Check out our picks for the best sci-fi movies of 1959. These sci-fi films our rated as our top movies of 1959. New movies are added everyday and we are dedicated to including every sci-fi movie ever made.
1959 Sci-Fi Movies List
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
G | 2h 12min | 132min | 14 Jan 1960Score: 7.85/10
Director: Henry Levin
Starring: Ben Wright, Red West, Diane Baker, Alan Caillou, Frederick Halliday
Synopsis: Prof. Lindenbrook leads his intrepid party on an expedition to the center of the earth, via a volcano in Iceland, encountering all manner of prehistoric monsters and life-threatening hazards on the way.
Tagline: Based on Jules Verne's fantastic stories of strange adventure...
On the Beach (1959)
R | 2h 14min | 134min | 17 Dec 1959Score: 7.4/10
Director: Stanley Kramer
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Gregory Peck, Peter Williams, Grant Taylor, Fred Astaire
Synopsis: In 1964, atomic war wipes out humanity in the northern hemisphere; one American submarine finds temporary safe haven in Australia, where life-as-usual covers growing despair. In denial about the loss of his wife and children in the holocaust, American Captain Towers meets careworn but gorgeous Moira Davidson, who begins to fall for him. The sub returns after reconnaissance a month (or less) before the end; will Towers and Moira find comfort with each other?
Tagline: The Biggest Story Of our Time!
Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959)
R | 1h 16min | 76min | 20 Sep 1960Score: 5.57/10
Directors: Mario Bava, Riccardo Freda
Starring: Anthony La Penna, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Tom Felleghy, John Merivale, Didi Sullivan
Synopsis: Archaeologists investigating some Mayan ruins come across a blob-like monster. They manage to destroy it with fire, but keep a sample. Meanwhile, a comet is due to pass close to the Earth - the same comet passed near the Earth at the time the Mayan civilization mysteriously collapsed. Coincidence?
Tagline: Slimy Glob of Doom Engulfs The World!
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
R | 1h 23min | 83minScore: 5.38/10
Director: Terence Fisher
Starring: Christopher Lee, John Harrison, Lockwood West, Charles Lloyd Pack, Michael Ripper
Synopsis: A remake of "The Man in Half Moon Street" (1945) (qv.). Dr. Bonner plans to live forever through periodic gland transplants from younger, healthier human victims. Bonner looks about 40; he's really 104 years old. But people are starting to get suspicious, and he may not make 200.
Tagline: HIS HIDEOUS OBSESSION LED HIM TO COMMIT GHASTLY CRIMES OF PASSION AND VIOLENCE.
The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)
R | 1h 11min | 71min | 14 Sep 1959Score: 5.23/10
Director: Irvin Berwick
Starring: John Harmon, Joseph La Cava, Wayne Berwick, Les Tremayne, Forrest Lewis
Synopsis: The monster, which looks like a snarling "Creature from the Black Lagoon," invades a sleepy seaside town. The lighthouse keeper, newly widowed and estranged from the town folk, has been leaving food out for the monster for years, unaware of it's blood lust. When the monster's appetite outstrips the keeper's ability to serve it, bloodless decapitated corpses start to show up.
Tagline: MAN-MONSTER FROM THE SLIMY DEATHS!
The Alligator People (1959)
R | 1h 14min | 74min | 16 Jul 1959Score: 4.98/10
Director: Roy Del Ruth
Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Richard Crane, Vince Townsend Jr., John Frederick, Bill Bradley
Synopsis: A newlywed couple sit in a train. The husband receives a frantic telegram. He gets off at a station to make a phone call, the train pulls away without him on it, and that's the last his wife sees of him. Years later after a long search she finally tracks him down on his family's southern estate where she discovers that a failed medical treatment has turned him into an alligator mutant.
Tagline: Terror in the Bayou!
The Manster (1959)
R | 1h 13min | 73min | 28 Mar 1962Score: 4.93/10
Directors: George P. Breakston, Kenneth G. Crane
Starring: Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton, Tetsu Nakamura, Terri Zimmern, Norman Van Hawley
Synopsis: An American reporter in Japan is sent to interview an eccentric Japanese scientist working on bizarre experiments in his mountain laboratory. When the doctor realizes that the hapless correspondent is the perfect subject for his next experiment, he drugs the unfortunate man and injects him with a serum that gradually transforms him into a hideous, two-headed monster.
Tagline: Half-Man, Half-Monster!
The Angry Red Planet (1959)
R | 1h 23min | 83min | 23 Nov 1959Score: 4.89/10
Director: Ib Melchior
Starring: Billy Curtis, Brandy Bryan, William Remick, Fred Ross, Ralph Brooks
Synopsis: The first spaceship to Mars, presumed lost, is found in space and brought back to Earth by remote control. Only two from an initial crew of four are still alive, but one is unconscious due to an attached alien growth, while the other is traumatized, blocking out all memory of what happened. In hopes to save the unconscious crewman, the amnesiac is interrogated back into remembering. Those in charge thereby learn of the terrible dangers awaiting anyone venturing into the spooky, ruddy stillness of the very alien Martian ecosystem.
Tagline: Sights beyond belief! (Ad cuts).
Return of the Fly (1959)
R | 1h 20min | 80minScore: 4.8/10
Director: Edward Bernds
Starring: Vincent Price, Michael Mark, Rick Turner, Ed Wolff, Jack Daly
Synopsis: Fifteen years after his father's experiments with matter transmission fail, Philippe Delambre and his uncle François attempt to create a matter transmission device on their own. However, their experiments have disastrous results, turning Philippe into a horrible half-man, half-fly creature.
Tagline: Blood-curdling giant fly creature runs amuck!!!
The Killer Shrews (1959)
R | 1h 09min | 69minScore: 4.45/10
Director: Ray Kellogg
Starring: James Best, Ingrid Goude, Ken Curtis, Gordon McLendon, Baruch Lumet
Synopsis: A disparate group are trapped on a remote island by a hurricane. On the island, a doctor works to make humans twice as small as we already are. This, apparently, will help prevent over population. Unfortunately, his experiments have also created some giant shrews. As the shrews run out of smaller animals to eat, they move in on the people in the house.
Tagline: All that was left after...THE KILLER SHREWS! (Used in conjunction with a woman's pink pump and splattered blood)
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
R | 1h 02min | 62minScore: 4.08/10
Director: Bernard L. Kowalski
Starring: Walter Kelley, Dan White, Gene Roth, Yvette Vickers, Ken Clark
Synopsis: In a community near a swamp, a local dweller sees a couple of giant monsters but nobody believes him. Later, the cuckold Dave Walker finds his slut wife Liz Walker cheating on him with his friend Cal Moulton. He chases the couple through the swamp, and forces them to jump into the water. The leeches take them and shocked Dave is arrested and accused of murder. Two other locals decide to look for the bodies of Liz and Cal to get the prize of US $50.00 per body, and also vanish in the swamp. Finally, game warden Steve Benton organizes…
Tagline: Massive Blood Sucking Monsters!
The Giant Behemoth (1959)
R | 1h 20min | 80min | 03 Mar 1959Score: 3.9/10
Directors: Douglas Hickox, Eugène Lourié
Starring: Guy Standeven, Jack MacGowran, Patrick Jordan, Charles Price, Alastair Hunter
Synopsis: The dumping of radioactive waste in the ocean disturbs a prehistoric monster than can project electric shocks and radioactive beams. After terrorizing the English coast, it is discovered that if the creature is destroyed with conventional weaponry it would spread a dangerous amount radioactive contamination over the entire country, with this fact preventing the military from attacking the monster as it nears London.
Tagline: The Biggest Thing Since Time Began!
The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
R | 1h 14min | 74minScore: 2.8/10
Director: Ray Kellogg
Starring: Fred Graham, Jan McLendon, Angus G. Wynne III, Jerry Cortwright, Patricia Simmons
Synopsis: A couple of teenagers are reported missing in a small Texas town, and it is thought they eloped. Sheriff Jeff turns to his friend Clarence Winstead, a garage mechanic and leader of a hot-rod gang, for help. After a series of tragic motor accidents, it becomes apparent that a giant Gila monster is roaming the area depleting the town of its citizens and visitors, including two hot-rodding teens, and planning to attend the BIG record-hop party.
Tagline: Only Hell could breed such an enormous beast. Only God could destroy it!
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