Best Adventure Movies of 1963

1.

The Great Escape

6.6
8.2/10 IMDB

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

Starring: James Garner, Donald Pleasence, Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, David McCallum, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Angus Lennie, Gordon Jackson ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1963-06-20
2.

From Russia with Love

5.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Agent 007 is back in the second installment of the James Bond series, this time battling a secret crime organization known as SPECTRE. Russians Rosa Klebb and Kronsteen are out to snatch a decoding device known as the Lektor, using the ravishing Tatiana to lure Bond into helping them. Bond willingly travels to meet Tatiana in Istanbul, where he must rely on his wits to escape with his life in a series of deadly encounters with the enemy

Starring: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendáriz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee, Eunice Gayson, Walter Gotell, Francis de Wolff, Na?a Regin ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1963-10-11
3.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

A group of strangers come across a man dying after a car crash who proceeds to tell them about the $350,000 he buried in California. What follows is the madcap adventures of those strangers as each attempts to claim the prize for himself.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Ethel Merman, Dick Shawn ..
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1963-11-07
4.

Jason and the Argonauts

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

Jason, a fearless sailor and explorer, returns to his home land of Thessaly after a long voyage to claim his rightful throne. He learns, however, that he must first find the magical Golden Fleece. To do so, he must embark on an epic quest fraught with fantastic monsters and terrible perils.

Starring: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith, Niall MacGinnis, Michael Gwynn, Douglas Wilmer, Jack Gwillim, Honor Blackman, John Cairney ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1963-06-19
5.

Lord of the Flies

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Amidst a nuclear war, a plane carrying a group of schoolboys crash lands on a deserted island. With no adult survivors, the boys are forced to fend for themselves. At first they cooperate, but when the they split into two separate camps -- one led by the pragmatic Ralph and the other by militaristic Jack -- their society falls into disarray, leading to a disturbing examination of human nature and a chilling conclusion.

Starring: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin, Tom Gaman, Nicholas Hammond, Peter Davy ..
Directed by: Peter Brook
Release date: 1963-08-13
6.

Tom Jones

4.2
6.5/10 IMDB

Tom loves Sophie and Sophie loves Tom. But Tom and Sophie are of differering classes. Can they find a way through the mayhem to be true to love?

Starring: Albert Finney, Susannah York, Hugh Griffith, Edith Evans, Joan Greenwood, Diane Cilento, David Tomlinson, Freda Jackson, Jack MacGowran, Lynn Redgrave ..
Directed by: Tony Richardson
Release date: 1963-08-24
7.

Donovan's Reef

3.7
6.9/10 IMDB

'Guns' Donovan prefers carousing with his pals Doc Dedham and 'Boats' Gilhooley, until Dedham's high-society daughter Amelia shows up in their South Seas paradise.

Starring: John Wayne, Elizabeth Allen, Lee Marvin, Cesar Romero, Mike Mazurki, Jack Warden, Jacqueline Malouf, Cherylene Lee, Jeffrey Byron, Dorothy Lamour ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1963-06-12
8.

The Incredible Journey

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

The story of three pets, a cat and two dogs, who lose their owners when they are all on vacation. Can they find their way home?

Starring: Émile Genest, John Drainie, Sandra Scott, Jan Rubeš ..
Directed by: Fletcher Markle
Release date: 1963-11-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : Kings of the Sun
9.

Kings of the Sun

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

In order to flee from powerful enemies, young Mayan king Balam leads his people north across the Gulf of Mexico to the coast of what will become the United States. They build a home in the new land but come into conflict with a tribe of Native Americans led by their chief, Black Eagle, while both Balam and Black Eagle fall in love the beautiful Mayan princess Ixchel.

Starring: Yul Brynner, George Chakiris, Shirley Anne Field, Richard Basehart, Brad Dexter, Barry Morse, Armando Silvestre, Leo Gordon, Victoria Vetri, Rudy Solari ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1963-12-18
10.

Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow

3.2
7.4/10 IMDB

This Disney drama, originally broadcast as a three-part TV episode, tells the story of a vicar's double life. Outwardly, he is the model of upstanding citizenship and loyalty to an oppressive British government. But he is also a notorious smuggler who uses his ill-gotten gains to benefit his impoverished village.

Starring: Patrick McGoohan, George Cole, Tony Britton, Michael Hordern, Geoffrey Keen, Kay Walsh, Eric Pohlmann, Patrick Wymark, Alan Dobie, Sean Scully ..
Directed by: James Neilson
Release date: 1963-12-06

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