Best Drama Movies of 1966

1.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

5.8
8.0/10

A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis, Agnes Flanagan
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Release date: 1966-06-21
2.

A Man for All Seasons

5.6
7.7/10

A Man for All Seasons is the filmed version of the life of Thomas More. An English man comes to Sir Thomas More to ask if he can divorce his wife since King Henry VIII has made it illegal. Sir Thomas More stands up in opposition to the King even though he knows he’s risking his own life. An award winning film from 1966.

Starring: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1966-12-12
3.

The Sand Pebbles

5.4
7.6/10

Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the "rice-bowl" system which runs the ship and the uneasy symbiosis between Chinese and foreigner on the river. Hostility towards the gunboat's presence reaches a climax when the boat must crash through a river-boom and rescue missionaries upriver at China Light Mission.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen, Mako Iwamatsu
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1966-12-20
4.

Seconds

5.4
7.7/10

A secret organisation offers wealthy people a second chance at life. The customer picks out someone they want to be and the organisation surgically alters the customer to look like the intended person, stages the customer's death, gets rid of the intended person and the customer takes on a new life.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, John Randolph, Will Geer, Jeff Corey
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1966-10-05
5.

Blow-Up

5.4
7.6/10

A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. But in the course of a single day he accidentally captures on film the commission of a murder. The fact that he has photographed a murder does not occur to him until he studies and then blows up his negatives, uncovering details, blowing up smaller and smaller elements, and finally putting the puzzle together.

Starring: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Veruschka von Lehndorff
Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni
Release date: 1966-12-18
6.

Fahrenheit 451

5.2
7.2/10

In the future, the government maintains control of public opinion by outlawing literature and maintaining a group of enforcers—known as 'firemen'—to perform the necessary book burnings. Fireman Montag begins to question the morality of his vocation.

Starring: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring, Bee Duffell
Directed by: François Truffaut
Release date: 1966-09-14
7.

Alfie

5.0
7.1/10

The film tells the story of a young man who leads a promiscuous lifestyle until several life reversals make him rethink his purposes and goals in life.

Starring: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin, Julia Foster, Jane Asher
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1966-03-29
8.

Cul-de-sac

4.3
7.1/10

A wounded criminal and his dying partner take refuge at a beachfront castle. The owners of the castle, a meek Englishman and his willful French wife, are initially the unwilling hosts to the criminals. Quickly, however, the relationships between the criminal, the wife, and the Englishman begin to shift in humorous and bizarre fashion.

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Françoise Dorléac, Lionel Stander, Iain Quarrier, Jack MacGowran
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 1966-02-01
9.

The Trap

3.8
7.3/10
The Trap
A fur trapper takes a mute girl as his unwilling wife to live with him in his remote cabin in the woods.
Starring: Rita Tushingham, Oliver Reed, Rex Sevenoaks, Barbara Chilcott, Blain Fairman
Directed by: Sidney Hayers
Release date: 1966-04-07
10.

The Chase

3.8
7.2/10

Most everyone in town thinks that Sheriff Calder is merely a puppet of rich oil-man Val Rogers. When it is learned that local baddie Bubber Reeves has escaped prison, Rogers' son is concerned because he is having an affair with Reeves' wife. It seems many others in town feel they may have reasons to fear Reeves. Calder's aim is to bring Reeves in alive, unharmed. Calder will have to oppose the powerful Rogers on one hand and mob violence on the other, in his quest for justice.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall, Angie Dickinson
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Release date: 1966-02-17
11.

Born Free

3.8
7.2/10

At a national park in Kenya, English game warden George Adamson and his wife, Joy, care for three orphaned lion cubs. After the two larger lions are shipped off to a zoo in the Netherlands, the smallest of the three, Elsa, stays with the couple. When Elsa is blamed for causing an elephant stampede in the nearby village, head warden John Kendall demands the young lion either be trained to survive in the wilds of the Serengeti or be sent to a zoo.

Starring: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Lukoye, Omar Chambati
Directed by: James Hill
Release date: 1966-06-22
12.

Harper

3.8
6.9/10

Harper is a cynical private eye in the best tradition of Bogart. He even has Bogie's Baby hiring him to find her missing husband, getting involved along the way with an assortment of unsavory characters and an illegal-alien smuggling ring.

Starring: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1966-02-23
13.

Madame X

3.7
7.0/10
Madame X
A woman married to a wealthy socialite, is compromised by the accidental death of a man who had been romantically pursuing her, and is forced by her mother-in-law to assume a new identity to save the reputation of her husband and infant son. She wanders the world, trying to forget her heartbreak with the aid of alcohol and unsavory men, eventually returning to the city of her downfall, where she murders a blackmailer who threatens to expose her past. Amazingly, she is represented at her murder trial by her now adult son, who is a public defender. Hoping to continue to protect her son, she refuses to give her real name and is known to the court as the defendant, "Madame X."
Starring: Lana Turner, John Forsythe, Constance Bennett, Ricardo Montalban, Burgess Meredith
Directed by: David Lowell Rich
Release date: 1966-01-01
14.

Grand Prix

3.7
7.2/10

The story tells about the confrontation of four first-class racers of Formula 1. Each of the competitors had their own additional motivation to become a champion. Their world is a risk and extreme, fast driving on the highway. The taste of adrenaline is what race lovers live. Outside of competition, they all experience personal dramas and upheavals, and the more important the desired title becomes for them.

Starring: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshir? Mifune, Brian Bedford
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1966-12-21
15.

The Blue Max

3.7
7.1/10

A young pilot in the German air force of 1918, disliked as lower-class and unchivalrous, tries ambitiously to earn the medal offered for 20 kills.

Starring: George Peppard, James Mason, Ursula Andress, Jeremy Kemp, Karl Michael Vogler
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1966-06-21
16.

Georgy Girl

3.6
6.9/10
Georgy Girl
Georgy has resigned herself to being one of life's accidents. She disapproves somewhat of her father's butlering James Leamington. She's tall, plump, sloppy and wistfully envious of what she conceives to be the life led by her beautiful, but icy roommate. Where her roommate, Meredith, is cool and calculating, Georgy gets so involved with the people around her she behaves like an affectionate puppy. Most of all she burns to be a mother. But it is Meredith that is in the hospital having an unwanted child.
Starring: James Mason, Alan Bates, Lynn Redgrave, Charlotte Rampling, Bill Owen
Directed by: Silvio Narizzano
Release date: 1966-08-04
17.

This Property Is Condemned

3.6
7.1/10

A railroad official, Owen Legate comes to Dodson, Mississippi to shut down much of the town's railway (town's main income). Owen unexpectedly finds love with Dodson's flirt and main attraction, Alva Starr. Alva and Owen then try to escape Alva's mother's (Hazel) clutches and the town's revenge.

Starring: Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Charles Bronson, Kate Reid, Mary Badham
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1966-08-03
18.

Hawaii

3.6
6.6/10
Hawaii
Abner Hale, a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley and takes her to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy.
Starring: Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman, Carroll O'Connor
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1966-10-10
19.

Follow Me, Boys!

3.6
7.2/10

Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, he volunteers to become scoutmaster of the newly formed Troop 1. Becoming more and more involved with the scout troop, he finds his plans to become a lawyer being put on the back burner, until he realizes that his life has been fulfilled helping the youth of the small town.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Lillian Gish, Charles Ruggles, Elliott Reid
Directed by: Norman Tokar
Release date: 1966-12-01
20.

Morgan!

3.6
6.8/10
Morgan!
Morgan, an aggressive and self-admitted dreamer, a fantasist who uses his flights of fancy as refuge from external reality, where his unconventional behavior lands him in a divorce from his wife, Leonie, trouble with the police and, ultimately, incarceration in a lunatic asylum.
Starring: David Warner, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Stephens, Irene Handl, Bernard Bresslaw
Directed by: Karel Reisz
Release date: 1966-01-01

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