Film History

Films Throughout The Decades: 1960-1969

Here we are at the swinging sixties! We’re half way through this series of films through the decades. The lists from now on will be a lot longer than the previous lists, I found it really hard to narrow down my favourite films. Lets go!

1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Probably Audrey Hepburn’s most famous film, my favourite one too. The film, based on the book by Truman Capone, is about a young call girl named Holly Golightly and her new neighbour she calls Fred (real name Paul), played by George Peppard.

The gorgeous Givenchy gown that Audrey wears throughout the whole film is simply iconic. It has become a symbol of the brand, and even the decade. Her most iconic look, I reckon.

2. Psycho (1960)

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film about Anthony Perkins’ character, Norman Bates who runs a motel under the control and domination of his mother. Even if you haven’t seen the film, you probably know the story, and you definitely know that amazing shower scene with Janet Leigh!

3. The Sound of Music (1965)

Julie Andrews play the young Maria, an Austrian convent girl who leaves to become a governess to the children of a naval officer played by Christopher Plummer. The musical boasts hits like Do Re Mi, The Hills Are Alive, and My Favourite Things.

I do like this film, although I do think it feels like I’m watching two films. You know, with the Nazis at the end, just feels a little disjointed to the rest of the movie. I put this film on my list because it is so iconic, and I will watch it if it’s on.

4. The Birds (1963)

Another classic by Alfred Hitchcock. Based on the novel of the (somewhat) Cornish writer, Daphne Du Maurier. The Birds is about a socialite who follows a potential boyfriend to a small town, but all of the birds suddenly begin to attack.

I feel like after watching this film, you can’t look at a group of birds without thinking they’re going to attack you.

5. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

One of the best zombie films I have ever seen. Obviously it’s a little dated and doesn’t have the CGI opportunities more modern zombie flicks do, but that’s what gives it the charm is has. Also being filmed in black and white definitely makes it stand out from the crowd.

A bunch of young adults barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to hide away from the blood-thirsty monsters outside.

6. Oliver! (1968)

The original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. With the likes of Ron Moody and Oliver Reed as Fagin and the notorious Bill Sykes, you know you’re in for a good show.

You may know that I am an avid reader, and a huge fan of the classics, but Charles Dickens is one author I cannot read. I just feel like he over writes, like he could say the exact same thing and have the same impact in two sentences instead of five paragraphs. Please let me know if you agree, I’m yet to find someone who feels the same way as me, oh well.

7. Mary Poppins (1964)

This Disney live-action musical starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke is still loved and appreciated today. One of Julie Andrews most famous and popular films. A lot less serious than The Sound of Music, I believe it can be appreciated more by families.

Mary Poppins is a magical Nanny that comes to the aid of the Banks children with music and adventures.

MARY POPPINS, Karen Dotrice, Julie Andrews, Matthew Garber, 1964

8. Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy is portrayed by Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey. When I was doing my GCSEs we watched this version of the film and I just fell in love with it. Don’t get me wrong, I adore the Leo DiCaprio version as much as the next person, but this film stays true to the time it was written.

Credit: Photo by Moviestore Collection / Rex Features (1619684a)Romeo And Juliet, Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting. Film and Television

The sixities provided us with some incredible movies that we still adore today. How many of these films have you seen? Let me know in the comments below!

If you liked this post, check out the previous in the series: Films Throughout The Decades: 1950-1959. Also you can support me and this blog by buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi here.

Lana.

(2) Comments

  1. Great movies, thanks for posting the list.

    1. Thank you

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