10 Most Amazing Movies From The ’60s

The ’60s was a pioneering decade for cinema and the influence of the most popular movies of the ’60s can still be felt in what’s released today.

The ’60s were a great period for film. Some of the best and most memorable movies came out in the 1960s. 

The best movies of the ’60s spanned many genres as well. Famous thrillers like Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate are considered classics as are Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. There were also musicals that were adapted to the big screen like West Side Story. If you are a fan of westerns, there plenty of great films in the genre made in the ’60s. These tough guy movies, like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, introduced Clint Eastwood to the mainstream while Paul Newman and Robert Redford captured the hearts of audiences in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Movies like Midnight Cowboy and Easy Rider were gritty films that introduced Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson to the world. Hoffman was nominated for his role in The Graduate during the same decade. These films, which wouldn’t even get made now, were actually popular movies of the ’60s.

The ’60s were a special period in film history and these are the decade’s best movies. What movies do you think are the best of the ’60s and should be recognized as the best of the decade.

Without further ado, let’s get to the list;

1. Psycho

Psycho

Actors: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

It’s hard to think about movies from this part of the 20th century without immediately thinking about Alfred Hitchcock. Films like Rebecca, Rear Window, and Vertigo are classics from the 1940s and 1950s. But when it comes to the 1960s, Psycho is among the most famous horror movies ever made.

2. The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Charlie Condou, Gemma Jones, Jodie Whittaker
Directed by: Sergio Leone, Vicente Amorim

The movie follows three gunslingers who are all competing to try to find a buried cache of gold during the American Civil War.

3. Lawrence of Arabia

Director: David Lean

Stars: Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

4. The Great Escape

Actors: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Donald
Directed by: John Sturges

Allied prisoners of war planned for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Actors: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones
Directed by: George Roy Hill

Wyoming, the early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution – escape to Bolivia.

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Actors: Keir Dullea Gary Lockwood William Sylvester

Director: Stanley Kubrick

After uncovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, a spacecraft is sent to Jupiter to find its origins – a spacecraft manned by two men and the supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

7. Spartacus

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Stars: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton

The slave Spartacus survives brutal training as a gladiator and leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic, as the ambitious Crassus seeks to gain power by crushing the uprising.

8. West Side Story

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

9. The Apartment

Director: Billy Wilder

Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston

A Manhattan insurance clerk tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

10. Breathless

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet

A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

We will also publish a list for each movie decade.

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