1957 in film

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The year 1957 in film involved some significant events. The Bridge on the River Kwai topped the year's box office in North America, France, and Germany, and won the Academy Award for Best Picture.


Top-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

Rank Title Studio Gross rental
1. The Bridge on the River Kwai Columbia $15,000,000[1]
2. Sayonara Warner Bros. $10,500,000[2]
3. Peyton Place 20th Century Fox $10,000,000[1]
4. The Curse of Frankenstein Warner Bros. $7,000,000
5. Search for Paradise Cinerama $6,500,000[1]
6. Old Yeller Disney $5,900,000[1]
7. Raintree County MGM $5,830,000[3]
8. Island in the Sun 20th Century Fox $5,000,000[2]
9. A Farewell to Arms $5,000,000[2]
10. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? $4,900,000

Top-grossing films by country[edit]

The highest-grossing 1957 films in various countries.

Country Title Director Studio Revenue Admissions
France The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean Columbia Pictures N/A 13,481,750[4]
Germany The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean Columbia Pictures N/A 14,500,000[5]
India Mother India Mehboob Khan Mehboob Productions $16,800,000[n 2] 100,000,000[8]
Italy The Ten Commandments Cecil B. DeMille Paramount Pictures N/A 16,800,000[9]
Japan Emperor Meiji and the Great Russo-Japanese War Kunio Watanabe Shintoho ¥542,910,000[10] budget about $550,000 -- Box office about $15,100,000 N/A
Soviet Union The Sisters Grigori Roshal Mosfilm $2,656,000[n 4] 42,500,000[11]
United Kingdom The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean Columbia Pictures N/A 12,600,000[14]
United States and Canada The Bridge on the River Kwai David Lean Columbia Pictures $27,200,000[15] 54,400,000[15]


Category/Organization 15th Golden Globe Awards
February 22, 1958
30th Academy Awards
March 26, 1958
Drama Comedy or Musical
Best Film The Bridge on the River Kwai Les Girls The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Director David Lean
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actor Alec Guinness
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Frank Sinatra
Pal Joey
Alec Guinness
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Best Actress Joanne Woodward
The Three Faces of Eve'
Kay Kendall
Les Girls
Taina Elg
Les Girls
Joanne Woodward
The Three Faces of Eve
Best Supporting Actor Red Buttons
Best Supporting Actress Elsa Lanchester
Witness for the Prosecution
Miyoshi Umeki
Best Foreign Language Film Confessions of Felix Krull
Woman in a Dressing Gown
Yellow Crow
Nights of Cabiria

Top ten money making stars[edit]

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

1957 film releases[edit]

Notable films released in 1957[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated






















Short film series[edit]

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[edit]


  1. ^ 4.7619 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1950 to 1965[7]
  2. ^ 8 crore[6] (US$16.8 million)[n 1]
  3. ^ 4 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1950 to 1960[13]
  4. ^ 10.625 million SUR (42.5 million Soviet tickets sold,[11] average ticket price of 25 kopecks),[12] 4 SUR per USD[n 3]


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  3. ^ The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
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  8. ^ Bahubali 2 Is The Biggest Hindi Blockbuster This Century Archived 24 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine, Box Office India, 8 June 2017
  9. ^ "Bilan Annuel Italie – 1957". JP's Box-Office. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  10. ^ キネマ旬報ベスト・テン85回全史 1924–2011. Kinema Junpo. Kinema Junposha. May 2012. p. 138. ISBN 978-4873767550.
  11. ^ a b "Prokat2". Kinokultura.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  12. ^ Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48 Archived 2018-05-10 at the Wayback Machine, Cornell University Press, 2011
  13. ^ Archive of Bank of Russia "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2012-09-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "The Bridge on the River Kwai". British Film Institute. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
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