Best Adventure Movies of 1963


The Great Escape

8.2/10 IMDB

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate 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

From Russia with Love

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, Nadja Regin ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1963-10-10

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

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

Jason and the Argonauts

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

Lord of the Flies

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 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

Tom Jones

6.4/10 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

King Kong vs. Godzilla

5.7/10 IMDB

US version. The re-edited John Beck version of the film: released outside of Japan and restructured with new footage of American actors centering around a news report plot not present in the original. Eric Carter of United Nation News is joined by Dr. Arnold Johnson as a prehistoric monster emerges from hibernation while a pharmaceutical company seeks publicity with their own monster.

Starring: Harry Holcombe, Michael Keith, James Yagi, Byron Morrow, Les Tremayne, Bruce Mason, Paul Howard, Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Y? Fujiki ..
Directed by: Ishir? Honda, Thomas Montgomery
Release date: 1963-06-26

55 Days at Peking

6.7/10 IMDB

Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, delayed relief and tacit support of the Boxers by the Empress of China and her generals.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Burt Kwouk, Flora Robson, John Ireland, Harry Andrews, Leo Genn, Robert Helpmann, Kurt Kasznar ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green
Release date: 1963-05-06

Donovan's Reef

6.7/10 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

The Incredible Journey

7.0/10 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, Tommy Tweed, Syme Jago, Marion Finlayson, Ronald Cohoon, Robert Christie, Beth Lockerbie ..
Directed by: Fletcher Markle
Release date: 1963-11-20

Kings of the Sun

6.1/10 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


6.1/10 IMDB

Many kids might say their best friend is a puppy or a pony. But for 12-year-old Sandy, the most special pet of all is the exuberant dolphin he rescues and who returns the favor by rescuing Sandy from sharks.

Starring: Chuck Connors, Luke Halpin, Connie Scott, Jane Rose, Joe Higgins, Robertson White, George Applewhite, Kathleen Maguire ..
Directed by: James B. Clark
Release date: 1963-08-14

Savage Sam

6.0/10 IMDB

Travis, Arliss, and Lisbeth are captured by Apaches while Old Yeller's son, Sam, tracks their trail.

Starring: Brian Keith, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Dewey Martin, Jeff York, Marta Kristen, Rafael Campos, Rodolfo Acosta, Pat Hogan, Dean Fredericks ..
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1963-06-01

Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow

7.3/10 IMDB

English vicar Dr. Syn becomes a scarecrow on horseback by night to thwart King George III's taxmen.

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

How I Lived As Eve

6.0/10 IMDB

A group of scantily clad naturalists must survive three months in the jungle in order to retain their naked freedom.

Starring: Flora Romeiro, Vera Zulmira Romeiro, Elga Stefan, Elsa Martha Fernandes Araujo, Suzana Cândido ..
Directed by: Zygmunt Sulistrowski
Release date: 1963-11-29
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : Sammy Going South

Sammy Going South

7.0/10 IMDB

After he is orphaned by an air raid on Port Said during the Suez Crisis, a young boy attempts to go by himself from the Suez Canal to Durban in South Africa where his nearest relative, Aunt Jane, lives. On the way he meets a variety of different people who help or hinder his journey - including an ageing diamond smuggler.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Fergus McClelland, Constance Cummings, Paul Stassino, Harry H. Corbett, Zia Mohyeddin, Orlando Martins, John Turner, Zena Walker, Jack Gwillim ..
Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick
Release date: 1963-03-18
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : Captain Sindbad

Captain Sindbad

5.4/10 IMDB

After completing his voyages Sindbad the Sailor and his hearty crew have come home to find a palace coup d'etat has occurred and his home city is being run by a brutal dictator played by Pedro Armendariz. He's got designs on the beautiful young princess, Heidi Bruhl both lustful and political.

Starring: Guy Williams, Heidi Brühl, Pedro Armendáriz, Abraham Sofaer, Bernie Hamilton, Helmuth Schneider, Margaret Jahnen, Rolf Wanka ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1963-04-12
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : Rat Trap

Rat Trap

5.5/10 IMDB

This South American adventure drama finds Charles (Charles Aznavour), a youthful Frenchman traveling to Paraguay to start a new life. Seeking out a rich uncle, the idealistic nephew is rejected by his miserly relation, and he goes on to get involved with a shady woman and a band of gun runners who supply arms for the revolution of the week. Charles and his new girlfriend head for the border after a shootout with federal troops, and a kindly railroad worker hides the couple in an abandoned copper mine. Charles is later thrown in prison while the girl becomes a concubine, but her violator is killed when Charles escapes to rescue her and exact revenge. A pretty harrowing composition could be written by the young couple on "How I Spent My Summer Vacation."

Starring: Charles Aznavour, Marie Laforêt, Franco Fabrizi, Richard Badouh, Matias Ferreira Diaz, Sara Giménez, Emilio Gnocchi, Zuny Joy, Francois Prevost, Roberto Zelada ..
Directed by: Jean-Gabriel Albicocco
Release date: 1963-06-08

The Scarlet Blade

5.6/10 IMDB

A 1964 British action adventure film from Hammer studios. The Scarlet Blade is set during the english civil war. A cruel Roundhead Colonel is on the trail of royalist sympathisers, but unaware of his daughters royalist sympathies. When she falls into a love triangle with Cavalier Edward Beverly and Roundhead officer Captain Sylvester the stage is set for double crossing and derring do.

Starring: Lionel Jeffries, Jack Hedley, Oliver Reed, June Thorburn, Michael Ripper, Harold Goldblatt, Duncan Lamont, Clifford Elkin, Suzan Farmer, John Harvey ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1963-09-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : Lassie's Great Adventure

Lassie's Great Adventure

6.0/10 IMDB

While in Canada Timmy and Lassie encounter a downed hot air ballonist. By accident they end up in the balloon which takes them into the wilderness. The young boy and his dog must find a way to survive even fending off a wild pig.

Starring: June Lockhart, Jon Provost, Robert Howard, Richard Kiel, Walter Stocker, Hugh Reilly, Will J. White, Bob Howard ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1963-08-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : 13 Frightened Girls

13 Frightened Girls

5.2/10 IMDB

While attending a Swiss school for diplomats' daughters, the teenage daughter of the American ambassador uses her access to various embassies to engage in espionage.

Starring: Murray Hamilton, Joyce Taylor, Hugh Marlowe, Khigh Dhiegh, Charlie Briggs, Norma Varden, Garth Benton, María Cristina Servera, Janet Mary Prance, Penny Anne Mills ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1963-04-18

Tarzan's Three Challenges

5.6/10 IMDB

The spiritual leader of an oriental country is dying. The leader's evil brother Khan is plotting to prevent Kashi, the youthful heir, from assuming his rightful position. Tarzan is summoned to protect Kashi and, in doing so, he must face Khan in three tests of strength.

Starring: Jock Mahoney, Woody Strode, Tsu Kobayashi, Earl Cameron, Anthony Chinn, Salah Jamal ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1963-01-29
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : Rampage


5.5/10 IMDB

In colonial Malaysia, British big game-hunter Otto Abbot and American trapper Harry Stanton clash over the ethics of catching versus killing animals and over Abbot's mistress, Anna.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Elsa Martinelli, Jack Hawkins, Sabu, Émile Genest, Stefan Schnabel, Cely Carillo, David Cadiente, Sylva Koscina, Allyson Ames ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1963-10-09

Lancelot and Guinevere

5.7/10 IMDB

In and around the castle Camelot, brave Cornel Wilde (as Lancelot) and virtuous Brian Aherne (as King Arthur) vie for the affections of lovely Jean Wallace (as Guinevere).

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Brian Aherne, George Baker, Archie Duncan, Adrienne Corri, Michael Meacham, Iain Gregory, Mark Dignam, Reginald Beckwith ..
Directed by: Cornel Wilde
Release date: 1963-06-02
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : Death Drums Along the River

Death Drums Along the River

4.9/10 IMDB

A British colonial policeman in Africa investigates a murder in a hospital up river.

Starring: Richard Todd, Marianne Koch, Albert Lieven, Walter Rilla, Vivi Bach, Jeremy Lloyd, Robert Arden, Bill Brewer, Simon Sabela ..
Directed by: Lawrence Huntington
Release date: 1963-12-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : Cry of Battle

Cry of Battle

5.7/10 IMDB

During World War II, the spoiled son of a wealthy businessman finds himself involved in the guerrilla movement fighting against the Japanese, and finds romance and adventure.

Starring: Van Heflin, Rita Moreno, James MacArthur, Leopoldo Salcedo, Sidney Clute, Marilou Muñoz, Oscar Roncal, Liza Moreno ..
Directed by: Irving Lerner
Release date: 1963-10-09
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : Veera Kesari

Veera Kesari

9.4/10 IMDB

Veera Kesari is a 1963 Indian Kannada-language swashbuckler film directed by B. Vittalacharya and produced by Sundarlal Nahatha and Doondi. The film stars Rajkumar, T. N. Balakrishna, Udaykumar and R. Nagendra Rao. The film has musical score by Ghantasala. S. Siddalingaiah was the assistant director of this movie. B. Vittalacharya shot the movie simultaneously in Telugu as Bandipotu, with N. T. Rama Rao.

Starring: Dr. Rajkumar, Leelavathi, R. Nagendra Rao, K. S. Ashwath ..
Directed by: B. Vittalacharya
Release date: 1963-07-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : Siege of the Saxons

Siege of the Saxons

4.8/10 IMDB

King Arthur learns one of his knights is plotting to take over and marry his daughter. After the King's death, the Knight wishing to marry the princess is ordered by the great wizard Merlin to remove the sword from the scabbard and prove his right to the throne.

Starring: Janette Scott, Ronald Howard, Mark Dignam, John Laurie, Jerome Willis, John Gabriel, Ronald Lewis ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1963-07-01

Fly With Von Drake

8.9/10 IMDB

Ludwig Von Drake covers the history of aviation through live action and animated clips.

Starring: Paul Frees ..
Directed by: Hamilton Luske
Release date: 1963-10-13

The Wahoo Bobcat

8.2/10 IMDB

A bobcat returns to it's area of origin after a seven year absence. He is befriended by a elderly man who used to be the top bobcat hunter around. His new pal tries to protect him but a case of mistaken identity puts Wahoo's life in jeopardy.

Starring: Bill Dunnagan, Jock MacGregor ..
Directed by: Hank Schloss
Release date: 1963-10-20
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : Arms of the Avenger

Arms of the Avenger

7.1/10 IMDB

Using Leonardo Da Vinci's innovative designs for weapons of war, flying engines and other machinery, three brothers join forces to fight a wicked and powerful Duke in early-Renaissance Italy.

Starring: John Drew Barrymore, Scilla Gabel, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Mario Pisu, Michel Lemoine, Jany Clair, Romano Ghini, Franco Balducci, Giampiero Calasso, Antonella Murgia ..
Directed by: Leopoldo Savona
Release date: 1963-10-31
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : Drums of Africa

Drums of Africa

4.6/10 IMDB

David Moore is in East Africa to get to his employer's railway construction site. He's accompanied by the owner's son Brian and they've lined up Jack Cuortemayn, reputedly the best guide available, to take them there. Cuortemayn refuses as he doesn't care for the impact the railroad will have on the local inhabitants. While Moore tries to make other arrangements, he meets Ruth Knight who has lived there for many years working with her father in a medical clinic. There will be adventures along the way but when Ruth is captured by slave traders, it's up to the others to rescue her.

Starring: Frankie Avalon, Lloyd Bochner, Mariette Hartley, Torin Thatcher, Hari Rhodes, George Sawaya, Michael Pate, Ron Whelan, Peter Mamakos, Eddie Smith ..
Directed by: James B. Clark
Release date: 1963-05-15
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : The Bay of St. Michel

The Bay of St. Michel

6.2/10 IMDB

A trio of World War 2 vets band together to search for a lost Nazi fortune.

Starring: Keenan Wynn, Mai Zetterling, Ronald Howard, Rona Anderson, Trader Faulkner ..
Directed by: John Ainsworth
Release date: 1963-03-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1963 : Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child

Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child

0.0/10 IMDB

Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton, two humble teachers during 1963, discover a genius student's grandfather, simply known as "the Doctor", and his police box time machine. Deciding that the pair knows too much about his otherworldly origins, they are whisked away on a journey through time and space.

Starring: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, William Hartnell, Derek Newark, Alethea Charlton, Eileen Way, Jeremy Young, Howard Lang ..
Directed by: Waris Hussein
Release date: 1963-11-23

White Hunter

0.0/10 IMDB

A story of unscrupulous exotic-game hunting in the "Green Hell" of Africa, incorporating a lot of stock footage.

Starring: George Michael ..
Directed by: George Michael
Release date: 1963-05-13

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