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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Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon
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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Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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