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The Best Movies of 1958

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List of the best movies of 1958, with movie trailers when available. Many remember 1958 as the year Jack Nicholson made his film debut in The Cry Baby Killer. These top movies of 1958 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 1958. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1958 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1958 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List contains movies like Vertigo and Touch of Evil.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1958?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1958?"

1958 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1958. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1958 aren't just one persons opinion.
  • 1


    James Stewart, Kim Novak


    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The story was based on the 1954 novel D'entre les morts by Boileau-Narcejac. The screenplay was...  more

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  • 2

    The Old Man and the Sea

    Spencer Tracy, Tony Rosato


    Directed byHenry King, Fred Zinnemann, John Sturges

    The Old Man and the Sea is a Warnercolor 1958 film starring Spencer Tracy, in a portrayal for which he was nominated for a best actor Oscar. The screenplay was adapted by Peter Viertel from the...  more
  • 3

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman


    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1958 American drama film directed by Richard Brooks. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tennessee Williams adapted by Richard Brooks and...  more

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  • 4

    The Sheepman

    Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Nielsen


    Directed byGeorge Marshall

    The Sheepman is a tongue-in-cheek 1958 Western film directed by George Marshall and starring Glenn Ford, Shirley MacLaine and Leslie Nielsen....  more
  • 5

    Equinox Flower

    Kinuyo Tanaka, Chishū Ryū


    Directed byYasujirō Ozu

    Equinox Flower is a 1958 color Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu. The film is based on a novel by Ton Satomi. The film won the 1958 Blue Ribbon Award for Fujiko Yamamoto's performance as Best...  more
  • 6

    The Big Country

    Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck


    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    The Big Country is a 1958 American epic Western film directed by William Wyler and starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston and Burl Ives. The supporting cast features...  more

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  • 7

    Touch of Evil

    Charlton Heston, Orson Welles


    Directed byOrson Welles

    Touch of Evil is a 1958 American thriller film, written, directed by, and co-starring Orson Welles. The screenplay was loosely based on the novel Badge of Evil by Whit Masterson. Along with Welles,...  more

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  • 8

    The Defiant Ones

    Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis


    Directed byStanley Kramer

    The Defiant Ones is a 1958 black and white film which tells the story of two escaped prisoners, one white and one black, who are shackled together and who must co-operate in order to survive. It...  more

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  • 9


    Richard Attenborough, John Mills


    Directed byLeslie Norman

    Dunkirk is a 1958 British war film directed by Leslie Norman and starring John Mills, Richard Attenborough and Bernard Lee. It was based on two novels: Elleston Trevor's The Big Pick-Up and Lt. Col....  more

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  • 10

    The Barbarian and the Geisha

    John Wayne, Sam Jaffe


    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Barbarian and the Geisha is a 1958 film starring John Wayne, Sam Jaffe and Japanese actress Eiko Ando set in 1850s Japan. Shot primarily on location in Japan, it was directed by John Huston....  more
  • 11

    Darby's Rangers

    James Garner, Jack Warden


    Directed byWilliam A. Wellman

    Darby's Rangers is a 1958 war film starring James Garner as William Orlando Darby, who organized and led the first units of United States Army Rangers during World War II. The movie was shot by...  more
  • 12

    Rock-A-Bye Baby

    Jerry Lewis, Connie Stevens


    Directed byFrank Tashlin

    Rock-A-Bye Baby is a 1958 comedy film with songs, starring Jerry Lewis. A loose remake of Preston Sturges' 1944 film The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, the film was directed and written by Frank Tashlin,...  more
  • 13

    The Law and Jake Wade

    Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark


    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Law and Jake Wade is a 1958 Metrocolor western released by MGM in CinemaScope, based on the 1956 novel by Marvin H. Albert and directed by John Sturges. The titular character, Jake Wade is a now...  more
  • 14

    King Creole

    Elvis Presley, Walter Matthau


    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    King Creole is a 1958 American musical drama film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, and Walter Matthau. Produced by Hal B. Wallis and based on the 1952 novel A...  more
  • 15

    Run Silent, Run Deep

    Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster


    Directed byRobert Wise

    Run Silent, Run Deep is a 1958 film starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, based on the novel of the same name by Commander Edward L. Beach, Jr.. The title refers to "silent running", a submarine...  more

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  • 16

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Dirk Bogarde, Cecil Parker


    Directed byRalph Thomas

    A Tale of Two Cities is a 1958 British period drama based on parts of Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities, directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Dirk Bogarde and Dorothy Tutin....  more
  • 17

    No Time for Sergeants

    Andy Griffith, Don Knotts


    Directed byMervyn LeRoy

    No Time for Sergeants is a 1958 American comedy film directed by Mervyn LeRoy starring Andy Griffith and featuring Myron McCormick, Don Knotts and most of the original Broadway cast. Warner Brothers...  more

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  • 18

    It! The Terror from Beyond Space

    Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Dabbs Greer


    Directed byEdward L. Cahn

    It! The Terror from Beyond Space is an independently made 1958 American black and white science fiction film produced by Robert Kent, directed by Edward L. Cahn, and starring Marshall Thompson, Shawn...  more
  • 19

    The Blob

    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut


    Directed byIrvin Yeaworth

    The Blob is an independently made 1958 American horror/science fiction film directed by Irvin Yeaworth. In the style of American International Pictures, Paramount Pictures released the film as a...  more

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  • 20


    Jack Lemmon, Glenn Ford


    Directed byDelmer Daves

    Cowboy is a 1958 western film directed by Delmer Daves and starring Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon. This film is an adaptation of the Frank Harris semi-autobiographical novel My Reminiscences as a...  more
  • 21

    The Lovers

    Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny


    Directed byLouis Malle

    The Lovers is a 1958 French drama film directed by Louis Malle and starring Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny, and Jean-Marc Bory. Based on the novel Point de Lendemain by Dominique Vivant, the film is about...  more
  • 22

    The Badlanders

    Ernest Borgnine, Alan Ladd


    Directed byDelmer Daves

    The Badlanders is a western caper film directed by Delmer Daves and starring Alan Ladd and Ernest Borgnine. It was written by Richard Collins, based upon the novel The Asphalt Jungle by W. R. Burnett....  more
  • 23

    Auntie Mame

    Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker


    Directed byMorton DaCosta

    Auntie Mame is a 1958 Technicolor comedy film based on the 1955 novel of the same name by Patrick Dennis and its theatrical adaptation by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. This film version stars...  more

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  • 24

    The Vikings

    Kirk Douglas, Janet Leigh


    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    The Vikings is a 1958 adventure film directed by Richard Fleischer and filmed in Technicolor. It was produced by and stars Kirk Douglas. It is based on the novel The Viking by Edison Marshall, which...  more
  • 25

    I Want to Live!

    Susan Hayward, Theodore Bikel


    Directed byRobert Wise

    I Want to Live! is a 1958 film noir written by Nelson Gidding and Don Mankiewicz, produced by Walter Wanger, and directed by Robert Wise, which tells the heavily fictionalized story of a woman,...  more