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The year 1955 in film involved some significant events.


Top grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Gross
1. Lady and the Tramp* Disney $100,249,000
2. Cinerama Holiday Cinerama $12,000,000
3. Mister Roberts Warner Brothers $8,500,000
4. Battle Cry Warner Brothers $8,100,000
5. Oklahoma! Magna/RKO $7,100,000
6. Guys and Dolls MGM $6,875,000
7. Picnic Columbia $6,350,000
8. Not As a Stranger United Artists $6,176,000
9. I'll Cry Tomorrow MGM $6,004,000
10. The Sea Chase
The Seven Year Itch
Strategic Air Command

Warner Brothers
20th Century Fox


(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)



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

Films released in 1955


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

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