The Best Films of the 1960s? Maybe….

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I probably wouldn’t argue too strenously with this list – of the ten, I saw nine, and enjoyed them all.

Although if Woodstock, the film, had been released three months earlier, I would have put it on this list. (Did you know that one of the editors on Woodstock was a guy named Martin Scorsese.

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The Best Films of the 1960s? Maybe…. — 9 Comments

  1. The list isn’t too bad. It’s light on comedies, especially if you don’t consider The Graduate a comedy (I don’t). One Two Three starring James Cagney is an underappreciated gem. Pink Panther, Help!, and The President’s Analyst are also excellent comedies from that decade.

    I admit I’ve never seen Two for the Road. It is really worth it?

      • Two For The Road is also the only one of the ten I’ve never seen, in my case quite voluntarily, based primarily upon perceived content (Generalized male/female conflict angst as the central theme of a film doesn’t impress me, never did – YMMV) – I can’t really imagine just why Kyle Smith is so impressed with:

        It’s a brilliant way to illustrate the how, as couples, we carry every old argument and feud and bad mood with us…

        as an exemplar of Cinematic Greatness, either in the 60’s or at any other time, but there you are.

        My personal impression: If you missed it, you didn’t miss much, even for that era.

  2. I’ve seen four of them:

    2001: A typical Kubrick film. That is, it sucked. Sure, it had a couple of good lines, but their total time is a minute or so. That’s a trailer, not a movie worth watching.

    Lawrence of Arabia: Saw it once, about 34 years ago. Don’t remember much except that the wide views of the sand dunes were visually impressive.

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Liked it as a teenager. Despised it once I learned what scumbags they were for real. Let’s make a reimagining of Pol Pot’s life next!

    The Sound of Music: Haven’t seen it in more than 40 years, but I can’t think of anything to object to about it.

  3. Aside from Two For The Road – which (as noted elsewhere) I quite-voluntarily chose not to pay to see – I’ve seen ’em all, a couple of them more than once. Aside from that one and Bonnie And Clyde*, the list is not too bad, and in small part accurate enough – most notably with Dr. Strangelove and Lawrence Of Arabia, each of which stands up in its own genre as top-rank cinema, Hollywood-origin or otherwise.

    The 60’s, for Hollywood anyway, wasn’t necessarily an era at the very peak of cinematic brilliance, but it was pretty good overall – sort of heavy on the musicals and comedies, but with a few good dramatic films as well, plus a few epic Westerns and a number of “epic epics”.

    I don’t really see why he listed films like The Graduate and Two For The Road, and left off titles like Exodus, The Magnificent Seven and The Apartment, though.

    In short: Several undeniable “hits”, a couple of “yeah, o.k.s”, several “nah, not reallys” and two “no way, Jose’s”.

    (*For all its undeniable filmic skill in presentation – the camera-work throughout is very good, especially for that era – Bonnie and Clyde is still a misguided attempt at glamorizing a couple of low-grade psychopaths, whose “mythic” homicidal thievery was and remains thoroughly undeserving of any favorable attention. Overall, distinctly a “B”-grade film at best – its only real saving grace is an early Gene Wilder appearance, doing a great job of scene-stealing as a barely-suppressed-hysteric victim of car theft – it’s a comic-book of a movie, and a pretty low-end comic book at that. Two thumbs most definitely down, even for the Still-Sorta-Simplistic 60’s)

  4. That’s one list.

    My 1960’s list would include four from Sergio Leone – A Fistful of Dollars, A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, and Once Upon a Time In America (director’s cut only) – the last a possible nominee for greatest film of all time on my list.

    Also, Rosemary’s Baby, Psycho, and Midnight Cowboy. And West Side Story instead of SOM in the musical category. Can’t leave To Kill a Mockingbird off the list. Or The Magnificent Seven.

    So that’s my top ten list. Not perhaps as respectable, but certainly a lot more fun.

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