The Diary of Anne Frank
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Teenaged Anne Frank, a Dutch Jew, perished along with most of the rest of her family in a Nazi concentration camp, but her hopes, dreams, and optimistic outlook have endured thanks to the publication of her diary in 1952. After intense… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 18, 1959
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Time Out

One of those extremely long and well-meaning adaptations of plays, this doesn't really amount to very much, despite its intrinsically moving subject matter.

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Dan Jardine

The strength of both families in the face of such frightening conditions provides the film with a moral center and tragic power that overcome its minor weaknesses.

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TV Guide

A vivid and carefully produced work of poignancy and loss.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Mr. Stevens has done a superb job of putting upon the screen the basic drama and shivering authenticity of the Frances Goodrich-Albert Hackett play, which in turn caught the magnitude of drama in the real-life diary of a Jewish girl.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A poignant drama bringing us into the lives of Anne Frank, whose diary inspired millions seeking to understand why such a sweet, innocent child could be murdered in the Holocaust.

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Emanuel Levy

More valuable as historical than artistic work, George Stevens' reverential Broadway-to-Hollywood transfer is marred by the weak lead performance from Millie Perkins.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Represents Stevens at the height of his pretentiousness and the depths of his accomplishment.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Remains a potent statement about the horrors of war and a valid testament to the girl who could answer them by writing, 'I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are really good at heart.' [Blu-ray]

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Derek Smith
Apollo Guide

Its ideals are concerned less with the horrors of 1940s Germany and more with the optimistic, hopeful attitude of 1950s America.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
erika bruhns
book is better
Film Crazy
excellant very moving and very intersting in the life of a jewish girl being tracked down by the nazi reli worth a watch excellant history of the ww2
Aj V
A classic movie based on a classic novel/diary of the real experiences of a girl living in Nazi Germany. This movie really brings the events to life, and I… More
Megan S
A must-see movie based on a must-see book. I enjoyed it a lot; it is such a sad and moving story. I couldn't quite get past the fact that the dentist guy… More
Wahida K
Touching classic based upon true events in WWII on Diary of Anne Frank. I read the Book twice and every tiny bit of the words in the book sucked me in to it. A… More
Jennifer Xu
altogether too long but it drew me in and millie perkins is perfection as an innocent but annoying anne frank who grows up in that little room.