If you were born in 1959...
The BIGGEST movie was Ben-Hur, which grossed $36.9 million in the United States.
The Best Picture winner was also Ben-Hur, which also won Oscars for Best Director (William Wyler), Best Actor (Charlton Heston), Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Griffith), Best Art Direction, Color, Best Cinematography, Color, Best Costume Design, Color, Best Special Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Music - Scoring, and Best Sound Recording
But the best movie was The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups). François Truffaut kicked off his career and French New Wave while hunting down empathy for Antoine (Jean-Pierre Leaud), a troubled young student, as he rejects the system put before him, resulting in the favorite film of many of our favorite filmmakers.
If you were born in 1958...
The BIGGEST movie was South Pacific, which grossed 36.8 million in the United States.
The Best Picture winner was Gigi, which also won Oscars for Best Director (Vincente Minnelli), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Color, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Musical Score, and Best Original Song ("Gigi")
But the best movie was Vertigo. Alfred Hitchcock came close to landing on this list with Rear Window in 1954, but there can be no denying the raw cinematic power of Jimmy Stewart sweating his way through San Francisco, a preternatural fear of heights, and a mourning-catalyzed obsession with Kim Novak.