Best Movies of 1965

1.

The Sound of Music

6.4

A tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.

Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Charmian Carr
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1965-03-02
2.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

5.7

When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but is a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus' help to learn the meaning of Christmas.

Starring: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez, Karen Mendelson
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1965-12-09
3.

Doctor Zhivago

5.7

Doctor Zhivago is the filmed adapation of the Russian novel by Boris Pasternak from director David Lean that was an international success and today deemed a classic. Omar Sharif and Julie Christie play two protagonists who in fact love each other yet because of their current situation cannot find a way be together.

Starring: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1965-12-22
4.

Repulsion

5.5

In Roman Polanski's first English-language film, beautiful young manicurist Carole suffers from androphobia (the pathological fear of interaction with men). When her sister and roommate, Helen, leaves their London flat to go on an Italian holiday with her married boyfriend, Carole withdraws into her apartment. She begins to experience frightful hallucinations, her fear gradually mutating into madness.

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux, Patrick Wymark
Directed by: Roman Polański
Release date: 1965-06-01
5.

The Flight of the Phoenix

5.3

A cargo plane goes down in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for an airplane they will build to escape before their food and water run out.

Starring: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger, Ernest Borgnine
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1965-12-15
6.

The Ipcress File

5.2

Sly and dry intelligence agent, Harry Palmer is tasked with investigating British Intelligence security, and is soon enmeshed in a world of double-dealing, kidnap and murder when he finds a traitor operating at the heart of the secret service.

Starring: Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Release date: 1965-03-18
7.

Thunderball

5.0

A criminal organization has obtained two nuclear bombs and are asking for a 100 million pound ransom in the form of diamonds in seven days or they will use the weapons. The secret service sends James Bond to the Bahamas to once again save the world.

Starring: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi, Rik Van Nutter
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1965-12-15
8.

Help!

5.0

Musical comedy adventure starring The Beatles about an obscure Asian cult, that believes in human sacrifice, as they pursue Ringo after he accidentally put on the their victim's ceremonial ring. He is pursued by the cult, a pair of mad scientists, a member of a side cult that no longer believes in human sacrifice, and the London police who are trying to help.

Starring: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Leo McKern
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1965-07-29
9.

The Hill

4.8

North Africa, World War II. British soldiers on the brink of collapse push beyond endurance to struggle up a brutal incline. It's not a military objective. It's The Hill, a manmade instrument of torture, a tower of sand seared by a white-hot sun. And the troops' tormentors are not the enemy, but their own comrades-at-arms.

Starring: Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch, Ossie Davis
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1965-06-17
10.

The Great Race

4.7

Professional daredevil and white-suited hero, The Great Leslie, convinces turn-of-the-century auto makers that a race from New York to Paris (westward across America, the Bering Straight and Russia) will help to promote automobile sales. Leslie's arch-rival, the mustached and black-attired Professor Fate vows to beat Leslie to the finish line in a car of Fate's own invention.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1965-07-01
11.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

4.7
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British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.
Starring: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner, Sam Wanamaker, George Voskovec
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1965-12-16
12.

The Cincinnati Kid

4.7

An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Tuesday Weld
Directed by: Norman Jewison
Release date: 1965-10-15
13.

The Sons of Katie Elder

4.5

The Elder boys return to Clearwater, Texas for their Mother's funeral. John the eldest is a well known gunfighter and trouble follows him wherever he goes. The boys try to get back their ranch from the towns gunsmith who won it from their father in a card game with which he was shortly murdered there after but not before getting through the troubles that come with the Elders name

Starring: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr., Earl Holliman
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1965-06-23
14.

Von Ryan's Express

4.4

Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from WWII Italy by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commanding.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà, Brad Dexter, Sergio Fantoni
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1965-06-23
15.

Cat Ballou

4.4

A woman seeking revenge for her murdered father hires a famous gunman, but he's very different from what she expects.

Starring: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Nat 'King' Cole, Stubby Kaye, Michael Callan
Directed by: Elliot Silverstein
Release date: 1965-06-24
16.

A Patch of Blue

4.3

A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life.

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford, Ivan Dixon
Directed by: Guy Green
Release date: 1965-12-10
17.

Battle of the Bulge

4.2

In the winter of 1944, the Allied Armies stand ready to invade Germany at the coming of a New Year. To prevent this occurrence, Hitler orders an all out offensive to re-take French territory and capture the major port city of Antwerp. "The Battle of the Bulge" shows this conflict from the perspective of an American intelligence officer as well as from a German Panzer Commander.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Dana Andrews, George Montgomery
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1965-04-02
18.

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

4.2

Three strippers seeking thrills encounter a young couple in the desert. After dispatching the boyfriend, they take the girl hostage and begin scheming on a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert, reputedly hiding a tidy sum of cash. They become house guests of the old man and try and seduce the sons in an attempt to locate the money, not realizing that the old man has a few sinister intentions of his own.

Starring: Tura Satana, Haji, Lori Williams, Sue Bernard, Stuart Lancaster
Directed by: Russ Meyer
Release date: 1965-08-06
19.

The War Game

4.1
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A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.
Starring: Michael Aspel, Kathy Staff, Peter Watkins, Peter Graham
Directed by: Peter Watkins
Release date: 1965-11-01
20.

The Pawnbroker

4.0
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A Jewish pawnbroker, a victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.
Starring: Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters, Jaime Sánchez, Thelma Oliver
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1965-04-20

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