Best Movies of 1962

1.

Lawrence of Arabia

6.7

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens to undermine his achievements.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1962-12-10
2.

To Kill a Mockingbird

6.7

Scout Finch, 6, and her older brother Jem live in sleepy Maycomb, Alabama, spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson against fabricated rape charges, the trial and tangent events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, John Megna, Brock Peters
Directed by: Robert Mulligan
Release date: 1962-12-25
3.

Dr. No

5.9

In the film that launched the James Bond saga, Agent 007 battles mysterious Dr. No, a scientific genius bent on destroying the U.S. space program. As the countdown to disaster begins, Bond must go to Jamaica, where he encounters beautiful Honey Ryder, to confront a megalomaniacal villain in his massive island headquarters.

Starring: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Jack Lord, Bernard Lee
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1962-10-04
4.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

5.8

Two aging film actresses live as virtual recluses in an old Hollywood mansion. Jane Hudson, a successful child star, cares for her crippled sister Blanche, whose career in later years eclipsed that of Jane. Now the two live together, their relationship affected by simmering subconscious thoughts of mutual envy, hate and revenge.

Starring: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy, Julie Allred
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1962-10-31
5.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

5.8

A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed.

Starring: John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1962-04-22
6.

The Manchurian Candidate

5.7

Near the end of the Korean War, a platoon of U.S. soldiers is captured by communists and brainwashed. Following the war, the platoon is returned home, and Sergeant Raymond Shaw is lauded as a hero by the rest of his platoon. However, the platoon commander, Captain Bennett Marco, finds himself plagued by strange nightmares and soon races to uncover a terrible plot.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, Henry Silva
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1962-10-24
7.

The Longest Day

5.6

The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French. Marshall Erwin Rommel, touring the defenses being established as part of the Reich's Atlantic Wall, notes to his officers that when the Allied invasion comes they must be stopped on the beach. "For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day"

Starring: Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Richard Beymer
Directed by: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki
Release date: 1962-09-25
8.

Cape Fear

5.5

Sam Bowden witnesses a rape committed by Max Cady and testifies against him. When released after 8 years in prison, Cady begins stalking Bowden and his family but is always clever enough not to violate the law.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin, Martin Balsam
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1962-04-12
9.

Birdman of Alcatraz

5.5

After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard and nurses it back to health. Despite having only a third grade education, Stroud goes on to become a renowned ornithologist and achieves a greater sense of freedom and purpose behind bars than most people find in the outside world.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand, Betty Field
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1962-07-03
10.

The Trial

5.5

An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1962-12-21
11.

Lolita

5.5

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged British novelist who is both appalled by and attracted to the vulgarity of American culture. When he comes to stay at the boarding house run by Charlotte Haze, he soon becomes obsessed with Lolita, the woman's teenaged daughter.

Starring: James Mason, Sue Lyon, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers, Lois Maxwell
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1962-06-13
12.

Mutiny on the Bounty

5.2

The Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787. Its destination: to sail to Tahiti and load bread-fruit. Captain Bligh will do anything to get there as fast as possible, using any means to keep up a strict discipline. When they arrive at Tahiti, it is like a paradise for the crew, something completely different than the living hell aboard the ship. On the way back to England, officer Fletcher Christian becomes the leader of a mutiny.

Starring: Trevor Howard, Marlon Brando, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith, Percy Herbert
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1962-11-08
13.

How the West Was Won

5.1

The epic tale of the development of the American West from the 1830s through the Civil War to the end of the century, as seen through the eyes of one pioneer family.

Starring: Carroll Baker, Lee J. Cobb, Henry Fonda, Carolyn Jones, Karl Malden
Directed by: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1962-11-01
14.

The Miracle Worker

5.1

The true story of the frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness of 7-year-old Helen Keller who, since infancy, has never seen the sky, heard her mother's voice or expressed her innermost feelings. Then Annie Sullivan, a 20-year-old teacher from Boston, arrives. Having just recently regained her own sight, the no-nonsense Annie reaches out to Helen through the power of touch, the only tool they have in common, and leads her bold pupil on a miraculous journey from fear and isolation to happiness and light.

Starring: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Release date: 1962-05-22
15.

Carnival of Souls

5.0

Mary Henry ends up the sole survivor of a fatal car accident through mysterious circumstances. Trying to put the incident behind her, she moves to Utah and takes a job as a church organist. But her fresh start is interrupted by visions of a fiendish man. As the visions begin to occur more frequently, Mary finds herself drawn to the deserted carnival on the outskirts of town. The strangely alluring carnival may hold the secret to her tragic past.

Starring: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison, Stan Levitt
Directed by: Herk Harvey
Release date: 1962-09-26
16.

Days of Wine and Roses

4.8

An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman, Alan Hewitt
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1962-12-26
17.

The Music Man

4.8

A con man comes to an Iowa town with a scam using a boy's marching band program, but things don't go according to plan.

Starring: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Ron Howard, Hermione Gingold
Directed by: Morton DaCosta
Release date: 1962-06-19
18.

Ride the High Country

4.6

An ex-lawman is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr, Edgar Buchanan
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1962-06-20
19.

Hatari!

4.3

A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos. Will the arrival of a female wildlife photographer change their ways?

Starring: John Wayne, Hardy Krüger, Elsa Martinelli, Red Buttons, Gérard Blain
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1962-06-19
20.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

4.2
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Starring: Roger Jacquet, Anne Cornaly, Anker Larsen
Directed by: Robert Enrico
Release date: 1962-05-01

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