My Favorite Films of the 1960’s

The era of the 1960’s was a veritable world-wide artistic explosion. While you might not agree with my choices or the ranking of certain films, remember that these films are important to me.

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50.  The Graduate……….d. Mike Nichols

49.  Blow Up……….d. Micheangelo Antonioni   (Italy)

48.  Village of the Damned……….d. Wolf Rilla  (UK)

47.  Judgment at Nuremburg……….d. Stanley Kramer

46.  The Wild Bunch……….d. Sam Peckinpah

45.  The Blue Max……….d. John Guillerman

44.  A Fistful of Dollars……….d. Sergio Leone (Italy / Spain / W. Germany)

43.  Yojimbo……….d. Akira Kurosawa (Japan)

42.  8 ½……….d. Federico Fellini (Italy)

41.  Hell Is for Heroes……….d. Don Siegel

40.  L’Avventura……….d. Micheangelo Antonioni (Italy)

39.  Easy Rider……….d. Dennis Hopper

38.  For a Few Dollars More……….d. Sergio Leone (Italy / Spain / W. Germany)

37.  Where Eagles Dare……….d. Brian G. Hutton (UK / USA)

36.  Jason and the Argonauts……….d. John Chaffee (UK / USA)

35.  Fahrenheit 451……….d. Francois Truffaut  (UK)

34.  Who’s That Knocking at My Door……….d. Martin Scorsese

33.  Peeping Tom……….d.  Michael Powell (UK)

32.  Saturday Night and Sunday Morning……….d. Karel Reisz  (UK)

31.  Dr. Zhivago……….d. David Lean (USA / Italy / UK)

30.  The Time Machine……….d. George Pal

29.  The Pink Panther……….d. Blake Edwards

28.  Never on Sunday……….d. Jules Dassin (Greece / USA)

27.  Rock and Roll Circus……….d. Michael Lindsay-Hogg (UK)

26.  Breathless……….d. Jean-Luc Godard (France)

25.  Yellow Submarine……….d. George Dunning (UK / USA)

24.  Shoot the Piano Player……….d. Francois Truffaut (France)

23.  The Producers……….d. Mel Brooks

22.  Dr. Strangelove……….d. Stanley Kubrick

21.  Psycho……….d. Alfred Hitchcock

20.  Monterrey Pop……….d. D.A. Pennebaker

19.  Jules and Jim……….d. Francois Truffaut (France)

18.  In The Heat of the Night……….d. Norman Jewison

17.  The Great Escape……….d. John Sturges

16.  Lawrence of Arabia……….d. David Lean

15.  Once Upon a Time in the West……….d. Sergio Leone (Italy / Spain / USA)

14.  Planet of the Apes……….d. Franklin J. Schaffner

13.  The Battle of Algiers……….d. Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy / Algeria)

12.  Two for The Road……….d. Stanley Donnan

11.  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner……….d. Stanley Kramer

10.  The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance……….d. John Ford

09.  A Shot in The Dark……….d. Blake Edwards

08.  Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid……….d. George Roy Hill

07.  The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly……….d. Sergio Leone (Italy / Spain / W. Germany / USA)

06.  The Bride Wore Black……….d. Francois Truffaut (France)

05.  The Longest Day……….d.  5 Directors for different sequences and locations*

04.  The Bible……….d. John Huston

03.  Help……….d. Richard Lester (UK)

02.  A Hard Day’s Night……….d. Richard Lester (UK)

01.  2001: A Space Odyssey……….d. Stanley Kubrick

 

*Ken Annakin / Andrew Martin / Bernhard Wicki / Gerd Oswald / Darryl F. Zanuck

8 thoughts on “My Favorite Films of the 1960’s

  1. And there it is: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly! I can’t even begin to think how many times I’ve seen that movie, yet when I walk into a room and it is on, I have to watch it again.

    There are several movies on the list I’d like to see again, and a few I’d like to see for the first time. I’ve not seen 2001: Space Odyssey or Fahrenheit 451, but heard both were excellent. If I get the chance to see them, I will.

    Thanks for the memory trip.

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  2. I wonder though: will they stand the test of time? I watched Firestarter for the first time last weekend, and while the concept was okay, the story line wasn’t great.

    Obviously special effects have come a long way, so I took them for what they were worth back in the 80s when the film was produced. I find the movies that depended on special effects too much are the ones that look cheesy twenty years later. Yet, you get a movie like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly where there are no special effects, and you are right there without being tossed out of the story due to cheesy film play.

    If the stories are solid, they can make up for cheesy special effects.

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