The Best Movies of 1959 Films

The Best Movies of 1959

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List of the best movies of 1959, with movie trailers when available. Fans of The Three Stooges remember 1959 as the year that the trio made their last short film, Sappy Bull Fighters. These top movies of 1959 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, but each film was released in 1959. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1959 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1959 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

With movies ranging from Some Like It Hot to North by Northwest, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1959?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1959?"

1959 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1959. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1959 aren't just one persons opinion.


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    North by Northwest

    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint

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    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

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    Sleeping Beauty

    Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton

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  4. 4
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    Rio Bravo

    John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson

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    - 7
    Ben-Hur

    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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    - 4
    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann, Arlene Dahl

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    The Shaggy Dog [1959]

    Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray, Jack Albertson

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    Darby O'Gill and the Little People

    Sean Connery, Janet Munro, Estelle Winwood

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    The 400 Blows

    Jeanne Moreau, Jean Piere Leaud, Jean-Claude Brialy

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    The Five Pennies

    Louis Armstrong, Tuesday Weld, Danny Kaye

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    The Horse Soldiers

    John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson

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    Imitation of Life

    John Wayne, Lana Turner, Sandra Dee

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    Pillow Talk

    Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall

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    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee

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    Suddenly, Last Summer

    Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift

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    The FBI Story

    James Stewart, Adam West, Vera Miles

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    It Happened to Jane

    Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Steve Forrest

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    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Le Mesurier

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    House on Haunted Hill

    Vincent Price, Richard Long, Elisha Cook

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    A Summer Place

    Sandra Dee, Troy Donahue, Arthur Kennedy

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    On the Beach
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    Alias Jesse James

    Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper

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    Anatomy of a Murder

    James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick

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    Last Train from Gun Hill

    Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones

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    - 3
    Third Man on the Mountain

    Helen Hayes, Herbert Lom, Michael Rennie

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    The Devil's Disciple

    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Burt Lancaster

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    The 39 Steps

    Sid James, Kenneth More, Joan Hickson

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    Gidget

    Yvonne Craig, Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson

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    Porgy and Bess

    Sidney Poitier, Sammy Davis, Jr.

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    Operation Petticoat

    Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Marion Ross

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    The Diary of Anne Frank

    Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn, Millie Perkins

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    Day of the Outlaw

    Tina Louise, Burl Ives, Robert Ryan

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    Compulsion

    Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, Gavin MacLeod

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    A Hole in the Head

    Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker

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    The Young Philadelphians

    Paul Newman, Robert Vaughn, Adam West

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    Look Back in Anger

    Richard Burton, Donald Pleasence, Claire Bloom

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    I'm All Right Jack

    Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Dennis Price

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    The Big Fisherman

    Herbert Lom, Martha Hyer, Howard Keel

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    - 3
    Sujata

    Lalita Pawar, Nutan, Sunil Dutt

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    Carry On Nurse

    Kenneth Williams, Leslie Phillips, Shirley Eaton

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    A Bucket of Blood

    Dick Miller, Paul Horn, Bert Convy

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    Thunder in the Sun

    Susan Hayward, Jeff Chandler, Felix Locher

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    Carry On Teacher

    Kenneth Williams, Leslie Phillips, Charles Hawtrey

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    Attack of the Giant Leeches

    Yvette Vickers, Ken Clark, Susan Cabot

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    - 3
    Warlock

    Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Richard Widmark

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    The Trap

    Tina Louise, Richard Widmark, Lee J. Cobb

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    Girls Town

    Paul Anka, Mel Tormé, Mamie Van Doren

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    The Hanging Tree

    Gary Cooper, George C. Scott, Karl Malden

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    Honeymoon

    Anthony Steel, Léonide Massine, María Gámez

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    Teenage Zombies

    Katherine Victor, Steve Conte, Don Sullivan

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