MY TOP 30 FOR 1964

Frankenheimer and Lancaster fight the dirty war; Sellers joins the Kubrick madness, and Leone finds the perfect stranger in Eastwood.
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1.
The Train (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo. (133 mins.)
“ Superb performance from Lancaster, and taunt direction from Frankenheimer... ” - mifunesamurai
 
2.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Sellers and Kubrick create chaos in the War Room... ” - mifunesamurai
 
3.
The Best Man (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The two front runners for their party's Presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless, vie for the ex-President's endorsement. (102 mins.)
“ Vidal's script is a winner here... ” - mifunesamurai
 
4.
The Americanization of Emily (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An American naval officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission. (115 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ Paddy was one of great modern writers of old Hollywood... ” - mifunesamurai
 
5.
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ The beginning of a wonderful relationship with The man With No Name... ” - mifunesamurai
 
6.
The Soft Skin (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Pierre Lachenay is a well-known publisher and lecturer, married with Franca and father of Sabine, around 10. He meets an air hostess, Nicole. They start a love affair, which Pierre is hiding, but he cannot stand staying away from her. (113 mins.)
“ The delicate touch of Truffaut... ” - mifunesamurai
 
7.
Zorba the Greek (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba. (142 mins.)
“ The passion of the vibrant Greek... ” - mifunesamurai
 
8.
Fail-Safe (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? (112 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ The series side of Dr Strangelove... ” - mifunesamurai
 
9.
Black Peter (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Reality movie of a few days in the life of a Czechoslovak teenager when he starts work. (85 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
“ A wonderful and cheeky observational piece from Forman... ” - mifunesamurai
 
10.
Red Desert (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a bleak rundown industrial area a young woman, Giuliana, tries to cope with life. She's married to... (117 mins.)
“ The bleakness of an Antonioni cinematic world... ” - mifunesamurai
 
11.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young girl separated from her lover by war faces a life altering decision. (91 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
“ A song of joy to the heart... ” - mifunesamurai
 
12.
Seven Days in May (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. (118 mins.)
“ The death of Kennedy brought about a series of fascinating political films... ” - mifunesamurai
 
13.
Mary Poppins (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family. (139 mins.)
“ One of Disney's little treasures... ” - mifunesamurai
 
14.
Goldfinger (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (110 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ The Connery magic... ” - mifunesamurai
 
15.
Marnie (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them. (130 mins.)
“ A subdued Hitchcock but still intriguing... ” - mifunesamurai
 
16.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew. (137 mins.)
“ A socialist view on the bible is quiet interesting... ” - mifunesamurai
 
17.
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A 'typical' day in the life of the Beatles, including many of their famous songs. (87 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ Fun with the lads... ” - mifunesamurai
 
18.
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate. (102 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Sellers takes over the Clouseau helm... ” - mifunesamurai
 
19.
Marriage Italian Style (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The rich man Domenico and Filumena, a penniless prostitute, share great part of their lives in the immediate post WWII Italy. (102 mins.)
“ I just love the two leads... ” - mifunesamurai
 
20.
Band of Outsiders (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery. (95 mins.)
“ Godard is always interesting even when mediocre.... ” - mifunesamurai
 
21.
Joy House (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
French filmmaker Rene Clement presents Alan Delon as a petty criminal on the run from the underground... (97 mins.)
Director: René Clément
“ Fonda and Delon are delicious... ” - mifunesamurai
 
22.
The Ape Woman (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A modest Neapolitan man meets a young woman with excessive hairiness. He exhibits her at fairs and marries her.It is after marriage that he receives a tempting offer from a French manager. (84 mins.)
Director: Marco Ferreri
“ The twisted world of Ferreri... ” - mifunesamurai
 
23.
Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Celestine, the chambermaid, has new job on the country. The Monteils, who she works for are a group of strange people... (101 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ I need a second viewing... ” - mifunesamurai
 
24.
My Fair Lady (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A misogynistic and snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society. (170 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ I just adore Audrey... ” - mifunesamurai
 
25.
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An aging, reclusive Southern belle, plagued by a horrifying family secret, descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative. (133 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ How Aldrich would have handled these classic actors would have been interesting in itself... ” - mifunesamurai
 
26.
Roustabout (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Charlie Rogers is a leather-jacketed biker who's fired from a singing engagement after getting into a fight with a group of college toughs... (101 mins.)
Director: John Rich
“ One of the better Elvis trash... ” - mifunesamurai
 
27.
Father Goose (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
During WW2, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female. (118 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
“ Adorale fluff... ” - mifunesamurai
 
28.
Children of the Damned (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Scientists discovers that there are six children who each have an enormous intelligence. The children are flown to London to be studied... (90 mins.)
Director: Anton M. Leader
“ Cute little chiller... ” - mifunesamurai
 
29.
I'd Rather Be Rich (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An updated remake of It Started With Eve (1941). A young heiress is summoned to the bedside of her dying grandfather... (96 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
“ The sweetness of Sandra Dee... ” - mifunesamurai
 
30.
The T.A.M.I. Show (1964 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Chuck Berry opens the show and performs "Johnny B Goode" and his 1955 hit Maebelline". He is then joined... (123 mins.)
Director: Steve Binder
“ For the discerning music lover... ” - mifunesamurai