Best Drama Movies of 1959

1.

Ben-Hur

6.5
8.1/10 IMDB

In 25 AD,Judah Ben-Hur, a Jew in ancient Judea, opposes the occupying Roman empire. Falsely accused by a Roman childhood friend-turned-overlord of trying to kill the Roman governor, he is put into slavery and his mother and sister are taken away as prisoners. Three years later and freed by a grateful Roman galley commander whom he has rescued from drowning, he becomes an expert charioteer for Rome, all the while plotting to return to Judea, find and rescue his family, and avenge himself on his former friend. All the while, the form and work of Jesus move in the background of his life...

Starring: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Frank Thring, Sam Jaffe, Ady Berber ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1959-11-18
2.

Rio Bravo

5.8
8.0/10 IMDB

The sheriff of a small town in southwest Texas must keep custody of a murderer whose brother, a powerful rancher, is trying to help him escape. After a friend is killed trying to muster support for him, he and his deputies - a disgraced drunk and a cantankerous old cripple - must find a way to hold out against the rancher's hired guns until the marshal arrives. In the meantime, matters are complicated by the presence of a young gunslinger - and a mysterious beauty who just came in on the last stagecoach.

Starring: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan, Angie Dickinson, Ward Bond, John Russell, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, Estelita Rodriguez, Claude Akins ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1959-03-17
3.

Anatomy of a Murder

5.8
8.0/10 IMDB

Semi-retired Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler takes the case of Army Lt. Manion, who murdered a local innkeeper after his wife claimed that he raped her. Over the course of an extensive trial, Biegler parries with District Attorney Lodwick and out-of-town prosecutor Claude Dancer to set his client free, but his case rests on the victim's mysterious business partner, who's hiding a dark secret.

Starring: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Kathryn Grant, George C. Scott, Orson Bean, Russ Brown, Murray Hamilton ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1959-07-01
4.

Imitation of Life

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

Lora Meredith, a white widow who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black single mother. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Susie, while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of motherhood: Lora's thirst for fame threatens her relationship with Susie, while Annie's light-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane, struggles with her African-American identity.

Starring: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda, Dan O'Herlihy, Juanita Moore, Karin Dicker, Terry Burnham, John Vivyan ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1959-10-02
5.

Suddenly, Last Summer

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge, Gary Raymond, Mavis Villiers, Patricia Marmont, Joan Young, Maria Britneva ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1959-12-22
6.

The Nun's Story

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft, Dean Jagger, Mildred Dunnock, Beatrice Straight, Patricia Collinge, Rosalie Crutchley, Ruth White ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1959-06-18
7.

The Diary of Anne Frank

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

The true, harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

Starring: Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters, Richard Beymer, Gusti Huber, Lou Jacobi, Diane Baker, Douglas Spencer, Dodie Heath, Ed Wynn ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1959-03-18
8.

On the Beach

4.9
7.1/10 IMDB

In 1964, atomic war wipes out humanity in the northern hemisphere; one American submarine finds temporary safe haven in Australia, where life-as-usual covers growing despair. In denial about the loss of his wife and children in the holocaust, American Captain Towers meets careworn but gorgeous Moira Davidson, who begins to fall for him. The sub returns after reconnaissance a month (or less) before the end; will Towers and Moira find comfort with each other?

Starring: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins, Donna Anderson, John Tate, Guy Doleman, John Meillon, Harp McGuire, Lola Brooks ..
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1959-12-16
9.

Last Train from Gun Hill

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for the rape and murder of his wife.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Earl Holliman, Carolyn Jones, Brad Dexter, Brian G. Hutton, Ziva Rodann, Bing Russell, Val Avery, Walter Sande ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1959-07-29
Best Drama Movies of 1959 : Where is Everybody?
10.

Where is Everybody?

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Mike Ferris finds himself alone in the small Oakwood town and without recollection about his name, where he is or who he is. Mike wanders through the town trying to find a living soul. The tension increases and Mike has a breakdown.

Starring: Earl Holliman, James Gregory, Paul Langton, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Robert Stevens
Release date: 1959-10-02
11.

The Young Philadelphians

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Up and coming young lawyer Anthony Lawrence faces several ethical and emotional dilemmas as he climbs the Philadelphia social ladder. His personal and professional skills are tested as he tries to balance the needs of his fiance Joan, the expectations of his colleagues and his own obligation to defend his friend Chester on a murder count.

Starring: Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Alexis Smith, Brian Keith, Diane Brewster, Billie Burke, John Williams, Robert Vaughn, Otto Kruger, Paul Picerni ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1959-05-21
12.

Tiger Bay

3.9
7.5/10 IMDB

In Tiger Bay, the docklands of Cardiff, rough-and-tumble street urchin Gillie witnesses the brutal killing of a young woman at the hands of visiting Polish sailor Korchinsky. Instead of reporting the crime to the authorities, Gillie merely pockets a prize for herself — Korchinsky's shiny black revolver — and flees the scene. When Detective Graham discovers that Gillie has the murder weapon, the fiery young girl weaves a web of lies to throw him off course.

Starring: John Mills, Horst Buchholz, Hayley Mills, Yvonne Mitchell, Megs Jenkins, Anthony Dawson, Marne Maitland, Kenneth Griffith, Meredith Edwards, Marianne Stone ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1959-03-01
13.

Room at the Top

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Simone Signoret, Laurence Harvey, Heather Sears, Donald Wolfit, Donald Houston, Hermione Baddeley, Beatrice Varley, Allan Cuthbertson, Raymond Huntley, John Westbrook ..
Directed by: Jack Clayton
Release date: 1959-01-22
Best Drama Movies of 1959 : Libel
14.

Libel

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

A California commercial pilot sees a telecast in London of an interview with Sir Mark Lodden at his home. The Canadian is convinced that the baronet is a fraud, and he is actually a look-alike actor named Frank Welney.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Olivia de Havilland, Paul Massie, Robert Morley, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Richard Wattis, Anthony Dawson, Millicent Martin, Robert Shaw, Kenneth Griffith ..
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1959-10-23
15.

Compulsion

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Two close friends kidnap and murder a young boy and are defended in court by a renowned attorney who makes an impassioned plea against capital punishment.

Starring: Orson Welles, Diane Varsi, Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman, E.G. Marshall, Martin Milner, Richard Anderson, Robert F. Simon, Robert Burton, Wilton Graff ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1959-04-01
Best Drama Movies of 1959 : Middle of the Night
16.

Middle of the Night

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Jerry Kingsley is a wealthy garment manufacturer left lonely in his 60s when his wife dies. Despite the difference in their ages, he strikes up a romance with divorced 24-year-old receptionist Betty. The relationship is dismissed by his daughter, Lillian, discouraged by his sister, Evelyn, and denounced by Betty's mother. But when Jerry begins to mention marriage, even Betty is forced to confront her ambivalence.

Starring: Fredric March, Kim Novak, Glenda Farrell, Albert Dekker, Martin Balsam, Lee Grant, Lee Phillips, Edith Meiser, Joan Copeland, Jan Norris ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1959-05-20
17.

Yesterday's Enemy

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Set during the Burma Campaign of World War 2, this is the story of courage and endurance of the soldiers struggling at close quarters against the enemy. The film examines the moral dilemmas ordinary men face during war, when the definitions of acceptable military action and insupportable brutality become blurred and distorted

Starring: Stanley Baker, Leo McKern, Guy Rolfe, Gordon Jackson, David Oxley, Richard Pasco, Bryan Forbes, Wolfe Morris, Philip Ahn, David Lodge ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1959-09-10
18.

Odds Against Tomorrow

3.7
7.4/10 IMDB

An old-time crook plans a heist. When one of his two partners is found out to be a black man tensions flare.

Starring: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Shelley Winters, Ed Begley, Gloria Grahame, Will Kuluva, Kim Hamilton, Mae Barnes, Richard Bright, Carmen De Lavallade ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1959-10-15
19.

The Five Pennies

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Dixieland cornetist Red Nichols runs into opposition to his sound, but breaks through to success. He marries a warm, patient woman and even finds time to raise a family. Then tragedy strikes when their daughter contracts polio.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Barbara Bel Geddes, Louis Armstrong, Harry Guardino, Bob Crosby, Bobby Troup, Susan Gordon, Tuesday Weld, Ray Anthony, Shelly Manne ..
Directed by: Melville Shavelson
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1959 : Sapphire
20.

Sapphire

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Two Scotland Yard detectives investigate the murder of a young woman of mixed race who had been passing for white. As they interview a spate of suspects -- including the girl's white boyfriend and his disapproving parents -- the investigators wade through a stubbornly entrenched sludge of racism and bigotry.

Starring: Nigel Patrick, Michael Craig, Yvonne Mitchell, Paul Massie, Bernard Miles, Olga Lindo, Earl Cameron, Gordon Heath, Barbara Steele, Peter Vaughan ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1959-11-02
21.

North West Frontier

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

In the rebellious northern frontier province of colonial India, British Army Captain Scott, a young prince and the boy's governess escape by an obsolete train as they are relentlessly pursued by Muslim rebels intent on assassinating the prince.

Starring: Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall, Herbert Lom, Wilfrid Hyde-White, I.S. Johar, Ursula Jeans, Eugene Deckers, Ian Hunter, Jack Gwillim, Govind Raja Ross ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1959-10-13
22.

Al Capone

3.7
6.7/10 IMDB

In this unusually accurate biography, small-time hood Al Capone comes to Chicago at the dawn of Prohibition to be the bodyguard of racketeer Johnny Torrio. Capone's rise in Chicago gangdom is followed through murder, extortion, and political fraud. He becomes head of Chicago's biggest "business," but moves inexorably toward his downfall and ignominious end.

Starring: Rod Steiger, Fay Spain, James Gregory, Martin Balsam, Nehemiah Persoff, Murvyn Vye, Robert Gist, Lewis Charles, Joe De Santis, Sandy Kenyon ..
Directed by: Richard Wilson
Release date: 1959-03-25
23.

Shake Hands with the Devil

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

In 1921 Dublin, the IRA battles the "Black & Tans," special British forces given to harsh measures. Irish-American medical student Kerry O'Shea hopes to stay aloof, but saving a wounded friend gets him outlawed, and inexorably drawn into the rebel organization...under his former professor Sean Lenihan, who has "shaken hands with the devil" and begun to think of fighting as an end in itself. Complications arise when Kerry falls for a beautiful English hostage, and the British offer a peace treaty that is not enough to satisfy Lenihan.

Starring: James Cagney, Don Murray, Dana Wynter, Glynis Johns, Michael Redgrave, Sybil Thorndike, Cyril Cusack, Marianne Benet, John Breslin, Harry Brogan ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1959-06-24
Best Drama Movies of 1959 : A Doll's House
24.

A Doll's House

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

A wealthy woman's attempts to help her financially troubled husband go unrewarded.

Starring: Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer, Hume Cronyn, Eileen Heckart, Jason Robards, Katharine Raht, Mildred Trares, Richard Thomas, Maggie King, Randy Gaynes ..
Directed by: George Schaefer
Release date: 1959-11-15
25.

The Scapegoat

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

An Englishman in France unwittingly is placed into the identity, and steps into the vacated life, of a look-alike French nobleman.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Bette Davis, Nicole Maurey, Irene Worth, Pamela Brown, Annabel Bartlett, Geoffrey Keen, Noel Howlett, Peter Bull, Leslie French ..
Directed by: Robert Hamer
Release date: 1959-08-06
26.

The Crimson Kimono

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A Los Angeles detective and his Japanese partner woo an artist while solving a stripper's murder.

Starring: Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta, Anna Lee, Paul Dubov, Jaclynne Greene, Neyle Morrow, Gloria Pall, Pat Silver, George Yoshinaga ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1959-10-21
27.

The Journey

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A Communist officer falls hard for a married woman trying to escape from Hungary.

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Jason Robards, Robert Morley, Anne Jackson, Ron Howard, Flip Mark, Kurt Kasznar, David Kossoff, Gérard Oury ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1959-02-11
28.

Look Back in Anger

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure, Edith Evans, Gary Raymond, Glen Byam Shaw, Phyllis Neilson-Terry, Donald Pleasence, George Devine, Nigel Davenport ..
Directed by: Tony Richardson
Release date: 1959-09-15
Best Drama Movies of 1959 : Porgy and Bess
29.

Porgy and Bess

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Set in the early 1900s in the fictional Catfish Row section of Charleston, South Carolina, which serves as home to a black fishing community, the story focuses on the titular characters, crippled beggar Porgy, who travels about in a goat-drawn cart, and the drug-addicted Bess, who lives with stevedore Crown, the local bully.

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey, Brock Peters, Diahann Carroll, Leslie Scott, Ruth Attaway, Claude Akins, Clarence Muse ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1959-06-24
30.

The Devil's Disciple

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

In a small New England town during the American War of Independence, Dick Dudgeon, a revolutionary American Puritan, is mistaken for local minister Rev. Anthony Anderson and arrested by the British. Dick discovers himself incapable of accusing another human to suffer and continues to masquerade as the reverend.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Janette Scott, Eva Le Gallienne, Harry Andrews, Basil Sydney, George Rose, Neil McCallum, Mervyn Johns ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1959-08-20
31.

Pork Chop Hill

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Korean War, April 1953. Lieutenant Clemons, leader of the King company of the United States Infantry, is ordered to recapture Pork Chop Hill, occupied by a powerful Chinese Army force, while, just seventy miles away, at nearby the village of Panmunjom, a tense cease-fire conference is celebrated.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, George Peppard, James Edwards, Bob Steele, Carl Benton Reid, Woody Strode, George Shibata, Norman Fell ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1959-05-29
32.

A Summer Place

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples.

Starring: Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee, Arthur Kennedy, Troy Donahue, Beulah Bondi, Constance Ford, Bonnie Franklin, Eleanor Audley, Roberta Shore ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1959-11-18
33.

The World, the Flesh and the Devil

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Ralph Burton is a miner who is trapped for several days as a result of a cave-in. When he finally manages to dig himself out, he realizes that all of mankind seems to have been destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. He travels to New York City only to find it deserted. Making a life for himself there, he is flabbergasted to eventually find Sarah Crandall, who also managed to survive. Together, they form a close friendship until the arrival of Benson Thacker who has managed to pilot his small boat into the city's harbor. At this point, tensions rise between the three, particularly between Thacker, who is white, and Burton, who is black.

Starring: Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens, Mel Ferrer ..
Directed by: Ranald MacDougall
Release date: 1959-05-01
34.

The Best of Everything

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd, Suzy Parker, Martha Hyer, Louis Jourdan, Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Robert Evans, Brian Aherne, Brett Halsey ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1959-10-09
Best Drama Movies of 1959 : Virgin Soil Upturned
35.

Virgin Soil Upturned

3.4
7.6/10 IMDB

The movie is based on the the same name novel of the Nobel Prize In Literature Winner Mikhail Sholokhov. The action is taken place in 20-30-s years of the XX century in the Russian countryside going through an uneasy process of collectivization.

Starring: Yevgeni Matveyev, Lyudmila Khityaeva, Andrei Abrikosov, Pyotr Glebov, Leonid Kmit, Pyotr Chernov, Nikolay Volkov, Vladimir Volchik, Nikolai Yudin, Vladislav Kovalkov ..
Directed by: Aleksandr Ivanov
Release date: 1959-06-06
Best Drama Movies of 1959 : Kidnapped
36.

Kidnapped

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Kidnapped and cheated out of his inheritance, young David Balfour falls in with a Jacobite adventurer, Alan Breck Stewart. Falsely accused of murder, they must flee across the Highlands, evading the redcoats.

Starring: Peter Finch, James MacArthur, Bernard Lee, John Laurie, Niall MacGinnis, Finlay Currie, Miles Malleson, Duncan Macrae, Andrew Cruickshank, Peter O'Toole ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1959-12-07
37.

The Wreck of the Mary Deare

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A disgraced merchant marine officer elects to stay aboard his sinking cargo ship in order to prove the vessel was deliberately scuttled and, as a result, vindicate his good name.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave, Virginia McKenna, Richard Harris, Emlyn Williams, Alexander Knox, Cecil Parker, Ben Wright, Peter Illing ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1959-11-17
38.

The FBI Story

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

A dedicated FBI agent recalls the agency's battles against the Klan, organized crime and Communist spies.

Starring: James Stewart, Vera Miles, Murray Hamilton, Larry Pennell, Nick Adams, Diane Jergens, Jean Willes, Joyce Taylor, Victor Millan, Parley Baer ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1959-10-01
Best Drama Movies of 1959 : Lonelyhearts
39.

Lonelyhearts

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Eager to land a journalistic position, Adam White goes to work as an advice-giving newspaper columnist. His editor, Shrike, takes pleasure in browbeating his alcoholic wife Florence for her past adultery, and assigning his employees journalistic jobs for which they have little aptitude or interest. Shrike goads Adam into meeting one of his correspondents, Fay Doyle, a teary, self-pitying woman who makes a play for him. Adam is torn between his loyalty to the newspaper and his girl Justy.

Starring: Montgomery Clift, Myrna Loy, Robert Ryan, Dolores Hart, Maureen Stapleton, Jackie Coogan, Mike Kellin, Onslow Stevens, Frank Maxwell, Frank Overton ..
Directed by: Vincent J. Donehue
Release date: 1959-03-04
40.

City of Fear

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

An escaped convict gets a hold of some radioactive material after his escape. Authorities desperately try to find the man that unknowingly is threating the lives of everyone in the city.

Starring: Vince Edwards, Lyle Talbot, John Archer, Steven Ritch, Patricia Blair, Kelly Thordsen, Joseph Mell, Sherwood Price, Kathie Browne ..
Directed by: Irving Lerner
Release date: 1959-02-01
41.

Beloved Infidel

3.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Toward the end of his life F. Scott Fitzgerald is writing for Hollywood studios to be able to afford the cost of an asylum for his wife. He is also struggling against alcoholism. Into his life comes the famous gossip columnist.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Deborah Kerr, Eddie Albert, Philip Ober, Herbert Rudley, Karin Booth, Ken Scott, Jonathan Hole, Frank Gerstle, Bess Flowers ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1959-11-17
42.

The 39 Steps

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

In London, a diplomat accidentally becomes involved in the death of a British agent who's after a spy ring that covets British military secrets.

Starring: Kenneth More, Taina Elg, James Hayter, Barry Jones, Barbara Steele, Brenda De Banzie, Faith Brook, Joan Hickson, Sid James, Leslie Dwyer ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1959-03-13
43.

Ten Seconds to Hell

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

Two rivals (Jeff Chandler, Jack Palance) from a German bomb squad are left to deactivate duds in postwar Berlin.

Starring: Jack Palance, Jeff Chandler, Martine Carol, Robert Cornthwaite, Dave Willock, Wesley Addy, James Goodwin, Virginia Baker, Richard Wattis, Nancy Lee ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1959-06-16
44.

The Gene Krupa Story

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

The story of legendary jazz drummer, Gene Krupa. Since his youth, all Gene ever wanted to do is play the drums and make music. This is something his parents would not approve of- they want him to be a priest. When Gene's father dies he promises to enter the priesthood. He soon realizes that he doesn't belong there and leaves to join his friend, Eddie's band. Ethel, Eddie's girlfriend, convinces Gene to go to New York and make it big. The 3 of them head to New York. Here Ethel and Gene soon fall in love and Gene makes a name for himself. Gene starts to live in the fast lane, with drugs, alcohol, women and parties. Ethel, unhappy with Gene's lifestyle, leaves him. Gene soon "hits rock bottom" where he has to face reality and choose where to take his life.

Starring: Sal Mineo, Susan Kohner, James Darren, Susan Oliver, Yvonne Craig, Lawrence Dobkin, Celia Lovsky, Red Nichols, Bobby Troup, Anita O'Day ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1959-12-01
45.

Up Periscope

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Lieutenant Braden discovers that Sally, the woman he's been falling in love with, has actually been checking out his qualifications to be a U.S. Navy frogman. He must put his personal life behind him after being assigned to be smuggled into a Japanese-held island via submarine to photograph radio codes.

Starring: James Garner, Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin, Alan Hale Jr., Edd Byrnes, Clifford Kawada, Carleton Carpenter, Richard Bakalyan, William Leslie, Frank Gifford ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1959-03-04
Best Drama Movies of 1959 : Life in Danger
46.

Life in Danger

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

Panic and fear overtake a small British farming community after a homicidal child-killer escapes from a local mental hospital.

Starring: Derren Nesbitt, Julie Hopkins, Howard Marion-Crawford, Victor Brooks, Jack Allen, Christopher Witty, Carmel McSharry, Mary Manson, Bruce Seton, Celia Hewitt ..
Directed by: Terry Bishop
Release date: 1959-01-30
Best Drama Movies of 1959 : Never Steal Anything Small
47.

Never Steal Anything Small

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

Director Charles Lederer's 1959 musical stars James Cagney as an unscrupulous longshoreman who'll resort to every dirty trick in the book to win his union's presidency.

Starring: James Cagney, Shirley Jones, Roger Smith, Cara Williams, Nehemiah Persoff, Royal Dano, Anthony Caruso, Horace McMahon, Jack Albertson, Robert J. Wilke ..
Directed by: Charles Lederer
Release date: 1959-02-11
Best Drama Movies of 1959 : Refuge England
48.

Refuge England

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

Short drama-documentary showing the first day in England of a Hungarian refugee.

Starring: Tibor Molnár ..
Directed by: Robert Vas
Release date: 1959-03-18
Best Drama Movies of 1959 : Career
49.

Career

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Playwright James Lee adapted his off-Broadway play for the screen in this high-strung adaptation, directed by Joseph Anthony. In this simplistic, backroom show-business-success saga, Anthony Franciosa plays Sam, a struggling young actor who will forsake his family and take any type of menial job in order to become a Broadway star. Dean Martin is on hand as Maury, an aspiring director also trying to claw his way up the ladder of success. When Maury gets his big break, Sam wants a part in his show, but when Maury, who is unwilling to cast Sam in the production, turns down Sam's request, Sam seduces and marries Maury's girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine). In spite of everything, Maury wants his girl back, and Sam agrees to a divorce on the stipulation that Maury cast him as the star in his next show. Once again, Maury reneges and, before Sam can exact his revenge, Uncle Sam comes to the rescue and he is drafted into the army.

Starring: Dean Martin, Anthony Franciosa, Shirley MacLaine, Carolyn Jones, Joan Blackman, Robert Middleton, Donna Douglas, Jerry Paris, Frank McHugh, Chuck Wassil ..
Directed by: Joseph Anthony
Release date: 1959-10-08
50.

Never So Few

3.0
5.9/10 IMDB

A U.S. military troop takes command of a band of Burmese guerillas during World War II.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Peter Lawford, Paul Henreid, Brian Donlevy, Kipp Hamilton, Dean Jones, Robert Bray ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1959-12-07

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