1957 in film


Top-grossing films (U.S.)

RankTitleStudioGross rental
1. The Bridge on the River Kwai Columbia $15,000,000[1]
2. Sayonara Warner Bros. $10,500,000[2]
3. Peyton Place 20th Century Fox $10,000,000[1]
4. The Curse of Frankenstein Warner Bros. $7,000,000
5. Search for Paradise Cinerama $6,500,000[1]
6. Old Yeller Disney $5,900,000[1]
7. Raintree County MGM $5,830,000[3]
8. Island in the Sun 20th Century Fox $5,000,000[2]
9. A Farewell to Arms $5,000,000[2]
10. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? $4,900,000

Top-grossing films by country

The highest-grossing 1957 films in various countries.

France The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean Columbia Pictures N/A 13,481,750[4]
Germany The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean Columbia Pictures N/A 14,500,000[5]
India Mother India Mehboob Khan Mehboob Productions $16,800,000[n 2]</ref> 100,000,000[7]
Italy The Ten Commandments Cecil B. DeMille Paramount Pictures N/A 16,800,000[8]
Japan Emperor Meiji and the Great Russo-Japanese War Kunio Watanabe Shintoho ¥542,910,000[9] budget about $550,000—Box office about $15,100,000 N/A
Soviet Union The Sisters Grigori Roshal Mosfilm $2,656,000[n 4]</ref> 42,500,000[10]
United Kingdom The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean Columbia Pictures N/A 12,600,000[12]
United States and Canada The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean Columbia Pictures $27,200,000[13] 54,400,000[13]


Category/Organization15th Golden Globe Awards
February 22, 1958
30th Academy Awards
March 26, 1958
DramaComedy or Musical
Best FilmThe Bridge on the River KwaiLes GirlsThe Bridge on the River Kwai
Best DirectorDavid Lean
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best ActorAlec Guinness
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Frank Sinatra
Pal Joey
Alec Guinness
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best ActressJoanne Woodward
The Three Faces of Eve'
Kay Kendall
Les Girls
Taina Elg
Les Girls
Joanne Woodward
The Three Faces of Eve
Best Supporting ActorRed Buttons
Best Supporting ActressElsa Lanchester
Witness for the Prosecution
Miyoshi Umeki
Best Foreign Language FilmConfessions of Felix Krull
Woman in a Dressing Gown
Yellow Crow
Nights of Cabiria

Top ten money making stars

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Rock Hudson
2. John Wayne
3. Pat Boone
4. Elvis Presley
5. Frank Sinatra
6. Kim Novak
7. Gary Cooper
8. William Holden
9. James Stewart
10. Jerry Lewis

1957 film releases

Notable films released in 1957

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Short film series

Ending this year


Month Day Name Profession Year of death
January12John Lasseteranimator, director, producer, writer
15Mario Van Peeblesactor and director
16Ricardo Darinactor
17Steve Harveyactor, comedian, author
February6Kathy Najimyactress
Robert Townsendactor, director and writer
16LeVar Burtonactor, director, producer and author
19Ray WinstoneEnglish actor
27Timothy Spall
28John Turturroactor, writer and director
March6Eddie Deezenactor and comedian
20Chris Wedgedirector, producer and voice actor
Spike Leedirector, producer, writer and actor
Theresa Russellactress
Vanessa Bell Calloway
23Teresa Ganzel
29Christopher LambertFrench actor
30Paul Reiseractor and comedian
April4Aki KaurismäkiFinnish director
14Richard Jeniactor and comedian2007
23Jan Hooksactress and comedian2014
25Esther Scottactress
29Daniel Day-LewisEnglish actor
May5Richard E. Grant
21Judge Reinholdactor
29Ted Levine
June17Jon Gries
23Frances McDormandactress
July9Kelly McGillis
13Cameron Crowedirector and screenwriter
August1Taylor Negronactor, playwright and painter2015
9Melanie Griffithactress
18Denis Learyactor, comedian and writer
24Stephen FryEnglish comedian, author and actor
28Daniel Stern actor
Rick Rossovich
September12Hans Zimmercomposer
Rachel WardEnglish actress
21Ethan Coendirector, producer, screenwriter and editor
24Brad Birdanimator, director, writer, actor
30Fran Drescheractress
October4Bill FagerbakkeAmerican actor & voice actor
5Bernie Macactor and stand-up comedian2008
12Clémentine CélariéFrench actress
25Nancy Cartwrightvoice actress
29Dan CastellanetaAmerican actor, voice actor, comedian & screenwriter
30Kevin Pollakactor
November3Dolph LundgrenSwedish actor and director
6Lori SingerAmerican actress, cellist
19Tom Virtueactor
24Denise Crosbyactress
December10Michael Clarke DuncanAmerican actor2012
13Steve Buscemi
21Ray RomanoAmerican actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter & voice actor


Film debuts


  1. 4.7619 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1950 to 1965<ref>http://fx.sauder.ubc.ca/etc/USDpages.pdf#page=3 Archived 2015-05-12 at the Wayback Machine
  2. 8 crore[6] (US$16.8 million)[n 1]
  3. 4 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1950 to 1960<ref name='russia'>Archive of Bank of Russia "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2012-09-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. 10.625 million SUR (42.5 million Soviet tickets sold,[10] average ticket price of 25 kopecks),[11] 4 SUR per USD[n 3]


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