Best films, 1962

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1.
My Life to Live (1962)
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution. (80 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
2.
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
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The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. (95 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
3.
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
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After spending three years in an asylum, a washed-up actor views a minor assignment from his old director in Rome as a chance for personal and professional redemption. (107 mins.)
 
4.
Hatari! (1962)
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A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos before the arrival of a female wildlife photographer threatens to change their ways. (157 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
5.
Harakiri (1962)
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An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (133 mins.)
 
6.
Prelude: Dog Star Man (1962 Short Film)
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A creation myth realized in light, patterns, images superimposed, rapid cutting, and silence. A black screen... (25 mins.)
Director: Brakhage
“ the full cycle ” - Poisonthewell
 
7.
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
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Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor. (90 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
8.
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
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In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers. (95 mins.)
 
9.
Knife in the Water (1962)
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On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization. (94 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
10.
La Jetée (1962 Short Film)
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The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images. (28 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
11.
An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
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An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter. (113 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
12.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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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. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
13.
L'Eclisse (1962)
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A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature. (126 mins.)
 
14.
Jules and Jim (1962)
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
 
15.
Il Sorpasso (1962)
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An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries. (105 mins.)
Director: Dino Risi
 
16.
Sundays and Cybèle (1962)
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After killing a child when his plane crashes in a Vietnamese village, Pierre suffers from delayed stress and partial amnesia... (110 mins.)
 
17.
Abhijaan (1962)
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A taxi driver attempts to introduce his cab service in rural Bengal against many odds. (150 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
18.
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
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The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
19.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
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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. (104 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
20.
The Trial (1962)
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An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
21.
Lolita (1962)
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A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet. (153 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
22.
Salvatore Giuliano (1962)
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The unclear and complicated twists between governal powers, independentist party and Mafia in the Sicily of the '40s culminate with the death of Salvatore Giuliano. (123 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
23.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
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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. (123 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
24.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
25.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)
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In Argentina, one daughter of patriarch Madariaga is married to a Frenchman while the other is married to a German thus leading to a crisis when Nazi Germany occupies France and some Madariaga family members fight on opposite sides. (153 mins.)
 
26.
Ride the High Country (1962)
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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. (94 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
27.
The Music Man (1962)
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Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk. (151 mins.)
Director: Morton DaCosta
 
28.
Advise & Consent (1962)
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Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well. (139 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
29.
Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
30.
The Intruder (1962)
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A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble--trouble he soon finds he can't control. (84 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
31.
Sanjuro (1962)
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A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent. (96 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
32.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
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A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. (126 mins.)
 
33.
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
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Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving... (120 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
34.
The Miracle Worker (1962)
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The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate. (106 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
35.
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
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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... (174 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
36.
The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962)
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In 19th century London, a woman weds a doctor with necrophiliac tendencies, and whose first wife died under mysterious circumstances - and might be coming back from the grave to torment her successor. (88 mins.)
Director: Robert Hampton
 
37.
A Kind of Loving (1962)
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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. (113 mins.)
 
38.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
Director: Herk Harvey
 
39.
Dr. No (1962)
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A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program. (110 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
 
40.
David and Lisa (1962)
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The emotional story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis... (95 mins.)
Director: Frank Perry
 
41.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
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A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
42.
Cape Fear (1962)
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A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail. (106 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
43.
Mamma Roma (1962)
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After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment... (106 mins.)
 
44.
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
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An alcoholic marries a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together. (117 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
45.
Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)
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In 1862, the British commission inventor Fergusson to claim uncharted land in West Africa for Britain by flying his giant hot air balloon there. (101 mins.)
Director: Irwin Allen
 
46.
Amphibian Man (1962)
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People living in a seaside town are frightened by reports about an unknown creature in the ocean. Nobody knows what it is... (96 mins.)
 
47.
All Night Long (1962)
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The film, based on Othello, is neatly positioned as a vehicle to showcase some of the best jazz musicians of the period - including Dave Brubeck and Charles Mingus. (91 mins.)
Director: Basil Dearden
 
48.
These Are the Damned (1962)
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An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children. (87 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
49.
Le signe du lion (1962)
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A French-American in Paris lives by sponging off his working friends, and throws a party using borrowed money when his rich American aunt dies, believing firmly in his horoscope. (103 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
50.
Pitfall (1962)
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A man wanders into a seemingly deserted town with his young son in search of work. But after a bit of bad luck, he joins the town's population of lost souls. (97 mins.)
 
51.
The Longest Day (1962)
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The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
 
52.
Zoku Zatôichi monogatari (1962)
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The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, learns of a powerful political figure's secret and is quickly tailed by a group of killers. (72 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Mori
 
53.
Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)
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A skeptical college professor discovers that his wife has been practicing magic for years. Like the learned... (90 mins.)
Director: Sidney Hayers
 
54.
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
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Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing... (95 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
 
55.
King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
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A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla. (97 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
56.
Merrill's Marauders (1962)
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During WW2, a 3000-strong American unit, known as Merrill's Marauders, battles the Japanese forces in Burma. (98 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
57.
The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)
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A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc (based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life trial)... (65 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
58.
Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)
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New York beat cronies slumbering through Harry Smith, Burroughs and Ginsberg, University Columbia, Colombia... (66 mins.)
Director: Harry Smith
 
59.
Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962 Short Film)
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In 1862, during the American Civil War, a Southern civilian is about to be hanged for attempting to sabotage a railway bridge. When the execution takes place from the bridge, the rope breaks and he begins his escape toward home. (28 mins.)
Director: Robert Enrico
 
60.
Tales of Terror (1962)
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Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death. (89 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
61.
Premature Burial (1962)
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An artist grows distant from his new wife as an irrational horror of premature burial consumes him. (81 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
62.
Window Water Baby Moving (1959 Documentary)
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Stan Brakhage films the birth of his first child, Myrrena. (13 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
63.
The Road to Hong Kong (1962)
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Mistaken identity and the acquisition of a rare Tibetan herb put two buffoonish con men on the wrong side of a secret organization geared toward world domination. (91 mins.)
Director: Norman Panama
 
64.
Night Creatures (1962)
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In 18th-century England, the Royal Crown sends Royal Navy Captain Collier and his crew to investigate reports of illegal smuggling and bootlegging in a coastal town where locals believe in Marsh Phantoms. (82 mins.)
 
65.
The Magic Sword (1962)
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The son of a sorceress, armed with weapons, armour and six magically summoned knights, embarks on a quest to save a princess from a vengeful wizard. (80 mins.)
Director: Bert I. Gordon