Best Movies of 1955

1.

Lady and the Tramp

5.9

Lady, a golden cocker spaniel, meets up with a mongrel dog who calls himself the Tramp. He is obviously from the wrong side of town, but happenings at Lady's home make her decide to travel with him for a while.

Starring: Peggy Lee, Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Bill Thompson, Bill Baucom
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1955-06-16
2.

East of Eden

5.7

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

Starring: James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Richard Davalos, Jo Van Fleet
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1955-03-09
3.

The Night of the Hunter

5.7

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
Directed by: Charles Laughton
Release date: 1955-04-03
4.

Rebel Without a Cause

5.6

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
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1955-10-29
5.

Marty

5.5

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
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1955-04-11
6.

Bad Day at Black Rock

5.5

A stranger visits a tiny Western town determined to keep a horrible secret.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Walter Brennan, Ernest Borgnine
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1955-01-07
7.

The Ladykillers

5.4

A gang of five diverse oddball criminal types rent a two-room apartment in an old house on a London cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow with three pet parrots. The group's mastermind, Professor Marcus, tells her a cover story that they are members of an amateur string quintet and would like to use the rooms to hone their musical skills. In reality, they're plotting to rob an armored bank van and plan to use Mrs. Wilberforce's naiveté and her Victorian sensibilities to their advantage.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green
Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick
Release date: 1955-12-08
8.

To Catch a Thief

5.4

To prevent being accused of the crimes, an ex-burglar must catch a thief who’s been copying his style.

Starring: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1955-08-03
9.

Kiss Me Deadly

5.3

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
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1955-05-18
10.

The Trouble with Harry

5.2

Trouble erupts in a small, quiet New England town when a man's body is found in the woods. The problem is that almost everyone in town thinks that they had something to do with his death.

Starring: Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Mildred Natwick, Mildred Dunnock
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1955-10-03
11.

The Seven Year Itch

5.1

With his family away for their annual summer holiday, Richard Sherman decides he has the opportunity to live a bachelor's life. The beautiful but ditzy blonde from the apartment above catches his eye and they soon start spending time together - maybe a little too much time!

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1955-06-01
12.

The Court Jester

4.8

A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an usurper who has overthrown the rightful king of England.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker
Directed by: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Release date: 1955-12-24
13.

All That Heaven Allows

4.7

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
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1955-12-25
14.

Killer's Kiss

4.7

The film revolves around Davey Gordon (Jamie Smith), a 29 year old welterweight New York boxer in the end of his career, and his relationship with a dancer and her violent employer.

Starring: Frank Silvera, Jamie Smith, Irene Kane, Jerry Jarrett, Mike Dana
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1955-09-21
15.

Guys and Dolls

4.4

Gambler Nathan Detroit has few options for the location of his big craps game. Needing $1,000 to pay a garage owner to host the game, Nathan bets Sky Masterson that Sky cannot get virtuous Sarah Brown out on a date. Despite some resistance, Sky negotiates a date with her in exchange for bringing people into her mission. Meanwhile, Nathan's longtime fiancée, Adelaide, wants him to go legit and marry her.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine, Robert Keith
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1955-11-03
16.

Oklahoma!

4.3

This joyous celebration of frontier life combines tender romance and violent passion in the Oklahoma Territory of the 1900's, with a timeless score filled with unforgettable songs. Rodgers and Hammerstein's hit Broadway musical.

Starring: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood, Shirley Jones
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1955-10-10
17.

One Froggy Evening

4.2
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A workman finds a singing frog in the cornerstone of an old building being demolished. But when he tries to cash in on his discovery, he finds the frog will sing only for him, and just croak for the talent agent and the audience in the theater he's spent his life savings on.
Starring: Bill Roberts
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1955-12-30
18.

It's Always Fair Weather

3.9

Three World War II buddies promise to meet at a specified place and time 10 years after the war. They keep their word only to discover how far apart they've grown. But the reunion sparks memories of youthful dreams that haven't been fulfilled -- and slowly, the three men reevaluate their lives and try to find a way to renew their friendship.

Starring: Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Michael Kidd, Dolores Gray
Directed by: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Release date: 1955-02-09
19.

The Virgin Queen

3.9
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Sir Walter Raleigh overcomes court intrigue to win favor with the Queen in order to get financing for a proposed voyage to the New World.
Starring: Richard Todd, Bette Davis, Joan Collins, Jay Robinson, Herbert Marshall
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1955-07-22
20.

The Big Combo

3.9
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Police Lt. Leonard Diamond vies to bring a clever, well connected, and sadistic gangster to justice all the while obsessing over the gangsters' girlfriend.
Starring: Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Brian Donlevy, Richard Conte, Lee Van Cleef
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1955-02-15

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