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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
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 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Timefeaturing 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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Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness
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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#1,058 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #56 of 348 The Best Movies Based On Bookslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, 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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#816 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #8 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #143 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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James Stewart, Katharine Ross, George Kennedy
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 #265 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys

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John Wayne, Dean Martin, Dennis Hopper
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
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 #103 of 238 The Best Movies Based on True Stories

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John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda
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 382 The Best War Movies Ever #45 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi, Claudine Auger
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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#1,182 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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Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis
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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That Darn Cat!
Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills, Elsa Lanchester
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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#26 of 140 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies #216 of 314 The Best Movies for Kids

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Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Robert Hardy
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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#81 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s #10 of 54 The Best Spy Movies of the 1960s

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Frank Sinatra, James Brolin, Trevor Howard
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 382 The Best War Movies Ever #56 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s

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Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw
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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#91 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s #59 of 212 The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld
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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#100 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s #6 of 31 The Best Steve McQueen Movies

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Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole, Lee Marvin
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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#328 of 1,198 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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Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn
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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Vivien Leigh, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer
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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James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine
The Flight of the Phoenix is a 1965 American drama film starring James Stewart, produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, and based on the 1964 novel The Flight of the Phoenix by Elleston Trevor. ...more

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#104 of 568 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time #54 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s #9 of 23 The Best Action & Adventure Movies Set in the Desert

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Woody Allen, Ursula Andress, Peter O'Toole
What's New Pussycat? is a 1965 comedy film directed by Clive Donner and starring Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, Romy Schneider, Capucine, Paula Prentiss and Ursula Andress. It was Woody Allen's ...more

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#127 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s #52 of 69 The Best Woody Allen Movies

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Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison
Help! is a 1965 film directed by Richard Lester, starring the Beatles–John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John ...more

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#240 of 371 The Best Musical Movies of All Time #15 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

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Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson
The Ipcress File is a 1965 British espionage film directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Michael Caine and featuring Guy Doleman and Nigel Green. The screenplay by Bill Canaway and James Doran ...more

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#86 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s #32 of 134 The Best Political Thriller Movies

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Catherine Deneuve, Roman Polanski, Ian Hendry
Repulsion is a 1965 British psychological horror film directed by Roman Polanski, and starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser and Yvonne Furneaux. The screenplay was based on a ...more

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#263 of 796 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #126 of 232 The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made #76 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s

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Laurence Olivier, Carol Lynley, Noël Coward
Bunny Lake Is Missing is a 1965 British psychological thriller film starring Laurence Olivier and directed and produced by Otto Preminger, who filmed it in black and white widescreen format in ...more
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Terence Stamp, Kenneth More, Samantha Eggar
The Collector is a 1965 American psychological thriller film based on the 1963 novel The Collector by John Fowles and filmed at various locations in England. The film was adapted by Stanley Mann ...more
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Orson Welles, John Gielgud, Jeanne Moreau
Chimes at Midnight, is a 1966 English language Spanish-Swiss co-produced film directed by and starring Orson Welles. The film's plot centers on William Shakespeare's recurring character Sir John ...more