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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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    For a Few Dollars More
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    For a Few Dollars More

    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1965

    Directed bySergio Leone

    For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    The Sound of Music
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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    That Darn Cat!
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    That Darn Cat!

    Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    That Darn Cat! is a 1965 American Walt Disney Productions thriller comedy film starring Hayley... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 4
    The Greatest Story Ever Told
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    The Greatest Story Ever Told

    John Wayne, Charlton Heston

    Released1965

    Directed byGeorge Stevens, Jean Negulesco, David Lean

    The Greatest Story Ever Told is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by George... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 5
    The Sons of Katie Elder
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    The Sons of Katie Elder

    John Wayne, Dean Martin

    Released1965

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    The Sons of Katie Elder is a 1965 Technicolor Western film directed by Henry Hathaway and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 6
    Thunderball
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    Thunderball

    Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi

    Released1965

    Directed byTerence Young

    Thunderball is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 7
    Shenandoah
    97
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    Shenandoah

    James Stewart, Katharine Ross

    Released1965

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    Shenandoah is a 1965 American film starring James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 8
    Doctor Zhivago
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    Doctor Zhivago

    Omar Sharif, Julie Christie

    Released1965

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Doctor Zhivago is a British-American 1965 epic drama–romance film directed by David Lean,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 9
    Major Dundee
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    33

    Major Dundee

    Charlton Heston, Richard Harris

    Released1965

    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    Major Dundee is a 1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 10
    Cat Ballou
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    Cat Ballou

    Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole

    Released1965

    Directed byElliot Silverstein

    Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy Western film, the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 11
    The Great Race
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    39

    The Great Race

    Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon

    Released1965

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Great Race is a 1965 American slapstick comedy Technicolor film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 12
    In Harm's Way
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    20

    In Harm's Way

    John Wayne, Kirk Douglas

    Released1965

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    In Harm's Way is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by Otto Preminger and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 13
    Beach Blanket Bingo
    35
    19

    Beach Blanket Bingo

    Don Rickles, Linda Evans

    Released1965

    Directed byWilliam Asher

    Beach Blanket Bingo is an American International Pictures beach party film, released in 1965... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 14
    Ten Little Indians
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    Ten Little Indians

    Christopher Lee, Shirley Eaton

    Released1965

    Directed byGeorge Pollock

    Ten Little Indians is the second film version of Agatha Christie's detective novel of the same... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 15
    Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
    25
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    Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine

    Vincent Price, Annette Funicello

    Released1965

    Directed byNorman Taurog

    Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine is a 1965 American International Pictures comedy film... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 16
    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
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    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    Richard Burton, Claire Bloom

    Released1965

    Directed byMartin Ritt

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1965 British Cold War spy film directed by Martin Ritt... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 17
    How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
    29
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    How to Stuff a Wild Bikini

    Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Montgomery

    Released1965

    Directed byWilliam Asher

    How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is a 1965 Pathécolor beach party film from American International... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 18
    The Cincinnati Kid
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    The Cincinnati Kid

    Ann-Margret, Steve McQueen

    Released1965

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    The Cincinnati Kid is a 1965 American drama film. It tells the story of Eric "The Kid" Stoner,... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 19
    Beach Ball
    27
    10

    Beach Ball

    Dick Miller, Brenda Benet

    Released1965

    Directed byLennie Weinrib

    Beach Ball is a 1965 musical comedy film directed by Lennie Weinrib.Amazon_watch buy button
  • 20
    The Girls on the Beach
    32
    12

    The Girls on the Beach

    Lana Wood, Ahna Capri

    Released1965

    Directed byWilliam Witney

    The Girls on the Beach is a 1965 beach party movie. It features musical appearances by The... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 21
    The Family Jewels
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    14

    The Family Jewels

    Jerry Lewis, Anne Baxter

    Released1965

    Directed byJerry Lewis

    The Family Jewels is a 1965 American comedy film. It was filmed from January 18-April 2, 1965... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 22
    The Flight of the Phoenix
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    The Flight of the Phoenix

    James Stewart, Richard Attenborough

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Flight of the Phoenix is a 1965 American drama film starring James Stewart, produced and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 23
    Boeing Boeing
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    12

    Boeing Boeing

    Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis

    Released1965

    Directed byJohn Rich

    Boeing Boeing is a 1965 American bedroom farce comedy film, based on the 1960 French play... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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    Juliet of the Spirits
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    Juliet of the Spirits

    Sylva Koscina, Giulietta Masina

    Released1965

    Directed byFederico Fellini

    Juliet of the Spirits is a 1965 Italian-French fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Federico... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 25
    Von Ryan's Express
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    Von Ryan's Express

    Frank Sinatra, James Brolin

    Released1965

    Directed byMark Robson

    Von Ryan's Express is a 1965 WWII adventure film about a group of Allied prisoners who after... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button