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The Best Movies of 1962

Updated September 4, 2020 4.2k votes 229 voters 7.1k 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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  • 1
    The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne

    Released1962

    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

    The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius... more on Wikipedia
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    Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Dr. No

    Sean Connery, Ursula Andress

    Released1962

    Directed byTerence Young

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

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    How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    How the West Was Won

    John Wayne, James Stewart

    Released1962

    Directed byHenry Hathaway, George Marshall, John Ford, Richard Thorpe

    How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed... more on Wikipedia
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    The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    The Manchurian Candidate

    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John... more on Wikipedia

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    Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole

    Released1962

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E.... more on Wikipedia

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    To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The... more on Wikipedia

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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    John Wayne, James Stewart

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Birdman of Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Birdman of Alcatraz

    Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer.... more on Wikipedia

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    Divorce Italian Style is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Divorce Italian Style

    Marcello Mastroianni, Stefania Sandrelli

    Released1961

    Directed byPietro Germi

    Divorce Italian Style is a 1961 Italian comedy film directed by Pietro Germi. The screenplay... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    What Ever Happened to Baby Jan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and... more on Wikipedia

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    Days of Wine and Roses is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Days of Wine and Roses

    Jack Lemmon, Mel Blanc

    Released1962

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Days of Wine and Roses is a 1962 film directed by Blake Edwards with a screenplay by JP Miller... more on Wikipedia
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    Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Cape Fear

    Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum

    Released1962

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

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

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    Mutiny on the Bounty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Mutiny on the Bounty

    Marlon Brando, Richard Harris

    Released1962

    Directed byLewis Milestone, Carol Reed

    Mutiny on the Bounty is a 1962 historical drama film starring Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard... more on Wikipedia
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    Kid Galahad is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Kid Galahad

    Elvis Presley, Charles Bronson

    Released1962

    Directed byPhil Karlson

    Kid Galahad is a 1962 American musical film starring Elvis Presley as a boxer. It was released... more on Wikipedia
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    Ride the High Country is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Ride the High Country

    Warren Oates, Edgar Buchanan

    Released1962

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Ride the High Country is a 1962 American Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    The Music Man

    Ron Howard, Shirley Jones

    Released1962

    Directed byMorton DaCosta

    The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones... more on Wikipedia

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    La Jetée is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    La Jetée

    William Klein, Etienne Becker

    Released1962

    Directed byChris Marker

    La Jetée, is a 1962 French science fiction featurette by Chris Marker. Constructed almost... more on Wikipedia

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    Sodom and Gomorrah is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Sodom and Gomorrah

    Stanley Baker, Stewart Granger

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Sodom and Gomorrah — known in the USA as The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah — is a 1962 epic... more on Wikipedia
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    Advise & Consent is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Advise & Consent

    Frank Sinatra, Betty White

    Released1962

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    Advise & Consent is a 1962 American motion picture based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel... more on Wikipedia
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    Hatari! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Hatari!

    John Wayne, Red Buttons

    Released1962

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Hatari! is a 1962 American action/adventure romantic drama film directed by Howard Hawks and... more on Wikipedia
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    Lolita is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Lolita

    Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers

    Released1962

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Lolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same... more on Wikipedia

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    Girls! Girls! Girls! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Girls! Girls! Girls!

    Elvis Presley, Stella Stevens

    Released1962

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    Girls! Girls! Girls! is a 1962 American musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley as a... more on Wikipedia

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    The Miracle Worker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    The Miracle Worker

    Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke

    Released1962

    Directed byArthur Penn

    The Miracle Worker is a 1962 American biographical film directed by Arthur Penn. The... more on Wikipedia

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    Hell Is for Heroes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Hell Is for Heroes

    Steve McQueen, James Coburn

    Released1962

    Directed byDon Siegel

    Hell Is for Heroes is a 1962 American war film directed by Don Siegel and starring Steve... more on Wikipedia

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    Requiem for a Heavyweight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1962
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    Requiem for a Heavyweight

    Mickey Rooney, Jack Dempsey

    Released1962

    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Requiem for a Heavyweight was a teleplay written by Rod Serling and produced for the live... more on Wikipedia
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