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1956 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In television

The year 1956 in film involved some significant events.


Top grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Leading Stars Studio Gross
1. The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek Paramount $43,000,000
2. Around the World in 80 Days David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine United Artists $23,120,000
3. Giant Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean Warner Bros. $14,000,000
4. War and Peace Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda Paramount $12,500,000
5. The King and I Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner 20th Century Fox $9,000,000
6. The Searchers John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter Warner Bros. $8,500,000
7. Bus Stop Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray 20th Century Fox $7,269,000
8. The Girl Can't Help It Jayne Mansfield, Tom Ewell 20th Century Fox $6,250,000
9. High Society Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm MGM $5,878,000
10. Written on the Wind Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone Universal $5,712,000
11. Julie Doris Day MGM $4,500,000
12. The Eddy Duchin Story Tyrone Power, Kim Novak Columbia $4,396,000
13. The Lieutenant Wore Skirts Tom Ewell, Sheree North 20th Century Fox $4,390,000
14. Baby Doll Carroll Baker, Karl Malden Warner Bros. $4,285,000
15. Zarak Victor Mature, Michael Wilding, Anita Ekberg Columbia $4,252,000
16. Love Me Tender Elvis Presley, Debra Paget 20th Century Fox $4,225,000
17. Between Heaven and Hell Robert Wagner, Buddy Ebsen, Broderick Crawford, Terry Moore 20th Century Fox $4,200,000
18. The Man Who Knew Too Much James Stewart, Doris Day Paramount $4,153,000
19. The Best Things in Life Are Free Sheree North 20th Century Fox $4,129,000
20. Star in the Dust John Agar, Richard Boone, Mamie Van Doren Universal $4,122,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Around the World in 80 Days - Todd, United Artists
Best Actor: Yul Brynner - The King and I
Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman - Anastasia
Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Quinn - Lust for Life
Best Supporting Actress: Dorothy Malone - Written on the Wind
Best Foreign Language Film: La strada, directed by Federico Fellini, Italy

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: Around the World in 80 Days
Best Actor: Kirk Douglas - Lust for Life
Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman - Anastasia
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: The King and I
Best Actor: Cantinflas - Around the World in 80 Days
Best Actress: Deborah Kerr - The King and I
Best Director: Elia Kazan - Baby Doll
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture: Earl Holliman - The Rainmaker
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture: Eileen Heckart - The Bad Seed
Best Foreign Film: Before Sundown, West Germany
Best Foreign Film: A Girl in Black, Greece
Best Foreign Film: Richard III, United Kingdom
Best Foreign Film: Roses on the Arm, Japan
Best Foreign Film: War and Peace, Italy
Best Foreign Film: The White Reindeer, Finland

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Silent World (Le monde du silence), directed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle, France

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival): Not awarded

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Invitation to the Dance, directed by Gene Kelly, United States

Top ten money making stars

Rank Actor/Actress
1. William Holden
2. John Wayne
3. James Stewart
4. Burt Lancaster
5. Glenn Ford
6. (tie) Dean Martin
Jerry Lewis
7. Marilyn Monroe
8. Gary Cooper
9. Kim Novak
10. Frank Sinatra

Notable films released in 1956

U.S.A. unless stated















Short film series

Ending this year



Film Debuts

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