MY TOP MOVIES FOR 1962

by 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

100 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

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.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Jean Desailly, René Lefèvre

Votes: 7,405 | Gross: $0.08M

Melville's finest crime drama...

3. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 261,341

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 »

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris

Votes: 3,444

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.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Richard Beymer, Diane Baker, Corinne Calvet, Fred Clark

Votes: 428

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.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Anna Ciepielewska

Votes: 17,136

The Polanski wheel begins to roll...

7. The Miracle Worker (1962)

Not Rated | 106 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson

Votes: 14,061

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.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe, Guylaine Schlumberger

Votes: 22,474

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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 24,996

Mifune and Kurosawa at it again...

10. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Western

94 Metascore

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.

Director: John Ford | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin

Votes: 60,632

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.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Charles Crichton | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand

Votes: 14,033

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.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr

Votes: 10,588

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.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal, José Baviera

Votes: 23,732

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.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Francesco Ruiu, Giancarlo De Rosa, Vincenzo Ciccora, Alfredo Leggi

Votes: 1,815

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.

Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky, Eduard Abalov | Stars: Nikolay Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, Evgeniy Zharikov, Stepan Krylov

Votes: 24,676

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.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino

Votes: 32,110

Truffaut's classic...

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.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Monica Vitti, Alain Delon, Francisco Rabal, Lilla Brignone

Votes: 14,174

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.

Director: Peter Ustinov | Stars: Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas, Paul Rogers

Votes: 3,432

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.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Gary Cockrell

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.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Arnoldo Foà, Jess Hahn, Billy Kearns

Votes: 16,315

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.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothée Blanck

Votes: 10,687

Varda lets us spend some time with Cleo...

22. Cape Fear (1962)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

A lawyer's family is stalked by a man he once helped put in jail.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin

Votes: 23,106

Mitchum is the perfect evil...

23. Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, War

Small squad must hold off German attack.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, Harry Guardino

Votes: 5,718

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.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy

Votes: 43,356

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.

Directors: Hubert Cornfield, Stanley Kramer | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin, Peter Falk, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 1,108

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.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman

Votes: 10,106

Hard hitting back then...

27. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

94 Metascore

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 66,388

By the time i saw this it was too outdated...

28. Dr. No (1962)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

78 Metascore

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman

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 »

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Eva Marie Saint, Warren Beatty, Karl Malden, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 1,478

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 »

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux, Rossano Brazzi

Votes: 1,240

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.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse, George Hamilton

Votes: 1,694

Almost pulled it off...



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