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1. Othello (1965)

Unrated | 165 min | Drama

A General's marriage is destroyed when a vengeful Lieutenant convinces him that his new wife has been unfaithful.

Director: Stuart Burge | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Frank Finlay, Robert Lang, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 1,255

Leonard Maltin: 4 of 4 Stars: Brilliant transferral.

2. The Shop on Main Street (1965)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, War

A carpenter in the Nazi-occupied Slovak State is appointed "Aryan controller" of a Jewish widow's store.

Directors: Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos | Stars: Ida Kaminska, Jozef Kroner, Hana Slivková, Martin Hollý

Votes: 7,170

Leonard Maltin: 4 of 4 Stars: Potent, poignant drama. Oscar Winner as Best Foreign Film.

3. Ship of Fools (1965)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama, Romance, War

A varied group of passengers boarding a ship bound for pre-WWII Germany represents a microcosm of early 1930s society.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, José Ferrer, Lee Marvin

Votes: 4,692

Leonard Maltin: 4 of 4 Stars: Grand Hotel at sea . . . Penetrating drama, when not a soaper.

4. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 183,779 | Gross: $163.21M

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: Fine music, beautiful scenery help offset coy aspects of script.

5. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

95 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Tommaso Neri

Votes: 47,217 | Gross: $0.06M

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: Impressive pseudo-documentary style helped earn it many awards, and the searing imperialism vs. independence struggle it depicts still resonates today.

6. The Satan Bug (1965)

Approved | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A germ that could destroy life on Earth is stolen from a biological warfare lab and the thief threatens to release it into the open, prompting a security officer to act.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: George Maharis, Richard Basehart, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews

Votes: 2,021

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: Overlooked little suspense gem.

7. Tokyo Olympiad (1965)

Not Rated | 170 min | Documentary, Sport

Kon Ichikawa examines the beauty and rich drama on display at the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo, creating a record of observations that range from the expansive to the intimate.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Abebe Bikila, Jack Douglas, Joe Frazier, Hirohito

Votes: 1,373

Leonard Maltin: 4 of 4 Stars: Epic documentary

8. Help! (1965)

G | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

Ringo Starr finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult, and his fellow members of The Beatles must try to protect him from it.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 15,942

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: Crazy, funny film.

9. The Hill (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Drama, War

In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch

Votes: 11,105

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: Powerful drama of military prison camp, with superb performances by all. One problem: dialogue is unintelligible

10. The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy

Cool, sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanizing - with a long like of conquests to prove it - while the naïve, awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a piece... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford, Donal Donnelly

Votes: 2,597

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: One of the funniest comedies ever imported from Britain. . . . Fast-moving, constantly funny.

11. Operation Crossbow (1965)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Drama, War

Allied agents attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Sophia Loren, George Peppard, Trevor Howard, John Mills

Votes: 3,814

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: Sensational ending and the pyrotechnics are dazzling.

12. Viva Maria! (1965)

Not Rated | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Somewhere in Central America in 1907: Maria II is the daughter of an Irish terrorist. After her father's death, she meets Maria I, a singer in a circus. She decides to stay with the circus,... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, George Hamilton, Paulette Dubost

Votes: 3,007

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: Rollicking tale . . . has inconsistent first half, then takes off for hilarious finish. Lots of fun. Louis Malle film.

13. The Eleanor Roosevelt Story (1965)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Richard Kaplan documents the life of one of America's most influential first ladies. Orphaned at age 10, Eleanor Roosevelt marries her fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1905. His ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Kaplan | Stars: Archibald Macleish, Eric Sevareid, Corinne Alsop Cole, Hillary Clinton

Votes: 143

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: Oscar-winning documentary

14. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Richard Burton, Oskar Werner, Claire Bloom, Sam Wanamaker

Votes: 13,136

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: potent account. . . . Burton is excellent as embittered agent at the end of his career.

15. Loves of a Blonde (1965)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers, deprived of male company since the local boys have... See full summary »

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Hana Brejchová, Vladimír Pucholt, Vladimír Mensík, Josef Sebánek

Votes: 6,568

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: Sweet, poignant tale . . . Gentle comedy-drama is both entertaining and revealing.

16. Darling (1965)

TV-MA | 128 min | Drama, Romance

Beautiful, but amoral, model Diana Scott (Julie Christie) sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde, Laurence Harvey, José Luis de Vilallonga

Votes: 5,263

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: Christie won Oscar . . . Trendy, influential '60s film--in flashy form and cynical content.

17. A Thousand Clowns (1965)

Unrated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A middle-aged iconoclast, doggedly avoiding the tedium of employment and conventional life, faces the prospect of losing custody of his young ward.

Director: Fred Coe | Stars: Jason Robards, Barbara Harris, Martin Balsam, Gene Saks

Votes: 2,981

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: Perfectly cast.

18. The Ipcress File (1965)

Not Rated | 109 min | Thriller

In London, a counter espionage Agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman, Sue Lloyd

Votes: 12,588

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: First and best of Len Deighton's Harry Palmer series

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: Is brought to the screen with great energy and control.

20. Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

83 Metascore

Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 10,339 | Gross: $0.08M

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4: Surrealistic fantasy . . . A film requiring viewer to delve into woman's psyche via rash of symbolism; counterbalanced with rich visual delights.

21. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier, Martita Hunt

Votes: 6,753

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Well paced, expertly acted, with some interestingly offbeat characters in the margins.

22. The Bedford Incident (1965)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

An American destroyer Captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.

Director: James B. Harris | Stars: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam

Votes: 4,227

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Strong Cold War story . . . Poitier is reporter too good to be true. . . . Cast excels in intriguing battle of wits.

23. Pierrot le Fou (1965)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Graziella Galvani, Aicha Abadir

Votes: 25,314

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Complex, confusing, but engrossing drama.

24. Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as a roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400 to 1413.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud

Votes: 6,868 | Gross: $0.12M

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Welles . . . [and] Gielgud is also magnificent. Despite a modest budget, one key battle scene is a Wellesian tour de force.

25. A Patch of Blue (1965)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A blind, uneducated white girl is befriended by a black man, who becomes determined to help her escape her impoverished and abusive home life by introducing her to the outside world.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford

Votes: 6,610

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Well acted, not too sticky.

26. Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's (1965)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Family

A compilation of primarly Laurel and Hardy shorts---From Soup to Nuts, Wrong Again, Putting the Pants on Philip, The Finishing Touch, Sugar Daddies and short clips from others---plus Max ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Youngson | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jay Jackson, Vivien Oakland

Votes: 281

Leonard Maltin: 3.5 of 4 Stars: Some of L&H's best moments on film.

27. Shenandoah (1965)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War, Western

During the Civil War, a Virginia farmer and his family vow to remain neutral, but one of the sons is captured by Union soldiers, sending the farmer to his rescue.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne

Votes: 7,296

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Rousing, well-acted saga.

28. Von Ryan's Express (1965)

Approved | 117 min | Action, Adventure, War

An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà, Brad Dexter

Votes: 11,788 | Gross: $17.11M

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Exciting WW2 saga. . . . Strong supporting cast helps.

29. Le Bonheur (1965)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Romance

François, a young carpenter, lives a happy, uncomplicated life with his wife Thérèse and their two small children. One day he meets Emilie, a clerk in the local post office.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Jean-Claude Drouot, Marie-France Boyer, Marcelle Faure-Bertin, Manon Lanclos

Votes: 4,076

Leonard Maltin: 2.5 of 4 Stars: Intriguing, but emotionally uninvolving and unbelievable.

30. Underworld Informers (1963)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Johnnoe is investigating a string of bank robberies but the robbers are determined to compromise Johnnoe and the investigation.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Nigel Patrick, Margaret Whiting, Katherine Woodville, Colin Blakely

Votes: 244

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Tight, taut crime tale . . . Vivid atmosphere, fine acting by all.

31. The Collector (1965)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

A man kidnaps a woman and holds her hostage just for the pleasure of having her there.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar, Mona Washbourne, Maurice Dallimore

Votes: 8,662

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Disturbing . . . Chilling, if not altogether believable.

32. A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)

Approved | 103 min | Adventure, Drama

In 1870, a Jamaican colonial family sends its children to Britain for proper schooling but their ship is taken over by pirates who become fond of the kids.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Anthony Quinn, James Coburn, Dennis Price, Lila Kedrova

Votes: 1,679

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Excellent cast and intelligent script.

33. King Rat (1965)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, War

Fast-taking wheeler-dealer Corporal King (George Segal), in a Malaysian P.O.W. camp during World War II, uses bribery and larceny to take de facto control of the camp from his senior officers.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: George Segal, Tom Courtenay, James Fox, Patrick O'Neal

Votes: 3,728

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Thoughtful presentation rises above cliches; many exciting scenes.

34. Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

With her infant daughter Margaret Rose in tow, Georgette Thomas pulls up stakes from Tyler, Texas to head to Columbus, Texas to be reunited with her husband, Henry Thomas, who has just been... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Lee Remick, Steve McQueen, Don Murray, Paul Fix

Votes: 1,332

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Steven McQueen film, underrated.

35. The Nanny (1965)

Unrated | 93 min | Thriller

There's just something not quite right when Bette Davis stars as an English nanny. And is her 10-year-old charge an emotionally disturbed murderer or just an insolent brat?

Director: Seth Holt | Stars: Bette Davis, Wendy Craig, Jill Bennett, James Villiers

Votes: 4,801

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Twisting, scary plot plus fine direction reap results. Hammer production/Bette Davis.

36. The 10th Victim (1965)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Some people like violence so much, that they decide to create a club in which human hunts are organized - members being alternately hunters, and prey, until they end up dead.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Ursula Andress, Elsa Martinelli, Salvo Randone

Votes: 3,165

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Cult sci-fi of futuristic society. . . . Intriguing idea, well done.

37. I Saw What You Did (1965)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Teenagers Libby and Kit innocently spend an evening making random prank calls. These calls lead to murderous consequences.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Joan Crawford, John Ireland, Leif Erickson, Sara Lane

Votes: 2,362

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Tense, gimmick-free Castle shocker . . . Look out!

38. A King's Story (1965)

102 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Life story of King Edward VIII from his birth until abdication in 1936. Talks of life in Victorian England, life in the Royal Navy, and travels as Prince of Wales. In-depth look into the ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Booth | Stars: Duke of Windsor, Duchess of Windsor, Orson Welles, Carleton Hobbs

Votes: 32

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Strong documentary

39. Boeing, Boeing (1965)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy

A friend visits his philandering friend just as that man's scheme of being secretly simultaneously engaged to three flight attendants goes awry.

Director: John Rich | Stars: Tony Curtis, Jerry Lewis, Dany Saval, Christiane Schmidtmer

Votes: 2,421

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: A suprisingly subdued Lewis is paired with Curtis . . . Amusing.

40. Compartiment tueurs (1965)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Six people travel in a railroad sleeping car from Marseilles to Paris. Upon their arrival, a woman is found dead in one of the berths. The police investigate the other five passengers, ... See full summary »

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Catherine Allégret, Jacques Perrin, Simone Signoret, Michel Piccoli

Votes: 1,220

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Quick-paced, atmospheric police-chasing-mad-killer movie.

41. The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)

Not Rated | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility of the fiendish Fu Manchu may not be dead after all, even though Smith witnessed his execution. A ... See full summary »

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Christopher Lee, Nigel Green, Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Dor

Votes: 1,294

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: First . . . Great 1920s atmosphere, good international cast.

42. Intimate Lighting (1965)

TV-PG | 71 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

One of the most important images of the Czech New Wave 60s, which was ranked among the top ten domestic films of all time. Feature debut screenwriter and director Ivan Passer is currently ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Zdenek Bezusek, Karel Blazek, Miroslav Cvrk, Vera Kresadlová

Votes: 1,007

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Unpretentious, day-in-the-life story. . . . Excellent performances.

43. Italiani brava gente (1964)

137 min | Drama, History, War

Chronicle of the unheralded and unsuccessful invasion of the Soviet Union by the Italian army during World War II.

Director: Giuseppe De Santis | Stars: Arthur Kennedy, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Raffaele Pisu, Tatyana Samoylova

Votes: 227

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 stars: Expansive chronicle.

44. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965)

G | 138 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Hoping to push Britain to the forefront of aviation, a London publisher organizes an international air race across the English Channel, but must contend with two entrants vying for his daughter, as well as national rivalries and cheating.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Alberto Sordi

Votes: 6,859 | Gross: $31.11M

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Long, but enjoyable film.

45. Young Cassidy (1965)

Approved | 110 min | Biography, Drama

The misadventures of a young idealist man in the Dublin of the early 20th century.

Directors: Jack Cardiff, John Ford | Stars: Rod Taylor, Julie Christie, Maggie Smith, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 922

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: [Rod] Taylor's best role ever . . . filled with rich atmosphere and fine supporting players.

46. Le Tigre se parfume à la dynamite (1965)

85 min | Adventure, Crime, Comedy

Louis Rapiere aka Tiger is sent to Port-a-Pitre (French Guyane), to supervise the recuperation of a treasure from a sunken ship. A group of revolutionaries pirates the ship and robs the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Roger Hanin, Margaret Lee, Michel Bouquet, Micaela Pignatelli

Votes: 144

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Chabrol film

47. The War Lord (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Drama, History

In 11th century Normandy, a Norman duke sends one of his knights to build a defensive fortress in order to guard the borders against Frisian raiders.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Richard Boone, Rosemary Forsyth, Maurice Evans

Votes: 2,704

Leonard Maltin: 3 of 4 Stars: Intriguing, generally well-done adaptation . . . sweeping spectacle which this certainly isn't.

48. That Darn Cat! (1965)

Approved | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Family