FAVORITE 1960's FILMS
Wow, it's Friday already? This week flew by in a blink of an eye. We are on the fifth installment of the Favorite Films Friday series. I am excited to share some of the films I like from the 60's with you. The 60's was a time of change for the filming industry, in my opinion. The 60's gave us some amazing films and once again I found it so difficult to narrow down my list. I had about 80 movies on my list and going down to 15 gave me a bit of a headache. Going through so many titles makes me wish that I could watch them all at once. Unfortunately, there's only so much time in a day, and I can't just stay at home and binge on movies, I wish I could though. Haha... that must be the laziness in me.
1.) Ocean’s 11 (1960) Danny Ocean gathers a group of his World War II compatriots to pull off the ultimate Las Vegas heist. Together the eleven friends plan to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night.
Director: Lewis Milestone. Writers: Harry Brown (screenplay), Charles Lederer (screenplay), George Clayton Johnson (story), Jack Golden Russell (story). Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and many more. IMDb
Ah, the rat pack were such a great team. Ocean's 11 is a fantastic fast paced movie that left me feeling like my friends, and I could rob a casino (lol I'm just kidding). In 2001 a remake was made, but I think this version surpasses that one. I always think the original one is better.
2.) A Raisin in the Sun (1961) A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.
Director: Daniel Petrie. Writer: Lorraine Hansberry (play and screenplay). Stars: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, and many more. IMDb
I watched A Raisin in the Sun in class my freshman year of 9th-grade honors english, and I loved the film. The story is so touching and real. Sidney portrayed his character so well. I like the rawness and realness portrayed by all the actors. I cried and laughed with them.
3.) Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.
Director: Blake Edwards. Writers: Truman Capote (based on the novel by), George Axelrod (screenplay). Stars: Audrey Hepburn George Peppard, Patricia Neal and many more. IMDb
When I bought the DVD for this movie, I think I watched it every day for a whole month. Yes I know, that's a lot excessive, but I was obsessed with Audrey and Breakfast at Tiffany's was my first DVD of hers. This film is iconic, and it has stood the test of time, it has impacted culture in a significant manner.
4.) West Side Story (1961) Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Directors: Jerome Robbins, and Robert Wise. Writers: Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Arthur Laurents (book), Jerome Robbins (play). Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer and many more. IMDb
A Romeo and Juliet-like musical that pulled at my heartstrings. The "I want to live in America" song stayed in my head for almost a whole week after watching the movie. It's an exciting story with interesting characters. You root for all sides and hope they come together, and create some peace between the community.
5.) 101 Dalmatians (1961) When a litter of Dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella de Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.
Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske (as Hamilton S. Luske). Writers: Bill Peet (story), Dodie Smith (novel). Ken Anderson (story) &Vance Gerry (story). Stars: Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat O'Malley and many more. IMDb
When I was little, I used to wonder how it would be to have 101 Dalmatians. I am glad that I never got to experience that. 101 and dogs would be so hard to handle and with Cruella always looking for them, how would I keep them safe? On a serious note, this movie is so adorable, heartbreaking, thrilling and adorable all over again. I haven't seen 101 Dalmatians in a long time. I am thinking of getting my VCR and popping in the VHS.
6.) To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
Director: Robert Mulligan. Writers: Harper Lee (based on her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"), Horton Foote (screenplay). Stars: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton and many more. IMDb
After reading the book, I watched the movie and was happy to see that they stuck with the storyline and didn't change much. Gregory Peck did an excellent job at portraying Atticus, and he brought life to the character. As the audience, you felt as though you were part of the movie and need to find justice for the defendant.
7.) The Miracle Worker (1962) The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.
Director: Arthur Penn. Writers: William Gibson (screenplay), William Gibson (based upon the stage play by). Stars: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory and many more. IMDb
Another movie I watched in High School. The story of Helen Keller is so inspiring. After seeing the film I felt blessed and wanted to achieve so much. Just because you have a physical ailment it doesn't mean that God doesn't have something for you to do, or something that you can't do. We ted to give ourselves limits without trying to see how much we can achieve.
8.) What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion.
Director: Robert Aldrich. Writers: Henry Farrell (from the novel by), Lukas Heller (screenplay). Stars: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono and many more. IMDb
Omg, this movie scared me so very much. I had never seen Bette Davis play a role so sinister, it gave me nightmares. I think I was 10 when I watched this movie. My mom was not happy with me, and I learned a lesson. Don't watch scary films without asking permission. I still creeps me out when I watch the movie; it takes me back to the very first time.
9.) How the West Was Won (1962) A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.
Director: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, and Richard Thorpe. Writer: James R. Webb. Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck and many more. IMDb
Not only does this movie have a star-studded cast but the film is great. If you like westerns you will most likely like this movie. You'll be so in tune and invested in the story within the first 10 minutes. I understand why they won three Academy Awards (Oscars).
10.) Charade (1963) Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Whom can she trust?
Director: Stanley Donen. Writers: Peter Stone (screenplay), Peter Stone (story), and Marc Behm. Stars: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau and many more. IMDb
Who is after Audrey's character? You go on an adventure watching this film trying to figure out who is the culprit. When you finally find out you are surprised, it is not who you expected. It's a love story that has action in it. There are some crazy scenes and you might catch yourself gasping a few times.
11.) Goldfinger (1964) While investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.
Director: Guy Hamilton. Writers: Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Paul Dehn (screenplay). Stars: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman and many more. IMDb
The first of the 007 series. I like this one the most. If you have not noticed, I usually like the original films more than the sequels or remakes. Sean Connery is a great Bond and being the first he set the bar for the Bond's that came and the Bond's to come. I will admit some of the action scenes are a little funny, but I enjoy watching this movie. Just like all the other Bond movies, when you're done watching it, you want to be a 007 agent.
12.) Mary Poppins (1964) In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.
Director: Robert Stevenson. Writers: Bill Walsh (screenplay), Don DaGradi (screenplay) (as Don Da Gradi), and P.L. Travers (based on The "Mary Poppins" books by). Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson and many more. IMDb
Supercalifragilisticexpialidoious!!! I love this movie. Every time I watch Mary Poppins, it puts me in a better mood. This is a movie that I could watch in a loop and not get tired of it. I was introduced to Mary Popping in 5th-grade. As a 5th-grader I wonders why modern movies were this way. It's an old-fashioned movie with great family/moral qualities that I like very much.
13.) The Sound of Music (1965) A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
Director: Robert Wise. Writers: George Hurdalek (with the partial use of ideas by) (as Georg Hurdalek), Howard Lindsay (from the stage musical book by), Russell Crouse (from the stage musical book by), and Ernest Lehman (screenplay). Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker and many more. IMDb
Another Julie Andrews movie. A musical with beautiful songs and a beautiful storyline. It has drama, romance and history all in one. Maria, the governess forms a lovely relationship with the Captain's children. I love when children are cared for in films, it warms my heart.
14.) Guess Who's Coming or Dinner? (1967) A couple's attitudes are challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African-American fiancé.
Director: Stanley Kramer. Writer: William Rose. Stars: Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and many more. IMDb
I sometimes wonder how it was back in the day when race was such a big thing. I understand that in present time we still deal with some racial issues but it is not the same as it was 50 years ago. I enjoy watching this film and seeing the progression of acceptance from the parents and the boyfriend. They both had to accept each other and realize that they soon would be family. Humans are humans regardless of the color of you skin. Skin color means nothing, it's just where we came from.
15.) The Jungle Book (1967) Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman. Writers: Larry Clemmons (story), Ralph Wright (story), Ken Anderson (story), and Vance Gerry (story). Stars: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima and many more. IMDb
"Look for the bare necessities. The simple bare necessities Forget about your worries and your strife.." I enjoy this film and its songs. What a story though, the snake comes to Mowgly and tries to deceive him. Does that sound familiar? Haha...
There's my list; I hope you enjoyed reading or browsing through it. I'm missing so many great films, but these 15 movies are also great. I hope that you are enjoying your Friday.
What are your favorite films from the 1960's?