Best Movies of 1963

1.

The Great Escape

6.6
8.2/10 IMDB

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

Starring: James Garner, Donald Pleasence, Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, David McCallum, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Angus Lennie, Gordon Jackson ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1963-06-20
2.

The Birds

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay.

Starring: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright, Suzanne Pleshette, Lonny Chapman, Ethel Griffies, Doreen Lang, Ruth McDevitt, Richard Deacon ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1963-03-28
3.

From Russia with Love

5.9
7.4/10 IMDB

Agent 007 is back in the second installment of the James Bond series, this time battling a secret crime organization known as SPECTRE. Russians Rosa Klebb and Kronsteen are out to snatch a decoding device known as the Lektor, using the ravishing Tatiana to lure Bond into helping them. Bond willingly travels to meet Tatiana in Istanbul, where he must rely on his wits to escape with his life in a series of deadly encounters with the enemy.

Starring: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendáriz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee, Eunice Gayson, Walter Gotell, Francis de Wolff, Nadja Regin ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1963-10-11
4.

The Sword in the Stone

5.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Wart is a young boy who aspires to be a knight's squire. On a hunting trip he falls in on Merlin, a powerful but amnesiac wizard who has plans for him beyond mere squiredom. He starts by trying to give him an education, believing that once one has an education, one can go anywhere. Needless to say, it doesn't quite work out that way.

Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson, Junius Matthews, Norman Alden, Rickie Sorensen, Ginny Tyler, Martha Wentworth, Alan Napier, Richard Reitherman, Robert Reitherman ..
Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1963-12-25
5.

Charade

5.7
7.9/10 IMDB

After Regina Lampert falls for the dashing Peter Joshua on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are giving chase to three of her late husband's World War II cronies, Tex, Scobie and Gideon, who are after a quarter of a million dollars the quartet stole while behind enemy lines. But why does Peter keep changing his name?

Starring: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, Jacques Marin, Paul Bonifas, Thomas Chelimsky ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1963-12-05
6.

The Servant

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

A decadent London aristocrat hires a man-servant to attend to his needs. However, the balance of power starts to shift...

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, James Fox, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig, Catherine Lacey, Richard Vernon, Harold Pinter, Ann Firbank, Doris Nolan, Patrick Magee ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1963-11-14
7.

Hud

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

Hud Bannon is a ruthless young man who tarnishes everything and everyone he touches. Hud represents the perfect embodiment of alienated youth, out for kicks with no regard for the consequences. There is bitter conflict between the callous Hud and his stern and highly principled father, Homer. Hud's nephew Lon admires Hud's cheating ways, though he soon becomes too aware of Hud's reckless amorality to bear him anymore. In the world of the takers and the taken, Hud is a winner. He's a cheat, but, he explains, "I always say the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner."

Starring: Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Neal, Brandon De Wilde, Whit Bissell, Crahan Denton, John Ashley, Val Avery, George Petrie, Curt Conway ..
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1963-05-28
8.

Irma la Douce

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

A Parisian policeman gives up everything for the love of a free-living sex worker.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Lou Jacobi, Cliff Osmond, Bruce Yarnell, Hope Holiday, Herschel Bernardi, Joan Shawlee, Paul Dubov, Howard McNear ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1963-06-05
9.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

A group of strangers come across a man dying after a car crash who proceeds to tell them about the $350,000 he buried in California. What follows is the madcap adventures of those strangers as each attempts to claim the prize for himself.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Ethel Merman, Dick Shawn ..
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1963-11-07
10.

The Haunting

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity.

Starring: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Fay Compton, Rosalie Crutchley, Lois Maxwell, Valentine Dyall, Diane Clare, Ronald Adam ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1963-08-21

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