Best Science Fiction Movies of 1959

1.

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
2.

The World, the Flesh and the Devil

3.5
6.9/10 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 the 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
3.

The Man Who Could Cheat Death

3.3
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
4.

Return of the Fly

3.1
5.8/10 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
5.

4D Man

3.0
5.9/10 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
6.

The Alligator People

3.0
5.6/10 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: 1959-07-01
7.

Plan 9 from Outer Space

3.0
4.0/10 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
8.

The Angry Red Planet

2.9
5.3/10 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
9.

The Atomic Submarine

2.9
5.2/10 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
10.

First Man Into Space

2.8
5.5/10 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

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