Best Drama Movies of 1963

1.

The Great Escape

6.6
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
2.

Hud

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and his stern and highly principled father, Homer. Hud's nephew Lon admires Hud's cheating ways, though he soon becomes too aware of Hud's reckless amorality to bear him anymore. In the world of the takers and the taken, Hud is a winner. He's a cheat, but, he explains, "I always say the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner."

Starring: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon De Wilde, Whit Bissell, Crahan Denton, John Ashley, Val Avery, George O. Petrie, Curt Conway ..
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1963-05-28
3.

Shock Corridor

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Determined to pull in the Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett will go to any length necessary to win the coveted award. When he learns of an unsolved murder committed at a mental institution, Barrett devises a scheme to solve it and earn himself recognition. With the assistance of a psychiatrist and his girlfriend, Barrett convinces the doctors at the institution to commit him. Once inside, he begins his investigation -- and gradually loses his mind.

Starring: Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans, James Best, Hari Rhodes, Larry Tucker, Paul Dubov, Marie Devereux, Barbara Perry ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1963-09-11
4.

Lord of the Flies

4.9
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 the 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
5.

The Servant

4.8
7.9/10 IMDB

A decadent London aristocrat hires a man-servant to attend to his needs. However, the balance of power starts to shift...

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, James Fox, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig, Catherine Lacey, Richard Vernon, Harold Pinter, Ann Firbank, Doris Nolan, Patrick Magee ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1963-11-14
6.

Billy Liar

4.0
7.3/10 IMDB

A young Englishman dreams of escaping from his working class family and dead-end job as an undertaker's assistant. A number of indiscretions cause him to lie in order to avoid the penalties. His life turns into a mess and he has an opportunity to run away and leave it all behind.

Starring: Tom Courtenay, Wilfred Pickles, Mona Washbourne, Ethel Griffies, Finlay Currie, Gwendolyn Watts, Helen Fraser, Julie Christie, Leonard Rossiter, Rodney Bewes ..
Directed by: John Schlesinger
Release date: 1963-08-15
7.

This Sporting Life

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver.

Starring: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell, Colin Blakely, Vanda Godsell, Anne Cunningham, Jack Watson, Arthur Lowe, Harry Markham ..
Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
Release date: 1963-01-15
8.

Lilies of the Field

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

An unemployed construction worker (Homer Smith) heading out west stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. The farm is being worked by a group of East European Catholic nuns, headed by the strict mother superior (Mother Maria), who believes that Homer has been sent by God to build a much needed church in the desert...

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Isa Crino, Lisa Mann, Stanley Adams, Francesca Jarvis, Pamela Branch, Dan Frazer ..
Directed by: Ralph Nelson
Release date: 1963-06-04
Best Drama Movies of 1963 : The Victors
9.

The Victors

3.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Intercutting dramatic vignettes with newsreel footage, the story follows the characters from an infantry squad as they make their way from Sicily to Germany during the end of World War II.

Starring: George Peppard, Romy Schneider, Jeanne Moreau, George Hamilton, Peter Fonda, Eli Wallach, Albert Finney, Vince Edwards, Melina Mercouri, Maurice Ronet ..
Directed by: Carl Foreman
Release date: 1963-11-22
10.

America America

3.9
7.8/10 IMDB

A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to America

Starring: Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Elena Karam, John Marley, Estelle Hemsley, Harry Davis, Lou Antonio, Paul Mann ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1963-12-15

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