What’s Your Favorite Golden Anniversary Movie from 1964?

My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Goldfinger, Dr. Strangelove: several memorable movies are turning 50 this year. MovieFanFare wants to know which film released in 1964 is your favorite.

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  • OZ ROB

    other…Pulp fiction extraordinaire THE NAKED KISS from Samuel Fuller.

    • Fritzy Weavo

      FAIL-SAFE all the way.

  • Peter Kaprelian

    “Dr Strangelove: or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb”~ the gift that keeps on giving!

  • Doctor Doom

    Dr. Strangelove is still one of my all time favorites.

  • Joseph23006

    Tough decision, however for the sheer power I have to go with ‘The Pawnbroker’ which I have not seen since that time. It wrapped together so many things, the halocast, anti-semitism, racismand people caught up in events that nobody could control. I would like to see it again to see if my memory of it holds up!

  • N

    My favorite being the one I would watch over and over again would be Mary Poppins. The movie with the best acting in it would be Beckett. Peter O’Toole was a genius in every film he did!

  • drake sr

    i am a western buff and a fistful of dollars satisfied my viewing pleasure/curiosity completely….. one of the best westerns via the silver screen.

  • Jim

    A Hard Day’s Night is a pleasant memory from my childhood, and holds up pretty well, but the obvious winner on this list is Dr. Strangelove. It not only broke ground in the genre of dark comedy, but it holds up aspects of the American psyche that continue to be embarrassing at best, and dangerous at worst.

    • agenteightysix

      My sentiments exactly.

  • Charles M Lee

    I went with the crowd on this one. When I saw it at age 14, and in the throes of puberty, Goldfinger was the end all. Sean Connery and a woman named Pussy Galore, and me at 14. Nuff said.

    • jbourne5181

      I hear ya Charles

  • Beth Palladino

    Too many great films on this list. I went with “Becket,” but could also have picked “Goldfinger” or “My Fair Lady.”

  • Andy

    Very hard choice. Goldfinger, Mary Poppins, Dr Strangelove, Hard Days Night, zorba, fistfull of dollars all very special to me & remaing choices also very good films. I went back & forth between Goldfinger (which really defined Bond & is my favorite in the series) vs Fistfull of Dollars, which really is origin of the spaghetti western. Settled on latter , as it really made Clint a star& figure Bond already has more support.

  • Mike Gruteke

    Goldfinger, and Mary Poppins are neck and neck, I love them both for different reasons, I was 8 when Goldfinger came out, Sean is the Best and Only Bond, for me. Julie, is always Mary Poppins/Maria Von Trapp~when NBC “tried” to do a remake of Sound of Music Recently, I was Horrified, How could they even think to remake something so Iconic, I ask you!!!!!

  • williamsommerwerck

    After some thought, I went with “Dr Strangelove”, as I love satire and black humor.

    “The Pawnbroker” is an outstanding film that has largely been forgotten. It was probably the first “modern” American film that showed a woman naked from the waist up.

    “Marnie” doesn’t belong on the list. It’s one of Hitchcock’s few genuinely bad films. A story about a woman with serious psychological problems seemed dated then, and is very dated now.

  • Falasben

    Well I decided on “Seven Days in May”. This movie directed by John Frankenheimer and stared Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, and Ava Gardner. Screenplay written by Rod Serling (Twilight Zone original TV series). This amazing story of the possible military overthrow of the United States. Even President John F. Kennedy who had read the novel (of the same name) had stated that this could possibly happen here in the US. The plot, the intrigue, this movie really had some “meat” to it!

    It’s one of my all time political thrillers from 1964. Although, Dr. Strangelove is also a favorite of mine as well, along with “Fail Safe” another cold war thriller from the same year. Even though not from the same year but just a few years earlier, was the 1959 American Post-Apocalyptic thriller set in the future of 1964, “On The Beach”. I’m not going to go into detail, about each of the movies I’ve listed, but rather have those of you who haven’t seen them, see them and judge for yourselves.

  • Rob in L.A.

    I’m not going to vote because, for me, 1964 was an “annus mirabilis” for film: “Dr. Strangelove” (scheduled for release in Dec. ’63 but postponed because of the JFK assassination), “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Woman in the Dunes,” “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors,” “A Fistful of Dollars,” “The Soft Skin,” “Pale Flower,” “Kwaidan,” “Gertrude,” “Diamonds of the Night,” “Before the Revolution,” “The Fifth Horseman Is Fear,” “Band of Outsiders”… I could go on. It seems to me that more good — or at least, intriguing — films were released in 1964 than in any other year.

  • tim “blackie” kenneally

    my favorite film of 1964 was ‘rio conchos” starring Richard boone as the apache hating” lassiter”, stuart Whitman, tony franciosa and in his first movie big black cat jim brown of the Cleveland browns. I’m from Cleveland and jim was still playing ball at the time he made it and everyone in Cleveland was wondering “what’s up”?. this is a “he-man’s” movie, as they used to say in the old days, and I truly wonder what would pop up today if someone made that statement. full of rugged western action and a great performance by boone and also Edmond O’Brien as “theron pardee” a crazy ol” ex- confederate officer trying to re-build the south out west with the help of the apaches. jim does well in this first role and a tough ending with boone and brown riding into hell aboard a wagon filled with dynamite. they sure don’t movies like that anymore.

  • jumbybird

    That’s a hard choice, so many great movies from that year… went for Goldfinger… maybe because I watched last night?

  • Bill

    A Shot in the Dark should have made the list.

    • hupto

      Second that.

    • Donna

      Third that, a classic.

    • Bruce Reber

      I agree with you. How about “The Pink Panther” – that wasn’t on the list either!

  • hiram

    NOT a great year by any standard. Dr. Strangelove gets my vote; Goldfinger and Zulu are tied for second. I am, however, glad to be reminded of Rio Conchos, Before the Revolution, and La Peau Douce, admittedly a falling-off from Truffaut’s first three masterpieces but not without interest. I’m happy that someone else realizes that movies are made outside the USA. My Fair Lady is one of the dullest musicals imaginable.

  • FR3

    Viva Las Vegas ,The Incredible Mr. Limpet & The Night of the Iguana.

  • jbourne5181

    In 1964 I was 14 years old, so “A Hard Days Night” was an easy pick for me. I had to see it 3 times before finally being able to see it without a bunch of screaming girls. A week later my father took me to see Goldfinger and that comes in at a close 2nd for me.

  • joescarp

    Dr. Strangelove is still on my top 10 all-time list of films.

  • Tom Kinnee

    My favorite film from 1964 is 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, the best film produced & directed by fantasy-film pioneer George Pal (funny how the greatest icons of fantasy film from three different eras of the 20th century are all named George — Melies, Pal & Lucas). Actually, Dr. Lao is my favorite film of all time. It’s not a perfect film by any means, but it’s unique and has tons of quiet wonder and heart.

  • SLH

    Too may left off the list, how about Father Goose, Good Neighbor Sam, Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte, Viva Las Vegas, The Unsinkable Molly Brown…I could go on and on I voted other!

  • Wild Bill

    While most of these selections are good (exnay on Marnie and A Hard Day’s Night is not competitive as a ‘best’ type film), they are not necessarily the best movies of the year, merely representative. The choice of My Fair Lady for Best Picture of 1964 was ludicrous. But, if you start comparing movies in their genre, you start making more sense.

    For instance, in the musical category, I prefer Umbrellas of Cherbourg over either Mary Poppins (too treacly) or My Fair Lady (too familiar and not well acted, Rex Harrison excepted). As for spies, Goldfinger is good, but both Dr. Strangelove and From Russia with Love were just as good, but not great. In drama, Becket over The Pawnbroker over Zorba the Greek. In westerns, A Fistful is good, but only because it started a new type of western and it’s better than Cheyenne Autumn. Look at it now, though, and you ask, where’s the beef? I prefer Bullet For a Badman with Audie Murphy going against type.

    Comedy is a tough category, there were no strong candidates. The efforts of Jerry Lewis, Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, etc., all fell flat for me. A Hard Day’s Night was an okay movie, but it starred the Beatles, so everyone loves it. Huh? For children, The Three Lives of Thomasina stands out.

    If I absolutely had to make a choice, Seven Days in May was a strong movie and is still relevant 50 years later. Lists like these are better when they encompass a genre and can compare movies apples to movie apples, not movie oranges. The Academy Awards do it every year, pick a best picture, and they almost always get it wrong.

  • pocroc

    No contest! Dr. Strangelove was the best dark comedy ever, one of the best movies ever. A tour d’ force by Sellers playing 3 characters juxtaposed with Slim Pickens riding the bomb. An almost perfect movie.

  • flyingtoupee

    I chose Goldfinger, but Becket is a close second.

  • Dominique

    I chose Marnie from the list, but there were so many good movies from that year that were not included – just too many to list probably.

  • Movie Fan

    Marnie, then Goldfinger, then A Hard Day’s Night.

  • Kevin

    Too many good ones to choose from. My top 4 were Goldfinger, Dr. Strangelove, Seven Days in May, A Hard Days Night.

  • Donna

    Love fist full if dollars and marnie.

  • Mark W. Johnson

    Undoubtedly, the most influential film of 1964 was “Goldfinger”; this i know because i was there. I was 11 years old at the time, and the film was everywhere. It exploded the James Bond character upon the national consciousness. The Bond films, and our love affair with them, were never the same. Sean Connery could never walk down the street in anonymity again (probably Gert Frobe or Harold Sakata either!). The “it” film of 1964.

    • Bruce Reber

      Not to mention the hit theme song, performed by Shirley Bassey! “Goldfinger, he’s the man, the man with the Midas touch………His heart is cold, he loves only gold, only gold, he loves gold, he loves only gold!”

  • Cara

    Oh, hell, you made me choose between Becket with Peter O’Toole and Mary Poppins with Julie Andrews, two of my all time favorite films and actors. Today I chose Becket, but I now have to put on my Mary Poppins CD so I can listen to one of the most beautiful voices in the history of movies and then go fly a kite.

  • Bruce Reber

    The great Jerry Lewis comedy “The Disorderly Orderly” didn’t make the list either.