The following is an overview of 1956 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.

List of years in film
In television

Top-grossing films (U.S.) edit

The top ten 1956 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1956
Rank Title Distributor Domestic rentals
1 The Ten Commandments Paramount $34,200,000[1]
2 Around the World in 80 Days United Artists $22,000,000[1]
3 Giant Warner Bros. $12,000,000[1]
4 Seven Wonders of the World Cinerama Releasing $9,300,000[1]
5 The King and I 20th Century Fox $8,500,000[1]
6 Trapeze United Artists $7,300,000[1]
7 War and Peace Paramount $6,250,000[2]
8 High Society MGM $5,602,000[3]
9 The Teahouse of the August Moon $5,550,000[3]
10 The Eddy Duchin Story Columbia $5,300,000[1]

Events edit

Awards edit

Category/Organization 14th Golden Globe Awards
February 28, 1957
29th Academy Awards
March 27, 1957
Drama Comedy or Musical
Best Film Around the World in 80 Days The King and I Around the World in 80 Days
Best Director Elia Kazan
Baby Doll
George Stevens
Best Actor Kirk Douglas
Lust for Life
Around the World in 80 Days
Yul Brynner
The King and I
Best Actress Ingrid Bergman
Deborah Kerr
The King and I
Ingrid Bergman
Best Supporting Actor Earl Holliman
The Rainmaker
Anthony Quinn
Lust for Life
Best Supporting Actress Eileen Heckart
The Bad Seed
Dorothy Malone
Written on the Wind
Best Foreign Language Film Before Sundown
A Girl in Black
Roses on the Arm
War and Peace
The White Reindeer
La Strada

Top ten money making stars edit

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

1956 film releases edit

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Notable films released in 1956 edit

United States unless stated

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Serials edit

Short film series edit

Ending this year

Births edit

Deaths edit

Film Debuts edit

Notes edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Finler, Joel Waldo (2003). The Hollywood Story. Wallflower Press. pp. 358–359. ISBN 978-1-903364-66-6.
  2. ^ "All-Time Top Grosses". Variety. January 4, 1961. p. 49. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  3. ^ a b The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  4. ^ "Name Adler to Zanuck Post". Motion Picture Herald. February 11, 1956. p. 18. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Schary Leaves MGM at Year End". Motion Picture Herald. December 1, 1956. p. 9. Retrieved June 12, 2018.

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