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The Best Movies of 1959

Updated February 23, 2020 4.7k votes 176 voters 8.5k views

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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  • North by Northwest1
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    North by Northwest

    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1959

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    North by Northwest is a 1959 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Anatomy of a Murder2
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    Anatomy of a Murder

    James Stewart, George C. Scott

    Released1959

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    This film is a 1959 American courtroom drama film. It was directed by Otto Preminger and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ben-Hur3
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    Ben-Hur

    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

    Released1959

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Rio Bravo4
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    Rio Bravo

    John Wayne, Dean Martin

    Released1959

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Rio Bravo is a 1959 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Hound of the Baskervilles5
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing

    Released1959

    Directed byTerence Fisher

    The Hound of the Baskervilles is a 1959 British gothic horror and mystery film, directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • Some Like It Hot6
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    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon

    Released1959

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder,... more on Wikipedia
  • House on Haunted Hill7
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    House on Haunted Hill

    Vincent Price, Richard Long

    Released1959

    Directed byWilliam Castle

    House on Haunted Hill is a 1959 American horror film. It was directed by William Castle,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sleeping Beauty8
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    Sleeping Beauty

    Marvin Miller, Mary Costa

    Released1959

    Directed byClyde Geronimi

    Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based... more on Wikipedia

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  • Pillow Talk9
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    Pillow Talk

    Doris Day, Rock Hudson

    Released1959

    Directed byMichael Gordon

    Pillow Talk is a 1959 Eastmancolor romantic comedy film in CinemaScope directed by Michael... more on Wikipedia

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  • Imitation of Life10
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    Imitation of Life

    John Wayne, Lana Turner

    Released1959

    Directed byDouglas Sirk

    Imitation of Life is a 1959 American romantic drama film directed by Douglas Sirk, produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • Operation Petticoat11
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    Operation Petticoat

    Cary Grant, Tony Curtis

    Released1959

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Operation Petticoat is a 1959 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Cary Grant... more on Wikipedia

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  • Journey to the Center of the Earth12
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    Journey to the Center of the Earth

    Pat Boone, Bernard Herrmann

    Released1959

    Directed byHenry Levin

    Journey to the Center of the Earth is a 1959 adventure film adapted by Charles Brackett from... more on Wikipedia

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  • Suddenly, Last Summer13
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    Suddenly, Last Summer

    Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn

    Released1959

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    Suddenly, Last Summer is a 1959 American Southern Gothic mystery film based on the play of the... more on Wikipedia
  • The Horse Soldiers14
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    The Horse Soldiers

    John Wayne, William Holden

    Released1959

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Horse Soldiers is a 1959 film that was directed by John Ford and starred John Wayne,... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Diary of Anne Frank15
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    The Diary of Anne Frank

    Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn

    Released1959

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    The Diary of Anne Frank is a 1959 film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Nun's Story16
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    The Nun's Story

    Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch

    Released1959

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    The Nun's Story is a 1959 Warner Bros film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Audrey... more on Wikipedia
  • The Mating Game17
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    The Mating Game

    Debbie Reynolds, Tony Randall

    Released1959

    Directed byGeorge Marshall

    The Mating Game is an MGM film directed by George Marshall and starring Debbie Reynolds, Tony... more on Wikipedia
  • The 400 Blows18
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    The 400 Blows

    Jeanne Moreau, Jean Piere Leaud

    Released1959

    Directed byFrançois Truffaut

    The 400 Blows is a 1959 French drama film, the debut by director François Truffaut; it stars... more on Wikipedia

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  • A Bucket of Blood19
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    A Bucket of Blood

    Dick Miller, Paul Horn

    Released1959

    Directed byRoger Corman

    A Bucket of Blood is a 1959 American comedy horror film directed by Roger Corman. It starred... more on Wikipedia
  • Left Right and Centre20
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    Left Right and Centre

    Eric Barker, Ian Carmichael

    Released1959

    Directed bySidney Gilliat

    Left Right and Centre is a 1959 British satirical comedy film directed by Sidney Gilliat and... more on Wikipedia
  • Watusi21
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    Watusi

    George Montgomery, Rex Ingram

    Released1959

    Directed byKurt Neumann

    Watusi is a 1959 MGM adventure film directed by Kurt Neumann and produced by Al Zimbalist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Ride Lonesome22
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    Ride Lonesome

    James Coburn, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1959

    Directed byBudd Boetticher

    Ride Lonesome is a 1959 Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott,... more on Wikipedia
  • Anari23
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    Anari

    Raj Kapoor, Lalita Pawar

    Released1959

    Directed byHrishikesh Mukherjee

    Anari is a 1959 Bollywood film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The film stars Raj Kapoor,... more on Wikipedia
  • Kaagaz Ke Phool24
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    Kaagaz Ke Phool

    Mehmood Ali, Waheeda Rehman

    Released1959

    Directed byGuru Dutt

    Kaagaz Ke Phool is a 1959 Hindi film produced and directed by Guru Dutt, who also played the... more on Wikipedia
  • The Young Philadelphians25
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    The Young Philadelphians

    Paul Newman, Robert Vaughn

    Released1959

    Directed byVincent Sherman

    The Young Philadelphians is a 1959 drama film starring Paul Newman, Barbara Rush and Alexis... more on Wikipedia