Best Drama Movies of 1965
The Wars of the Roses
A 1965 BBC adaptation of William Shakespeare's first historical tetralogy (1 Henry VI, 2 Henry VI, 3 Henry VI and Richard III), which deals with the conflict between the House of Lancaster and the House of York over the throne of England, a conflict known as the Wars of the Roses. It was based on the 1963 theatre adaptation by John Barton, and directed by Peter Hall for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Up the Junction
Ken Loach production for The Wednesday Play.
The Fool Killer
This singularly off-beat and original period mystery thriller drama curio set in the late 1800's plays like an arrestingly bizarre and inspired cross between "Tom Sawyer" and "Night of the Hunter." Lonely, miserable orphan boy George (a then 12-years-old Edward Albert in his excellent film debut) runs away from his stern, sadistic, abusive foster parents.
Four in the Morning
Mid sixties British 'slice of life' with Judi Dench
A 17-year-old girl runs away from her east coast home, going west to Los Angeles to meet her biological father. She has learned from letters her mother kept that he was tragically separated from her before the girl's birth. On the road, she is protected and befriended by an independent-minded young drifter who helps her on her journey.
The British send an American and a war hero to kidnap and hide an oil-country prince.
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita
Two British children travel to Italy in an attempt to break up their runaway mother's affair with an Italian concert pianist.
The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders
A bawdy story of how a poor damsel surrenders her virtue again and again to get to the top of society.
The End of Arthur's Marriage
In this off-beat musical – a satire that combines fantasy, social observation and songs – a working class man goes to put a deposit on a new house only to find he prefers spending to saving and is happy to spend his money on a few hours of happiness rather than a lifetime's conventionality.
The Crooked Road
An investigative reporter (Robert Ryan) travels to a small European country with the hope of exposing its dictator's family secrets.