List of American films of 1959

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
-30-Jack WebbJack Webb, William ConradDramaWarner Bros.
4D ManIrvin S. Yeaworth Jr.Robert Lansing, Lee MeriwetherSci-fiUniversal
The 30 Foot Bride of Candy RockSidney MillerLou Costello, Dorothy ProvineComedyColumbia Released after Costello's death
Alaska PassageEdward BerndsLyn Thomas, Bill WilliamsDrama20th Century Fox
Al CaponeRichard WilsonRod Steiger, Nehemiah Persoff, James Gregory, Fay SpainBiographyAllied Artists
Alias Jesse JamesNorman Z. McLeodBob Hope, Rhonda FlemingWestern comedyUnited Artists
The Alligator PeopleRoy Del RuthBeverly Garland, Bruce BennettHorror20th Century Fox
Anatomy of a MurderOtto PremingerJames Stewart, Lee Remick, George C. Scott, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Joseph N. Welch, Kathryn GrantCrime dramaColumbia Pictures; based on a book by Robert Traver; 7 Oscar nominations
The Angry HillsRobert AldrichRobert Mitchum, Stanley Baker, Gia ScalaWarMGM
The Angry Red PlanetIb MelchiorGerald Mohr, Naura HaydenSci-fiAmerican-International
Arson for HireThor L. BrooksSteve Brodie, Lyn OsbornCrimeAllied Artists
The Atomic SubmarineSpencer Gordon BennetArthur Franz, Dick ForanSci-fiAllied Artists
Ask Any GirlCharles WaltersDavid Niven, Shirley MacLaine, Gig Young, Rod TaylorComedyMGM
Attack of the Giant LeechesBernard L. KowalskiKen Clarke, Yvette VickersSci-fiAmerican-International
The BatCrane WilburVincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Darla HoodSci-fiAllied Artists. Hood's final screen appearance
Battle FlameR. G. SpringsteenScott Brady, Elaine EdwardsWarAllied Artists
Battle of the Coral SeaPaul WendkosCliff Robertson, Gia ScalaAdventureColumbia
Beast from Haunted CaveMonte HellmanMichael Forest, Frank WolffSci-fi
The Beat GenerationCharles F. HaasMamie Van Doren, Ray Danton, Fay SpainDramaMGM
Behemoth, the Sea MonsterEugène LouriéGene Evans, André MorellSci-fiAllied Artists
Beloved InfidelHenry KingGregory Peck, Deborah KerrBiography20th Century Fox. Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ben-HurWilliam WylerCharlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Martha Scott, Hugh Griffith, Cathy O'Donnell, Sam JaffeDrama, EpicMGM; won a record 11 Academy Awards; remake of 1925 silent film
The Best of EverythingJean NegulescoDiane Baker, Stephen Boyd, Hope Lange, Louis Jourdan, Suzy Parker, Joan CrawfordDrama20th Century Fox; 2 Oscar nominations
The Big CircusJoseph M. NewmanVictor Mature, Red Buttons, Rhonda Fleming, David Nelson, Kathryn GrantDramaAllied Artists
The Big FishermanFrank BorzageHoward Keel, Susan Kohner, John SaxonDramaBuena Vista
The Big OperatorCharles F. HaasMickey Rooney, Steve Cochran, Mamie Van DorenCrime dramaMGM
The Black OrchidMartin RittSophia Loren, Anthony QuinnDramaParamount
Blood and SteelBernard L. KowalskiJohn Lupton, Ziva RodannWar20th Century Fox
The Blue AngelEdward DmytrykMay Britt, Curt JurgensDrama20th Century Fox. Remake of 1930 film
Blue DenimPhilip DunneCarol Lynley, Macdonald Carey, Brandon deWildeDrama20th Century Fox
Bonanza BunnyBugs BunnyAnimated
Born to Be LovedHugo HaasCarol Morris, Dick KallmanComedyUniversal
A Bucket of BloodRoger CormanDick Miller, Ed NelsonHorrorA.I.P.
But Not for MeWalter LangClark Gable, Carroll Baker, Lilli Palmer, Lee J. CobbRomantic comedyParamount

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
CareerJoseph AnthonyDean Martin, Tony Franciosa, Carolyn Jones, Shirley MacLaineDramaParamount; written by Dalton Trumbo; 3 Oscar nominations
Cast a Long ShadowThomas CarrAudie Murphy, Terry MooreWesternUnited Artists
City of FearIrving LernerVince Edwards, Lyle TalbotFilm NoirColumbia
CompulsionRichard FleischerBradford Dillman, Dean Stockwell, Diane Varsi, Orson WellesCrime drama20th Century Fox. Based on Leopold and Loeb
The Cosmic ManHerbert S. GreeneJohn Carradine, Bruce BennettScience fictionAllied Artists
Count Your BlessingsJean NegulescoDeborah Kerr, Rossano BrazziDramaMGM
CounterplotKurt NeumannForrest Tucker, Allison HayesCrimeUnited Artists
Crime and Punishment U.S.A.Denis SandersGeorge Hamilton, Mary Murphy, Marian SeldesCrimeAllied Artists
The Crimson KimonoSamuel FullerVictoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James ShigetaFilm noirColumbia
Cry ToughPaul StanleyJohn Saxon, Linda CristalCrimeUnited Artists
Cuban Rebel GirlsBarry MahonErrol Flynn, Beverly AadlandDrama
Curse of the UndeadEdward DeinEric Fleming, Kathleen CrowleyWestern horrorUniversal
Darby O'Gill and the Little PeopleRobert StevensonAlbert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean ConneryFantasyWalt Disney
Date with DeathHarold DanielsGerald Mohr, Liz RenayCrime[1]
Day of the OutlawAndré de TothRobert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina LouiseWesternUnited Artists
Desert DesperadoesSteve SekelyRuth Roman, Akim TamiroffDramaRKO
The Devil's DiscipleGuy HamiltonBurt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence OlivierDramaUnited Artists; based on George Bernard Shaw play
The Diary of Anne FrankGeorge StevensJoseph Schildkraut, Ed Wynn, Shelley Winters, Millie Perkins, Richard Beymer, Diane BakerBiography20th Century Fox; won 3 Academy Awards
A Dog of FlandersJames B. ClarkDavid Ladd, Donald CrispDrama20th Century Fox
A Dog's Best FriendEdward CahnBill Williams, Marcia HendersonFamilyUnited Artists
Don't Give Up the ShipNorman TaurogJerry Lewis, Dina Merrill, Gale GordonComedyParamount
Donald in Mathmagic LandClarence NashAnimation

E-H

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Edge of EternityDon SiegelCornel Wilde, Victoria ShawCrime DramaColumbia
Escort WestFrancis D. LyonVictor Mature, Elaine StewartWesternUnited Artists
The FBI StoryMervyn LeRoyJames Stewart, Vera MilesDramaWarner Bros.
Face of a FugitivePaul WendkosFred MacMurray, Myrna Fahey, James CoburnWesternColumbia
Face of FireAlbert Band Cameron Mitchell, Bettye AckermanDramaAllied Artists
First Man into SpaceRobert DayMarshall Thompson, Marla LandiScience fictionMGM
Five Gates to HellJames ClavellPatricia Owens, Dolores MichaelsDrama20th Century Fox
The Five PenniesMelville ShavelsonDanny Kaye, Louis ArmstrongBiography, MusicalParamount. Story of musician Red Nichols; 4 Oscar nominations
The Flying FontainesGeorge ShermanMichael Callan, Joan EvansDramaColumbia
For the First TimeRudolph MateMario Lanza, Johanna von Koczian, Zsa Zsa GaborMusicalMGM
Forbidden IslandCharles B. GriffithJon HallAdventureColumbia
The Four Skulls of Jonathan DrakeEdward L. CahnEduard Franz, Valerie FrenchScience fictionUnited Artists
Frontier RangersJacques TourneurKeith Larsen, Buddy EbsenAdventure
The Fugitive KindSidney LumetMarlon Brando, Joanne Woodward, Anna MagnaniDramaUnited Artists
Gangster StoryWalter MatthauWalter Matthau, Carol GraceCrime drama
The GazeboGeorge MarshallGlenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Carl ReinerBlack comedyMGM; based on the play
The Gene Krupa StoryDon WeisSal Mineo, Susan Oliver, James DarrenBiographyColumbia. Story of drummer Gene Krupa
The Giant Gila MonsterRay KelloggDon Sullivan, Fred GrahamScience fiction
GidgetPaul WendkosSandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, James DarrenComedyColumbia. 4 film sequels; 2 TV series
Girls TownCharles F. HaasMamie van Doren, Mel Torme, Paul AnkaDramaMGM. Anka sings Lonely Boy
Good Day for a HangingNathan H. JuranFred MacMurray, Margaret Hayes, Robert VaughnWesternColumbia
The Great St. Louis Bank RobberyCharles GuggenheimSteve McQueen, Crahan DentonDramaUnited Artists
Green MansionsMel FerrerAudrey Hepburn, Anthony PerkinsDramaMGM. Based on W. H. Hudson novel
The Gunfight at Dodge CityJoseph M. NewmanJoel McCrea, Julie Adams, John McIntireWesternUnited Artists
Gunmen from LaredoWallace MacDonaldRobert Knapp, Maureen HingertWesternColumbia
Guns Girls and GangstersEdward L. CahnMamie Van Doren, Lee Van CleefDramaUnited Artists
The Hanging TreeDelmer DavesGary Cooper, Maria Schell, Karl Malden, George C. ScottDramaScott's first film
The HangmanMichael CurtizRobert Taylor, Tina Louise, Fess ParkerWesternParamount
Happy AnniversaryDavid MillerDavid Niven, Mitzi GaynorComedyUnited Artists
Have Rocket, Will TravelDavid Lowell RichThree StoogesScience fictionColumbia
Here Come the JetsGene Fowler Jr.Steve Brodie, Lyn ThomasDrama20th Century Fox
Hey Boy! Hey Girl!David Lowell Rich Louis Prima, Keely SmithMusicalColumbia
A Hole in the HeadFrank CapraFrank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones, Eddie HodgesDramaUnited Artists; Oscar for song High Hopes
Holiday for LoversHenry LevinClifton Webb, Jane Wyman, Jill St. JohnComedy20th Century Fox
The Horse SoldiersJohn FordJohn Wayne, William HoldenWesternUnited Artists
Hound-Dog ManDon SiegelFabian, Carol LynleyMusical20th Century Fox
House on Haunted HillWilliam CastleVincent Price, Elisha Cook Jr.HorrorAllied Artists. Remade in 1999

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Imitation of LifeDouglas SirkLana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Juanita Moore, Susan KohnerDramaUniversal. 2 Oscar nominations; Sirk's final film
The Immoral Mr. TeasRuss MeyerSex comedy
Inside the MafiaEdward L. CahnCameron Mitchell, Grant RichardsCrimeUnited Artists
Invisible InvadersEdward L. CahnJohn Agar, Jean ByronScience fictionUnited Artists
Island of Lost WomenFrank TuttleJeff Richards, Venetia StevensonScience fictionWarner Bros.
It Happened to JaneRichard QuineDoris Day, Jack Lemmon, Ernie KovacsComedyColumbia
It Started with a KissGeorge MarshallGlenn Ford, Debbie ReynoldsRomantic comedyMGM
The Jayhawkers!Melvin FrankJeff Chandler, Nicole MaureyWesternParamount
Jazz on a Summer's DayBert SternDocumentaryNewport jazz festival
The Jazz SingerRalph NelsonJerry Lewis, Anna Maria AlberghettiDramaTV film
Jet Over the AtlanticByron HaskinGuy Madison, Virginia Mayo, George RaftDramaInter-Continent Films
Jet StormCy EndfieldRichard Attenborough, Stanley BakerDrama
John Paul JonesJohn FarrowRobert Stack, Bette Davis, Marisa PavanBiographyWarner Bros.
The JourneyAnatole LitvakYul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Robert MorleyDramaMGM
Journey to the Center of the EarthHenry LevinJames Mason, Pat Boone, Diane BakerScience fiction20th Century Fox; from novel by Jules Verne
Juke Box RhythmArthur DreifussJo Morrow, Jack Jones, Brian DonlevyRomantic comedyColumbia
The Killer ShrewsRay KelloggKen Curtis, James BestScience fiction
King of the Wild StallionsR. G. SpringsteenGeorge Montgomery, Diane Brewster, Edgar BuchananWesternAllied Artists
The Last Angry ManDaniel MannPaul Muni, David WayneDramaColumbia. 2 Oscar nominations
The Last BlitzkriegArthur DreifussVan Johnson, Dick YorkWarColumbia
The Last MileHoward W. KochMickey RooneyCrime dramaUnited Artists
Last Train from Gun HillJohn SturgesKirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn JonesWesternParamount
The Legend of Tom DooleyTed PostMichael Landon, Jo MorrowWesternColumbia
Li'l AbnerMelvin FrankPeter Palmer, Leslie Parrish, Stella Stevens, Howard St. John, Stubby Kaye, Julie NewmarMusical comedyParamount. Based on Al Capp comic strip and stage musical
The Little SavageByron HaskinPedro Armendáriz, Christiane MartelAdventure20th Century Fox
Lone TexanPaul LandresWillard Parker, Audrey DaltonWestern20th Century Fox
The Man in the NetMichael CurtizAlan Ladd, Carolyn Jones, Diane BrewsterFilm noirUnited Artists
The Man Who Understood WomenNunnally JohnsonHenry Fonda, Leslie CaronDrama20th Century Fox
The Mating GameGeorge MarshallDebbie Reynolds, Tony RandallComedyMGM
Middle of the NightDelbert MannFredric March, Kim NovakDramaColumbia
The MiracleIrving RapperCarroll Baker, Roger MooreDramaWarner Bros.
The Miracle of the HillsPaul LandresRex Reason, Betty Lou GersonWestern20th Century Fox
Miracle on 34th StreetWilliam CorriganEd Wynn, Orson Bean, Mary Healy, Peter Lind HayesFantasyMade for TV
Muscle Up a Little CloserJules WhiteThree StoogesShort subject
Never So FewJohn SturgesFrank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Peter Lawford, Gina LollobrigidaWar dramaMGM
Never Steal Anything SmallCharles LedererJames Cagney, Shirley JonesDramaUniversal
Night of the GhoulsEd WoodKenne Duncan, Duke MooreHorror
Night of the Quarter MoonHugo HaasJulie London, Dean JonesDramaMGM
No Name on the BulletJack ArnoldAudie Murphy, Charles Drake, Joan EvansWesternUniversal
North by NorthwestAlfred HitchcockCary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau, Leo G. Carroll, Jessie Royce LandisSuspenseMGM; 3 Oscar nominations
The Nun's StoryFred ZinnemannAudrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Colleen Dewhurst, Peggy AshcroftDramaWarner Bros.; 8 Oscar nominations

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Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Odds Against TomorrowRobert WiseHarry Belafonte, Shelley WintersFilm noirUnited Artists
On the BeachStanley KramerGregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony PerkinsScience fictionUnited Artists. 2 Oscar nominations; BAFTA award for Kramer
Operation DamesLouis Clyde StoumenEve MeyerWar dramaA.I.P.
Operation PetticoatBlake EdwardsCary Grant, Tony CurtisWar comedyUniversal
The Oregon TrailGene Fowler Jr.Fred MacMurray, Nina ShipmanWesternBecame TV series
Paratroop CommandWilliam WitneyRichard BakalyanWar dramaA.I.P.
Pier 5, HavanaEdward L. CahnCameron Mitchell, Allison HayesDramaUnited Artists
Pillow TalkMichael GordonDoris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony RandallComedyUniversal; Oscar for screenplay, 5 nominations
Plan 9 from Outer SpaceEd WoodBela Lugosi, Vampira, Tor JohnsonScience fictioninfluenced film Ed Wood
Plunderers of Painted FlatsAlbert GannawayCorinne Calvet, John CarrollWesternRepublic
Porgy and BessOtto PremingerSidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis, Jr., Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll, Ivan Dixon, Brock PetersMusicalColumbia. Music by George Gershwin
Pork Chop HillLewis MilestoneGregory Peck, Woody Strode, Rip Torn, George PeppardWarUnited Artists
Prisoner of the VolgaVictor TourjanskyJohn Derek, Elsa Martinelli, Dawn AddamsDramaParamount
A Private's AffairRaoul WalshSal Mineo, Barbara EdenMusical20th Century Fox
Pull My DaisyShort subject
The Rabbit TrapPhilip LeacockErnest Borgnine, Bethel LeslieDramaUnited Artists
The Rebel SetGene Fowler Jr.Kathleen Crowley, John LuptonDramaAllied Artists
The Remarkable Mr. PennypackerHenry LevinClifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Charles Coburn, Jill St. JohnComedy20th Century Fox
Return of the FlyEdward BerndsVincent Price, Brett HalseyScience fiction20th Century Fox. Sequel to The Fly
Ride LonesomeBudd BoetticherRandolph Scott, Karen SteeleWesternColumbia
Rio BravoHoward HawksJohn Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward BondWesternWarner Bros.
Riot in Juvenile PrisonEdward L. CahnScott Marlowe, Dorothy ProvineDramaUnited Artists
The RookieGeorge O'HanlonTommy Noonan, Julie Newmar, Peter MarshallComedy20th Century Fox
The Sad HorseJames ClarkRex Reason, Patrice Wymore, David LaddDrama20th Century Fox
Say One for MeFrank TashlinBing Crosby, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Ray WalstonMusical20th Century Fox
The ScapegoatRobert HamerAlec Guinness, Bette DavisDramaMGM
ShadowsJohn CassavetesBen Carruthers, Lelia GoldoniDrama
The Shaggy DogCharles BartonFred MacMurray, Tommy KirkComedyDisney
Shake Hands with the DevilMichael AndersonJames Cagney, Don Murray, Dana WynterDramaUnited Artists; filmed in Ireland
Sleeping BeautyClyde GeronimiEleanor Audley, Mary CostaAnimated filmDisney
Solomon and ShebaKing VidorYul Brynner, Gina LollobrigidaDramaUnited Artists
Some Like It HotBilly WilderMarilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. BrownComedyUnited Artists. Won 3 Golden Globes; nominated for 6 Oscars
The Sound and the FuryMartin RittYul Brynner, Joanne Woodward, Margaret Leighton, Stuart Whitman, Jack WardenDrama20th Century Fox; from book by William Faulkner
Space Invasion of LaplandVirgil W. VogelBarbara Wilson, Robert BurtonScience fiction
Speed CrazyWilliam J. Hole Jr. Brett Halsey, Yvonne LimeCrimeAllied Artists
A Stranger in My ArmsHelmut KäutnerJeff Chandler, June Allyson, Mary AstorWar dramaUniversal
Suddenly, Last SummerJoseph L. MankiewiczKatharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery CliftDramaColumbia; written by Tennessee Williams; Golden Globe for Taylor
A Summer PlaceDelmer DavesRichard Egan, Sandra Dee, Troy DonahueDramaWarner Bros.. Based on the novel
Surrender - Hell!John BarnwellKeith Andes, Susan CabotWarAllied Artists

T-Z

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Take a Giant StepPhilip LeacockJohnny Nash, Estelle Hemsley, Ruby DeeUnited Artists
Tarzan's Greatest AdventureJohn GuillerminGordon Scott, Sean ConneryAdventureParamount
Tarzan, the Ape ManJoseph M. NewmanDenny Miller, Joanna BarnesAdventureMGM
Teenage ZombiesJerry WarrenDon Sullivan, Katherine VictorHorror
Teenagers from Outer SpaceTom GraeffDawn Bender, Bryan GrantScience fictionWarner Bros.
Ten Seconds to HellRobert AldrichJack Palance, Jeff ChandlerWarUnited Artists
Terror Is a ManGerardo de LeónFrancis Lederer, Greta ThyssenHorrorU.S./Philippines production
That Kind of WomanSidney LumetSophia Loren, Tab Hunter, Jack WardenDramaParamount
These Thousand HillsRichard FleischerDon Murray, Richard Egan, Lee Remick, Patricia OwensWestern20th Century Fox
They Came to CorduraRobert RossenGary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Van Heflin, Richard Conte, Dick York, Tab HunterWesternColumbia
Third Man on the MountainKen AnnakinMichael Rennie, James MacArthur, Janet MunroFamilyDisney
This Earth Is MineHenry KingRock Hudson, Jean Simmons, Dorothy McGuireDramaUniversal
This Happy FeelingBlake EdwardsDebbie Reynolds, Curd Jürgens, John SaxonComedyUniversal
Thunder in the SunRussell RouseSusan Hayward, Jeff ChandlerWesternParamount
TimbuktuJacques TourneurVictor Mature, Yvonne De CarloAdventureUnited Artists
The TinglerWilliam CastleVincent Price, Judith EvelynScience fictionColumbia
Tokyo After DarkNorman T. HermanRichard Long, Lawrence DobkinDramaParamount
The TrapNorman PanamaRichard Widmark, Lee J. Cobb, Earl Holliman, Tina LouiseCrimeParamount Pictures
Up PeriscopeGordon DouglasJames Garner, Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin, Alan Hale Jr.WarWarner Bros.
Verboten!Samuel FullerSusan Cummings, James BestDramaColumbia
WarlockEdward DmytrykRichard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy MaloneWestern20th Century Fox
WatusiKurt NeumannGeorge Montgomery, Taina ElgAdventureMGM
The Wasp WomanRoger CormanSusan Cabot, Anthony EisleyHorror
WestboundBudd BoetticherRandolph Scott, Virginia Mayo, Karen SteeleWesternWarner Bros.
The Wild and the InnocentJack SherAudie Murphy, Joanne Dru, Sandra DeeWesternUniversal
Window Water Baby MovingStan BrakhageExperimental
Woman ObsessedHenry HathawaySusan Hayward, Stephen BoydDrama20th Century Fox
The Wonderful CountryRobert ParrishRobert Mitchum, Julie London, Pedro Armendáriz, Albert Dekker, Satchel PaigeWesternUnited Artists
The World, the Flesh and the DevilRanald MacDougallHarry Belafonte, Inger StevensScience fictionMGM
The Wreck of the Mary DeareMichael AndersonGary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael RedgraveThrillerMGM
Yellowstone KellyGordon DouglasClint Walker, Edd Byrnes, Ray DantonWesternWarner Bros.
The Young CaptivesIrvin KershnerSteven Marlo, Luana PattenDramaParamount
The Young LandTed TetzlaffDennis Hopper, Patrick WayneWesternColumbia
The Young PhiladelphiansVincent ShermanPaul Newman, Barbara Rush, Robert Vaughn, Brian Keith, Alexis SmithDramaWarner Bros.

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