The  Bridge Over the River Kwai: One man stands up to their Japanese captors, while others plan an escape, 1957, AFI's 100 Best Films.  161 min.

East of Eden: Two brothers, one woman.  1955 Best actor, actress, and director

Rebel Without a Cause:  A teen moves to a new neighborhood and finds trouble.  1955, Actors: James Dean,  Natalie Wood.  AFI's 100 Best Films.  111 minutes

The Searchers: This Indian-hater pursues his niece and her kidnapper, unaware that the kidnapper is a White Indian. 1956, AFI's 100 Best Films.  119 minutes

12 Angry Men: In what seems a simple case, one man stirs tempers by not going along with the majority, 1957, 96 minutes

Old Yeller: After his father leaves him in charge of the farm, he must make peace with a thieving dog.  1957.  83 minutes

North by Northwest: After stumbling upon a spy ring, he must find someone who will believe him before they kill him. 1959, action.  Carey Grant.  AFI's 100 Best Films.  136 min.

Diary of Anne Frank: Two families feel cabin fever as for two years they hide from the Nazis in an attic.  1959, nom. for 8 Academy Awards, 180 minutes

The 400 Blows: An ordinary boy is thought to be a trouble-maker by his parents and teachers. 1959

Some Like It Hot: Two men dress as women to escape town  1959

Other Films: 1955-59
1955 Diabolique; between 200-250 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1955
East of Eden; Golden Globe Best Picture; unrated
1955
Lady and the Tramp
1955 Marty
1955 Marty; Academy Award Best Picture; unrated
1955
Rebel Without a Cause : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; unrated
1955
The Ladykillers; On the list of British Film Institute's list of Best Films; unrated
1956
Around the World in 80 Days; Academy Award Best Picture; Golden Globe Best Picture; unrated
1956
Giant : listed between 51-100 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; unrated
1956
The Searchers : listed between 51-100 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; unrated
1957
12 Angry Men; in top 25 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1957
Bridge on the River Kwai: listed in top 25 of AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; Academy Award Best Picture; Golden Globe Best Picture; On the list of British Film Institute's list of Best Films; between 50-100 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1957
Paths of Glory; between 50-100 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1957
The Nights of Cabiria; between 200-250 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1957
The Seventh Seal; between 100-199 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1957
Wild Strawberries; between 100-199 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1957
Witness for the Prosecution; between 50-100 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1958
Defiant Ones; Golden Globe Best Picture; unrated
1958
Gigi; Academy Award Best Picture; unrated
1958
Touch of Evil; between 200-250 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1958
Vertigo : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; between 50-100 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1959
I'm All Right, Jack; On the list of British Film Institute's list of Best Films; unrated
1959
North by Northwest : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; between 50-100 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1959
Room at the Top; On the list of British Film Institute's list of Best Films; unrated
1959
Some Like It Hot : listed in top 25 of AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; between 100-199 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1959
The 400 Blows; between 100-199 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated