1956 in Film - Notable Films Released in 1956

Notable Films Released in 1956

U.S.A. unless stated

  • 7th Cavalry, starring Randolph Scott and Barbara Hale
  • 23 Paces to Baker Street, starring Van Johnson and Vera Miles
  • 1984, directed by Michael Anderson, starring Edmond O'Brien and Michael Redgrave - (Britain)


  • Accused of Murder, starring Vera Ralston
  • Alexander the Great, starring Richard Burton
  • Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves (Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum) - (India)
  • The Ambassador's Daughter, starring Olivia de Havilland, Myrna Loy, John Forsythe
  • Anastasia, starring Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner
  • And God Created Woman, directed by Roger Vadim, starring Brigitte Bardot - (France)
  • Aparajito (The Unvanquished), directed by Satyajit Ray - (India)
  • Around the World in 80 Days, directed by Michael Anderson, starring David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine - Academy Award for Best Picture
  • At Gunpoint, starring Fred MacMurray, Walter Brennan, Dorothy Malone
  • Attack, aka Attack!, directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Jack Palance, Eddie Albert, Lee Marvin
  • Autumn Leaves, starring Joan Crawford and Cliff Robertson
  • Away All Boats, starring Jeff Chandler


  • Baby Doll, directed by Elia Kazan, starring Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, Eli Wallach
  • Back from Eternity, starring Robert Ryan, Anita Ekberg, Rod Steiger
  • Backlash, starring Richard Widmark and Donna Reed
  • The Bad Seed, starring Nancy Kelly and Patty McCormack
  • Bandido, starring Robert Mitchum
  • The Battle of the River Plate, aka Pursuit of the Graf Spee, written and directed by Powell and Pressburger, starring John Gregson and Peter Finch - (Britain)
  • Behind the Headlines, starring Paul Carpenter and Hazel Court
  • The Benny Goodman Story, starring Steve Allen and Donna Reed
  • The Best Things in Life Are Free, starring Gordon MacRae, Dan Dailey, Sheree North
  • Between Heaven and Hell, directed by Richard Fleischer, starring Robert Wagner and Buddy Ebsen
  • Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, directed by Fritz Lang, starring Dana Andrews and Joan Fontaine
  • Bhowani Junction, starring Ava Gardner and Stewart Granger - (Britain/U.S.A.)
  • Bigger Than Life, directed by Nicholas Ray, starring James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau
  • The Birds and the Bees, starring George Gobel and Mitzi Gaynor
  • Bob le flambeur (Bob the Gambler), directed by Jean-Pierre Melville - (France)
  • The Bold and the Brave, starring Wendell Corey and Mickey Rooney
  • The Boss, starring John Payne and Doe Avedon
  • The Bottom of the Bottle, directed by Henry Hathaway, starring Van Johnson, Joseph Cotten, Ruth Roman
  • The Brave One, directed by Irving Rapper
  • The Burmese Harp (Biruma no tategoto), directed by Kon Ichikawa - (Japan)
  • The Burning Hills, starring Natalie Wood and Tab Hunter
  • Bus Stop, starring Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray


  • C.I.D., starring Dev Anand - (India)
  • Calabuch (aka The Rocket from Calabuch), directed by Luis García Berlanga, starring Edmund Gwenn and Valentina Cortese - (Spain)
  • Calle Mayor (Main Street), directed by Juan Antonio Bardem, starring Betsy Blair - (Spain)
  • Carnival Night (Karnavalnaya noch) - (USSR)
  • Carousel, directed by Henry King, starring Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae
  • The Case of the Mukkinese Battle Horn, comedy short starring Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Dick Emery - (Britain)
  • The Catered Affair, starring Bette Davis, Ernest Borgnine, Debbie Reynolds
  • Child of Sorrow (Anak dalita) - (Philippines)
  • Chori Chori, starring Nargis and Raj Kapoor - (India)
  • Comanche, starring Dana Andrews and Linda Cristal
  • Come Next Spring, starring Ann Sheridan and Steve Cochran
  • Congo Crossing, starring Virginia Mayo and Peter Lorre
  • The Conqueror, directed by Dick Powell, starring John Wayne (as Genghis Khan)
  • The Court Jester, starring Danny Kaye
  • Crazed Fruit (Kurutta kajitsu), directed by Ko Nakahira - (Japan)
  • Crime in the Streets, directed by Don Siegel, starring James Whitmore and John Cassavetes
  • A Cry in the Night, starring Edmond O'Brien, Natalie Wood, Raymond Burr


  • D-Day the Sixth of June, starring Robert Taylor
  • Dakota Incident, starring Dale Robertson
  • Dance With Me Henry, starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
  • Death in the Garden (La mort en ce jardin), directed by Luis Buñuel, starring Simone Signoret and Charles Vanel - (France)
  • Diane, starring Lana Turner in her final MGM film after nearly 20 years with the studio
  • Donatella, directed by Mario Monicelli, starring Elsa Martinelli - (Italy)
  • Don't Look Back, My Son (Ne okreći se sine) - (Yugoslavia)
  • The Dragon (O Drakos) - (Greece)
  • Early Spring (Soshun), directed by Yasujirō Ozu - (Japan)
  • Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, starring Hugh Marlowe
  • The Eddy Duchin Story, starring Tyrone Power and Kim Novak
  • Elena and Her Men, starring Ingrid Bergman - (France/Italy)
  • The Fastest Gun Alive, starring Glenn Ford and Broderick Crawford
  • The First Texan, starring Joel McCrea
  • The First Traveling Saleslady, starring Ginger Rogers, Barry Nelson, Carol Channing
  • Forbidden Planet, starring Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis
  • Forever, Darling, starring Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, James Mason
  • Friendly Persuasion, directed by William Wyler, starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins
  • Funtoosh (Funny Man), starring Dev Anand - (India)


  • Gaby, starring Leslie Caron
  • Gervaise, directed by René Clément, starring Maria Schell - (France)
  • Giant, directed by George Stevens, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean in his final film
  • The Girl Can't Help It, starring Tom Ewell and Jayne Mansfield in her first starring role
  • The Girl He Left Behind, starring Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood
  • A Girl in Black, directed by Michael Cacoyannis - winner of Golden Globe - (Greece)
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, starring Raymond Burr and Takashi Shimura - (Japan/U.S.A.)
  • Good-bye, My Lady, directed by William A. Wellman, starring Brandon deWilde, Walter Brennan, Phil Harris
  • Great Day in the Morning, directed by Jacques Tourneur, starring Robert Stack and Virginia Mayo
  • The Great Locomotive Chase, starring Fess Parker and Jeffrey Hunter
  • The Great Man, directed by and starring José Ferrer, with Julie London, Keenan Wynn, Ed Wynn
  • The Green Man, starring Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas - (Britain)
  • Gun the Man Down, starring James Arness and Angie Dickinson in her film debut
  • Gunslinger, directed by Roger Corman, starring John Ireland and Beverly Garland
  • The Harder They Fall, starring Humphrey Bogart in his final film
  • The Harvest Month (Elokuu) - (Finland)
  • Helen of Troy, starring Rossana Podesta, Stanley Baker
  • High Society, starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly in her final film
  • Hilda Crane, starring Jean Simmons
  • Hold Back the Night, starring John Payne
  • Hollywood or Bust, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, with Anita Ekberg, in the final Martin and Lewis film
  • Hot Blood, starring Jane Russell and Cornel Wilde
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Gina Lollobrigida and Anthony Quinn - (France/Italy)


  • Ich suche Dich (I Seek You), starring O.W. Fischer and Anouk Aimée - (West Germany)
  • The Indian Fighter, starring Kirk Douglas and Walter Matthau
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers, directed by Don Siegel, starring Kevin McCarthy
  • Invitation to the Dance, directed by and starring Gene Kelly
  • Jagte Raho (Stay Awake), starring Raj Kapoor - (India)
  • Johnny Concho, starring Frank Sinatra
  • Jubal, starring Glenn Ford, Rod Steiger, Ernest Borgnine, Felicia Farr, Charles Bronson
  • Julie, starring Doris Day and Louis Jourdan


  • Kanal, directed by Andrzej Wajda - (Poland)
  • The Killer Is Loose, directed by Budd Boetticher, starring Joseph Cotten, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey
  • The Killers, a short film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky - (U.S.S.R.)
  • The Killing, directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Marie Windsor, Vince Edwards
  • The King and Four Queens, starring Clark Gable
  • The King and I, starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner
  • A Kiss Before Dying, starring Robert Wagner and Joanne Woodward
  • The Last Hunt, directed by Richard Brooks, starring Robert Taylor and Stewart Granger
  • The Last Wagon, starring Richard Widmark
  • The Leech (Shabab emraa) - (Egypt)
  • The Lieutenant Wore Skirts, directed by Frank Tashlin, starring Tom Ewell and Sheree North
  • Lisbon, directed by and starring Ray Milland, with Maureen O'Hara and Claude Rains
  • The Long Arm, starring Jack Hawkins - (Britain)
  • Love Me Tender, starring Elvis Presley in his film debut
  • Lust for Life, starring Kirk Douglas (as Vincent van Gogh) and Anthony Quinn


  • A Man Escaped (Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut), directed by Robert Bresson - (France)
  • The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, starring Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Fredric March, Keenan Wynn, Lee J. Cobb
  • Man on the Tracks (Człowiek na torze) - (Poland)
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much, directed by Alfred Hitchcock (a remake of his own 1934 British film), starring James Stewart and Doris Day
  • The Man Who Never Was, starring Clifton Webb and Gloria Grahame - (Britain)
  • Meet Me in Las Vegas, starring Cyd Charisse
  • Merry-Go-Round (Körhinta) - (Hungary)
  • Miracle in the Rain, starring Jane Wyman
  • Moby Dick, directed by John Huston, starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn
  • Naked Gun starring Mara Corday and Willard Parker
  • Nagareru (Flowing), directed by Mikio Naruse - (Japan)
  • Navy Wife, starring Joan Bennett
  • Never Say Goodbye, starring Rock Hudson, David Janssen, Cornell Borchers
  • New Delhi - (India)


  • Old Khottabych (Starik Khottabych) - (U.S.S.R.)
  • On the Threshold of Space, starring Guy Madison
  • Over-Exposed, starring Cleo Moore
  • Pardners, starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
  • Patterns, starring Van Heflin and Ed Begley
  • Pillars of the Sky, starring Jeff Chandler and Dorothy Malone
  • Please Murder Me, starring Angela Lansbury and Raymond Burr
  • Poor but Handsome (Poveri ma belli) - (Italy)
  • The Power and the Prize, starring Robert Taylor, Burl Ives, Mary Astor, Cedric Hardwicke, Elisabeth Muller
  • Private's Progress, a Boulting Brothers film starring Ian Carmichael and Richard Attenborough - (Britain)
  • Professor Hannibal (Hannibál tanár úr), directed by Zoltán Fábri (Hungary)
  • The Proud and Profane, starring William Holden and Deborah Kerr
  • The Proud Ones, starring Robert Ryan and Virginia Mayo


  • The Rack, starring Paul Newman, Edmund O'Brien, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis
  • The Railroad Man (Il Ferroviere), directed by and starring Pietro Germi - (Italy)
  • The Rainmaker, starring Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn
  • Ransom!, starring Glenn Ford and Donna Reed
  • Reach for the Sky, a biopic of Douglas Bader starring Kenneth More - (Britain)
  • The Red Balloon (Le Ballon rouge) - (France)
  • The Road of Life (El camino de la vida) - (Mexico)
  • Rock Around the Clock, featuring Bill Haley and His Comets
  • Rodan, directed by Ishirō Honda - (Japan)
  • The Roof (Il Tetto), directed by Vittorio De Sica - (Italy)
  • Run for the Sun, starring Richard Widmark, Trevor Howard, Jane Greer


  • Samurai III: Duel At Ganryu Island, directed by Hiroshi Inagaki, starring Toshirō Mifune - (Japan)
  • The Searchers, directed by John Ford, starring John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Ward Bond, Ken Curtis, Natalie Wood
  • Serenade, directed by Anthony Mann, starring Mario Lanza and Joan Fontaine
  • Seven Men from Now, directed by Budd Boetticher, starring Randolph Scott and Lee Marvin
  • Seven Wonders of the World, a documentary film directed by Tay Garnett and others
  • Seven Years in Tibet - (Britain)
  • The Silent World, a marine documentary by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle - (France)
  • Sira` Fi al-Mina (aka Dark Water), directed by Youssef Chahine, starring Omar Sharif - (Egypt)
  • The Solid Gold Cadillac, starring Judy Holliday
  • Somebody Up There Likes Me, starring Paul Newman
  • The Spanish Gardener, starring Dirk Bogarde - (Britain)
  • The Square Jungle, starring Tony Curtis and Patricia Crowley
  • Star in the Dust, starring John Agar and Mamie Van Doren
  • Stars in Your Eyes - (Britain)
  • Storm Center, starring Bette Davis and Kim Hunter
  • Street of Shame (Akasen chitai), directed by Kenji Mizoguchi - (Japan)


  • Tea and Sympathy, directed by Vincente Minnelli, starring Deborah Kerr and John Kerr
  • The Teahouse of the August Moon, starring Marlon Brando and Glenn Ford
  • The Ten Commandments, directed by Cecil B. de Mille, starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Yvonne De Carlo, Edward G. Robinson
  • There's Always Tomorrow, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett
  • Three Brave Men, starring Ray Milland
  • Time Table, directed by and starring Mark Stevens, with Felicia Farr
  • Toward the Unknown, starring William Holden and Virginia Leith
  • A Town Like Alice, starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch - (Britain)
  • Trapeze, directed by Carol Reed, starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida
  • Tribute to a Bad Man, directed by Robert Wise, starring James Cagney, Irene Papas, Stephen McNally, Don Dubbins, Vic Morrow
  • The Twelve Months (Dvenadtsat mesyatsev) - (USSR)
  • Uncle Hyacynth (Mi tío Jacinto) - (Spain)
  • Valley of Peace (Dolina miru) - (Yugoslavia)
  • I Vampiri (The Vampire) - (Italy)


  • War and Peace, directed by King Vidor, starring Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Anita Ekberg
  • What a Woman!, starring Sophia Loren, Charles Boyer and Marcello Mastroianni - (Italy)
  • While the City Sleeps, starring Dana Andrews, Ida Lupino, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Vincent Price
  • Who Done It?, starring Benny Hill - (Britain)
  • Written on the Wind, directed by Douglas Sirk, starring Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone
  • The Wrong Man, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Henry Fonda and Vera Miles
  • X the Unknown, starring Dean Jagger and Leo McKern - (Britain)
  • Yield to the Night, starring Diana Dors - (Britain)
  • You Can't Run Away from It, directed by Dick Powell, starring June Allyson and Jack Lemmon
  • Zarak, starring Victor Mature - (Britain)

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