Best Romance Movies of 1959

1.

Some Like It Hot

6.7
8.2/10 IMDB

Two musicians witness a mob hit and struggle to find a way out of the city before they are found by the gangsters. Their only opportunity is to join an all-girl band as they leave on a tour. To make their getaway they must first disguise themselves as women, then keep their identities secret and deal with the problems this brings - such as an attractive bandmate and a very determined suitor.

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O’Brien, Joe E. Brown, Nehemiah Persoff, Joan Shawlee, Billy Gray, George E. Stone ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1959-03-19
2.

Sleeping Beauty

5.8
7.2/10 IMDB

A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is destined by a terrible curse to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Determined to protect her, her parents ask three fairies to raise her in hiding. But the evil Maleficent is just as determined to seal the princess's fate.

Starring: Mary Costa, Bill Shirley, Eleanor Audley, Verna Felton, Barbara Luddy, Barbara Jo Allen, Taylor Holmes, Bill Thompson, Billy Bletcher, Marvin Miller ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman, Les Clark, Eric Larson
Release date: 1959-02-17
3.

Imitation of Life

5.5
7.9/10 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
4.

Pillow Talk

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

A man and woman share a telephone line and despise each other, but then he has fun by romancing her with his voice disguised.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter, Nick Adams, Marcel Dalio, Julia Meade, Allen Jenkins, Marcel Dalio, Lee Patrick ..
Directed by: Michael Gordon
Release date: 1959-10-07
5.

Operation Petticoat

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

A World War II submarine commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit sub, a con-man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.

Starring: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill, Gene Evans, Dick Sargent, Virginia Gregg, Robert F. Simon, Robert Gist, Gavin MacLeod ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1959-12-05
6.

On the Beach

5.0
7.2/10 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
7.

Shadows

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

John Cassavetes’s directorial debut revolves around a romance in New York City between Lelia, a light- skinned black woman, and Tony, a white man. The relationship is put in jeopardy when Tony meets Lelia’s darker-skinned jazz singer brother, Hugh, and discovers that her racial heritage is not what he thought it was. Shot on location in Manhattan with a mostly nonprofessional cast and crew, Shadows is a penetrating work that is widely considered the forerunner of the American independent film movement.

Starring: Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni, Hugh Hurd, Anthony Ray, Dennis Sallas, Tom Reese, David Pokitillow, Rupert Crosse, Seymour Cassel, Gena Rowlands ..
Directed by: John Cassavetes
Release date: 1959-11-11
8.

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
Best Romance Movies of 1959 : Room at the Top
9.

Room at the Top

3.8
7.5/10 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 Romance Movies of 1959 : Porgy and Bess
10.

Porgy and Bess

3.6
7.1/10 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

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