Best Fantasy Movies of 1963

1.

Jason and the Argonauts

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

Jason, a fearless sailor and explorer, returns to his home land of Thessaly after a long voyage to claim his rightful throne. He learns, however, that he must first find the magical Golden Fleece. To do so, he must embark on an epic quest fraught with fantastic monsters and terrible perils.

Starring: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith, Niall MacGinnis, Michael Gwynn, Douglas Wilmer, Jack Gwillim, Honor Blackman, John Cairney ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1963-06-19
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2.

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

4.9
9.1/10 IMDB

A salesman (William Shatner) recovering from a nervous breakdown sees a creature on the wing of the airplane he is on, but no one believes him.

Starring: William Shatner, Christine White, Ed Kemmer, Asa Maynor, Leon Alton, David Armstrong, Nick Cravat, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1963-10-11
3.

The Raven

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help.

Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court, Olive Sturgess, Jack Nicholson, John Dierkes, Connie Wallace, William Baskin, Aaron Saxon ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1963-01-25
4.

King Kong vs. Godzilla

4.1
5.9/10 IMDB

US version. The re-edited John Beck version of the film: released outside of Japan and restructured with new footage of American actors centering around a news report plot not present in the original. Eric Carter of United Nation News is joined by Dr. Arnold Johnson as a prehistoric monster emerges from hibernation while a pharmaceutical company seeks publicity with their own monster.

Starring: Harry Holcombe, Michael Keith, James Yagi, Byron Morrow, Les Tremayne, Bruce Mason, Paul Howard, Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki ..
Directed by: Ishir? Honda, Thomas Montgomery
Release date: 1963-06-26
5.

The Three Lives of Thomasina

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Thomasina is the pet cat of Mary McDhui, the daughter of Scottish veterinarian Andrew McDhui. When Thomasina falls ill, McDhui declares that the pet should be put down. But when Mary and her father try to bury the cat, Lori MacGregor (Susan Hampshire), who is said to be a witch, shows up and attempts to steal it.

Starring: Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Karen Dotrice, Laurence Naismith, Jean Anderson, Matthew Garber, Denis Gilmore, Vincent Winter, Finlay Currie, Elspeth March ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1963-12-11
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6.

Scorpio Rising

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A gang of Nazi bikers prepares for a race as sexual, sadistic, and occult images are cut together.

Starring: Bruce Byron, Bruce Byron, Ernie Allo, Steve Crandell, Johnny Dodds, Bill Dorfman, Nelson Leigh, Ernie Allo, Bruce Byron, Frank Carifi ..
Directed by: Kenneth Anger
Release date: 1963-10-07
7.

The Damned

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.

Starring: Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors, Alexander Knox, Oliver Reed, Walter Gotell, James Villiers, Tom Kempinski, Kenneth Cope, Brian Oulton ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1963-05-19
8.

Onan

3.3
5.2/10 IMDB

“ONAN is a work about desire (masturbation) which has no object but itself. The appearance of the large egg objectifies the man's desires. After colliding with the other (a girl), the hero falls down while still holding the egg, thus caricaturing the desire of the hero.” —Takahiko Iimura (takaiimura.com)

Starring: Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Akiko Kodaira ..
Directed by: Takahiko Iimura
Release date: 1963-12-28
Best Fantasy Movies of 1963 : Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
9.

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

2.9
9.1/10 IMDB

A man, newly recovered from a nervous breakdown, becomes convinced that a monster only he sees is damaging the plane he's flying in.

Starring: William Shatner, Christine White, Ed Kemmer, Asa Maynor, Nick Cravat, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1963-10-11
10.

Christmas Cracker

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

Three separate sequences related to Christmas, animated in different styles: cutout animation of children dancing in the snow to "Jingle Bells," stop-motion animation of toys come to life, and cel animation of a man who seeks the ideal star to top his Christmas tree.

Starring: Grant Munro ..
Directed by: Jeff Hale, Norman McLaren, Grant Munro, Gerald Potterton
Release date: 1963-01-01

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