Favourite Films of 1962

by awoodbine | created - 18 Jun 2011 | updated - 18 Jun 2011 | Public

My favourite films of 1962.

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1. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

8.0
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94 Metascore

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 64,519

2. Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

Approved | 107 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau, Michael Kane

Votes: 6,591

3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 215,621 | Gross: $44.82M

4. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Western

8.1
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A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

Director: John Ford | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin

Votes: 58,204

5. The Longest Day (1962)

G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History

7.8
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The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda

Votes: 46,226 | Gross: $39.10M

6. Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

Approved | 117 min | Drama

7.9
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An alcoholic marries a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman

Votes: 9,647

7. Freud (1962)

140 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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This pseudobiographical movie depicts five years from 1885 on in the life of the Viennese psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939). At this time, most of his colleagues refuse to cure ... See full summary »

Director: John Huston | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Susannah York, Larry Parks, Susan Kohner

Votes: 1,967

8. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Sport

7.7
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A juvenile offender at a tough reform school impresses its governor with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay, Avis Bunnage, Alec McCowen

Votes: 6,372

9. Merrill's Marauders (1962)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.7
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During WW2, a 3000-strong American unit, known as Merrill's Marauders, battles the Japanese forces in Burma.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Ty Hardin, Peter Brown, Andrew Duggan

Votes: 1,663

10. Ride the High Country (1962)

Approved | 94 min | Western

7.6
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An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr

Votes: 10,117

11. A Kind of Loving (1962)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird, Bert Palmer

Votes: 1,170 | Gross: $0.00M

12. Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, War

7.0
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Small squad must hold off German attack.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, Harry Guardino

Votes: 5,459

13. Cape Fear (1962)

Approved | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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76 Metascore

A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin

Votes: 22,099

14. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

8.1
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A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy

Votes: 40,302

15. In Search of the Castaways (1962)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.7
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In 19th century England, young Mary Grant and her brother, Robert, embark on a dangerous quest to find their missing father, a sea captain who vanished somewhere along the Chilean coast.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Maurice Chevalier, George Sanders, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 2,231 | Gross: $21.75M

16. Experiment in Terror (1962)

Approved | 123 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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A man with an asthmatic voice telephones bank clerk Kelly Sherwood at home and coerces her into helping him steal a large sum from her bank.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers, Roy Poole

Votes: 3,186

17. Jules and Jim (1962)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino

Votes: 30,421

18. The Password Is Courage (1962)

Approved | 116 min | War, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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British NCO Sergeant-Major Charles Coward escapes from the Stalag VIII-B POW camp and is mistakenly awarded with the Iron Cross by the Germans.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Maria Perschy, Alfred Lynch, Nigel Stock

Votes: 921

19. The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Music

6.4
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Terror strikes the London Opera House as a new opera is disrupted by the actions of a deformed specter of the show's past who has an obsession with one of the production's chorus girl.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Edward de Souza, Thorley Walters

Votes: 2,226

20. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Not Rated | 147 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Charles Crichton | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand

Votes: 13,381

21. How the West Was Won (1962)

Approved | 164 min | Western

7.1
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A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.

Directors: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda

Votes: 15,609 | Gross: $46.50M

22. It's Only Money (1962)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Mystery

6.5
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Lester is a clumsy and awkward TV repair man who is nevertheless gifted technically. In helping out a friend, he is drawn into a mystery involving a missing heir in a rich family. He begins... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Joan O'Brien, Zachary Scott, Jack Weston

Votes: 688

23. Dr. No (1962)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.3
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78 Metascore

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 125,414 | Gross: $16.07M

24. Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)

174 min | Drama

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Over the course of one day in August 1912, the family of retired actor James Tyrone grapples with the morphine addiction of his wife Mary, the illness of their youngest son Edmund and the ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 3,819

25. The War Lover (1962)

Approved | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.7
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Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner, Shirley Anne Field, Gary Cockrell

Votes: 1,398