Classic Movies The Best Movies of 1955  

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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 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 To Catch a Thief 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 ...more

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Betsy Blair, Joe Mantell, Jerry Paris 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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Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney Mister Roberts is a 1955 American CinemaScope comedy-drama film directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy, and starring Henry Fonda as Mister Roberts, James Cagney as Captain Morton, William Powell ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker 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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Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated romantic musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on 22 June 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th film in the ...more

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Jules Dassin, Robert Hossein, Carl Möhner 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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Susan Hayward, Eddie Albert, Jo Van Fleet 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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Katharine Hepburn, David Lean, Darren McGavin Summertime is a 1955 American/British Technicolor romance film directed by David Lean. The screenplay by Lean and H. E. Bates is based on the play The Time of the Cuckoo by Arthur Laurents.

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Sidney Poitier, Glenn Ford, Anne Francis 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 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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Elizabeth Montgomery, Gary Cooper, Rod Steiger 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, June Allyson, Harry Morgan 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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John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Anita Ekberg Blood Alley is a 1955 seafaring adventure movie starring John Wayne and Lauren Bacall set in China.

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Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Stanley Baker Richard III is a 1955 British Technicolor film adaptation of William Shakespeare's historical play of the same name, also incorporating elements from his Henry VI, Part 3. It was directed and ...more

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Natalie Wood, James Dean, Dennis Hopper 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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Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin 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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James Dean, Burl Ives, Raymond Massey 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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Robert Taylor, Robert Morley, Wilfrid Hyde-White The Adventures of Quentin Durward, known also as Quentin Durward, is a 1955 historical film released by MGM. It was directed by Richard Thorpe and produced by Pandro S. Berman. The screenplay ...more

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Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith 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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Bette Davis, Joan Collins, Rod Taylor The Virgin Queen is a 1955 DeLuxe Color historical drama film in CinemaScope starring Bette Davis, Richard Todd and Joan Collins. It focuses on the relationship between Elizabeth I of England ...more

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Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, Agnes Moorehead All That Heaven Allows is a 1955 romance feature film starring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson in a tale about a well-to-do widow and a younger landscape designer falling in love. The screenplay was ...more

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Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen 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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Lee Van Cleef, Brian Donlevy, Earl Holliman The Big Combo is a 1955 American film noir directed by Joseph H. Lewis and photographed by cinematographer John Alton, with music by David Raksin.

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James Stewart, Jack Elam, Arthur Kennedy 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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Russell Johnson, Faith Domergue, Coleman Francis This Island Earth is a 1955 American science fiction film directed by Joseph M. Newman. It is based on the novel of the same name by Raymond F. Jones which was originally published in the ...more

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Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Robert Ryan The Tall Men is a 1955 American western film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Clark Gable, Jane Russell, and Robert Ryan. The 20th Century Fox film was produced by William A. Bacher and ...more

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Kim Novak, Vincent Price, Lili St. Cyr Son of Sinbad is a 1955 American film directed by Ted Tetzlaff. The movie takes place in the Middle East and consists of a wide variety of characters including over 127 women. Initially, the ...more

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Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Thelma Ritter 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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Barbara Stanwyck, Glenn Ford, Edward G. Robinson The Violent Men is a 1955 CinemaScope Western film drama directed by Rudolph Maté, based on the novel Smoky Valley by Donald Hamilton, and starring Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward ...more

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Orson Welles, Michael Redgrave, Akim Tamiroff Mr. Arkadin, known in Britain as Confidential Report, is a French-Spanish-Swiss coproduction film, written and directed by Orson Welles and shot in several Spanish locations, including Costa ...more

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Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Richard Deacon 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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James Stewart, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan 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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Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell Love Me or Leave Me is a 1955 biographical romantic musical drama film which tells the life story of Ruth Etting, a singer who rose from dancer to movie star. It stars Doris Day as Etting, James ...more

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Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, Frankie Howerd The Ladykillers is a 1955 British black comedy film made by Ealing Studios. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, it stars Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, ...more

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Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Mike Mazurki 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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Cloris Leachman, Nat King Cole, Jack Elam Kiss Me Deadly is a 1955 film noir drama produced and directed by Robert Aldrich starring Ralph Meeker. The screenplay was written by A.I. Bezzerides, based on the Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer ...more

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Kim Novak, William Holden, Rosalind Russell Picnic is a 1955 American Technicolor romantic comedy-drama film in Cinemascope, which was adapted for the screen by Daniel Taradash from William Inge's 1953 Pulitzer Prize winning play. Joshua ...more

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Michel Bouquet Night and Fog is a 1955 French documentary short film. Directed by Alain Resnais, it was made ten years after the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. The documentary features the abandoned ...more

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Joan Collins, Jack Hawkins, James Robertson Justice Land of the Pharaohs is a 1955 American epic film in Cinemascope, directed and produced by Howard Hawks and starring the two British actors Jack Hawkins and Joan Collins as Pharaoh Khufu and his ...more

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Jane Asher, Jack Warner, Dean Jagger The Quatermass Xperiment is a 1955 British science fiction horror film. Made by Hammer Film Productions, it is based on the 1953 BBC Television serial The Quatermass Experiment written by Nigel ...more

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Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Joe Besser 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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William Holden, Jennifer Jones, James Hong Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing is a 1955 American drama-romance film. Set in 1949–50 in Hong Kong, it tells the story of a married, but separated, American reporter Mark Elliot, who falls in ...more

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Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Leo Gordon Man with the Gun is a 1955 Western film starring Robert Mitchum. The film was released in the United Kingdom as The Trouble Shooter and is also sometimes entitled Deadly Peacemaker. The ...more

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Bibi Andersson, Eva Dahlbeck, Harriet Andersson Smiles of a Summer Night is a 1955 Swedish comedy film directed by Ingmar Bergman. It was the first of Bergman's films to bring the director international success, due to its exposure at the ...more

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Mike Connors, Richard Denning, Adele Jergens Day the World Ended was the fourth film directed by Roger Corman. Rick is a heroic scientist who, among others, must face off against a mutant monster after an atomic war destroys human ...more

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Burt Lancaster, Walter Matthau, John Carradine 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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Burt Lancaster, Anna Magnani The Rose Tattoo is a 1955 film adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play of the same name. It was adapted by Williams and Hal Kanter and directed by Daniel Mann, with stars Anna Magnani, Burt ...more

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Humphrey Bogart, Gig Young, Fredric March The Desperate Hours is a 1955 film from Paramount Pictures starring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March. The movie was produced and directed by William Wyler and based on a novel and play of the ...more

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Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons Guys and Dolls is a 1955 musical film starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine. The film was made by Samuel Goldwyn Productions and distributed by MGM. It was ...more