Best of 1955

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1. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 77,254

BEST PICTURE

Nominees: To Catch a Thief Les Diaboliques East of Eden Marty

2. Diabolique (1955)

Not Rated | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal hatch a plan to murder him while having the perfect alibi. They carry out the plan...but then his body disappears.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot | Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel

Votes: 57,856

BEST DIRECTOR - Henri-Georges Clouzot

Nominees: Nicholas Ray - Rebel Without a Cause Elia Kazan - East of Eden Alfred Hitchcock - To Catch a Thief Carl Theodor Dreyer - Ordet

3. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 77,254

BEST ACTOR - James Dean

Nominees: James Dean - East of Eden Ernest Borgnine - Marty Alec Guinness - The Ladykillers Robert Mitchum - The Night of the Hunter

4. Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

Passed | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A fictionalized account of the career of jazz singer Ruth Etting and her tempestuous marriage to gangster Marty Snyder, who helped propel her to stardom.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Keith

Votes: 3,452

BEST ACTRESS - Doris Day

Nominees: Grace Kelly - To Catch a Thief Simone Signoret - Les Diaboliques Véra Clouzot - Les Diaboliques Jennifer Jones - Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

5. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 77,254

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Sal Mineo

Nominees: Jack Lemmon - Mister Roberts Joe Mantell - Marty Billy Chapin - The Night of the Hunter Arthur O'Connell - Picnic

6. Marty (1955)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli

Votes: 19,647

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Betsy Blair

Nominees: Natalie Wood - Rebel Without a Cause Shelley Winters - The Night of the Hunter Jo Van Fleet - East of Eden Jessie Royce Landis - To Catch a Thief

7. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 77,254

BEST CASTING

Nominees: East of Eden To Catch a Thief Marty Picnic

8. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus

Votes: 77,254

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Nominees: The Ladykillers Love Me or Leave Me

9. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

Votes: 57,947 | Gross: $8.75M

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nominees: East of Eden Les Diaboliques Marty Ordet

10. The Ladykillers (1955)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

91 Metascore

Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

Votes: 24,504

BEST TITLES/CREDITS DESIGN

Nominees: Lady and the Tramp Love Me or Leave Me Oklahoma! Pather Panchali

11. The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, History, War

The story of how the British attacked German dams in World War II by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney

Votes: 8,920

BEST EDITING

Nominees: Rebel Without a Cause Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Oklahoma! Picnic

12. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

Votes: 57,947 | Gross: $8.75M

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nominees: Les Diaboliques Ordet The Dam Busters Rebel Without a Cause

13. Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

Passed | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A fictionalized account of the career of jazz singer Ruth Etting and her tempestuous marriage to gangster Marty Snyder, who helped propel her to stardom.

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Keith

Votes: 3,452

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Nominees: Guys and Dolls Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Oklahoma! To Catch a Thief

14. To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG | 106 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams

Votes: 57,947 | Gross: $8.75M

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Nominees: Love Me or Leave Me Guys and Dolls Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing Oklahoma!

15. The Ladykillers (1955)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime

91 Metascore

Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom

Votes: 24,504

BEST MAKE-UP & HAIR

Nominees: Pather Panchali Love Me or Leave Me To Catch a Thief

16. The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, History, War

The story of how the British attacked German dams in World War II by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney

Votes: 8,920

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Nominees: To Catch a Thief Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

17. The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, History, War

The story of how the British attacked German dams in World War II by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney

Votes: 8,920

BEST SCORE

Nominees: Pather Panchali Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing To Catch a Thief Lady and the Tramp

18. Oklahoma! (1955)

G | 145 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

In Oklahoma, several farmers, cowboys and a traveling salesman compete for the romantic favors of various local ladies.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 10,483

BEST SOUNDTRACK/ADAPTED SCORE

Nominees: Guys and Dolls Love Me or Leave Me

19. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

Approved | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution.

Directors: Henry King, Otto Lang | Stars: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom

Votes: 4,092

BEST SONG - "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing"

Nominees: Unchained - "Unchained Melody" Lady and the Tramp - "The Siamese Cat Song" Love Me or Leave Me - "Never Look Back" Love Me or Leave Me - "I'll Never Stop Loving You"

20. Oklahoma! (1955)

G | 145 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

In Oklahoma, several farmers, cowboys and a traveling salesman compete for the romantic favors of various local ladies.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 10,483

BEST DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY

Nominees: Guys and Dolls Love Me or Leave Me

21. Oklahoma! (1955)

G | 145 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

In Oklahoma, several farmers, cowboys and a traveling salesman compete for the romantic favors of various local ladies.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 10,483

BEST SOUND

Nominees: The Dam Busters Love Me or Leave Me Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing To Catch a Thief

22. The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, History, War

The story of how the British attacked German dams in World War II by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney

Votes: 8,920

BEST SOUND EDITING

Nominees: Mister Roberts Oklahoma! Lady and the Tramp To Catch a Thief

23. The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, History, War

The story of how the British attacked German dams in World War II by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney

Votes: 8,920

BEST STUNTS

24. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 Metascore

The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske | Stars: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson

Votes: 112,062 | Gross: $93.60M

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

25. Pather Panchali (1955)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee, Chunibala Devi

Votes: 19,863 | Gross: $0.54M

BEST FOREIGN FILM

Nominees: Ordet



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