My Top 20 by Year - 1965

by miran_kor | created - 21 Mar 2014 | updated - 10 Nov 2015 | Public

Under construction and always in progress.

The Best films from this year (according to IMDb) I've seen (so far).

Out of (only) 134 films 'seen' (ie rated at IMDb). (Nov 2015)


  • Features, shorts, docs and TV movies eligible ("A film is a film is a film.").
  • TV mini-series are NOT (unless stated otherwise).
  • My humble rates added (for films with the same rate just once or twice though).
  • Films with the same rate are ordered arbitrarily. Feel free to re-order them at your will.
  • When I saw more than 20 excellent films (9/10 or above in my book) from a certain year I'll try and list them ALL. That would make some lists much longer but all the excellentia deserves to be mentioned.

Cinema = cinema (big screen) viewing TV = TV viewing PC = download OL = online viewing VHS = VHS viewing

Yet to see (among many):

Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie (The Saragossa Manuscript, Has, 1965) Akahige (Red Beard, Kurosawa, 1965) Intimni osvetleni (Intimate Lighting, Passer, 1965) Subarnarekha (The Golden Thread, Ghatak, 1965) São Paulo, Sociedade Anônima 99 (Person, 1965) Kapurush (The Coward, S. Ray, 1965) Le mystère Koumiko (The Koumiko Mystery, Marker, 1965, doc) Il momento della verità (The Moment of Truth, Rosi, 1965) Khesht va Ayeneh (The Brick and the Mirror, Golestan, 1965) At' zije Republika (Long Live the Republic, Kachyna, 1965) Inside Daisy Clover (Mulligan, 1965) The Cincinnati Kid (Jewison, 1965) The Ipcress File (Furie, 1965) Shunpu den (Story of a Prostitute, Suzuki, 1965) Samurai (Samurai Assassin, Okamoto, 1965) A Hora e a Vez de Augusto Matraga (The Hour and Turn of Augusto Matraga, R. Santos, 1965) Rodnik dlya zhazhdushchikh (A Spring for the Thirsty, Ilyenko, 1965) Mizu de kakareta monogatari (A Story Written with Water, Yoshida, 1965) Seisaku no tsuma (Seisaku's Wife, Masumura, 1965) The Agony and the Ecstasy (Reed, 1965) La donna del lago (The Possessed, Bazzoni/F. Rossellini, 1965) The Bedford Incident (J. B. Harris, 1965) Yparhei kai filotimo (A Matter of Earnestness, Sakellarios, 1965) I de gyni na fovitai ton andra (Javellas, 1965) Mirage (Dmytryk, 1965)

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1. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1965)

97 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A timeless Carpathian story - the young Ivan falls in love with the daughter of his father's killer among the Hutsul people of Ukraine.

Director: Sergei Parajanov | Stars: Ivan Mykolaichuk, Larisa Kadochnikova, Tatyana Bestayeva, Spartak Bagashvili

Votes: 5,523

PC. 10/10.

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: 7,471


3. Simon of the Desert (1965)

Not Rated | 43 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him to come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal, Enrique Álvarez Félix, Hortensia Santoveña

Votes: 8,733


4. The War Game (1966 TV Movie)

48 min | Drama, War

A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Michael Aspel, Peter Graham, Dave Baldwin, Kathy Staff

Votes: 5,951


5. 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: 5,462


6. Three (1965)

80 min | Drama, War

Three stories are set at the beginning, middle and the end of WW2. In all three of them the hero of the movie must witness the death of people he likes.

Director: Aleksandar Petrovic | Stars: Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Ali Raner, Slobodan 'Cica' Perovic, Branislav 'Ciga' Jerinic

Votes: 606


7. The Hand (1965)

18 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A delicate and secluded ceramist sees his orderly life turn upside down, when a gigantic hand in a white glove invades his space, demanding that a sculpture of itself is made. When will the hand's obstinate demands stop?

Director: Jirí Trnka

Votes: 1,475

PC. 10/10.

8. 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: 45,679

PC. 9.5/10.

9. 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: 4,530

PC. 9.5/10.

10. Yoyo (1965)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A man has everything: dozens of servants, a palace, vast woods, gardens, a lake, mechanical toys, private entertainment troupes of musicians and dancers. He has it all - but love. When ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Étaix | Stars: Pierre Étaix, Claudine Auger, Philippe Dionnet, Luce Klein

Votes: 1,182

PC. 9/10.

11. 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: 1,431


12. Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff (Orson Welles) as a roistering companion to young Prince Hal (Keith Baxter), circa 1400 to 1413.

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

Votes: 7,137 | Gross: $0.12M


13. 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: 26,551


14. The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (1965)

Approved | 10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A simple line attempts to woo his true love, a dot, away from the unkempt squiggle she prefers. But he'll have to learn to bend before she'll notice him.

Directors: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble | Star: Robert Morley

Votes: 1,282


15. Fists in the Pocket (1965)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

A young man takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora, Marino Masé, Liliana Gerace

Votes: 3,569


16. Man Is Not a Bird (1965)

81 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A love romance between older, respectable engineer that came in the industrial town to do some expert job and young hairdresser in whose house he stayed in and the consequences of that ... See full summary »

Director: Dusan Makavejev | Stars: Milena Dravic, Janez Vrhovec, Eva Ras, Stojan 'Stole' Arandjelovic

Votes: 968


17. The Hill (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Drama, War

81 Metascore

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: 11,399


18. The Wedding March (1966)

83 min | Comedy

A comedy divided into four episodes.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Shirley Anne Field, Alexandra Stewart, Gaia Germani

Votes: 151


19. 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: 12,635 | Gross: $20.67M


20. The Girl (1965)

90 min | War, Drama

A WW2 love story between a village girl and a partisan. A personal views on war are seen through the eyes of the two above, the local photographer, and German officer.

Director: Mladomir 'Purisa' Djordjevic | Stars: Milena Dravic, Ljubisa Samardzic, Rade Markovic, Mija Aleksic

Votes: 55


21. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 29,767


22. Pour le Mistral (1966)

33 min | Documentary, Short

Scenes of life and landscape in Provence where a chilly wind called the Mistral blows down the valley of the Rhône to the Mediterranean. The Provençal terrain is dry and parched; the ... See full summary »

Director: Joris Ivens | Star: Roger Pigaut

Votes: 129


23. Valparaiso (1963)

27 min | Documentary, Short

A travelogue of Valparaiso, Chile, a city built on steep hills. Life is a constant struggle against geography. Neighbourhoods are reached by series of ramps, staircases, and funicular ... See full summary »

Director: Joris Ivens | Star: Roger Pigaut

Votes: 473


24. Hra s kameny (1967)

8 min | Animation, Short

Stones of different shapes and colors live and die together.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 890


25. Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia G-moll (1965)

Not Rated | 10 min | Animation, Short, Music

A man plays the Bach piece of the title on the organ, accompanied by images of stone walls with cracks and holes that grow and shrink, intercut with images of doors and wire-meshed windows.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 692


26. 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: 192,405 | Gross: $163.21M


27. Lady L (1965)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy

Lady L is an elegant, elderly lady who recalls the past loves and lusty adventures she has lived through.

Director: Peter Ustinov | Stars: Sophia Loren, Paul Newman, David Niven, Marcel Dalio

Votes: 972


28. Time Piece (1965)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A surreal stream of consciousness montage about time and related bizarreness.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jim Henson, Enid Cafritz, Dennis Paget, Jim Hutchison

Votes: 634


29. La gazza ladra (1964)

11 min | Animation, Short

A king and his hunting party shoot down birds. A magpie escapes the onslaught of arrows and wreaks havoc on the hunting party.

Directors: Giulio Gianini, Emanuele Luzzati

Votes: 237


30. Bully for Pink (1965)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The Pink Panther decides to become a matador and to this purpose confiscates a magician's cape. The panther enters a bullfight ring with the magical cape, and the bull is thwarted not by ... See full summary »

Director: Hawley Pratt

Votes: 267


31. We Give Pink Stamps (1965)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The Pink Panther sneaks inside a department store after hours, but makes an effort into hiding from the janitor without being noticed. Chaos ensues with the store's merchandise including the tiger-skin rug.

Directors: Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt

Votes: 213


32. The Pink Tail Fly (1965)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A very resistant bug won't let Pink Panther go to sleep.

Directors: Friz Freleng, Hawley Pratt

Votes: 167


33. Andy Warhol (1965)

22 min | Short, Biography

An experimental film which captures the creativity of Andy Warhol with images of cats, Brillo boxes, and other artwork.

Director: Marie Menken | Star: Andy Warhol

Votes: 60


34. Ceremonija (1966)

4 min | Animation, Short

A photographer arranges six men carefully in front of a wall for his camera, but at the last moment it swings aside.

Director: Borivoj Dovnikovic-Bordo

Votes: 125


35. The Devil's Work (1965)

9 min | Animation, Short

When a man is constantly punished for his good deeds, he proceeds to fight back with a potion.

Director: Zlatko Grgic

Votes: 38

PC. 9/10.

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