Best Drama Movies of 1962

1.

To Kill a Mockingbird

6.7
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
2.

Lawrence of Arabia

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens to undermine his achievements.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Donald Wolfit ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1962-12-11
3.

Lolita

6.1
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: 1962-06-21
4.

The Miracle Worker

5.8
8.1/10 IMDB

The true story of the frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness of 7-year-old Helen Keller who, since infancy, has never seen the sky, heard her mother's voice or expressed her innermost feelings. Then Annie Sullivan, a 20-year-old teacher from Boston, arrives. Having just recently regained her own sight, the no-nonsense Annie reaches out to Helen through the power of touch, the only tool they have in common, and leads her bold pupil on a miraculous journey from fear and isolation to happiness and light.

Starring: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine, Kathleen Comegys, John Bliss, William F. Haddock, Judith Lowry, Helen Ludlam ..
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Release date: 1962-05-23
5.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

Two aging film actresses live as virtual recluses in an old Hollywood mansion. Jane Hudson, a successful child star, cares for her crippled sister Blanche, whose career in later years eclipsed that of Jane. Now the two live together, their relationship affected by simmering subconscious thoughts of mutual envy, hate and revenge.

Starring: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy, Julie Allred, Anne Barton, Marjorie Bennett, Bert Freed, Anna Lee, Maidie Norman ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1962-10-12
6.

The Manchurian Candidate

5.7
7.9/10 IMDB

Near the end of the Korean War, a platoon of U.S. soldiers is captured by communists and brainwashed. Following the war, the platoon is returned home, and Sergeant Raymond Shaw is lauded as a hero by the rest of his platoon. However, the platoon commander, Captain Bennett Marco, finds himself plagued by strange nightmares and soon races to uncover a terrible plot.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, Henry Silva, James Gregory, Leslie Parrish, John McGiver, Khigh Dhiegh, James Edwards ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1962-10-01
7.

Birdman of Alcatraz

5.6
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
8.

The Longest Day

5.6
7.7/10 IMDB

The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French. Marshall Erwin Rommel, touring the defenses being established as part of the Reich's Atlantic Wall, notes to his officers that when the Allied invasion comes they must be stopped on the beach. "For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day"

Starring: Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Richard Beymer, Hans Christian Blech, Bourvil, Richard Burton, Wolfgang Büttner, Red Buttons ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki
Release date: 1962-09-25
9.

Days of Wine and Roses

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman, Alan Hewitt, Tom Palmer, Debbie Megowan, Maxine Stuart, Jack Albertson, Leon Alton ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1962-12-26
10.

Cape Fear

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

Sam Bowden witnesses a rape committed by Max Cady and testifies against him. When released after 8 years in prison, Cady begins stalking Bowden and his family but is always clever enough not to violate the law.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin, Martin Balsam, Telly Savalas, Barrie Chase, Paul Comi, John McKee, Page Slattery ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1962-04-12
11.

The Trial

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.

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
12.

Mutiny on the Bounty

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

The Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787. Its destination: to sail to Tahiti and load bread-fruit. Captain Bligh will do anything to get there as fast as possible, using any means to keep up a strict discipline. When they arrive at Tahiti, it is like a paradise for the crew, something completely different than the living hell aboard the ship. On the way back to England, officer Fletcher Christian becomes the leader of a mutiny.

Starring: Trevor Howard, Marlon Brando, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith, Percy Herbert, Gordon Jackson, Chips Rafferty, Noel Purcell, Eddie Byrne, Tim Seely ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone, Carol Reed
Release date: 1962-11-08
13.

Lonely Are the Brave

4.7
7.6/10 IMDB

A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau, Carroll O'Connor, Michael Kane, William Schallert, George Kennedy, Karl Swenson, William Mims, Martín Garralaga ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1962-05-24
14.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

4.5
7.5/10 IMDB

A rebellious youth sentenced to a reformatory for robbing a bakery rises through the ranks of the institution through his prowess as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs, reveries of his life and times before his incarceration lead him to re-evaluate his privileged status as a prized athlete.

Starring: Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay, Avis Bunnage, Alec McCowen, James Bolam, Joe Robinson, Dervis Ward, Topsy Jane, Julia Foster, Philip Martin ..
Directed by: Tony Richardson
Release date: 1962-09-20
15.

Billy Budd

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Terence Stamp, Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov, Melvyn Douglas, Paul Rogers, John Neville, David McCallum, Ronald Lewis, Lee Montague, Thomas Heathcote ..
Directed by: Peter Ustinov
Release date: 1962-11-12
16.

Advise & Consent

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

Proposed by the President of the United States to fill the post of Secretary of State, Robert Leffingwell appears before a Senate committee, chaired by the idealistic Senator Brig Anderson, which must decide whether he is the right person for the job.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Don Murray, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Burgess Meredith, Eddie Hodges ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1962-06-06
Best Drama Movies of 1962 : Requiem for a Heavyweight
17.

Requiem for a Heavyweight

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Mountain Rivera is at the end of his boxing career after a knockout by Cassius Clay in the seventh round. His left eye is one punch from permanent trauma, his ears turned to cauliflower, his speech slurred from "being hit a million times", and he slings punches anytime he hears a bell His trainer and 'cutman' Army, and Miss Miller, a manipulative social worker, support his illusion that he could be a movie usher, a camp counselor—or a romantic partner for Miller.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney, Julie Harris, Stanley Adams, Madame Spivy, Val Avery, Herbie Faye, Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali ..
Directed by: Ralph Nelson
Release date: 1962-10-16
18.

A Kind of Loving

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

As Vic Brown vacillates between infatuation and disinterest for his co-worker Ingrid Rothwell, she finds out that she is pregnant and Vic has to reconcile how he thought his life would go with what life actually has in store for him.

Starring: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird, Bert Palmer, Malcolm Patton, Gwen Nelson, Pat Keen, David Mahlowe, Jack Smethurst, James Bolam ..
Directed by: John Schlesinger
Release date: 1962-04-12
Best Drama Movies of 1962 : David and Lisa
19.

David and Lisa

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Teenager David Clemens develops a hysterical fear that he will die if he comes into physical contact with another person. Perturbed, David's overbearing mother places him in a home for mentally disturbed young people, but David remains withdrawn from the other patients and his psychiatrist. Over time, however, David grows interested in 15-year-old Lisa, who suffers from multiple personalities – one who can only speak in rhyme, and the other, a mute.

Starring: Keir Dullea, Janet Margolin, Howard Da Silva, Neva Patterson, Clifton James, Richard McMurray, Nancy Nutter, Mathew Anden, Jaime Sánchez, Coni Hudak ..
Directed by: Frank Perry
Release date: 1962-12-26
20.

Gigot

3.9
7.1/10 IMDB

A poignant comedy about a mute who befriends Nicole, the little daughter of a prostitute. Gleason shows his considerable talents as an actor without uttering a sound as he plays the bumbling, kind-hearted janitor, Gigot. Gleason wrote the original story and music for this film.

Starring: Jackie Gleason, Katherine Kath, Gabrielle Dorziat, Jean Lefebvre, Jacques Marin, Orangey, Yvonne Constant, Germaine Delbat, Orangey ..
Directed by: Gene Kelly
Release date: 1962-11-01
21.

The Intruder

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble--trouble he soon finds he can't control.

Starring: William Shatner, Frank Maxwell, Beverly Lunsford, Robert Emhardt, Leo Gordon, Charles Barnes, Charles Beaumont, Katherine Smith, George Clayton Johnson, William F. Nolan ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1962-05-14
22.

Long Day's Journey Into Night

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Over the course of one day in August 1912, the family of retired actor James Tyrone grapples with the morphine addiction of his wife Mary, the illness of their youngest son Edmund and the alcoholism and debauchery of their older son Jamie. As day turns into night, guilt, anger, despair, and regret threaten to destroy the family.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Dean Stockwell, Jeanne Barr ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1962-10-09
23.

The Counterfeit Traitor

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.

Starring: William Holden, Lilli Palmer, Hugh Griffith, Carl Raddatz, Ernst Schröder, Charles Regnier, Ingrid van Bergen, Helo Gutschwager, Wolfgang Preiss, Werner Peters ..
Directed by: George Seaton
Release date: 1962-04-17
24.

Jigsaw

3.7
7.1/10 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
25.

Sweet Bird of Youth

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Gigolo and drifter Chance Wayne returns to his home town as the companion of a faded movie star, Alexandra Del Lago, whom he hopes to use to help him break into the movies. Chance runs into trouble when he finds his ex-girlfriend, the daughter of the local politician Tom "Boss" Finley, who more or less forced him to leave his daughter and the town many years ago.

Starring: Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight, Ed Begley, Rip Torn, Mildred Dunnock, Madeleine Sherwood, Philip Abbott, Corey Allen, Roy Glenn ..
Directed by: Richard Brooks
Release date: 1962-03-21
26.

The L-Shaped Room

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Jane is young, French, pregnant and unmarried. Bucking convention, she is uninterested in settling with her baby's father or getting an abortion. After renting a room in a dingy London boarding house, Jane befriends the odd group of inhabitants and starts an affair with one boarder, Toby. As Jane's pregnancy threatens her new relationship, and the reality of single motherhood approaches, she is forced to decide what to do about both her baby and her budding romance.

Starring: Leslie Caron, Tom Bell, Brock Peters, Bernard Lee, Avis Bunnage, Patricia Phoenix, Cicely Courtneidge, Verity Edmett, Tony Booth, Harry Locke ..
Directed by: Bryan Forbes
Release date: 1962-11-20
Best Drama Movies of 1962 : All Night Long
27.

All Night Long

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Over the course of one eventful evening, the anniversary celebration of the musical and romantic partners Aurelius Rex and Delia Lane, a jealous, ambitious drummer, Johnny Cousin, attempts to tear the interracial couple apart.

Starring: Patrick McGoohan, Keith Michell, Betsy Blair, Paul Harris, Marti Stevens, Richard Attenborough, Bernard Braden, Harry Towb, María Velasco, Dave Brubeck ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1962-02-06
28.

Pressure Point

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

An African-American prison psychiatrist finds the boundaries of his professionalism sorely tested when he must counsel a disturbed inmate with bigoted Nazi tendencies.

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin, Peter Falk, Carl Benton Reid, Mary Munday, Howard Caine, Gilbert Green, Lynn Loring, Butch Patrick, Yvette Vickers ..
Directed by: Hubert Cornfield
Release date: 1962-10-10
Best Drama Movies of 1962 : Freud: The Secret Passion
29.

Freud: The Secret Passion

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

An examination of Czech-Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud's career when he began to treat patients diagnosed with hysteria, using the radical technique of hypnosis.

Starring: Montgomery Clift, Susannah York, Larry Parks, Susan Kohner, Fernand Ledoux, Eileen Herlie, David McCallum, Rosalie Crutchley, David Kossoff, Joseph Fürst ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1962-12-12
Best Drama Movies of 1962 : Night of the Eagle
30.

Night of the Eagle

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A skeptical college professor discovers that his wife has been practicing magic for years. Like the learned, rational fellow he is, he forces her to destroy all her magical charms and protective devices, and stop that foolishness. He isn't put off by her insistence that his professional rivals are working magic against him, and her protections are necessary to his career and life.

Starring: Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair, Margaret Johnston, Anthony Nicholls, Colin Gordon, Kathleen Byron, Reginald Beckwith, Jessica Dunning, Norman Bird, Judith Stott ..
Directed by: Sidney Hayers
Release date: 1962-04-25
31.

Gypsy

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.

Starring: Natalie Wood, Rosalind Russell, Karl Malden, Parley Baer, Morgan Brittany, Ann Jillian, Harry Shannon, Faith Dane, Betty Bruce, Paul Wallace ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1962-12-01
32.

The Password Is Courage

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Based on a true story, this film follows Sergeant-Major Charles Coward (Dirk Bogarde), a brave British soldier captured by German forces during World War II. When he's thrown into a prisoner of war camp, he immediately plans his escape. Masquerading as a wounded German soldier, he makes it as far as the medical tent, where the deceived enemy forces award him the Iron Cross. Though he is ultimately discovered, he goes on to courageously pursue his freedom with a whimsical and undying audacity.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Maria Perschy, Alfred Lynch, Nigel Stock, Reginald Beckwith, Richard Marner, Ed Devereaux, Lewis Fiander, George Mikell, Richard Carpenter ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1962-06-01
33.

Taras Bulba

3.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Ukraine, 16th century. While the Poles dominate the Cossack steppes, Andrei, son of Taras Bulba, a Cossack leader, must choose between his love for his family and his folk and his passion for a Polish woman.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Yul Brynner, Sam Wanamaker, Brad Dexter, Perry Lopez, Christine Kaufmann, Guy Rolfe, George Macready, Ilka Windish, Vladimir Sokoloff ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1962-11-21
Best Drama Movies of 1962 : The Dog Lover
34.

The Dog Lover

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Jack is the fastidious manager of a local supermarket. The harmless but disruptive actions of his customers frequently give him headaches, which he remedies by holding a can of frozen juice against his forehead. At home, however, Jack is consistently kind, loving, and patient with his wife and daughter. One day the child brings home a stray dog, and his life is turned upside down.

Starring: Margaret Norden, Alice Drummond, Jack Gilford, Mary Engel, Ruth Orkin ..
Directed by: Morris Engel
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1962 : H.M.S. Defiant
35.

H.M.S. Defiant

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Defiant's crew is part of a fleet-wide movement to present a petition of grievances to the Admiralty. Violence must be no part of it. The continual sadism of Defiant's first officer makes this difficult, and when the captain is disabled, the chance for violence increases.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Quayle, Maurice Denham, Nigel Stock, Tom Bell, Richard Carpenter, Peter Gill, Ray Brooks, Robin Stewart ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1962-04-15
36.

All Fall Down

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

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 affair, this time with an older woman named Echo O’Brien, he really gets his parents at each others’ throats.

Starring: Eva Marie Saint, Warren Beatty, Karl Malden, Angela Lansbury, Brandon De Wilde, Constance Ford, Barbara Baxley, Evans Evans, Madame Spivy, Albert Paulsen ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1962-04-06
37.

The Premature Burial

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

An artist grows distant from his new wife as an irrational horror of premature burial consumes him.

Starring: Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Richard Ney, Heather Angel, Alan Napier, John Dierkes, Dick Miller, Brendan Dillon, Clive Halliday ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1962-03-07
38.

Light in the Piazza

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

A young American woman traveling in Italy with her mother is slender, blonde, beautiful and there is something charmingly naive about her. Fabrizio Naccarelli seems to always know where the mother and daughter will sightsee next. Signor Naccarelli is just as concerned about where this will lead as Mrs. Johnson is. Then she starts thinking that perhaps her daughter can be a wife of a wealthy young man in a society where all she has to do is look beautiful. What happens if Signor Naccarelli finds out who his prospective daughter-in-law really is?

Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Rossano Brazzi, Yvette Mimieux, George Hamilton, Isabel Dean, Moultrie Kelsall, Nancy Nevinson, Barry Sullivan, Luciano Barontino, Peppino De Martino ..
Directed by: Guy Green
Release date: 1962-02-07
39.

Gay Purr-ee

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Mouser Jaone Tom and housecat Mewsette are living in the French country side, but Mewsette wants to experience the refinement and excitement of the Paris living. But upon arrival she falls into the clutches of Meowrice. Jaune Tom and his friend Robespierre set off to Paris to find her.

Starring: Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons, Paul Frees, Mel Blanc, Hermione Gingold, Morey Amsterdam, Joan Gardner, Julie Bennett ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow, William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1962-10-24
Best Drama Movies of 1962 : Walk on the Wild Side
40.

Walk on the Wild Side

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

At the Doll House, a 1930s New Orleans bordello, Hallie is the main attraction both for clients and for Jo, the madame. Her comfortable if tedious life is disrupted by the arrival in town of Dove Linkhorn, her true love of three years before who is now searching for her. When Linkhorn learns the truth of her profession he triggers a chain of events involving a number of people, including the young Kitty with whom he travelled from Texas and who is now the Doll House newest recruit.

Starring: Laurence Harvey, Capucine, Jane Fonda, Anne Baxter, Barbara Stanwyck, Joanna Moore, Richard Rust, Karl Swenson, Don Barry, Juanita Moore ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1962-03-20
41.

The War Lover

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this aspect of his personality only because they know he always brings them back alive.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner, Shirley Anne Field, Gary Cockrell, Michael Crawford, Burt Kwouk ..
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1962-10-25
42.

Phaedra

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

A retelling of the Greek myth of Phaedra. In modern Greece, Alexis's father, an extremely wealthy shipping magnate, marries the younger, fiery Phaedra. When Alexis meets his stepmother, sparks fly and the two begin an affair. What will the Fates bring this family? Alexis's roadster and the music of Bach figure in the conclusion.

Starring: Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone, Elizabeth Ercy, Tzavalas Karousos, Zorz Sarri, Andreas Filippides, Olympia Papadouka, Stelios Vokovich, Nikos Tzogias ..
Directed by: Jules Dassin
Release date: 1962-01-01
43.

Merrill's Marauders

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill leads the 3,000 American volunteers of his 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), aka "Merrill's Marauders", behind Japanese lines across Burma to Myitkyina, pushing beyond their limits and fighting pitched battles at every strong-point.

Starring: Jeff Chandler, Ty Hardin, Peter Brown, Andrew Duggan, Will Hutchins, Claude Akins, Luz Valdez, John Hoyt, Charlie Briggs, Chuck Roberson ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1962-03-16
44.

Panic in Year Zero!

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

While on a fishing trip, Harry Baldwin (Ray Milland) and his family hear an explosion and realize that Los Angeles has been leveled by a nuclear attack. Looters and killers are everywhere. Escaping to the hills with his family, he sets about the business of surviving in a world where, he knows, the old ideals of humanity will be first casualties.

Starring: Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Mary Mitchel, Joan Freeman, Richard Bakalyan, Rex Holman, Richard Garland, Willis Bouchey, Neil Burstyn ..
Directed by: Ray Milland
Release date: 1962-07-05
45.

The Phantom of the Opera

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

The corrupt Lord Ambrose D'Arcy steals the life's work of the poor musical Professor Petry. In an attempt to stop the printing of music with D'Arcy's name on it, Petry breaks into the printing office and accidentally starts a fire, leaving him severely disfigured. Years later, Petry returns to terrorize a London opera house that is about to perform one of his stolen operas.

Starring: Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Edward de Souza, Thorley Walters, Michael Gough, Harold Goodwin, Martin Miller, Liane Aukin, Sonya Cordeau, Marne Maitland ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1962-06-25
46.

Five Miles to Midnight

3.4
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 Drama Movies of 1962 : Prelude: Dog Star Man
47.

Prelude: Dog Star Man

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

A creation myth realized in light, patterns, images superimposed, rapid cutting, and silence. A black screen, then streaks of light, then an explosion of color and squiggles and happenstance. Next, images of small circles emerge then of the Sun. Images of our Earth appear, woods, a part of a body, a nude woman perhaps giving birth. Imagery evokes movement across time. Part of the Dog Star Man series of experimental films.

Starring: Stan Brakhage, Jane Brakhage ..
Directed by: Stan Brakhage
Release date: 1962-04-15
48.

The 300 Spartans

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Essentially true story of how Spartan king Leonidas led an extremely small army of Greek Soldiers (300 of his personal body guards from Sparta) to hold off an invading Persian army now thought to have numbered 250,000.

Starring: Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker, Barry Coe, David Farrar, Donald Houston, Anna Synodinou, Robert Brown ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1962-08-01
Best Drama Movies of 1962 : Follow That Dream
49.

Follow That Dream

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

When the Kwimper family car runs out of fuel on a new Florida highway and an officious state supervisor tries to run them off, Pop Kwimper digs in his heels and decides to do a little homesteading. He and his son Toby and their 'adopted' children—Holly, Ariadne, and the twins—start their own little community along a strip of the roadside.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Arthur O'Connell, Anne Helm, Joanna Moore, Jack Kruschen, Simon Oakland, Roland Winters, Alan Hewitt, Howard McNear, Frank De Kova ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1962-04-11
50.

Too Young, Too Immoral

3.4
7.8/10 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

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