Best films, 1963

All worthwhile films of 1963 ranked
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1.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
2.
Contempt (1963)
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Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue. (103 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
3.
High and Low (1963)
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An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
4.
The Birds (1963)
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A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (119 mins.)
 
5.
The Leopard (1963)
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The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily. (186 mins.)
 
6.
Charade (1963)
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Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (113 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
7.
The Big City (1963)
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Life at home changes when a house-wife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a saleswoman. (136 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
8.
Winter Light (1963)
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A small town priest struggles with his faith. (81 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
9.
The Organizer (1963)
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A former high school teacher turned unionist tries to organize workers laboring with inhuman conditions at a late 19th Century textile factory. (130 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
 
10.
The Insect Woman (1963)
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Life story of a woman born in poverty trying to succeed. Through her many schemes, she faces her ups and downs in a cyclical nature, fueled mostly by self-interest. (123 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
11.
Bay of Angels (1963)
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Jean is a clerk in a bank. His colleague Caron is a gambler and gives him the virus. In the casinos... (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
12.
The Fire Within (1963)
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Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol... (108 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
13.
An Actor's Revenge (1963)
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Yukinojo, a Kabuki actor, seeks revenge by destroying the three men who caused the deaths of his parents. Also involved are the daughter of one of Yukinojo's targets, two master thieves, and a swordsman who himself is out to kill Yukinojo. (113 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
14.
Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963)
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In the seacoast town of Boulogne, Hélène sells antique furniture, living with her step-son, Bernard... (117 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
15.
This Sporting Life (1963)
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Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live. (134 mins.)
 
16.
I Fidanzati (1963)
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In the industrial North, Giovanni is a skilled factory worker offered a promotion if he'll go to Sicily for 18 months to assist in a new department... (77 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
17.
The Nutty Professor (1963)
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To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love. (107 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
 
18.
The Great Escape (1963)
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Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
19.
The House Is Black (1963 Documentary)
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Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness", of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude. (20 mins.)
 
20.
The Executioner (1963)
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An undertaker gets married to an old executioner's daughter and, although he doesn't like it, must continue the profession of his father-in-law after his retirement. (87 mins.)
 
21.
The Servant (1963)
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The aristocratic Tony moves to London and hires the servant Hugo Barrett for all services at home. Barrett seems to be a loyal and competent employee... (116 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
22.
Shock Corridor (1963)
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Bent on winning a Pulitzer Prize, a journalist commits himself to a mental institution to solve a strange and unclear murder. (101 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
23.
Le Doulos (1963)
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Burglar Maurice Faugel has just finished his sentence. He murders Gilbert Vanovre, a receiver, and steals the loot of a break-in... (108 mins.)
 
24.
Dry Summer (1963)
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A tobacco farmer tries to ruin his competitors crops by diverting water to his property. (90 mins.)
Director: Metin Erksan
 
25.
Barren Lives (1963)
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A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children... (103 mins.)
 
26.
The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1963 Short Film)
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A law student regularly visits a Paris bakery to flirt with a brunette employee. (23 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
27.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
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The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. (104 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
 
28.
The Silence (1963)
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Two estranged sisters, Ester and Anna, and Anna's 10-year-old son travel to the Central European country on the verge of war. Ester becomes seriously ill and the three of them move into a hotel in a small town called Timoka. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
29.
Tom Jones (1963)
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The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England. (128 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
30.
Hud (1963)
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Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
31.
Mothlight (1963 Short Film)
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A "found foliage" film composed of insects, leaves, and other detritus sandwiched between two strips of perforated tape. (4 mins.)
Director: Stan Brakhage
 
32.
From Russia with Love (1963)
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James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE. (115 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
 
33.
Billy Liar (1963)
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A lazy, irresponsible young clerk in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family. (98 mins.)
 
34.
Lord of the Flies (1963)
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Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Brook
 
35.
America America (1963)
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A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to the United States. (174 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
36.
Judex (1963)
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Favraux, an unscrupulous banker, receives a threatening note, signed by "Judex", demanding that he pay back the people he has swindled... (98 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
 
37.
Irma la Douce (1963)
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In Paris, a former policeman falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time. (147 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
38.
Suzanne's Career (1963)
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The friendship of Bertrand and Guillaume is complicated when the womanizing Guillaume begins to pursue a charming girl named Suzanne. (54 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
39.
Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963 Documentary)
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Governor George Wallace will not let two black students into an Alabama school, against the wishes of President Kennedy. Loud shouts come from both sides of the issue as JFK stands by his decisions. (52 mins.)
 
40.
The Pink Panther (1963)
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Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet--a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther." (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
41.
Beach Party (1963)
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"Beach Party" was the first of of a series of seven related AIP beach party films. The others are Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Pajama Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. (101 mins.)
Director: William Asher
 
42.
Youth of the Beast (1963)
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A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other. (92 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
43.
Passenger (1963)
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While being aboard a transatlantic ship, German woman Liza notices someone who looks like Marta, the former inmate at Auschwitz, where Liza used to be the guard. (62 mins.)
 
44.
55 Days at Peking (1963)
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During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China, U.S. Marine Major Matt Lewis, aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson, devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives. (154 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
45.
Flaming Creatures (1963)
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With full disturbing and weirdo graphic plus sexual scenes, Flaming Creatures is one of most daring and controversial film of all time, According to Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures is a comedy in a haunted music studio. (45 mins.)
Director: Jack Smith
 
46.
The Haunting (1963)
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A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
47.
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
 
48.
The Day of the Triffids (1963)
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After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Sekely
 
49.
New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
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Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home. (91 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
 
50.
The Raven (1963)
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A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help. (86 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
51.
Hands Over the City (1963)
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Prior to a city council election, the collapse of a building leaves a land developer and his political backers defending themselves against a scandal. (105 mins.)
Director: Francesco Rosi
 
52.
X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
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A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences. (79 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
53.
Le Petit Soldat (1963)
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During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs... (88 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
54.
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
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The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure. (205 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
55.
Méditerranée (1963 Documentary)
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A short film documenting the seas and shores of the Mediterranean Sea. (44 mins.)
 
56.
Heavens Above! (1963)
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A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish. (118 mins.)
 
57.
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
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Angie Rossini is an innocent Italian Catholic Macy's salesgirl, who discovers she's pregnant from a fling with Rocky... (102 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
58.
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
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A former intelligence officer is tasked by the heir to the Gleneyre estate to investigate the unusual deaths of a disparate group of eleven men on a list. (98 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
59.
Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination (1963 Documentary)
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The home movie footage that caught the assassination of the American President, John F. Kennedy. (1 mins.)
 
60.
The Haunted Palace (1963)
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Charles Dexter Ward arrives at a small village to visit the house he inherited from his ancestor who died there 100 years ago. (87 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
61.
Cleopatra (1963)
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Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. (192 mins.)
 
62.
Blood Feast (1963)
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An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective tries to track him down. (67 mins.)
 
63.
Paranoiac (1963)
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Loosely based on Josephine Tey's "Brat Farrar;" a man long believed dead returns to the family estate to claim his inheritance. (80 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
 
64.
McLintock! (1963)
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Wealthy rancher G.W. McLintock uses his power and influence in the territory to keep the peace between farmers, ranchers, land-grabbers, Indians and corrupt government officials. (127 mins.)
 
65.
The Sword in the Stone (1963)
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A poor boy named Arthur learns the power of love, kindness, knowledge and bravery with the help of a wizard called Merlin in the path to become one of the most beloved kings in England history. (79 mins.)
 
66.
Donovan's Reef (1963)
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Comedy subtly dealing with moral issues such as racial bigotry, corporate greed, American belief of societal superiority and hypocrisy. (109 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
67.
The Ghost (1963)
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A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them. (97 mins.)
Director: Robert Hampton
 
68.
Diary of a Madman (1963)
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An evil spirit leaves the body of his human host, a criminal on death-row, and sneaks into the body of his next human host, a French magistrate. (96 mins.)
 
69.
The Blancheville Monster (1963)
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The beautiful young daughter of a crazed count fears that she will fall victim to the family curse - to be sacrificed to fulfill an ancient family legend. (90 mins.)
Director: Martin Herbert
 
70.
Maniac (1963)
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An American painter has an affair with a bar owner is a French village and agrees to help her murderer husband escape from a prison for the criminally insane. (86 mins.)
 
71.
The Sadist (1963)
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Three people driving into Los Angeles for a Dodgers game have car trouble and pull off into an old wrecking yard where they are held at bay by a bloodthirsty psycho and his crazy girlfriend. (92 mins.)
Director: James Landis