The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
“The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity” is a powerful and thought-provoking movie released in 1959. It follows the journey of Kaji, a soldier labeled as Red, who faces mistreatment and witnesses the cruelties within the Japanese army. As he rebels against the abusive treatment of fellow recruits and witnesses his friend defecting, Kaji finds himself in a lost battle against the Russian tanks division. With a talented cast including Tatsuya Nakadai and Michiyo Aratama, this film sheds light on the harsh realities of war and the resilience of the human spirit.
“Apur Sansar” is a captivating movie released in 1959, starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore. It follows the story of Apu, a young unemployed student with aspirations of becoming a writer. When an old college friend convinces him to attend a village wedding, Apu’s life takes an unexpected turn. With a talented cast and an intriguing plot, this film is definitely worth watching!”
The Great War
“The Great War” is a captivating Italian film released in 1959, set during the First World War. It follows the story of Oreste Jacovacci and Giovanni Busacca, two young Italians who desperately try to avoid serving in the army. With a stellar cast including Vittorio Gassman, Alberto Sordi, and Silvana Mangano, this movie offers a humorous and engaging portrayal of the challenges faced by these characters during a tumultuous time in history.
Some Like It Hot
“Some Like It Hot” is a hilarious and thrilling comedy from 1959 that follows two musicians who accidentally witness a mob hit. In order to escape the gangsters, they disguise themselves as women and join an all-girl band on tour. With a star-studded cast including Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe, this film is filled with laughs, romance, and a lot of unexpected twists. It’s no wonder it made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of 1959!
Ballad of a Soldier
“Ballad of a Soldier” is a heartwarming movie set during World War II, following the story of Alyosha Skvortsov, a brave Russian soldier. After performing a heroic deed on the battlefield, he is granted a short leave and decides to visit his mother. Along the way, Alyosha’s kindhearted nature leads him to help others, including a lovely girl named Shura. This touching film explores his journey through a war-torn country, as he strives to keep hope alive. Starring Vladimir Ivashov and Zhanna Prokhorenko, “Ballad of a Soldier” was released on December 1, 1959, and is considered one of the best movies of that year.
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
“The Human Condition I: No Greater Love” is a powerful movie released in 1959 that tells the story of Kaji, a man who accepts a job as a labor chief in Manchuria to avoid military service. Alongside his wife Michiko, Kaji faces numerous challenges as he tries to implement more humane treatment for the workers, including dealing with scheming officials, cruel foremen, and the military police. With a talented cast including Tatsuya Nakadai and Michiyo Aratama, this film offers a gripping portrayal of one man’s struggle against injustice in a historical setting.
North by Northwest
“North by Northwest” is a thrilling movie from 1959 that follows the story of Roger Thornhill, an advertising man who gets mistaken for a spy. This leads to an intense and dangerous chase across the country. Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason, this classic film is a must-watch for fans of suspense and action.
“Ben-Hur,” released on November 18, 1959, is an epic historical drama set in ancient Judea during 25 AD. The movie follows Judah Ben-Hur, a courageous Jew who defies the Roman empire’s occupation. Falsely accused by his childhood friend-turned-overlord, he endures years of slavery while plotting to rescue his family, seek revenge, and find redemption. With an incredible cast including Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, and Haya Harareet, this captivating film also intertwines the life and teachings of Jesus in the backdrop, adding a profound spiritual dimension to the story.
“Rio Bravo” is a classic Western film released in 1959, starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Angie Dickinson, and more. Set in southwest Texas, the story revolves around a determined sheriff who must protect a murderer from his powerful rancher brother’s attempts to free him. With the help of his loyal deputies, they face off against hired guns and unexpected challenges, all while a young gunslinger and a mysterious beauty add to the suspense. It’s a thrilling tale of loyalty, courage, and survival in the Wild West.
Anatomy of a Murder
“Anatomy of a Murder” is a gripping legal drama from 1959 that made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year. Starring James Stewart, Lee Remick, and Ben Gazzara, the film follows a retired lawyer who takes on the case of an Army Lieutenant accused of murder after his wife claims she was raped. With intense courtroom battles and a mysterious business partner, this movie keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
“Floating Weeds” is a captivating drama from 1959 that tells the story of a theater troupe’s master who pays a visit to his former lover, setting off a series of unexpected events with devastating consequences. With an impressive cast including Ganjirō Nakamura II, Machiko Kyō, and Ayako Wakao, this film takes you on a journey filled with passion, heartache, and the complexities of human relationships. Released on November 17, 1959, it’s no wonder this movie made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year.
“The Widower” is a captivating Italian film from 1959 that revolves around Alberto Nardi, a self-proclaimed capable businessman whose factory constantly teeters on the edge of disaster. With his wealthy and no-nonsense wife, Elvira Almiraghi, supporting him financially, Alberto’s attempts to keep his factory afloat are met with her barely tolerating his efforts. Starring a talented cast including Alberto Sordi and Franca Valeri, this movie offers a humorous and engaging portrayal of the challenges faced by a struggling entrepreneur in 1950s Rome.
Imitation of Life
“Imitation of Life” is a captivating movie set in 1940s New York. It tells the story of a white widow who aspires to be a Broadway star and her unexpected friendship with a black single mother who becomes her maid. With a talented cast including Lana Turner, John Gavin, and Sandra Dee, this film explores themes of race, dreams, and the complexities of relationships. Released in 1959, it’s definitely one of the best movies of that year!
“The Bridge” is a captivating German film released in 1959 that tells the story of a group of young boys during the final months of World War II. Set in their home village, these boys are ordered to protect a seemingly insignificant bridge while the defeated German soldiers flee from the approaching American troops. Fueled by their unwavering enthusiasm for the Nazi ideology, the boys stay behind to defend the bridge, leading to a thought-provoking exploration of the consequences of blind loyalty. Starring a talented cast including Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, and Michael Hinz, this movie is based on a powerful anti-war novel and offers a poignant reflection on the complexities of war.
Suddenly, Last Summer
“Suddenly, Last Summer” is a gripping 1959 movie starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift. Set in the backdrop of a tragic vacation, the film follows the disturbing aftermath of a young man’s death. As secrets unravel, a wealthy widow seeks to silence her niece by pushing for a lobotomy, leading to a chilling tale of truth and madness. Released on December 22, 1959, this movie is a must-watch for fans of psychological thrillers and stellar performances.
The Diary of Anne Frank
“The Diary of Anne Frank” is a powerful and heart-wrenching movie based on the true story of a young Jewish girl and her family who are forced to hide in an attic during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. With a talented cast including Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, and Shelley Winters, this 1959 film brings to life the courage and resilience of Anne Frank and her companions as they navigate the horrors of World War II. Released on March 18, 1959, this movie is a must-watch for anyone seeking a moving portrayal of one of history’s most tragic periods.
“Pillow Talk” is a delightful romantic comedy released in 1959, starring the talented Doris Day, Rock Hudson, and Tony Randall. The film revolves around the amusing story of Brad Allen, a charming songwriter who constantly annoys his neighbor Jan Morrow by using their shared telephone party line for his romantic pursuits. Things take an unexpected turn when Brad decides to win Jan’s heart by pretending to be a sincere Texas rancher, leading to hilarious and heartwarming moments. With a fantastic cast and a release date of October 7, 1959, this movie is definitely one of the best voted films of that year!
“Operation Petticoat” is a hilarious World War II comedy that follows a submarine commander, played by the legendary Cary Grant, who is faced with a damaged sub and an unconventional executive officer, portrayed by Tony Curtis. To make matters even more interesting, they find themselves accompanied by a group of army nurses. Released in 1959, this movie is a delightful mix of comedy and adventure that will keep you entertained from start to finish.
The Nun’s Story
“The Nun’s Story” is a captivating movie released in 1959 that tells the story of Sister Luke, played by the talented Audrey Hepburn. Set during World War II, the film follows Sister Luke’s journey as she grapples with her commitment to her vows amidst various challenges and disappointments. With a stellar cast including Peter Finch, Edith Evans, and Peggy Ashcroft, this movie is a must-watch for those seeking a thought-provoking and emotional cinematic experience.
The Horse Soldiers
“The Horse Soldiers” is a thrilling 1959 movie set during the American Civil War. It follows a Union Cavalry outfit as they embark on a dangerous mission to destroy a Confederate rail supply center. Starring John Wayne and William Holden, the film also features an intriguing storyline involving a doctor, a southern belle, and a secret plan that must be protected at all costs. Released on June 11, 1959, this action-packed movie is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of historical dramas.
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