Best Comedy Movies of 1964

1.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

6.7
8.4/10

After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.

Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1964-01-29
2.

Mary Poppins

6.3
7.8/10

A magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1964-08-27
3.

A Hard Day's Night

5.5
7.6/10

Capturing John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in their electrifying element, 'A Hard Day's Night' is a wildly irreverent journey through this pastiche of a day in the life of The Beatles during 1964. The band have to use all their guile and wit to avoid the pursuing fans and press to reach their scheduled television performance, in spite of Paul's troublemaking grandfather and Ringo's arrest.

Starring: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Wilfrid Brambell
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1964-07-06
4.

A Shot in the Dark

5.4
7.5/10

A Shot in the Dark is the second and more successful film from the Pink Panther film series where both animated and real life sequences are mixed. A cult classic from Blake Edwards based on the play L’Idiot by Marcel Achard and Harry Kurnitz.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders, Herbert Lom, Graham Stark
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1964-06-23
5.

The Best Man

4.0
7.6/10

The other party is in disarray. Five men vie for the party nomination for president. No one has a majority as the first ballot closes and the front-runners begin to decide how badly they want the job.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Edie Adams, Margaret Leighton, Shelley Berman
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1964-04-05
6.

Father Goose

3.8
7.4/10

During World War II South Sea beachcomber Walter Eckland is persuaded to spy on planes passing over his island. He gets more than he bargained for as schoolteacher Catherine Frenau arrives on the run from the Japanese with her pupils in tow!

Starring: Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard, Jack Good, Sharyl Locke
Directed by: Ralph Nelson
Release date: 1964-10-12
7.

What a Way to Go!

3.8
7.0/10

This black comedy opens with Louisa Foster donating a multimillion dollar check to the IRS. The tax department thinks she's crazy and sends her to a psychiatrist. She then discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be rich.

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, Gene Kelly
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1964-05-12
8.

The Americanization of Emily

3.8
7.4/10

During the build-up to D-Day in 1944, the British found their island hosting many thousands of American soldiers who were "oversexed, overpaid, and over here". That's Charlie Madison exactly; he knows all the angles to make life as smooth and risk-free as possible for himself. But things become complicated when he falls for an English woman, and his commanding officer's nervous breakdown leads to Charlie being sent on a senseless and dangerous mission.

Starring: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas, James Coburn, Joyce Grenfell
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1964-10-27
9.

Murder Ahoy

3.7
7.1/10

During an annual board of trustees meeting, one of the trustees dies. Miss Marple thinks he’s been poisoned after finding a chemical on him. She sets off to investigate at the ship where he had just come from. The fourth and final film from the Miss Marple series starring Margaret Rutherford as the quirky amateur detective.

Starring: Margaret Rutherford, Stringer Davis, Lionel Jeffries, Charles Tingwell, William Mervyn
Directed by: George Pollock
Release date: 1964-06-01
10.

Man's Favorite Sport?

3.7
7.2/10

Rock Hudson is Roger Willoughby, a renowned fishing expert, who, unbeknownst to his friends, co-workers, or boss, has never cast a line in his life. One day, he crosses paths with Abigail Paige (Paula Prentiss), a sweetly annoying girl who has just badgered his boss into signing Roger up for an annual fishing tournament.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Paula Prentiss, Maria Perschy, John McGiver, Charlene Holt
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1964-01-29
11.

Murder Most Foul

3.7
7.2/10

A murderer is brought to court and only Miss Marple is unconvinced of his innocence. Once again she begins her own investigation. The third Miss Marple film starring Margaret Rutherford as the quirky amateur detective.

Starring: Margaret Rutherford, Ron Moody, Charles Tingwell, Andrew Cruickshank, Megs Jenkins
Directed by: George Pollock
Release date: 1964-03-01
12.

Kiss Me, Stupid

3.7
7.0/10

While traveling home from Vegas, an amorous lounge singer named Dino gets conned by a local mechanic/songwriter into staying in town for the night. The mechanic's songwriting partner, Orville, offers Dino his home for overnight lodging and enlists a local waitress/call girl to pose as his wife in order to placate Dino's urges.

Starring: Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston, Felicia Farr, Cliff Osmond
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1964-12-22
13.

Topkapi

3.7
7.0/10

Arthur Simon Simpson is a small-time crook biding his time in Greece. One of his potential victims turns out to be a gentleman thief planning to steal the emerald-encrusted dagger of the Mehmed II from Istanbul's Topkapi Museum.

Starring: Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell, Gilles Ségal, Robert Morley
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1964-09-02
14.

Good Neighbor Sam

3.7
6.9/10
Good Neighbor Sam
To help his divorced neighbor claim a substantial inheritance, a family man poses as her husband. The ruse spills over into his career in advertising, and his recent promotion relies on his wholesome and moral appearance.
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Romy Schneider, Dorothy Provine, Mike Connors, Edward Andrews
Directed by: David Swift
Release date: 1964-07-22
15.

Send Me No Flowers

3.6
7.0/10

At one of his many visits to his doctor, hypochondriac George Kimball mistakes a dying man's diagnosis for his own and believes he only has about two more weeks to live. Wanting to take care of his wife Judy, he doesn't tell her and tries to find her a new husband. When he finally does tell her, she quickly finds out he's not dying at all (while he doesn't) and she believes it's just a lame excuse to hide an affair, so she decides to leave him.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Clint Walker, Patricia Barry
Directed by: Norman Jewison
Release date: 1964-10-14
16.

Carry On Cleo

3.5
6.7/10

Two Brits—inventor Hengist Pod, and Horse, a brave and cunning fighter—are captured and enslaved by invading Romans and taken to Rome. One of their first encounters in Rome leaves Hengist being mistaken for a fighter, and gets drafted into the Royal Guard to protect Cleopatra.

Starring: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Amanda Barrie, Joan Sims
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1964-11-08
17.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

3.5
6.8/10

Majestic mountains are in the background and a waterfall in the foreground. Is that a canoe on the river? No it's a cradle with a baby. The buoyant Molly Brown has survived the first crisis of her life -- a flood. Sixteen years later she sets out to make her way in the world. Can she sing and play the piano? She assures the Leadville saloon keeper that she can and learns quickly. Soon she is the bride of Johnny Brown, who in a few years will be able to replace the original cigar wrapper wedding ring with a replica in gold and gemstones. But it takes more than a few million dollars to be accepted by Denver society. The Browns head for Europe and bring a few crowned heads back to Denver for a party that turns into a ballroom brawl. Molly goes to Europe alone, returning on the Titanic. She didn't survive a flood as a baby for the story to end here.

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Harve Presnell, Ed Begley, Jack Kruschen, Hermione Baddeley
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1964-06-11
18.

Sex and the Single Girl

3.5
6.5/10

A womanizing reporter for a sleazy tabloid magazine impersonates his hen-pecked neighbor in order to get an expose on renowned psychologist Helen Gurley Brown.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall, Mel Ferrer
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1964-12-25
19.

The World of Henry Orient

3.4
6.7/10

Concert pianist Henry Orient (Peter Sellers) is trying to have an affair with a married woman, Stella Dunnworthy (Paula Prentiss), while two teenage private-school girls, Valerie Boyd (Tippy Walker) and Marian Gilbert (Merrie Spaeth), stalk him and write their fantasies about him in a diary. Orient's paranoia leads him to believe that the two girls, who seem to pop up everywhere he goes, are spies sent by the husband of his would-be mistress. When Val's mother, Isabel Boyd (Angela Lansbury), finds their diary, she suspects that Henry has acted inappropriately with her daughter. She contacts Orient and they end up having an affair. Val finds out about it, as does her dad.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Paula Prentiss, Angela Lansbury, Tom Bosley, Phyllis Thaxter
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1964-03-19
20.

Carry On Spying

3.4
6.2/10

Carry On favourite Barbara Windsor makes her debut in this outrageous send-up of the James Bond movies. Fearless agent Desmond Simpkins and James Bind, aided and abetted by the comely Agent Honeybutt and Agent Crump, battle against the evil powers of international bad guys STENCH and their three cronies.

Starring: Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor, Bernard Cribbins, Charles Hawtrey, Eric Barker
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1964-06-01

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