While I love writing reviews of films, I also enjoy making lists. It gives me something to do in my free time in between watching new films. I have decided that for my first set of lists, I am going to pick my top 10 favorite films for each decade starting from the 1960s and moving up until this current decade. While some of my favorite films are from the 1940s and 1950s, I feel that I haven’t seen enough films from these decades to make a justifiable list just yet. For my lists I will be taking into account plot, acting, directing, script, cinematography, influence, critical acclaim, and my own person feelings about the films. So, without further adieu, here are my ten favorite films from the 1960s.
10. The Sound of Music- A film that I think is one of the most overrated films in all of cinema history (alongside Gone With the Wind); however, it is impossible to deny this film’s ever-lasting longevity, brilliant art direction, and classic narrative.
9. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly- The best film in the Man with No Name Trilogy sees classic Clint Eastwood playing one of his most iconic roles that still to this day sets the standard for all spaghetti westerns (sorry Django).
8. La Dolce Vita- My favorite film to come out of Italy (alongside the Bicycle Thieves), this high-flying, ironic look at life in Rome during the 1950s and 60s serves as a constant reminder and source of contemplation on what the real meaning of living “the good life” is.
7. Lawrence of Arabia- A film, while four hours long, manages to keep the audience engaged at all times with brilliant acting, cinematography, and strong direction in this granddaddy of all modern epics.
6. Bonnie and Clyde- A film whose influence is still seen today, Bonnie & Clyde is one of the golden gems from the beginning of the era of New Age cinema, and a movie that actually has an appreciation for the act of killing that most modern action films seem to lack.
5. Goldfinger- Sean Connery’s best film as the iconic 007 agent James Bond, Goldfinger set the standard for the modern day blockbuster by combining smart storytelling with brilliant action sequences and memorable characters. It serves as the ultimate influence to rest of the James Bond saga and many other spy films.
4. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid- A brilliant film spearheaded by the uncompromising chemistry of Redford and Newman, this buddy outlaw film epitomized the “bromance” and serves as the most entertaining movie to watch of this decade.
3. To Kill A Mockingbird- Based off the classic novel of the same name, To Kill A Mockingbird does justice by the source material and tackles difficult themes, including racism, in this brilliant movie adaptation, led by a superb lead role by Gregory Peck.
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey- While confusing in terms of its message and potentially dull for the first half an hour for some people, Kubrick’s space epic discusses dynamic themes of evolution all the while combining brilliant tension and special effects into a film that actually achieves everything Interstellar hoped to.
1. Psycho- This Hitchcockian classic set the bar for what horror movies could be in the 1960’s, and gave us one of the most iconic scenes of all time that still have some nervous about taking a shower. A classic twist for a classic film that still has a chill factor by today’s horror standards. It’s the gold standard in a long list of great films for one of the most influential and iconic directors of all time.
Honorable Mentions include: The Graduate, My Fair Lady, Dr. Strangelove, Midnight Cowboy, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 8 ½, Dr. No, Cool Hand Luke, Night of the Living Dead, and The Birds
In the next few days I will post my list for best movies of the 1970s.