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Well here is my list of the top 25 films of the 1960’s. I have seen a ton of films from the 1960’s from cheesy horror films to classics, and had originally picked 51 films for consideration for my list, but decided to narrow it down to the top 25. The 1960’s was the decade of Sergio Leone, and the rise to super stardom for Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman as well as three of the best, and most influential science fiction/horror films in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, and Night of the Living Dead.
The top 15 were easy to chose, and everyone should agree with their inclusion, but the last 10 were much harder to figure out, and I’m sure some will definitely disagree with the choices I have made. Well any way here are my Top 25 Films of the 1960’s.
25. True Grit
24. Fahrenheit 451
23. The Sand Pebbles
22. In the Heat of the Night
21. The Dirty Dozen
20. Bullitt: The second of three Steve McQueen films on this list. Perhaps Steve McQueen’s best film of his cut short acting career and life, and without doubt one of the best ever filmed car chase scenes through the streets of San Francisco.
19. Guns of Navarone
18. Once Upon A Time in the West
17. Bonnie and Clyde
15. Lord of the Flies: I vividly remembering first seeing Lord of the Flies in Intermediary school, and I hope teachers still show Lord of the flies in school. The Lord of the Flies takes a pessimistic view on the human condition vividly displaying the isolation, fear, hate, and violence humans and especially children are capable of.
14. Seven Days in May
13. Judgement at Nuremberg
12. The Great Escape: The classic film has an all star cast that includes James Garner, Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Donald Pleasence, James Donald, and Richard Attenborough. Based on a true story of an escape from a POW camp during WWII that is riveting with suspense, drama and some action where Steve McQueen steals the film from all the other good actors in the film.
11. Fist Full of Dollars
19. To Kill A Mockingbird
9. Planet of the Apes: My favorite Charleston Heston film. There are many great things about the film, but what makes Planet of the Apes truly a classic is the ending. I won’t give it away because it will ruin the ending and the mystery of the film for those who haven’t seen the film, but the ending of the Planet of the Apes is one of the best ending in film history.
8. For A Few Dollars More
7. Night of the Living Dead: Director George A. Romero’s first is “Dead” Trilogy that has influenced many future horror directors in John Carpenter and Wes Craven as well as giving us the zombie, and launching the zombie craze that has giving me the Resident Evil games, and The Walking Dead, but with that it also gave me the terrible Resident Evil films, but I can forgive Romero for that.
6. The Hidden Fortress
5. Z: I just finally watched the French political thriller about a year and a half ago, and damn Z is one hell of a film.
4. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: My personal favorite of Sergio Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy” where it could be said that Eli Wallach stole the film from both Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef as “The Ugly” Tuco, which is hard to do. Then there is Ennio Morricone epic and beautifully composed music, and finally the masterfully filmed climax that makes The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly the best western of all time, and one of the best films of all time.
3. Yojimbo: One of two Akira Kurosawa classics on this list, and the film that inspired Sergio Leone’s classic A Fistful of Dollars.
2. Lawrence of Arabia: Alec Guinness at his best in one hell of a film that again is one my top 10 films of all time.
1. 2001 The Space Odyssey: One of my top 5 films of all time.