So deep that I expanded beyond ten films, 1962 is the best for Hollywood film during that increasingly grim decade and one of the best years of any decade. For perfervid politics, Advice & Consent and The Manchurian Candidate stand apart, despite rifts in their structure suggesting the limits of adult American entertainment non-porn variety.

The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer)
Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean)
L’Eclisse (Michaelangelo Antonioni)
Advice & Consent (Otto Preminger)
Jules et Jim (Francois Truffaut)
Lolita (Stanley Kubrick)
The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel)
Ride the High Country (Sam Peckinpah)
Lonely Are the Brave (David Miller)
An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu)
The Trial (Orson Welles)
My Life to Live (Jean-Luc Godard)
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Sidney Lumet)
Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski)
La Jetée (Chris Marker)