Best of the 1960's

My picks for the 40 best films of the 1960's in chronological order
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1.
Breathless (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy. (90 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
2.
Psycho (1960)
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A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
 
3.
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)
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A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child. (89 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
 
4.
A Taste of Honey (1961)
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The moving story of a plain young girl who becomes pregnant by a black sailor, befriends a homosexual, and gradually becomes a woman. (100 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
5.
Victim (1961)
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A prominent lawyer goes after a blackmailer who threatens gay men with exposure (homosexual acts still being illegal). But he's gay himself... (90 mins.)
Director: Basil Dearden
 
6.
The Innocents (1961)
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
7.
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
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In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers. (95 mins.)
 
8.
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor. (90 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
9.
L'Eclisse (1962)
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A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature. (126 mins.)
 
10.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
Director: Herk Harvey
 
11.
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
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The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. (95 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
12.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
13.
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. (129 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
14.
The House Is Black (1963 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes "ugliness," of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude. (20 mins.)
 
15.
Barren Lives (1963)
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A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children... (103 mins.)
 
16.
High and Low (1963)
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An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
17.
Black Sabbath (1963)
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A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an... (92 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ The original, uncut Italian version is highly preferable to the edited American version. ” - nick2151
 
18.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young girl separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision. (91 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
19.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
20.
Onibaba (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask. (103 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
21.
Repulsion (1965)
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A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence. (105 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
22.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
 
23.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
 
24.
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette. (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
25.
Persona (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A nurse is put in charge of an actress who can't talk and finds that the actress's persona is melding with hers. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
26.
Black Girl (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France. (65 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
27.
Daisies (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life. (74 mins.)
Director: Vera Chytilová
 
28.
The Firemen's Ball (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The volunteer fire department in a small town is having a big party when the ex-boss of the department celebrates his 86th birthday... (71 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
29.
2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In this film, 'Her' refers to both Paris, the character of Juliette Janson and the actress playing her... (87 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
30.
Playtime (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction. (115 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
31.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
32.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
 
33.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (136 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
34.
Faces (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner. The film follows their struggles to find love amongst each other. (130 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
35.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt the remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
 
36.
Medium Cool (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention. (111 mins.)
Director: Haskell Wexler
 
37.
The Wild Bunch (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them. (145 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
38.
Fellini Satyricon (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome. (128 mins.)
 
39.
Boy (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young boy reluctantly aids his swindling father in a threatening scam. (105 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
40.
Kes (1969)
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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon. (110 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Loach