Films The Best Movies of 1963  

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List of the best movies of 1963, with movie trailers when available. With President Kennedy being assassinated in 1963, many Americans turned to movies to take their mind off of the tragedy. These top movies of 1963 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres - from The Birds to Cleopatra - but each film was released in 1963. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1963 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1963 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List ranges from The Great Escape to It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1963?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1963?"

1963 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1963. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1963 aren't just one persons opinion.

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Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier. It depicts Bodega Bay, California, which is, ...more

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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1963
Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner The Great Escape is a 1963 American World War II epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II, starring Steve McQueen, ...more

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Paul Newman, Yvette Vickers, Patricia Neal Hud is a 1963 Western film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal. It was produced by Ritt and Newman's recently founded company, Salem Productions, ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau Cleopatra is a 1963 epic historical drama film chronicling the struggles of Cleopatra VII, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. It was directed by Joseph L. ...more

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Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Armando Trovajoli Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is a 1963 comedy anthology film by Italian director Vittorio de Sica. It stars Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. The film consists of three short stories ...more

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John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Stefanie Powers McLintock! is a 1963 comedy Western directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and starring John Wayne, with co-stars including Maureen O'Hara, Yvonne De Carlo, and Wayne's son Patrick Wayne. The film, ...more

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Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Henry Gibson The Nutty Professor is a 1963 American comic science fiction feature film produced, directed, co-written and starring Jerry Lewis. The score was composed by Walter Scharf. The film is a parody ...more

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Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spencer Tracy with an all-star cast, about the madcap pursuit of $350,000 ...more

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Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi From Russia with Love is the second James Bond film made by Eon Productions and the second to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Released in 1963, the film was produced by ...more

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How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1963
John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall and Richard Thorpe.

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Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff The Raven is a 1963 American independent B movie/horror-comedy film produced and directed by Roger Corman. The film stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff as a trio of rival ...more

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John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Cesar Romero Donovan's Reef is a 1963 American film starring John Wayne. It was directed by John Ford and filmed on location on Kauai, Hawaii. The cast included Elizabeth Allen, Lee Marvin, Jack Warden, ...more

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Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom, Birger Malmsten The Silence is a 1963 Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring Ingrid Thulin and Gunnel Lindblom. The plot focuses on two sisters – the younger a sensuous woman with a ...more

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Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon The Leopard is a 1963 Italian film by director Luchino Visconti, based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel of the same name.

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Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris The Haunting is a 1963 British psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. It stars ...more

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Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn Charade is a 1963 Technicolor American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen, written by Peter Stone and Marc Behm, and starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The cast also ...more

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Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama directed by Blake Edwards and co-written by Edwards and Maurice Richlin, starring David Niven, Peter ...more

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Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton, Nancy Kovack Jason and the Argonauts is a 1963 British Columbia Pictures fantasy Greek Mythology feature film starring Todd Armstrong as the titular mythical Greek hero in a story about his quest for the ...more

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Sidney Poitier, Ralph Nelson, Lilia Skala Lilies of the Field is a 1963 film adapted by James Poe from the 1962 novel with the same name by William Edmund Barrett, and stars Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Stanley Adams, and Dan Frazer. It ...more

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Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on December 25, 1963 by Buena Vista Distribution. The 18th film in ...more

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Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis Captain Newman, M.D. is a 1963 film starring Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall, Eddie Albert and Bobby Darin. It was directed by David Miller and filmed on location at ...more

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Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Richard Mulligan Love with the Proper Stranger is a 1963 romantic comedy drama film made by Pakula-Mulligan Productions and Boardwalk Productions and released by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Robert ...more

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Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Barbara Steele 8½ is a 1963 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini. Co-scripted by Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, and Brunello Rondi, it stars Marcello Mastroianni as Guido ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Maggie Smith, Orson Welles The V.I.P.s, also known as Hotel International, is a 1963 British drama film in Metrocolor and Panavision. It was directed by Anthony Asquith, produced by Anatole de Grunwald and distributed by ...more

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Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins, Romy Schneider The Trial is a 1962 film directed by Orson Welles, who also wrote the screenplay based on the novel of the same name by Franz Kafka. Welles stated immediately after completing the film: ...more

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Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Jean-Luc Godard Contempt is a 1963 film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, based on the Italian novel A Ghost at Noon by Alberto Moravia. It stars Brigitte Bardot.

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Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Allan Edwall Winter Light is a 1962 Swedish drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman and starring Bergman regulars Gunnar Björnstrand, Ingrid Thulin and Max von Sydow. The film follows Tomas ...more

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Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier, Rika Diallina Black Sabbath is a 1963 Italian-French horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film is centered on three separate tales that have an introduction and conclusion from Boris Karloff. The film ...more

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Shirley MacLaine, James Caan, Jack Lemmon Irma la Douce is a 1963 romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, directed by Billy Wilder. It is based on the 1956 French stage musical Irma La Douce by Marguerite Monnot and ...more

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Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Leonard Rossiter Billy Liar is a 1963 black and white CinemaScope film based on the novel by Keith Waterhouse. It was directed by John Schlesinger and stars Tom Courtenay as Billy and Julie Christie as Liz, one ...more

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Richard Harris, Glenda Jackson, William Hartnell This Sporting Life is a 1963 British feature film based on a novel of the same name by David Storey which had won the 1960 Macmillan Fiction Award. It recounts the story of a rugby league ...more

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Doris Day, James Garner, ZaSu Pitts The Thrill of It All is a romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison starring Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis, and ZaSu Pitts. The screenplay was written by Larry Gelbart and Carl ...more

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Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh Bye Bye Birdie is a 1963 musical comedy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a film adaptation of the stage production of the same name. The screenplay was written by Michael Stewart and Irving ...more

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Doris Day, James Garner, Don Knotts Move Over, Darling is a 1963 comedy film starring Doris Day, James Garner, and Polly Bergen and directed by Michael Gordon. The picture was a remake of a 1940 screwball comedy, My Favorite Wife, ...more

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Dimos Dicoudis added Patrick McGoohan, Wilfrid Brambell, Susan Hampshire The Three Lives of Thomasina is a 1963 American magical realist film starring Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, and child actress Karen Dotrice in a story about a cat and her influence on a ...more

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Albert Finney, Lynn Redgrave, Susannah York Tom Jones is a 1963 British adventure comedy film, an adaptation of Henry Fielding's classic novel The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, starring Albert Finney as the titular hero. It was one ...more

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Ron Howard, Stella Stevens, Shirley Jones The Courtship of Eddie's Father is a 1963 romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Glenn Ford as a widowed father, with a young son to care for, played by Ronny Howard. It ...more

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Burgess Meredith, John Huston, Romy Schneider The Cardinal is a 1963 American drama film which was produced independently and directed by Otto Preminger, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. The screenplay was written by Robert Dozier, ...more

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Maureen O'Hara, Henry Fonda, Veronica Cartwright Spencer's Mountain is a 1963 film written, directed, and produced by Delmer Daves from a novel by Earl Hamner, Jr. The film starred Henry Fonda, Maureen O'Hara and in early appearances, James ...more

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Dirk Bogarde, Harold Pinter, Sarah Miles The Servant is Harold Pinter's 1963 film adaptation of a 1948 novelette by Robin Maugham. A British production directed by Joseph Losey, it stars Dirk Bogarde, Sarah Miles, Wendy Craig and James ...more

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Dimos Dicoudis added Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jill St. John Come Blow Your Horn is a 1963 American comedy film starring Frank Sinatra, directed by Bud Yorkin with a screenplay by Norman Lear, and based on the play of the same name by Neil Simon.

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Lou Antonio, John Marley, Frank Wolff America, America is a 1963 American dramatic film directed, produced and written by Elia Kazan, from his own book.

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Jack Nicholson, Boris Karloff, Dick Miller The Terror is a low budget American horror film produced and directed by Roger Corman about a French soldier who finds a mysterious woman who turns out to be a ghost. It is famous for being ...more

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Vincent Price, Annette Funicello, Yvette Vickers Beach Party was the first of several beach party films from American International Pictures aimed at a teen audience. This film is often credited with creating the beach party film genre.

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Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven 55 Days at Peking is a 1963 historical epic film starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, and David Niven, made by Samuel Bronston Productions, and released by Allied Artists. The movie was ...more

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Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre The Comedy of Terrors is an American International Pictures comedy horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, and Joe E. ...more

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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai High and Low is a 1963 police procedural crime drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai and Kyōko Kagawa. The film is loosely based on King's Ransom, by Ed ...more

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Frankie Howerd, John Le Mesurier, Bernard Cribbins The Mouse on the Moon is a 1963 British comedy film, an adaptation of the novel The Mouse on the Moon by Irish author Leonard Wibberley. It was directed by Richard Lester and served as the ...more

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Dimos Dicoudis added Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Eva Gabor A New Kind of Love is a 1963 American romantic comedy film directed by Melville Shavelson and starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Frank Sinatra sings "You Brought a New Kind of Love ...more

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Dimos Dicoudis added Carol Burnett, Dean Martin, Elizabeth Montgomery Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? is a 1963 movie comedy starring Dean Martin, Elizabeth Montgomery, and Carol Burnett, and directed by Daniel Mann.