REWIND & RANK: TOP 10 Movies of the 1960s

RANKING THE YEAR’S BEST: FROM OSCAR MOVIES TO BLOCKBUSTERS

Walk down memory lane… And let the movie nerd debate begin.

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Let’s REWIND to the 1960s.

PART 1: Featuring Movies from 1960 – 1964.

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These are personal TOP 10s ranking Oscar-nominated movies right alongside popcorn-munching blockbusters, indie films, b-movies, and cult classics.You never know, you might even uncover a hidden gem or two.

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The 1960s have some all-time greats of cinema. There are some truly legendary films that premiered from 1960-1964. The #1 movie during this period was MY FAIR LADY with $72 million (not adjusted for inflation). My Notable Must-Watch list is filled with films that have withstood the test of time. Every year (up to today) there are several must-see movies that slipped through the cracks for me.

My TOP 10 is followed by HONORABLE MENTIONS and the Best of ART VS POPCORN.

Let’s dig in…


THE TOP 10

10. BLOOD & BLACK LACE (1964)

9. THE BIRDS (1963)

8. CLEOPATRA (1963)

7. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960)

6. A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964)

5. THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963)

4. CAPE FEAR (1962)

3. PSYCHO (1960)

2. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

1. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)


HONORABLE MENTIONS

listed alphabetically

8 1/2 / CHARADE / FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE / GOLDFINGER / JASON & THE ARGONAUTS / THE LONGEST DAY / MARY POPPINS / THE PINK PANTHER / SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS / THE SWORD IN THE STONE


bonus GOODNESS

CARNIVAL OF SOULS / DEMENTIA 13 / DR. NO / THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY / JULES ET JIM / THUNDERBALL


MY MUST-WATCH LIST

THE MOST NOTABLE FILMS I NEED TO SEE 

1960 // THE APARTMENT / BREATHLESS / LA DOLCE VITA / INHERIT THE WIND / SPARTACUS // 1961 // BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S / THE GUNS OF NAVARONE /  THE HUSTLER / WEST SIDE STORY / YOJIMBO // 1962 //  BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ / LOLITA / THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE / MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY / WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? // 1963 // BLACK SABBATH / THE HAUNTING / IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD / LILIES OF THE FIELD / THE WHIP & THE FLESH // 1964 // DR. STRANGELOVE / A HARD DAY’S NIGHT / THE KILLERS / MY FAIR LADY / THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA


MORE NOTABLE FILMS I NEED TO SEE

1960 // THE ALAMO / L’AVVENTURA / BLACK SUNDAY / CIMARRON / EYES WITHOUT A FACE / EXODUS / HOUSE OF USHER / PEEPING TOM / SATURDAY NIGHT & SUNDAY MORNING / THE SUNDOWNERS / THE TIME MACHINE / THE VIRGIN SPRING // 1961 // BLUE HAWAII / EL CID / ERIK THE CONQUEROR / THE EXILES /  HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD / HOMICIDAL / THE INNOCENTS / JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG / THE MISFITS / NIGHT TIDE / THE PIT & THE PENDULUM / A RAISIN IN THE SUN / THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY / TWO WOMEN / VIRIDIANA // 1962 // ALL FALL DOWN / THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS / L’ECLISSE / HOW THE WEST WAS WON / LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT / THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE // 1963 // AMERICA AMERICA / BLOOD FEAST / BUSHIDO, SAMURAI SAGA / THE CARDINAL / CONTEMPT (LE MEPRIS) / THE EVIL EYE (THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH) / HUD / IRMA LA DOUCE / THE LEOPARD / McLINTOCK! / THE RAVEN / TOM JONES / THE VIPs // 1964 // 7 FACES OF DR. LAO / FAIL SAFE /  HUSH, HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE / MARNIE / THE NAKED KISS / A SHOT IN THE DARK / THE TRAIN / WOMAN IN THE DUNES / ZORBA, THE GREEK / ZULU


What do you think?

Stay tuned for more REWIND & RANK.


 

15 thoughts on “REWIND & RANK: TOP 10 Movies of the 1960s

  1. Wow, your must watch lists are insane! So many good movies in there. Judgement at Nuremburg was fantastic, as was Inherit the Wind – both legal dramas, yet so completely different.

    One of my favourite movies of all time is Night of the Iguana from 1964. It stars Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner and is emotionally powerful from start to finish. Check it out if you get a chance.

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      1. I’m ashamed to say it, but I don’t think I’ve watched a Tracy or Kelly film. I know. Hurts the nerd cred 😉 And probably my enjoyment of La La Land. Hehehe. Thanks for the reminder though. I NEED to see them!

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  2. For a war… or indeed anti-war, movie that rises above cowboys and injuns does Zulu, (1964) not have any place in your heart? Ok not necessarily for some of the battle scenes, but for some stunningly apposite dialogue. It offers the conjuration of an Alamo atmosphere where death for our heroes is the inevitable consequence along with a back story for the Zulu nation that gives them dimension that is never come close to in tales such as Cheyenne Autumn and the later Little Big Man and even Dances with Wolves

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    1. Thanks for chiming in. I’ve heard of ZULU, but haven’t seen it. It’s one of the many films I need to see on my Must-Watch List (above). Thanks for the quick review. I’m even more intrigued to see it now 😉

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  3. Wow, Dan, you went way back this time. Cool! Your list is a fine one. Quite a lot of creepy films that year, yes? I loved ‘Cape Fear’ and who doesn’t like ‘Psycho’? Night of the Iguana is a fine play adaptation. Love that shot of the tunnel in ‘The Exiles’. Great post, as usual.

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  4. Must have been hard to pick between To Kill A Mockingbird and Lawrence of Arabia. I’d go Lawrence but that is a tough choice there. Another great round up of classic films, championing forgotten game changers and sexy images.

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