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The Best Movies of 1955 

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Updated November 5, 2019 4.6k votes 176 voters 5.3k views 202 items

List of the best movies of 1955, with movie trailers when available. Cinema legends Clint Eastwood and Dennis Hopper made their big screen debuts in 1955. These top movies of 1955 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 1955. You can filter this list of films that came out in '55 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1955 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

A list made up of movies like Rebel Without a Cause and Lady and the Tramp.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1955?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1955?"

1955 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1955. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1955 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish

Released: 1955

Directed by: Charles Laughton, Terry Sanders, Robert Mitchum

The Night of the Hunter is an American thriller film directed by Charles Laughton and starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish. Based on the 1953 novel of the same name by Davis ...more

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Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1955

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

This film is a 1955 romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, from a screenplay by John Michael Hayes based on the 1952 novel of the same name by David Dodge. The film stars Cary Grant who ...more

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Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

Released: 1955

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske. The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog ...more

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Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1955

Directed by: Nicholas Ray

Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 American drama film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. The film stars James Dean, Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood. Directed by Nicholas Ray, ...more

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Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney

Released: 1955

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, John Ford, Joshua Logan

Mister Roberts is a 1955 American Warnercolor in CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy and features an all-star cast including Henry Fonda as Mister Roberts, James ...more

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Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford, Anne Francis

Released: 1955

Directed by: Richard Brooks

Blackboard Jungle is a 1955 social commentary film about teachers in an inner-city school. It is based on the novel of the same name by Evan Hunter.

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Shirley Jones, Rod Steiger, Eddie Albert

Released: 1955

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

Oklahoma! is a 1955 musical film based on the 1943 stage musical Oklahoma!, written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II and starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley ...more

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James Dean, Burl Ives, Raymond Massey

Released: 1955

Directed by: Elia Kazan

East of Eden is a 1955 film, directed by Elia Kazan, and loosely based on the second half of the 1952 novel of the same name by John Steinbeck. It is about a wayward young man who, while seeking ...more

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Betsy Blair, Joe Mantell, Jerry Paris

Released: 1955

Directed by: Delbert Mann

Marty is a 1953 teleplay by Paddy Chayefsky. It was telecast live May 24, 1953, on The Philco Television Playhouse with Rod Steiger in the title role and Nancy Marchand, in her television debut, ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker

Released: 1955

Directed by: Otto Preminger

The Man with the Golden Arm is a 1955 American drama film, based on the novel of the same name by Nelson Algren, which tells the story of a heroin addict who gets clean while in prison, but ...more
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Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin

Released: 1955

Directed by: John Sturges

Bad Day at Black Rock is a 1955 thriller film directed by John Sturges and starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan that combines elements of Westerns and film noir. The supporting cast includes ...more

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Jules Dassin, Robert Hossein, Carl Möhner

Released: 1955

Directed by: Jules Dassin

Rififi is a 1955 French crime film adaptation of Auguste Le Breton's novel of the same name. Directed by American filmmaker Jules Dassin, the film stars Jean Servais as the aging gangster Tony ...more

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Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Mike Mazurki

Released: 1955

Directed by: Norman Foster

This was a combination of Disney's first three Davy Crockett films. They were Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter, Davy Crockett Goes to Congress and Davy Crockett at the Alamo.

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Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen

Released: 1955

Directed by: Jesse Hibbs

To Hell and Back is a CinemaScope war film released in 1955. It was directed by Jesse Hibbs and starred Audie Murphy as himself. It is based on the 1949 autobiography of the same name and is an ...more

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James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan

Released: 1955

Directed by: Anthony Mann

Strategic Air Command is a 1955 American film starring James Stewart and June Allyson, and directed by Anthony Mann. Released by Paramount Pictures, it was the first of four films that depicted ...more
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Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Richard Deacon

Released: 1955

Directed by: Charles Lamont

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy is a 1955 film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. It is also the 28th and final Abbott and Costello film produced ...more

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Susan Hayward, Eddie Albert, Jo Van Fleet

Released: 1955

Directed by: Daniel Mann

I'll Cry Tomorrow is a biopic which tells the story of Lillian Roth, a Broadway star who rebels against the pressure of her domineering mother and reacts to the death of her fiancé by ...more
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Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1955

Directed by: Jean Negulesco

Daddy Long Legs is a Hollywood musical comedy film set in France, New York City, and the fictional college town of Walston, Massachusetts. The film was directed by Jean Negulesco, and stars Fred ...more

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James Stewart, Jack Elam, Arthur Kennedy

Released: 1955

Directed by: Anthony Mann

The Man from Laramie is a 1955 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, and Cathy O'Donnell. Written by Philip Yordan and Frank ...more

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Burt Lancaster, Walter Matthau, John Carradine

Released: 1955

Directed by: Burt Lancaster

The Kentuckian is a 1955 Technicolor and CinemaScope adventure film directed by Burt Lancaster, who also starred. This was one of only two films Lancaster directed, and the only one for which he ...more
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John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Anita Ekberg

Released: 1955

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Blood Alley is a 1955 seafaring adventure movie starring John Wayne and Lauren Bacall set in China.

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Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith

Released: 1955

Directed by: Robert Gordon

It Came from Beneath the Sea is a 1955 American black-and-white science fiction and giant monster film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Sam Katzman and Charles Schneer, directed by Robert ...more
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Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Joe Besser

Released: 1955

Directed by: Charles Lamont

Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops is a 1955 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. After the film was completed, Universal wanted to rename it Abbott and Costello in the ...more
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Elizabeth Montgomery, Gary Cooper, Rod Steiger

Released: 1955

Directed by: Otto Preminger

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell is a 1955 film directed by Otto Preminger. It stars Gary Cooper as Billy Mitchell, Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy, Rod Steiger and Elizabeth Montgomery in ...more
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James Stewart, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan

Released: 1955

Directed by: Anthony Mann

The Far Country is a 1954 American Western Technicolor romance film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Ruth Roman, and Walter Brennan. Written by Borden Chase, the film is ...more

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