The Best 60s Movies

by Batmans_girlfriend | created - 24 Feb 2013 | updated - 28 Mar 2016 | Public

The 60s movies I've seen so far...

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1. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 141,860

2. The Great Escape (1963)

Approved | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

87 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 192,224 | Gross: $12.10M

3. The Italian Job (1969)

G | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone

Votes: 34,787

4. The Longest Day (1962)

G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda

Votes: 46,923 | Gross: $39.10M

This is far more engaging than 'Lawrence of Arabia' which it lost the oscar to.

5. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

61 Metascore

James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world.

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 67,279 | Gross: $22.80M

You're wrong: this IS better than 'Goldfinger' and here's why...

1. Great music 2. The most genuinely romantic of the franchise 3. The best Blofeld 4. Fantastic ski chases - corny gadgets aren't even needed. 5. Actual poignancy is achieved 6. Best Bond girl

Quite frankly everyone, a serious contender for the best Bond film ever.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

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: 253,450

Read the book first, if you haven't already.

7. From Russia with Love (1963)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Lotte Lenya, Daniela Bianchi

Votes: 99,574 | Gross: $24.80M

8. Dr. No (1962)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

78 Metascore

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 127,507 | Gross: $16.07M

9. Goldfinger (1964)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

87 Metascore

Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 151,450 | Gross: $51.08M

10. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 168,745 | Gross: $163.21M

I'm sorry but this is just a brilliant film. I don't like musicals on the whole but I love the Sound of Music. There are some over the top sugary songs that I had to skip, but not having watched it for about 15 years I was astonished at how much I DID enjoy it. Have I become a raving sentimentalist? quite possibly.

11. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Sport

A juvenile offender at a tough reform school impresses its governor with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay, Avis Bunnage, Alec McCowen

Votes: 6,530

12. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

TV-PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 39,793 | Gross: $28.90M

13. Easy Rider (1969)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama

86 Metascore

Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza

Votes: 83,305 | Gross: $41.73M

14. Where Eagles Dare (1968)

PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, War

Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark

Votes: 44,746

15. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 124,129 | Gross: $102.27M

16. The Sword in the Stone (1963)

G | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

A poor boy named Arthur learns the power of love, kindness, knowledge and bravery with the help of a wizard called Merlin in the path to become one of the most beloved kings in English history.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson, Junius Matthews

Votes: 74,434 | Gross: $22.18M

17. Born Free (1966)

PG | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The story of George and Joy Adamson and the orphaned lion cub, Elsa, they adopt.

Directors: James Hill, Tom McGowan | Stars: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Lukoye

Votes: 5,156

Enjoyed this one. Great shots of African landscapes, playful interaction of animals and of animals with humans, slow pace of life...

I found it a touch uncomfortable seeing a white couple in Kenya (however warm and friendly they were) with local black men working for them. I don't think it is in anyway a racist film but I wonder if the title 'Born Free' is a bit ironic when you compare the lifestyles and social positions of the white and black peoples in the film.

Am I just being politically correct? I don't think so. I think we have to re-examine films just like any other work of art within the context of our times. That does not mean that this picture is redundant (even though there are elements of naivety bordering on pure thoughtlessness): it still remains an intimate and affectionate portrait of human and animal trying to co-exist, and it has an important message about the limits of our ability to 'control' nature. It is also interesting from a psychological point of view: I kept wondering about Joy's personal history. Why had she developed such a close relationship with animals? Was her extraordinary tie to the lion 'Elsa' in part because she couldn't have a child of her own? Had she lost a child?

Other reviews of 'Born Free' talk about how this is a 'cute family-friendly picture'. It is, but it also goes deeper than that. There are undercurrents of great sadness: our natural world is shrinking because the human population is out of control... and that people have to take precedence over wild beasts (I always find this supremely ironic).

18. The Jungle Book (I) (1967)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.

Director: Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, Bruce Reitherman

Votes: 140,686 | Gross: $141.84M

19. Thunderball (1965)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

64 Metascore

James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi

Votes: 90,319 | Gross: $63.60M

20. How to Steal a Million (1966)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

Romantic comedy about a woman who must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries, and the man who helps her.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 20,594

21. The Lion in Winter (1968)

PG | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

1183 A.D.: 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.

Director: Anthony Harvey | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle

Votes: 25,479 | Gross: $0.02M

Stunning acting.

22. Battle of Britain (1969)

G | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the UK.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Harry Andrews, Curd Jürgens

Votes: 17,930

23. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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: 225,038 | Gross: $44.82M

Undoubtedly great, but not a film I'd want to see more than once. It's lllooonnnngggg.

24. Torn Curtain (1966)

PG | 128 min | Thriller

An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin before planning an escape back to the West.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova, Hansjörg Felmy

Votes: 21,071

Overall quirky and thoughtful, with a satisfying ending.

I don't think Andrews and Newman had good on screen chemistry. I felt that Andrews was uncomfortable in a wifely, submissive role (in contrast to the bold, independent roles in Mary Poppins & Sound of Music) and Newman was a bit wooden. Other, less well known actors, were more impressive. Especially the woman who played a Polish character near the end: a very moving performance of a someone desperate to get out of East Germany and seek a better quality of life in the United States.

25. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heals. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 175,861 | Gross: $102.31M

26. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours 11 minutes (1965)

G | 138 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Sabotage efforts damage an international air race.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, James Fox, Alberto Sordi

Votes: 6,367 | Gross: $31.11M

27. Arabesque (1966)

Unrated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Story of international intrigue involving a university professor, an Arab prime minister, a ruthless businessman, a beautiful spy, and hieroglyphics.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Alan Badel, Kieron Moore

Votes: 5,259

I started watching this with the attitude 'anything with Gregory Peck is fine with me...' but actually, I was quickly disappointed as this movie has dated more than other 60s films he did. Particularly irksome are some of the condescending and patronising attitudes to women, which now seem ridiculous, but then were common. Other disappointing aspects included fairly substandard acting, unsophisticated plotting, and a general predictability. However, I will say there were moments when the filming techniques were interesting and quite quirky. Odd and surprising perspectives and clever use of lighting definitely kept me watching longer than I would otherwise have done.

Overall this felt like a movie that relies too heavily on its star cast.

28. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

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.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 577,069 | Gross: $6.10M

I didn't enjoy this at all. I thought it was totally boring.