1962 in film

The year 1962 in film involved some very significant events, with Lawrence of Arabia the year's top-grossing film as well as winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture.

List of years in film (table)
In television


Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Gross
1. Lawrence of Arabia* Columbia $44,824,144[1]
2. The Longest Day 20th Century Fox $39,100,000[2]
3. In Search of the Castaways Disney $21,745,500[3]
4. That Touch of Mink Universal $17,648,927[4]
5. The Music Man Warner Bros. $14,953,846[5]
6. Mutiny on the Bounty MGM $13,680,000[6]
7. To Kill a Mockingbird Universal $13,129,846[7]
8. Hatari! Paramount $12,923,077[8]
9. Gypsy Warner Bros. $11,076,923[9]
10. Bon Voyage! Disney $11,000,000[10]

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Lawrence of Arabia – Horizon-Spiegel-Lean, Columbia
Best Director: David LeanLawrence of Arabia
Best Actor: Gregory PeckTo Kill a Mockingbird
Best Actress: Anne BancroftThe Miracle Worker
Best Supporting Actor: Ed BegleySweet Bird of Youth
Best Supporting Actress: Patty DukeThe Miracle Worker
Best Foreign Language Film: Sundays and Cybele (Les dimanches de ville d'Avray), directed by Serge Bourguignon, France

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: Lawrence of Arabia
Best Actor: Gregory PeckTo Kill a Mockingbird
Best Actress: Geraldine PageSweet Bird of Youth
Comedy or Musical:
Best Picture − Comedy: That Touch of Mink
Best Picture − Musical: The Music Man
Best Actor: Marcello MastroianniDivorce Italian Style
Best Actress: Rosalind RussellGypsy
Best Supporting Actor: Omar SharifLawrence of Arabia
Best Supporting Actress: Angela LansburyThe Manchurian Candidate
Best Director: David LeanLawrence of Arabia

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Keeper of Promises (O Pagador de Promessas), directed by Anselmo Duarte, Brazil

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Family Diary (Cronaca familiare, Journal intime), directed by Valerio Zurlini, France / Italy
My Name is Ivan (Ivanovo detstvo), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

A Kind of Loving, directed by John Schlesinger, United Kingdom

Notable films released in 1962

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Short film series



Film debuts


  1. ^ Box Office Information for Lawrence of Arabia. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  2. ^ Box Office Information for The Longest Day. The Numbers. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Box Office Information for In Search of the Castaways. Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Box Office Information for That Touch of Mink. The Numbers. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  5. ^ Box Office Information for The Music Man. The Numbers. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  6. ^ Box Office Information for Mutiny on the Bounty. The Numbers. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  7. ^ Box Office Information for To Kill a Mockingbird. The Numbers. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  8. ^ Box Office Information for Hatari! The Numbers. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  9. ^ Box Office Information for Gypsy. The Numbers. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  10. ^ "All-Time Top Grossers", Variety, 8 January 1964, pg 69.
1959 in radio

The year 1959 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.

1959 in television

The year 1959 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during that year.

1960s in film

Historical drama films continued to include epics, in the style of Ben-Hur from 1959, with Cleopatra (1963), but also evolving with 20th-century settings, such as The Guns of Navarone (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965).

Psychological horror films extended, beyond the stereotypical monster films of Dracula/Frankenstein or Wolfman, to include more twisted films, such as Psycho (1960) and Roger Corman's Poe adaptations for American International Pictures as well as British companies Hammer Horror and Amicus Productions. Other European filmmakers like Mario Bava directed many notable horror films.

Comedy films became more elaborate, such as The Pink Panther (1963), The President's Analyst (1967), or A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966). Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) elevated the concept of a comedy-drama, where the subtle comedy conceals the harsher elements of the drama beneath, and Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964) set a new standard for satire by turning a story about nuclear holocaust into a sophisticated black comedy.

Beyond the trenchcoat and film noir, spy films expanded with worldly settings and hi-tech gadgets, such as the James Bond films Dr. No (1962) or Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). This Spy mania extended throughout the world with many countries notable Italy and Spain producing many of their own fantastical spy films.

Similar to spy films, the heist or caper film included worldly settings and hi-tech gadgets, as in the original Ocean's Eleven (1960), Topkapi (1964) or The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).

The spaghetti westerns (made in Italy and Spain), were typified by Clint Eastwood films, such as For a Few Dollars More (1965) or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Several other American and Italian actors were also prominent in such westerns including Lee Van Cleef and Franco Nero.

Science-fiction or fantasy films employed a wider range of special effects, as in the original of The Time Machine (1960) and Mysterious Island (1961), or with animated aliens or mythical creatures, as in the Harryhausen animation for Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and One Million Years B.C. (1966). Some extensive sets were built to simulate alien worlds or zero-gravity chambers, as in space-station and spaceship sets for the epic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the psychedelic, space settings for the erotic Barbarella (1968), and with ape-city in the original Planet of the Apes (1968). Russian fairy-tale fantasy was also prominent with the likes of Aleksandr Rou directing many such films.Beginning in the middle of the decade due to the start of the cultural revolution and the abolition of the Hays Code, films became increasingly experimental and daring and were taking shape of what was to define the 1970s.

1962 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1962 in New Zealand.

35th Academy Awards

The 35th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1962, were held on April 8, 1963, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, hosted by Frank Sinatra.

Claude Berri

Claude Berri (French: [bɛʁi]; 1 July 1934 – 12 January 2009) was a French film director, writer, producer, actor and distributor.

Doomsday at Eleven

Doomsday at Eleven is a 1962 British short feature.

Gladiator of Rome

Gladiator of Rome (Italian: Il gladiatore di Roma) is a 1962 Italian adventure film directed by Mario Costa. Co-written by Gian Paolo Callegari and Giuseppe Mariani, it stars Gordon Scott.The film is also known as Battles of the Gladiators in the United Kingdom.

List of Golden Globe Awards ceremonies

The Golden Globe Award is an American accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual formal ceremony and dinner at which the awards are presented are a major part of the film industry's awards season, which culminates each year with the Academy Awards.

List of Italian films of 1962

The following is a sortable list of films produced in Italy in 1962.

List of Japanese films of 1962

A list of films released in Japan in 1962 (see 1962 in film).

List of Soviet films of 1962

A list of films produced in the Soviet Union in 1962 (see 1962 in film).

List of Spanish films of 1962

A list of films produced in Spain in 1962 (see 1962 in film).

List of Turkish films (alphabetical)

A list of films produced in Turkey and in the Turkish language in alphabetical order. For a list of films by year see List of Turkish films for guidance.

Oberhausen Manifesto

The Oberhausen Manifesto was a declaration by a group of 26 young German filmmakers at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia on 28 February 1962. The manifesto was a call to arms to establish a "new German feature film". It was initiated by Haro Senft and among the signatories were the directors Alexander Kluge and Edgar Reitz. The manifesto was associated with the motto "Papas Kino ist tot" (Papa's cinema is dead), although this phrase does not appear in the manifesto itself.

The signatories to the manifesto became known as the Oberhausen Group and are seen as important forerunners of the New German Cinema that began later in the decade. The Oberhausen Group were awarded the Deutscher Filmpreis in 1982.

The Farmer's Daughter (1962 film)

The Farmer's Daughter is a 1962 American TV film starring Lee Remick.

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