List of American films of 1959

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The American films of 1959 are listed in a table of the films which were made in the United States and released in 1959. The film Ben-Hur won the Academy Award for Best Picture, among winning a record-setting eleven Oscars.

A-B[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
4D Man Irvin S. Yeaworth, Jr. Robert Lansing, Lee Meriwether Science fiction Produced, written by Jack H. Harris
The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock Sidney Miller Lou Costello, Dorothy Provine Comedy Released after Costello's death
Al Capone Richard Wilson Rod Steiger, Nehemiah Persoff, James Gregory, Fay Spain Biography Allied Artists
Alias Jesse James Norman Z. McLeod Bob Hope, Rhonda Fleming Western comedy United Artists
The Alligator People Roy Del Ruth Beverly Garland, Bruce Bennett Horror Fox
Anatomy of a Murder Otto Preminger James Stewart, Lee Remick, George C. Scott, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell, Eve Arden, Joseph N. Welch, Kathryn Grant Crime drama Columbia Pictures; based on a book by Robert Traver; 7 Oscar nominations
The Angry Hills Robert Aldrich Robert Mitchum, Stanley Baker, Gia Scala War MGM
The Angry Red Planet Ib Melchior Gerald Mohr, Naura Hayden Science fiction American-International
The Atomic Submarine Spencer Gordon Bennet Arthur Franz, Dick Foran Science fiction Allied Artists
Ask Any Girl Charles Walters David Niven, Shirley MacLaine, Gig Young, Rod Taylor Comedy MGM
Attack of the Giant Leeches Bernard L. Kowalski Ken Clarke, Yvette Vickers Science fiction American-International
The Bat Crane Wilbur Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Darla Hood Science fiction Hood's final screen appearance
Battle of the Coral Sea Paul Wendkos Cliff Robertson, Gia Scala Adventure Columbia
Beast from Haunted Cave Monte Hellman Michael Forest, Frank Wolff Science fiction
The Beat Generation Charles F. Haas Mamie Van Doren, Ray Danton, Fay Spain Drama MGM
Behemoth, the Sea Monster Eugène Lourié Gene Evans, André Morell Science fiction Allied Artists
Beloved Infidel Henry King Gregory Peck, Deborah Kerr Biography Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ben-Hur William Wyler Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Martha Scott, Hugh Griffith, Cathy O'Donnell, Sam Jaffe Drama, Epic MGM; won a record 11 Academy Awards; remake of 1925 silent film
The Best of Everything Jean Negulesco Diane Baker, Stephen Boyd, Hope Lange, Louis Jourdan, Suzy Parker Drama 20th Century Fox; 2 Oscar nominations
The Big Circus Joseph M. Newman Victor Mature, Red Buttons, Rhonda Fleming, David Nelson, Kathryn Grant Drama Allied Artists
The Big Fisherman Frank Borzage Howard Keel, Susan Kohner, John Saxon Drama Buena Vista
The Big Operator Charles F. Haas Mickey Rooney, Steve Cochran, Mamie Van Doren Crime drama MGM
Blue Denim Philip Dunne Carol Lynley, Macdonald Carey, Brandon deWilde Drama 20th Century Fox
Bonanza Bunny Bugs Bunny Animated
Born to Be Loved Hugo Haas Carol Morris, Dick Kallman Drama
A Bucket of Blood Roger Corman Dick Miller, Ed Nelson Horror
But Not for Me Walter Lang Clark Gable, Carroll Baker, Lilli Palmer, Lee J. Cobb Romantic comedy Paramount

C-D[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Career Joseph Anthony Dean Martin, Tony Franciosa, Carolyn Jones, Shirley MacLaine Drama Paramount; written by Dalton Trumbo; 3 Oscar nominations
Compulsion Richard Fleischer Bradford Dillman, Dean Stockwell, Diane Varsi, Orson Welles Crime drama based on Leopold and Loeb
Count Your Blessings Jean Negulesco Deborah Kerr, Rossano Brazzi Drama MGM
Crime and Punishment U.S.A. Denis Sanders George Hamilton, Mary Murphy, Marian Seldes Crime Allied Artists
The Crimson Kimono Samuel Fuller Victoria Shaw, Glenn Corbett, James Shigeta Film noir Columbia
Cuban Rebel Girls Barry Mahon Errol Flynn, Beverly Aadland Drama
Darby O'Gill and the Little People Robert Stevenson Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery Fantasy Walt Disney
Date with Death Harold Daniels Gerald Mohr, Liz Renay Crime
Day of the Outlaw André de Toth Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise Western United Artists
The Devil's Disciple Guy Hamilton Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier Drama United Artists; based on George Bernard Shaw play
The Diary of Anne Frank George Stevens Joseph Schildkraut, Ed Wynn, Shelley Winters, Millie Perkins, Richard Beymer, Diane Baker Biography 20th Century Fox; won 3 Academy Awards
Don't Give Up the Ship Norman Taurog Jerry Lewis, Dina Merrill, Gale Gordon Comedy Paramount
Donald in Mathmagic Land Clarence Nash Animation

E-H[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Edge of Eternity Don Siegel Cornel Wilde, Victoria Shaw Drama Columbia
The FBI Story Mervyn LeRoy James Stewart, Vera Miles Drama Warner Bros.
Face of a Fugitive Paul Wendkos Fred MacMurray, Myrna Fahey, James Coburn Western Columbia
First Man into Space Robert Day Marshall Thompson Science fiction MGM
The Five Pennies Melville Shavelson Danny Kaye, Louis Armstrong Biography, Musical story of musician Red Nichols; 4 Oscar nominations
For the First Time Rudolph Mate Mario Lanza, Johanna von Koczian, Zsa Zsa Gabor Musical MGM
The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake Edward L. Cahn Eduard Franz, Valerie French Science fiction United Artists
The Fugitive Kind Sidney Lumet Marlon Brando, Joanne Woodward, Anna Magnani Drama United Artists
Gangster Story Walter Matthau Walter Matthau, Carol Grace Crime drama
The Gazebo George Marshall Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds, Carl Reiner Black comedy MGM; based on the play
The Gene Krupa Story Don Weis Sal Mineo, Susan Oliver, James Darren Biography story of drummer Gene Krupa
The Giant Gila Monster Ray Kellogg Don Sullivan, Fred Graham Science fiction
Gidget Paul Wendkos Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, James Darren Comedy 4 film sequels; 2 TV series
Girls Town Charles F. Haas Mamie van Doren, Mel Torme, Paul Anka Drama Anka sings Lonely Boy
The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery Charles Guggenheim Steve McQueen Drama United Artists
Green Mansions Mel Ferrer Audrey Hepburn, Anthony Perkins Drama Based on W. H. Hudson novel
The Gunfight at Dodge City Joseph M. Newman Joel McCrea, Julie Adams, John McIntire Western United Artists
Guns Girls and Gangsters Edward L. Cahn Mamie Van Doren, Lee Van Cleef Drama United Artists
The Hanging Tree Delmer Daves Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, Karl Malden, George C. Scott Drama Scott's first film
The Hangman Michael Curtiz Robert Taylor, Tina Louise, Fess Parker Western Paramount
Happy Anniversary David Miller David Niven, Mitzi Gaynor Comedy United Artists
Have Rocket, Will Travel David Lowell Rich Three Stooges Science fiction Columbia
A Hole in the Head Frank Capra Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Carolyn Jones, Eddie Hodges Drama United Artists; Oscar for song High Hopes
Holiday for Lovers Henry Levin Clifton Webb, Jane Wyman, Jill St. John Comedy 20th Century Fox
The Horse Soldiers John Ford John Wayne, William Holden Western United Artists
House on Haunted Hill William Castle Vincent Price, Elisha Cook, Jr. Horror remade in 1999

I-N[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Imitation of Life Douglas Sirk Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Juanita Moore, Susan Kohner Drama 2 Oscar nominations; Sirk's final film
The Immoral Mr. Teas Russ Meyer Sex comedy
Invisible Invaders Edward L. Cahn John Agar Science fiction
Island of Lost Women Frank Tuttle Jeff Richards, Venetia Stevenson Science fiction Warner Bros.
It Happened to Jane Richard Quine Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs Comedy Columbia
It Started with a Kiss George Marshall Glenn Ford, Debbie Reynolds Romantic comedy MGM
Jazz on a Summer's Day Bert Stern Documentary Newport jazz festival
The Jazz Singer Ralph Nelson Jerry Lewis, Anna Maria Alberghetti Drama TV film
Jet Over the Atlantic Byron Haskin Guy Madison, Virginia Mayo, George Raft Drama Inter-Continent Films
Jet Storm Cy Endfield Richard Attenborough, Stanley Baker Drama
John Paul Jones John Farrow Robert Stack, Bette Davis, Marisa Pavan Biography Warner Bros.
The Journey Anatole Litvak Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Robert Morley Drama MGM
Journey to the Center of the Earth Henry Levin James Mason, Pat Boone, Diane Baker Science fiction 20th Century Fox; from novel by Jules Verne
The Killer Shrews Ray Kellogg Ken Curtis, James Best Science fiction
The Last Angry Man Daniel Mann Paul Muni, David Wayne Drama 2 Oscar nominations
The Last Mile Howard W. Koch Mickey Rooney Crime drama United Artists
Last Train from Gun Hill John Sturges Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones Western Paramount
The Legend of Tom Dooley Ted Post Michael Landon, Jo Morrow Western
Li'l Abner Melvin Frank Peter Palmer, Leslie Parrish, Stella Stevens, Howard St. John, Stubby Kaye, Julie Newmar Musical comedy based on Al Capp comic strip and stage musical
The Man in the Net Michael Curtiz Alan Ladd, Carolyn Jones, Diane Brewster Film noir United Artists
The Mating Game George Marshall Debbie Reynolds, Tony Randall Comedy MGM
The Miracle Irving Rapper Carroll Baker, Roger Moore Drama
Miracle on 34th Street Ed Wynn, Orson Bean Fantasy Made for TV
Muscle Up a Little Closer Jules White Three Stooges Short subject
Never So Few John Sturges Frank Sinatra, Steve McQueen, Peter Lawford, Gina Lollobrigida War drama MGM
Night of the Ghouls Ed Wood Kenne Duncan, Duke Moore Horror
Night of the Quarter Moon Hugo Haas Julie London, Dean Jones Drama MGM
No Name on the Bullet Jack Arnold Audie Murphy, Joan Evans Western Universal
North by Northwest Alfred Hitchcock Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau, Leo G. Carroll, Jessie Royce Landis Suspense MGM; 3 Oscar nominations
The Nun's Story Fred Zinnemann Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft Drama Warner Bros.; 8 Oscar nominations

O-S[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Odds Against Tomorrow Robert Wise Harry Belafonte, Shelley Winters Film noir United Artists
On the Beach Stanley Kramer Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins Science fiction 2 Oscar nominations; BAFTA award for Kramer
Operation Petticoat Blake Edwards Cary Grant, Tony Curtis Comedy Universal
Pillow Talk Michael Gordon Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall Comedy Universal; Oscar for screenplay, 5 nominations
Plan 9 from Outer Space Ed Wood Bela Lugosi, Vampira, Tor Johnson Science fiction influenced film Ed Wood
Porgy and Bess Otto Preminger Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis, Jr., Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll, Brock Peters Musical music by George Gershwin
Pork Chop Hill Lewis Milestone Gregory Peck, Woody Strode, Rip Torn, George Peppard War United Artists
Prisoner of the Volga Victor Tourjansky John Derek, Elsa Martinelli Drama
Pull My Daisy Short subject
Return of the Fly Edward Bernds Vincent Price, Brett Halsey Science fiction sequel to The Fly
Ride Lonesome Budd Boetticher Randolph Scott Western Columbia
Rio Bravo Howard Hawks John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond Western Warner Bros.
The Rookie George O'Hanlon Tommy Noonan, Julie Newmar, Peter Marshall Comedy 20th Century Fox
Say One for Me Frank Tashlin Bing Crosby, Debbie Reynolds, Robert Wagner, Ray Walston Musical 20th Century Fox
The Scapegoat Robert Hamer Alec Guinness, Bette Davis Drama MGM
Shadows John Cassavetes Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni Drama
The Shaggy Dog Charles Barton Fred MacMurray, Tommy Kirk Comedy Disney
Shake Hands with the Devil Michael Anderson James Cagney, Don Murray, Dana Wynter Drama United Artists; filmed in Ireland
Sleeping Beauty Clyde Geronimi Eleanor Audley, Mary Costa Animated film Disney
Solomon and Sheba King Vidor Yul Brynner, Gina Lollobrigida Drama United Artists
Some Like It Hot Billy Wilder Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown Comedy won 3 Golden Globes; nominated for 6 Oscars
The Sound and the Fury Martin Ritt Yul Brynner, Joanne Woodward, Margaret Leighton, Stuart Whitman, Jack Warden Drama 20th Century Fox; from book by William Faulkner
Space Invasion of Lapland Virgil W. Vogel Barbara Wilson, Robert Burton Science fiction
A Stranger in My Arms Helmut Käutner Jeff Chandler, June Allyson, Mary Astor War drama Universal
Suddenly, Last Summer Joseph L. Mankiewicz Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift Drama Columbia; written by Tennessee Williams; Golden Globe for Taylor
A Summer Place Delmer Daves Richard Egan, Sandra Dee, Troy Donahue Drama based on the novel

T-Z[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
Tarzan's Greatest Adventure John Guillerman Gordon Scott, Sean Connery Adventure Paramount
Tarzan, the Ape Man Joseph M. Newman Denny Miller, Joanna Barnes Adventure MGM
Teenage Zombies Jerry Warren Don Sullivan, Katherine Victor Horror
Teenagers from Outer Space Tom Graeff Dawn Bender, Bryan Grant Science fiction
Ten Seconds to Hell Robert Aldrich Jack Palance, Jeff Chandler War United Artists
Terror Is a Man Gerardo de Leon Francis Lederer, Greta Thyssen Horror U.S./Philippines production
That Kind of Woman Sidney Lumet Sophia Loren, Tab Hunter, Jack Warden Drama Paramount
These Thousand Hills Richard Fleischer Don Murray, Richard Egan, Lee Remick, Patricia Owens Western 20th Century Fox
They Came to Cordura Robert Rossen Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Van Heflin, Richard Conte, Dick York, Tab Hunter Western Columbia
Third Man on the Mountain Ken Annakin Michael Rennie, James MacArthur, Janet Munro Family Disney
Thunder in the Sun Russell Rouse Susan Hayward, Jeff Chandler Western Paramount
The Tingler William Castle Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn Science fiction Columbia
The Trap Norman Panama Richard Widmark, Lee J. Cobb, Earl Holliman, Tina Louise Crime 20th Century Fox
Up Periscope Gordon Douglas James Garner, Edmund O'Brien, Andra Martin, Alan Hale, Jr. War Warner Bros.
Warlock Edward Dmytryk Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Malone Western 20th Century Fox
The Wasp Woman Roger Corman Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley Horror
Westbound Budd Boetticher Randolph Scott, Virginia Mayo, Karen Steele Western Warner Bros.
The Wild and the Innocent Jack Sher Audie Murphy, Joanne Dru, Gilbert Roland Western
Window Water Baby Moving Stan Brakhage Experimental
Woman Obsessed Henry Hathaway Susan Hayward, Stephen Boyd Drama
The Wonderful Country Robert Parrish Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Pedro Armendáriz, Albert Dekker, Satchel Paige Western United Artists
The World, the Flesh and the Devil Ranald MacDougall Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens Science fiction MGM
The Wreck of the Mary Deare Michael Anderson Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave Thriller MGM
Yellowstone Kelly Gordon Douglas Clint Walker, Edd Byrnes, Ray Danton Western Warner Bros.
The Young Captives Irvin Kershner Steven Marlo, Luana Patten Drama
The Young Land Ted Tetzlaff Dennis Hopper, Patrick Wayne Western
The Young Philadelphians Vincent Sherman Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Robert Vaughn, Brian Keith, Alexis Smith Drama Warner Bros.

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