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The Best Movies of 1965 

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List of the best movies of 1965, with movie trailers when available. A lot of historic actors made their big screen debuts in 1965, including Robert De Niro and Woody Allen. These top movies of 1965 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 Sound of Music to Doctor Zhivago - but each film was released in 1965. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1965 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1965 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different movies, including For a Few Dollars More and That Darn Cat!

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1965?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1965?"

1965 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1965. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1965 aren't just one persons opinion.

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Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Wise

The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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#1 of 376 The Best Musical Movies of All Time Every Song in The Sound of Music, Ranked by Singabilitylisted on Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes

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Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone

Released: 1965

Directed by: Sergio Leone

For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volonté. German actor Klaus Kinski also ...more

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#8 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #819 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #143 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness

Released: 1965

Directed by: David Lean

Doctor Zhivago is a British-American 1965 epic drama–romance film directed by David Lean, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. It is set in Russia between the years prior to WWI, and is ...more

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#58 of 351 The Best Movies Based On Books #1,081 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy

Released: 1965

Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen

Shenandoah is a 1965 American film starring James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, and, in her film debut, Katharine Ross. The picture was directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. The ...more

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#51 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #19 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s #264 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1965

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

The Sons of Katie Elder is a 1965 Technicolor Western film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring John Wayne and Dean Martin. The movie was filmed principally in Mexico. The film Four Brothers ...more

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#27 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #11 of 99 The Best John Wayne Movies of All Time, Ranked

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John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Angela Lansbury

Released: 1965

Directed by: George Stevens, Jean Negulesco, David Lean

The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by George Stevens. It is a retelling of the story of Jesus Christ, from the Nativity through the Resurrection. ...more

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#132 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #144 of 218 The Best G-Rated Family Movies

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John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda

Released: 1965

Directed by: Otto Preminger

In Harm's Way is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by Otto Preminger and starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon, Paula Prentiss, Stanley Holloway, Burgess ...more

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#146 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #45 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi, Claudine Auger

Released: 1965

Directed by: Terence Young

Thunderball is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, which ...more

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#1,179 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #37 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60slisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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That Darn Cat! Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

That Darn Cat! is a 1965 American Walt Disney Productions thriller comedy film starring Hayley Mills and Dean Jones. The film was based on the book Undercover Cat by Gordon and Mildred Gordon ...more

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#27 of 140 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies #216 of 317 The Best Movies for Kids

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Frank Sinatra, James Brolin, Trevor Howard

Released: 1965

Directed by: Mark Robson

Von Ryan's Express is a 1965 WWII adventure film about a group of Allied prisoners who after Italy's armistice with the Allies in September 1943, conduct a daring mass escape by hijacking a ...more

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#110 of 379 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #57 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s

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Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn

Released: 1965

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Major Dundee is a 1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, and James Coburn. Written by Harry Julian Fink, the film is about a Union ...more

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#29 of 46 The Best 60s War Movies #13 of 88 The Best Charlton Heston Movies of All Time, Ranked

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Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole, Lee Marvin

Released: 1965

Directed by: Elliot Silverstein

Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy Western film, the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to protect her father's ranch, but finds that the gunman is not what she expected. The movie stars ...more

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#331 of 1,196 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #43 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960slisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

Released: 1965

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Great Race is a 1965 American slapstick comedy Technicolor film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood, directed by Blake Edwards, written by Blake Edwards and Arthur A. Ross, ...more

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#324 of 1,009 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #290 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Dimos Dicoudis added Lana Wood, Ahna Capri, Lori Saunders

Released: 1965

Directed by: William Witney

The Girls on the Beach is a 1965 beach party movie. It features musical appearances by The Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, and The Crickets.
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Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Robert Hardy

Released: 1965

Directed by: Martin Ritt

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1965 British Cold War spy film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, and Oskar Werner. Based on the 1963 novel of the same ...more

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#79 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s #11 of 54 The Best Spy Movies of the 1960s

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Don Rickles, Linda Evans, Annette Funicello

Released: 1965

Directed by: William Asher

Beach Blanket Bingo is an American International Pictures beach party film, released in 1965 and was directed by William Asher. It is the fifth film in the beach party film series. The film ...more
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Dimos Dicoudis added Beach Ball Dick Miller, Brenda Benet, Aron Kincaid

Released: 1965

Directed by: Lennie Weinrib

Beach Ball is a 1965 musical comedy film directed by Lennie Weinrib.
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Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Montgomery, Buster Keaton

Released: 1965

Directed by: William Asher

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is a 1965 Pathécolor beach party film from American International Pictures. The sixth entry in a seven-film series, the movie features Mickey Rooney, Annette ...more
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Dimos Dicoudis added Jerry Lewis, Anne Baxter, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1965

Directed by: Jerry Lewis

The Family Jewels is a 1965 American comedy film. It was filmed from January 18-April 2, 1965 and was released by Paramount Pictures on July 1, 1965. The film was co-written, directed, and ...more
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Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1965

Directed by: John Rich

Boeing Boeing is a 1965 American bedroom farce comedy film, based on the 1960 French play Boeing-Boeing, and starring Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis. It was released on December 22, 1965, and was ...more

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#24 of 98 The Best Tony Curtis Movies #43 of 61 The Best Jerry Lewis Movies

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Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld

Released: 1965

Directed by: Norman Jewison

The Cincinnati Kid is a 1965 American drama film. It tells the story of Eric "The Kid" Stoner, a young Depression-era poker player, as he seeks to establish his reputation as the best. ...more

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#99 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s #6 of 31 The Best Steve McQueen Movies

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Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw

Released: 1965

Directed by: Ken Annakin

Battle of the Bulge is an American widescreen epic film produced in Spain that was released in 1965. It was directed by Ken Annakin. It starred Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Telly Savalas, Robert ...more

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#93 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s #7 of 46 The Best 60s War Movies

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Vivien Leigh, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

Released: 1965

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

Ship of Fools is a 1965 drama directed by Stanley Kramer, which recounts the overlapping stories of several passengers aboard an ocean liner bound to Germany from Mexico in 1933. It stars Vivien ...more
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Vincent Price, Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon

Released: 1965

Directed by: Norman Taurog

Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine is a 1965 American International Pictures comedy film directed by Norman Taurog and starring Vincent Price, Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, Susan Hart and ...more
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Elvis Presley, Allison Hayes, Jocelyn Lane

Released: 1965

Directed by: Norman Taurog

Tickle Me is a 1965 American musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley as a champion rodeo bull-rider and bronco-buster. Presley won a 1966 Golden Laurel Award as best male actor in a musical ...more