1955 in Film
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1955 in Film

The year 1955 in film involved some significant events.


Top-grossing films (U.S.)

The top-grossing hits of 1955 in the United States.[4]

Rank Title Studio Gross rental
1. Cinerama Holiday Cinerama Productions $10,000,000[5]
2. Mister Roberts Warner Bros. $8,500,000[6]
3. Battle Cry Warner Bros. $8,000,000[5]
4. Oklahoma! RKO $7,100,000[6]
5. Guys and Dolls MGM $6,900,000
6. The Country Girl Paramount $6,900,000[7]
7. Lady and the Tramp Walt Disney Productions $6,500,000[5]
8. Picnic Columbia Pictures $6,350,000[6]
9. Not as a Stranger United Artists $6,176,151[6]
10. Strategic Air Command Paramount Pictures $6,000,000
11. To Hell and Back Universal $6,000,000
12. The Sea Chase Warner Bros. $6,000,000
13. The Tall Men 20th Century Fox $6,000,000
14. Blackboard Jungle MGM $5,200,000
15. East of Eden Warner Bros. $5,000,000[7]
16. Pete Kelly's Blues Warner Bros. $5,000,000[7]
17. The Seven Year Itch 20th Century Fox $5,000,000[7]
18. A Man Called Peter 20th Century Fox $4,500,000[8]

Top-grossing films by country

The highest-grossing 1955 films from countries outside of North America.

Country Title Studio Gross
India Shree 420 R. K. Films $8,190,000[n 2]
Soviet Union Private Ivan Gorky Film Studio $2,520,000[n 4]


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Marty - Hecht-Lancaster, United Artists
Best Director: Delbert Mann - Marty
Best Actor: Ernest Borgnine - Marty
Best Actress: Anna Magnani - The Rose Tattoo
Best Supporting Actor: Jack Lemmon - Mister Roberts
Best Supporting Actress: Jo Van Fleet - East of Eden

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: East of Eden
Best Actor: Ernest Borgnine - Marty
Best Actress: Anna Magnani - The Rose Tattoo
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Guys and Dolls
Best Actor: Tom Ewell - The Seven Year Itch
Best Actress: Jean Simmons - Guys and Dolls
Best Director: Joshua Logan - Picnic
Best Foreign Film: Ordet (The Word), Denmark
Best Foreign Film: Stella, Greece
Best Foreign Film: Sons, Mothers, and a General, West Germany
Best Foreign Film: Eyes of Children, Japan

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Marty, directed by Delbert Mann, United States

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Ordet (The Word), directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Die Ratten (The Rats), directed by Robert Siodmak, West Germany

Top ten money making stars

Notable films released in 1955

U.S.A. unless stated























Short film series



  • Gadgets Galore (Warner Varieties Series) (Robert Youngson, producer; Warner Bros.)
  • Survival City (Movietone CinemaScope Series) (Edmund Reek, producer; Twentieth Century-Fox)
  • 3rd Ave. El (Carson Davidson Productions; Ardee Films)
  • Three Kisses (Topper Special Series) (Justin Herman, producer; Paramount)


  • The Battle of Gettysburg (Dore Schary, producer; MGM)
  • The Face of Lincoln (University of Southern California Presentation; Cavalcade Pictures, Inc.)
  • On The Twelfth Day...(United Kingdom Series) (Go Pictures, Inc.; George Brest and Associates)
  • Switzerland (People and Places Series) (Walt Disney Productions; Buena Vista)
  • 24-Hour Alert (Cedric Francis, producer; Warner Bros.)



Film Debuts


  1. ^ 4.7619 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1950 to 1965[10]
  2. ^ INR3.9 crore[9] (US$8.19 million)[n 1]
  3. ^ 4 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1950 to 1960[13]
  4. ^ 10.0925 million SUR (40.37 million Soviet tickets sold,[11] average ticket price of 25 kopecks),[12] 4 SUR per USD[n 3]


  1. ^ McFarlane, Brian, ed. (2003). The Encyclopedia of British Film. London: Methuen; BFI. p. 48. ISBN 9780413773012.
  2. ^ Leab, Daniel J. (2007). Orwell Subverted. Pennsylvania State Press. p. xiii-xiv. ISBN 978-0-271-02979-5.
  3. ^ Filmed on location September 1954. "The Seven Year Itch (1955)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 2001-04-30. Retrieved .
  4. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955,' Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956.
  5. ^ a b c "All-Time Top Gross Films". Variety. January 10, 1962. p. 13.
  6. ^ a b c d Cohn, Lawrence (October 15, 1990). "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. p. M140-M196.
  7. ^ a b c d Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  8. ^ Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956 (at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120922022007/http://boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=161&catName=MTk1NQ==
  10. ^ http://fx.sauder.ubc.ca/etc/USDpages.pdf#page=3
  11. ^ "Prokat2". Kinokultura.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-10. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
  13. ^ Archive of Bank of Russia http://cbr.ru/currency_base/OldDataFiles/USD.xls

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