Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959


On the Beach

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

The Tingler

6.6/10 IMDB

After much hard work, a pathologist discovers and captures a creature that lives in every vertebrate and grows when fear grips its host. "Scream for your lives!"

Starring: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts, Philip Coolidge, Pamela Lincoln, William Castle, Bob Gunderson, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1959-07-29

Return of the Fly

5.7/10 IMDB

Fifteen years after his father's experiments with matter transmission fail, Philippe Delambre and his uncle François attempt to create a matter transmission device on their own. However, their experiments have disastrous results, turning Philippe into a horrible half-man, half-fly creature.

Starring: Vincent Price, Brett Halsey, John Sutton, David Frankham, Dan Seymour, Danielle De Metz, Jack Daly, Janine Grandel, Richard Flato, Gregg Martell ..
Directed by: Edward Bernds
Release date: 1959-07-01

The World, the Flesh and the Devil

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

The Man Who Could Cheat Death

6.3/10 IMDB

Dr. Bonner plans to live forever through periodic gland transplants from younger, healthier human victims. Bonner looks about 40; he's really 104 years old. But people are starting to get suspicious, and he may not make 200.

Starring: Anton Diffring, Hazel Court, Christopher Lee, Arnold Marlé, Delphi Lawrence, Francis de Wolff, Gerda Larsen, Middleton Woods, Michael Ripper, Denis Shaw ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1959-06-15

The Giant Behemoth

5.7/10 IMDB

Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur which threatens London.

Starring: Gene Evans, André Morell, John Turner, Leigh Madison, Jack MacGowran, Alastair Hunter, Maurice Kaufmann, Patrick Jordan, Howard Lang, Lloyd Lamble ..
Directed by: Douglas Hickox, Eugène Lourié
Release date: 1959-03-03

4D Man

5.8/10 IMDB

Two brothers, scientists Scott and Tony Nelson, develop an amplifier which enables a person to enter a 4th dimensional state, allowing him to pass through any object. Scott experiments on himself and discovers that each time he passes through something he ages rapidly. He begins killing people, sucking out their life energies and regaining his youth as a result.

Starring: Robert Lansing, Lee Meriwether, James Congdon, Robert Strauss, Edgar Stehli, Patty Duke, Guy Raymond, Chic James, Dean Newman, Elbert Smith ..
Directed by: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
Release date: 1959-10-07

The Alligator People

5.5/10 IMDB

Under therapeutic hypnosis, a seemingly well-adjusted young woman tells a fantastic story, verified by lie detector, of her forgotten marriage to a man who disappeared on the day of their honeymoon, and of her search for him which takes her to a lonely mansion in a remote section of swampland tenanted by snakes, alligators, a drunken one-armed lout, a mysterious doctor, and a cold-hearted elderly woman who lives alone in a brooding manse.

Starring: Beverly Garland, George Macready, Frieda Inescort, Richard Crane, Lon Chaney Jr., Bruce Bennett, Douglas Kennedy, Vince Townsend Jr., Ruby Goodwin, Bill Bradley ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1959-07-16

Plan 9 from Outer Space

3.9/10 IMDB

In California, an old man grieves the loss of his wife and on the next day he also dies. However, the space soldier Eros and her mate Tanna use an electric device to resurrect them both and the strong Inspector Clay that was murdered by the couple. Their intention is not to conquest Earth but to stop mankind from developing the powerful bomb “Solobonite” that would threaten the universe. When the population of Hollywood and Washington DC sees flying saucers on the sky, a colonel, a police lieutenant, a commercial pilot, his wife and a policeman try to stop the aliens.

Starring: Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore, Tom Keene, Carl Anthony, Paul Marco, Tor Johnson, Dudley Manlove, Joanna Lee, John Breckinridge ..
Directed by: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Release date: 1959-07-22

The Angry Red Planet

5.2/10 IMDB

The first manned flight to Mars returns after having been out of communications since it had arrived on Mars. What would it reveal?

Starring: Gerald Mohr, Naura Hayden, Les Tremayne, Jack Kruschen, Paul Hahn, J. Edward McKinley, Tom Daly, Don Lamond, Edward Innes, Gordon Barnes ..
Directed by: Ib Melchior
Release date: 1959-11-23

The Atomic Submarine

5.1/10 IMDB

Ships disappear on route across the Arctic Sea, and a special submarine is sent to investigate.

Starring: Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Brett Halsey, Tom Conway, Paul Dubov, Bob Steele, Victor Varconi, Joi Lansing, Selmer Jackson, Jack Mulhall ..
Directed by: Spencer Gordon Bennet
Release date: 1959-11-29

First Man into Space

5.4/10 IMDB

The first pilot to leave Earth's atmosphere lands, then vanishes; but something with a craving for blood prowls the countryside...

Starring: Marshall Thompson, Marla Landi, Bill Edwards, Robert Ayres, Bill Nagy, Carl Jaffe, Roger Delgado, John McLaren, Spencer Teakle, Chuck Keyser ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1959-02-27

The Manster

5.3/10 IMDB

A reporter is sent to interview a scientist working in his mountain laboratory.

Starring: Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton, Tetsu Nakamura, Terri Zimmern, Norman Van Hawley, Jerry Itô, Toyoko Takechi, Alan Tarlton, Fujie Satsuki ..
Directed by: George P. Breakston, Kenneth G. Crane
Release date: 1959-07-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : And When the Sky Was Opened

And When the Sky Was Opened

8.4/10 IMDB

Three astronauts have returned from this first space flight. Major Gart is hospitalized with a broken leg. The other two, Colonels Harrington and Forbes head for a bar. Harrington gets a strange feeling.

Starring: Rod Taylor, Charles Aidman, Jim Hutton, Maxine Cooper, Sue Randall, Paul Bryar, Joe Bassett, Gloria Pall, Elizabeth Fielding ..
Directed by: Douglas Heyes
Release date: 1959-12-11

Invisible Invaders

5.0/10 IMDB

Aliens, contacting scientist Adam Penner, inform him that they have been on the moon for twenty thousand years, undetected due to their invisibility, and have now decided to annihilate humanity unless all the nations of earth surrender immediately. Sequestered in an impregnable laboratory trying to find the aliens' weakness, Penner, his daughter, a no-nonsense army major and a squeamish scientist are attacked from outside by the aliens, who have occupied the bodies of the recently deceased.

Starring: John Agar, Jean Byron, Philip Tonge, Robert Hutton, John Carradine, Hal Torey, Paul Langton, Eden Hartford, Jack Kenney, John Roy ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1959-05-15
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : The Lonely

The Lonely

8.1/10 IMDB

A man stranded on an asteroid after being convicted of a crime, receives a present of a robot who looks and sounds like a real woman.

Starring: Jack Warden, John Dehner, Jean Marsh, Ted Knight, James Turley ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1959-11-13
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : Where Is Everybody?

Where Is Everybody?

7.9/10 IMDB

In the first episode of The Twilight Zone, a man finds himself totally alone in a small town. His panic escalates into terror as he desperately looks for an explanation.

Starring: Earl Holliman, James Gregory, Garry Walberg, Paul Langton, James McCallion, John Conwell, Jay Overholts, Carter Mullally Jr., Jim Johnson, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Robert Stevens
Release date: 1959-10-02

The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock

5.4/10 IMDB

In one of his rare performances without Bud Abbott, Lou Costello plays a delivery boy who invents a machine which turns his girlfriend into a giantess.

Starring: Lou Costello, Dorothy Provine, Gale Gordon, Jimmy Conlin, Charles Lane, Robert Burton, Will Wright, Lenny Kent, Ruth Perrott, Peter Leeds ..
Directed by: Sidney Miller
Release date: 1959-08-06

The Wasp Woman

4.8/10 IMDB

The head of a major cosmetics company experiments on herself with a youth formula made from royal jelly extracted from wasps, but the formula's side effects have deadly consequences.

Starring: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Michael Mark, Barboura Morris, William Roerick, Frank Gerstle, Bruno VeSota, Roy Gordon, Carolyn Hughes, Lynn Cartwright ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1959-10-30

The Killer Shrews

4.1/10 IMDB

Trapped on a remote island by a hurricane, a group discover a doctor has been experimenting on creating half sized humans. Unfortunately, his experiments have also created giant shrews, who when they have run out of small animals to eat, turn on the humans....

Starring: James Best, Ingrid Goude, Ken Curtis, Gordon McLendon, Baruch Lumet, Judge Henry Dupree, Alfredo de Soto ..
Directed by: Ray Kellogg
Release date: 1959-06-25

Beast from Haunted Cave

4.3/10 IMDB

A gold thief and his gang use a skier's lodge and meet a monster covered with cobwebs.

Starring: Michael Forest, Sheila Noonan, Frank Wolff, Wally Campo, Richard Sinatra, Linné Ahlstrand, Kay Jennings, Chris Robinson, Jaclyn Hellman, Kinta Zertuche ..
Directed by: Monte Hellman
Release date: 1959-10-30

Have Rocket, Will Travel

5.6/10 IMDB

The Stooges are janitors working at a space center who accidentally blast off to Venus. They encounter a talking unicorn, a giant fire breathing tarantula, and an alien computer who has destroyed all human life on the planet and creates three evil duplicates of the Stooges. When the boys return home triumphant, they are given a hero's welcome.

Starring: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Jerome Cowan, Anna-Lisa, Robert Colbert, Don Lamond ..
Directed by: David Lowell Rich
Release date: 1959-08-01

Gigantis: The Fire Monster

4.3/10 IMDB

The altered American release of Godzilla Raids Again. Originally meant to be known as the The Volcano Monsters, the film was eventually released as "Gigantis."

Starring: Hiroshi Koizumi, Setsuko Wakayama, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura, Keye Luke, Marvin Miller, Paul Frees, George Takei, Takashi Shimura, Masao Shimizu ..
Directed by: Motoyoshi Oda, Hugo Grimaldi
Release date: 1959-05-21

The Monster of Piedras Blancas

5.3/10 IMDB

An old lighthouse keeper who lives with his daughter secretly keeps a prehistoric fish-man by feeding it scraps and fish. One day he misses the feeding and all hell breaks loose.

Starring: Les Tremayne, Forrest Lewis, John Harmon, Frank Arvidson, Jeanne Carmen, Don Sullivan, Pete Dunn ..
Directed by: Irvin Berwick
Release date: 1959-04-22
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : Island of Lost Women

Island of Lost Women

5.0/10 IMDB

A plane crash-lands on a jungle island inhabited by a scientist and his nubile young daughters. Complications ensue.

Starring: Jeff Richards, John Smith, Venetia Stevenson, Alan Napier, Diane Jergens, June Blair, Gavin Muir, George Brand, Vern Taylor, Tom Riley ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1959-03-20
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : The Cosmic Man

The Cosmic Man

4.8/10 IMDB

A strange sphere settles down in a California canyon, causing both the scientific and military communities to gather around to investigate.

Starring: John Carradine, Bruce Bennett, Angela Greene, Paul Langton, Scotty Morrow, Lyn Osborn, Walter Maslow, Herbert Lytton, Ken Clayton, Alan Wells ..
Directed by: Herbert S. Greene
Release date: 1959-02-17

Teenagers from Outer Space

3.8/10 IMDB

A young alien falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl and they team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts, who intend to use Earth as a food-breeding ground for giant lobsters from their planet.

Starring: David Love, Bryan Grant, Harvey B. Dunn, Tom Graeff, King Moody, Helen Sage, Frederick Welch, Carl Dickensen, Sonia Torgeson, Billy Bridges ..
Directed by: Tom Graeff
Release date: 1959-06-01

Terror in the Midnight Sun

3.8/10 IMDB

After a herd of reindeer are mysteriously found dead following a meteor crash in a remote part of Lapland in northern Sweden, soldiers and a geologist are called out to investigate.

Starring: Barbara Wilson, Sten Gester, Robert Burton, Bengt Blomgren, Åke Grönberg, Gösta Prüzelius, John Carradine, Lars Åhrén, Brita Borg ..
Directed by: Virgil W. Vogel
Release date: 1959-08-19

Attack of the Giant Leeches

3.7/10 IMDB

A backwoods game warden and a local doctor discover that giant leeches are responsible for disappearances and deaths in a local swamp, but the local police don't believe them.

Starring: Ken Clark, Yvette Vickers, Michael Emmet, Jan Shepard, Tyler McVey, Bruno VeSota, Gene Roth, Dan White, George Cisar, Joseph Hamilton ..
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Release date: 1959-10-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : Destination Space

Destination Space

4.8/10 IMDB

1959 television science fiction

Starring: Harry Townes, John Agar, Whitney Blake, Cecil Kellaway ..
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Release date: 1959-01-01

The Giant Gila Monster

3.6/10 IMDB

A small town in Texas finds itself under attack from a hungry, fifty-foot-long gila monster. No longer content to forage in the desert, the giant lizard begins chopming on motorists and train passengers before descending upon the town itself. Only Chase Winstead, a quick-thinking mechanic, can save the town from being wiped out.

Starring: Don Sullivan, Fred Graham, Lisa Simone, Shug Fisher, Bob Thompson, Janice Stone, Ken Knox, Gay McLendon, Don Flournoy, Cecil Hunt ..
Directed by: Ray Kellogg
Release date: 1959-06-25

The Incredible Petrified World

3.1/10 IMDB

When the cable breaks on their diving bell four people find themselves trapped in a hidden underwater world.

Starring: John Carradine, Robert Clarke, Phyllis Coates, Allen Windsor, Sheila Noonan, George Skaff, Maurice Bernard, Joe Maierhouser, Lloyd Nelson, Harry Raven ..
Directed by: Jerry Warren
Release date: 1959-11-18

The Time Monsters

3.8/10 IMDB

Scientist discover a way to view the past.

Directed by: Donald F. Glut
Release date: 1959-07-20
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : The Lonely

The Lonely

0.0/10 IMDB

In the year 2046, a convicted man (Jack Warden) serving his sentence on an uninhabited asteroid is given a female robot (Jean Marsh) for companionship.

Starring: Rod Serling, Jack Warden, John Dehner, Jean Marsh, Ted Knight, James Turley ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1959-11-13
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

0.0/10 IMDB

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Starring: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor, Cyril Delevanti, David Armstrong, Jack Klugman, Burgess Meredith, John Anderson, J. Pat O'Malley ..
Directed by: John Brahm, Buzz Kulik, Douglas Heyes
Release date: 1959-10-02
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

0.0/10 IMDB

The Twilight Zone is an American media franchise based on the anthology television series created by Rod Serling. The episodes are in various genres, including fantasy, science fiction, suspense, horror, and psychological thriller, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist, and usually with a moral. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to common science fiction and fantasy tropes. The original series, shot entirely in black and white, ran on CBS for five seasons from 1959 to 1964.

Starring: Rod Serling, William Shatner, Lee Marvin, Martin Landau, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor, David Armstrong, James Turley, Jack Klugman ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur, Don Siegel, John Brahm
Release date: 1959-11-18
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : 13 Demon Street: The Secret of the Telescope

13 Demon Street: The Secret of the Telescope

0.0/10 IMDB

A man believes that a telescope containing magical powers will make him rich, only to receive a dire prediction instead.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Nolte, Lorri Scott, Hortensia Hedström, Olle Granberg, Sydney Coulson ..
Directed by: Curt Siodmak
Release date: 1959-03-26
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : Mr. Denton on Doomsday

Mr. Denton on Doomsday

0.0/10 IMDB

"Mr. Denton on Doomsday" is episode three of The Twilight Zone. A jaded gunslinger finds a magic potion that restores his shooting skill but brings an end to his fast-drawing career.

Starring: Rod Serling, Dan Duryea, Martin Landau, Jeanne Cooper, Malcolm Atterbury, Ken Lynch, Arthur Batanides, Bill Erwin, Robert Burton, Doug McClure ..
Directed by: Allen Reisner
Release date: 1959-10-16
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : Where is Everybody?

Where is Everybody?

0.0/10 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, James McCallion, John Conwell, Jay Overholts, Carter Mullally Jr., Garry Walberg, Jim Johnson, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Robert Stevens
Release date: 1959-10-02

The Lonely

0.0/10 IMDB

A convict, living alone on an asteroid, receives from the police a realistic woman-robot.

Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1959-11-12
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : Time Enough at Last

Time Enough at Last

0.0/10 IMDB

A henpecked book lover finds himself blissfully alone with his books after a nuclear war.

Starring: Burgess Meredith, Vaughn Taylor, Jacqueline deWit ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1959-11-30

And When the Sky Was Opened

0.0/10 IMDB

Three astronauts return to Earth after seemingly having made an encounter that dooms them and their craft to erasure from existence itself.

Directed by: Douglas Heyes
Release date: 1959-12-12
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959 : And When the Sky Was Opened

And When the Sky Was Opened

0.0/10 IMDB

Three astronauts (Rod Taylor, Charles Aidman, Jim Hutton) return from the desert where their spacecraft crashed, but cannot remember what happened during their flight.

Starring: Rod Taylor, Jim Hutton, Charles Aidman, Maxine Cooper, Paul Bryar, Sue Randall, Joe Bassett, Lisabeth Field, Logan Field, S. John Launer ..
Directed by: Douglas Heyes
Release date: 1959-12-11

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