1959 in film

Events

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

RankTitleStudioRental
1. Ben-Hur MGM $36,992,088[3]
2. Operation Petticoat Universal $9,321,555[3]
3. Some Like It Hot United Artists $8,127,835[3]
4. The Shaggy Dog Disney $8,100,000[4]
5. Pillow Talk Universal $7,669,713[3]
6. Imitation of Life $6,417,807[3]
7. Suddenly, Last Summer Columbia $6,375,000[3]
8. The Nun's Story Warner Bros. $5,750,000[3]
9. North by Northwest MGM $5,740,000[5]
10. Anatomy of a Murder Columbia $5,500,000[3]

Awards

Category/Organization17th Golden Globe Awards
March 10, 1960
12th BAFTA Awards
March 26, 1960
32nd Academy Awards
April 4, 1960
Comedy or MusicalDrama
Best FilmSome Like It Hot (Comedy)
Porgy and Bess (Musical)
Ben-HurRoom at the TopBen-Hur
Best DirectorWilliam Wyler
Ben-Hur
-William Wyler
Ben-Hur
Best ActorJack Lemmon
Some Like It Hot
Anthony Franciosa
Career
Sidney Poitier
The Defiant Ones
Charlton Heston
Ben-Hur
Best ActressMarilyn Monroe
Some Like It Hot
Elizabeth Taylor
Suddenly, Last Summer
Simone Signoret
Room at the Top
Simone Signoret
Room at the Top
Best Supporting ActorStephen Boyd
Ben-Hur
-Hugh Griffith
Ben-Hur
Best Supporting ActressSusan Kohner
Imitation of Life
-Shelley Winters
The Diary of Anne Frank
Best Screenplay, AdaptedRoom at the Top
Neil Paterson
Orders to Kill
Paul Dehn
Room at the Top
Neil Paterson
Best Screenplay, OriginalPillow Talk
Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, Stanley Shapiro, and Maurice Richlin

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro), directed by Marcel Camus, France

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Il Generale della Rovere (General della Rovere), directed by Roberto Rossellini, Italy / France
La grande guerra (The Great War), directed by Mario Monicelli, Italy / France

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Les Cousins (The Cousins), directed by Claude Chabrol, France

Notable films released in 1959

United States unless stated

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Short film series

Births

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Film debuts

References

  1. Plunderers of Painted Flats at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. Krutnik, Frank (2000). Inventing Jerry Lewis. Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-1560983699.
  3. Cohn, Lawrence (October 15, 1990). "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. p. M140-M196.
  4. "All-Time Domestic Champs". Variety. January 6, 1960. p. 34.
  5. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
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