My Top 25 Films of 1959

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1. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Passed | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

98 Metascore

After two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 241,048 | Gross: $25.00M

2. North by Northwest (1959)

Approved | 136 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

98 Metascore

A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after being mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 295,785 | Gross: $13.28M

3. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Approved | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family

59 Metascore

During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Millie Perkins, Shelley Winters, Joseph Schildkraut, Richard Beymer

Votes: 11,874 | Gross: $5.01M

4. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 161 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

95 Metascore

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 59,203 | Gross: $11.90M

5. The Nun's Story (1959)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft

Votes: 9,261 | Gross: $12.80M

6. Pillow Talk (1959)

Passed | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

73 Metascore

An interior decorator and a playboy songwriter share a telephone party line and size each other up.

Director: Michael Gordon | Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 15,351 | Gross: $18.75M

7. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

54 Metascore

A surgeon is assigned the case of a young woman whose aunt wants her lobotomized to cover up a family secret.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker

Votes: 13,651 | Gross: $13.90M

8. Sleeping Beauty (1959)

G | 75 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

85 Metascore

After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Les Clark, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton

Votes: 133,927 | Gross: $51.60M

9. Room at the Top (1959)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Simone Signoret, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit

Votes: 5,339

10. Imitation of Life (1959)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

87 Metascore

An aspiring white actress befriends an African American widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner

Votes: 14,581 | Gross: $13.99M

11. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Dave Burke hires two very different debt-burdened men for a bank robbery. Suspicion and prejudice threaten to end their partnership.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Gloria Grahame, Shelley Winters

Votes: 3,737

12. Compulsion (1959)

Approved | 103 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in this version of the Leopold-Loeb case.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell, Diane Varsi, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 5,810

13. Look Back in Anger (1959)

Approved | 98 min | Drama

69 Metascore

A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure, Edith Evans

Votes: 3,375

14. On the Beach (1959)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins

Votes: 11,869 | Gross: $11.00M

15. The Gazebo (1959)

Passed | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

TV writer Elliott Nash buries a blackmailer under the new gazebo in his suburban backyard. But the nervous man can't let the body rest there.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Carl Reiner, John McGiver

Votes: 1,630

16. The Mating Game (1959)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Romance

An uptight IRS agent is ordered to investigate a rural family in debt to the government...but the family - including lovely daughter Mariette - help him loosen up.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Tony Randall, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,365

17. Operation Petticoat (1959)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Romance, War

During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill

Votes: 12,549 | Gross: $23.30M

18. The Young Philadelphians (1959)

Approved | 136 min | Drama

A promising lawyer tries to handle his social and professional problems while climbing the ranks in Philadelphia.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Alexis Smith, Brian Keith

Votes: 3,257

19. It Happened to Jane (1959)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy

Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Steve Forrest

Votes: 2,343

20. But Not for Me (1959)

Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Romance

Russ Ward, after 30 years of producing Broadway plays, is ready to quit. His secretary, Ellie Brown, on being given notice, tells him she loves him. Russ proceeds to turn this into a hit ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Clark Gable, Carroll Baker, Lilli Palmer, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 463

21. The Best of Everything (1959)

Approved | 121 min | Drama, Romance

An expose of the lives and loves of Madison Avenue working girls and their higher ups.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd, Suzy Parker, Martha Hyer

Votes: 1,806

22. A Hole in the Head (1959)

Approved | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

Widower Tony is trying to keep a small Miami hotel afloat while raising a 12-year-old son. He's forced to ask his harried brother Mario for help, but he'll only bail Tony out if he quits his bohemian lifestyle and marries a sensible woman.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones

Votes: 2,286 | Gross: $11.00M

23. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)

G | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

80 Metascore

A wily old codger matches wits with the King of the Leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O'Dea

Votes: 7,043



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