MY TOP 30 FOR 1964by 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
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.
Votes: 11,497 | Gross: $7.41M
Superb performance from Lancaster, and taunt direction from Frankenheimer...
PG | 95 min | Comedy, War
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.
Votes: 383,858 | Gross: $0.28M
Sellers and Kubrick create chaos in the War Room...
3. The Best Man (1964)
Approved | 102 min | Drama
The two front runners for their party's presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless, vie for the former President's endorsement.
Vidal's script is a winner here...
4. The Americanization of Emily (1964)
Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, War
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.
Paddy was one of the great modern writers of old Hollywood...
5. Fistful of Dollars (1964)
R | 99 min | Western
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.
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
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.
The delicate touch of Truffaut...
7. Zorba the Greek (1964)
Not Rated | 142 min | Comedy, Drama
An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.
The passion of the vibrant Greek...
8. Fail-Safe (1964)
Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller
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?
The serious side of Dr Strangelove...
9. Black Peter (1964)
85 min | Comedy, Drama
Reality movie of a few days in the life of a Czechoslovak teenager when he starts work.
A wonderful and cheeky observational piece from Forman...
10. Red Desert (1964)
Not Rated | 117 min | Drama
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.
The bleakness of an Antonioni cinematic world...
11. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision.
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
United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.
The death of Kennedy brought about a series of fascinating political films...
13. Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller
An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them.
Pretty far fetched but fascinating nonetheless with plenty of hidden meanings going on...
14. Mary Poppins (1964)
G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.
Votes: 122,586 | Gross: $102.27M
One of Disney's little treasures...
15. Goldfinger (1964)
PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.
Votes: 150,456 | Gross: $51.08M
The Connery magic...
16. Marnie (1964)
PG | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them.
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
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.
A socialist view on the bible is quiet interesting...
18. A Hard Day's Night (1964)
G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical
A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs.
Votes: 34,532 | Gross: $13.78M
Fun with the lads...
19. The Battle of Culloden (1964 TV Movie)
69 min | Drama, History, War
A reconstruction of the Battle of Culloden, the last battle to take place on British soil, as if modern TV cameras were present.
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
Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate.
Votes: 21,768 | Gross: $12.37M
Sellers takes over the Clouseau helm...
21. Marriage Italian Style (1964)
Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The rich man Domenico and Filumena, a penniless prostitute, share great part of their lives in the immediate post WWII Italy.
I just love the two leads...
22. Band of Outsiders (1964)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.
Votes: 18,553 | Gross: $0.04M
Godard is always interesting even when mediocre....
23. Joy House (1964)
97 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
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 »
Fonda and Delon are delicious...
24. The Ape Woman (1964)
92 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
The twisted world of Ferreri...
25. Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama
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 »
Votes: 6,885 | Gross: $0.02M
I need a second viewing...
26. My Fair Lady (1964)
G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical
A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.
Votes: 74,395 | Gross: $72.00M
I just adore Audrey...
27. Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
Approved | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.
How Aldrich would have handled these classic actors would have been interesting in itself...
28. Roustabout (1964)
PG | 101 min | Drama, Music, Musical
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.
Votes: 2,144 | Gross: $3.00M
One of the better Elvis trash...
29. Father Goose (1964)
Approved | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
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.
Votes: 8,142 | Gross: $12.50M
30. The Naked Kiss (1964)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama
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 »
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...