1960s

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1960

apartment-1Best Motion Picture (1960): The Apartment (1960)
Release Date; June 30, 1960
Director: Billy Wilder
Studio: United Artists
The Apartment is a surprisingly racy movie for a Best Picture winner in the year 1960. It was directed by Billy Wilder, a Hollywood legend whose later fame would include Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, and many others. Jack Lemmon plays a mid-level insurance clerk who offers his apartment to executives at his company for secret romantic liaisons.

mag sevenThe Magnificent Seven (1960)
Release Date: October 12, 1960
Director: John Sturges
Studio: United Artists
The Magnificent Seven is Hollywood’s amazing re-imagining of Akira Kurosawa’s brilliant Seven Samurai. John Sturges offers a star-studded and grippingly simple tale about seven individual veteran gunslingers who are hired to defend a rural Mexican farming village from a brutal bandit who is extorting their food supply. The Magnificent Seven stars Eli Wallach, Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Brad Dexter, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, and Horst Buchholz.

A Bout De Souffle (1960)

Black Sunday (1960)

L’Aventura (1960)

La Dolce Vita (1960)

Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)

Breathless (1960)

Elmer Gantry (1960)

Inherit the Wind (1960)

Psycho (1960)

Peeping Tom (1960)

Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

Spartacus (1960)

The Sundowners (1960)

The Virgin Spring (1960)

1961

Best Motion Picture (1961): West Side Story (1961)

breakfast_at_tiffanysBreakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Release Date: October 5, 1961
Director: Blake Edwards
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Breakfast At Tiffany’s is based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Truman Capote. Audrey Hepburn delivers a memorable performance as Holly Golightly -a unique role for Hepburn as a flighty, vain, socialite. Holly meets a struggling writer named Paul who lives in a nearby flat in New York. They get into all manner of hijinks and fall in love. The film solidified Audrey Hepburn as a cultural, fashion icon. Several other notable Hollywood actors appear in the film: Mickey Rooney, Buddy Ebsen (of The Wizard of Oz and The Beverly Hillbillies fame), Patricia Neal, and Mary Balsam of 12 Angry Men and Psycho fame).

A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

The Hustler (1961)

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Leon Morin, Priest (1961)

Lola (1961)

The Misfits (1961)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

Victim (1961)

Viridiana (1961)

Yojimbo (1961)

1962

Best Picture (1962): Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

The_Man_Who_Shot_Liberty_Valance_(1962_poster)The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Release Date: April 18, 1962
Director: John Ford
Studio: Paramount
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a deeply reflective, pensive, and even pessimistic John Ford Western film starring John Wayne as the ruffian gunslinger, Tom Doniphon, and Jimmy Stewart as Ranse Stoddard, an educated man of the law. It is a brilliant film about the changing ways of the old west, and the question of who bears the true harbinger of law and order.

In the foreground, Bond wears a suit and is holding a gun; four female characters from the film are next to him.James Bond #1: Dr. No (1962)
Release Date: October 5, 1962
Director: Terence Young
Studio: United Artists
Based on the sixth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, Dr. No is the first Bond film to hit the big screen. In the film, James Bond (Sean Connery) travels to Jamaica to investigate the recent assassination of an MI6 agent. Upon arrival he uncovers a secret plot on a nearby island to detonate a nuclear weapon and disrupt a United States space launch. He and his new paramour, Honey Ryder (Swiss actress, Ursula Andress) fight to prevent the mad and reclusive Dr. No (played by Joseph Wiseman).

An Autumn Afternoon (1962)

Billy Budd (1962)

Cape Fear (1962)

Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

Harakiri (1962)

How the West Was Won (1962)

Jules et Jim (1962)

La Jetée (1962)

Lolita (1962)

Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

The Miracle Worker (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Vivre sa vie (1962)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Winter Light (1962)

1963

Best Picture (1963): Tom Jones (1963)

James Bond #2: From Russia With Love (1963)
Release Date: October 10, 1963
Director: Terence Young
Studio: Eon Productions
Terence Young again returns to direct the second James Bond film, based on Ian Fleming’s fifth James Bond novel. It is one of the best Bond films, and a Cold War classic. In the film, members of SPECTRE (under the direction of “Number 1” Blofield), pose as Soviet operatives to lure Bond to steal a cryptographic machine that is desired by the British government. They promptly punish Bond for killing their agent in the previous film, Dr. No.

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Release Date: November 7, 1963
Director: Stanley Kramer
Studio: United Artists
It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World tells the hilariously chaotic story as five random travelers witness a car accident near Palm Springs, California that leads them on a wild adventure to claim $350,000 buried under a large “W.” The film includes cameos from many famous actors including: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Jerry Lewis, Buster Keaton, The Three Stooges among many others.

Pink panther63.jpgThe Pink Panther (1963)
Release Date: December 18, 1963
Director: Blake Edwards
Studio: United Artists
The Pink Panther is the first film in the “Pink Panther” series featuring Peter Sellers as the bumbling but lovable French inspector, Jacques Clouseau. This first film focuses on the story of Sir Charles Lytton (played by David Niven) who moonlights as a jewel thief known as the “Phantom.” While Peter Sellers’s Clousea plays a background role, he still manages to steal the show. The Pink Panther is an amusing film, however later films in the series are superior because they focus mainly on the foibles of Inspector Clouseau.

8 1/2 (1963)

America, America (1963)

The Birds (1963)

Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Contempt (1963)

The Great Escape (1963)

The Leopard (1963)

Lilies of the Field (1963)

The Nutty Professor (1963)

The Silence (1963)

1964

my-fair-ladyBest Picture (1964): My Fair Lady (1964)
Release Date: October 21, 1964
Director: George Cukor
Studio: Warner Bros
Based on the stage adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion (1913), which was itself based on a story in Ovid, My Fair Lady takes place during the turn of the century Edwardian London. It is a light, whimsical musical –now an instantly recognizable classic– about a phonetics professor named Henry Higgins or ‘enry ‘iggins (Rex Harrison) who makes a wager that he can teach a poor Cockney girl selling flowers named Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) to become a presentable lady in high society. Upon release My Fair Lady was a massive critical and commercial success, winning eight Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director (George Cukor, his only award), and Best Actor (Rex Harrison), though Audrey Hepburn’s name was notably absent from the litany of awards.

Shot in the dark.jpgA Shot in the Dark (1964)
Release Date: June 23, 1964
Director: Blake Edwards
Studio: United Artists
In many ways A Shot In The Dark is the first true “Pink Panther” film, despite it technically being the second “Pink Panther” movie following the prior year’s The Pink Panther (1963). With Peter Sellers accidentally tearing up pool tables, walking into walls, stumbling into fountains, getting arrested numerous times, and accidentally wandering through a nudist colony into a traffic jam, A Shot in the Dark is a hilarious film.

A Hard Days night movieposter.jpgA Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Release Date: July 6, 1964
Director: Richard Lester
Studio: United Artists
A Hard Day’s Night is an anarchistic, irreverent “mockumentary” film that purports to follow The Beatles through a day in their lives at the height of Beatlemania. The film is rife with all manner of gags, one-liners, and situational humor drawn from a trove of silent comedy films. In a word, it refuses to take itself too seriously. It is delightfully funny, and it is a surprisingly influential film.

Fistful-of-Dollars-poster.jpgA Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Release Date: September 12, 1964
Director: Sergio Leone
Studio: Unidis
A Fistful of Dollars was supposed to be a low-budget Italian B-movie, but instead it revolutionized the Western film genre and became an essential “Spaghetti Western” picture (it was the first in Leone’s incredible “Dollars” trilogy). It stars Clint Eastwood as an unnamed gunslinger who arrives in the small Mexican town of San Miguel where two rival gangs are vying for power.

Image result for goldfingerJames Bond #3: Goldfinger (1964)
Release Date: September 17, 1964
Director: Guy Hamilton
Studio: Eon Productions
Goldfinger is the classic third Bond film, based on the seventh Bond Fleming novel of the same name. James Bond is sent to investigate a notorious gold smuggler named Auric Goldfinger where he uncovers a plot to infiltrate Fort Knox and render all the gold at Fort Knox unusable, thus increasing drastically the value of Goldfinger’s supply.

Bande a part (1964)

Becket (1964)

Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Gertrud (1964)

The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

La Peau douce (1964)

Marnie (1964)

mary-poppinsMary Poppins (1964)
Release Date: August 27, 1964
Director: Robert Stevenson
Studio: Disney
The beauty of Mary Poppins flows from its blend of live-action and cartoon animation, as well as its simple Disney studio backlot sets intended to represent Edwardian London of yesteryear. The year is 1910 and the Banks family, George and Winifred Banks, are having trouble maintaining a nanny for their unruly children until a magical, singing nanny named Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) arrives and takes the children on all manner of adventures with her friend, Bert (Dick Van Dyke).

Pale Flower (1964)

Seven Days In May (1964)

Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Zorba the Greek (1964)

1965

the sound of music 1Best Picture (1965): The Sound Of Music (1965)
Release Date: March 2, 1965
Director: Robert Wise
Studio: 20th Century Fox
The Sound of Music
is the cinematic musical masterpiece par excellence. It is an undeniable, towering film; one of my favorites of all time. Sentimental, gripping, sunny, hopeful, visually stunning, and rife with catchy, beautiful music TheSound of Music is a wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein picture featuring Dame Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.

Thunderball - UK cinema poster.jpgJames Bond #4: Thunderball (1965)
Release Date: December 9, 1965
Director: Terence Young
Studio: Eon Productions/United Artists
Terence Young returns to direct his third Bond film, Thunderball, based on the ninth Ian Fleming novel. In the film, SPECTRE has stolen two NATO nuclear weapons and is holding the world ransom, so James Bond is sent to the Bahamas to investigate the eye-patch wearing “Number 2” of SPECTRE. The film is memorable for its extensive underwater battle scenes.

For a Few Dollars More-ita-poster.jpgFor A Few Dollars More (1965)
Release Date: December 30, 1965
Director: Sergio Leone
Studio: United Artists
Per qualche dollaro in più is the second part of Leone’s masterful ‘Spaghetti Western’ “Dollars” trilogy. The film stars Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef as two bounty hunters who become embroiled in a conflict with a ruthless gang of bank robbers, led by a man named “Indio.” It features another brilliant Ennio Morricone score.

Alphaville (1965)

Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Help! (1965)

Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

Pierrot Le Fou (1965)

Repulsion (1965)

1966

Best Picture (1966): A Man for All Seasons (1966)

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966)
Release Date: December 23, 1966
Director: Sergio Leone
Studio: United Artists
Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo is perhaps the most famous “spaghetti western” of all time. Starring Clint Eastwood, It is the third and final episode in the Dollars Trilogy, along with A Fistful of Dollars (1962) and For A Few Dollars More (1965). The film takes place during the American Civil War as it follows three gunslingers seeking $200,000 of Confederate gold buried in the ground, while trying to avoid the Civil War battles of the New Mexico Campaign in 1862. This gritty American Western (filmed in Italy and Spain) features immense landscapes and an unforgettable score by Ennio Morricone.

Andrei Rublev (1966)

Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Blow-Up (1966)

Born Free (1966)

Masculin feminin (1966)

Persona (1966)

Van Gogh (1966)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

1967

Best Picture (1967): In the Heat of the Night (1967)

casino-royaleCasino Royale (1967)
Release Date: April 13, 1967
Directors: John Huston, Ken Hughes, Robert Parrish, Joseph McGrath, Val Guest
Studio: Columbia
Very loosely based on Ian Flemings’ inaugural James Bond novel, 1967’s Casino Royale is a silly, pitiful, chaotic, parody of the spy film genre. The production is now somewhat legendary for being complete pandemonium, with no less than five different directors, an army of script writers, an all-star cast with Woody Allen, David Niven, Orson Welles, and Peter Sellers, whose tumultuous experiences on set effectively disrupted the entire production and left us with this disjointed mess of a movie.

Cinema poster showing Sean Connery as James Bond sitting in a pool of water and being attended to by eight black-haired Japanese womenJames Bond #5: You Only Live Twice (1967)
Release Date: June 12, 1967
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Studio: Eon Productions/United Artists
Interestingly enough, the script for You Only Live Twice was written by noted children’s novelist, Roald Dahl (very loosely based on the Ian Fleming novel). This was originally intended to be Sean Connery’s final Bond film, but he later returned in Diamonds Are Forever in 1971. Bond is sent to Japan to gather intel on a spaceship which has been swallowing whole other international spaceships (these disappearances have brought international tensions high, to the near point of nuclear war). Bond discovers SPECTRE is behind the plot and he infiltrates their secret volcano lair to meet Blofeld (the infamous villain we finally meet for the first time) to stop the plot.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

The Graduate (1967)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

Hombre (1967)

The Jungle Book (1967)

La chinoise (1967)

La Collectionneuse (1967)

Le Samourai (1967)

Persona (1967)

Playtime (1967)

Point Blank (1967)

Samurai Rebellion (1967)

Weekend (1967)

1968

Best Picture (1968): Oliver! (1968)

once-upon-a-time-in-the-westOnce Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Release Date: December 20, 1968
Director: Sergio Leone
Studio: Paramount Pictures
C’era una volta il West is an epic, widescreen, Spaghetti Western directed by the great Sergio Leone. The cinematography is incredible and the score, again written by Ennio Morricone, is extraordinary. Unlike Leone’s Dollars trilogy, which is also brilliant, Once Upon a Time in the West is a somber and reflective film featuring wide sweeping shots of the old west and minimal dialogue. In many ways, Morricone’s score plays a much larger role in the film than any dialogue (each character has his or her own thematic music -most notably a haunting harmonica tune). The plot sees the coming of the railroad and vengeance against a killer, and it stars Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, and others.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Belle de Jour (1968)

In Cold Blood (1968)

The Exterminating Angel (1968)

The Lion in Winter (1968)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The Party (1968)

The Producers (1968)

Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Stolen Kisses (1968)

The Swimmer (1968)

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Yellow Submarine (1968)

1969

Best Picture (1969): Midnight Cowboy (1969)

A man in a dinner jacket on skis, holding a gun. Next to him is a red-headed woman, also on skis and with a gun. They are being pursued by men on skis and a bobsleigh, all with guns. In the top left of the picture are the words FAR UP! FAR OUT! FAR MORE! James Bond 007 is back!James Bond #6: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Release Date: December 18, 1969
Director: Peter R. Hunt
Studio: Eon Productions/United Artists
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is the first Bond film not to star Sean Connery. It stars Australian male-model, George Lazenby as James Bond. This Bond film is known for sticking closely to the Ian Fleming novel. It tells the story of an agreement between Bond and a Portuguese gangster: for Bond to marry his troubled daughter in exchange for information on the whereabouts of Bond’s arch-enemy, Blofeld, who is developing a bacterial weapon at an institute high in the Swiss Alps. The film has a memorably tragic ending.

Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

Army of Shadows (1969)

The Arrangement (1969)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Easy Rider (1969)

The Firemen’s Ball (1969)

The Italian Job (1969)

Le Chagrin et la Pitié (“The Sorrow and the Pity” 1969)

My Night at Maud’s (1969)

Red Beard (1969)

Take the Money and Run (1969)

True Grit (1969)

The Wild Bunch (1969)

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