MY TOP MOVIES FOR 1962by mifunesamurai | created - 19 Jul 2012 | updated - 16 Jul 2015 | Public
David Lean's epic; French film noir, and Polanski's first.
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1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 231,936 | Gross: $44.82M
Lean's epic, thanks to O'Toole...
2. Le Doulos (1963)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Thriller
A burglar betraying other criminals, prepares for a big heist with a trusted friend that might be as untrustworthy as he.
Votes: 7,405 | Gross: $0.08M
Melville's finest crime drama...
3. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
Peck's ultimate performance...
4. Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Sport
Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a ... See full summary »
Brilliant performances by the three main leads...
5. Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962)
Approved | 145 min | Adventure, Drama, War
An immature young man from Middle America grows to manhood after a cross-country journey and his military service in World War I.
Ritt does a fine job in what could have been another Hollywood melodrama...
6. Knife in the Water (1962)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller
On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.
The Polanski wheel begins to roll...
7. The Miracle Worker (1962)
Not Rated | 106 min | Biography, Drama
Brilliant leads under Penn's tight direction...
8. Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
Not Rated | 85 min | Drama
Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.
Godard gets the best from his muse, Karina...
9. Sanjuro (1962)
Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.
Mifune and Kurosawa at it again...
10. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Western
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.
Ford's final greatness...
11. Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Not Rated | 147 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A surly convicted murderer held in permanent isolation redeems himself when he becomes a renowned bird expert.
Lancaster is perfect...
12. Ride the High Country (1962)
Approved | 94 min | Western
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.
Peckinpah does well with good material and a fine cast...
13. The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy
The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.
Only Bunuel can get away with this...
14. La Commare Secca (1962)
Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When a woman is killed in a park, the police bring in everyone suspected of being there when the incident occurred and question them. One of them is the killer.
Bertolucci's perfect Italian Rashomon...
15. Ivan's Childhood (1962)
Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, War
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.
Tarkovskiy eerie vision begins right here...
16. Jules and Jim (1962)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance
Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.
17. L'Eclisse (1962)
Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Romance
A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature.
Perfect dream couple in Antonioni's challenging world...
18. Billy Budd (1962)
Approved | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, War
Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried.
Ustinov does a fine job with a stella cast...
19. Lolita (1962)
Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A middle-aged college professor becomes infatuated with a fourteen-year-old nymphet.
Votes: 79,652 | Gross: $9.25M
Kubrick found humour in this...
20. The Trial (1962)
Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.
Perfect for Welles...
21. Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.
Varda lets us spend some time with Cleo...
22. Cape Fear (1962)
Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller
A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.
Mitchum is the perfect evil...
23. Hell Is for Heroes (1962)
Approved | 90 min | Drama, War
Small squad must hold off German attack.
McQueen holds it together...
24. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.
Only Aldrich can get two classic starlets together to torment each other...
25. Pressure Point (1962)
Not Rated | 91 min | Drama
A black prison psychiatrist is assigned the distasteful task of helping a paranoid American Nazi charged with sedition.
Good cast take on a controversial topic...
26. Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Approved | 117 min | Drama
An alcoholic marries a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.
Hard hitting back then...
27. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller
A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.
By the time i saw this it was too outdated...
28. Dr. No (1962)
PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.
Votes: 130,171 | Gross: $16.07M
The start of grand adventure...
29. All Fall Down (1962)
Approved | 111 min | Drama
Ralph and Annabell Willart are a feuding couple who are constantly bickering over their worthless, good-for nothing son Berry-Berry. When Berry-Berry begins yet another meaningless love ... See full summary »
Worth to see a young Beatty...
30. Light in the Piazza (1962)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Romance
Upper class Americans Noel and Meg Johnson have a twenty-six year old daughter named Clara Johnson. Clara suffered a head injury as a child which resulted in her being mentally disabled. ... See full summary »
Lite and breezy...
31. Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
Approved | 107 min | Drama
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.
Almost pulled it off...