My Favorite Films 1960-1969

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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
“ A fantastic classic. I bought this film on Blu-ray and it holds up as a brilliant and haunting spectacle. There’s no question that this is one of my favorite films, though its long dialogue-free scenes keep it from being a particularly accessible film (there is no dialogue for the first half-hour).

2001 is all about visual spectacle. It was originally shown in Cinerama. The use of color is brilliant. The special effects are fantastic and hold-up next to anything produced for at least the next 10 years. I’m usually not a fan of the psychedelic, but the surreal final sequence really is sublime, even if you’re not high. 2001 is also the first real entrance of hard sf onto the silver-screen. Kubrick, Clarke and the producers attempted to remain as accurate as possible in their depiction of near-future space age technology (the vacuum of space is actually silent – an obvious but rarely seen point of accuracy). Obviously, as futurism, the film fails. But it’s still one of the realest visions of the future you’ll see. And, there’s no denying this films influence on everything from the look of the startships of Star Wars to the claustrophobic feeling of Alien, not to mention the dozens of parodies of the opening sequence or HAL that have appeared over the years.

Things do move slowly, and Kurbick’s not afraid to let scenes unfold for minutes and minutes within almost total silence (though usually there’s a relaxed piece of classical music playing on the soundtrack). The film is designed for the viewer to sit back and drink in the spectacle (or feel a maddening sense of tension in some of the later scenes). If you’re not prepared for that, you may very well hate this film. If you are patient though, it’s an amazing experience. ” - rfischer9100
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
“ Demy manages to capture the wonders and tragedies of young love on film with lovely music and gorgeous colors's just fantastic. ” - rfischer9100
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery. (161 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Light on plot, this film just kind of meanders around for the first couple of hours…really for the whole movie. The Civil War history is ridiculous, but I guess I’ve seen worse from America (Sante Fe Trail!) But, Leone’s amazing style, Morricone’s score (best ever for a western; maybe 80% of why this movie is so great), and excellent performances – Wallach’s Tuco has really won me over with multiple viewings - make it one of the best films ever. ” - rfischer9100
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
“ Starts a little slow, but it's all set up for a comic masterpiece. Kubrick really comes into his own in this movie, and Sellers gives the best comic performance(s) of a legendary career...and George C. Scott still manages to steal the film. The absurdity of mutually assured destruction deserved a movie this rich in irony and ridiculousness. ” - rfischer9100
Yojimbo (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Taut and entertaining action piece with an iconic Mifune performance. There's not as much world-building as Seven Samurai, but the pace is great. ” - rfischer9100
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ Funny film with great chemistry between Redford and Newman, and some great shots, including the relentless trackers. Love the Bachrach music - beautifully anachronistic. ” - rfischer9100
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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.)
“ One of those films that's so heavily referenced and parodied that you'll feel you've seen it before you have...but this one turns out to surprise with some interesting pacing, beautiful shots, and lots of suspense (even if you know most of the surprises). Of course, the epilogue is terrible; everything before that is perfect. ” - rfischer9100
The Graduate (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ A great portrait of alienation, and I love how ambivalent the romantic climax is. ” - rfischer9100
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
“ There's a lot of sexism here, and I find little redeeming in Michel (the first time I saw Breathless, I thought Godard was self-aware about his protagonist's b.s., but the second time, I was much less sure). However, the film oozes with style - the tracking shots, the jump cuts, the overall rhythm of it all - it's a great viewing experience. ” - rfischer9100
Blow-Up (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park. (111 mins.)
“ Captures a vivid sense of a time and place - London in the swinging sixties - while also serving as a sort of culmination of the themes Antonioni has been exploring for the last several films: sex and death and mystery and meaning. It's also beautiful, and I appreciated the pacing a lot more the second go round. ” - rfischer9100
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy. (126 mins.)
“ A paranoid Cold War thriller that actually manages to thrill and entertain. A lot of films like this from the '50s would pat themselves on the back for encouraging some kind of heightened awareness of the Communist threat - paranoia as preparedness. Frankenheimer seems content to just have some fun with paranoia. ” - rfischer9100
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two sisters leave their small seaside town of Rochefort in search of romance. Hired as carnival singers, one falls for an American musician, while the other must search for her ideal partner. (120 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
“ Lacks Cherbourg's magical melancholy, but the music and colors are almost as charming, and, hey, great dancing too.

The only film I've seen to even approach Singin' in the Rain's ability to warm and transport. ” - rfischer9100
Lola (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Roland Cassard is a young man with no job and seemingly no prospects. By chance, he runs into his former girlfriend... (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
“ My first Demy, and other than getting a Barry Manilow song stuck in my head, this film is just about perfect. Demy creates a wonderful little world that's full of so many coincidences and parallels, and general good humor, that it's hard to take too seriously, and yet it is about the very serious business of first love for each of the main characters. ” - rfischer9100
Charulata (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature. (117 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
“ Incredibly rich with understated emotions and wonderfully atmospheric. This is also a great example of doing a period piece right - the culture and politics of the moment are key to the story, but Ray doesn't shove any of it in your face. Ray shows a deft touch with the gender issues as well. ” - rfischer9100
L'Eclisse (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young woman meets a vital young man, but their love affair is doomed because of the man's materialistic nature. (126 mins.)
“ A great mood piece that's one fewer African dance number away from being perfect. The ending is stunningly brilliant. ” - rfischer9100
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. (126 mins.)
“ I have no problem with a heavy-handed allegory if it's going to look this good and be this fun and creative. ” - rfischer9100
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Recently released from a mental hospital; Karin rejoins her emotionally disconnected family and their island home, only to slip from reality as she begins to believe she is being visited by God. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ After a string of Bergman disappointments, this film finally struck me in, I think, exactly the way it was meant to. The layers of disappointment from family to career to existence to God; the disasters of death, mental illness, incest; and the thin hopes for some deeper meaning - these have been blended in many of Bergman's darker works (and even some semi-light ones like The Magician), but here the proportions were just right. Maybe the genius of Bergman's new cinematographer, Nykvist, is part of the reason? ” - rfischer9100
Kwaidan (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
“ The ghost stories themselves are okay...could have used a little more bite. But, who cares? The real attraction here is the gorgeous colors and production design that make this a transporting film.

Those matte painting skies in the second story...and the naval battle in the third ” - rfischer9100
La Jetée (1962 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man... (28 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
“ A fascinating short that uses stills to tell a time travel story. The experimental narrative device fits thematically, and the story is fun, resonant, and fascinating. Great music and very effective narration. ” - rfischer9100
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
“ Gregory Peck as the perfect father and the embodiment of progressive idealism steals the show, but the film does also manage to capture the mood of childhood innocence and to have some social relevance. ” - rfischer9100
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. (135 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ A film about violence and loyalty that is ambiguous as hell, but beautifully shot and well acted. ” - rfischer9100
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them. (123 mins.)
“ The narrative is intriguing in itself, but then you layer on the rich layers of metaphor and the fantastic, sandy visuals, and this is a really amazing piece of work. ” - rfischer9100
A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests his best friend to impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts. (85 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ Music Cue: The Movie

Godard shows how a swelling score and technicolor cinemascope affect our response to films and has a lot of fun in the process. Anna Karina is great. ” - rfischer9100
The Longest Day (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
“ In which Fox stages a re-invasion of France to film a D-Day movie; at least, that's how this film feels. The spectacle is amazing. I've been complaining about the bloat of early-60s Hollywood, but this is a film that actually earns it. ” - rfischer9100
From Russia with Love (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE. (115 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ Perhaps still my favorite Bond. The key elements are there: the hero's supernatural cool with the ladies and the villains, and the plot hits the globetrotting action beats without ever getting too ridiculous. Daniela Bianchi is a great Bond girl. ” - rfischer9100
La Dolce Vita (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome. (174 mins.)
“ A sprawling epic that paints existential dread through a series of vividly shot parties. Hard to like and hard not to love. ” - rfischer9100
The Collector (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A womanizing art dealer and a painter find the serenity of their Riviera vacation disturbed by a third guest, a vivacious bohemian woman known for her long list of male conquests. (89 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
“ I love how this film constantly undercuts itself - the philosophical justifications for laziness seem to feel like bull even to the characters, and the same goes for their cruel and selfish and muddled games of seduction. And yet, as awful as the characters were, I enjoyed spending a lazy summer afternoon in their lazy summer afternoons. It helps that it was all very marvelous to look at. My first Rohmer and now I can't wait to see more. ” - rfischer9100
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
“ Some very interesting edits in this near-real-time movie, and great music. I really loved it, though the plot development that consumes the last fifteen minutes feels kind of contrived. ” - rfischer9100
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York to seek personal fortune but, in the process, finds himself a new friend. (113 mins.)
“ An incredibly sad film about men living on the edges of gritty '60s New York. They live in a world that has opened itself up to all sorts of eccentricities, but that doesn't include disability or poverty or (at least not entirely) some kinds of sexuality.

Schlesinger brings in some New Wavey elements; sometimes it's flashier than necessary, but it does stand out among Best Picture winners. Hoffman and Voight are great. ” - rfischer9100
Persona (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ A fascinating, enigmatic film. In my chronological film-watching project, the experimental touches (like the film break) felt seismic. My one complaints is that the film dwells quite a bit on Bergman's pet existential questions to the detriment, somewhat, of the central theme of identity. ” - rfischer9100
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Dramatic new style holds together a film with some
dodgy elements (eg, bad dubbing, meandering plot). Eastwood's great, laconic anti-hero adds a lot. Original but often imitated, but, like the Magnificent Seven, not as good as the Kurosawa original. ” - rfischer9100
Purple Noon (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal improviser; but there's more to Tom Ripley than even he can guess. (118 mins.)
Director: René Clément
“ The gorgeous Mediterranean settings, the sharp class critique, the great Alain Delon performance, and the tense pacing all make for a fantastic film. I think I like the Minghella version even better, but just a smidge; call it the Cate Blanchett effect. ” - rfischer9100
Sanjuro (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent. (96 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ After a series of samurai films that deal with issues of class, honor, loyalty, and violence, Kurosawa makes one that's pure samurai id - the conflict is simple and the hero nigh-invulnerable. The main theme is fun, and I sure had me some.

The final minutes do, by the way, add just a little weight and also suggest the increasing violence of films to come. ” - rfischer9100
Le Samouraï (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After killing a night-club owner, professional hitman Jef Costello is seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner. (105 mins.)
“ Super-slick and tense. Clear inspiration of many great hitman-with-a-heart-of-gold flicks like John Woo's The Killer. Great ending. ” - rfischer9100
Zazie dans le métro (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Ten-year-old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris... (93 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Anarchic fun with some early (loving) parody of the French New Wave. Looney tunes comedy that laughs at the darkness around its edges. It has a little trouble sustaining it's craziness for the full run time, but the first hour has to be the funniest comedy produced in a while. ” - rfischer9100
The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather's story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell. (182 mins.)
Director: Wojciech Has
“ This discursive genre-bending epic takes some time to get going, but the second half is fast-paced, funny, and weird in all the right ways. ” - rfischer9100
Harakiri (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (133 mins.)
“ Rather than a comedy of manners, a violence of manners. Some very dramatic shots with exciting camera work and an intriguing slow-burn flashback structure really sucked me in. ” - rfischer9100
Knife in the Water (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization. (94 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Somehow tense and laid back at the same time; it's interesting to see a film so obsessed with class coming out of the Eastern Bloc in this time period. ” - rfischer9100
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building. (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ This film really is objectionable on a lot of fronts: the whole conflict is about a man and a woman finding their ways to taking up more traditional gender roles, it sanitizes a Capote novella including giving it the most Hollywood of Hollywood endings, and it has some of the most egregious racism ever put on film (and that's really saying something!).

And yet, I have a soft spot for this movie. Yes, it Hollywoodizes the novella, but not completely - there's still a somber layer that you don't often see in this sort of Hollywood romance...and the leads do have some real chemistry. Blake Edwards skillfully juggles the light and dark while presenting an appealing, colorful package. Most importantly, Audrey Hepburn is fantastic - gorgeous, funny, charming, vulnerable, powerful; it's a real star performance. ” - rfischer9100
My Night at Maud's (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The rigid principles of a devout Catholic man are challenged during a one-night stay with Maud, a divorced woman with an outsize personality. (110 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
“ It's amazing how Rohmer makes these slow burn conversations about Pascal, Catholicism, and love consistently compelling, and even, at times quite sexy. Beautiful black and white photography to boot. ” - rfischer9100
The Leopard (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily. (187 mins.)
“ I knew this would be pretty, but based on some of De Sica's other work and the aristocrat-in-changing-times epic story, I expected something rather distancing...but I was really pulled in by Lancaster's performance and by the character. And, it really is gorgeous. ” - rfischer9100
Spartacus (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic. (197 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Having just seen 1959's Ben-Hur, 1960's Spartacus was a great transition to a new (and especially transformative) decade. While the former looks backward, Spartacus looks forward, and it's darker, has a sharper humanist point, and it's much more visually innovative. ” - rfischer9100
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform. (93 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
“ I love the way this film plays with stakes - this is a film about Czech resistance to the Nazi occupation where the characters are much more concerned about their sex lives. It feels very true for a teenager. ” - rfischer9100
Le Trou (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty. (132 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
“ A prison film that wisely avoids many of the genre's tropes to focus on the mechanics of escape. The result feels more like a heist film, and it's more able to focus on the interesting psychological dilemmas, which the film does with great subtlety. It also looks fantastic, with lots of great, shadowy tunnels. ” - rfischer9100
The Haunting (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Suitably creepy, and I'm a sucker for psychic investigators - it's a nice twist that provides something a little interesting than the often passive horror victim. ” - rfischer9100
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
“ Leone Style + higher production values +
(Henry Fonda+Charles Bronson+Jason Robards) – (Clint Eastwood) = somehow a little less fun. The plot about a widow who inherits the embattled site of a railroad station lacks some of the double-crossing pizzazz of other Leone films, but it still has a great Leone feel overall. Leone is almost trolling the audience with some of his slow-developing scene, sometimes it’s fun (as in the long “strangers waiting for a train” opening scene), but there are a few times when it just drags. ” - rfischer9100
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ Yeah, it's basically a glorified Twilight Zone episode, but it's a damn good one. I love how it shifts from an allegory about debates over evolution to a powerful and cynical condemnation of war. ” - rfischer9100
Hud (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ The generational conflict was a little trite, but the characters are so rich and compelling that I didn't care. And it looks great to boot. ” - rfischer9100
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes. (128 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ Ridiculously shallow next to its source material (and Horst Bucholz is *definitely* no Toshiro Mifune), but still a pretty fun adventure film that was very influential. ” - rfischer9100
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ It's intriguing and it's gorgeous as hell. Is there a there there? I'm not sure.... ” - rfischer9100
The Innocents (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
“ A really great piece of gothic horror that goes to all the darkest places of the source material and manages perhaps even to surpass it in eerie atmosphere. Kerr's best performance? ” - rfischer9100
True Grit (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory. (128 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ Great film though the source material deserves a lot of the
credit; Wayne’s best. It's realistic but not grim, and equal to Coen Bros version.

Those locations sure ain’t Oklahoma. ” - rfischer9100
The Big City (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Life at home changes when a house-wife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a saleswoman. (131 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
“ A very warm film about social change anchored by a great performance by Madhabi Mukherjee, who really conveys the tensions her character has to feel in this movie. ” - rfischer9100
Nothing But a Man (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A proud black man and his school-teacher wife face discriminatory challenges in 1960s America. (95 mins.)
Director: Michael Roemer
“ A powerful and compelling look at the struggles of black manhood a south where civil rights have only gained a toehold. This should feel didactic, but it's too grounded by relationships that feel very real. ” - rfischer9100
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town. (109 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ A really solid murder mystery elevated by its social context and some great performances. ” - rfischer9100
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A senator, who became famous for killing a notorious outlaw, returns for the funeral of an old friend and tells the truth about his deed. (123 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ Interesting take on the civilizing narrative of the west, but that narrative is a little tired, and the movie is more concerned with that aspect then telling a good story. John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and Lee Marvin all give great performances though. ” - rfischer9100
In Cold Blood (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity. (134 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ Really does a great job of walking the tightrope of humanizing killers without in anyway downplaying the horror of their crimes. Beautifully shot, perfectly constructed, and well-acted. ” - rfischer9100
Billy Liar (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A lazy, irresponsible young clerk in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family. (98 mins.)
“ I expected something a bit mean-spirited from this film, but it's actually a very empathetic film that coveys its protagonists frustrations and failings with great nuance. I feel like more could have been done with the fantasy sequences. ” - rfischer9100
For a Few Dollars More (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw. (132 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Lee Van Cleef is a welcome addition as a rival “Bounty Killer.” In some ways, this is his movie. It’s fun and clips along for the first 2/3rds, then the final third slows down a bit and seems to put off the climax needlessly. Leone’s style and Ennio Moricone’s music were game changing a year ago, and they’re still strong here. ” - rfischer9100
The Apartment (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Somewhat mislabeled as a comedy; Lemmon's performance has to carry most of the comedic weight. Oh, Lemmon can carry it, and make it quite funny. And Wilder's skill as a filmmaker makes it look great.

I think there's something interesting about the gray area that Lemmon's character inhabits that I missed when I saw this as a much younger man. The story isn't so much about Kubelik seeing past the big boss (the typical romcom storyline that I was a little disappointed by at the time), as it is about Baxter becoming a mensch in contrast to the rest of the executives. ” - rfischer9100
Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother... (81 mins.)
“ There's an improvisational feeling to this crime film that lends it both its best moments (many of which come from the way Truffaut plays with structure) but also lessens its final impact. ” - rfischer9100
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
“ A big epic with a very interesting (though less than perfect) sense of plot and pacing.

Lean's Lawrence is fascinating, but he is, ultimately, another British ubermensch whose main flaw is his perfection (as in River Kwai). The films mostly avoids the obvious orientalist pitfalls.

Deserts are cinematic as hell. ” - rfischer9100
Jules and Jim (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
“ I'm not sure all of the melodrama elements totally worked, and, on the other end of the spectrum, the quirk can feel a tad forced at times. And yet, there's so much heart and cleverness here, that it's still something really interesting. ” - rfischer9100
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ As much as the narrative of this film is about its romantic rebellion heralding New Hollywood, to me it feels mostly like a meditation on mortality - Bonnie and Clyde see fame as a sort of path to escape it then become disillusioned with that idea and yearn for normalcy, but it's too late. Sort of anti-rebellion, really. Of course, there's a bit of rebellion in the filmmaking, but The Graduate still seems like the more adventurous film. ” - rfischer9100
Point Blank (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him. (92 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ Slick, exciting, and influential. Boorman's style is usually a thrill, though it does get a little over-bearing at a few moments.

Mixing crime and corporate politics is a great idea, even if it feels a bit undercooked.

This seems toned down a bit from Stark's Parker books. ” - rfischer9100
The Lion in Winter (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. (134 mins.)
Director: Anthony Harvey
“ The script and performances lead to fantastic verbal sparring, and the blend of politics and family dynamics keeps the stakes high, though I'm not sure the film quite maintains its high personal drama for the full run length.

"It's 1183 and we're barbarians!" = very self-aware. ” - rfischer9100
Repulsion (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
“ Everything about the filmmaking here is incredible - the framing of every shot, Deneuve's performance, the disgusting rabbit - it all works to create a powerful effect of uneasiness. It's incredible work, though I didn't find it particularly enjoyable except on a purely intellectual level. I could argue that Polanski has made a mistake in not making our protagonist more relatable...but I think I'm just finding excuses to justify my squeemishness. ” - rfischer9100
El Dorado (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water. (126 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ Old fashioned (Rio Bravo-esque) but good fun with Wayne/Mitchum pairing ” - rfischer9100
La Notte (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship. (115 mins.)
“ Antonioni riffing on La Dolce Vita?

A bit warmer and more relatable than L'Avventura while tackling many of the same themes. ” - rfischer9100
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
Il Sorpasso (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries. (105 mins.)
Director: Dino Risi
“ An odd little journey - a very fun, light-hearted story (for most of its run) that takes a stuffy law student on a holiday tour of Italy with a brash, loud-mouth stranger. A great character study with intriguing little insights.

Light-hearted....for most of its run. Most of it... ” - rfischer9100
Belle de Jour (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute. (101 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
“ One of Bunuel's best balances of surrealism and ambiguity with character and story - the ambiguity was especially dazzling in a lot of Deneuve's work, including the final moments. ” - rfischer9100
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew. (137 mins.)
“ Kind of rough around the edges - self-consciously so? - but Pasolini has an amazing sense of what makes a shot beautiful and a fantastic sense of rhythm. Certainly one of the best religious films I've seen. Great use of music too. ” - rfischer9100
The Shop on Main Street (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Slovakia during WW2. Tono lives a poor life, but the authorities offer him to take over the Jewish widow Lautman's little shop for sewing material... (128 mins.)
“ An interesting way to examine complicity in the Holocaust, as we see a loser jump on the chance to profit from persecution of the Jews then wrestle with sympathies for the older woman he's supposed to be profiting from. Something rubbed me wrong about the end - it didn't seem entirely in character, and it was a little too easy. ” - rfischer9100
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution. (197 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ These Russians are so....British....

The film can almost stand on its production values alone - it's just gorgeous. The story is heavy on the melodrama, and it comes off a bit ridiculous, but the Russian Revolution is a fascinating setting. ” - rfischer9100
The Pawnbroker (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions. (116 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ A very dark film that quite powerfully portrays a broken man living in a broken world. It can be pretty heavy-handed, and the subject matter is pretty dreary, but it really works. ” - rfischer9100
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Stuffy, but in the best possible way. A well-acted, hyper-competent period drama. ” - rfischer9100
High and Low (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
“ There is a great crime thriller/detective story in here that also aims to say a lot more about ethics and society...but it is a hobbled a bit by being overlong and having a somewhat muddled message - on that muddled message, Kurosawa contrasts the class divisions, represented spatially in housing, but he's really more interested in the people who do good work and sacrifice for others (Gondo, the chaffeur, the police) versus the selfish, self-centered, and the overly devoted to money (the kidnappers, the National Shoes execs, the creditors), and these characters cut across classes on both sides. That's interesting, but it does undercut real issues of class which obviously exist in Japan (represented hauntingly by the dope addicts). ” - rfischer9100
Shock Corridor (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Bent on winning a Pulitzer Prize, a journalist commits himself to a mental institution to solve a strange and unclear murder. (101 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ Hollywood has misrepresented several groups throughout history, but has anyone had it as bad as the mentally ill? This film's ideas about psychology are ridiculous and offensive and ridiculously offensive. It's got a really annoying female character as well...

And yet, there is so much brilliant stuff here: my jaw dropped with "Buddha, in color," and the storm near the end is pretty great too. And, the film really goes out of its ways to expose all the wounds and anxieties of '60s America: sex, the Cold War, Korea and veterans, the threat of nuclear annihilation, racially motivated violence - it's all here. ” - rfischer9100
The Producers (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop. (88 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ A very funny film made by its very funny lead performances. ” - rfischer9100
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate. (102 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Exquisitely timed comedy from Peter Sellers, and Blake Edwards' bright color palette and light touch (and, well, also Mancini's music) make this a very enjoyable watch, even though I find Clouseau a little difficult as a character (never quite sure how likable he's supposed to be...) ” - rfischer9100
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ In a movie that tries to encapsulate so many ideas and emotions, you've gotta expect that some of it will work and some of it won't - for me the exploration of memory and reflection on childhood are quite powerful, whereas I didn't get much from Guido's adult relationship mess. The meta film stuff also has its own highs and lows. I certainly admire the ambition and originality on display here. ” - rfischer9100
Tom Jones (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In eighteenth century England, "first cousins" Tom Jones and Master Blifil grew up together in privilege in the western countryside... (128 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
“ I'm not sure all of the New Wave flourishes entirely fit, but I still appreciated the film's playfulness, and the picaresque story was quite entertaining. Finney was quite the looker (and, of course, very talented).

It's also nice to get a period piece that's not overly staid and reverent. ” - rfischer9100
Easy Rider (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America. (95 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
“ Very clumsy in a lot of ways but still very compelling, sometimes for the same reason - its simplistic earnestness is both silly and fascinating. And it has some pretty good music. ” - rfischer9100
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ A film that looks great and it's full of powerful performances. The high-wire theatrics of the characters are often fun to watch, but they do teeter into the ridiculous a few times. ” - rfischer9100
Darling (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A beautiful but amoral model sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties. (128 mins.)
“ Fellini's Breakfast at Tiffany's

....that probably comes off as a little more dismissive than I mean it to, but it did feel like this film, which is about restlessness and shallowness like Fellini's work and Tiffany's, does thread the needle between Edwards' warm yet sad tale and Fellini's bitter uncertainty. Christie is great, of course. ” - rfischer9100
Simon of the Desert (1965 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him. (43 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ Wonderfully weird and funny surrealist satire. I'm not sure how I feel about Bunuel's seeming embrace of Simon's asceticism, or his unsurprising cynicism about the rest of the world, but it makes for a fascinating watch. ” - rfischer9100
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.)
“ It's brilliant and striking, and also one hell of a slog - this is my new benchmark for "admired more than enjoyed." That said, the final chapter is really powerful and touching and eminently watchable, and it brings the rest of the film home. ” - rfischer9100
Tokyo Drifter (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him. (89 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
“ Has a plot so thin that I thought I'd missed something (I hadn't) and a ludicrous pace, but the vivid colors and liveliness of the whole affair more than make up for its shallowness. A must-see for Tarantino fans. ” - rfischer9100
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ The double crosses get a bit ridiculous by the end, but this is a wonderfully smart and well-paced (and very cynical) Cold War spy thriller. ” - rfischer9100
Seconds (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An unhappy middle-aged banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity - one that comes with its own price. (106 mins.)
“ A very dark take on midlife regret that offers a lot of potential readings - there's intriguing material in Hamilton's character, the nature of this weird corporation and its procedures, the parallels to Rock Hudson's own inability to be open about his identity, and that ending... ” - rfischer9100
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back. (128 mins.)
“ A tense tale of honor ending in an explosion of violence and tragedy - in other words, just what you'd want from a good samurai film. There's an interesting generational element here that seems very salient for the time it was made. ” - rfischer9100
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. (95 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ I'm not sure that the film quite lives up to the promise of its plot; I think a little more work with characterization could have made the dynamics a lot more interesting, and I'm not sure the satire always lands. Then again, it's one hell of a promising plot. And the ending is fantastic. ” - rfischer9100
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ With this and Kiss Me Deadly, Aldrich made two of the most awesome-bonkers movies of classical Hollywood. I feel like he deserves some sort of special recognition for that. ” - rfischer9100
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
“ This generation of Soviet filmmakers really knew how to frame a shot in an original way, and this film is full of absolutely gorgeous images. The child soldier theme is perhaps a bit on the nose, but it does make an effective statement about war. What starts as a rather straightforward narrative does unravel and became kind of formless for much of the last third. ” - rfischer9100
Help! (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of a cult and the band must try to protect him from it. (92 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ A ridiculous and silly movie that feels more like a Monkees movie than a follow up to the innovative Hard Day's Night, but boy do I have a soft spot for it. For one thing, it's got better music because it's promoting a better album. For another, it's kitschy and fun. ” - rfischer9100
The Hustler (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
“ When we're just hanging out in a dingy pool hall shooting with Minnesota Fats, this film looks great, highlights fantastic performances, and establishes mood like few Hollywood films at the time. Those first 45 minutes are fantastic...then the plot kicks in, and it takes some wrong turns, including a very problematic female character. ” - rfischer9100
The Exiles (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Native Americans in Los Angeles. For 12 hours one Friday night, from late afternoon until dawn, we follow a handful of urban Indians... (72 mins.)
Director: Kent MacKenzie
“ An insightful drama that looks rather beautiful despite being uber-independent. Even though there are voice-over narrations, they reveal without being didactic or underlining themes - this film is about racial discrimination, poverty, and gender, but it doesn't feel like it has to explain its points to the audience. ” - rfischer9100
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.)
“ A fun low-budget horror movie that somehow launched one of the most successful sub-genres ever. ” - rfischer9100
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A "typical" day in the life of The Beatles, including many of their famous songs. (87 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ It was a great idea (and not necessarily a self-evident one at the time) to do this as a sort of neo-Marx Brothers anarchic comedy. Good fun throughout. I have the contrarian opinion of liking the brighter and even sillier Help! a bit better. ” - rfischer9100