My Top 25 Films of 1965

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1. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to a Naval officer widower's children.

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

Votes: 212,849 | Gross: $163.21M

2. 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: 3,265 | Gross: $5.23M

3. The Slender Thread (1965)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

College volunteer Alan is working alone at the crisis center one evening when he receives a telephone call from suicidal caller Inga Dyson.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft, Telly Savalas, Steven Hill

Votes: 1,979

4. Darling (1965)

TV-MA | 128 min | Drama, Romance

Beautiful but amoral model Diana Scott 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: 6,251

5. Repulsion (1965)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

91 Metascore

A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 50,201

6. 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: 12,705 | Gross: $0.08M

7. 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: 9,983

8. The Nanny (1965)

Unrated | 93 min | Mystery, 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: 5,672

9. A Patch of Blue (1965)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

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: 7,797

10. 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: 5,571

11. Mirage (1965)

Approved | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

An accountant suddenly suffers from amnesia. This appears related to the suicide of his boss. Now some violent thugs are out to get him. They work for a shadowy figure known simply as The Major.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 4,724 | Gross: $3.27M

12. That Darn Cat! (1965)

Approved | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

71 Metascore

After a kidnapped bank teller uses a neighbor's wandering cat to send an S.O.S., the F.B.I. assigns a cat-allergic Agent to the case.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 6,359 | Gross: $28.06M

13. Young Cassidy (1965)

Approved | 110 min | Biography, Drama

The misadventures of a young idealist man in Dublin, Ireland in the early twentieth century.

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

Votes: 1,092

14. The Great Race (1965)

Passed | 160 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

In the early 20th century, two rivals, the heroic Leslie and the despicable Professor Fate, engage in an epic automobile race from New York to Paris.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Peter Falk

Votes: 16,679 | Gross: $25.33M

15. Cat Ballou (1965)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

60 Metascore

A young schoolteacher turns into an outlaw to avenge her murdered father.

Director: Elliot Silverstein | Stars: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman

Votes: 13,928 | Gross: $20.67M

16. How to Murder Your Wife (1965)

Approved | 118 min | Comedy

A dedicated bachelor drunkenly marries a young woman and immediately lives to regret it.

Director: Richard Quine | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas, Eddie Mayehoff

Votes: 5,977 | Gross: $12.47M

17. The Loved One (1965)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy

Satire on the funeral business, in which a young British poet goes to work at a Hollywood cemetery.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Anjanette Comer, Rod Steiger

Votes: 3,343

18. The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

G | 260 min | Biography, Drama, History

An all-star, large scale epic movie that chronicles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Directors: George Stevens, David Lean, Jean Negulesco | Stars: Max von Sydow, Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, Michael Anderson Jr.

Votes: 9,578 | Gross: $15.47M

19. The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

TV-14 | 102 min | Drama

67 Metascore

An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret, Edward G. Robinson, Karl Malden

Votes: 15,640 | Gross: $15.26M

20. 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: 2,850

21. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

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: 8,480

22. Do Not Disturb (1965)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

When American couple Janet (Doris Day) and Mike (Rod Taylor) move to England for his business, she soon fears he's having an affair with his attractive secretary and decides to get back at him by pretending she has been unfaithful.

Director: Ralph Levy | Stars: Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Hermione Baddeley, Sergio Fantoni

Votes: 1,543 | Gross: $11.50M

23. Promise Her Anything (1966)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Romance

A young lady has been widowed and left with a baby son to bring up alone. She decides that the baby needs a father figure and decides to marry a psychologist. She hides her son with an ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Warren Beatty, Leslie Caron, Robert Cummings, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 527

24. Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

Approved | 128 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A tomboy turned movie star deals with the cruelty of Hollywood.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Natalie Wood, Christopher Plummer, Robert Redford, Ruth Gordon

Votes: 3,499

25. Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

A young woman is terrorized by her deceased fiancé's demented mother who blames her for her son's death.

Director: Silvio Narizzano | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, Stefanie Powers, Peter Vaughan, Maurice Kaufmann

Votes: 2,336



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