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: 1962-12-25
2.

Lolita

6.1
7.6/10 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
3.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

5.8
8.1/10 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: 1962-10-31
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: 1962-05-22
5.

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: 1962-10-24
6.

The Longest Day

5.6
7.8/10 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 B├╝ttner, Red Buttons ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki
Release date: 1962-09-25
7.

Birdman of Alcatraz

5.5
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: 1962-07-03
8.

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
9.

The Trial

5.5
7.8/10 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
10.

Mutiny on the Bounty

5.2
7.3/10 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
Release date: 1962-11-08

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