Sunday, July 25, 2010

Favorite Movies of the 1960s



Below is a list of my favorite movies released during the 1960s:


FAVORITE MOVIES OF THE 1960s



1. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969) - George Lazenby made his only appearance as British agent James Bond in this superb adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1963 novel about the agent's wooing of a mob boss's daughter and his investigation behind Ernst Stravos Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps. Directed by Peter Hunt, the movie co-starred Diana Rigg and Telly Savalas.





2. "Lover Come Back" (1961) - Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall co-starred in this hilarious comedy about rival advertising executives on Madison Avenue and their battle over a product that does not exist. Delbert Mann directed.





3. "Mary Poppins" (1964) - Oscar winner Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and David Tomlinson co-starred in this classic Disney adaptation of P.L. Travers' stories about a magical nanny who upsets the lives of a banker and his family in Edwardian London. Robert Stevenson directed.





4. "From Russia With Love" (1963) - Terence Young directed this excellent adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1957 novel about agent James Bond's efforts to steal a Soviet code detector in Istanbul with the help of an embassy clerk, unaware that both are being used by the criminal organization, SPECTRE. Sean Connery made his second appearance as the British agent. Daniela Bianchi, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw and Pedro Armandariz co-starred.





5. "Support Your Local Sheriff" (1969) - James Garner starred in what I believe to be one of the funniest comedy-westerns of all time about a fast-drawing drifter who becomes sheriff of a lawless mining town for the money. Directed by Burt Kennedy, the movie co-starred Joan Hackett, Jack Elam, Bruce Dern, Harry Morgan and Walter Brennan.





6. "Tom Jones" (1963) - Tony Richardson directed this Oscar winning adaptation of Henry Fielding's 1749 novel about the bawdy misadventures of the illegitimate adopted son of an 18th century English squire. One of the best costume films ever. Albert Finney, Susannah York, and Hugh Griffith co-starred.





7. Hello Dolly!" (1969) - Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau and Michael Crawford co-starred in this fun-filled adaptation of the Broadway musical about a professional matchmaker in 1890 New York, who brings chaos into the lives of a successful businessman from Yonkers, along with his niece and employees. Gene Kelly directed.





8. "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) - Arthur Penn directed this wild, Oscar nominated biopic about the infamous Depression-era bank robbers, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway portrayed the titled characters. Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman and Oscar winner Estelle Parsons co-starred.





9. "The Apartment" (1960) - Oscar winner Billy Wilder directed this serio-comic tale about a man who tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for illicit trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray co-starred.





10. "The Lion in the Winter" (1968) - Political intrigue ensues in this excellent adaptation of James Goldman's 1966 play about the attempts of King Henry II's three sons to ensure the role of immediate heir to the English throne. Oscar winner Katherine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle, Nigel Terry and Timothy Dalton co-starred.