Best Crime Movies of 1962


To Kill a Mockingbird

8.3/10 IMDB

Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson against fabricated rape charges, the trial and tangent events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, John Megna, Brock Peters, James Anderson, Estelle Evans, Collin Wilcox Paxton, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy ..
Directed by: Robert Mulligan
Release date: 1962-12-20


7.5/10 IMDB

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged British novelist who is both appalled by and attracted to the vulgarity of American culture. When he comes to stay at the boarding house run by Charlotte Haze, he soon becomes obsessed with Lolita, the woman's teenaged daughter.

Starring: James Mason, Sue Lyon, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers, Lois Maxwell, John Harrison, Diana Decker, Jerry Stovin, Gary Cockrell, Bill Greene ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1962-06-13

Birdman of Alcatraz

7.8/10 IMDB

After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard and nurses it back to health. Despite having only a third grade education, Stroud goes on to become a renowned ornithologist and achieves a greater sense of freedom and purpose behind bars than most people find in the outside world.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand, Betty Field, Telly Savalas, Edmond O'Brien, Hugh Marlowe, Whit Bissell, Crahan Denton ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1962-07-04

The Trial

7.6/10 IMDB

Josef K wakes up in the morning and finds the police in his room. They tell him that he is on trial but nobody tells him what he is accused of. In order to find out about the reason for this accusation and to protest his innocence, he tries to look behind the façade of the judicial system. But since this remains fruitless, there seems to be no chance for him to escape from this Kafkaesque nightmare.

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff, Elsa Martinelli, Suzanne Flon, Madeleine Robinson, Max Haufler, Max Buchsbaum ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1962-12-21

Experiment in Terror

7.2/10 IMDB

A man with an asthmatic voice telephones and assaults clerk Kelly Sherwood at home and coerces her into helping him steal a large sum from her bank.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stefanie Powers, Roy Poole, Ned Glass, Anita Loo, Patricia Huston, Gilbert Green, Clifton James, Al Avalon ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1962-04-12


7.2/10 IMDB

A woman is found murdered in a house along the coast from Brighton. Local detectives Fellows and Wilks lead an investigation methodically following up leads and clues mostly in Brighton and Hove but also further afield.

Starring: Jack Warner, Yolande Donlan, Michael Goodliffe, John Le Mesurier, John Barron, Moira Redmond, Christine Bocca, Brian Oulton, Ray Barrett, Norman Chappell ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1962-08-21

Captain Clegg

6.6/10 IMDB

What secret lay behind the dreaded Marsh Phantoms, the ghostly riders whose silent approach in the darkness of the bleak, unwelcoming Romney Marshes causes men to die of fright? Are they a genuine manifestation or a cover for illegal smuggling activities. Perhaps Dr. Blyss, the benign vicar of the quiet village of Dymchurch, knows the truth about the ruthless pirate and smuggler who lies buried in the village graveyard and can unravel the phenomenon of the curse of Captain Clegg.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Patrick Allen, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, Michael Ripper, Martin Benson, David Lodge, Daphne Anderson, Derek Francis, Milton Reid ..
Directed by: Peter Graham Scott
Release date: 1962-06-13

Too Young, Too Immoral

7.7/10 IMDB

A man recalls the sad, short life of his narcotics-addicted brother.

Starring: John Francis, Larry Healey, Raymond Phelan, Donald Shumway, Taylor Mead, Donald Ratka, Susan Ashley, Brenda Denaut ..
Directed by: Raymond Phelan
Release date: 1962-08-10

Five Miles to Midnight

6.3/10 IMDB

Immediately after Lisa declares that she is leaving her immature, abusive, but easy-going husband Robert, he is reported dead in a plane crash. Secretly still alive, he convinces her to collect his life insurance, although she knows that it's a bad idea. Lisa must contend with the complications of the scheme, which involve an aggressive suitor, Robert's jealousy, and her own guilt.

Starring: Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Gig Young, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Yolande Turner, Tommy Norden, Mathilde Casadesus, Billy Kearns, Elina Labourdette, Jacqueline Porel ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1962-12-12
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : The Incredible Doktor Markesan

The Incredible Doktor Markesan

8.2/10 IMDB

Penniless Fred Bancroft, along with his new wife Molly, visits a sinister uncle he hasn't seen in years in hopes of living rent-free in his musty, decaying mansion.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Dick York, Carolyn Kearney, Richard Hale, Henry Hunter, Basil Howes, Billy Beck ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1962-02-25
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : The Boys

The Boys

7.2/10 IMDB

A night watchman at a garage is found murdered, and four teddy boys are put on trial for the crime. Witnesses and suspects give differing accounts of the lead-up to the crime, and the truth emerges.

Starring: Richard Todd, Robert Morley, Dudley Sutton, Ronald Lacey, Jess Conrad, Tony Garnett, Wilfrid Brambell, Felix Aylmer, David Lodge, Patrick Magee ..
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Release date: 1962-08-31
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Strongroom


7.3/10 IMDB

During a bank robbery, the manager and a cashier are locked in the strongroom, while the crooks escape. Later, when the gang realise that their plan to release the pair has gone wrong, they return to the bank to try and release them before the police turn up.

Starring: Colin Gordon, Ann Lynn, Keith Faulkner, Derren Nesbitt, John Chappell, William Morgan Sheppard, Hilda Fenemore, Diana Chesney, Ian Colin, Pamela Conway ..
Directed by: Vernon Sewell
Release date: 1962-05-04
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Band of Thieves

Band of Thieves

5.6/10 IMDB

A group of prisoners are encouraged to form a jazz band and vow to go straight when they are released to tour the country. However, the trumpets and clarinets are just a cover for a series of robberies. Musical comedy, starring British jazz star Acker Bilk as himself, alongside Jimmy Thompson and Jennifer Jayne.

Starring: Acker Bilk, Colin Smith, Jonathan Mortimer, Ronald McKay, Roy James, Stan Greig, Ernest Price, Geoffrey Sumner, Jimmy Thompson, Jennifer Jayne ..
Directed by: Peter Bezencenet
Release date: 1962-08-30
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : A Prize of Arms

A Prize of Arms

6.7/10 IMDB

A criminal gang sets out to pull off the heist of a large army payroll.

Starring: Stanley Baker, Tom Bell, Helmut Schmid, Patrick Magee, John Phillips, John Westbrook, Kenneth MacKintosh, Michael Ripper, Stephen Lewis, Frank Gatliff ..
Directed by: Cliff Owen
Release date: 1962-12-11
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Out of the Fog

Out of the Fog

6.2/10 IMDB

Scotland Yard is thrown into an uproar when a mad killer begins knocking off beautiful young blondes.

Starring: David Sumner, Susan Travers, James Hayter, Jack Watson, Olga Lindo, Renée Houston, George Woodbridge, Anthony Oliver, John Arnatt ..
Directed by: Montgomery Tully
Release date: 1962-09-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Crooks Anonymous

Crooks Anonymous

6.2/10 IMDB

A former burglar trying to go straight joins a rehabilitation scheme using much the same methods as AA. Through the process, he takes work as a department store Santa, where the endless parade of goods and money, not to mention the pretty young shop hands have him like a moth to a flame in no time flat.

Starring: Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter, Julie Christie, Wilfrid Hyde-White, James Robertson Justice, Dick Emery, Dandy Nichols, Michael Medwin, Raymond Huntley, Norman Rossington ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1962-03-31
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Stakeout!


6.6/10 IMDB

After serving three years in prison for a bank robbery, Joe Dasco is released and reunited with his son. Together they both go looking for work in the Texas oil fields. Not being able to hold a steady honest job, Joe Dasco along with a few men that he befriends along the way attempt to kidnap an oil baron's son. The kidnapping fails and Joe Dasco is shot and killed. His son Joey is then left alone but inherits what his father fought and died for.

Starring: Bing Russell, Bill Hale, Bernie Thomas, Eve Brent, Jack Harris, Bill Coontz ..
Directed by: James Landis
Release date: 1962-10-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Time to Remember

Time to Remember

6.5/10 IMDB

A gang of jewel thieves rob a house which has just become empty following the recent death of it's rich lady owner. The robbery is not a complete success and one of the gang hides the jewels in the house as he's about to be captured. Later the house is put up for sale and events lead the estate agent to conclude that the jewels may still be there.

Starring: Yvonne Monlaur, Harry H. Corbett, Robert Rietti, Ernest Clark, David Lodge, Jack Watson ..
Directed by: Charles Jarrott
Release date: 1962-07-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Mix Me a Person

Mix Me a Person

6.2/10 IMDB

Eighteen-year-old Harry Jukes is literally holding a smoking gun in his hand. His lawyer thinks he did it, but his psychiatrist disagrees -- and sets out to prove she is right.

Starring: Anne Baxter, Donald Sinden, Adam Faith, Walter Brown, Jack MacGowran, Topsy Jane, Carole Ann Ford ..
Directed by: Leslie Norman
Release date: 1962-08-31
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : The Break

The Break

5.9/10 IMDB

A group of inmates escape from Dartmoor prison. They hide out in the English country side but are doggedly chased by police.

Starring: Tony Britton, William Lucas, Eddie Byrne, Robert Urquhart, Sonia Dresdel, Edwin Richfield, Gene Anderson, Christina Gregg, John Junkin, Marshall Jones ..
Directed by: Lance Comfort
Release date: 1962-01-01

Confessions of an Opium Eater

6.2/10 IMDB

Vincent Price stars in this early '60s adaptation of Thomas De Quincey's thriller about an opium addict trying to solve a mystery in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Starring: Vincent Price, Linda Ho, Richard Loo, June Kim, Philip Ahn, June Kyoto Lu, Yvonne Moray, Caroline Kido, Terence de Marney, John Fujioka ..
Directed by: Albert Zugsmith
Release date: 1962-06-20
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Convicts 4

Convicts 4

6.4/10 IMDB

After his death sentence is commuted to life in prison, John Resko is transferred from Sing-Sing to Dannemora where, with the help of a humane prison guard, he becomes a rehabilitated man and a successful painter.

Starring: Ben Gazzara, Stuart Whitman, Ray Walston, Sammy Davis Jr., Vincent Price, Timothy Carey, Rod Steiger, Broderick Crawford, Jack Albertson, Naomi Stevens ..
Directed by: Millard Kaufman
Release date: 1962-09-15
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Backfire!


6.4/10 IMDB

Arson is the way out for a failing cosmetics company.

Starring: Alfred Burke, Zena Marshall, Oliver Johnston, Noel Trevarthen, Suzanne Neve, Derek Francis, John Cazabon, Madeleine Christie, Claire Nielson ..
Directed by: Paul Almond
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Two Letter Alibi

Two Letter Alibi

6.3/10 IMDB

Charles Hilary is in love with Kathy Forrester, a beautiful television personality, but is married to Louise, an alcoholic with as many lovers as whisky bottles. His pleas for a divorce are met with threats and abuse. "You'll have to murder me first", Louise tells him and three hours later she is found dead, shot with her husband's pistol. When Charles is arrested, Kathy desperately sets to work to prove his innocence.

Starring: Peter Williams, Petra Davies, Ursula Howells, Ronald Adam, Bernard Archard, Stratford Johns, Peter Howell, Walter Brown, Piers Keelan ..
Directed by: Robert Lynn
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : 13 West Street

13 West Street

6.3/10 IMDB

Walt Sherill is attacked and beat down by a group of juvenile delinquents on his way home from work one night. The boys who attacked him are not previously known by the police and are therefore hard to track down. As Sherill starts getting impatient he begins his own investigation. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Koleski does his best to track down the culprits.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Rod Steiger, Michael Callan, Dolores Dorn, Kenneth MacKenna, Margaret Hayes, Stanley Adams, Jeanne Cooper, Arnold Merritt, Mark Slade ..
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1962-02-23
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : House of Women

House of Women

6.1/10 IMDB

An innocent, pregnant prison inmate (Shirley Knight) becomes the bad warden's (Andrew Duggan) personal favorite.

Starring: Shirley Knight, Andrew Duggan, Barbara Nichols, Margaret Hayes, Jeanne Cooper, Virginia Gregg, Constance Ford, Patricia Huston, Jason Evers, Virginia Capers ..
Directed by: Walter Doniger, Crane Wilbur
Release date: 1962-04-11
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : The Brain

The Brain

5.2/10 IMDB

A millionaire businessman's brain is kept alive after a fatal accident, and communicates clues to a doctor on the trail of the killer

Starring: Peter van Eyck, Anne Heywood, Cecil Parker, Bernard Lee, Ellen Schwiers, Siegfried Lowitz, Hans Nielsen, Jeremy Spenser, Maxine Audley, Jack MacGowran ..
Directed by: Freddie Francis
Release date: 1962-09-05
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Kill or Cure

Kill or Cure

6.1/10 IMDB

A private eye is hired to go undercover at a health farm, but before he can find out why his client is murdered.

Starring: Terry-Thomas, Eric Sykes, Lionel Jeffries, Dennis Price ..
Directed by: George Pollock
Release date: 1962-09-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Danger by My Side

Danger by My Side

5.1/10 IMDB

A girl tracks down the gang who had her detective brother killed.

Starring: Anthony Oliver, Maureen Connell, Alan Tilvern, Bill Nagy, Sonya Cordeau, Tom Naylor, Brandon Brady ..
Directed by: Charles Saunders
Release date: 1962-09-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Crosstrap


4.7/10 IMDB

In this thriller, two gangs of jewel thieves battle it out in a deserted cottage. Murder ensues when the owners of the cabin show up. Listed as lost by the BFI.

Starring: Laurence Payne, Jill Adams, Gary Cockrell, Zena Marshall, Bill Nagy, Robert Cawdron, Larry Taylor, Max Faulkner, Derek Sydney, Michael Turner ..
Directed by: Robert Hartford-Davis
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Gaolbreak


5.0/10 IMDB

An honest news agent realizes that his 2 sons are corrupt. When one criminal son is in jail, the other breaks him out to help with a job.

Starring: Peter Reynolds, Avice Landone, David Kernan, Carol White, David Gregory, John Blythe, Robert Desmond, Geoffrey Hibbert, Stewart Guidotti, Robert Fyfe ..
Directed by: Francis Searle
Release date: 1962-04-02
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Night of the Prowler

Night of the Prowler

4.8/10 IMDB

An avaricious, ambitious fellow, desiring to hold the reins for a major auto company, must frame someone for murder before he can get what he wants. He chooses a reformed embezzler who works for the company.

Starring: Patrick Holt, Colette Wilde, Bill Nagy, Mitzi Rogers, John Horsley, Benny Lee, Mark Singleton, Tony Wager, Marianne Stone ..
Directed by: Francis Searle
Release date: 1962-12-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Incident in an Alley

Incident in an Alley

5.6/10 IMDB

A policeman is accused of manslaughtering a 14-year-old boy but is acquitted of all charges. Still, he feels a lot of guilt and begins to doubt if he really is innocent after all.

Starring: Chris Warfield, Erin O'Donnell, Harp McGuire, Virginia Christine, Willis Bouchey, Don Keefer, Michael Vandever, Gary Judis, Jim Canino, Clancy Cooper ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1962-05-16
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Fallguy


4.7/10 IMDB

Hot shot teen Sonny Martin stops to help the victim of an auto accident but quickly realizes he’s stepped into a murder in progress.

Starring: Ed Dugan, George Mitchell, Louis Gartner, Don Alderette, Madeline Frances ..
Directed by: Donn Harling
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : The Woman Who Wanted to Live

The Woman Who Wanted to Live

8.0/10 IMDB

When a woman is forced by a murderer to drive him to safety, she deliberately passes up chances to escape.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Lola Albright, Ray Montgomery, Craig Curtis, Jesslyn Fax ..
Directed by: Alan Crosland, Jr.
Release date: 1962-02-06
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Flat Two

Flat Two

7.2/10 IMDB

A victim's boyfriend sneaks into a blackmailer's flat to sort him out, but another man's already there, and both don't realise the crook has been murdered before they got there. The police soon arrive, tipped off in advance.

Starring: John Le Mesurier, Jack Watling, Bernard Archard, Barry Keegan ..
Directed by: Alan Cooke
Release date: 1962-02-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Playback


6.8/10 IMDB

A young policeman becomes involved with a glamorous German woman in London, to his cost.

Starring: Barry Foster, Margit Saad, Nigel Green, Dinsdale Landen ..
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Release date: 1962-09-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Number Six

Number Six

6.5/10 IMDB

An international criminal arrives in London, and a detective is anxious to pin something on him for some unprovable murders of former lovers. The villain starts to suspect servants and henchmen of being a police spy known as "Number Six".

Starring: Ivan Desny, Nadja Regin, Michael Goodliffe, Brian Bedford ..
Directed by: Robert Tronson
Release date: 1962-04-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Solo for Sparrow

Solo for Sparrow

6.4/10 IMDB

A group of crooks accidentally kill an elderly shop assistant while stealing the keys to the jewellery shop where she works. When his superiors think that the case is better handed over to Scotland Yard, the local detective inspector, Sparrow (Glyn Houston), decides to go solo to investigate the crime himself.

Starring: Anthony Newlands, Glyn Houston, Nadja Regin, Allan Cuthbertson, Jack May, Murray Melvin, Wanda Ventham, Michael Caine, William Gaunt ..
Directed by: Gordon Flemyng
Release date: 1962-09-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Four for the Morgue

Four for the Morgue

6.4/10 IMDB

This episodic detective film presents the cases of two New Orleans gumshoes. In once case they preserve the good name of a patrolman who is suspected of murdering a kleptomaniacal socialite. They then find the murderer of a bank robber whose corpse was found in a swamp. After that, they catch a psycho hitchhiker. Finally, they bring in the killer of a cabbie's wife and her little dog.

Starring: Stacy Harris, Louis Sirgo, Ginny Hostetler ..
Directed by: John Sledge
Release date: 1962-11-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Air Patrol

Air Patrol

5.4/10 IMDB

L.A. detective Sgt. Castle and his two partners investigate the theft of a valuable Fragonard painting by a thief who pilots a helicopter.

Starring: Willard Parker, Merry Anders, Robert Dix, John Holland, Russ Bender, Douglass Dumbrille, George Eldredge, Ivan Bonar, Jack Younger ..
Directed by: Maury Dexter
Release date: 1962-07-17
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Death Trap

Death Trap

6.2/10 IMDB

A young woman commits suicide. Her sister is not ready to let the death go without someone answering a few questions. Namely, was it really suicide, and where is the large amount of money her sister withdrew from the bank the day before her death.

Starring: Albert Lieven, Barbara Shelley, John Meillon, Kenneth Cope, Barbara Windsor, Barry Linehan ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1962-10-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : The Share Out

The Share Out

6.0/10 IMDB

A gang of high class corporate thieves use blackmail to induce their victims to sell property at knock-down prices.

Starring: Bernard Lee, Alexander Knox, Moira Redmond, William Russell, Richard Vernon ..
Directed by: Gerard Glaister
Release date: 1962-02-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Locker Sixty-Nine

Locker Sixty-Nine

5.8/10 IMDB

A shady business man has perpetrated a fraud that has resulted in the death of a large number of people. His business partner has evidence of the fraud and threatens the fraudster with exposure in the event of any further dishonest dealing. But when the fraudster suddenly receives death threats he decides to fake his own murder in a plan both to get his hands on the evidence.

Starring: Eddie Byrne, Paul Daneman, Penelope Horner, Walter Brown, Clarissa Stolz, John Glyn-Jones, Edwin Richfield, Alfred Burke ..
Directed by: Norman Harrison
Release date: 1962-09-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : Wild Ones on Wheels

Wild Ones on Wheels

5.2/10 IMDB

Greedy young thugs kidnap a dead man's wife in hopes that she can lead them to the location of a hidden fortune.

Starring: Francine York, Edmund Tontini, Robert Blair, Jonathan Karle, Diana George, Sydney Mason, Mike Kannon, Joe Thomas, Ray Dennis Steckler, Brett O'Hara ..
Directed by: Rudolph Cusumano
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : The Trunk

The Trunk

6.3/10 IMDB

An attorney's former mistress and his friend feign her death in order to bilk his new bride of 2,000 pounds.

Starring: Philip Carey, Julia Arnall, Dermot Walsh, Vera Day, Jill Hyem ..
Directed by: Donovan Winter
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1962 : The Skin Game

The Skin Game

0.0/10 IMDB

A scrap dealer is making a profit out of wrecked cars, but trouble starts when one of his men demands more money.

Starring: Ronald Howard, Jess Conrad, Melody O'Brian, Peter Gray, David Graham, Audrey Campbell, Davee Decker ..
Directed by: Arnold L. Miller
Release date: 1962-02-01

The Secret Thread

0.0/10 IMDB

A writer, Arnold Reed, goes back to his former boyhood home in the East End, and there, finding it about to be torn down, he revisits his attic room, and stumbles on evidence of the operations of dealers in illegal traffic. He breaks his ankle and has to hide from the criminals, one of whom is a murderer.

Starring: Marius Goring, Brian Bedford, Ann Lynn, Richard Bird, J. Mark Roberts, Robert Lang, David Connell, Michael Collins, Frank Fenter ..
Directed by: Harold Clayton
Release date: 1962-01-05

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