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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 6 Dec 2009 09:18
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40 From 60: My Favorite Films From The 1960's

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People who added this item 2932 Average listal rating (1830 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.6

I must admit, I'm not a big fan of Disney animated movies, but this is one of the few that I can admit to liking.
This screen version of the classical Jungle Book had just enough of the bare necessities to barely make it on this list of 1960's favorites.

Spoiler alert!

In this particular Frankenstein movie, Doc Vic's creation enters the Toho universe and goes from being just a plain ol' human-sized Frankenstein's Monster to becoming a giant several stories tall Frankenstein's Kaiju Monster. Well, at least, in his heart he does.
And here's the spoiler alert part; despite what the movie title suggests, Frankenstein doesn't really actually conquer the world. But at the height of 300 feet, he does end up covering a lot more landscape than before.
And in keeping with the theme of mashing up the madcap with the macabre, Mary Shelley rolls over in her grave.

People who added this item 282 Average listal rating (156 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
Funny Girl (1968)
The only Barbara Streisand movie in any of my lists.
I promise.

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People who added this item 104 Average listal rating (64 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.5
One of the things I liked about the Toho daikaiju was their ability to incorporate really cool and creative story-ideas into the middle of the rubbery cheese that was running amok thru the cardboarded streets and buildings of Nippon.
Mothra being my favorite example. Two tiny little beauties act almost as their familiars, who communicate telepathically with great godlike beast. Also, Mothra is usually treated as a Phoenix-like entity, in that every time it dies, it is soon resurrected as a giant egg, soon to hatch into it's larvae form (almost as equally formidable as it's adult moth stage).
For me, it's the over-all mythological slant that accompanies this particular kaiju that sets it apart from it's floppy-footed counterparts and therefore makes it one of my more favorites of the eastern-themed genre.

People who added this item 111 Average listal rating (70 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.4
For the first time ever, Godzilla, Minilla, Mothra, Rodan, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Baragon, and Varan, all together in one movie, kicking all sorts of ass with their big, floppy rubber feet (or any other appendages of like-minded floppy purposes).
And it's all because of those stupid aliens!
This is the original Monsters Versus Aliens epic,
not to mention, the battle royale of all battle royales! With cheese!
Run for your lives!!!!

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People who added this item 603 Average listal rating (374 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Okay, here we have the Fab Four* starring in an animated movie about an underwater ride of psychodelica that is supposed to be geared towards kids of all ages. But we all know that, even though some little ones may find some attraction to the bright colors splashed all over this feature, the main viewers who are gonna be attracted to this sixties semi-surreal submersible are those who will grow up with an affinity towards "trips" of a more esoterically exotic nature.
ya gotta love the sixties.

*BTW, for those of the younger generation, when I, or just about anyone else, refer to to the Fab Four, we're talking about the Beatles. I know many of today's musical acts have had that nickname applied to them, but for my generation, the originators of that term is and always will be the boys from Liverpool.
To be honest, I'm usually not a real big fan of any exploitation films.
But when I first heard one of the crazy female characters in this flick say the line "Honey, we don't like nothing soft. Everything we touch is hard",
I knew instantly that I wuz in love.

People who added this item 2561 Average listal rating (1586 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
ย 'Ey, considering who the dad of Rosemary's baby is (hint: "The Lord Of Evil" tends to be the title he tends to use the most as his job description),
does that mean that whenever Rosemary's baby did something good, it would have to be given a time out?

People who added this item 1360 Average listal rating (856 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.3

What is one to do when the sixties are coming to an end, and so is the decade of free love and drugging out for the respectful purpose of reaching a higher state of being?
Get on your Capt. America bike and make an intercontinental trip drug deal big enough to hopefully end up retired in Florida.
And long the way, maybe pick up a football helmet wearing Jack Nick, to keep you company as you make a stop or two off the side of the road to take one last piss onto the vast barren lands of the establishment.

People who added this item 2261 Average listal rating (1394 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
The Graduate (1967)

Dustin Hoffman is perfect in his role as Benjamin Braddock,
a young graduate who at the crossroad of his life, is counselled into thinking about getting into plastics.
And in the end, he finds himself getting into Mrs. Robinson, instead.
Ah well,
for the era that this movie came out,
I guess that's close enough.
For a long time, I used to think that I was the King of Sinful Sots.
Then I saw this.
And I realized that compared to this guy, I'm just a moldy purple spot
on the dead tomato splot that is his heart.
You are the true rotter,
Mr. Grinch.

People who added this item 403 Average listal rating (237 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
A simple yet entertaining thriller with Audrey Hepburn in a quite convincing performance as a blind woman, and Alan Arkin in a cool portrayal as a villianous beatnik.
And even though both of these charaters each has a role that is on opposite sides of each other (one is the protaganist while the other serves the role of the antagonist), each of em is a person who is... well ,y'know.... waiting until dark.

People who added this item 46 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
The Up Series is a continual set of documentary films that literally lasts a life time. Started in 1964, it documents a the lifespans of a select group of individuals, starting at the age of seven and constantly returning to their individual lives every seven years to update their progress in this journey that we all share.
The end result is a group of story-lines of real lives that cause the kind of deep reflection and introspection than can only come from being a spectator of human lives other than our own.

People who added this item 809 Average listal rating (504 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.9
Yet another western film influenced by the eastern theme of the Seven Samurai, this one involving a group of past their prime cowboy warriors who live in a world that has left them behind. Out to make one last score, they blaze their way down to a mexican stand-off where it's the old take on the new, six-shooters against the machine gun.
And while it may seem that this Mexican stand-off has it's "heroes, Pike & Co., severely out-numbered and over-powered, since the Wild Bunch were never ones to wear white hats, they decide that if they're gonna go down, then they're gonna make sure that they take as down as many of the other guys with 'em as they can. In other words, with guns ablazin'.
A really cool, not to mention, a pretty violent-for-it's-time western/action flick.

Though movies had been around for many decades by the time of this film's release, with villainous women doing their best to catch up to the terrorizing antics their male counterparts, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? introduces one of the most iconic.
And I don't think I'm spioling anything by answering the question of what actually did happen to Baby Jane....
She went bat-sh#t crazy is what happpened.

People who added this item 1751 Average listal rating (1160 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
"You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"

Three astronauts crash land onto a world that they thought they traveled through space to get to.
But as the lead space traveler finds out later, to his chagrin, it was time, not space that they journeyed though that led them to this place of simian culture.

Featuring one of the most surprise endings in film history (though, by this point in time, is it really that surprising anymore?), Planet of The Apes is the first chapter of the still-popular, long-standing Apes Franchise. It stars Charleton Heston as the leader of a small group of astronauts in the not so distant future, who take off into space in search of a planet similar to Earth, with kind of atmospheric conditions needed to help sustain humankind. The crew ends up crashing upon such a planet and quickly discover that at the top of the food chain are apes with human level intelligence. They also come to find that humans are the ones considered to be the simian species of the planet, and therefore, are captured and caged as so.
With the serious approach that the actors take towards this film, despite being a "monkey movie", combined with the dramatic yet satiric tone of the ape characters, along with the high levels of make-up and facial prosthethics of the time, PotA is superior science fiction cinema back during a time when making such films was no easy task.
People who added this item 746 Average listal rating (503 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The best thing that I like about this movie is that it is both a spongy thriller and a creamy romantic comedy, in one.
In other words, it's a cinematic Twinkie.

People who added this item 842 Average listal rating (528 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
Yojimbo (1961)
Who ya gonna call when a humbled town is being torn apart by two warring clans?
"Yo! Jimbo!"

Akira Kurosawa's answer to "The Man With No Name" type of cowboy flicks. And of course, I'm sure it goes without saying that the Clint Eastwood classic "A Fistful of Dollars" was basically a remake of this.
So, I guess you can say that Yojimbo is sorta like a sushi eastern with a splash of spaghetti western on it.
Wait, that doesn't make any sense, does it?
Ah, screw it.
Let's just say that when it comes to Kurosawa klassics, this is one of those must-sees for anyone who considers themself to be a serious film student.

For anyone out there who's reminded of someone in their own family when viewing this movie (maybe, particularly during the holidays),
raise your hand.
People who added this item 1353 Average listal rating (790 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
My Fair Lady (1964)

A stage-based film and one of the few musicals of this genre that I like. For my tastes, this is a production that is enhanced by the presence of the Lady Hepburn, in a role that has her speaking funny, dubbly singing and wearing pygmalionly large hats.

People who added this item 1546 Average listal rating (879 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8

Boy meets girl,
boy totes his tommy gun,
girl is swept off her feet,
together they go out on a spree,
and then go down (literally) into history.

A gangster flick in the classic sense of the genre,
depicting the story of the original gangstas
of the original on-the-run gangster couple.
People who added this item 2823 Average listal rating (1815 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
The Birds (1963)
In a small town by the bay, the birds have all gone "psycho". Beyond a "shadow of a doubt", they seemed to be all worked up into a "frenzy" and are trying to "murder!" people. No one knows why, but there is a "suspicion" that they might be "spellbound" or experpiencing "vertigo", or maybe they're just tired of crashing into man-made objects like glass "rear windows", or a.... a ...I dunno, a "lifeboat" or....
ah, screw it.... "I confess", to try an find any more ways to inject the title of any other Hitchcock film into this entry, I am the "wrong man" (the fact that I'm now referencing his not so well known movies shows that now, I'm at the end of my "rope"....).

The very first Hitchcock movie I ever watched.
During my early years on this planet, my dad used to pack our family into the wood panel-sided Buick station wagon and take us to the drive-in theatre where we were exposed to alot of those 70's campy "when animals attack" movies, like Food Of The Gods, Night Of The Leapus, Swarm, etc...
Goofy escapist fare of whose cheese I really ended up developing quite the "distinguished taste" for.
Therefore, when I first caught a glimpse of this film on the tube, my initial reaction was "Coo-hoooolll!!!... Kinda like the movie 'Frogs!' Except with birds!"
People who added this item 1029 Average listal rating (635 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
"I'm walkin' here! I'm walkin' here!!"

People who added this item 194 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
Fail-Safe (1964)
I found Sydney Lumet's original version of Fail-Safe as a very enjoyable and suspenseful political-psychological thriller (even though George Clooney ain't innit). It is an excellent example of a minimalism style used to very good effect to build layer after layer of tension and desperation even within a group of people whose jobs are to prepare for such cataclysmic situations.

People who added this item 406 Average listal rating (277 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
Tarantino once stated that Inglourious Basterds was based on the sub-genre of "bunch-of-guys-on-a-mission" war films.
In my opinion, the Guns Of Navarone is one of the most obvious, and for me, one of the best. For alot of the same reasons that I stated in my entry for the Dirty Dozen.

The Man With No Name returns, but now, he comes with a name, ("Manco"....?), teams up with a partner (Col. Mortimer) and this time around, is out for more than just a fistful of dollars.

This follow-up to the first Dollars movie is an excellent example that shows that when it comes to starring in Westerns, Clint Eastwood has begun to develop a taste for cowboy chronicles with a more Oriental flavor, but piled high with spaghetti.
Although he had already starred in other films centered on the Ol' West, this is the series that made Eastwood a staple of the genre.
From here on end, even tho not all of Clint's westerns were great, IMO, none of 'em were bad. The roughly cut visage of his face in a Stetson hat and a poncho was one of those iconic images that for me, personally, will always be a fundamental part of the genre. Probably second only to John Wayne.
People who added this item 2662 Average listal rating (1613 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Call me simple, but when it comes to starting my day off right, I would prefer breakfast at MikkyDee's much more than at Tiffany's. Those Egg McMuffins wit' Egg sandwiches, surely, they be nought but the very food of the gods themselves.

People who added this item 1505 Average listal rating (1053 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9

Although his gun has traveled to the Ol' West before, this is the first time when Clint rides his horse into it via a more Italian route.
Fueled with the advent of the spaghetti westerns, the icon of the cowboy had begun to evolve into a more complex figure, of the quiet lone wolf who's only identity traits were marked by the mystery of his identity and by the grit of his character.
Thus began this particular sub-genre within a genre, which eventually would lead to A Fistful Of Dollers, and even more later on, to a memorable trilogy that takes a non-American take on a classic American icon.

People who added this item 1587 Average listal rating (957 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3

There is only one term that can properly describe this film.
Sweeping epic.
Even if you haven't seen this movie, the reputation that proceeds it is so that, as soon as anyone hears the words "Lawrence of Arabia", they instantly know that this is probably the one movie that exists that can completely epitomize the definition of that term.
It is the sweeping epic of all sweeping epics.

Since you can't see it completely in the title box, the full name of this movie is "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb."

And lemme tell you guys something, when it comes to politically satired black comedies....

.... I truly loves me some bomb.
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People who added this item 614 Average listal rating (419 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Take one secret suicidal mission, put it in the European front, just ahead of D-Day,
add a healthy dose of gritty action and violence,
then toss in a dirty dozen of criminal recruits that include bad-asses the likes of Lee Marvin, Jim Brown and Charles Bronson,
and there you have it.
A World War II movie that effectively blends the down to earth grittiness of the genre with the high escapist thrills of even the best films that also happen to fall under the category of action-adventure.

People who added this item 1255 Average listal rating (838 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
One of my favorite prison escape movies of all time with a nazi youth version of Indiana Jones.

(Sorry for the fuzzy pic, but it was an image I got off a youtube video and that was the best quality I could find.
And no, it's not really him.)
People who added this item 738 Average listal rating (499 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
A tale of the Ol' West that was inspired by a tale of the even older East.
When it comes to seven gunfighters, it takes a village to get them to band together. And when they do, they are magnificent.

Y'know, there may be cowboy movies that are better filmed, with stories that are better written, that capture the western history more accurately, that have an impact that is more poignant or even have characters that are more iconic.
But, for me, very few other cowboy flicks (some of them being the ones that were made with a dash of spaghetti sauce on 'em) were more bad-ass than this one.
And if you disagree, take this into account....
The Magnificent Seven is the second most shown film in U.S. television history (The Wizard of Oz comes in first).
And that's pretty darn tootin'.
The first example of the lightning captured in a bottle that is the Newman and Redford combo. I like Paul Newman's portrayal of his character more though out in this movie than in the role he played for in the Sting. The chemistry of friendship between he ans Robert Redford is more palpable in this film as we get to see more of him as Butch Cassidy and the relationship with his fellow bank robber, Harry Longabaugh.
The direction, screenplay, music and just over-all tone was really different for the period that this movie initially came out in, and for me, makes it a really unique western that is both lotsa of fun and tragic at the same time.
When it comes to the "modern" westerns, not only is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid one of my favorites ever, but as a kid who really wasn't into the whole cowboy genre, it was the one that first showed me that there were a few westerns out there that went beyond what was usually expected from the same ol' boring standard shoot 'em ups.

People who added this item 4182 Average listal rating (2770 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.5
Psycho (1960)
Due to the era that Psycho was released, Norman Bates may not have had the opportunity to cut through a swath of teen-aged bodies (not that most teenagers back then didn't deserve it) in the manner that the Freddies, Michaels and Jasons do these days, but he definitely pioneered the crazed, almost supernaturally-empowered maniacs that the modern masked contemporaries have become famous for.

Though the datedness of this movie has seemed to lessen the shock and horror of this b/w classic, the energy of it still reverberates today and the ending shot of Norman Bates' visage is still one of the best creepy endings on film.

People who added this item 975 Average listal rating (621 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
How cool is Cool Hand Luke?
He's so cool that he's willing to eat 50 hardboiled eggs within an hour just to win a bet. This, in a prison where he has to share his immediate space with a
bunch of hardcore criminal chain-gang types, who are well within his ratio of flatulenciated influence. And if you can't understand that,
well then,
what we've got here
is a failure to communicate.

People who added this item 408 Average listal rating (262 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
Featuring an all-star-cast-of-it's-time-line-up that makes up a really long list of actors that star in this really long movie about a really long day near the end of a really long war.

The Longest Day is a prime example of the high quality of films that were at the forefront of the unglorified depictions of war that were making their way onto the big screen during the era of 60's cinema.
At the outset of the first western movies, the cowboy characters had been categorized between two basic types: Those who wore the white hats, and those who wore the black ones.
As time passed though, the hat colors began to blur between who was good, who was bad, and then to eventually who was just plain ugly.
This is the final film in the "Man With No Name" trilogy, and IMO, its the best and most definitive one of the three.
Although several iconic figures have emerged from the dust and grit of the spaghetti westerns that emerged in the 60's, the truth is, it's almost impossible to envision the entire genre, let alone this particular series and not see an image of the iconic trio of Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach.

People who added this item 1750 Average listal rating (1141 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
This could almost be considered the "Blair Witch Project" of it's time, in that had a very documentary realism style to it that was later further advanced by the shaky camera genre of recent years.
And to my mind, it was the first time I had ever seen the depiction of zombies as truly scary. Because, let's be honest here. Even though everyone always makes fun of the fact that they're easy to escape, the truth is, if any of us were to be truly confronted by a husk of rotting flesh that stood upright, just the idea that we were actually witnessing one of the "living dead" would be enough to makes sh#t out our own skeletons.
Or at least, scare us to a point of not being able to think as straight as one would like during such a sticky situation.
A concept that is convincingly depicted in the behavior of the various characters of NotLD and is the primary reason why the heart of this horror classic still beats strong today.

People who added this item 4355 Average listal rating (2824 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3
In Stanley Kubrick's 1968 sci-fi classic, 2001, extra-terrestrial life comes in the form of heavy monolith blocks.
And after escaping a death at the hands of a crafty computer that had taken on an evil sentient intelligence,
these aliens will sweep you up and send on you on the psychodelickest trip of your life.
And all without the use of drugs.
Where was I during the year 2001 that I missed the party?

One of the very first incredibly realistic portrayals of a science fiction story, during a time when the focus was more on the fiction than on the science. Great futuristic yet believable visuals back when this stuff was incredible difficult to create (without the help of computers). Also, a suspense thriller plot-line that is masterfully yet almost quietly delivered.
Plus, if you're not on high whilst viewing this film, by the time you get to the ending, you will you feel as though you are.

Definitely a movie that you wouldn't want to "just say no" to.

My fave films from the decade of Flower Power.

Updated entries:
- Salesman

- It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World

- Black Sunday

- Curse Of The Werewolf

- Point Blank

- Fall Of The Roman Empire

- The Innocents

- A Hard Day's Night

- Harold Lloyd's World Of Comedy

- Divorce American Style

- Topkapi

Films from this period that I have not seen yet:

The Manchurian Candidate
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Hustler
Judgment at Nuremberg
In the Heat of the Night

Lists from other time periods:
The 20's:
Of all time:

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