Best Movies of 1965

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Best Movies of 1965
Best Movies of 1965
TOP Movies: The Sound of Music (1965), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Thunderball (1965), A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), Darling (1965), Repulsion (1965), Cat Ballou (1965), A Patch of Blue (1965), The Great Race (1965), The Hill (1965), Ship of Fools (1965), The Ipcress File (1965), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), A Thousand Clowns (1965), Help! (1965), The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), Von Ryan's Express (1965), The Collector (1965).
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The Sound of Music (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 172 min.
Story: Film adaptation of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on a nun who becomes a governess for an Austrian family.
Style: sentimental, feel good, touching, humorous, captivating ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: nanny, convent, nun, world war two, love and romance, opposites attract, governess, singer, family relations, party, novice, puppet show ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1938
Place: austria, europe, alps, germany
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Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, UK, USA
Duration: 197 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, realistic, serious, epic ...
Plot: love triangle, russian revolution, nurse, world war one, suicide attempt, infidelity, communism, deportation, war, revolution, betrayal, russian ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 19th century, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: russia, ussr, soviet union, moscow russia
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Thunderball (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: 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.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, secret service, espionage, spy, terrorism, nuclear threat, gadget, ransom, british secret service, scuba, secret organization, secret agent ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: bahamas, paris france, big ben london, florida, france ...
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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
Story: 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. ...
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, feel good, nostalgic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, holiday, director, family, siblings relations, friendship, misfit, youth, contests and competitions, underdog, young heroes, artists and showbiz ...
Place: minnesota
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Darling (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A beautiful but amoral model sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties.
Style: cynical, witty, clever, suspense, biting ...
Plot: satire, fashion, abortion, model, infidelity, advertising executive, extramarital affair, love triangle, ambition, lifestyle, rise to the top, romance ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 1950s, 50s, 70s
Place: england, london, paris france, europe, italy
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Repulsion (1965)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, surreal, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenia, hallucination, delusion, repression, rent, loneliness, losing-it hero, graphic violence, indoor, unfulfillment, rapist ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: europe, london, england
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Cat Ballou (1965)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A woman seeking revenge for her murdered father hires a famous gunman, but he's very different from what she expects.
Style: semi serious, captivating, twists and turns, harsh, melancholic ...
Plot: vengeance, murder, old west, rescue, ranch, redemption, criminal heroes, hitman, family relations, wilderness, cowboy, hanging ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 20th century, 1890s
Place: wyoming
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A Patch of Blue (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life.
Style: suspense, touching, talky, emotional, tense ...
Plot: friendship, racism, prostitute, interracial relations, blindness, disability, family relations, alcohol abuse, interracial romance, tenement, innocence lost, park ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: los angeles, usa
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The Great Race (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance, Sport, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 160 min.
Story: 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. ...
Style: epic, feel good, captivating, humorous, not serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: farce, mechanic, adventure, on the road, heroes, revolution, feminism, destiny, silly humor, strong female presence, cons and scams, rebelliousness ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, turn of the century, 1920s
Place: new york, paris france, alaska, europe, france ...
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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: 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.
Style: bleak, talky, realistic, clever, captivating ...
Plot: cold war, espionage, spy, communist, double agent, whiskey, library, cynicism, iron curtain, grocer, atheist, court martial ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london, england, germany, europe, east germany ...
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The Hill (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: tense, bleak, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, prison, desert, military, punishment, soldier, racism, british army, hill, torture, military prison, heat wave ...
Time: 1940s, 70s
Place: sahara, africa, libya, north africa, germany
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Ship of Fools (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Passengers on a ship traveling from Mexico to Europe in the 1930s represent society at large in that era. The crew is German, including the ship's Dr. Schumann, who falls in love with one of the passengers, La Condesa. A young American woman, ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, atmospheric, emotional ...
Plot: ship, anti semitism, cruise, racism, world war two, love and romance, society, fall in love, human nature, couples, prostitute, opposites attract ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1933, pre world war two
Place: mexico, europe, latin america, germany, cuba ...
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The Ipcress File (1965)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This espionage thriller represents a landmark in spy movies introducing the sly, dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer. The story, centers on Palmer's investigation into British Intelligence security. He's soon enmeshed in a world of ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, spy, political intrigue, double agent, undercover, investigation, dishonesty, race against time, danger, rivalry, politics ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, albania, london, europe, scotland yard ...
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The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: serious, captivating, suspense, harsh, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: desert, air disaster, adventure, pilot, survival, airplane, thirst, isolation, rescue, against the odds, crew, alcoholic ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: africa, sahara, libya, middle east, sahara desert
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The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: murder, family relations, revenge, gambling, card playing, vengeance, investigation, crimes, family life, rivalry, dishonesty, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1890s, 19th century, 1930s ...
Place: texas, usa, california
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The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.
Style: tense, realistic, clever, serious, stylized ...
Audience: kids
Plot: gambling, poker, card playing, gangsters, friendship, dishonesty, ambition, buddies, partners, dealer, cards, friends ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa, mississippi river, mississippi ...
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A Thousand Clowns (1965)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Twelve-year-old Nick lives with his Uncle Murray, a Mr.Micawber-like Dickensian character who keeps hoping something won't turn up. What turns up is a social worker, who falls in love with Murray and a bit in love with Nick. As the child ...
Style: clever, sentimental, humorous, witty, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: social worker, psychologist, fruit, writer's life, creative block, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, romance, anti conformity, family relations, urban, midlife crisis ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Help! (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: This Beatles film has an obscure Asian cult, that believes in human sacrifice, chasing 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 ...
Style: humorous, witty, surreal, absurd, light ...
Plot: the beatles, adventure, mad scientist, good versus evil, heroic mission, curses spells and rituals, chase, cult, music, kidnapping, treasure hunt, world domination ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: bahamas, england, europe, scotland yard, buckingham palace ...
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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel ...
Style: epic, uplifting, serious, atmospheric, inspirational ...
Plot: painter, genius, architect, sculpture, artist, painting, infidelity, historical figure, life & death, pope, hard labor, standoff ...
Time: renaissance, 16th century, 1500s, 1960s, 60s
Place: italy, vatican, europe, rome italy
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Von Ryan's Express (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from Nazi Germany by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commanding.
Style: realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: train, escape, world war two, prison, behind enemy lines, pow, war, adventure, confined, fugitives, chases and races, escapades ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: switzerland, italy, germany, europe, milan italy ...
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The Collector (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Freddie is an inept bank clerk with no future. His only hobby is collecting butterflies, which gives him a feeling of power and control that is otherwise totally missing from his life. He comes into a large sum of money, and buys himself a country ...
Style: disturbing, tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, psychopath, obsession, collector, mentally unstable, danger, confined, dangerous attraction, woman in danger, missing person, captivity, butterfly ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: london
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In Harm's Way (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious, factual ...
Plot: naval battle, naval officer, military life, world war two, battleship, military, war, heroic mission, battles, politics, danger, father son relationship ...
Time: year 1941
Place: pearl harbor, hawaii, san francisco, pacific ocean, polynesia
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The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 260 min.
Story: All-star epic retelling of Christ's life.
Style: biblical, epic, captivating, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: jesus christ, betrayal, desert, miraculous event, temptation, jesus, redemption, hopes, leadership, society, tragic hero, human spirit ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, ancient times
Place: holy land, jerusalem, egypt
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Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Star studded comedy about a early 20th century air race from Britain to France.
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, feel good, 70mm film ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: air disaster, stereotypes, rescue, danger, stereotype, prize, reproduction, biplane, neanderthal, adventure, romance, heroes ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, prehistoric, 1900s, edwardian era ...
Place: london, england, france, paris france, europe ...
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Shenandoah (1965)
Genre: Drama, War, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Charlie Anderson, a farmer in Shenandoah, Virginia, finds himself and his family in the middle of the Civil War he wants nothing to do with. When his youngest boy is taken prisoner by the North the Civil War is forced upon him.
Style: captivating, rough, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, interracial relations, anti war, family relations, pow, heroes, widower, war, bittersweet, state affairs, parents and children, missing person ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: virginia, usa, england
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Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, tense, disturbing, mind bending ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, kidnapping, school, missing person, kindergarten, mystery, family relations, crimes, journalism, mentally unstable, single parent ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s
Place: london, england, europe, scotland yard
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Battle of the Bulge (1965)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 167 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, epic ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: world war two, military, heroic mission, danger, campaign, epic battle, heroes, soldier, u.s. military, attack, tank, war ...
Time: 20th century, year 1944, 1940s
Place: belgium, europe, germany, berlin germany, hawaii ...
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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: 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. ...
Style: cult film, offbeat, suspenseful, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, murder, desert, femme fatale, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence, sexual content, profanity, hostage, martial arts, isolation, heist ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: california
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Mirage (1965)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: New York City. David Stillwell struggles to recover his memory before the people who are trying to kill him succeed. Who is he, who are they, and why is he surrounded by murder?
Style: suspenseful, psychological, serious, realistic, scary ...
Plot: police detective, chase, investigation, manhunt, private detective, murder, dishonesty, crimes, uncover truth, mind game, deadly, skyscraper ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, new york, california, manhattan new york city
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King Rat (1965)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: When Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in 1942 the Allied POWs, mostly British but including a few Americans, were incarcerated in Changi prison. This was a POW detention center like no other. There were no walls or barbed-wire fences for the ...
Style: bleak, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: world war two, pow, prison life, survival, prison, friendship, war, confined, military, escapades, danger, escape ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: singapore, asia, japan, poland, california ...
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