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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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  • From Russia with Love1
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    From Russia with Love

    Sean Connery, Robert Shaw

    Released1963

    Directed byTerence Young

    From Russia with Love is the second James Bond film made by Eon Productions and the second to...  more

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  • The Great Escape2
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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and...  more

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  • The Birds3
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    The Birds

    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren

    Released1963

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the...  more

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  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow4
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    Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

    Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni

    Released1963

    Directed byVittorio De Sica

    Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is a 1963 comedy anthology film by Italian director Vittorio de...  more
  • The Nutty Professor5
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    The Nutty Professor

    Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens

    Released1963

    Directed byJerry Lewis

    The Nutty Professor is a 1963 American comic science fiction feature film produced, directed,...  more

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  • Contempt6
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    Contempt

    Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance

    Released1963

    Directed byJean-Luc Godard

    Contempt is a 1963 film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, based on the Italian novel A Ghost at...  more

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  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World7
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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1963

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by...  more

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  • Hud8
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    Hud

    Paul Newman, Yvette Vickers

    Released1963

    Directed byMartin Ritt

    Hud is a 1963 Western film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas...  more

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  • McLintock!9
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    McLintock!

    John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Wayne, Andrew V. McLaglen

    McLintock! is a 1963 comedy Western directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and starring John Wayne,...  more

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  • Jason and the Argonauts10
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    Jason and the Argonauts

    Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton

    Released1963

    Directed byDon Chaffey

    Jason and the Argonauts is a 1963 British Columbia Pictures fantasy Greek Mythology feature...  more

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  • The Pink Panther11
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    The Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1963

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama...  more

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  • Cleopatra12
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    Cleopatra

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

    Released1963

    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian

    Cleopatra is a 1963 epic historical drama film chronicling the struggles of Cleopatra VII, the...  more

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  • Charade13
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    Charade

    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant

    Released1963

    Directed byStanley Donen

    Charade is a 1963 Technicolor American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen,...  more

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  • Donovan's Reef14
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    Donovan's Reef

    John Wayne, Lee Marvin

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Donovan's Reef is a 1963 American film starring John Wayne. It was directed by John Ford and...  more
  • Beach Party15
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    Beach Party

    Vincent Price, Annette Funicello

    Released1963

    Directed byWilliam Asher

    Beach Party was the first of several beach party films from American International Pictures...  more
  • The Trial16
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    The Trial

    Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins

    Released1962

    Directed byOrson Welles

    The Trial is a 1962 film directed by Orson Welles, who also wrote the screenplay based on the...  more
  • Captain Newman, M.D.17
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    Captain Newman, M.D.

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1963

    Directed byDavid Miller

    Captain Newman, M.D. is a 1963 film starring Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson,...  more
  • Who's Minding the Store?18
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    Who's Minding the Store?

    Jerry Lewis, Jill St. John

    Released1963

    Directed byFrank Tashlin

    Who's Minding the Store? is a comedy film directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Jerry Lewis....  more
  • Diary of a Madman19
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    Diary of a Madman

    Vincent Price, Nancy Kovack

    Released1963

    Directed byReginald Le Borg

    Diary of a Madman is a 1963 horror film directed by Reginald Le Borg and starring Vincent...  more
  • Spencer's Mountain20
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    Spencer's Mountain

    Maureen O'Hara, Henry Fonda

    Released1963

    Directed byDelmer Daves

    Spencer's Mountain is a 1963 film written, directed, and produced by Delmer Daves from a novel...  more
  • The List of Adrian Messenger21
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    The List of Adrian Messenger

    Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The List of Adrian Messenger is a 1963 black and white crime thriller about a retired British...  more
  • How the West Was Won22
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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

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  • 55 Days at Peking23
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    55 Days at Peking

    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner

    Released1963

    Directed byNicholas Ray, Guy Green, Andrew Marton

    55 Days at Peking is a 1963 historical epic film starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, and...  more
  • The Raven24
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    The Raven

    Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price

    Released1963

    Directed byRoger Corman

    The Raven is a 1963 American independent B movie/horror-comedy film produced and directed by...  more
  • Toys in the Attic25
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    Toys in the Attic

    Dean Martin, Gene Tierney

    Released1963

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Toys in the Attic is a 1963 American drama film starring Dean Martin, Geraldine Page, Yvette...  more