MY TOP 30 FOR 1964

by mifunesamurai | created - 19 Jul 2012 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

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)

Not Rated | 133 min | Thriller, War

7.9
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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.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon

Votes: 11,497 | Gross: $7.41M

Superb performance from Lancaster, and taunt direction from Frankenheimer...

2. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, War

8.5
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96 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 383,858 | Gross: $0.28M

Sellers and Kubrick create chaos in the War Room...

3. The Best Man (1964)

Approved | 102 min | Drama

7.7
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The two front runners for their party's presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless, vie for the former President's endorsement.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Edie Adams, Margaret Leighton

Votes: 2,516

Vidal's script is a winner here...

4. The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.4
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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.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas, James Coburn

Votes: 4,020

Paddy was one of the great modern writers of old Hollywood...

5. Fistful of Dollars (1964)

R | 99 min | Western

8.0
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65 Metascore

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 165,193 | Gross: $14.50M

The beginning of a wonderful relationship with The man With No Name...

6. The Soft Skin (1964)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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78 Metascore

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.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean Desailly, Françoise Dorléac, Nelly Benedetti, Daniel Ceccaldi

Votes: 5,466

The delicate touch of Truffaut...

7. Zorba the Greek (1964)

Not Rated | 142 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas, Lila Kedrova

Votes: 17,196

The passion of the vibrant Greek...

8. Fail-Safe (1964)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

8.0
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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?

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 16,470

The serious side of Dr Strangelove...

9. Black Peter (1964)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Reality movie of a few days in the life of a Czechoslovak teenager when he starts work.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Ladislav Jakim, Pavla Martinkova, Jan Vostrcil, Vladimír Pucholt

Votes: 1,734

A wonderful and cheeky observational piece from Forman...

10. Red Desert (1964)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

7.7
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In an industrial area, Giuliana, an unstable woman, attempts to cope with life by starting an affair with a co-worker at the plant her husband manages.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Carlo Chionetti, Xenia Valderi

Votes: 10,694

The bleakness of an Antonioni cinematic world...

11. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.8
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86 Metascore

A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision.

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel

Votes: 18,279 | Gross: $0.02M

A song of joy to the heart...

12. Seven Days in May (1964)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.9
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United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner

Votes: 10,478

The death of Kennedy brought about a series of fascinating political films...

13. Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Hiroko Itô, Kôji Mitsui

Votes: 13,309

Pretty far fetched but fascinating nonetheless with plenty of hidden meanings going on...

14. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.8
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In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 122,586 | Gross: $102.27M

One of Disney's little treasures...

15. Goldfinger (1964)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.8
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87 Metascore

Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 150,456 | Gross: $51.08M

The Connery magic...

16. Marnie (1964)

PG | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Martin Gabel, Louise Latham

Votes: 37,678 | Gross: $7.00M

A subdued Hitchcock but still intriguing...

17. The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

Not Rated | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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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.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini, Marcello Morante

Votes: 8,786

A socialist view on the bible is quiet interesting...

18. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

7.7
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96 Metascore

A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 34,532 | Gross: $13.78M

Fun with the lads...

19. The Battle of Culloden (1964 TV Movie)

69 min | Drama, History, War

7.9
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A reconstruction of the Battle of Culloden, the last battle to take place on British soil, as if modern TV cameras were present.

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Tony Cosgrove, Olivier Espitalier-Noel, Don Fairservice, George McBean

Votes: 1,151

Peter Watkins' creative re-enactment of the last brutal civil war fought on U.K. soil...

20. A Shot in the Dark (1964)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Mystery

7.6
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70 Metascore

Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders, Herbert Lom

Votes: 21,768 | Gross: $12.37M

Sellers takes over the Clouseau helm...

21. Marriage Italian Style (1964)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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The rich man Domenico and Filumena, a penniless prostitute, share great part of their lives in the immediate post WWII Italy.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Puglisi, Tecla Scarano

Votes: 6,164

I just love the two leads...

22. Band of Outsiders (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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88 Metascore

Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Danièle Girard, Louisa Colpeyn

Votes: 18,553 | Gross: $0.04M

Godard is always interesting even when mediocre....

23. Joy House (1964)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.1
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French filmmaker Rene Clement presents Alain Delon as a petty criminal on the run from the underground. On the Rivera, he seeks refuge in a flophouse whose soup line is served by Jane Fonda... See full summary »

Director: René Clément | Stars: Alain Delon, Jane Fonda, Lola Albright, Sorrell Booke

Votes: 1,470

Fonda and Delon are delicious...

24. The Ape Woman (1964)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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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.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Annie Girardot, Achille Majeroni, Filippo Pompa Marcelli

Votes: 473

The twisted world of Ferreri...

25. Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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Celestine, the chambermaid, has new job on the country. The Monteils, who she works for are a group of strange people. The wife is frigid, her husband is always hunting (both animals and ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Georges Géret, Michel Piccoli, Daniel Ivernel

Votes: 6,885 | Gross: $0.02M

I need a second viewing...

26. My Fair Lady (1964)

G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical

7.9
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A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 74,395 | Gross: $72.00M

I just adore Audrey...

27. Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Approved | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 10,355

How Aldrich would have handled these classic actors would have been interesting in itself...

28. Roustabout (1964)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Music, Musical

6.0
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After a singer loses his job at a coffee shop, he finds employment at a struggling carnival, but his attempted romance with a teenager leads to friction with her father.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Elvis Presley, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Freeman, Leif Erickson

Votes: 2,144 | Gross: $3.00M

One of the better Elvis trash...

29. Father Goose (1964)

Approved | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

7.4
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During World War II, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard, Jack Good

Votes: 8,142 | Gross: $12.50M

Adorale fluff...

30. The Naked Kiss (1964)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists, leaves her past, and finds solace in the town of Grantville. She meets Griff, the ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, Virginia Grey

Votes: 5,490

Fuller can be so frustrating at times because he was brave enough to take on subjects that Hollywood shied away from, but he just couldn't package it and deliver the goods... Not far behind was that cute little chiller, CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED...