Best Movies of 1957

1.

12 Angry Men

7.1

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1957-03-25
2.

Witness for the Prosecution

6.1

When Leonard Vole is arrested for the sensational murder of a rich, middle-aged widow, the famous Sir Wilfrid Robarts agrees to appear on his behalf. Sir Wilfrid, recovering from a near-fatal heart attack, is supposed to be on a diet of bland, civil suits—but the lure of the criminal courts is too much for him, especially when the case is so difficult.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1957-12-17
3.

Paths of Glory

6.0

During World War I, commanding officer General Broulard orders his subordinate, General Mireau, to attack a German trench position, offering a promotion as an incentive. Though the mission is foolhardy to the point of suicide, Mireau commands his own subordinate, Colonel Dax, to plan the attack. When it ends in disaster, General Mireau demands the court-martial of three random soldiers in order to save face.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1957-09-18
4.

The Bridge on the River Kwai

5.9

The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.

Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1957-10-02
5.

Sweet Smell of Success

5.7

New York City newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker holds considerable sway over public opinion with his Broadway column, but one thing that he can't control is his younger sister, Susan, who is in a relationship with aspiring jazz guitarist Steve Dallas. Hunsecker strongly disproves of the romance and recruits publicist Sidney Falco to find a way to split the couple, no matter how ruthless the method.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, Sam Levene
Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick
Release date: 1957-06-27
6.

The Incredible Shrinking Man

5.4

While on a boating trip, Scott Carey is exposed to a radioactive cloud. Nothing seems amiss at first, but several months later Scott realizes that he's shrunk in height by several inches. He sees a doctor, who admits that he's baffled. As Scott continues to shrink, decreasing to three feet tall, he becomes bitter, and lashes out at his wife, Louise. He begins to fear a cure will never be found -- since even as he becomes a national sensation, he's still shrinking.

Starring: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton, Raymond Bailey
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1957-02-22
7.

3:10 to Yuma

5.3

Dave Evans, a small time farmer, is hired to escort Ben Wade, a dangerous outlaw, to Yuma. As Evans and Wade wait for the 3:10 train to Yuma, Wade's gang is racing to free him.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana, Henry Jones
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1957-08-07
8.

Old Yeller

5.2

Young Travis Coates is left to take care of the family ranch with his mother and younger brother while his father goes off on a cattle drive in the 1860s. When a yellow mongrel comes for an uninvited stay with the family, Travis reluctantly adopts the dog.

Starring: Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Jeff York
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1957-12-25
9.

Funny Face

5.1

A shy Greenwich Village book clerk is discovered by a fashion photographer and whisked off to Paris where she becomes a reluctant model.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair, Robert Flemyng
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1957-02-13
10.

A Face in the Crowd

4.9

"A Face in the Crowd" charts the rise of a raucous hayseed named Lonesome Rhodes from itinerant Ozark guitar picker to local media rabble-rouser to TV superstar and political king-maker. Marcia Jeffries is the innocent Sarah Lawrence girl who discovers the great man in a back-country jail and is the first to fall under his spell.

Starring: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick, Anthony Franciosa
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1957-10-17
11.

Night of the Demon

4.6

American professor John Holden arrives in London for a conference on parapsychology only to discover that the colleague he was supposed to meet was killed in a freak accident the day before. It turns out that the deceased had been investigating a cult lead by Dr. Julian Karswell. Though a skeptic, Holden is suspicious of the devil-worshiping Karswell. Following a trail of mysterious manuscripts, Holden enters a world that makes him question his faith in science.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Athene Seyler, Liam Redmond
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1957-12-17
12.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

4.6

Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Jo Van Fleet, John Ireland
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1957-05-30
13.

Love in the Afternoon

4.5

Lovestruck conservatory student Ariane pretends to be just as much a cosmopolitan lover as the worldly mature Frank Flannagan hoping that l’amour will take hold.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, John McGiver, Van Doude
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1957-06-30
14.

What's Opera, Doc?

4.1
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Bugs is in drag as the Valkyrie Brunhilde who sits on an overwieght horse. "She" is pursued by Elmer playing the demigod "Siegfried".
Starring: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1957-07-06
15.

Abandon Ship

4.1

Ship's officer finds himself in command of a lifeboat full of survivors of a sunken luxury liner.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Mai Zetterling, Lloyd Nolan, Stephen Boyd, Moira Lister
Directed by: Richard Sale
Release date: 1957-04-17
16.

The Enemy Below

3.9

The American destroyer escort, the USS Haynes commanded by Robert Mitchum, detects a German U-Boat, commanded by Curt Jürgens, resulting in a prolonged, deadly battle of wits.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Curd Jürgens, David Hedison, Theodore Bikel, Russell Collins
Directed by: Dick Powell
Release date: 1957-12-25
17.

Birds Anonymous

3.9
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In this spoof of Alcoholics Anonymous, pussy cats are cast as bird-eating addicts and go through the 12-step process to deal with their addiction. Sylvester, who could never quite get the best of the object of his desire, Tweety Bird, joins and resolves to quit chasing and eating the canary.
Starring: Mel Blanc
Directed by: Friz Freleng
Release date: 1957-08-10
18.

Ali Baba Bunny

3.9
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Bugs and Daffy get lost on the way to Pismo Beach, and find a cave full of treasure in the Arabian Desert, guarded by Hassan.
Starring: Mel Blanc
Directed by: Chuck Jones
Release date: 1957-02-09
19.

The Tall T

3.9

Having lost his horse in a bet, Pat Brennan hitches a ride with a stagecoach carrying newlyweds, Willard and Doretta Mims. At the next station the coach and its passengers fall into the hands of a trio of outlaws headed by a man named Usher. When Usher learns that Doretta is the daughter of a rich copper-mine owner, he decides to hold her for ransom. Tension builds over the next 24 hours as Usher awaits a response to his demands and as a romantic attachment grows between Brennan and Doretta.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Sullivan, Arthur Hunnicutt, Skip Homeier
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1957-04-02
20.

The Joker Is Wild

3.8

Frank Sinatra stars in director Charles Vidor's 1957 film biography of nightclub entertainer Joe E. Lewis. The cast also includes Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanne Crain, Eddie Albert, Beverly Garland, Jackie Coogan, Harold Huber, Barry Kelley, Ted de Corsia, Ned Glass, Mary Treen and Sid Melton.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanne Crain, Eddie Albert, Beverly Garland
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1957-09-26

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