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Top Films by Year (1955-1959)

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

1955

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Night of the Hunter Charles Laughton 50
2 Rebel without a Cause Nicholas Ray 134
3 Pather Panchali Satyajit Ray 155
4 Diabolique Henri-Georges Clouzot 286
5 Kiss Me Deadly Robert Aldrich 311
6 The Ladykillers Alexander Mackendrick 366
7 Ordet Carl Theodor Dreyer 390
8 Night and Fog Alain Resnais 399
9 Rififi Jules Dassin 472
10 East of Eden Elia Kazan 563
11 All That Heaven Allows Douglas Sirk 654
12 Bad Day at Black Rock John Sturges 777
13 Lady and the Tramp Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske 858
14 Smiles of a Summer Night Ingmar Bergman 864
15 Marty** Delbert Mann 952
16 Lola Montès Max Ophüls 964
17 The Court Jester Melvin Frank and Norman Panama 1098
18 Oklahoma! Fred Zinnemann 1123
19 The Seven Year Itch Billy Wilder 1296
20 The Man with the Golden Arm Otto Preminger 1347
21 Guys and Dolls Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1400
22 The Dam Busters Michael Anderson 1498
23 Mister Roberts* John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy 1634
24 Blackboard Jungle Richard Brooks 1678
25 To Catch a Thief Alfred Hitchcock 1794
26 The Man from Laramie Anthony Mann 1823
27 Les Maîtres fous Jean Rouch 2135
28 Picnic* Joshua Logan 2137
29 The Big Combo Joseph H. Lewis 2160
30 Floating Clouds Mikio Naruse 2372

1956

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Searchers John Ford 32
2 Invasion of the Body Snatchers Don Siegel 178
3 Forbidden Planet Fred M. Wilcox 368
4 The Ten Commandments* Cecil B. DeMille 429
5 A Man Escaped Robert Bresson 450
6 Aparajito Satyajit Ray 543
7 The Killing Stanley Kubrick 547
8 Written on the Wind Douglas Sirk 714
9 Giant* George Stevens 765
10 The King and I* Walter Lang 925
11 The Red Balloon Albert Lamorisse 984
12 Seven Men from Now Budd Boetticher 1318
13 Bob le Flambeur Jean-Pierre Melville 1331
14 Bigger than Life Nicholas Ray 1342
15 High Society Charles Walters 1374
16 The Man Who Knew Too Much Alfred Hitchcock 1544
17 The Burmese Harp Kon Ichikawa 1623
18 The Girl Can't Help It Frank Tashlin 1974
19 Carousel Henry King 1991
20 The Wrong Man Alfred Hitchcock 2012
21 Around the World in Eighty Days** Michael Anderson 2023
22 Lust for Life Vincente Minnelli 2112
23 Baby Doll Elia Kazan 2148
24 Somebody Up There Likes Me Robert Wise 2233

1957

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 The Bridge on the River Kwai** David Lean 83
2 12 Angry Men* Sidney Lumet 103
3 The Seventh Seal Ingmar Bergman 116
4 Paths of Glory Stanley Kubrick 132
5 Wild Strawberries Ingmar Bergman 182
6 Sweet Smell of Success Alexander Mackendrick 198
7 Nights of Cabiria Federico Fellini 400
8 Throne of Blood Akira Kurosawa 530
9 Witness for the Prosecution* Billy Wilder 534
10 An Affair to Remember Leo McCarey 634
11 Curse of the Demon Jacques Tourneur 860
12 The Incredible Shrinking Man Jack Arnold 872
13 A Face in the Crowd Elia Kazan 950
14 The Cranes are Flying Mikheil Kalatozishvili 954
15 Funny Face Stanley Donen 1030
16 Kanal Andrzej Wajda 1268
17 Forty Guns Samuel Fuller 1639
18 The Tall T Budd Boetticher 1787
19 Old Yeller Robert Stevenson 1799
20 3:10 to Yuma Delmer Daves 1889
21 Mother India Mehboob Khan 2155
22 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral John Sturges 2255

1958

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock 14
2 Touch of Evil Orson Welles 63
3 Ashes and Diamonds Andrzej Wajda 513
4 Horror of Dracula Terence Fisher 690
5 Mon Oncle Jacques Tati 749
6 Gigi** Vincente Minnelli 836
7 Elevator to the Gallows Louis Malle 981
8 Ivan the Terrible, Part II Sergei M. Eisenstein and M. Filimonova 1038
9 The Music Room Satyajit Ray 1110
10 The Hidden Fortress Akira Kurosawa 1174
11 The Big Country William Wyler 1314
12 The 7th Voyage of Sinbad Nathan Juran 1523
13 The Defiant Ones* Stanley Kramer 1566
14 Damn Yankees! George Abbott and Stanley Donen 1570
15 Big Deal on Madonna Street Mario Monicelli 1680
16 Some Came Running Vincente Minnelli 1721
17 Man of the West Anthony Mann 1849
18 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof* Richard Brooks 1871
19 The Blob Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. 2002
20 Ice-Cold in Alex J. Lee Thompson 2033
21 South Pacific Joshua Logan 2061
22 A Movie Bruce Conner 2116
23 The Fly Kurt Neumann 2141
24 A Night to Remember Roy Ward Baker 2213
25 Auntie Mame* Morton DaCosta 2225
26 Run Silent Run Deep Robert Wise 2228

1959

Rank Title Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Some Like It Hot Billy Wilder 9
2 North by Northwest Alfred Hitchcock 36
3 The 400 Blows François Truffaut 48
4 Ben-Hur** William Wyler 157
5 Rio Bravo Howard Hawks 187
6 Hiroshima mon amour Alain Resnais 279
7 Pickpocket Robert Bresson 374
8 The World of Apu Satyajit Ray 384
9 Shadows John Cassavetes 445
10 Imitation of Life Douglas Sirk 471
11 Anatomy of a Murder* Otto Preminger 561
12 Ballad of a Soldier Grigoriy Chukhray 957
13 Sleeping Beauty Clyde Geronimi 1103
14 Room at the Top* Jack Clayton 1383
15 Black Orpheus Marcel Camus 1443
16 Pillow Talk Michael Gordon 1448
17 Floating Weeds Yasujirô Ozu 1574
18 Nazarín Luis Buñuel 1609
19 Plan 9 from Outer Space Edward D. Wood Jr. 1661
20 Good Morning Yasujirô Ozu 1885
21 Ride Lonesome Budd Boetticher 1915
22 Fires on the Plain Kon Ichikawa 2001
23 On the Beach Stanley Kramer 2239
24 Porgy and Bess Otto Preminger 2293
25 The Human Condition: No Greater Love Masaki Kobayashi 2304
26 The Diary of Anne Frank* George Stevens 2356
27 I'm All Right Jack John Boulting 2358

**—Won Academy Award for Best Picture.
*—Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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