1958 Recap and Ten Favorites


I have now seen 92 films that were released in 1958.  While the year had its definite pleasures in the mid-range, it was a bit weak at the top end.  I have only two films left over at 9/10 for the also-ran list.  They are The Ballad of Narayama and The Defiant Ones.  The ranking doesn’t mean much except for the top two.  This is the first year in which the majority of films on my list were in living color! A complete list of the films I watched can be found here.

10.  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – directed by Elia Kazan


9.  Gigi – directed by Vincente Minnelli


8.  Equinox Flower – directed by Yasujiro Ozu


7.  The Music Room – directed by Satyajit Ray


6.  Ashes and Diamonds – directed by Andrzej Wajda


5.  Damn Yankees! – directed by George Abbott and Stanley Donen


4.  Elevator to the Gallows – directed by Louis Malle


3.  Vertigo – directed by Alfred Hitchcock


2.  Mon Oncle – directed by Jacques Tati


  1.  Touch of Evil – directed by Orson Welles



4 thoughts on “1958 Recap and Ten Favorites

  1. My only argument is that I would have placed The Defiant Ones on third, but then, I have not seen a fraction of the movies you have watched.
    I think there will be more of an overlap in 59. The List has included a lot of movies from that year. That also means it will take me a long time to get through them.

    • Any of the 9/10 movies could appear anywhere on my list on any given day! I’ll be taking a breather after 1959 so we will probably stay about even. I’m looking forward to getting back to the 30’s especially and want to clean up any stragglers from the 1001 Movies List.

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