Movie Archive - Top Best 1962 Films

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1. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

40 Metascore

A newspaper and television station funded by a pharmaceutical company want a sensation, which happens to be the discovery of King Kong on an island. He is captured and brought to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles Godzilla.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki, Ichirô Arishima

Votes: 8,001 | Gross: $2.73M

2. Journey to the Seventh Planet (1961)

Approved | 77 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Earth sends a five-man team to explore the frozen planet Uranus, only to find a temperate forest and sultry women from their past on it, courtesy of an alien brain with evil designs.

Director: Sidney W. Pink | Stars: John Agar, Carl Ottosen, Ove Sprogøe, Louis Miehe-Renard

Votes: 1,419

3. Escape from Zahrain (1962)

Approved | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A hunted revolutionary leads a rag tag group of individuals through the desert in an attempt to elude the security forces and escape the fictitious Arab country of Zahrain.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Yul Brynner, Sal Mineo, Jack Warden, Madlyn Rhue

Votes: 579

4. The Wild Westerners (1962)

Approved | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Sheriff Plummer and his men are using their badges to easily rob gold shipments and kill the drivers. Marshal McDowell and his men are looking for the killers. They catch one who is ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Rudolph | Stars: James Philbrook, Nancy Kovack, Duane Eddy, Guy Mitchell

Votes: 116

5. Follow That Dream (1962)

109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A family of ragtag vagabonds sets up a makeshift home on a Florida beach after becoming marooned there, prompting an uptight local bureaucrat to attempt to evict them.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Elvis Presley, Arthur O'Connell, Anne Helm, Joanna Moore

Votes: 2,155

6. Tales of Terror (1962)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

68 Metascore

Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Maggie Pierce, Leona Gage, Peter Lorre

Votes: 6,082

7. The Bellboy and the Playgirls (1962)

94 min | Comedy

This Bellboy is after more than just big tips.

Directors: Francis Ford Coppola, Fritz Umgelter | Stars: June Wilkinson, Don Kenney, Karin Dor, Willy Fritsch

Votes: 156

8. The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)

G | 135 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

The story of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, and three of their stories...

Directors: Henry Levin, George Pal | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Karlheinz Böhm, Walter Slezak

Votes: 1,419 | Gross: $14.17M

9. 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)

106 min | Comedy

Hilarity ensues when a casino manager spends a day at Disneyland with a cute but troublesome little girl.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Tony Curtis, Phil Silvers, Suzanne Pleshette, Larry Storch

Votes: 742

10. Tonight for Sure (1962)

69 min | Comedy, Western

On a club stage reality and fiction are mixed.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Karl Schanzer, Don Kenney, Marli Renfro, Virginia Gordon

Votes: 186

11. Adam and 6 Eves (1962)

60 min | Comedy

A man prospecting for gold in the desert becomes lost and comes across six naked women.

Director: John Wallis | Stars: Randy Brent, Gabrielle Benett, Marianne Bennett, Shelly Forbes

Votes: 64

12. Wild Gals of the Naked West (1962)

65 min | Comedy, Western

An old geezer recalls some of the antics of the men and women of his western town, more wild and woolly than Tombstone or Dodge City. In this town no one is a good shot, the women are ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Sammy Gilbert, Anthony-James Ryan, Jackie Moran, Terri Taylor

Votes: 598

13. Jessica (1962)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The women of a small Sicilian village, jealous of a beautiful widowed midwife, plot her ruin by refusing to have anything to do with their husbands.

Directors: Jean Negulesco, Oreste Palella | Stars: Angie Dickinson, Maurice Chevalier, Noël-Noël, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 244

14. Moon Pilot (1962)

Not Rated | 98 min | Family, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Away on a short leave before an upcoming moon launch, a NASA astronaut disappears and is feared kidnapped when the security services learn about his friendship with a suspected foreign female spy.

Director: James Neilson | Stars: Tom Tryon, Brian Keith, Edmond O'Brien, Dany Saval

Votes: 358

15. House on Bare Mountain (1962)

Unrated | 62 min | Comedy

The Wolfman, Dracula and Frankenstein spy on a girls' school in the mountains, where most of the girls spend their time sunbathing in the nude, nude exercises and nude art classes. The ... See full summary »

Directors: Lee Frost, Wes Bishop | Stars: Bob Cresse, Laine Carlin, Leticia Cooper, Laura Eden

Votes: 444

16. The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Romance, War

A military comedy about a luckless army intelligence lieutenant who finds himself stationed on a remote island army outpost during World War II, where all the action is between the sheets.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss, Jack Carter, Jim Backus

Votes: 333

17. It Happened in Athens (1962)

Approved | 100 min | Biography, Comedy

In 1896 it is announced that the Olympic Games will be revived in Athens. A young shepherd, Spiridon Loues, decides to enter the 26-mile marathon. Once in Athens, he meets Christina Gratsos... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Marton | Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Trax Colton, Nico Minardos, Bob Mathias

Votes: 198

18. Daughter of the Sun (1962)

Unrated | 70 min | Comedy

When she is discovered to be a nudist, a school teacher is called before the board of education to defend herself. A young male teacher decides to accompany her to her nudist camp to find ... See full summary »

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: Rusty Allen, Jerome Eden, Michael Borgine, Pearl Krohn

Votes: 63

19. Surftide 77 (1962)

60 min | Comedy

Private Eye Bernard Bingbang is hired by old lady Agatha Bungworthy to find her runaway niece Cynthia, heir to the family fortune.

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Tom Newman, Bob Cresse, Dwayne Winton, Maurice Julian

Votes: 27

20. When the Girls Take Over (1962)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy

A comic Cuba after Castro regime take over.

Director: Russell Hayden | Stars: Robert Lowery, Marvin Miller, Jackie Coogan, James Ellison

Votes: 49

22. Like Wow! (1962)

58 min | Comedy, Fantasy

A man finds magic glasses that allow him to see women naked.

Director: Ronald V. Ashcroft | Stars: Stanton Pritchard, Harvey Williams, Cindy Tyler, George Rathburn

Votes: 26

25. Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

G | 94 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A farmboy turned knight must protect a princess from the schemes of an evil wizard.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Judi Meredith, Torin Thatcher, Walter Burke

Votes: 2,136

26. In Search of the Castaways (1962)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

In 19th century England, young Mary Grant and her brother, Robert, embark on a dangerous quest to find their missing father, a sea captain who vanished somewhere along the Chilean coast.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Maurice Chevalier, George Sanders, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 2,699 | Gross: $21.75M

27. Beauty and the Beast (1962)

Not Rated | 77 min | Family, Fantasy, Horror

Curse turns a handsome prince into a werewolf at night. A princess tries to help him, while his enemies plot to take his throne.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Joyce Taylor, Mark Damon, Eduard Franz, Michael Pate

Votes: 229

28. Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

Not Rated | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, History

48 Metascore

In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.

Directors: Lewis Milestone, Carol Reed | Stars: Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 14,505 | Gross: $13.68M

29. The 300 Spartans (1962)

Approved | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A small Army of Greeks spearheaded by three hundred Spartans do battle with the whole invading Persian Army.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker, Barry Coe

Votes: 6,443

30. Taras Bulba (1962)

Approved | 122 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In the 16th-century Ukraine, the Polish overlords and the Cossacks fight for control of the land but frequent Turkish invasions force them to unite against the common Turkish foe.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Tony Curtis, Yul Brynner, Christine Kaufmann, Sam Wanamaker

Votes: 3,474 | Gross: $4.00M

31. Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)

G | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites, a disastrous decision.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Stewart Granger, Pier Angeli, Stanley Baker, Rossana Podestà

Votes: 1,431

32. Carnival of Souls (1962)

PG | 78 min | Horror, Mystery

After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey | Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison

Votes: 19,375

33. The Underwater City (1962)

Not Rated | 78 min | Sci-Fi

An engineer, a psychologist and several other disparate types take part in an experiment to see if people can live for extended periods of time in a city built under the ocean.

Director: Frank McDonald | Stars: William Lundigan, Julie Adams, Roy Roberts, Carl Benton Reid

Votes: 108

34. The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, History, Thriller

Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: William Holden, Lilli Palmer, Hugh Griffith, Carl Raddatz

Votes: 2,301

35. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)

Approved | 153 min | Drama, War

In Argentina, one daughter of patriarch Madariaga is married to a Frenchman while the other is married to a German thus leading to a crisis when Nazi Germany occupies France and some Madariaga family members fight on opposite sides.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin, Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 1,900 | Gross: $1.91M

36. Merrill's Marauders (1962)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During WW2, a 3000-strong American unit, known as Merrill's Marauders, battles the Japanese forces in Burma.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Ty Hardin, Peter Brown, Andrew Duggan

Votes: 1,974

37. The Magic Sword (1962)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The son of a sorceress, armed with weapons, armour and six magically summoned knights, embarks on a quest to save a princess from a vengeful wizard.

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Estelle Winwood, Gary Lockwood, Anne Helm

Votes: 1,949

38. Samar (1962)

Approved | 89 min | Adventure

In 1870, in the Spanish Philippines, the commandant of an island penal colony, aided by an American doctor and local villagers, decides to relocate his coastal camp to a fertile valley inland but the arduous trek is fraught with dangers.

Director: George Montgomery | Stars: George Montgomery, Gilbert Roland, Ziva Rodann, Joan O'Brien

Votes: 62

39. Daughter of the Sun God (1962)

Not Rated | 75 min | Adventure

A jungle expedition in South America battles giant snakes, crocodiles and discovers an Inca goddess.

Director: Kenneth Hartford | Stars: William Holmes, Lisa Montell, Harry Knapp, Juanita Llosa

Votes: 11

40. Mermaids of Tiburon (1962)

Unrated | 76 min | Fantasy

A diver is aided in his search for sunken treasure by beautiful mermaids.

Director: John Lamb | Stars: George Robotham, Diane Webber, Gaby Martone, Timothy Carey

Votes: 120

41. The Dungeon of Harrow (1962)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror

An evil, sadistic count lives in a waterfront castle with his insane family members. One day the survivor of a shipwreck washes ashore near the castle and finds himself a captive there.

Director: Pat Boyette | Stars: Russ Harvey, Helen Hogan, William McNulty, Michele Buquor

Votes: 460

42. Voodoo Swamp (1962)


Mary Ryan enlists the help of a detective, Jack Craig, to find her missing twin sister Vicky. They follow her trail to the New Orleans swamps where they encounter voodoo priestess Olivier and her zombie henchman.

Director: Arthur Jones | Stars: David 'Kit' Beecher, Bill Binnings, Bill Pearl

Votes: 13

43. How the West Was Won (1962)

G | 164 min | Western

56 Metascore

A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.

Directors: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda

Votes: 17,866 | Gross: $46.50M

44. Ride the High Country (1962)

Approved | 94 min | Drama, Western

An ex-union soldier is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr

Votes: 11,602

45. The Broken Land (1962)

Approved | 60 min | Western

A cowboy rides into a small town that is ruled with an iron fist by a corrupt Sheriff. He becomes involved with a pretty young town girl and some residents who are trying to oust the ... See full summary »

Director: John A. Bushelman | Stars: Kent Taylor, Diana Darrin, Jody McCrea, Robert Sampson

Votes: 291