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The Best Movies of 1956

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List of the best movies of 1956, with movie trailers when available. Movie legends Michael Caine and Leslie Nielsen made their debuts in 1956. These top movies of 1956 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 1956. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1956 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1956 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

Examples of movies on this list include The Searchers and The Ten Commandments.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1956?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1956?"

1956 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1956. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1956 aren't just one persons opinion.
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    The Searchers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    The Searchers

    John Wayne, Natalie Wood

    Released1956

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Searchers is a 1956 American Technicolor VistaVision Western film directed by John Ford,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    The Ten Commandments

    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price

    Released1956

    Directed byCecil B. DeMille

    The Ten Commandments is a 1956 American religious epic film produced and directed by Cecil B.... more on Wikipedia

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    The Man Who Knew Too Much is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    James Stewart, Doris Day

    Released1956

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    The Man Who Knew Too Much is a 1956 suspense thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock,... more on Wikipedia

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Dana Wynter, Sam Peckinpah

    Released1956

    Directed byDon Siegel

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 American black-and-white science fiction film... more on Wikipedia

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    The King and I is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    The King and I

    Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner

    Released1956

    Directed byWalter Lang

    The King and I is a 1956 musical film made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Walter Lang and... more on Wikipedia

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    Forbidden Planet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    Forbidden Planet

    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis

    Released1956

    Directed byFred M. Wilcox

    Forbidden Planet is a 1956 American science fiction film from MGM, produced by Nicholas... more on Wikipedia

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    Run Silent, Run Deep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    Run Silent, Run Deep

    Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster

    Released1956

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    Giant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    Giant

    Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean

    Released1956

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    Giant is a 1956 American drama film, directed by George Stevens from a screenplay adapted by... more on Wikipedia

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    Somebody Up There Likes Me is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    Somebody Up There Likes Me

    Paul Newman, Robert Duvall

    Released1956

    Directed byRobert Wise

    Somebody Up There Likes Me is a 1956 American drama film based on the life of middleweight... more on Wikipedia
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    Friendly Persuasion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    Friendly Persuasion

    Gary Cooper, Anthony Perkins

    Released1956

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Friendly Persuasion is a 1956 Civil War film starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony... more on Wikipedia
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    The Killing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    The Killing

    Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray

    Released1956

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    This film is a 1956 film noir produced by James B. Harris and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It... more on Wikipedia

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    The Wrong Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    The Wrong Man

    Henry Fonda, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1956

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    The Wrong Man is a 1956 docu-drama by Alfred Hitchcock which stars Henry Fonda and Vera Miles.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    The Rainmaker

    Katharine Hepburn, Burt Lancaster

    Released1956

    Directed byJoseph Anthony

    The Rainmaker is a 1956 American romance film directed by Joseph Anthony and adapted by N.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Harder They Fall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    The Harder They Fall

    Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger

    Released1956

    Directed byMark Robson

    The Harder They Fall is a 1956 film noir directed by Mark Robson, featuring Humphrey Bogart in... more on Wikipedia
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    High Society is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    High Society

    Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly

    Released1956

    Directed byCharles Walters

    High Society is a 1956 American musical comedy film directed by Charles Walters and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    Anastasia

    Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner

    Released1956

    Directed byAnatole Litvak

    Anastasia is a 1956 drama history film written by Arthur Laurents, Marcelle Maurette and Guy... more on Wikipedia

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    The Man in the Gray Flannel Su is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

    Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones

    Released1956

    Directed byNunnally Johnson

    The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, by Sloan Wilson, is a 1955 novel about the American search... more on Wikipedia
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    Lust for Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    Lust for Life

    Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn

    Released1956

    Directed byVincente Minnelli, George Cukor

    Lust for Life is a MGM biographical film about the life of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh,... more on Wikipedia
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    Helen of Troy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    Helen of Troy

    Brigitte Bardot, Stanley Baker

    Released1956

    Directed byRobert Wise

    Helen of Troy is a 1956 Warner Bros. epic film, based on Homer's Illiad and Odyssey. It was... more on Wikipedia

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    Godzilla, King of the Monsters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

    Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura

    Released1956

    Directed byTerry O. Morse, Ishirō Honda

    Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is a 1956 Japanese American science fiction kaiju film... more on Wikipedia

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    Moby Dick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    Moby Dick

    Orson Welles, Gregory Peck

    Released1956

    Directed byJohn Huston

    Moby Dick is a 1956 film adaptation of Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick. It was directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Eddy Duchin Story is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    The Eddy Duchin Story

    Kim Novak, Tyrone Power

    Released1956

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    The Eddy Duchin Story is a 1956 Technicolor film biopic of band leader and pianist Eddy... more on Wikipedia
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    Seven Men from Now is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    Seven Men from Now

    Lee Marvin, Gail Russell

    Released1956

    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    Seven Men from Now is a 1956 Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph... more on Wikipedia
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    The Conqueror is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    The Conqueror

    John Wayne, Susan Hayward

    Released1956

    Directed byDick Powell

    The Conqueror is a 1956 CinemaScope epic film produced by Howard Hughes and starring John... more on Wikipedia

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    Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1956
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    Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

    Paul Frees, Hugh Marlowe

    Released1956

    Directed byFred F. Sears

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