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1956 in film

Overview of the events of 1956 in film

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

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

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

Highest-grossing films of 1956
Rank Title Studio Box-office gross rental
1 The Ten Commandments Paramount Pictures $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 Corporation $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 Pictures $6,300,000[1]
8 High Society Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $5,602,000[2]
9 The Teahouse of the August Moon $5,550,000[2]
10 The Eddy Duchin Story Columbia Pictures $5,300,000[1]

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Events

Awards

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
Giant
Best Actor Kirk Douglas
Lust for Life
Cantinflas
Around the World in 80 Days
Yul Brynner
The King and I
Best Actress Ingrid Bergman
Anastasia
Deborah Kerr
The King and I
Ingrid Bergman
Anastasia
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

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

January–March

  • January 1956
    • 12 January
      • Diane
  • February 1956
    • 5 February
      • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    • 16 February
      • Picnic
      • Carousel
    • 25 February
      • The Lone Ranger
  • March 1956
    • 9 March
      • Come Next Spring
      • Meet Me in Las Vegas
    • 10 March
      • Never Say Goodbye
    • 23 March
      • Serenade
    • 24 March
      • Raw Edge
    • 25 March
      • The Indestructible Man
      • World Without End
    • 28 March
      • The Conqueror

April–June

  • April 1956
    • 4 April
      • The Maverick Queen
    • 6 April
      • Jubal
    • 11 April
      • Backlash
    • 24 April
      • Our Miss Brooks
    • 26 April
      • The Creature Walks Among Us
  • May 1956
    • 8 May
      • The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
    • 15 May
      • Invitation to the Dance
    • 26 May
      • The Searchers
    • 30 May
      • Trapeze
      • While the City Sleeps
  • June 1956
    • 1 June
      • The Man Who Knew Too Much
    • 6 June
      • The Killing
    • 10 June
      • Crime in the Streets
    • 12 June
      • A Kiss Before Dying
    • 13 June
      • Star in the Dust
    • 15 June
      • Gunslinger
    • 16 June
      • Female Jungle
    • 20 June
      • Safari
    • 21 June
      • The Eddy Duchin Story
    • 22 June
      • The Catered Affair
    • 29 June
      • The King & I

July–September

  • July 1956
    • 6 July
      • The Fastest Gun Alive
    • 12 July
      • Foreign Intrigue
    • 15 July
      • It Conquered the World
    • 17 July
      • High Society
    • 23 July
      • Dakota Incident
    • 29 July
      • Hold Back the Night
    • 30 July
      • Run for the Sun
  • August 1956
    • 1 August
      • Autumn Leaves
    • 17 August
      • A Cry in the Night
      • These Wilder Years
    • 21 August
      • War and Peace
    • 24 August
      • A Strange Adventure
    • 26 August
      • The Swan
    • 29 August
      • The First Traveling Saleslady
      • The Vagabond King
  • September 1956
    • 12 September
      • The Bad Seed
    • 15 September
      • Lust for Life
    • 21 September
      • The Last Wagon
    • 28 September
      • The Best Things in Life are Free

October–December

  • October 1956
    • 5 October
      • The Ten Commandments
    • 17 October
      • Around the World in 80 Days
      • Attack
      • Julie
    • 31 October
      • Death of a Scoundrel
      • You Can't Run Away From It
  • November 1956
    • 1 November
      • Naked Gun
      • The White Squaw
    • 15 November
      • Love Me Tender
      • Gun the Man Down
    • 18 November
      • Blonde Sinner
    • 24 November
      • Giant
    • 25 November
      • Friendly Persuasion
  • December 1956
    • 1 December
      • The Girl Can't Help It
    • 12 December
      • Bundle of Joy
    • 13 December
      • Anastasia
      • The Rainmaker
    • 21 December
      • The King and Four Queens
    • 25 December
      • Written on the Wind
    • 29 December
      • Baby Doll

Notable films released in 1956

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