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1965 In Film

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The year 1965 in film involved some significant events, with The Sound of Music topping the U.S. box office.


  • Events 1
  • Top grossing films (U.S.) 2
  • Awards 3
  • Notable films released in 1965 4
  • Short film series 5
  • Births 6
  • Deaths 7
  • Film debuts 8
  • References 9


Top grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Director Actors Gross
1. The Sound of Music* 20th Century Fox Robert Wise Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Charmian Carr, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, Kym Karath, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Eleanor Parker, Anna Lee, Portia Nelson, Marni Nixon, Daniel Truhitte, Ben Wright $163,214,286[1]
2. Doctor Zhivago* Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer David Lean Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Rod Steiger, Geraldine Chaplin, Alec Guinness, Ralph Richardson, Tom Courtenay, Siobhán McKenna, Rita Tushingham $111,721,910[2]
3. Thunderball United Artists Terence Young Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi, Rik Van Nutter, Desmond Llewelyn, Bernard Lee $63,595,658[3]
4. Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines 20th Century Fox Ken Annakin Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Terry-Thomas, Robert Morley, Alberto Sordi, Gert Fröbe, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Irina Demick, Red Skelton, Yujiro Ishihara, Karl Michael Vogler, Dame Flora Robson, Sam Wanamaker, Gordon Jackson $31,111,111[4]
5. That Darn Cat! Walt Disney Productions Robert Stevenson Hayley Mills, Dean Jones, Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, Neville Brand, Frank Gorshin, Grayson Hall, Elsa Lanchester, William Demarest, Ed Wynn $28,068,222[5]
6. The Great Race Warner Bros. Blake Edwards George Macready $25,333,333[6]
7. Cat Ballou Columbia Pictures Elliot Silverstein Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, Nat King Cole, Stubby Kaye $20,666,667[7]
8. What's New Pussycat? United Artists Clive Donner Peter Sellers, Peter O'Toole, Ursula Andress, Romy Schneider, Capucine, Woody Allen, Paula Prentiss $18,820,000[8]
9. Shenandoah Universal Pictures Andrew V. McLaglen James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, Katharine Ross, Rosemary Forsyth $17,268,889[9]
10. Von Ryan's Express 20th Century Fox Mark Robson Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà, Brad Dexter, Sergio Fantoni, John Leyton, Edward Mulhare, Wolfgang Preiss, James Brolin, John van Dreelen, Adolfo Celi $17,111,111[10]
11. The Greatest Story Ever Told United Artists George Stevens Max von Sydow, José Ferrer, Van Heflin, Charlton Heston, David McCallum, Roddy McDowall, Dorothy McGuire, Sal Mineo, Donald Pleasence, Sidney Poitier, Claude Rains, Telly Savalas, John Wayne, Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn, Carroll Baker, Martin Landau, Angela Lansbury $15,473,333[11]
12. For a Few Dollars More United Artists Sergio Leone Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonté, Mario Brega, Luigi Pistilli, Aldo Sambrell, Klaus Kinski $15,000,000[12]
13. The Sandpiper Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Vincente Minnelli Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Eva Marie Saint, Charles Bronson, Robert Webber $13,691,111[13]
14. A Patch of Blue Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Guy Green Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford, Ivan Dixon $13,500,000[14]
15. The Sons of Katie Elder Paramount Pictures Henry Hathaway Dennis Hopper $13,333,333[15]
16. Help! United Artists Richard Lester Ringo Starr, Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, John Bluthal $12,066,667[16]
17. How to Murder Your Wife United Artists Richard Quine Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas, Claire Trevor $12,000,000[17]
18. Darling Embassy Pictures John Schlesinger Julie Christie, Laurence Harvey, Dirk Bogarde, José Luis de Vilallonga, Roland Curram, Basil Henson $12,000,000[18]
19. The Agony and the Ecstasy 20th Century Fox Carol Reed Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews, Alberto Lupo, Adolfo Celi, Venantino Venantini $8,000,000[19]
20. Do Not Disturb 20th Century Fox George Marshall Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Hermione Baddeley, Sergio Fantoni, Reginald Gardiner $8,000,000[20]
21. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Paramount Martin Ritt Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner, Sam Wanamaker $7,600,000[21]
22. Ship of Fools Columbia Stanley Kramer José Greco, Michael Dunn $7,000,000[22]
23. The Collector Columbia William Wyler Terence Stamp, Samantha Eggar, Mona Washbourne $7,000,000[23]
24. The Train United Artists John Frankenheimer Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Michel Simon $6,800,000[24]

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Sound of Music - Argyle Enterprises, Twentieth Century-Fox
Best Director: Robert Wise - The Sound of Music
Best Actor: Lee Marvin - Cat Ballou
Best Actress: Julie Christie - Darling
Best Supporting Actor: Martin Balsam - A Thousand Clowns
Best Supporting Actress: Shelley Winters - A Patch of Blue
Best Foreign Language Film: The Shop on Main Street (Obchod na korze), directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos, Czechoslovakia

BAFTA Film Awards:

Best Film from Any Source: My Fair Lady
Best British Film: The IPCRESS File

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: Doctor Zhivago
Best Actor: Omar Sharif - Doctor Zhivago
Best Actress: Samantha Eggar - The Collector
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: The Sound of Music
Best Actor: Lee Marvin - Cat Ballou
Best Actress: Julie Andrews - The Sound of Music
Best Director: David Lean - Doctor Zhivago

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Knack ...and How to Get It, directed by Richard Lester, United Kingdom

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa (Sandra of a Thousand Delights), directed by Luchino Visconti, Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Alphaville, directed by Jean-Luc Godard, France / Italy

Notable films released in 1965

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Short film series



Film debuts


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  14. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 p 8
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  18. ^ Darling, Box Office Information. IMDb. May 19, 2013
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  22. ^ "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36
  23. ^ "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36
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