Best Movies of 1963

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Best Movies of 1963
Best Movies of 1963
TOP Movies: Hud (1963), The Great Escape (1963), The Birds (1963), From Russia with Love (1963), Charade (1963), Tom Jones (1963), Cleopatra (1963), The Sword in the Stone (1963), Lilies of the Field (1963), The Pink Panther (1963), The Servant (1963), America America (1963), The Haunting (1963), McLintock! (1963), Shock Corridor (1963), This Sporting Life (1963), Lord of the Flies (1963), 8½ (1963), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), The Nutty Professor (1963).
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List of Best Movies

Hud (1963)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: emotional, thought provoking, atmospheric, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: small town, dysfunctional family, generation gap, americana, rancher, human nature, redemption, parents and children, family life, irresponsible, family problems, bar fight ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: texas, usa, california
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The Great Escape (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, exciting, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, pow, world war two, prison escape, capture, freedom, prisoner, soldier, escape attempt, officer, desperation, camp ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, switzerland, alps, europe, poland
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The Birds (1963)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: 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. ...
Style: suspenseful, surreal, scary, exciting, tense ...
Plot: bird attack, dangerous animal, bird, small town, lawyer, survival, paranoia, seagull, teacher, evacuation, trapped, burned alive ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, california
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From Russia with Love (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, witty, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, kgb, james bond, espionage, cold war, russian, assassin, code, helicopter, double agent, gadget, chess ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: turkey, bulgaria, venice, europe, russia ...
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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 210 min.
Story: 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.
Style: humorous, feel good, captivating, road movie, epic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: treasure hunt, treasure, chase, on the road, race, adventure, money, desert, group of strangers, disorder, competition, partners ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1916, 70s
Place: california, usa
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Charade (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, humorous, exciting, feel good ...
Audience: date night
Plot: age difference, murder, cia, funeral, woman in danger, romance, chase, mystery, divorce, perfect crime, cons and scams, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1944
Place: paris france, france, alps, europe, switzerland
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Tom Jones (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Tom loves Sophie and Sophie loves Tom. But Tom and Sophie are of differering classes. Can they find a way through the mayhem to be true to love?
Style: witty, feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: satire, true love, womanizer, hanging, breaking the fourth wall, rags to riches, tutor, squire, sword fight, adventure, manipulation, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 18th century, 1930s, 60s
Place: england, europe, london, new york
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Cleopatra (1963)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.The winner of four Oscars, this epic saga of love, greed and betrayal stars Elizabeth Taylor as the passionate and ambitious Egyptian queen who's determined to hold on ...
Style: epic, stylized, exciting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: cleopatra, roman empire, femme fatale, ancient egypt, betrayal, assassination, ambition, ancient rome, tomb, ruler, romance, poisoning ...
Time: 1st century b.c., 1st century, 1930s, 18th century
Place: egypt, alexandria egypt, middle east, africa, greece ...
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The Sword in the Stone (1963)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, entertaining, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: disney, knight, excalibur, talking animals, prophecy, king arthur, adventure, destiny, ambition, heroes, apprentice, follow your dream ...
Time: middle ages, 1930s
Place: england, europe, london
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Lilies of the Field (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: An unemployed construction worker (Homer Smith) heading out west stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. The farm is being worked by a group of East European Catholic nuns, headed by the strict mother superior ...
Style: touching, captivating, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: desert, nun, convent, construction worker, friendship, partners, hopes, society, odd couple, social relations, friends, self fulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: arizona, usa
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The Pink Panther (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The trademark of The Phantom, a renowned jewel thief, is a glove left at the scene of the crime. Inspector Clouseau, an expert on The Phantom's exploits, feels sure that he knows where The Phantom will strike next and leaves Paris for ...
Style: witty, not serious, humorous, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: farce, princess, master criminal, safecracker, clumsiness, police investigation, incompetent police, law enforcement, goofy hero, rivalry, nothing goes right, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s
Place: switzerland, europe, paris france, italy, rome italy ...
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The Servant (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A decadent London aristocrat hires a man-servant to attend to his needs. However, the balance of power starts to shift...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, thought provoking, sexy, serious ...
Plot: master and servant, manipulation, alcohol abuse, mind game, servant, bachelor, decadence, obsession, social differences, couple relations, infidelity, boss and employee ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: britain, england, london, united kingdom
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America America (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to America
Style: captivating, atmospheric, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: greek, immigrants, american dream, bribery, hopes, poverty, armenian, family problems, family relations, ethnic, bittersweet, city life ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: greece, turkey, ottoman empire, new york, america ...
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The Haunting (1963)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: 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.
Style: gothic horror, suspenseful, scary, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, obsession, old dark house, ghost, disappearance, haunted by the past, mystery, mysterious character, investigation, curses spells and rituals, mentally unstable ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 60s, 19th century, 1870s
Place: new england, usa, boston
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McLintock! (1963)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: George Washington McLintock, 'GW' to friends and foes alike, is a cattle baron and the richest man in the territory. He anxiously awaits the return of his daughter Becky who has been away at school for the last two years. He's also ...
Style: humorous, light, exciting, captivating, funny ...
Audience: date night
Plot: ranch, romance, rivalry, mogul, rancher, farce, husband wife relationship, cowboy, unsupportive spouse, greed, vengeance, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, 60s, 1930s
Place: arizona, alaska, ireland, california
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Shock Corridor (1963)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Determined to pull in the Pulitzer Prize, reporter Johnny Barrett will go to any length necessary to win the coveted award. When he learns of an unsolved murder committed at a mental institution, Barrett devises a scheme to solve it and earn himself ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: mental institution, murder, mental illness, investigation, doctors and patients, journalism, power relations, uncover truth, losing-it hero, insanity, psychiatrist, stripper ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, mount fuji, usa, africa
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This Sporting Life (1963)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: widow, rise to the top, ambition, sport, human nature, couples, realism, rugby, introspection, miner, love and romance, lifestyle ...
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england
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Lord of the Flies (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Amidst a nuclear war, a plane carrying a group of schoolboys crash lands on a deserted island. With no adult survivors, the boys are forced to fend for themselves. At first they cooperate, but when the they split into two separate camps -- one led ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking, rough, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids
Plot: wilderness, island, innocence lost, survival, human nature, rivalry, adolescence vs adulthood, isolation, against the rules, youth, social differences, exile ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, future
Place: pacific ocean
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8½ (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 138 min.
Story: With 8 ½ Frederico Fellini leaves a self-portrait where dreams and reality are a mix. With help from a most excellent cast and unique scenery this self reflecting film is one of his master works.
Style: psychological, art house, surreal, reflective, stylized ...
Plot: extramarital affair, midlife crisis, childhood, filmmaking, postmodernism, mistress, adultery, dreams, self involved, creator, producer, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, europe, copenhagen, england, paris france ...
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Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Jason, a fearless sailor and explorer, returns to his home land of Thessaly after a long voyage to claim his rightful throne. He learns, however, that he must first find the magical Golden Fleece. To do so, he must embark on an epic quest fraught ...
Style: exciting, tense, talky, entertaining, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: greek mythology, adventure, adventurer, monster, prophecy, skeleton, treasure hunt, heroes, expedition, race against time, rescue, ship ...
Place: greece, ancient greece
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The Nutty Professor (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Jerry Lewis directed, co-wrote and starred in this riotously funny movie that set a new standard for screen comedy and inspired the hit remake. Lewis plays a timid, nearsighted chemistry teacher who discovers a magical potion that can transform him ...
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, absurd, psychotronic ...
Audience: date night, family outing
Plot: chemistry, farce, college, university, fall in love, laboratory, satire, hung over, potion, teacher, professor, mad scientist ...
Time: 60s
Place: san francisco
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The Raven (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help in this film loosely based on the Edgar Allen Poe poem.
Style: gothic, parody, humorous, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: sorcerer, good versus evil, magician, castle, duel, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, escapades, raven, haunted by the past, presumed dead, wizards ...
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The V.I.P.s (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Wealthy passengers fogged in at London's Heathrow Airport fight to survive a variety of personal trials.
Style: talky, realistic, semi serious, clever, offbeat
Plot: airport, forbidden love, love triangle, boss and employee, romance, betrayal, multiple storylines, starlet, couples, couple relations, journalism, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, london, europe
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Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When a one-night stand results in pregnancy, a musician and a young girl try to resolve the issue together.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, sincere, psychological ...
Audience: date night
Plot: family relations, love triangle, pregnancy, abortion, babies and infants, youth, love and romance, romance, young lovers, couples, infidelity, love affair ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, usa, lower east side manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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Billy Liar (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young Englishman dreams of escaping from his working class family and dead-end job as an undertaker's assistant. A number of indiscretions cause him to lie in order to avoid the penalties. His life turns into a mess and he has an opportunity ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, touching, affectionate ...
Plot: lie, train, dream, working class, coming of age, society, love and romance, dull life, realism, social climbing, real world, imagination ...
Time: 60s
Place: yorkshire, england, europe, northern england, london ...
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Murder at the Gallop (1963)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Miss Marple and Mr Stringer are witness to the death of the very old and rich Mr. Enderby by heart attack. Yet they have their doubts about what happened. The police don’t believe them thus leading Miss Marple to yet again investigate by herself. ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, talky, serious, realistic
Plot: amateur detective, private detective, murder, charity, investigation, horse riding, last will and testament, eavesdropping, heart attack, false accusation, riddles and clues, who done it ...
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Donovan's Reef (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: 'Guns' Donovan prefers carousing with his pals Doc Dedham and 'Boats' Gilhooley, until Dedham's high-society daughter Amelia shows up in their South Seas paradise.
Style: humorous, feel good, light, scenic, entertaining ...
Plot: half sister, romance, priest, island, clergy, siblings relations, parents and children, comedy of errors, family relations, mistaken identity, missing person, friends ...
Time: 60s
Place: hawaii, boston, polynesia, usa, pacific ocean ...
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The Prize (1963)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: For some reason, this year's Nobel prize in literature has been awarded to the young author Andrew Craig, who seems to be more interested in women and drinking than writing. Another laureate is Dr. Max Stratman, the famous German-American ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, suspenseful, humorous, suspense
Plot: espionage, kidnapping, nobel prize, on the run, race against time, hidden identity, writer's life, undercover, crimes, switching roles, investigation, state affairs ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden, europe, scandinavia, eastern europe
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55 Days at Peking (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, ...
Style: epic, serious, exciting, realistic, tense ...
Plot: battles, imperialism, siege, politics, military, state affairs, rivalry, political unrest, against the odds, tragic hero, rescue, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, victorian era, year 1900, turn of the century
Place: england, china, france, beijing china, asia ...
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The Cardinal (1963)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.
Style: captivating, sincere, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, church, bishop, family relations, racism, abortion, bigotry, priest, ku klux klan, catholic priest, hopes, state affairs ...
Place: italy, vienna, boston, rome italy, vatican ...
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