My Top 20 by Year - 1966

by miran_kor | created - 18 Mar 2014 | updated - 08 Jun 2016 | Public

Under construction and always in progress.

The Best films from this year (according to IMDb) I've seen (so far).

Out of 179 films 'seen' (ie rated at IMDb). (Jun 2016)

Notes:

  • Features, shorts, docs and TV movies eligible ("A film is a film is a film.").
  • TV mini-series are NOT (unless stated otherwise).
  • My humble rates added (for films with the same rate just once or twice though).
  • Films with the same rate are ordered arbitrarily. Feel free to re-order them at your will.
  • When I saw more than 20 excellent films (9/10 or above in my book) from a certain year I'll try and list them ALL. That would make some lists much longer but all the excellentia deserves to be mentioned.


Cinema = cinema (big screen) viewing TV = TV viewing PC = download OL = online viewing VHS = VHS viewing

Yet to see (among many):

Voyna i mir (War and Peace, Bondarchuk, 1966) Tanin no kao (The Face of Another, Teshigahara, 1966) Taiji ga mitsuryô suru toki (The Embryo Hunts in Secret, Wakamatsu, 1966) Här har du ditt liv (Here Is Your Life, Troell, 1966) The Deadly Affair (Lumet, 1966) Alfie (Gilbert, 1966) The Sand Pebbles (Wise, 1966) Erogotoshi-tachi yori: Jinruigaku nyûmon (The Pornographers, Imamura, 1966) Krylya (Wings, Shepitko, 1966) Le deuxième souffle (Second Breath, Melville, 1966) Tôkyô nagaremono (Tokyo Drifter, Suzuki, 1966) Hakuchû no tôrima (Violence at High Noon, Ôshima, 1966) De man die zijn haar kort liet knippen (The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short, Delvaux, 1966) To homa vaftike kokkino (Blood on the Land, Georgiadis, 1966) L’armata Brancaleone (For Love and Gold, Monicelli, 1966) Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (Reisz, 1966) Harper (Smight, 1966) Le roi de coeur (King of Hearts, de Broca, 1966) Da zui xia (Come Drink With Me, K. Hu, 1966) Michelangelo Antonioni storia di un autore (Antonioni: Documents and Testimonials, Mingozzi, 1966, TV, doc) Dama spathi (Love Cycles, Skalenakis, 1966) The Group (Lumet, 1966) Django (Corbucci, 1966)

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1. Andrei Rublev (1966)

R | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer St. Andrei Rublev.

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

Votes: 40,339 | Gross: $0.10M

Cinema. 10/10.

2. Persona (1966)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 89,685

TV.

3. Cul-de-sac (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

In search of help, two wounded gangsters on the run find refuge in the secluded castle of a feeble man and his wife; however, under the point of a gun, nothing is what it seems.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Françoise Dorléac, Lionel Stander, Jack MacGowran

Votes: 10,640

Cinema.

4. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use their young houseguests to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other over the course of a distressing night.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

Votes: 65,200

Cinema.

5. The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Innocenti Totò and his son Innocenti Ninetto are drifting on a road in Italy, when they meet a Marxist speaking crow. The trio travels together in a long journey as their hunger increases.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi, Umberto Bevilacqua

Votes: 3,795

Cinema.

6. Masculin Féminin (1966)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance

92 Metascore

A romance between young Parisians, shown through a series of vignettes.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Chantal Goya, Marlène Jobert, Michel Debord

Votes: 11,323 | Gross: $0.20M

Cinema.

7. Father (1966)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

A boy in Budapest lost his father in 1945, when he was the age of six. He does not remember much of the father but fantasize that he performed various heroic feats.

Director: István Szabó | Stars: András Bálint, Miklós Gábor, Dániel Erdély, Kati Sólyom

Votes: 776

PC.

8. Lapis (1966)

10 min | Animation, Short

Mathematically precise early computer-aided animated piece based around the meditative-like inward and outward flow of images of the mandala.

Director: James Whitney

Votes: 327

OL.

9. Lights (1966)

6 min | Documentary, Short

A short film which uses light to convey emotion and beauty.

Director: Marie Menken

Votes: 176

PC.

10. Ljudi sa Neretve (1966)

16 min | Documentary, Short

Forgoing a narrator, dialogue and direct statements for the camera, the film depicts the life along the delta of the Neretva River.

Director: Obrad Gluscevic

Votes: 16

OL.

11. Blow-Up (1966)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

82 Metascore

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: 51,703

Cinema. 10/10.

12. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

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: 48,039 | Gross: $0.06M

PC. 9.5/10.

13. Death of a Bureaucrat (1966)

Unrated | 85 min | Comedy

A young man attempts to fight the system in an entertaining account of bureaucracy amok and the tyranny of red tape.

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: Salvador Wood, Silvia Planas, Manuel Estanillo, Omar Alfonso

Votes: 940

OL. 9.5/10.

14. Daisies (1966)

74 min | Comedy

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

Director: Vera Chytilová | Stars: Jitka Cerhová, Ivana Karbanová, Julius Albert, Jan Klusák

Votes: 8,644

PC. 9/10.

15. Hunger (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

In 1890, Pontus, the starving writer, wanders the streets of Christiania, in search of love and a chance to get his work published. All he meets is defeat and suffering while his sense of ... See full summary »

Director: Henning Carlsen | Stars: Per Oscarsson, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitte Federspiel, Knud Rex

Votes: 2,568

OL.

16. The War Is Over (1966)

121 min | Drama, War

Diego is one of the chiefs of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid. He is arrested at the border for an identity check but ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Yves Montand, Ingrid Thulin, Geneviève Bujold, Jean Dasté

Votes: 1,784

TV.

17. A Man and a Woman (1966)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Romance

A widow and a widower find their relationship developing into love, but their past tragedies prove hard to overcome, causing them to proceed with utmost delicacy.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Anouk Aimée, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Pierre Barouh, Valérie Lagrange

Votes: 8,699

TV.

18. Closely Watched Trains (1966)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform.

Director: Jirí Menzel | Stars: Václav Neckár, Josef Somr, Jitka Scoffin, Vladimír Valenta

Votes: 10,289 | Gross: $3.27M

TV.

19. The Round-Up (1966)

90 min | Drama, History, War

In Hungary, the national movement led by Kossuth has been crushed and the Austrian hegemony re-established, but partisans carry on with violent actions. In order to root out the guerilla, ... See full summary »

Director: Miklós Jancsó | Stars: János Görbe, Zoltán Latinovits, Tibor Molnár, Gábor Agárdi

Votes: 2,262

TV.

20. Tung (1966)

5 min | Short

Add a Plot

Director: Bruce Baillie

Votes: 79

OL.

21. The Red Angel (1966)

95 min | Drama, Romance, War

During the Sino-Japanese War, a young army nurse gives sympathy to her patients and falls in love with an impotent doctor who's addicted to morphine.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Shinsuke Ashida, Yûsuke Kawazu, Ranko Akagi

Votes: 1,146

OL.

22. Seconds (1966)

R | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

71 Metascore

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.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Rock Hudson, Frank Campanella, John Randolph, Frances Reid

Votes: 14,604

PC.

23. The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (1966 TV Movie)

G | 90 min | Biography, History

After the death of Cardinal Mazarin, young king Louis XIV decides to assert his power to control the aristocracy.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Jean-Marie Patte, Raymond Jourdan, César Silvagni, Katharina Renn

Votes: 1,172

TV.

24. The Hunt (1966)

91 min | Drama, Thriller

Three men go hunting rabbits during a hot day. Heat and talking about events happened in the past make them angry, until they go totally crazy.

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Ismael Merlo, Alfredo Mayo, José María Prada, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

Votes: 1,449

PC.

25. Carriage to Vienna (1966)

78 min | Drama, War

A WW2 story of a young Austrian soldier running from the Russian army and a woman whom he forces to come along in order to save his wounded mate.

Director: Karel Kachyna | Stars: Iva Janzurová, Jaromír Hanzlík, Ludek Munzar, Vladimír Ptácek

Votes: 583

PC.

26. The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1966)

115 min | Comedy

Three stories, all set in Treviso. Various couple experience adultery at a party, a bank clerk abandons his wife for his mistress and all the men in the end are prosecuted for having intercourse with an underage girl.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Virna Lisi, Gastone Moschin, Alberto Lionello, Olga Villi

Votes: 1,077

PC.

27. Trans-Europ-Express (1966)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A movie producer, director and assistant take the Trans-Europ-Express from Paris to Antwerp. They get the idea for a movie about a drug smuggler on their train and visualize it while taping the script.

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marie-France Pisier, Christian Barbier, Raoul Guylad

Votes: 1,334

PC.

28. A Report on the Party and Guests (1966)

71 min | Comedy, Drama

A small group of adult bourgeois friends are on a day outing in the country, that outing which includes having a picnic. While they are going for a walk after the picnic, they encounter a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Nemec | Stars: Ivan Vyskocil, Jan Klusák, Jiri Nemec, Pavel Bosek

Votes: 1,253

PC.

29. Black Girl (1966)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama

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: 2,726

PC.

30. The Dream (1966)

93 min | Drama, War

Young people in 1941 dream of the future in spite of the German advances, and continues to dream knowing that dreams cannot be taken away.

Director: Mladomir 'Purisa' Djordjevic | Stars: Ljubisa Samardzic, Mihailo 'Misa' Janketic, Olivera Katarina, Mija Aleksic

Votes: 59

TV.

31. The Chase (1966)

Passed | 134 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 9,330 | Gross: $5.00M

Cinema.

32. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring

Votes: 38,910

Cinema.

33. Roundabout (I) (1966)

95 min | Drama

Every Sunday, lonely bachelor and refined judge Mladen goes to play chess with his friend, sculptor Fedji. Slowly, he engages in a love affair with Neda, Fedia's wife, and almost invisibly,... See full summary »

Director: Zvonimir Berkovic | Stars: Stevo Zigon, Milena Dravic, Relja Basic, Boris Festini

Votes: 437

TV.

34. Isadora (1966 TV Movie)

65 min | Documentary, Biography

The outrageous life of the American dancer of the 1920s, Isadora Duncan, whom Ken Russell described as "part genius and part charlatan".

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Vivian Pickles, Peter Bowles, Alexei Jawdokimov, Murray Melvin

Votes: 192

PC.

35. Castro Street (1966)

Not Rated | 10 min | Documentary, Short

Inspired by a lesson from Erik Satie; a film in the form of a street - Castro Street running by the Standard Oil Refinery in Richmond, California ... switch engines on one side and refinery... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Baillie

Votes: 454

OL.

36. Mademoiselle (1966)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

In a French village, Manou is an Italian logger, virile, with a broad laugh. He can't say no to women's sexual invitations, and jealous villagers blame him for recent fires and a flood. He ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Ettore Manni, Keith Skinner, Umberto Orsini

Votes: 992

Cinema.

37. The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)

Unrated | 126 min | Comedy, War

Without hostile intent, a Soviet submarine runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith

Votes: 7,311 | Gross: $21.69M

TV.

38. The Office (1995)

5 min | Short, Drama

The insane government bureaucracy at a state pension window.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Star: Krzysztof Kowalewski

Votes: 658

OL.

39. Kivski Freski (1966)

13 min | Short, Drama

A short from Sergei Parajanov which combines various unused footage from his other films.

Director: Sergei Parajanov | Stars: Tengiz Archvadze, Vladimir Artman, Alexandr Kotchekov

Votes: 175

PC.

40. Zemlya lyudey (1966)

10 min | Documentary, Short

Essay praising human life and work, the everlasting beauty and expression of human thought.

Director: Artavazd Peleshian

Votes: 155

OL.

41. Syrinx (1965)

3 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Pan encounters a water nymph.

Director: Ryan Larkin

Votes: 295

OL.

OL.

43. Death in the Forenoon (1966)

2 min | Animation, Short

An experimental short by Jerome Hill in which footage of a bullfight is painted on the film.

Director: Jerome Hill

Votes: 112

OL.

44. Mosaic (I) (1966)

5 min | Animation, Short

A man sets a ping-pong ball into motion and it becomes fruitful and multiplies.

Directors: Evelyn Lambart, Norman McLaren | Star: Norman McLaren

Votes: 311

OL.

45. The Musical Pig (1966)

11 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

This is a film about an exceptional pig that could sing. Even though he could sing, all people could ever see in him, was only a piece of meat.

Director: Zlatko Grgic

Votes: 49

PC.

46. What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)

Approved | 116 min | Comedy, War

In World War II, a strategic Italian village agrees to surrender to the Allies only if it's allowed to organize a celebratory festival while giving aerial reconnaissance the false impression of fierce ground fighting.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: James Coburn, Dick Shawn, Sergio Fantoni, Giovanna Ralli

Votes: 1,576

Cinema.

47. Breakaway (1966)

5 min | Short, Music

Bruce Conner's 1966 dazzling dance short, "Breakaway", a film poem marrying the rhythm of the editing, movement of the body and the camera to a beautiful effect.

Director: Bruce Conner | Star: Toni Basil

Votes: 316

OL.

48. Man in the Frame (1966)

10 min | Animation, Short

The way bureaucracy works is told by men in the frames.

Director: Fyodor Khitruk

Votes: 198

OL.