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Movies: Popular Movies of 1956

Movies in chronological context: 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1956th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 956th year of the 2nd millennium, the 56th year of the 20th century, and the 7th year of the 1950s decade. ()

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The Ten Commandments(1956)

G
| 3h 40min | Drama, History
3.9/5 (with 501 votes)

Escaping death, a Hebrew infant is raised in a royal household to become a prince. Upon discovery of his true heritage, Moses embarks on a personal quest to reclaim his destiny as the leader and liberator of the Hebrew people.

The Killing(1956)

NR
| 1h 25min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.9/5 (with 492 votes)

Career criminal Johnny Clay recruits a sharpshooter, a crooked police officer, a bartender and a betting teller named George, among others, for one last job before he goes straight and gets married. But when George tells his restless wife about the scheme to steal millions from the racetrack where he works, she hatches a plot of her own.

The Man Who Knew Too Much(1956)

3.8/5 (with 471 votes)

A widescreen, Technicolor remake by Hitchcock of his 1934 film of the same title. A couple vacationing in Morocco with their young son accidentally stumble upon an assassination plot. When the child is kidnapped to ensure their silence, they have to take matters into their own hands to save him.

The Searchers(1956)

NR
| 1h 59min | Western
3.9/5 (with 464 votes)

As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers(1956)

NR
| 1h 20min | Horror, Science Fiction
3.8/5 (with 332 votes)

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Forbidden Planet(1956)

1h 38min | Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 303 votes)

Starship C57D travels to planet Altair 4 in search of the crew of spaceship "Bellerophon," a scientific expedition that has been missing for 20 years, only to find themselves unwelcome by the expedition's lone survivor and warned of destruction by an invisible force if they don't turn back immediately.

Giant(1956)

NR
| 3h 21min | Drama, Western
3.8/5 (with 237 votes)

"Giant" is a movie of huge scale and grandeur in which three generations of land-rich Texans love, swagger, connive and clash in a saga of family strife, racial bigotry and conflict between cattle barons and newly rich oil tycoons.

Around the World in Eighty Days(1956)

3.4/5 (with 159 votes)

Based on the famous book by Jules Verne the movie follows Phileas Fogg on his journey around the world. Which has to be completed within 80 days, a very short period for those days.

The Wrong Man(1956)

NR
| 1h 46min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 157 votes)

In 1953, an innocent man named Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Balestrero is arrested after being mistaken for an armed robber.

A Man Escaped(1956)

1h 41min | Thriller, Drama, War
4.0/5 (with 153 votes)

A captured French Resistance fighter during World War II engineers a daunting escape from prison.

Night and Fog(1956)

4.2/5 (with 144 votes)

Filmmaker Alain Resnais documents the atrocities behind the walls of Hitler's concentration camps.

Directed by Alain Resnais - With Michel Bouquet

The King and I(1956)

3.6/5 (with 136 votes)

Widowed Welsh mother Anna Loenowens becomes a governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam. Anna and the King have a clash of personalities as she works to teach the royal family about the English language, customs and etiquette, and rushes to prepare a party for a group of European diplomats who must change their opinions about the King.

Directed by Walter Lang - With Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Carlos Rivas, Martin Benson, Alan Mowbray, ...
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Sissi: The Young Empress(1956)

3.6/5 (with 127 votes)

Sissi is now the empress of Austria and attempts to learn etiquette. While she is busy being empress she also has to deal with her difficult new mother-in-law, while the arch-duchess Sophie is trying to tell the emperor how to rule and also Sissi how to be a mother.

The Red Balloon(1956)

NR
| 34min | Fantasy, Drama, Kids & Family
3.9/5 (with 126 votes)

A young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere.

Toto, Peppino, and the Hussy(1956)

1h 46min | Comedy
4.1/5 (with 125 votes)

Antonio, Peppino and Lucia are three brothers who live in the country near Naples. Lucia's son, Gianni, goes to Naples to study medicine, but there he knows a ballet dancer. They fall in love and, when she goes to Milan, Gianni follows her. Informed of this and afraid that their nephew will stop studying, the three Caponi brothers leave for Milan to persuade Gianni to come back and continue studying and abandon the "Malafemmina" (bad girl).

Moby Dick(1956)

1h 56min | Adventure, Drama
3.5/5 (with 120 votes)

In 1841, young Ishmael signs up for service abroad the Pequod, a whaler sailing out of New Bedford. The ship is under the command of Captain Ahab, a strict disciplinarian who exhorts his men to find Moby Dick, the great white whale. Ahab lost his his leg to that creature and is desperate for revenge. As the crew soon learns, he will stop at nothing to gain satisfaction.

Four Bags Full(1956)

1h 20min | Drama, Comedy
3.6/5 (with 90 votes)

Two unlikely companions must smuggle four suitcases filled with contraband pork across Nazi-occupied Paris.

The Bad Seed(1956)

NR
| 2h 9min | Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 84 votes)

Air Force Colonel Kenneth Penmark and his wife, Christine, dote on their daughter, Rhoda -- as does their lonely landlady, Monica Breedlove. But self-centered Rhoda has a secret tendency for selfishness and loves to accumulate gifts, whether given or stolen, in her room. Christine keeps her knowledge of her daughter's darker side to herself, but when a schoolmate of Rhoda's dies mysteriously, her self-deception unravels.

The Band of Honest Men(1956)

1h 46min | Comedy
3.9/5 (with 83 votes)

Italy, mid '60s. Three guys from a poor neighbourhood try to get rich by printing fake money using the fact that one of them works as a typographer. The story unravels around their embarrassed efforts to spend the money, their little family issues and ends with a surprise.

War and Peace(1956)

PG
| 3h 28min | Drama, War, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 80 votes)

Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

Godzilla, King of the Monsters!(1956)

NR
| 1h 21min | Science Fiction, Horror
3.5/5 (with 80 votes)

During an assignment, foreign correspondent Steve Martin spends a layover in Tokyo and is caught amid the rampage of an unstoppable prehistoric monster the Japanese call 'Godzilla'. The only hope for both Japan and the world lies on a secret weapon, which may prove more destructive than the monster itself.

Bob le Flambeur(1956)

1h 43min | Drama, Action, Crime
3.7/5 (with 75 votes)

In Paris, Bob Montagne is practically synonymous with gambling -- and winning. He is kind, classy and well-liked by virtually everyone in town, including police inspector Ledru. However, when Bob's luck turns sour, he begins to lose friends and makes the most desperate gamble of his life: to rob the Deauville casino during Grand Prix weekend, when the vaults are full. Unfortunately, Bob soon learns that the game is rigged and the cops are on to him.

Bus Stop(1956)

3.1/5 (with 75 votes)

Cowboys Beauregard Decker and Virgil Blessing attend a rodeo in Phoenix, where Decker falls in love with beautiful cafe singer Cherie. He wants to take Cherie back to his native Montana and marry her, but she dreams of traveling to Hollywood and becoming famous. When she resists his advances, Decker forces Cherie onto the bus back to Montana with him, but, when the bus makes an unscheduled stop due to bad weather, the tables are turned.

High Society(1956)

NR
| 1h 51min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 73 votes)

Childhood friends Tracy Lord and C.K. Dexter Haven got married and quickly divorced. Now Tracy is about to marry again, this time to a shrewd social-climbing businessman. C.K. still loves her. Spy magazine blackmails Tracy's family by threatening to reveal her playboy father's exploits if not allowed to cover the wedding.

Aparajito(1956)

1h 50min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 73 votes)

The Unvanquished is the second part of the Apu film trilogy about the boy, Apu who gets a scholarship to study at a College in Calcutta. His mother is alone and torn between wanting him to be successful and not wanting him to leave her alone.

...And God Created Woman(1956)

PG
| 1h 35min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 71 votes)

Juliette Hardy is sexual dynamite, and has the men of a French coastal town panting. But Antoine, the only man who affects her likewise, wouldn't dream of settling down with a woman his friends consider the town tramp.

Lust for Life(1956)

NR
| 2h 2min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 67 votes)

An intense and imaginative artist, revered Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh possesses undeniable talent, but he is plagued by mental problems and frustrations with failure. Supported by his brother, Theo, the tormented Van Gogh eventually leaves Holland for France, where he meets volatile fellow painter Paul Gauguin and struggles to find greater inspiration.

Written on the Wind(1956)

NR
| 1h 39min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 64 votes)

Mitch Wayne is a geologist working for the Hadleys, an oil-rich Texas family. While the patriarch, Jared, works hard to establish the family business, his irresponsible son, Kyle, is an alcoholic playboy, and his daughter, Marylee, is the town tramp. Mitch harbors a secret love for Kyle's unsatisfied wife, Lucy -- a fact that leaves him exposed when the jealous Marylee accuses him of murder.

Directed by Douglas Sirk - With Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Robert Keith, Carlene King Johnson, ...

Anastasia(1956)

NR
| 1h 45min | Drama, History, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 56 votes)

Russian exiles in Paris plot to collect ten million pounds from the Bank of England by grooming a destitute, suicidal girl to pose as heir to the Russian throne. While Bounin is coaching her he comes to believe she is really Anastasia. In the end the Empress must decide her claim.

Rodan(1956)

PG
| 1h 12min | Horror, Science Fiction
3.3/5 (with 52 votes)

Mining engineer Shigeru investigates the disappearance and death of his fellow coworkers when prehistoric nymphs are discovered emerging from the mines. After an attack on the local village, Shigeru heads deeper into the mines only to make a more horrifying discovery in the form a prehistoric flying creature. Soon a second monster appears as the two converge in Fukuoka.

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