Best of the 1960's

by nick2151 | created - 23 Jun 2011 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

My picks for the 40 best films of the 1960's in chronological order

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1. Breathless (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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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.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet

Votes: 58,714 | Gross: $0.34M

2. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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97 Metascore

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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 479,904 | Gross: $32.00M

3. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

TV-PG | 89 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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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.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker

Votes: 6,097

4. A Taste of Honey (1961)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

7.6
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A pregnant teenage girl must fend for herself when her mother remarries, leaving the girl with only a new male friend for support.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Murray Melvin

Votes: 3,682

5. Victim (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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The death of a young man leads to the discovery of a blackmail plot against a number of gay men in 1960s London.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 3,943

6. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror

7.9
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 21,661

7. Ivan's Childhood (1962)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, War

8.1
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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.

Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky, Eduard Abalov | Stars: Nikolay Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, Evgeniy Zharikov, Stepan Krylov

Votes: 22,421

8. Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

8.0
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Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor.

Director: Agnès Varda | Stars: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothée Blanck

Votes: 9,409

9. L'Eclisse (1962)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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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.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Monica Vitti, Alain Delon, Francisco Rabal, Lilla Brignone

Votes: 13,381

10. Carnival of Souls (1962)

PG | 78 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey | Stars: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison

Votes: 15,585

11. The Exterminating Angel (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal, Claudio Brook

Votes: 22,451

12. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 217,146 | Gross: $44.82M

13. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 244,853

14. The House Is Black (1963)

20 min | Documentary, Short

8.0
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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.

Director: Forugh Farrokhzad | Stars: Forugh Farrokhzad, Ebrahim Golestan, Hossein Mansouri

Votes: 3,129

15. Barren Lives (1963)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

7.6
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A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Pereira dos Santos | Stars: Átila Iório, Maria Ribeiro, Orlando Macedo, Joffre Soares

Votes: 1,694

16. High and Low (1963)

Not Rated | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yutaka Sada, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyôko Kagawa

Votes: 20,796

17. Black Sabbath (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

7.2
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Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a patriarch who has become a vampire-like monster, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff, Mark Damon

Votes: 8,097

The original, uncut Italian version is highly preferable to the edited American version.

18. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.8
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86 Metascore

A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision.

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel

Votes: 18,074 | Gross: $0.02M

19. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, War

8.5
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96 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 381,222 | Gross: $0.28M

20. Repulsion (1965)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.8
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91 Metascore

A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux

Votes: 39,790

21. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

8.1
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95 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Tommaso Neri

Votes: 43,107 | Gross: $0.06M

22. Andrei Rublev (1966)

Not Rated | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolay Sergeev

Votes: 29,420

23. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

7.9
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100 Metascore

The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.

Director: Robert Bresson | Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, François Lafarge, Jean-Claude Guilbert

Votes: 13,525 | Gross: $0.04M

24. Persona (1966)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Thriller

8.1
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A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Björnstrand

Votes: 73,007

25. Black Girl (1966)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

A black girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Mbissine Thérèse Diop, Anne-Marie Jelinek, Robert Fontaine, Momar Nar Sene

Votes: 2,042

26. Blow-Up (1966)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle

Votes: 46,408

27. Daisies (1966)

74 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Two girls try to understand the meaning of the world and their life.

Director: Vera Chytilová | Stars: Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, Marie Cesková, Jirina Myskova

Votes: 7,012

28. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

R | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.9
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81 Metascore

Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman

Votes: 87,688

29. Playtime (1967)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy

8.0
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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.

Director: Jacques Tati | Stars: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Rita Maiden, France Rumilly

Votes: 14,859

30. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.3
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 485,238 | Gross: $56.95M

31. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 164 min | Western

8.5
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80 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 244,438 | Gross: $5.32M

32. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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96 Metascore

A young couple moves in to 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.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 155,846

33. Faces (I) (1968)

R | 130 min | Drama

7.7
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A middle-aged 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.

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: John Marley, Gena Rowlands, Lynn Carlin, Seymour Cassel

Votes: 7,649

34. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

7.9
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87 Metascore

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 to remain safe from these bloodthirsty, flesh-eating monsters.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman

Votes: 97,269 | Gross: $0.09M

35. Medium Cool (1969)

R | 111 min | Drama

7.4
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A TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Director: Haskell Wexler | Stars: Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill

Votes: 3,014

36. The Wild Bunch (1969)

R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Western

8.0
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An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 67,762

37. Fellini - Satyricon (1969)

R | 129 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

7.0
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A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone

Votes: 12,695

38. Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)

105 min | Drama

8.2
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The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto | Stars: Pîtâ, Osamu Ogasawara, Yoshimi Jô, Koichi Nakamura

Votes: 2,906

39. Boy (1969)

97 min | Drama

7.6
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A young boy reluctantly aids his swindling father in a threatening scam.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Fumio Watanabe, Akiko Koyama, Tetsuo Abe, Tsuyoshi Kinoshita

Votes: 1,089

40. Kes (1969)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Family

7.9
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A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie

Votes: 14,880