raising a 12-year-old son. He's forced to ask his harried brother Mario for help, but he'll only bail Tony out if he quits his bohemian lifestyle and marries a sensible woman.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones

Votes: 1,999 | Gross: $11.00M

36. 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: 3,540

37. Li'l Abner (1959)

Approved | 114 min | Comedy, Musical, Family

6.7
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As Sadie Hawkins Day approaches, Daisy Mae hopes to win the hand of Li'l Abner by catching him in the traditional race. A senator comes to visit to tell the residents of Dogpatch that their... See full summary »

Director: Melvin Frank | Stars: Leslie Parrish, Stubby Kaye, Peter Palmer, Howard St. John

Votes: 1,111

38. The Hanging Tree (1959)

Not Rated | 107 min | Western

7.2
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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: 2,912

39. Shadows (1959)

PG | 87 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni, Hugh Hurd, Anthony Ray

Votes: 8,250

40. 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: 6,390

41. 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: 3,623 | Gross: $4.02M

42. 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: 5,681

43. 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: 5,851

44. 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: 7,709

45. Porgy and Bess (1959)

138 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.4
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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: 1,295

46. 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: 2,765

47. The Best of Everything (1959)

Approved | 121 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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An expose of the lives and loves of Madison Avenue working girls and their higher ups.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd, Suzy Parker, Martha Hyer

Votes: 1,442

48. Our Man in Havana (1959)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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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: 3,963

49. They Came to Cordura (1959)

Approved | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.5
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An army major, himself guilty of cowardice, is asked to recommend soldiers for the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Mexican Border Incursion of 1916.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Van Heflin, Tab Hunter

Votes: 1,596

50. Chance Meeting (1959)

95 min | Mystery, Thriller, Crime

6.9
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In 1950s London, Dutch painter Jan-Van Rooyer has an affair with a rich married Frenchwoman who is murdered, causing Van Rooyer to become prime-suspect for the Scotland Yard.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Stanley Baker, Micheline Presle, John Van Eyssen

Votes: 496