Top 20 Fan-Favorite Movies from 1959: A Nostalgic Cinematic Journey

Fasten your seatbelts, film buffs, we’re about to take a cinematic journey back to 1959! A year that gifted us with an array of unforgettable movies, each one a gem in the crown of Hollywood’s Golden Age. From the thrilling suspense of Hitchcock to the heartwarming charm of Disney, 1959 was a year that truly had it all. So, grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and prepare to be transported back in time as we countdown the top 20 fan-favorite movies from this iconic year. Whether you’re a seasoned cinephile or a curious newcomer, this nostalgic trip down memory lane promises to be a delightful treat. So, without further ado, let’s roll the film and dive into the magic of 1959’s silver screen masterpieces!
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

Release Date: 1959-11-20

Genres: War, Drama, History

“The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity” is a powerful and thought-provoking movie released in 1959. It follows the journey of Kaji, a soldier labeled as Red, who faces mistreatment and witnesses the cruelties within the Japanese army. As he rebels against the abusive treatment of fellow recruits and witnesses his friend defecting, Kaji finds himself in a lost battle against the Russian tanks division. With a talented cast including Tatsuya Nakadai and Michiyo Aratama, this film sheds light on the harsh realities of war and the resilience of the human spirit.

Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai (Kaji) , Michiyo Aratama (Michiko) , Kokinji Katsura (Sasa Nitôhei) , Jun Tatara (Hino Jun’i) , Michirô Minami (Yoshida Jôtôhei) , Kei Satō (Shinjô Ittôhei) , Kunie Tanaka (Obara Nitôhei) , Ryôhei Uchida (Hashitani Gunsô) , Kan Yanagiya (Tanoue Nitôhei) , Kenjiro Uemura (Bannai Jôtôhei) , Kaneko Iwasaki (Tokunaga Kangofu) , Mayumi Kurata (Obara no Tsuma) , Taketoshi Naitô (Tange Ittôhei) , Hideo Kidokoro (Kudô Taii) , Yoshirō Aoki (Sergeant Soga) , Rō Ose (Kubo Nitôhei) , Tamotsu Tamura (Eiseiheichô) , Tōru Takeuchi (Shûban Shikan) , Izumi Hara (Sawamura Fuchô) , Sen Yano (Yamazaki Jôtôhei) , Akio Miyabe (Shirato Nitôhei) , Takashi Ebata (Kanamori – Nitôhei) , Keiji Sada (Kageyama Shôi) , Yūsuke Kawazu (Terada Nitôhei) , Susumu Fujita (Naruto Nitôhei)

Directors: Masaki Kobayashi

Writers: Masaki Kobayashi, Zenzō Matsuyama, Jumpei Gomikawa

Tags: japan, world war ii, recruit, conscientious objector, pacific war, sequel, military, japanese army, foxhole, trenches, imperial japan

Apur Sansar

Apur Sansar

Release Date: 1959-05-01

Genres: Drama

“Apur Sansar” is a captivating movie released in 1959, starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore. It follows the story of Apu, a young unemployed student with aspirations of becoming a writer. When an old college friend convinces him to attend a village wedding, Apu’s life takes an unexpected turn. With a talented cast and an intriguing plot, this film is definitely worth watching!”

Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee (Apurba Roy) , Sharmila Tagore (Aparna) , Alok Chakravarty (Kajal) , Swapan Mukherjee (Pulu) , Dhiresh Majumdar (Shashinarayan) , Sefalika Devi (Shashinarayan’s wife) , Dhiren Ghosh (Landlord) , Shanti Bhattacherjee (Office Associate) , Abhijit Chatterjee (Aparna’s Brother) , Belarani Devi (Apu’s Neighbor) , Jogesh Chatterjee () , Tushar Bandyopadhyay () , Gupi Banerjee () , Panchanan Bhattacharya () , Jiten Bhons () , Asha Devi () , Bechu Singha ()

Directors: Satyajit Ray

Writers: Satyajit Ray, Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay

Tags: broken engagement, arranged marriage, dying and death, calcutta, novelist

The Great War

The Great War

Release Date: 1959-10-28

Genres: Drama, Comedy, War

“The Great War” is a captivating Italian film released in 1959, set during the First World War. It follows the story of Oreste Jacovacci and Giovanni Busacca, two young Italians who desperately try to avoid serving in the army. With a stellar cast including Vittorio Gassman, Alberto Sordi, and Silvana Mangano, this movie offers a humorous and engaging portrayal of the challenges faced by these characters during a tumultuous time in history.

Cast: Vittorio Gassman (Giovanni Busacca) , Alberto Sordi (Oreste Jacovacci) , Silvana Mangano (Costantina) , Folco Lulli (Bordin) , Bernard Blier (Capitano Castelli) , Romolo Valli (Tenente Gallina) , Vittorio Sanipoli (Maggiore Venturi) , Nicola Arigliano (Giardino) , Mario Valdemarin (Sottotenente Lorenzi) , Tiberio Mitri (Mandich) , Livio Lorenzon (Sergente Barriferri) , Tiberio Murgia (Rosario Nicotra) , Carlo D’Angelo (Capitano Ferri) , Achille Compagnoni (Il Cappellano) , Marcello Giorda (Generale) , Geronimo Meynier (Il Portadoni) , Elsa Vazzoler (Moglie di Bordin) , Ferruccio Amendola (De Concini) , Guido Celano (Maggiore) , Luigi Fainelli (Giacomazzi) , Gérard Herter (Capitano Austriaco) , Mario Feliciani ((uncredited)) , Gianni Baghino (Soldier on Train (uncredited)) , Mario Colli ((uncredited)) , Mario Frera ((uncredited))

Directors: Mario Monicelli

Writers: Luciano Vincenzoni, Agenore Incrocci, Furio Scarpelli, Mario Monicelli

Tags: world war i, 1910s, war

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

Release Date: 1959-03-19

Genres: Comedy, Romance, Crime

“Some Like It Hot” is a hilarious and thrilling comedy from 1959 that follows two musicians who accidentally witness a mob hit. In order to escape the gangsters, they disguise themselves as women and join an all-girl band on tour. With a star-studded cast including Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe, this film is filled with laughs, romance, and a lot of unexpected twists. It’s no wonder it made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of 1959!

Cast: Tony Curtis (Joe / Josephine) , Jack Lemmon (Jerry / Daphne) , Marilyn Monroe (Sugar Kane Kowalczyk) , George Raft (Spats Colombo) , Pat O’Brien (Detective Mulligan) , Joe E. Brown (Osgood Fielding III) , Nehemiah Persoff (Little Bonaparte) , Joan Shawlee (Sweet Sue) , Billy Gray (Sig Poliakoff) , George E. Stone (Toothpick Charlie) , Dave Barry (Beinstock) , Mike Mazurki (Spats’ Henchman) , Harry Wilson (Spats’ Henchman) , Beverly Wills (Dolores) , Barbara Drew (Nellie) , Edward G. Robinson Jr. (Johnny Paradise) , Sam Bagley (Minor Role (uncredited)) , Alex Ball (Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)) , Brandon Beach (Party Guest (uncredited)) , Phil Bloom (Gangster at Convention (uncredited)) , Willie Bloom (Gangster at Convention (uncredited)) , Al Breneman (Bellhop (uncredited)) , Steve Carruthers (Hotel Guest (uncredited)) , James J. Casino (Gangster at Convention (uncredited)) , Noble ‘Kid’ Chissell (Police Officer (uncredited))

Directors: Billy Wilder

Writers: Billy Wilder, I. A. L. Diamond, Michael Logan, Robert Thoeren

Tags: chicago, illinois, florida, witness, musician, gay interest, mafia, cross dressing, black and white, train, buddy, spats, all girl band, st. valentine’s day massacre, sugar, valentine’s day, dressing

Ballad of a Soldier

Ballad of a Soldier

Release Date: 1959-12-01

Genres: Drama, Romance, War

“Ballad of a Soldier” is a heartwarming movie set during World War II, following the story of Alyosha Skvortsov, a brave Russian soldier. After performing a heroic deed on the battlefield, he is granted a short leave and decides to visit his mother. Along the way, Alyosha’s kindhearted nature leads him to help others, including a lovely girl named Shura. This touching film explores his journey through a war-torn country, as he strives to keep hope alive. Starring Vladimir Ivashov and Zhanna Prokhorenko, “Ballad of a Soldier” was released on December 1, 1959, and is considered one of the best movies of that year.

Cast: Vladimir Ivashov (Alyosha Skvortsov) , Zhanna Prokhorenko (Shura) , Antonina Maksimova (Katerina, Alyosha’s Mother) , Nikolay Kryuchkov (The General) , Evgeniy Urbanskiy (Vasya, the Invalid) , Elza Lezhdey (Liza, the Invalid’s Wife) , Aleksandr Kuznetsov (Gavrilkin, the Train Sentry) , Yevgeni Teterin (The Lieutenant, ‘A Terrible Beast’) , Valentina Markova (Zoya, Skvortsovs’ Neighbor) , Mariya Kremneva (Elizaveta Petrovna, Pavlov’s Wife) , Vladimir Pokrovskiy (Vasiliy Egorovich, Pavlov’s Father) , Georgiy Yumatov (The Driver) , Gennadiy Yukhtin (Seryozha Pavlov) , Valentina Telegina (Old Woman Truck Driver) , Lev Borisov (The Soldier, Pavlov’s Buddy) , Leonid Chubarov (Sergeant Major Mos’ko) , Vladimir Kashpur (Ryaboy) , Valentin Abramov (Joking Soldier in Train) , Mikhail Dadyko (Alyosha’s Train Companion) , Semen Svashenko (Old Ukrainian) , Nina Menshikova (Telegraph Office Clerk) , Valentin Bryleev (The Soldier, Pavlov’s Buddy) , Evgeniy Evstigneev (Truck Driver Who Changed His Mind) , Yuriy Dubrovin (Pavlov’s Buddy) , Valentina Ananina (Alyosha’s Neighbor (uncredited))

Directors: Grigoriy Chukhray

Writers: Valentin Ezhov, Grigoriy Chukhray

Tags: world war ii, soldier, return home

The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

Release Date: 1959-01-15

Genres: War, Drama, History

“The Human Condition I: No Greater Love” is a powerful movie released in 1959 that tells the story of Kaji, a man who accepts a job as a labor chief in Manchuria to avoid military service. Alongside his wife Michiko, Kaji faces numerous challenges as he tries to implement more humane treatment for the workers, including dealing with scheming officials, cruel foremen, and the military police. With a talented cast including Tatsuya Nakadai and Michiyo Aratama, this film offers a gripping portrayal of one man’s struggle against injustice in a historical setting.

Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai (Kaji) , Michiyo Aratama (Michiko) , Chikage Awashima (Tôfuku Kin) , Ineko Arima (Shunran Yô) , Sō Yamamura (Okishima) , Akira Ishihama (Chin) , Kôji Nanbara (Kô) , Seiji Miyaguchi (Kyôritsu Ô) , Tōru Abe (Watarai Gunsô) , Masao Mishima (Kuroki Shochô) , Eitarō Ozawa (Okazaki) , Kōji Mitsui (Furuya) , Akitake Kôno (Kôno Taii) , Nobuo Nakamura (Honsha Buchô) , Kyū Sazanka (Meisan Chô) , Eijirō Tōno () , Shinsuke Ashida ((uncredited)) , Keiji Sada (Kageyama) , Yasushi Nagata ((uncredited)) , Yoshio Kosugi ((uncredited)) , Toshiko Kobayashi ((uncredited)) , Taiji Tonoyama () , Akira Tani ((uncredited)) , Junji Masuda ((uncredited)) , Torahiko Hamada ((uncredited))

Directors: Masaki Kobayashi

Writers: Masaki Kobayashi, Zenzō Matsuyama, Jumpei Gomikawa

Tags: japan, fascism, world war ii, conscientious objector, prison escape, snow, soldier, chinese, shallow grave, mandarin, ore mine

North by Northwest

North by Northwest

Release Date: 1959-07-08

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

“North by Northwest” is a thrilling movie from 1959 that follows the story of Roger Thornhill, an advertising man who gets mistaken for a spy. This leads to an intense and dangerous chase across the country. Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason, this classic film is a must-watch for fans of suspense and action.

Cast: Cary Grant (Roger O. Thornhill) , Eva Marie Saint (Eve Kendall) , James Mason (Phillip Vandamm) , Jessie Royce Landis (Clara Thornhill) , Leo G. Carroll (Le Professeur) , Josephine Hutchinson (Vandamm’s Sister aka Mrs. Townsend) , Philip Ober (Lester Townsend) , Martin Landau (Leonard) , Adam Williams (Valerian) , Edward Platt (Victor Larrabee) , Robert Ellenstein (Licht) , Les Tremayne (Auctioneer) , Philip Coolidge (Dr. Cross) , Patrick McVey (Sergeant Flamm) , Edward Binns (Captain Junket) , Ken Lynch (Charley – Chicago Policeman) , Nora Marlowe (Anna, the Menacing Housekeeper (uncredited)) , Doreen Lang (Maggie – Thornhill’s Secretary (uncredited)) , John Beradino (Sergeant Emile Klinger (uncredited)) , Ned Glass (Ticket Seller (uncredited)) , Tol Avery (State Police Detective (uncredited)) , Malcolm Atterbury (Man at Prairie Crossing (uncredited)) , Maudie Prickett (Hotel Maid Elsie (uncredited)) , Bess Flowers (Plaza Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)) , Stanley Adams (Lieutenant Harding (uncredited))

Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

Writers: Ernest Lehman

Tags: new york city, assassination, spy, undercover agent, romance, mistaken identity, on the run, fugitive, espionage, advertising, framed, government agent, framed for murder



Release Date: 1959-11-18

Genres: Action, Drama, History, Adventure

“Ben-Hur,” released on November 18, 1959, is an epic historical drama set in ancient Judea during 25 AD. The movie follows Judah Ben-Hur, a courageous Jew who defies the Roman empire’s occupation. Falsely accused by his childhood friend-turned-overlord, he endures years of slavery while plotting to rescue his family, seek revenge, and find redemption. With an incredible cast including Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, and Haya Harareet, this captivating film also intertwines the life and teachings of Jesus in the backdrop, adding a profound spiritual dimension to the story.

Cast: Charlton Heston (Judah Ben-Hur) , Jack Hawkins (Quintus Arrius) , Haya Harareet (Esther) , Stephen Boyd (Messala) , Martha Scott (Miriam) , Cathy O’Donnell (Tirzah) , Sam Jaffe (Simonides) , Hugh Griffith (Scheich Ildirim) , Finlay Currie (Balthasar) , Frank Thring (Pontius Pilatus) , George Relph (Tiberius Caesar) , André Morell (Sextus) , Terence Longdon (Drusus) , Ady Berber (Malluch) , Lando Buzzanca (Jewish Slave in the Desert (uncredited)) , Giuliano Gemma (Roman Officer with Messala (uncredited)) , Marina Berti (Flavia (uncredited)) , Robert Brown (Chief of Rowers (uncredited)) , Liana Del Balzo (Guest at Banquet (uncredited)) , Enzo Fiermonte (Galley Officer (uncredited)) , Richard Hale (Gaspar (uncredited)) , Duncan Lamont (Marius (uncredited)) , John Le Mesurier (Doctor (uncredited)) , Ferdy Mayne (Captain of Rescue Ship (uncredited)) , May McAvoy (Woman in crowd (uncredited))

Directors: William Wyler

Writers: Harold Michelson, Lew Wallace, Karl Tunberg, Gore Vidal

Tags: christianity, middle east, based on novel or book, roman empire, jewish life, jew persecution, miracle, roman, prince, chariot race, leprosy, jerusalem, israel, ancient rome, governor, politics, epic, love, friends, remake, revenge, religious conversion, gay interest, religion, redemption, judaism, historical fiction, period drama, dungeon, galley, hatred, sheikh, sea battle, jewish family, galley slave, false inprisonment, childhood sweetheart, salvation, 1st century, jesus christ, judea, subjugated people

Rio Bravo

Rio Bravo

Release Date: 1959-03-17

Genres: Western

“Rio Bravo” is a classic Western film released in 1959, starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, and more. Set in southwest Texas, the story revolves around a determined sheriff who must protect a murderer from his powerful rancher brother’s attempts to free him. With the help of his loyal deputies, they face off against hired guns and unexpected challenges, all while a young gunslinger and a mysterious beauty add to the suspense. It’s a thrilling tale of loyalty, courage, and survival in the Wild West.

Cast: John Wayne (John Chance) , Dean Martin (Dude) , Ricky Nelson (Colorado Ryan) , Angie Dickinson (Feathers) , Walter Brennan (Stumpy) , Ward Bond (Pat Wheeler) , John Russell (Nathan Burdette) , Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez (Carlos Robante) , Estelita Rodriguez (Consuela Robante) , Claude Akins (Joe Burdette) , Malcolm Atterbury (Jake) , Harry Carey, Jr. (Harold) , Walter Barnes (Charlie (uncredited)) , George Bell (Barfly (uncredited)) , Noble ‘Kid’ Chissell (Barfly (uncredited)) , Cecil Combs (Barfly (uncredited)) , Myron Healey (Barfly (uncredited)) , Cactus Mack (Barfly (uncredited)) , Mathew McCue (Barfly (uncredited)) , Frank Mills (Barfly (uncredited)) , Kansas Moehring (Barfly (uncredited)) , Jack Perry (Barfly (uncredited)) , Danny Sands (Barfly (uncredited)) , Sailor Vincent (Barfly (uncredited)) , Bob Whitney (Barfly (uncredited))

Directors: Howard Hawks

Writers: B.H. McCampbell, Jules Furthman, Leigh Brackett, Paul Francis Webster

Tags: sheriff, small town, gun, marshal, texas, deputy, murder, jail, alcoholic, stagecoach, gambler, based on short story, gunfighter, technicolor, two guns belt

Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder

Release Date: 1959-07-01

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery

“Anatomy of a Murder” is a gripping legal drama from 1959 that made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year. Starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, and Ben Gazzara, the film follows a retired lawyer who takes on the case of an Army Lieutenant accused of murder after his wife claims she was raped. With intense courtroom battles and a mysterious business partner, this movie keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Cast: James Stewart (Paul Biegler) , Lee Remick (Laura Manion) , Ben Gazzara (Lt. Frederick Manion) , Arthur O’Connell (Parnell Emmett McCarthy) , Eve Arden (Maida Rutledge) , Kathryn Grant (Mary Pilant) , George C. Scott (Claude Dancer) , Orson Bean (Dr. Matthew Smith) , Russ Brown (George Lemon) , Murray Hamilton (Alphonse Paquette) , Brooks West (Dist. Atty. Mitch Lodwick) , Ken Lynch (Det. Sgt. James Durgo) , John Qualen (Deputy Sheriff Sulo) , Howard McNear (Dr. Dompierre) , Alexander Campbell (Dr. W. Gregory Harcourt) , Ned Wever (Dr. Raschid) , Jimmy Conlin (Clarence Madigan) , Royal Beal (Sheriff Battisfore) , Joseph Kearns (Lloyd Burke) , Don Ross (Duane ‘Duke’ Miller) , Lloyd Le Vasseur (Court Clerk) , James Waters (Army Sergeant 1st Class) , Joseph N. Welch (Judge Weaver) , Duke Ellington (Pie Eye (uncredited)) , Irv Kupcinet (Distinguished Gentleman (uncredited))

Directors: Otto Preminger

Writers: Wendell Mayes, John D. Voelker

Tags: rape, adultery, based on novel or book, jealousy, michigan, judge, hays code, jazz, jurors, court case, lawyer, trial, courtroom, murder trial, courtroom drama

Floating Weeds

Floating Weeds

Release Date: 1959-11-17

Genres: Drama

“Floating Weeds” is a captivating drama from 1959 that tells the story of a theater troupe’s master who pays a visit to his former lover, setting off a series of unexpected events with devastating consequences. With an impressive cast including Ganjirō Nakamura II, Machiko Kyō, and Ayako Wakao, this film takes you on a journey filled with passion, heartache, and the complexities of human relationships. Released on November 17, 1959, it’s no wonder this movie made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year.

Cast: Ganjirō Nakamura II (Komajuro Arashi) , Machiko Kyō (Sumiko) , Ayako Wakao (Kayo) , Hiroshi Kawaguchi (Kiyoshi) , Haruko Sugimura (Oyoshi) , Hitomi Nozoe (Aiko) , Chishū Ryū (Theatre Owner) , Kōji Mitsui (Kichinosuke) , Haruo Tanaka (Yatazo) , Yosuke Irie (Sugiyama) , Hikaru Hoshi (Kimura) , Mantarō Ushio (Sentaro) , Kumeko Urabe (Shige) , Toyo Takahashi (Aiko’s mother) , Mutsuko Sakura (O-Katsu) , Natsuko Kahara (Yae) , Michisumi Sugawara (Kyaku) , Tatsuo Hanabu (Rokusaburo) , Tadashi Date (Sensho) , Tsutomu Nakata (Kamenosuke) , Hachirô Misumi (Sailor) , Taro Marui (Shokichi) , Saburo Sakai (Guest’s father) , Koh Sugita (Wharf worker) , Masatoki Sasaki (Ume family father)

Directors: Yasujirō Ozu

Writers: Yasujirō Ozu, Kōgo Noda, Tadao Ikeda

Tags: japan, love

The Widower

The Widower

Release Date: 1959-11-20

Genres: Comedy

“The Widower” is a captivating Italian film from 1959 that revolves around Alberto Nardi, a self-proclaimed capable businessman whose factory constantly teeters on the edge of disaster. With his wealthy and no-nonsense wife, Elvira Almiraghi, supporting him financially, Alberto’s attempts to keep his factory afloat are met with her barely tolerating his efforts. Starring a talented cast including Alberto Sordi and Franca Valeri, this movie offers a humorous and engaging portrayal of the challenges faced by a struggling entrepreneur in 1950s Rome.

Cast: Alberto Sordi (Alberto Nardi) , Franca Valeri (Elvira Almiraghi) , Leonora Ruffo (Gioia) , Livio Lorenzon (Stucchi) , Nando Bruno (l’oncle d’Alberto) , Ruggero Marchi (Carlo Fenoglio) , Gigi Reder (avocat Girondi) , Mario Passante (Comm. Lambertoni) , Enzo Petito (Fritzmayer) , Nanda Primavera (Italia) , Alberto Rabagliati (Self) , Gastone Bettanini () , Rosita Pisano () , Mario Cianfanelli () , Carlo Di Maggio () , Ignazio Dolce () , Angela Luce () , Ignazio Leone () , Consalvo Flirt () , Eugenio Maggi () , Paola Patrizi () , Luigi Riccardi () , Artemide Scandariato () , Giuliana Farnese (Erminia (uncredited))

Directors: Dino Risi

Writers: Sandro Continenza, Dino Risi, Fabio Carpi, Rodolfo Sonego, Dino Verde


Imitation of Life

Imitation of Life

Release Date: 1959-10-02

Genres: Drama, Romance

“Imitation of Life” is a captivating movie set in 1940s New York. It tells the story of a white widow who aspires to be a Broadway star and her unexpected friendship with a black single mother who becomes her maid. With a talented cast including Lana Turner, John Gavin, and Sandra Dee, this film explores themes of race, dreams, and the complexities of relationships. Released in 1959, it’s definitely one of the best movies of that year!

Cast: Lana Turner (Lora Meredith) , John Gavin (Steve Archer) , Sandra Dee (Susie (16)) , Susan Kohner (Sarah Jane (18)) , Robert Alda (Allen Loomis) , Dan O’Herlihy (David Edwards) , Juanita Moore (Annie Johnson) , Karin Dicker (Sarah Jane (8)) , Terry Burnham (Susie (6)) , John Vivyan (Young man) , Lee Goodman (Photographer) , Ann Robinson (Showgirl) , Troy Donahue (Frankie) , Sandra Gould (Receptionist) , David Tomack (Mr. McKenney) , Joel Fluellen (Minister) , Jack Weston (Stage manager) , Billy House (Fat Man on Beach) , Maida Severn (Teacher) , Than Wyenn (Romano) , Peg Shirley (Fay) , Mahalia Jackson (Choir Soloist) , Bess Flowers (Geraldine Moore (uncredited)) , Frank Baker (Party Guest) , Alex Ball (Audience Member)

Directors: Douglas Sirk

Writers: Eleanore Griffin, Fannie Hurst, Allan Scott

Tags: family, motherhood, passing for white

The Bridge

The Bridge

Release Date: 1959-10-21

Genres: Drama, History, War

“The Bridge” is a captivating German film released in 1959 that tells the story of a group of young boys during the final months of World War II. Set in their home village, these boys are ordered to protect a seemingly insignificant bridge while the defeated German soldiers flee from the approaching American troops. Fueled by their unwavering enthusiasm for the Nazi ideology, the boys stay behind to defend the bridge, leading to a thought-provoking exploration of the consequences of blind loyalty. Starring a talented cast including Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, and Michael Hinz, this movie is based on a powerful anti-war novel and offers a poignant reflection on the complexities of war.

Cast: Folker Bohnet (Hans Scholten) , Fritz Wepper (Albert Mutz) , Michael Hinz (Walter Forst) , Frank Glaubrecht (Jurgen Borchert) , Karl Michael Balzer (Karl Horber) , Volker Lechtenbrink (Klaus Hager) , Günther Hoffmann (Sigi Bernhard) , Cordula Trantow (Franziska) , Wolfgang Stumpf (Stern) , Günter Pfitzmann (Heilmann) , Heinz Spitzner (Fröhlich) , Siegfried Schürenberg (Lieutenant Colonel) , Ruth Hausmeister (Frau Mutz) , Eva Vaitl (Frau Borchert) , Edith Schultze-Westrum (Mutter Bernhard) , Hans Elwenspoek (Frost) , Trude Breitschopf (Frau Frost) , Klaus Hellmold (Horber) , Inge Benz (Sigrun) , Til Kiwe (Ritter) , Edeltraut Elsner (Barbara) , Vicco von Bülow (Stabsweldfebel) , Georg Lehn (Stabsweldfebel) , Johannes Buzalski (Wounded Soldier) , Heini Göbel (Feldwebel Verpflegung)

Directors: Bernhard Wicki

Writers: Bernhard Wicki, Michael Mansfeld, Karl-Wilhelm Vivier, Gregor Dorfmeister

Tags: war crimes, small town, nazi, bridge, us army, firearm, dead soldier, steel helmet, teenage boy, american abroad, anti war, shot, children in wartime

Suddenly, Last Summer

Suddenly, Last Summer

Release Date: 1959-12-22

Genres: Thriller, Drama, Mystery

“Suddenly, Last Summer” is a gripping 1959 movie starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift. Set in the backdrop of a tragic vacation, the film follows the disturbing aftermath of a young man’s death. As secrets unravel, a wealthy widow seeks to silence her niece by pushing for a lobotomy, leading to a chilling tale of truth and madness. Released on December 22, 1959, this movie is a must-watch for fans of psychological thrillers and stellar performances.

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor (Catherine Holly) , Katharine Hepburn (Violet Venable) , Montgomery Clift (Dr. Cukrowicz) , Albert Dekker (Lawrence Hockstader) , Mercedes McCambridge (Grace Holly) , Gary Raymond (George Holly) , Mavis Villiers (Miss Foxhill) , Patricia Marmont (Nurse Benson) , Joan Young (Sister Felicity) , Maria Britneva (Lucy) , Sheila Robbins (Dr. Hockstader’s Secretary) , Julián Ugarte (Sebastian Venable) , Eddie Fisher (Street Urchin) , David Cameron (Young Blonde Intern) , Beatrice Shaw (Elderly Lady) , Frank Merlo (Audience Member at Operation) , Gore Vidal (Audience Member at Operation) , Sheila Raynor (Mother of Young Patient) , Sandra White (Young Patient) , Rita Webb (Asylum Patient) , Ian Wilson (Patient) , Florence Stark (Patient) , Brenda Dunrich (Nurse) , Roberta Woolley (Nurse) , Grace Denbigh Russell (Asylum Patient (uncredited))

Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Writers: Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal

Tags: spain, operation, hunger, lie, post, widow, turtle, dysfunctional family, memory, hospital, mental institution, psychiatrist, doctor patient relationship, lobotomy, brain surgery, gay theme

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

Release Date: 1959-03-18

Genres: Drama, History

“The Diary of Anne Frank” is a powerful and heart-wrenching movie based on the true story of a young Jewish girl and her family who are forced to hide in an attic during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. With a talented cast including Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, and Shelley Winters, this 1959 film brings to life the courage and resilience of Anne Frank and her companions as they navigate the horrors of World War II. Released on March 18, 1959, this movie is a must-watch for anyone seeking a moving portrayal of one of history’s most tragic periods.

Cast: Millie Perkins (Anne Frank) , Joseph Schildkraut (Otto Frank) , Shelley Winters (Petronella Van Daan) , Richard Beymer (Peter Van Daan) , Gusti Huber (Edith Frank) , Lou Jacobi (Hans Van Daan) , Diane Baker (Margot Frank) , Douglas Spencer (Kraler) , Dodie Heath (Miep Gies) , Ed Wynn (Albert Dussell) , Robert Boon (SS Man (uncredited)) , Delmar Erickson (SS Man (uncredited)) , Gretchen Goertz (Sanne Devries (uncredited)) , William Kirschner (Workman in Shop (uncredited)) , Edmund Purdom (British Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)) , Frank Tweddell (Night Watchman (uncredited)) , Charles Wagenheim (Sneaky Thief (uncredited))

Directors: George Stevens

Writers: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Anne Frank

Tags: amsterdam, netherlands, holocaust (shoah), world war ii, diary, biography, black and white, based on memoir or autobiography, family, attic, nazi occupation, hiding in attic, children in wartime

Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

Release Date: 1959-10-07

Genres: Comedy, Romance

“Pillow Talk” is a delightful romantic comedy released in 1959, starring the talented Doris Day, Rock Hudson, and Tony Randall. The film revolves around the amusing story of Brad Allen, a charming songwriter who constantly annoys his neighbor Jan Morrow by using their shared telephone party line for his romantic pursuits. Things take an unexpected turn when Brad decides to win Jan’s heart by pretending to be a sincere Texas rancher, leading to hilarious and heartwarming moments. With a fantastic cast and a release date of October 7, 1959, this movie is definitely one of the best voted films of that year!

Cast: Doris Day (Jan Morrow) , Rock Hudson (Brad Allen) , Tony Randall (Jonathan Forbes) , Thelma Ritter (Alma) , Nick Adams (Tony Walters) , Julia Meade (Marie) , Allen Jenkins (Harry) , Marcel Dalio (Pierot) , Lee Patrick (Mrs. Walters) , Mary McCarty (Nurse Resnick) , Alex Gerry (Dr. A.C. Maxwell) , Hayden Rorke (Mr. Conrad) , Valerie Allen (Eileen) , Jacqueline Beer (Yvette) , Arlen Stuart (Tilda) , Perry Blackwell (Perry) , Robert B. Williams (Mr. Graham) , Muriel Landers (Moose Taggett) , William Schallert (Hotel Clerk) , Karen Norris (Miss Dickenson) , Lois Rayman (Jonathan’s Secretary) , Don Beddoe (Mr. Walters) , Leoda Richards (Restaurant Patron (uncredited)) , Harry Tyler (Carriage Driver) , William H. O’Brien (Nightclub Waiter (uncredited))

Directors: Michael Gordon

Writers: Maurice Richlin, Stanley Shapiro, Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene

Tags: playboy, romantic comedy, romance, neighbor, texan, millionaire, opposites attract, interior decorator, party line, enemies to lovers

Operation Petticoat

Operation Petticoat

Release Date: 1959-12-05

Genres: Comedy, War

“Operation Petticoat” is a hilarious World War II comedy that follows a submarine commander, played by the legendary Cary Grant, who is faced with a damaged sub and an unconventional executive officer, portrayed by Tony Curtis. To make matters even more interesting, they find themselves accompanied by a group of army nurses. Released in 1959, this movie is a delightful mix of comedy and adventure that will keep you entertained from start to finish.

Cast: Cary Grant (Lieutenant Commander Matt Sherman) , Tony Curtis (Lieutenant Nicholas Holden) , Joan O’Brien (2nd Lieutenant Dolores Crandall) , Dina Merrill (2nd Lieutenant Barbara Duran) , Gene Evans (Chief Molumphry) , Dick Sargent (Ensign Stovall) , Virginia Gregg (Major Edna Heywood) , Robert F. Simon (Captain J.B. Henderson) , Robert Gist (Lieutenant Watson) , Gavin MacLeod (Yeoman Ernest Hunkle) , George Dunn (Prophet) , Dick Crockett (Petty Officer Harmon) , Madlyn Rhue (2nd Lieutenant Reid) , Marion Ross (2nd Lieutenant Colfax) , Clarence Lung (Sergeant Ramon Gillardo) , Frankie Darro (Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class Dooley) , Tony Pastor, Jr. (Fox) , Robert F. Hoy (Reiner) , Nicky Blair (Seaman Kraus) , John W. Morley (Williams) , Arthur O’Connell (Chief Motor Machinist’s Mate Sam Tostin) , Hal Baylor (Military Police Sergeant (uncredited)) , William Bryant (Crewman (uncredited)) , Bert Byers (Bowman (uncredited)) , Dick Callinan (Lieutenant Morrison (uncredited))

Directors: Blake Edwards

Writers: Maurice Richlin, Stanley Shapiro, Paul King, Joseph Stone

Tags: date, tattoo, submarine, casino, flirt, world war ii, navy, ship, pig, naval officer, philippines, army nurse

The Nun's Story

The Nun’s Story

Release Date: 1959-06-18

Genres: Drama

“The Nun’s Story” is a captivating movie released in 1959 that tells the story of Sister Luke, played by the talented Audrey Hepburn. Set during World War II, the film follows Sister Luke’s journey as she grapples with her commitment to her vows amidst various challenges and disappointments. With a stellar cast including Peter Finch, Edith Evans, and Peggy Ashcroft, this movie is a must-watch for those seeking a thought-provoking and emotional cinematic experience.

Cast: Audrey Hepburn (Sister Luke) , Peter Finch (Dr. Fortunati) , Edith Evans (Rev. Mother Emmanuel) , Peggy Ashcroft (Mother Mathilde) , Dean Jagger (Dr. Hubert Van Der Mal) , Mildred Dunnock (Sister Margharita) , Beatrice Straight (Mother Christophe) , Patricia Collinge (Sister William) , Rosalie Crutchley (Sister Eleanor) , Ruth White (Mother Marcella) , Barbara O’Neil (Mother Didyma) , Margaret Phillips (Sister Pauline) , Patricia Bosworth (Simone) , Colleen Dewhurst (Dangerous Hospital Patient) , Stephen Murray (Chaplain) , Lionel Jeffries (Dr. Goovaerts) , Niall MacGinnis (Father Vermeuhlen) , Eva Kotthaus (Sister Marie) , Molly Urquhart (Sister Augustine) , Dorothy Alison (Sister Aurelie) , Jeanette Sterke (Louise) , Errol John (Illunga) , Diana Lambert (Lisa) , Orlando Martins (Kalulu) , Penelope Horner (Jeanette Milonet (uncredited))

Directors: Fred Zinnemann

Writers: Robert Anderson, Kathryn C. Hulme

Tags: nurse, missionary, nun, belgium, congo, sanitarium, female protagonist, hospital, tuberculosis, convent (nunnery), thinness, obedience

The Horse Soldiers

The Horse Soldiers

Release Date: 1959-06-11

Genres: Western, War

“The Horse Soldiers” is a thrilling 1959 movie set during the American Civil War. It follows a Union Cavalry outfit as they embark on a dangerous mission to destroy a Confederate rail supply center. Starring John Wayne and William Holden, the film also features an intriguing storyline involving a doctor, a southern belle, and a secret plan that must be protected at all costs. Released on June 11, 1959, this action-packed movie is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of historical dramas.

Cast: John Wayne (Col John Marlowe) , William Holden (Major ‘Hank’ Kendall) , Constance Towers (Miss Hannah Hunter) , Judson Pratt (Sgt Major Kirby) , Hoot Gibson (Sgt. Brown) , Ken Curtis (Cpl. Wilkie) , Willis Bouchey (Col. Phil Secord) , Bing Russell (Dunker, Yankee Soldier Amputee) , O. Z. Whitehead (Otis ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins) , Hank Worden (Deacon Clump) , Chuck Hayward (Union Captain) , Denver Pyle (Jackie Jo) , Strother Martin (Virgil) , Basil Ruysdael (The Reverend (Jefferson Military Academy)) , Carleton Young (Col. Jonathan Miles, CSA) , William Leslie (Gray) , William Henry (Captain) , Walter Reed (Union Officer) , Anna Lee (Mrs. Buford) , William Forrest (Gen. Steve Hurlburt) , Ron Hagerthy (Bugler) , Russell Simpson (Henry Goodbody) , Althea Gibson (Lukey) , Gertrude Astor (Townswoman) , Bill Borzage (Townsman)

Directors: John Ford

Writers: John Lee Mahin, Martin Rackin, Harold Sinclair

Tags: war hero, cavalry, standoff, confederate

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