Best Drama Movies of 1956

1.

The Ten Commandments

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

Escaping death, a Hebrew infant is raised in a royal household to become a prince. Upon discovery of his true heritage, Moses embarks on a personal quest to reclaim his destiny as the leader and liberator of the Hebrew people.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1956-10-05
2.

Giant

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1956-10-10
3.

The King and I

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

Widowed Welsh mother Anna Loenowens becomes a governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam. Anna and the King have a clash of personalities as she works to teach the royal family about the English language, customs and etiquette, and rushes to prepare a party for a group of European diplomats who must change their opinions about the King.

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Terry Saunders, Rex Thompson, Carlos Rivas, Patrick Adiarte, Alan Mowbray, Geoffrey Toone ..
Directed by: Walter Lang
Release date: 1956-06-29
4.

The Bad Seed

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

Air Force Colonel Kenneth Penmark and his wife, Christine, dote on their daughter, Rhoda -- as does their lonely landlady, Monica Breedlove. But self-centered Rhoda has a secret tendency for selfishness and loves to accumulate gifts, whether given or stolen, in her room. Christine keeps her knowledge of her daughter's darker side to herself, but when a schoolmate of Rhoda's dies mysteriously, her self-deception unravels.

Starring: Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart, Henry Jones, Nancy Kelly, Evelyn Varden, William Hopper, Paul Fix, Jesse White, Gage Clarke, Joan Croydon ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1956-09-12
5.

The Wrong Man

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

True story of an innocent man mistaken for a criminal.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle, Harold J. Stone, Charles Cooper, John Heldabrand, Esther Minciotti, Doreen Lang, Laurinda Barrett, Norma Connolly ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1956-12-22
6.

Moby Dick

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

In 1841, young Ishmael signs up for service abroad the Pequod, a whaler sailing out of New Bedford. The ship is under the command of Captain Ahab, a strict disciplinarian who exhorts his men to find Moby Dick, the great white whale. Ahab lost his his leg to that creature and is desperate for revenge. As the crew soon learns, he will stop at nothing to gain satisfaction.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn, James Robertson Justice, Harry Andrews, Bernard Miles, Friedrich von Ledebur, Mervyn Johns, Orson Welles, John Huston ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1956-06-27
7.

Bus Stop

4.6
6.5/10 IMDB

Cowboys Beauregard Decker and Virgil Blessing attend a rodeo in Phoenix, where Decker falls in love with beautiful cafe singer Cherie. He wants to take Cherie back to his native Montana and marry her, but she dreams of traveling to Hollywood and becoming famous. When she resists his advances, Decker forces Cherie onto the bus back to Montana with him, but, when the bus makes an unscheduled stop due to bad weather, the tables are turned.

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Robert Bray, Hope Lange, Hans Conried, Max Showalter, Cheerio Meredith ..
Directed by: Joshua Logan
Release date: 1956-08-31
8.

High Society

4.4
7.0/10 IMDB

Childhood friends Tracy Lord and C.K. Dexter Haven got married and quickly divorced. Now Tracy is about to marry again, this time to a shrewd social-climbing businessman. Bing still loves her. Spy magazine blackmails Grace's family by threatening to reveal her playboy father's exploits if not allowed to cover the wedding.

Starring: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm, John Lund, Louis Calhern, Sidney Blackmer, Louis Armstrong, Margalo Gillmore, Lydia Reed ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1956-07-17
9.

War and Peace

4.3
6.8/10 IMDB

Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman, Herbert Lom, Oskar Homolka, Anita Ekberg, Barry Jones, May Britt, Jeremy Brett ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1956-08-21
10.

Somebody Up There Likes Me

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

The true story of boxer Rocky Graziano's rise from juvenile delinquent to world champ.

Starring: Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart, Sal Mineo, Harold J. Stone, Arch Johnson, Joseph Buloff, Sammy White, Steve McQueen ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1956-07-03

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