Best Drama Movies of 1965


The Wars of the Roses

8.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: David Warner, Janet Suzman, Peggy Ashcroft, Donald Sinden, Paul Hardwick, Roy Dotrice, Ian Holm, Susan Engel, John Normington, Donald Burton ..
Directed by: Peter Hall, John Barton, Robin Midgley, Michael Hayes
Release date: 1965-04-08
Best Drama Movies of 1965 : Up the Junction

Up the Junction

7.2/10 IMDB

Ken Loach production for The Wednesday Play.

Starring: Carol White, Geraldine Sherman, Vickery Turner, Tony Selby, George Sewell, Michael Standing, Jessie Robins, Rita Webb, Hilda Barry, Ray Barron ..
Directed by: Ken Loach
Release date: 1965-11-03
Best Drama Movies of 1965 : The Fool Killer

The Fool Killer

6.9/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Edward Albert, Dana Elcar, Henry Hull, Salome Jens, Yvonne Gilbert, Charlotte Jones, Arnold Moss, Lana Wood, Sindee Ann Richards ..
Directed by: Servando González
Release date: 1965-04-28

Four in the Morning

6.4/10 IMDB

Mid sixties British 'slice of life' with Judi Dench

Starring: Judi Dench, Ann Lynn, Norman Rodway, Brian Phelan, Joe Melia ..
Directed by: Anthony Simmons
Release date: 1965-05-01
Best Drama Movies of 1965 : Wild Seed

Wild Seed

6.5/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Michael Parks, Celia Milius, Woody Chambliss, Ross Elliott, Rupert Crosse, Eva Novak, Norman Burton, Merritt Bohn, Al Lettieri ..
Directed by: Brian G. Hutton
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1965 : Masquerade


5.8/10 IMDB

The British send an American and a war hero to kidnap and hide an oil-country prince.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Jack Hawkins, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, Bill Fraser, Charles Gray, John Le Mesurier, Felix Aylmer, Christopher Witty, Tutte Lemkow ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1965-04-13
Best Drama Movies of 1965 : The Battle of the Villa Fiorita

The Battle of the Villa Fiorita

5.9/10 IMDB

Two British children travel to Italy in an attempt to break up their runaway mother's affair with an Italian concert pianist.

Starring: Maureen O'Hara, Rossano Brazzi, Richard Todd, Phyllis Calvert, Martin Stephens, Olivia Hussey, Elizabeth Dear, Ursula Jeans, Richard Wattis, Finlay Currie ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1965-05-26

The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders

5.7/10 IMDB

A bawdy story of how a poor damsel surrenders her virtue again and again to get to the top of society.

Starring: Kim Novak, Angela Lansbury, George Sanders, Richard Johnson, Vittorio De Sica, Lilli Palmer, Leo McKern, Daniel Massey, Derren Nesbitt, Peter Butterworth ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1965-05-26
Best Drama Movies of 1965 : The End of Arthur's Marriage

The End of Arthur's Marriage

6.4/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Ken Jones, Maureen Ampleford, Charles Lamb, Winifred Dennis, Robert Dougall, Janie Booth, Hugh Paddick, Joanna Dunham, Edward de Souza, Ian Ellis ..
Directed by: Ken Loach
Release date: 1965-11-17
Best Drama Movies of 1965 : The Crooked Road

The Crooked Road

5.6/10 IMDB

An investigative reporter (Robert Ryan) travels to a small European country with the hope of exposing its dictator's family secrets.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Stewart Granger, Nadia Gray, Marius Goring, Katherine Woodville, George Coulouris ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1965-02-03

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