Best Movies of 1964

1.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

6.7

After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.

Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1964-01-29
2.

Mary Poppins

6.3

A magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1964-08-27
3.

Goldfinger

6.2

Special agent 007 comes face to face with one of the most notorious villains of all time, and now he must outwit and outgun the powerful tycoon to prevent him from cashing in on a devious scheme to raid Fort Knox -- and obliterate the world's economy.

Starring: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Fröbe, Shirley Eaton, Tania Mallet
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1964-09-17
4.

My Fair Lady

5.7

A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1964-10-21
5.

Fail-Safe

5.7

Because of a technical defect an American bomber team mistakenly orders the destruction of Moscow. The President of the United States has but little time to prevent an atomic catastrophe from occurring. Director Sidney Lumet gives an atmospheric vision of the future with a Cold War backdrop.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver, Larry Hagman, Frank Overton
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1964-10-07
6.

Zulu

5.6

In 1879, during the Zulu wars, man of the people Lt. John Chard (Stanley Baker) and snooty Lt Gonville Bromhead (Michael Caine) were in charge of defending the isolated Natal outpost of Rorke's Drift from tribal hordes, holding out during an Alamo-like siege until they are overwhelmed, losing the battle, but going down in history as heroes. 150 soldiers defended a supply station against some 4000 Zulus, aided by the Martini-Henry rifle "with some guts behind it". In the hundred years since the Victoria Cross was created for valour and extreme courage beyond that normally expected of the British soldier in face of the enemy only 1344 have been awarded. Eleven of these were won by the defenders of the mission station at Rorke's Drift, Natal, January 22nd to the 23rd 1879.

Starring: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Michael Caine
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1964-01-22
7.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

5.5

Sam the snowman tells us the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being ousted from the reindeer games because of his glowing nose, teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector. They run into the Abominable Snowman and find a whole island of misfit toys. Rudoph vows to see if he can get Santa to help the toys, and he goes back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. But Santa's sleigh is fogged in. But when Santa looks over Rudolph, he gets a very bright idea...

Starring: Burl Ives, Billie Mae Richards, Larry D. Mann, Stan Francis, Paul Kligman
Directed by: Larry Roemer
Release date: 1964-12-06
8.

A Hard Day's Night

5.5

Capturing John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in their electrifying element, 'A Hard Day's Night' is a wildly irreverent journey through this pastiche of a day in the life of The Beatles during 1964. The band have to use all their guile and wit to avoid the pursuing fans and press to reach their scheduled television performance, in spite of Paul's troublemaking grandfather and Ringo's arrest.

Starring: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Wilfrid Brambell
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1964-07-06
9.

A Shot in the Dark

5.4

A Shot in the Dark is the second and more successful film from the Pink Panther film series where both animated and real life sequences are mixed. A cult classic from Blake Edwards based on the play L’Idiot by Marcel Achard and Harry Kurnitz.

Starring: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders, Herbert Lom, Graham Stark
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1964-06-23
10.

Marnie

5.3

Marnie is a beautiful kleptomaniac who is in love with businessman Mark Rutland. Marnie who is a compulsive thief is being watched by her new boss Mark who suspects her of stealing from him and thus decides to blackmail her in the most unusual way. A psychological thriller from Alfred Hitchcock based on a novel of the same name by Winston Graham.

Starring: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Martin Gabel, Louise Latham
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1964-07-09
11.

The Train

5.0

As the Allied forces approach Paris in August 1944, German Colonel Von Waldheim is desperate to take all of France's greatest paintings to Germany. He manages to secure a train to transport the valuable art works even as the chaos of retreat descends upon them. The French resistance however wants to stop them from stealing their national treasures but have received orders from London that they are not to be destroyed. The station master, Labiche, is tasked with scheduling the train and making it all happen smoothly but he is also part of a dwindling group of resistance fighters tasked with preventing the theft. He and others stage an elaborate ruse to keep the train from ever leaving French territory.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon, Michel Simon
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1964-09-21
12.

Becket

4.8

King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas Becket, technically a deacon of the church, to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously and provides abler opposition to Henry.

Starring: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi, Paolo Stoppa
Directed by: Peter Glenville
Release date: 1964-03-11
13.

Seven Days in May

4.7
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A U.S. Army general alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1964-02-12
14.

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte

4.6

An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.

Starring: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Cecil Kellaway
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1964-12-15
15.

The Masque of the Red Death

4.3

Satan-worshiper Prince Prospero invites the local nobility to his castle for protection against an oncoming plague, the Red Death. He orders his guests to attend a masked ball and, amidst an atmosphere of debauchery and depravity, notices the entry of a hooded stranger dressed all in red. Believing the figure to be his master, Satan, Prospero is horrified at the revelation of his true identity.

Starring: Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher, David Weston, Nigel Green
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1964-06-24
16.

Dosti

4.3
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Mr. Gupta passes away after an accident while on duty, leaving behind his ailing wife and school-going son, Ramnath. Both await for some compensation, and when they are informed that the company does not accept liability for Gupta's death, his wife falls down the stairs. and passes out. When Ramnath goes to fetch a doctor, he is knocked down and run over by a speeding car, losing the use of his left leg. When he returns from hospital, he finds that his mom has passed away, and his landlord has evicted him. Penniless and hungry, he roams the streets of Bombay and befriends a blind young man, Mohan, and both use their talents - playing and harmonica and singing respectively to earn some money. Mohan is on the look-out for his sister, Meena, who works as a Nurse in one of the hospitals and hopes to be reunited with her. Both friends befriend a ailing young girl, Manjula, and hope to get some money from her so that Ramnath can attend school.
Starring: Sudhir Kumar, Sudhir Kumar, Sanjay Khanna, Leela Chitnis, Farida Dadi
Directed by: Satyen Bose
Release date: 1964-03-02
17.

The Night of the Iguana

4.2

Drama while a tour bus driver shows church ladies around Mexico. Helped establish Puerto Vallarta as tourist destination.

Starring: Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon, Skip Ward
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1964-08-06
18.

Nothing But a Man

4.1

A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America.

Starring: Ivan Dixon, Abbey Lincoln, Julius Harris, Gloria Foster, Martin Priest
Directed by: Michael Roemer
Release date: 1964-01-01
19.

Seven Up!

4.1
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A group of British children aged 7 from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects. Director Michael Apted plans to re-interview them at 7 year interviews to determine how their lives and attitudes have changed.
Directed by: Paul Almond, Michael Apted
Release date: 1964-05-05
20.

Culloden

4.0
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Culloden is a 1964 docudrama written and directed by Peter Watkins for BBC TV. It portrays the 1746 Battle of Culloden that resulted in the British Army's destruction of the Scottish Jacobite uprising and, in the words of the narrator, "tore apart forever the clan system of the Scottish Highlands". Described in its opening credits as "an account of one of the most mishandled and brutal battles ever fought in Britain", Culloden was hailed as a breakthrough for its cinematography as well as its use of non-professional actors and its presentation of an historical event in the style of modern TV war reporting. The film was based on John Prebble's study of the battle.
Starring: Olivier Espitalier-Noel, George McBean, Robert Oates, Tony Cosgrove, Don Fairservice
Directed by: Peter Watkins
Release date: 1964-05-24

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