Best of 1957

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1. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

87 Metascore

After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 187,021 | Gross: $44.91M

2. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester

Votes: 93,755 | Gross: $8.18M

3. Sayonara (1957)

Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, Romance

A US Air Force major in Kobe confronts his own opposition to marriages between American servicemen and Japanese women when he falls for a beautiful performer.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Ricardo Montalban, Patricia Owens, James Garner

Votes: 5,430 | Gross: $26.30M

4. 12 Angry Men (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A jury holdout attempts to prevent a miscarriage of justice by forcing his colleagues to reconsider the evidence.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler

Votes: 600,798 | Gross: $4.36M

5. Peyton Place (1957)

Approved | 157 min | Drama, Romance

A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 4,764 | Gross: $25.60M

6. A Hatful of Rain (1957)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

A Korean War veteran's morphine addiction wreaks havoc upon his family.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Don Murray, Eva Marie Saint, Anthony Franciosa, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 978

7. A Farewell to Arms (1957)

Approved | 152 min | Drama, Romance, War

An English nurse and an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I fall in love, but the horrors surrounding them test their romance to the limit.

Directors: Charles Vidor, John Huston | Stars: Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones, Vittorio De Sica, Oskar Homolka

Votes: 2,233 | Gross: $11.00M

8. Les Girls (1957)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Musical

After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) is sued for libeling her fellow dancer Angele (Taina Elg). A Rashomon... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg

Votes: 2,298

9. A Face in the Crowd (1957)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Music

72 Metascore

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?

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau

Votes: 12,172

10. 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.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr

Votes: 7,240

11. 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.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Glenn Ford, Gia Scala, Earl Holliman, Anne Francis

Votes: 545

12. 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.

Directors: George Abbott, Stanley Donen | Stars: Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney, Eddie Foy Jr.

Votes: 2,918

13. Love in the Afternoon (1957)

Not Rated | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, John McGiver

Votes: 12,505

14. Raintree County (1957)

Approved | 160 min | Drama, Romance, War

A student falls in love with a Southern belle, but their relationship is complicated by her troubled past and the onset of the Civil War.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, Nigel Patrick

Votes: 3,177

15. Pal Joey (1957)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

Joey Evans is charming, handsome, funny, talented, and a first class, A-number-one heel. When Joey meets the former chorus girl ("She used to be 'Vera...with the Vanishing Veils'") and now ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Barbara Nichols

Votes: 4,255

16. Written on the Wind (1956)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone

Votes: 9,138

17. The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

Approved | 135 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo transatlantic crossing.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith, Bartlett Robinson

Votes: 6,735

18. La Strada (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Votes: 53,373

19. The Great Man (1956)

Approved | 92 min | Drama

Joe Harris, preparing a eulogy for popular radio commentator Herb Fuller, finds that nobody has a good word to say about him.

Director: José Ferrer | Stars: José Ferrer, Dean Jagger, Keenan Wynn, Julie London

Votes: 295

20. Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

The life and career of vaudevillian and silent screen horror star Lon Chaney, including his contentious relationship with his neurotic wife and his premature death.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 2,097

21. 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.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michel Auclair

Votes: 24,050

22. The Sun Also Rises (1957)

Approved | 130 min | Drama

A group of disillusioned American expatriate writers live a dissolute, hedonistic lifestyle in 1920's France and Spain.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn, Mel Ferrer

Votes: 1,898

23. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

Passed | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Western

Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Jo Van Fleet

Votes: 12,530 | Gross: $11.75M

24. Operation Mad Ball (1957)

105 min | Comedy, War

In post-WW2 France, U.S. Army hospital private Hogan and Captain Lock try to outwit one another on issues such as wooing pretty nurses, accounting for missing medical supplies, organizing unauthorized dances and influencing their C.O.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Kathryn Grant, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 804

25. Old Yeller (1957)

Approved | 83 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A teenage boy grows to love a stray yellow dog while helping his mother and younger brother run their Texas homestead while their father is away on a cattle drive. First thought to be good-for-nothing mutt, Old Yeller is soon beloved by all.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Jeff York

Votes: 10,570 | Gross: $21.91M

26. Time Limit (1957)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, War

During the Korean War former prisoner of war, Major Harry Cargill admits to having collaborated with the enemy but military investigator Colonel William Edwards wants the details.

Director: Karl Malden | Stars: Richard Widmark, Richard Basehart, Dolores Michaels, June Lockhart

Votes: 813

27. The Joker Is Wild (1957)

Approved | 126 min | Drama, Musical

Frank Sinatra plays Joe E. Lewis, a famous comedian of the 1930s-50s. When the movie opens, Lewis is a young, talented singer who performs in speakeasies. When he bolts one job for another,... See full summary »

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanne Crain, Eddie Albert

Votes: 1,051

28. Tammy and the Bachelor (1957)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

An unsophisticated young woman from the Mississippi swamps falls in love with an unconventional southern gentleman.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Walter Brennan, Leslie Nielsen, Mala Powers

Votes: 2,000

29. Designing Woman (1957)

Approved | 118 min | Comedy, Romance

A sportswriter and a fashion-designer marry after a whirlwind romance, and discover they have little in common.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray, Sam Levene

Votes: 3,788

30. Silk Stockings (1957)

Approved | 117 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A musical remake of Ninotchka: After three bumbling Soviet agents fail in their mission to retrieve a straying Soviet composer from Paris, the beautiful, ultra-serious Ninotchka is sent to ... See full summary »

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre

Votes: 3,292

31. Full of Life (1956)

Approved | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

Writer Nick and his wife Emily are expecting their first child. When a necessary home repair proves too costly to afford, Nick must swallow his pride and visit his father, a proud immigrant... See full summary »

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Judy Holliday, Richard Conte, Salvatore Baccaloni, Esther Minciotti

Votes: 348

32. The Silent World (1956)

86 min | Documentary

This pioneering nature documentary investigates aquatic habitats in various locations around the world. It doesn't shy away from the brutality present in the natural world, but it also ... See full summary »

Directors: Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Louis Malle | Stars: Frédéric Dumas, Albert Falco, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, François Saout

Votes: 1,233

33. 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.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Richard Wattis, David Horne

Votes: 6,958

34. Fear Strikes Out (1957)

Approved | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore, Adam Williams

Votes: 1,549

35. Battle Hymn (1957)

Approved | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History

A remorseful bomber pilot-turned-minister rejoins for the Korean War.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Rock Hudson, Anna Kashfi, Dan Duryea, Don DeFore

Votes: 905

36. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956)

PG | 104 min | Drama, History

The timeless tale of the seductive gypsy Esmeralda and the tortured hunchback Quasimodo.

Director: Jean Delannoy | Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Anthony Quinn, Jean Danet, Alain Cuny

Votes: 2,223

37. Perri (1957)

G | 75 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

True-Life nature photography is used to tell the tale of a female tree squirrel named Perri who encounters many different forest creatures, both friendly and dangerous, as she grows up through the four seasons and finds a mate named Porro.

Directors: Paul Kenworthy, Ralph Wright | Star: Winston Hibler

Votes: 281

38. 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.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana

Votes: 16,789

39. The Tin Star (1957)

Approved | 93 min | Western

A cynical former sheriff turned bounty hunter helps a young, recently appointed acting sheriff with his advice, his experience and his gun.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Betsy Palmer, Michel Ray

Votes: 4,462

40. The Green Man (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy

Work has been going with a bang for freelance assassin Hawkins but a job in England just after the war is a different matter. His apparently easy target, a pompous government minister, is ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Day, Basil Dearden | Stars: Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas, Jill Adams

Votes: 1,183

41. 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.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready

Votes: 158,462

42. Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the first major naval battle of World War II, the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Peter Finch, Ian Hunter

Votes: 3,492

43. Westward Ho, the Wagons! (1956)

Approved | 90 min | Family, Western

The adventures of a group of pioneers as their wagon train crosses the West.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Fess Parker, Kathleen Crowley, Jeff York, David Stollery

Votes: 250

44. The Gold of Naples (1954)

Not Rated | 138 min | Comedy, Drama

Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Neapolitan episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) losing ... See full summary »

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Silvana Mangano, Sophia Loren, Eduardo De Filippo, Paolo Stoppa

Votes: 1,287

45. An Affair to Remember (1957)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Romance

A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building - but will it happen?

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Richard Denning, Neva Patterson

Votes: 25,763



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