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The Best Movies of 1964 

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List of the best movies of 1964, with movie trailers when available. While the Vietnam War raged on in 1964, movie-goers got to see some great films, including the film debut of The Beatles in A Hard Day's Night. These top movies of 1964 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres - from Mary Poppins to A Fistful of Dollars - but each film was released in 1964. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1964 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1964 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

This is a list that includes movies like Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and Goldfinger.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1964?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1964?"

1964 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1964. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1964 aren't just one persons opinion.

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A Fistful of Dollars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1964
Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

Released: 1964

Directed by: Sergio Leone

A Fistful of Dollars, titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars, is a 1964 spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, alongside Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne ...more

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Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

Released: 1964

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film ...more

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Dr. Strangelove or: How ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1964
James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

Released: 1964

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes fears of a nuclear ...more

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Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett

Released: 1964

Directed by: George Cukor

My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more

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Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1964

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Seven Days in May is a 1964 drama-romance film written by Fletcher Knebel, Charles W. Bailey II and Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer.

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Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins

Released: 1964

Directed by: Cy Endfield

Zulu is a 1964 epic film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and the Zulus in January 1879. It depicts 150 British soldiers who successfully held off a force of 4,000 ...more

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Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

Released: 1964

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Fail-Safe is a 1964 Cold thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. The film features performances by veteran actors ...more

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Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata

Released: 1964

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, released in Japan as San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no Kessen, is a 1964 Japanese crossover science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Ishirō ...more
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Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

Released: 1964

Directed by: Richard Lester

A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the ...more

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Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Teri Garr

Released: 1964

Directed by: George Sidney

Viva Las Vegas is a 1964 American musical film starring Elvis Presley and actress Ann-Margret. Directed by golden age Hollywood musical director George Sidney, the film is regarded by fans and ...more

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Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, John Gielgud

Released: 1964

Directed by: Peter Glenville

Becket is a 1964 British-American dramatic film adaptation of the play Becket or the Honour of God by Jean Anouilh made by Hal Wallis Productions and released by Paramount Pictures. It was ...more

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Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren

Released: 1964

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Marnie is a 1964 psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by Jay Presson Allen was based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Winston Graham. The film stars Tippi ...more

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John Wayne, Rita Hayworth, Claudia Cardinale

Released: 1964

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Circus World is a 1964 drama film starring John Wayne, Claudia Cardinale and Rita Hayworth. It was directed by Henry Hathaway and produced by Samuel Bronston, with a screenplay by Ben Hecht, ...more

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Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby

Released: 1964

Directed by: Gordon Douglas

Robin and the 7 Hoods is a 1964 American musical film directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Bing Crosby. The picture features Peter Falk, ...more
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Jerry Lewis, Kathleen Freeman, Everett Sloane

Released: 1964

Directed by: Frank Tashlin

The Disorderly Orderly is a 1964 American comedy film released by Paramount Pictures, and starring Jerry Lewis. The film was produced by Paul Jones with a screenplay by director Frank Tashlin, ...more
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Jerry Lewis, Peter Lorre, Keenan Wynn

Released: 1964

Directed by: Jerry Lewis

The Patsy is a 1964 American film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis. It was released on August 12, 1964 by Paramount Pictures.
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Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders

Released: 1964

Directed by: Blake Edwards

A Shot in the Dark is a 1964 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and is the second installment in The Pink Panther series. Peter Sellers is featured again as Inspector Jacques Clouseau of the ...more

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Elvis Presley, Raquel Welch, Barbara Stanwyck

Released: 1964

Directed by: John Rich, Mickey Moore

Roustabout is a 1964 American musical feature film starring Elvis Presley as a singer who takes a job working with a struggling carnival. The film was produced by Hal Wallis and directed by John ...more

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James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Ricardo Montalbán

Released: 1964

Directed by: John Ford

Cheyenne Autumn is a 1964 Western movie starring Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, James Stewart, and Edward G. Robinson. Regarded as an epic film, it tells the story of a factual event, the ...more

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Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard

Released: 1964

Directed by: Ralph Nelson

Father Goose is a 1964 romantic comedy film set in WWII, starring Cary Grant, Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard. The title derives from "Mother Goose", the codename assigned to Grant's ...more

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Giorgio Agamben, Alfonso Gatto, Enrique Irazoqui

Released: 1964

Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini

The Gospel According to St. Matthew is a 1964 Italian biographical drama film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. It is a retelling of the story of Jesus Christ, from the Nativity through the ...more

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1964
Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho

Released: 1964

Directed by: Sidney Salkow, Ubaldo Ragona

The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror film based on the Richard Matheson 1954 novel I Am Legend. The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and stars Vincent ...more

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Haruo Nakajima, Akira Takarada, Kenji Sahara

Released: 1964

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

Mothra vs. Godzilla is a 1964 crossover Japanese language, Japanese-American science fiction kaiju film co-produced by Toho and American International Pictures. Directed by Ishirō Honda, and ...more
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Barbara Eden, Shelley Fabares, Tab Hunter

Released: 1964

Directed by: Don Taylor, William Castle

Ride the Wild Surf is a romantic drama in the beach party style. It was filmed in 1963 and distributed in 1964. Unlike most films in the genre, it is known for its exceptional big wave surf ...more