The Top 100 Movies of 1959

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1

North by Northwest 1959, 136 min.

Alfred Hitchcock     Starring: Cary GrantEva Marie SaintJames Mason

Chase Movie    Mystery    Romance

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Rio Bravo 1959, 141 min.

Howard Hawks     Starring: John WayneAngie DickinsonDean Martin

Buddy Film    Traditional Western    Western

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Pickpocket 1959, 75 min.

Robert Bresson     Starring: Martin LasalleMarika GreenJean Pélégri

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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Imitation of Life 1959, 125 min.

Douglas Sirk     Starring: Lana TurnerJohn GavinJuanita Moore

Drama    Family Drama    Melodrama

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Black Orpheus 1959, 100 min.

Marcel Camus     Starring: Breno MelloMarpessa DawnMarcel Camus

Drama    Fantasy    Foreign Language Film

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17

Good Morning 1959, 94 min.

Yasujirô Ozu     Starring: Kuniko MiyakEiko MiyoshiChishu Ryu

Comedy Drama    Domestic Comedy    Drama

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Shadows 1959, 87 min.

John Cassavetes     Starring: Ben CarruthersLelia GoldoniHugh Hurd

Drama    Ensemble Film    Psychological Drama

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Operation Petticoat 1959, 124 min.

Blake Edwards     Starring: Cary GrantTony CurtisJoan O'Brien

Comedy    Military Comedy    Romance

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The Tingler 1959, 82 min.

William Castle     Starring: Vincent PriceJudith EvelynDarryl Hickman

Horror    Monster Film    Thriller

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The Horse Soldiers 1959, 115 min.

John Ford     Starring: John WayneWilliam HoldenConstance Towers

Adventure    War    Western

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Compulsion 1959, 103 min.

Richard Fleischer     Starring: Orson WellesDiane VarsiDean Stockwell

Courtroom Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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41

Warlock 1959, 122 min.

Edward Dmytryk     Starring: Dorothy MaloneHenry FondaAnthony Quinn

Drama    Revisionist Western    Romance

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The 39 Steps 1959, 93 min.

Ralph Thomas     Starring: Kenneth MoreTaina ElgBrenda de Banzie

Chase Movie    Drama    Spy Film

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Gidget 1959, 95 min.

Paul Wendkos     Starring: Sandra DeeCliff RobertsonJames Darren

Beach Party Film    Comedy

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Nazarin 1959, 94 min.

Luis Buñuel     Starring: Francisco RabalMarga LópezRita Macedo

Comedy    Comedy of Errors    Drama

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Odds Against Tomorrow 1959, 96 min.

Robert Wise     Starring: Harry BelafonteRobert RyanShelley Winters

Caper    Crime    Crime Drama

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Return of the Fly 1959, 80 min.

Edward Bernds     Starring: Vincent PriceBrett HalseyJohn Sutton

Body Horror    Horror    Monster Film

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54

Never So Few 1959, 125 min.

John Sturges     Starring: Steve McQueenRichard JohnsonPeter Lawford

Action    Drama    Romance

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The Hanging Tree 1959, 107 min.

Delmer Daves     Starring: Gary CooperMaria SchellKarl Malden

Drama    Romance    Romantic Drama

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The Crimson Kimono 1959, 82 min.

Samuel Fuller     Starring: James ShigetaGlenn CorbettVictoria Shaw

Drama    Film Noir    Melodrama

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A Summer Place 1959, 130 min.

Delmer Daves     Starring: Richard EganDorothy McGuireSandra Dee

Drama    Melodrama    Romance

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Mexicali Shmoes 1959, 7 min.

Friz Freleng

Animation    Cartoon    Comedy

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The Bat 1959, 80 min.

Crane Wilbur     Starring: Vincent PriceAgnes MooreheadGavin Gordon

Based-on-Theatre    Crime    Crime Thriller

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The FBI Story 1959, 149 min.

Mervyn LeRoy     Starring: James StewartVera MilesMurray Hamilton

Crime    Crime Thriller    Drama

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Pork Chop Hill 1959, 97 min.

Lewis Milestone     Starring: Gregory PeckGeorge PeppardRip Torn

Action    Combat Films    War

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72

A Broken Leghorn 1959, 6 min.

Robert McKimson

Animation    Cartoon    Comedy

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The Angry Red Planet 1959, 83 min.

Ib Melchior     Starring: Gerald MohrNaura HaydenLes Tremayne

Action    Adventure    Monster Film

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Alias Jesse James 1959, 92 min.

Norman Z. McLeod     Starring: Bob HopeRhonda FlemingWendell Corey

Comedy    Comedy Western    Western

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People Are Bunny 1959, 7 min.

Robert McKimson

Animation    Cartoon    Comedy

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81

Apes of Wrath 1959, 7 min.

Friz Freleng

Animation    Cartoon    Comedy

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Tiger Bay 1959, 105 min.

J. Lee Thompson     Starring: John MillsHorst BuchholzHayley Mills

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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Carry On Teacher 1959, 86 min.

Gerald Thomas     Starring: Ted RayKenneth ConnorKenneth Williams

Comedy    Farce    Parody/Spoof

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Solomon and Sheba 1959, 139 min.

King Vidor     Starring: Yul BrynnerGeorge SandersMarisa Pavan

Drama    Epic    Historical Film

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They Came to Cordura 1959, 123 min.

Robert Rossen     Starring: Gary CooperRita HayworthVan Heflin

Action    Drama    War

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Carry On Nurse 1959, 86 min.

Gerald Thomas     Starring: Kenneth ConnorCharles HawtreyKenneth Williams

Comedy    Farce    Parody/Spoof

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Sapphire 1959, 92 min.

Basil Dearden     Starring: Nigel PatrickMichael CraigYvonne Mitchell

Detective Film    Mystery    Thriller

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