Greatest Films of the 1960s
Greatest Films of the 1960s


Greatest Films of the 1960s
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1961

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), 115 minutes, D: Blake Edwards
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The Guns of Navarone (1961, UK), 157 minutes, D: J. Lee Thompson
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The Hustler (1961), 134 minutes, D: Robert Rossen
A dramatic, realistic character study based on Walter Tevis' novel. A young, arrogantly-cocky, anti-hero, pool-hall hustler, "Fast Eddie" Felson (Paul Newman), challenges acclaimed, cool, professional Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason) in Ames Billiards Room in New York City. The naive, talented, and ultimately self-destructive challenger loses. Defeated and self-pitying, he meets and falls in love with another loner - alcoholic, desperate, waifish cripple Sarah Packard (Piper Laurie) - whom he ultimately forsakes. He attracts the attention of slimy, calculating, venal, and repulsive promoter Bert Gordon (George C. Scott). With financial backing from the pimpish entrepreneur, Felson struggles to get back on top - at a great cost to his own self-esteem and soul. Reprised twenty-five years later, with Paul Newman as an older, wiser Eddie Felson in director Martin Scorsese's Color of Money.

The Innocents (1961, UK), 99 minutes, D: Jack Clayton
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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), 190 minutes, D: Stanley Kramer
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Last Year at Marienbad (1961, Fr./It.) (aka L'Annee Derniere a Marienbad), 94 minutes, D: Alain Resnais
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The Misfits (1961), 124 minutes, D: John Huston
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One-Eyed Jacks (1961), 141 minutes, D: Marlon Brando
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One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), 79 minutes, D: Disney Studio
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One, Two, Three (1961), 115 minutes, D: Billy Wilder
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Splendor in the Grass (1961), 124 minutes, D: Elia Kazan
A tragic, coming-of-age melodrama set in the mid-1920s in a small, rural Kansas town, from playwright William Inge's original, award-winning script. Star-crossed, teenaged sweethearts, poor HS senior Wilma Dean "Deanie" Loomis (Natalie Wood) and rich Bud Stamper (Warren Beatty in his film debut) fall deeply and passionately in love, but are repressed by the sexual mores of the time, their class differences, and disapproval from their parents - especially her prudish, puritanical mother (Audrey Christie) and his rigid, domineering father (Pat Hingle). Deanie's pent-up sexual longings cause her to almost go insane in a memorable bathtub scene. Repercussions cause Bud to chase after slutty girl Juanita Howard (Jan Norris), and eventually marry Italian Angelina (Zohra Lampert), while Deanie is institutionalized following a suicidal nervous breakdown. Years later, the two meet again and she resolves her feelings about him.

Through a Glass Darkly (1961, Swe.) (aka Sasom I En Spegel), 89 minutes, D: Ingmar Bergman.
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Viridiana (1961, Sp./Mex.), 90 minutes, D: Luis Bunuel
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West Side Story (1961), 153 minutes, D: Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
An energetically-choreographed, Best Picture-winning musical that is loosely based on Shakespeare's tale of ill-fated lovers, Romeo and Juliet. A landmark, highly-honored, ground-breaking Broadway musical transposed to the big screen and set on location in 1950s New York on the Upper West Side. With a memorable musical score from Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Includes such popular songs as "The Jet Song," "America," "Cool," "I Feel Pretty," "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "One Hand, One Heart," and "Maria." Two rival teenaged gangs, the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo (George Chakiris) and the white Jets, led by Riff (Russ Tamblyn) rumble with each other for turf on the sidewalks and streets of the city. Two young people on opposing sides, Polish Jet member Tony (Richard Beymer) and Bernardo's sister Maria (Natalie Wood) become 'star-crossed' lovers. His attempts at peace-making during a rumble accidentally lead to the deaths of both gang leaders and further tragic circumstances in a tear-stained scene set on an outdoor basketball court.

Yojimbo (1961, Jp.) (aka The Bodyguard), 110 minutes, D: Akira Kurosawa
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