1957 in Film
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1957 in Film

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 Studio Gross rental
1. The Bridge on the River Kwai Columbia $17,195,000
2. Peyton Place 20th Century Fox $16,100,000
3. Sayonara Warner Bros. $10,500,000
4. Old Yeller* Walt Disney Productions $10,050,000
5. The Curse of Frankenstein Warner Bros $7,000,000
6. Raintree County MGM $5,963,000
7. Island in the Sun 20th Century Fox $5,550,000
8. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? 20th Century Fox $4,900,000
9. A Farewell to Arms 20th Century Fox $4,865,000
10. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Paramount $4,700,000
11. Pal Joey Columbia $4,500,000
12. Jailhouse Rock MGM $4,474,000
13. The Prince and the Showgirl Warner Bros. $4,300,000
14. Jeanne Eagels Columbia $4,250,000
15. Fire Down Below Columbia $4,000,000
16. Funny Face Paramount $3,995,000
17. Loving You Paramount $3,990,000
18. Jet Pilot Universal $3,887,000
19. Witness for the Prosecution United Artists $3,883,000
20. An Affair to Remember 20th Century Fox $3,800,000
21. The Wayward Bus 20th Century Fox $3,776,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)

Top-grossing films by country

The highest-grossing 1957 films from countries outside of North America.

Country Title Studio Gross
India Mother India Mehboob Productions $16,800,000[n 2]
Soviet Union The Sisters Mosfilm $2,656,000[n 4]


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), West 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

Notable films released in 1957

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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


  1. ^ 4.7619 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1950 to 1965[2]
  2. ^ INR8 crore[1] (US$16.8 million)[n 1]
  3. ^ 4 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1950 to 1960[5]
  4. ^ 10.625 million SUR (42.5 million Soviet tickets sold,[3] average ticket price of 25 kopecks),[4] 4 SUR per USD[n 3]


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