Best Movies of 1962

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Best Movies of 1962
Best Movies of 1962
TOP Movies: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Longest Day (1962), The Miracle Worker (1962), Dr. No (1962), How the West Was Won (1962), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), The Music Man (1962), Lolita (1962), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), Cape Fear (1962), Sweet Bird of Youth (1962), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), Ride the High Country (1962), Lonely Are the Brave (1962), Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), Advise & Consent (1962), Carnival of Souls (1962), Hatari! (1962).
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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 228 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: epic, exciting, captivating, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: desert, adventure, historical character, battles, british colonial, world war one, imperialism, bedouin, politics, rebel, war, horse ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s, 20s ...
Place: middle east, ottoman empire, saudi arabia, lebanon, cairo egypt ...
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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: earnest, touching, thought provoking, disturbing, enigmatic ...
Plot: racism, courtroom drama, poverty, court, lawyer, courtroom, small town, rape, prejudice, legal, trial, interracial relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1932
Place: alabama, usa
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The Longest Day (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, touching, epic ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, resistance, war, allies, invasion, german, military, navy, military life, officers and cadets, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1944
Place: normandy, france, europe, england, paris france ...
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The Miracle Worker (1962)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: mute or deaf, teacher, blind character, human spirit, disability, family relations, tutor, institution, railway station, tantrum, struggle, handicapped ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: alabama, usa, boston
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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, suspenseful, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: mental illness, hollywood, kidnapping, old mansion, murder, brat, newspaper, family relations, jealousy, actress, pianist, haunted by the past ...
Time: 1930s, 1910s, 20th century, 30s, year 1917 ...
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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Dr. No (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: exciting, sexy, clever, witty, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, card playing, espionage, spy, assassination, sniper, megalomaniac, world domination, gadget, secretary, cia, terrorism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, future
Place: jamaica, west indies, caribbean, england, london ...
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How the West Was Won (1962)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 164 min.
Story: 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.
Style: epic, exciting, serious, realistic, intense ...
Plot: old west, wilderness, gold, attempted murder, small town, criminal, outlaw, native american, frontier, adventure, family, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s, 1840s, 1860s, 1880s ...
Place: california, ohio, missouri, arizona, usa ...
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: 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.
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspense, gloomy, meditative ...
Plot: funeral, cowboy, politics, small town, old west, lawyer, criminal, gunslinger, outlaw, senator, robbery, society ...
Time: 19th century
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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.
Style: political thriller, tense, suspenseful, psychological, surreal ...
Plot: conspiracy, political conspiracy, cold war, brainwashing, election, uncover truth, nightmare, nervous breakdown, senator, suicide, strangulation, communism ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1952
Place: new york, korea, usa, ussr, north korea ...
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Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: 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.
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, gloomy, suspense ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, secretary, rehabilitation, alcoholic, addiction, drinking, drinking alcohol, public relations, party, romance, life is a bitch, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
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The Music Man (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: 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.
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: small town, family, romance, unlikely couple, love and romance, lifestyle, music band, society, dishonesty, show tunes, screwball, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: iowa, usa, midwest
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Lolita (1962)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: sexual, disturbing, psychological, serious, sexy ...
Plot: seduction, lust, lolita, forbidden love, age difference, perversion, girl man relationship, pedophilia, sexual obsession, stepfather stepdaughter relationship, love affair, destructive relationship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s, 1950s
Place: new hampshire, usa, ohio
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Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, warden, life sentence, solitary, redemption, alcatraz, bird, self discovery, rebel, rehabilitation, obstacle, punishment ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1910s, 1920s, 1940s ...
Place: kansas, san francisco, usa
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Cape Fear (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: 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.
Style: psychological, disturbing, neo noir, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, family in danger, stalking, danger, small town, crime, crimes, revenge, chase, murder, lawyer, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gigolo and drifter, Chance Wayne, returns to his home town as the accompaniment of a faded movie star, Alexandra Del Lago, whom he hopes to use to help him break into the movies. Chance runs into trouble when he finds his ex-girlfriend, the daughter ...
Style: emotional, serious, atmospheric, tense, realistic ...
Plot: hollywood, ambition, movie star, betrayal, unlikely couple, actor's life, comeback, couple relations, infidelity, romance, adultery, hypocrisy ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s
Place: florida, usa, london, california
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Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, leadership, mutiny, captain, ocean, betrayal, ship, rebelliousness, military, ocean or sea, crew, tyrant ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1780s, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: tahiti, england, europe
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A rebellious youth, sentenced to a boy's reformatory for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of the institution through his prowess as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs, reveries of his life and times before his ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, sincere, psychological
Plot: prison, working class, rivalry, rebellion, juvenile delinquency, rebel, athlete's life, prison life, realism, kids in trouble, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: london, england
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Ride the High Country (1962)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 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.
Style: sentimental, realistic, captivating, serious, nostalgic ...
Plot: friendship, betrayal, aging, gold, bank, small town, wedding, redemption, gang, criminal heroes, best friends, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 70s
Place: california, idaho, texas
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Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: helicopter, escape, on the run, friendship, horse, chase, runaway, bar fight, prison, friendship between men, prison escape, jail ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1952
Place: albuquerque new mexico, new mexico, california, texas
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Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The film follows one day in the lives of the Tyrone family, each member is troubled and has been damaged by alcohol and/or drugs. In addition, they have issues with each other that lead to fights and an inability to reconcile completely with one ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, talky, depressing ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, family relations, addiction, dysfunctional family, actor, redemption, actor's life, lifestyle, family life, human nature, life is a bitch, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: connecticut, ireland
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Advise & Consent (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A Senate investigation into the President's newly-nominated Secretary of State gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, clever, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: senator, politics, senate, politician, secretary of state, paperboy, blackmail, poker game, secret past, legal investigation, courtroom drama, idealism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1930s, 70s
Place: washington d.c., usa, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city, new york
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Carnival of Souls (1962)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: gothic, cult film, atmospheric, psychotronic, scary ...
Plot: ghost, female protagonist, supernatural, afterlife, haunted by the past, supernatural ability, danger, woman in danger, carnival, zombie, supernatural horror, car accident ...
Place: utah, usa, salt lake city utah
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Hatari! (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: 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?
Style: humorous, exciting, feel good, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: chase, safari, elephant, giraffe, adventure, romance, fall in love, animal life, adventurer, love and romance, escapades, danger ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: africa, california
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Billy Budd (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Billy is an innocent, naive seaman in the British Navy in 1797. When the ship's sadistic master-at-arms is murdered, Billy is accused and tried.
Style: emotional, tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, injustice, navy, ship, mutiny, crimes, betrayal, courtroom drama, deadly, life is a bitch, military, dishonesty ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s
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That Touch of Mink (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A rich businessman and a young woman are attracted to each other, but he only wants an affair while she wants to save her virginity for marriage.
Style: humorous, witty, feel good, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: fall in love, unemployment, falling in love, romance, idealism, couples, silly humor, couple relations, looking for love, love triangle, wooing, unlikely couple ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 1960s, 70s
Place: new york, new york yankees, baltimore, usa, new jersey
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Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Mountain Rivera is at the end of his boxing career after a knockout by Cassius Clay in the seventh round. His left eye is one punch from permanent trauma, his ears turned to cauliflower, his speech slurred from "being hit a million times," ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, atmospheric, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: bet, boxing, wrestling, social worker, drunkenness, second chance, aging, athlete's life, rivalry, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, future
Place: new york, usa
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Gypsy (1962)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.
Style: captivating, sentimental, touching, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: burlesque, stripper, showbiz, ambition, domineering mother, family life, couple relations, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, rise to the top, love and romance, human spirit ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 30s ...
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David and Lisa (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The emotional story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis in the environment of others with mental and emotional problems. He finds intimacy with Lisa, a young woman suffering from schizophrenia.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, friendship, mental institution, teenage love, split personality, unlikely couple, unfulfillment, young lovers, love and romance, family problems, power relations ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
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Tales of Terror (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Three stories adapted from the work of Edgar Allen Poe: 1) A man and his daughter are reunited, but the blame for the death of his wife hangs over them, unresolved. 2) A derelict challenges the local wine-tasting champion to a competition, but ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, gothic, anthology, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, reincarnation, zombie, ghost, infidelity, supernatural, hypnotist, vengeance, experiment gone awry, family problems, danger, mystery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
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The Intruder (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble--trouble he soon finds he can't control.
Style: disturbing, sincere, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: racism, false accusation, small town, manipulation, interracial relations, small town life, social differences, political unrest, social decay, violence spree, bishop, social relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
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