Temporal Top Ten – 1962

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Number of movies seen from this year – 30
Number of movies reviewed –  33 (including 3 Encore Reviews)

Another great year of films!  Choosing my #1 was not an easy task since any of my top five could have taken the top spot.

In the end, I went with the film that I actually only saw for the first time last year, but is one of the best depictions of how the political system in America really works (or doesn’t).

Updated 10 Apr 2018 – La Jetee is now #10 bumping BNO to an Honorable Mention

Honorable mention – Boy’s Night Out

10. La Jetee
9. How the West Was Won
8. The Counterfeit Traitor
7. Ride the High Country
6. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
5. The Manchurian Candidate
4. To Kill a Mockingbird
3. Lawrence of Arabia
2. The Longest Day
1.  Advise & Consent

Here’s a complete list of movies that I’ve seen from 1962

  1. Advise & Consent  Encore Review
  2. Billy Budd
  3. Birdman of Alcatraz
  4. Boys’ Night Out
  5. The Counterfeit Traitor
  6. David and Lisa
  7. Days of Wine and Roses
  8. Dr. No
  9. Gypsy
  10. H.M.S. Defiant
  11. Hatari
  12. Hell is for Heroes
  13. How the West Was Won
  14. La Jetee
  15. Lawrence of Arabia
  16. Lisa (AKA The Inspector)
  17. Lonely are the Brave
  18. Long Day’s Journey into Night
  19. The Longest Day  Encore Review  Encore Review 2
  20. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  21. The Manchurian Candidate
  22. The Miracle Worker
  23. The Music Man
  24. Mutiny on the Bounty
  25. Ride the High Country
  26. Sodom and Gomorrah
  27. Sweet Bird of Youth
  28. To Kill a Mockingbird
  29. The War Lover
  30. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

11 thoughts on “Temporal Top Ten – 1962

  1. A lot of these I only know by reputation, but it’s hard to imagine To Kill a Mockingbird not being #1. I’d definitely have The Miracle Worker on here too, but most of these I still have to check out at some point.

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  2. 1962 was a SUPERB year for movies. Peter O’Toole – as Lawrence of Frigging Arabia – one of the GREAT movie performances of all time would lose the Oscar to Gregory Peck – essaying his Atticus Finch into film history – and never win an Oscar for the rest of his esteemed career (0 for 7).

    But back to the actual lists. Advise and Consent at #1 renders everything that follows as meaningless. I’m sorry – but given the 20 films you actually saw this year – but that topping those that followed (and others not even IN your Top 10) is like the punch line to a bad joke. The Counterfeit Traitor and Boy’s Night Out are ridiculous.

    To start: I would have To Kill A Mockingbird and Lawrence of Arabia in a dead heat at #1. There is no logical way to separate these 2 brilliant films from the top spot. At #3 (working from your lists) – I’d have Lonely Are The Brave with Kirk Douglas. The best modern day western I’d seen until 2016’s Hell Or High Water. After that – Manchurian Candidate (which disappeared from theaters after the Kennedy assassination), Days of Wine and Roses, How The West Was Won, The Longest Day, The Miracle Worker, Liberty Valance (“when the legend outlasts the truth, print the legend”) and Baby Jane. Dr. No – the 1st James Bond movie – deserves at least an Honorable Mention. Also – you should see Sweet Bird of Youth, Bird Man of Alcatraz (tremendous performance by Burt Lancaster), Billy Budd, Divorce Italian Style, Two For The Seesaw, That Touch of Mink. And for a good laugh – watching Tony Curtis play Yul Brynner’s Cossack son – take a gander at Taras Bulba.


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