Top 25 Movies of the 1960s

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  1. Brian Mc

    Brian Mc Forum Resident

    Denver, CO
    I briefly scanned wikipedia and came up with this list...but wow, I had to cut so many films! This list is more or less by year of release since that's how wiki ordered them.

    El Cid
    Judgment at Nuremberg
    The Birds
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    The Miracle Worker
    Le Mépris
    From Russia with Love
    The Great Escape
    Mary Poppins
    Joy House (Les Felins)
    The Sound of Music
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Wait Until Dark
    Belle de jour
    The Taming of the Shrew
    Planet of the Apes
    Romeo & Juliet
    Rosemary's Baby
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    The Sicilian Clan (Le Clan des Siciliens)
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  2. ando here

    ando here Forum Resident

    new york, ny
    Love the question! (Don't give a **** about my ratings. ;))

    1. Andrei Rublev
    2. Long Day's Journey Into Night
    3. Diary of a Country Priest
    4. Mamma Roma
    5. Exterminating Angel
    6. Gertrud
    7. Shame
    8. Battle of Algiers
    9. One Eyed Jacks
    10. Chimes at Midnight
    11. Othello (Olivier)
    12. Shoot The Piano Player
    13. Raisin In The Sun
    14. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    15. The Color of Pomegrantes (Sayat Nova)
    16. West Side Story
    17. Lawrence of Arabia
    18. The Birds
    19. Straight-Jacket
    20. The Sporting Life
    21. The Wild Bunch
    22. Army of Shadows
    23. Burn!
    24. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
    25. The Trial

    Well regarded films I've yet to watch:

    The Hill
    The Great Escape
    The Italian Job
    The Learning Tree
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  3. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The Hill and The Learning Tree are both very good movies. I love Steve McQueen, but I couldn't get into "the Great Escape"
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  4. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Music gives me Eargasms

    I knew it wouldn't be long before a Beatles movie was mentioned Michael. :p
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  5. Raylinds

    Raylinds Martinis, music and glowing tubes

    A lot of good movies listed, but I can't believe nobody has mentioned one of my all-time favorites- The Night of the Iguana.
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  6. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    LOL! it was not intentional! ; )
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  7. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident

    I've picked 25 and I can easily think of 25 more:
    1. Yojimbo
    2. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    3. Hud
    4. Hombre
    5. Tell Them Willie Boy Was Here
    6. The President's Analyst
    7. Hour of the Wolf
    7. Persona
    8. The Americanization of Emily
    9. Farenheit 451
    10. Cool Hand Luke
    11. Rosemary's Baby
    12. Take the Money and Run
    13. Night of the Living Dead
    14. The Producers
    15. Blowup
    16. 8 1/2
    17. Night of the Eagle
    19. Le Doulios
    20. The Masque of the Red Death
    21. West Side Story
    22. Peeping Tom
    23. Alphaville
    24. The Sleeping Car Murders
    25. The Killers
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  8. MPLRecords

    MPLRecords Owner of nine copies of Tug of War

    Rochester, NY
    Ordered by year of release; Nothing from 1969.

    Ocean's 11
    Two Rode Together

    Judgment at Nuremberg
    The Ladies Man

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Mr. Hobbes Takes a Vacation
    The Manchurian Candidate
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    From Russia With Love
    It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
    Take Her, She's Mine
    The Nutty Professor
    The Pink Panther

    A Shot In The Dark
    Dr. Strangelove
    A Hard Day's Night

    The Flight Of The Phoenix
    The Family Jewels

    After The Fox
    The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

    You Only Live Twice

  9. ando here

    ando here Forum Resident

    new york, ny
    The Cincinnati Kid nearly made the list and, of course, The Getaway is my favorite McQueen full feature but that's another decade.
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  10. ando here

    ando here Forum Resident

    new york, ny
    I would have have if the list was top 50!
  11. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter


    Feel free to name 25 more! There's some fine movies on your list, and when I need some suggestions, I'll definitely come back to this thread.
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  12. ando here

    ando here Forum Resident

    new york, ny
    Yeah, Kubrick's 2001 is a beautiful looking film and the theme of technology literally threatening humanity is a prescient one but it's a bit overrated, imo. Lawrence, however, can be enjoyed on multiple levels. The superficial story of an outlier character embroiled in an armed conflict in the desert is probably the least interesting. Ha

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  13. MPLRecords

    MPLRecords Owner of nine copies of Tug of War

    Rochester, NY
    Oh darn, forgot The Haunting! Scratch Mr. Chicken. (Sorry, Don.)
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  14. Frangelico

    Frangelico Forum Resident

    I’ll go with an Italian film list -

    Red Desert
    Blow Up
    La Dolce Vita
    8 1/2
    Fists in the Pocket
    The Battle of Algiers
    Blood and Black Lace
    Il Sorpasso
    I Knew Her Well
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    Il Posto
    Girl with a Suitcase
    Black Sunday
    Two Women
    Juliet of the Spirits
    The Damned
    La Notte
    Salvatore Giuliano
    Hands over the City
    The Great Silence
    I Fidanzati
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  15. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident

    Not a Pasolini fan?

    I narrowly missed including several of his films on my own, all-encompassing list, but, if I were to restrict myself to just Italian films, I couldn’t ignore him. His 1960s work is very strong. Mamma Roma and Teorema would definitely make the cut. It would be hard to leave out Accattone, also. Although not generally regarded as top-tier Pasolini, I have a strong admiration for Porcile; it covers similar ground to the later, controversial Salò, but in a more restrained manner.
  16. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Pasolini's first 2 are great (Mamma Roma, Accatone)
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  17. Frangelico

    Frangelico Forum Resident

    Not a huge fan, but I’d probably throw Accattone, Mamma Roma and Teorema all in a top 50 Sixties Italian film list.
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  18. ando here

    ando here Forum Resident

    new york, ny
    I was checking out Mr. Chicken last night. Goofy fun. Thanks.
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  19. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident


    1. The Hustler
    2. Medium Cool
    3. Le Samourai
    4. Shoot the Piano Player
    5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    6. One Eyed Jacks
    7. This Sporting Life
    8. To Kill a Mockingbird
    9. Midnight Cowboy
    10. Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice
    11. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
    12. Sergeant Rutledge
    13. Séance on a Wet Afternoon
    14. A Man and a Woman
    15. The Manchurian Candidate
    16. Belle de Jour
    17. Dr Zhivago
    18. Chimes at Midnight
    19. The Birds
    20. The Pit and the Pendulum
    21. Repulsion
    22. Satyricon
    23. L’Avventura
    24. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
    25. The Train
  20. Jason Penick

    Jason Penick Forum Resident

    I've currently got about 75-80 acclaimed movies from this decade still on my watchlist (more now thanks to you people). But of the ones I've seen, here's 25 I'd highly recommend.

    1. Dr. Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying Love the Bomb)
    2. Rosemary's Baby
    3. Easy Rider
    4. Head
    5. The Wild Bunch
    6. The Graduate
    7. Faces
    8. Monterey Pop
    9. Last Summer
    10. Midnight Cowboy
    11. The Odd Couple
    12. How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying
    13. The T.A.M.I. Show
    14. The Manchurian Candidate
    15. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    16. The Birds
    17. Bonnie & Clyde
    18. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
    19. The Producers
    20. Blue Hawaii
    21. I Love You Alice B. Toklas
    22. Wild in the Country
    23. Lolita
    24. The Trip
    25. Lord Love a Duck
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  21. mBen989

    mBen989 Forum Resident

    Scranton, PA
    Once again, I went by release/premiere date.

    The Exterminating Angel
    Lawrence of Arabia
    The Leopard/Il Gatopardo
    From Russia with Love
    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
    Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
    A Shot in the Dark
    A Hard Day's Night
    Andrei Rublev
    War and Peace/Voyna i Mir
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly/Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo
    The Producers
    2001: a space odyssey
    Night of the Living Dead
    Yellow Submarine
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    The Wild Bunch
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    The Color of Pomegranates
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  22. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident

    Argghhhh!!! How could I miss this???
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  23. PianoMangler

    PianoMangler Forum Resident

    Fahrenheit 451 (1966) would be in the mix for me.
  24. PCM7027

    PCM7027 Forum Resident

    The Apartment
    Belle de Jour
    The Birds
    A Fistful of Dollars
    For a Few Dollars More
    The Graduate
    A Hard Day's Night
    In the Heat of the Night
    The Italian Job
    Le Journal d'une Femme de Chambre
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Rosemary's Baby
    The Train
    Where Eagles Dare
    Whistle Down the Wind
    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Yellow Submarine
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  25. skisdlimit

    skisdlimit Forum Resident

    Bellevue, WA
    Based mainly on re-watchability for me (listed in no particular order, and with brief commentary):

    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (great, though I think you really need the big screen to fully appreciate this)
    2. The Producers (so much better to me than the later Broadway remake)
    3. The Sound of Music (one of these days I should attend a live sing-a-long presentation, which I've heard is lots of fun)
    4. Yojimbo (borders on silly, and was clearly the inspiration for John Belushi's samurai spoof, but this just might be my favorite Kurosawa/Mifune outing)
    5. The Haunting (Robert Wise's time spent with Orson Welles, who I think could've directed this, clearly shows here; never saw the remake, and have no intention to do so)
    6. Bambi Meets Godzilla (short and, uh..."sweet"! :winkgrin:)
    7. The Endless Summer (easy to overlook given it's essentially a documentary of sorts, especially in fall/winter, but good anytime of the year)
    8. From Russia With Love (arguably the best of the Bond flicks, but all of those first three films are classics)
    9. A Shot in the Dark (likewise, I tend to prefer this sequel over the original Pink Panther movie)
    10. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (well, this could be called a "guilty pleasure" if you believe there truly is such a thing, but it has proven hugely influential over time)
    11. Sweet Charity (one of Bob Fosse's best with terrific music/choreography, and fine performances all around, especially from Chita Rivera, who IMHO almost steals the show)
    12. Psycho (arguably Hitchcock's last great film, and for my money one of his very best; I'd skip the sequels, though, which really miss his masterful touch)
    13. Yellow Submarine (funny that the Beatles weren't keen to do this, but changed their minds once it became a hit, and effectively evoked their whole Sgt. Pepper era)
    14. The Odd Couple (while it was fun to see Matthau and Lemmon re-teamed years later in those Grumpy Old Men flicks, this I think stands the test of time better)
    15. Lawrence of Arabia (interesting to see such divided opinion here; as with 2001, I think this works best on the big screen, but I do get drawn in to at least its first half whenever it comes on TV)
    16. Planet of the Apes (lacks the critical cache of 2001, and probably is more cheesy and dumb, but remains highly entertaining to this day, unlike its sequels/TV shows/remake/etc.)
    17. A Boy Named Charlie Brown (the first, and arguably the best, of the feature-length Peanuts films, but I like 'em all)
    18. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (a bit tedious in places, and the dubbing really is horrible, but the soundtrack rocks, making this perhaps the best "spaghetti western")
    19. Take the Money and Run (Woody Allen's second directed film, and a funny one at that; can't forget him with a soap gun, or his awful apartment :laugh:)
    20. Monterey Pop (a total '67 time capsule filled with memorable performances, especially Hendrix setting his guitar on fire)
    21. Performance (a tour de force, well..."performance" from Mick Jagger, which I much prefer over his later role in Freejack, or Keith's stupid pirate cameo in that lame Johnny Depp flick)
    22. Dr. Strangelove (a triple role for Peter Sellers drives this dark comedy, but I think George C. Scott, who was absolutely hilarious here, actually upstaged him)
    23. Batman (a feature-length extension of the popular TV series, and I'd say just as good, if not essential)
    24. The Raven (Vincent Price is always great, even if his films mostly aren't; this one gets the nod for also featuring Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and a young Jack Nicholson)
    25. Jason and the Argonauts (Ray Harryhausen is justly celebrated, and those day-glo skeletons absolutely rule! :cool:)
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