Best Drama Movies of 1955

1.

The Night of the Hunter

6.4
8.0/10 IMDB

In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Billy Chapin, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Sally Jane Bruce, Evelyn Varden, Don Beddoe, Gloria Castillo, Peter Graves ..
Directed by: Charles Laughton
Release date: 1955-08-26
2.

Rebel Without a Cause

6.3
7.7/10 IMDB

After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato, and falls for local girl Judy. However, Judy is the girlfriend of neighborhood tough, Buzz. When Buzz violently confronts Jim and challenges him to a drag race, the new kid's real troubles begin.

Starring: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Ann Doran, Jim Backus, Corey Allen, William Hopper, Rochelle Hudson, Dennis Hopper, Edward Platt ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1955-10-29
3.

East of Eden

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

In the Salinas Valley in and around World War I, Cal Trask feels he must compete against overwhelming odds with his brother for the love of their father. Cal is frustrated at every turn, from his reaction to the war, how to get ahead in business and in life, and how to relate to his estranged mother.

Starring: James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Richard Davalos, Jo Van Fleet, Burl Ives, Albert Dekker, Lois Smith, Harold Gordon, Nick Dennis ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1955-03-09
4.

Marty

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

Marty, a butcher who lives in the Bronx with his mother is unmarried at 34. Good-natured but socially awkward he faces constant badgering from family and friends to get married but has reluctantly resigned himself to bachelorhood. Marty meets Clara, an unattractive school teacher, realising their emotional connection, he promises to call but family and friends try to convince him not to.

Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Joe Mantell, Karen Steele, Jerry Paris, James Bell, John Beradino, Charles Cane ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1955-04-11
5.

Bad Day at Black Rock

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

One-armed war veteran John J. Macreedy steps off a train at the sleepy little town of Black Rock. Once there, he begins to unravel a web of lies, secrecy, and murder.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Walter Brennan, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Dean Jagger, John Ericson, Russell Collins, Walter Sande ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1955-01-13
6.

Kiss Me Deadly

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

One evening, Hammer gives a ride to Christina, an attractive hitchhiker on a lonely country road, who has escaped from the nearby lunatic asylum. Thugs waylay them and force his car to crash. When Hammer returns to semi-consciousness, he hears Christina being tortured until she dies. Hammer, both for vengeance and in hopes that "something big" is behind it all, decides to pursue the case.

Starring: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernández, Wesley Addy, Marian Carr, Maxine Cooper, Cloris Leachman, Gaby Rodgers, Nick Dennis ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1955-04-28
7.

To Catch a Thief

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

An ex-thief is accused of enacting a new crime spree, so to clear his name he sets off to catch the new thief, who’s imitating his signature style.

Starring: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel, Brigitte Auber, Jean Martinelli, Georgette Anys, René Blancard, William 'Wee Willie' Davis ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1955-08-03
8.

All That Heaven Allows

5.3
7.6/10 IMDB

Two different social classes collide when Cary Scott, a wealthy upper-class widow, falls in love with her much younger and down-to-earth gardener, prompting disapproval and criticism from her children and country club friends.

Starring: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Conrad Nagel, Virginia Grey, Gloria Talbott, William Reynolds, Charles Drake, Hayden Rorke, Jacqueline deWit ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1955-12-25
9.

The Man with the Golden Arm

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

A junkie must face his true self to kick his drug addiction.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker, Arnold Stang, Darren McGavin, Robert Strauss, John Conte, Doro Merande, George E. Stone, George Mathews ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1955-12-26
10.

Mister Roberts

5.3
7.7/10 IMDB

Mr. Roberts is as an officer who's yearning for battle but is stuck in the backwaters of World War II on a non-commissioned Navy ship run by the bullying Captain Morton.

Starring: Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon, Betsy Palmer, Ward Bond, Philip Carey, Nick Adams, Perry Lopez, Ken Curtis ..
Directed by: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy, Joshua Logan
Release date: 1955-07-10

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