Thursday, December 05, 2013

Oh, those sixties movies

Kevin around 2009
People always knock the sixties for turning out so few great movies. These two are not forgotten but rather examples of good movies from the sixties.

I saw two in the last week. POINT BLANK and BONNIE AND CLYDE.

What else makes the sixties list of great movies?


George said...


Barry Ergang said...


Steve Oerkfitz said...

Dr. Strangelove, 2001, The Manchurian Candidate, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lawrence of Arabia, The Wild Bunch,Lolita, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, 8 1/2,Persona, The Good the Bad & the Ugly, In the Heat of the Night,Repulsion, Rosemary's Baby,Shoot the Piano Player,Psycho, The Graduate,A Hard Days Night,Midnight Cowboy.
Seems like a lot of good films in the 60's.

Margot Kinberg said...

Patti - Both of those are great movies. I also loved The Graduate.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I guess the seventies were so strong, it makes the decade before pale a bit. But all of these are A+ movies for sure. A lot of European directors did great work in that decade.

Anonymous said...

Steve has a good list though I would delete a couple - not a fan of 8 1/2 for one. I wouldn't call A Hard Day's Night "great" but very good.

We watched Midnight Cowboy fairly recently and enjoyed it all over again.

Favorites? I'm not saying these are "great" but they are favorites. (Understand that some of these I haven't seen since they first came out and others I watch every year)

Two for the Road
Midnight Cowboy
To Kill a Mockingbird
Dr. Strangelove
The Guns of Navarone
The Manchurian Candidate
The Great Escape
True Grit
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Jeff M.

Bill Crider said...

Judy has never forgiven me for taking her to 8-1/2. She went to sleep during the second half. I didn't really blame her.

Ron Scheer said...


Steve Oerkfitz said...

Another one I forgot-Cool Hand Luke.
I wouldn't include True Grit-awful performances by Glen Campbell and Kim Darby or The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance-jimmy Stewart was 30 years too old for the part, otherwise a good movie,.

Todd Mason said...

You've mentioned before this notion of the 1960s product being disparaged, Patti, but I'm not sure where you get that impression. Certainly there was no lack of weaker work in the 1970s, as well.

Al Tucher said...

I watch IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT every few years, and it always holds up.

Anders E said...

Those two are great, but note that what is sometimes referred to as "New Hollywood" started already in 1967. The 1960-1966 period had its moments, though.

Here are some that have not been mentioned.

Peeping Tom
Little Shop of Horrors
The Bad Sleep Well
Knife in the Water
Cape Fear
The Intruder
Carnival Of Souls
Requiem for a Heavyweight
High and Low
The Birds
The Haunting
Seven Days in May
The Killers
A Fistful of Dollars
The Naked Kiss
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
The T.A.M.I. Show
The Ipcress File
Ride in the Whirlwind
Cat Ballou
Faster Pussycat... Kill! Kill!
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
For a Few Dollars More
The Chase
Fantastic Voyage
Fahrenheit 451
Professionals, The
Funeral in Berlin

Hugo and Josephine
The Producers
2001: A Space Odyssey
Night of the Living Dead
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Night of the Following Day
Support Your Local Sheriff!
Medium Cool
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Todd Mason said...

Even some of our most overrated directors did their best work in the '60s, as well, such as BREATHLESS for Godard or RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY for Peckinpah...or THE CONFORMIST for Bertolucci, even given it was released in 1970. And then you consider Bergman...I don't care for a few of everyone's long list so far, but I agree with most.

pattinase (abbott) said...

There's a few I have never seen but not many.

Todd Mason said...

Mario Bava is among the interesting artists not yet cited. Sidney Lumet another, save for FAIL-SAFE, not my favorite of his for the decade. Certain a lot of people like Samuel Fuller more than I do. Early Robert Altman. The work of Shirley Clarke. Lindsay Anderson. Ed Emshwiller and early Pennebaker.

Todd Mason said...

And a quick skim over WIKIPEDIA's 1964 page brings back to mind at least two of the best Japanese films I've seen, ONIBABA and WOMAN IN THE DUNES, the surprisingly solid ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS, TOPKAPI, SEVEN UP, NOTHING BUT A MAN and NOBODY WAVED GOODBYE...

Al Tucher said...

These lists reminded me that Michael Sarrazin was everywhere in the 60s and 70s. Later he kept working but grew much less visible. I didn't know he died in 2011 until I looked him up just now.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Todd has made the case for good movies in the sixties.
I remember him, Al. Too bad.

Cap'n Bob said...

Most of those listed above should prove that the sixties produced a plethora of excellent movies.

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Cap'n Bob said...

This was amusing. I just looked up She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. In the right hand column they had photos of the actors and their character names. Over the name Ben Johnson as Sgt. Tyree was a photo of the black track star Ben Johnson.