MY TOP 30 FILMS FOR 1957by DukeEman | created - 20 Jul 2012 | updated - 31 Aug 2018 | Public
Kubrick becomes a maverick; Bergman hangs out with Death, and Fellini scores with a hooker.
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1. Paths of Glory (1957)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.
Kubrick the visual master story teller finds his creative voice with this...
2. The Seventh Seal (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
Bergman's finest as he play chess with Death...
3. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama
A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.
Votes: 625,552 | Gross: $4.36M
Every film student should watch and learn...
4. Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
A waifish prostitute wanders the streets of Rome looking for true love but finds only heartbreak.
Votes: 39,676 | Gross: $0.75M
Fellini and Giulietta create magic...
5. Throne of Blood (1957)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History
A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.
The Japanese Samurai McBeth works perfectly...
6. A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Music
An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?
Kazan knows how to deal with social dilemmas even before they become one...
7. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War
British POWs build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, oblivious of the Allies' plans to destroy it.
Votes: 190,697 | Gross: $44.91M
One of the better prison war films done the spectacular Lean way...
8. Le Notti Bianche (1957)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance
A humble clerk courts a woman who night after night awaits for the return of her lover.
Marcello delivers for Visconti...
9. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.
Votes: 96,954 | Gross: $8.18M
A strong start that kind of whimpers by the end...
10. Edge of the City (1957)
Approved | 85 min | Drama
Two New York City longshoremen Axel Nordmann, an Army deserter and Tommy Tyler, an easy-going freight car loader whose growing friendship is threatened by Charles Malik, a notably repellent punk.
Ritt gets the best out of this young cast of the future...
11. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Approved | 96 min | Drama, Film-Noir
Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.
Lancaster is on fire...
12. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)
Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Thriller, Western
Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.
A fine Western drama...
13. Wild Strawberries (1957)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance
After living a life marked by coldness, an aging professor is forced to confront the emptiness of his existence.
Bergman gets amazing results from Sjostrom and Andersson...
14. Il Grido (1957)
Not Rated | 116 min | Drama
A man wanders aimlessly, away from his town, away from the woman he loved, emotionally and socially inactive.
Early Antonioni still packs a punch...
15. An Affair to Remember (1957)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen?
A real romantic movie that perfectly plays with your emotions and takes you on a masterful melodrama ride...
16. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Drama, War
During World War II, an American marine and an Irish nun form an unlikely friendship after being stranded on a South Pacific island. They find comfort in one another as the two hope for a rescue.
Mitchum and Kerr give it heart...
17. The Tall T (1957)
Approved | 78 min | Romance, Thriller, Western
An independent former ranch foreman is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by trio of ruthless outlaws.
Boetticher makes something out of little...
18. Aparajito (1956)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone.
Votes: 10,006 | Gross: $0.17M
Satyajit continues the tale of an Indian boy with mix results...
19. The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
PG | 115 min | Comedy, Romance
An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the Prince Regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her.
Monroe steals the show...
20. Funny Face (1957)
Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.
Anything for Hepburn...
21. The Cranes Are Flying (1957)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, War
Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter.
Votes: 13,407 | Gross: $0.02M
Sweet youth of love lost to war...
22. Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Music, Musical
After serving time for manslaughter, young Vince Everett becomes a teenage rock star.
Votes: 7,250 | Gross: $4.00M
Prison bues with the King of Rock...
23. Men in War (1957)
Approved | 102 min | Action, Drama, War
During the Korean War, a battle-worn lieutenant and his platoon are behind enemy lines, and have orders to march to Hill 465 for possible relief.
It meant well, but fell short...
24. The Young Stranger (1957)
Approved | 84 min | Drama
When a 16-year-old, neglected by his movie producer father, gets in trouble, his father doesn't believe his claim of self-defense.
Frankenheimer's early piece is of some interest...
25. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Not Rated | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him.
Jack Arnold knows how to make these silly films enjoyable...
26. The Pajama Game (1957)
Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
An Iowa pajama factory worker falls in love with an affable superintendent who had been hired by the factory's boss to help oppose the workers' demand for a pay raise.
Too damn cute...
27. The Delinquents (1957)
Not Rated | 72 min | Drama
A frustrated young man, separated from his younger girlfriend, gets involved in a juvenile gang.
Votes: 477 | Gross: $1.00M
Curious piece for Altman fans...
28. Mister Rock and Roll (1957)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Musical
The saga of how Alan Freed discovered rock and roll. The new musical sounds are traced back to their roots in jazz, blues and gospel. Appearances by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Lymon, Lionel Hampton.
A bit of silliness with great Rock 'n' Roll music...
29. Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, murderous giant crabs.
Another Corman trashy classic...
30. Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
On a small South Pacific island during WW2, various US Navy P.R. personnel pass the time romancing the nurses and the native girls while trying to avoid front line Sea Duty.
Don't go near this film...