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List of the best movies of 1959, with movie trailers when available. Fans of The Three Stooges remember 1959 as the year that the trio made their last short film, Sappy Bull Fighters. These top movies of 1959 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 1959. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1959 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1959 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

With movies ranging from Some Like It Hot to North by Northwest, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1959?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1959?"

1959 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1959. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1959 aren't just one persons opinion.
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Sleeping Beauty Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more

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North by Northwest Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, who ...more

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Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by Sam Zimbalist for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Hugh ...more

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Some Like It Hot Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in ...more

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Suddenly, Last Summer Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift Suddenly, Last Summer is a 1959 American Southern Gothic mystery film based on the play of the same title by Tennessee Williams. The film was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and produced by Sam ...more

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Anatomy of a Murder James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick Anatomy of a Murder is a 1959 American courtroom crime drama film. It was directed by Otto Preminger and adapted by Wendell Mayes from the best-selling novel of the same name written by Michigan ...more

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Imitation of Life John Wayne, Lana Turner, Sandra Dee Imitation of Life is a 1959 American romantic drama film directed by Douglas Sirk, produced by Ross Hunter and released by Universal International, starring Lana Turner and John Gavin. It was ...more

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Journey to the Center of the Earth Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann, Arlene Dahl Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 1959 adventure film adapted by Charles Brackett from the novel of the same name by Jules Verne. Journey to the Center of the Earth was directed by Henry ...more

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Rio Bravo John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson Rio Bravo is a 1959 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, and Ward Bond. Written by ...more

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A Summer Place Sandra Dee, Troy Donahue, Arthur Kennedy A Summer Place is a 1959 romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Sloan Wilson. Delmer Daves directed the movie, which stars Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Troy Donahue, and ...more

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Compulsion Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, Gavin MacLeod Compulsion is a 1959 American crime drama film directed by Richard Fleischer. The film is based on the 1956 novel of the same name by Meyer Levin, which in turn was a fictionalized account of ...more

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On the Beach On the Beach is a 1957 post-apocalyptic novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute after he emigrated to Australia. The novel details the experiences of a mixed group of people in ...more

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The Nun's Story Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Dean Jagger The Nun's Story is a 1959 Warner Bros film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans and Peggy Ashcroft. Based upon the 1956 novel of the same title by ...more

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Gidget Yvonne Craig, Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson Gidget is a 1959 Columbia Pictures CinemaScope feature film. It stars Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, and James Darren in a story about a teenager's initiation into the California surf culture and ...more

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The Magician Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Erland Josephson The Magician is a 1958 film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Its original Swedish title is Ansiktet, which means "the face", and it was released theatrically as The Face in the ...more

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Solomon and Sheba Gina Lollobrigida, Yul Brynner, George Sanders Solomon and Sheba is a 1959 American epic historical romance film directed by King Vidor, shot in Technirama, and distributed by United Artists. It stars Yul Brynner as Solomon and Gina ...more

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Darby O'Gill and the Little People Sean Connery, Janet Munro, Estelle Winwood Darby O'Gill and the Little People is a 1959 Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery and Jimmy O'Dea, in a tale about a wily Irishman and his ...more

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The Shaggy Dog [1959] Annette Funicello, Fred MacMurray, Jack Albertson The Shaggy Dog is a black-and-white 1959 Walt Disney film about Wilby Daniels, a teenage boy who by the power of an enchanted ring of the Borgias is transformed into the title character, a ...more

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The Big Fisherman Herbert Lom, Martha Hyer, Howard Keel The Big Fisherman is a 1959 American film directed by Frank Borzage about the life of Simon Peter, one of the disciples of Jesus. Starring Howard Keel, Susan Kohner and John Saxon, the ...more

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Operation Petticoat Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Marion Ross Operation Petticoat is a 1959 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. It was the basis for a television series in 1977 starring John Astin in Grant's ...more

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The Diary of Anne Frank Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn, Millie Perkins The Diary of Anne Frank is a 1959 film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name, which was based on the diary of Anne Frank. It was directed by George Stevens, with a screenplay ...more

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The Hound of the Baskervilles Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Le Mesurier The Hound of the Baskervilles is a 1959 British gothic horror and mystery film, directed by Terence Fisher and produced by Hammer Film Productions. It is based on the novel of the same name by ...more

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Pillow Talk Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall Pillow Talk is a 1959 Eastmancolor romantic comedy film in CinemaScope directed by Michael Gordon. It features Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter and Nick Adams. The film was ...more

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House on Haunted Hill Vincent Price, Richard Long, Elisha Cook House on Haunted Hill is a 1959 American horror film. It was directed by William Castle, written by Robb White and stars Vincent Price as eccentric millionaire Frederick Loren. He and his fourth ...more

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Plan 9 from Outer Space Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee Plan 9 from Outer Space is a 1959 American black-and-white science fiction thriller film released by Distributors Corporation of America. The film was written, produced, directed, and edited by ...more

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The Five Pennies Louis Armstrong, Tuesday Weld, Danny Kaye The Five Pennies was a semi-biographical 1959 film starring Danny Kaye as cornet player and bandleader Loring Red Nichols. Other cast members included Barbara Bel Geddes, Harry Guardino, Bob ...more

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Look Back in Anger Richard Burton, Donald Pleasence, Claire Bloom Look Back in Anger is a 1959 British film starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and Mary Ure and directed by Tony Richardson. It is based on John Osborne's play of the same name about a love ...more

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The 400 Blows Jeanne Moreau, Jean Piere Leaud, Jean-Claude Brialy The 400 Blows is a 1959 French drama film, the debut by director François Truffaut; it stars Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, and Claire Maurier. One of the defining films of ...more

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The Horse Soldiers John Wayne, William Holden, Althea Gibson The Horse Soldiers is a 1959 film set during the American Civil War. It was directed by John Ford and starred John Wayne, William Holden and Constance Towers. John Lee Mahin and Martin Rackin ...more

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The 39 Steps Sid James, Kenneth More, Joan Hickson The 39 Steps is a 1959 British thriller film produced by Betty Box, directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Kenneth More and Taina Elg. It is a remake of the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, loosely ...more

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The FBI Story James Stewart, Adam West, Vera Miles The FBI Story is a 1959 American drama film starring James Stewart, and produced and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. The screenplay by Richard L. Breen and John Twist is based on a book by Don

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It Happened to Jane Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Steve Forrest It Happened to Jane is a 1959 romantic comedy film starring Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, and Ernie Kovacs directed by Richard Quine and written by Norman Katkov and Max Wilk. The film was co-produced ...more

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Alias Jesse James Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper Alias Jesse James is a 1959 American Western comedy film directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Bob Hope and Rhonda Fleming. Based on a story by Robert St. Aubrey and Bert Lawrence, the film ...more

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Third Man on the Mountain Helen Hayes, Herbert Lom, Michael Rennie Third Man on the Mountain is a 1959 American Walt Disney Productions film set during the golden age of alpinism about a young Swiss man who conquers the mountain that killed his father. It is ...more

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Day of the Outlaw Tina Louise, Burl Ives, Robert Ryan Day of the Outlaw is a 1959 Western film starring Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, and Tina Louise. It was directed by André De Toth; this was his last Western feature film.

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The Mummy Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Felix Aylmer The Mummy is a 1959 British horror film, directed by Terence Fisher and starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. It was written by Jimmy Sangster and produced by Michael Carreras and Anthony ...more

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Porgy and Bess Sidney Poitier, Sammy Davis, Jr. Porgy and Bess is a 1959 American musical film directed by Otto Preminger. It is based on the 1935 opera of the same name by George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and Ira Gershwin, which is in turn ...more

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A Bucket of Blood Dick Miller, Paul Horn, Bert Convy A Bucket of Blood is a 1959 American comedy horror film directed by Roger Corman. It starred Dick Miller and was set in beatnik culture. The film, produced on a $50,000 budget, was shot in five ...more

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Warlock Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Richard Widmark Warlock is a 1959 film, released by Twentieth Century Fox and shot in DeLuxe Color and CinemaScope. It is a Western adapted from the novel by Oakley Hall. Directed by Edward Dmytryk, it stars ...more

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The Hanging Tree Gary Cooper, George C. Scott, Karl Malden The Hanging Tree is a 1959 movie directed by Delmer Daves. Karl Malden took over directing duties for several days when Daves fell ill. The film stars Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, George C. Scott ...more

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The Trap Tina Louise, Richard Widmark, Lee J. Cobb The Trap is a 1959 color film noir directed by Norman Panama and released through Paramount Pictures. It stars Richard Widmark, Lee J. Cobb, Tina Louise, Earl Holliman, and Lorne Greene.

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Honeymoon Anthony Steel, Léonide Massine, María Gámez Honeymoon, also shown as The Lovers of Teruel in the United States, is a 1959 film by the British director-writer Michael Powell based in part on the ballet El Amor Brujo by Gregorio ...more

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Attack of the Giant Leeches Yvette Vickers, Ken Clark, Susan Cabot Attack of the Giant Leeches is a low-budget 1959 science fiction film from American International Pictures, directed by Bernard L. Kowalski and produced by Gene Corman. The screenplay was ...more

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I'm All Right Jack Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Dennis Price I'm All Right Jack is a 1959 British comedy film directed and produced by John and Roy Boulting from a script by Frank Harvey, John Boulting and Alan Hackney based on the novel Private Life by ...more

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Thunder in the Sun Susan Hayward, Jeff Chandler, Felix Locher Thunder in the Sun is a 1959 western film directed by Russell Rouse starring Susan Hayward and Jeff Chandler.

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Carry On Teacher Kenneth Williams, Leslie Phillips, Charles Hawtrey Carry On Teacher is the third in the series of Carry On films, with 31 entries. It was released in 1959. It features Ted Ray in his only Carry On role, alongside series regulars; Kenneth Connor, ...more

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Tarzan's Greatest Adventure Sean Connery, Anthony Quayle, Gordon Scott Tarzan's Greatest Adventure is a 1959 adventure film directed by John Guillermin, produced by Sy Weintraub and Harvey Hayutin, and written by Les Crutchfield, based on the character created by ...more

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Girls Town Paul Anka, Mel Tormé, Mamie Van Doren Girls Town is a 1959 film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, starring Mamie Van Doren, Mel Tormé and Ray Anthony; Paul Anka also appears in his first acting role. Van Doren stars as a ...more

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Carry On Nurse Kenneth Williams, Leslie Phillips, Shirley Eaton Carry On Nurse is the second in the series of Carry On films with 31 entries. It was released in 1959. Of the regular team, it featured Joan Sims, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor and Charles ...more

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The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery Steve McQueen, Bob Holt, David Clarke The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery is a 1959 heist film shot in black and white. The film stars Steve McQueen as a college dropout hired to be the getaway driver in a bank robbery. The film is ...more