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The Best Movies of 1962

Updated September 4, 2020 4.6k votes 242 voters 7.5k views107 items

List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1962.

List of the best movies of 1962, with movie trailers when available. James Bond fans remember the year well, as 1962 saw the launch of the James Bond film franchise with Dr. No. These top movies of 1962 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres - from To Kill a Mockingbird to Lolita - but each film was released in 1962. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1962 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1962 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List ranges from Lawrence of Arabia to The Manchurian Candidate, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1962?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1962?"

1962 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1962. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1962 aren't just one persons opinion.

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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    John Wayne, James Stewart
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford...  more

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    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne
    The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius...  more

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    Lawrence of Arabia

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole
    Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E....  more

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    Dr. No

    Sean Connery, Ursula Andress
    Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film....  more

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    How the West Was Won

    John Wayne, James Stewart
    How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed...  more

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    The Manchurian Candidate

    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury
    The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John...  more

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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck
    To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The...  more

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    Lolita

    Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers
    Lolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same...  more

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    Birdman of Alcatraz

    Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas
    Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer....  more

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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford
    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and...  more

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    Cape Fear

    Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum
    Cape Fear is a 1962 American psychological thriller film starring Robert Mitchum, Gregory...  more

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    The Exterminating Angel

    Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook
    The Exterminating Angel, is the second Buñuel film of the Buñuel/Alatriste/Pinal film trilogy,...  more

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    Experiment in Terror

    Stefanie Powers, Glenn Ford
    Experiment in Terror, originally released in the UK as The Grip of Fear, is a 1962...  more
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    Days of Wine and Roses

    Jack Lemmon, Mel Blanc
    Days of Wine and Roses is a 1962 film directed by Blake Edwards with a screenplay by JP Miller...  more

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    Barabbas

    Sharon Tate, Ernest Borgnine
    Barabbas is a 1961 religious epic film expanding on the career of Barabbas, from the Christian...  more

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    Mutiny on the Bounty

    Marlon Brando, Richard Harris
    Mutiny on the Bounty is a 1962 historical drama film starring Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard...  more
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    Kid Galahad

    Elvis Presley, Charles Bronson
    Kid Galahad is a 1962 American musical film starring Elvis Presley as a boxer. It was released...  more
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    Ride the High Country

    Warren Oates, Edgar Buchanan
    Ride the High Country is a 1962 American Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring...  more

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    Hatari!

    John Wayne, Red Buttons
    Hatari! is a 1962 American action/adventure romantic drama film directed by Howard Hawks and...  more
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    Cleo from 5 to 7

    Anna Karina, Michel Legrand
    Cléo from 5 to 7 is a 1962 Left Bank film by Agnès Varda. The story starts with a young...  more
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    Sodom and Gomorrah

    Stanley Baker, Stewart Granger
    Sodom and Gomorrah — known in the USA as The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah — is a 1962 epic...  more
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    Jules and Jim

    Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner
    Jules and Jim is a 1962 French film directed by François Truffaut. Set around the time of...  more

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    The Miracle Worker

    Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke
    The Miracle Worker is a 1962 American biographical film directed by Arthur Penn. The...  more

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    Hell Is for Heroes

    Steve McQueen, James Coburn
    Hell Is for Heroes is a 1962 American war film directed by Don Siegel and starring Steve...  more

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    Advise & Consent

    Frank Sinatra, Betty White
    Advise & Consent is a 1962 American motion picture based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel...  more

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