1957 in film

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The year 1957 in film involved some significant events, with The Bridge on the River Kwai topping the year's box office and winning the Academy Award for Best Picture.


Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Leading Star Studio Gross
1. The Bridge on the River Kwai William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa Columbia $17,195,000
2. Peyton Place Lana Turner, Hope Lange 20th Century Fox $16,100,000
3. Sayonara Marlon Brando, Red Buttons Warner Bros. $10,500,000
4. Old Yeller* Tommy Kirk, Fess Parker Walt Disney Productions $10,050,000
5. Raintree County Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, Lee Marvin MGM $5,963,000
6. Island in the Sun James Mason, Harry Belafonte, Joan Fontaine, Joan Collins, Dorothy Dandridge, Michael Rennie 20th Century Fox $5,550,000
7. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Jayne Mansfield, Tony Randall, Joan Blondell, Mickey Hargitay 20th Century Fox $4,900,000
8. A Farewell to Arms Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones 20th Century Fox $4,865,000
9. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas Paramount $4,700,000
10. Pal Joey Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak Columbia $4,500,000
11. Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley MGM $4,474,000
12. The Prince and the Showgirl Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier Warner Bros. $4,300,000
13. Jeanne Eagels Kim Novak, Jeff Chandler Columbia $4,250,000
14. Fire Down Below Rita Hayworth, Robert Mitchum Columbia $4,000,000
15. Funny Face Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire Paramount $3,995,000
16. Loving You Elvis Presley, Dolores Hart Paramount $3,990,000
17. Jet Pilot John Wayne, Janet Leigh Universal $3,887,000
18. Witness for the Prosecution Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester United Artists $3,883,000
19. An Affair to Remember Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr 20th Century Fox $3,800,000
20. The Wayward Bus Jayne Mansfield, Joan Collins 20th Century Fox $3,776,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Bridge on the River Kwai - Horizon, Columbia
Best Director: David Lean - The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actor: Alec Guinness - The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actress: Joanne Woodward - The Three Faces of Eve
Best Supporting Actor: Red Buttons - Sayonara
Best Supporting Actress: Miyoshi Umeki - Sayonara
Best Foreign Language Film: Nights of Cabiria (Le Notti di Cabiria), directed by Federico Fellini, Italy

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actor: Alec Guinness - The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actress: Joanne Woodward - The Three Faces of Eve
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Les Girls
Best Actor: Frank Sinatra - Pal Joey
Best Actress: Kay Kendall - Les Girls
Best Director: David Lean - The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Foreign Film: Confessions of Felix Krull (Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull), W.Germany
Best Foreign Film: Tizoc, Mexico
Best Foreign Film: Woman in a Dressing Gown, United Kingdom
Best Foreign Film: Yellow Crow (Kiiroi karasu), Japan

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Friendly Persuasion, directed by William Wyler, United States

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Aparajito (aka The Unvanquished), directed by Satyajit Ray, India

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

12 Angry Men, directed by Sidney Lumet, United States

Top ten money making stars

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Rock Hudson
2. John Wayne
3. Pat Boone
4. Elvis Presley
5. Frank Sinatra
6. Kim Novak
7. Gary Cooper
8. William Holden
9. James Stewart
10. Jerry Lewis

Notable films released in 1957

U.S.A. unless stated






















Short film series

Ending this year


Month Day Name Profession Year of death
January 12 John Lasseter animator, director, producer, writer
15 Mario Van Peebles actor and director
16 Ricardo Darin actor
17 Steve Harvey actor, comedian, author
February 6 Kathy Najimy actress
Robert Townsend actor, director and writer
16 LeVar Burton actor, director, producer and author
19 Ray Winstone English actor
27 Timothy Spall
28 John Turturro actor, writer and director
March 6 Eddie Deezen actor and comedian
20 Chris Wedge director, producer and voice actor
Spike Lee director, producer, writer and actor
Theresa Russell actress
Vanessa Bell Calloway
23 Teresa Ganzel
29 Christopher Lambert French actor
30 Paul Reiser actor and comedian
April 4 Aki Kaurismäki Finnish director
14 Richard Jeni actor and comedian 2007
23 Jan Hooks actress and comedian 2014
25 Esther Scott actress
29 Daniel Day-Lewis English actor
May 5 Richard E. Grant
21 Judge Reinhold actor
29 Ted Levine
June 17 Jon Gries
23 Frances McDormand actress
July 9 Kelly McGillis
13 Cameron Crowe director and screenwriter
August 1 Taylor Negron actor, playwright and painter 2015
9 Melanie Griffith actress
18 Denis Leary actor, comedian and writer
24 Stephen Fry English comedian, author and actor
28 Daniel Stern actor
Rick Rossovich
September 12 Hans Zimmer composer
Rachel Ward English actress
21 Ethan Coen director, producer, screenwriter and editor
24 Brad Bird animator, director, writer, actor
30 Fran Drescher actress
October 4 Bill Fagerbakke American actor & voice actor
5 Bernie Mac actor and stand-up comedian 2008
12 Clémentine Célarié French actress
25 Nancy Cartwright voice actress
29 Dan Castellaneta American actor, voice actor, comedian & screenwriter
30 Kevin Pollak actor
November 3 Dolph Lundgren Swedish actor and director
6 Lori Singer American actress, cellist
19 Tom Virtue actor
24 Denise Crosby actress
December 10 Michael Clarke Duncan American actor 2012
13 Steve Buscemi
21 Ray Romano American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter & voice actor


Film debuts

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