The 1960s

Bold and beautiful color is brought to life. Color had been around since the fifties, but very few directors had enough clout to convince studios to spend money on such an expensive process. The end of the black and while film came toward the end of the sixties and it was reserved for special occasions from then on.

New waves of film began to pop up throughout the world, with the French New Wave and New Hollywood bringing a new generation of filmmakers into the fold. Filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg also came onto the scene in this decade and their films have dominated the film industry ever since.

The sixties also revived the musical film and some of the greatest musical films in history surfaced in the sixties, with stars like Julie Andrews creating some iconic characters who have endured for decades. The films of the sixties are some of the most well-known in history and the strides made in this decade inspired films for generations.

My picks for each year are as follows:

  • 1960 – Psycho; The Apartment; Spartacus
  • 1961 – The Hustler; Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • 1962 – Lawrence of Arabia; To Kill a Mockingbird; The Manchurian Candidate
  • 1963 – The Great Escape; The Nutty Professor; Hud
  • 1964 – Mary Poppins; Goldfinger; My Fair Lady; Dr. Srangelove
  • 1965 – The Sound of Music; Doctor Zhivago; The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  • 1966 – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • 1967 – Cool Hand Luke; The Graduate; Le Samourai; In the Heat of the Night
  • 1968 – 2001: A Space Odyssey; Rosemary’s Baby
  • 1969 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Easy Rider

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