The Best Movies of 1957 

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List of the best movies of 1957, with movie trailers when available. Though cinematic legend Humphrey Bogart died in 1957, a new era dawned with the big screen debuts of Alan Arkin and Sean Connery. These top movies of 1957 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres - from The Seventh Seal to Old Yeller - but each film was released in 1957. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1957 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1957 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different movies, including The Bridge on the River Kwai and 12 Angry Men.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1957?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1957?"

1957 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1957. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1957 aren't just one persons opinion.

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Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1957

Directed by: David Lean

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but borrows the ...more

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Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb

Released: 1957

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

12 Angry Men is a 1957 American drama film adapted from a teleplay of the same name by Reginald Rose. Written and co-produced by Rose himself and directed by Sidney Lumet, this trial film tells ...more

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Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power

Released: 1957

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Witness for the Prosecution is a 1957 American courtroom drama film set in the Old Bailey in London. The film, based on a short story by Agatha Christie, deals with the trial of a man accused. ...more
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Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

Released: 1957

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Beverly Washburn. It is about a boy and a stray dog in Texas. It is based upon ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson

Released: 1957

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Paths of Glory is a 1957 American film by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb. Set during WWI, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the commanding officer ...more

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Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Richard Jaeckel

Released: 1957

Directed by: Delmer Daves

3:10 to Yuma is a 1957 American western film starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin and directed by Delmer Daves. The film was based on a 1953 short story by Elmore Leonard. In 2012, the film was ...more
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Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand

Released: 1957

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

The Seventh Seal is a 1957 Swedish drama-fantasy film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Set in Denmark it tells of the journey of a medieval knight and a game of chess, who has come to ...more

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Andy Griffith, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick

Released: 1957

Directed by: Elia Kazan

A Face in the Crowd is a 1957 film starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau, directed by Elia Kazan. The screenplay was written by Budd Schulberg, based on his short story ...more
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Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning

Released: 1957

Directed by: Leo McCarey

An Affair to Remember is a 1957 film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, and directed by Leo McCarey. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film is considered one of the most romantic ...more

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Elvis Presley, Dean Jones, Gloria Pall

Released: 1957

Directed by: Richard Thorpe

Jailhouse Rock is a 1957 American musical drama film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Elvis Presley, Judy Tyler, and Mickey Shaughnessy. Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and dramatized ...more
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Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Nick Adams

Released: 1957

Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick

Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 American film noir/drama film made by Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions and released by United Artists. It was directed by Alexander Mackendrick and stars Burt ...more
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Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Joan Blondell

Released: 1957

Directed by: Walter Lang

Desk Set is a 1957 American romantic comedy film directed by Walter Lang and starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The screenplay was written by Phoebe Ephron and Henry Ephron from the ...more
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Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin

Released: 1957

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

Wild Strawberries is a 1957 Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman about an old man recalling his past. The original Swedish title is Smultronstället, which literally means ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Robert Mitchum, Doug McClure

Released: 1957

Directed by: Dick Powell

The Enemy Below is a 1957 war film which tells the story of the battle between the captain of an American destroyer escort and the commander of a German U-boat during World War II. The movie ...more

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Maureen O'Sullivan, Randolph Scott, Richard Boone

Released: 1957

Directed by: Budd Boetticher

The Tall T is a 1957 American Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, and Maureen O'Sullivan. Adapted by Burt Kennedy from the short story "The ...more
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Isuzu Yamada

Released: 1957

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

Throne of Blood is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film transposes the plot of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth to feudal Japan, with stylistic elements drawn from Noh

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James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Marc Connelly

Released: 1957

Directed by: Billy Wilder

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Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1957

Directed by: John Sturges

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William Schallert, Paul Langton, Billy Curtis

Released: 1957

Directed by: Jack Arnold

The Incredible Shrinking Man is a 1957 science fiction film directed by Jack Arnold and adapted for the screen by Richard Matheson from his novel The Shrinking Man. The film stars Grant Williams ...more
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Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Lee Van Cleef

Released: 1957

Directed by: Anthony Mann

The Tin Star was first a short story then a 1957 American western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins, in one of Perkins' first roles. The film became one ...more

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Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis

Released: 1957

Directed by: Jacques Tourneur

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John Gielgud, Jean Seberg, Richard Widmark

Released: 1957

Directed by: Otto Preminger

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Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Hazel Court

Released: 1957

Directed by: Terence Fisher

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Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Barry, Dean Jagger

Released: 1957

Directed by: Samuel Fuller

Forty Guns is a 1957 gothic western film written and directed by Samuel Fuller, filmed in black-and-white CinemaScope and released by the 20th Century Fox studio. The film stars Barbara ...more
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John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond

Released: 1957

Directed by: John Ford

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