The 1960’s was a golden era of action movies.
Secret agents, post-war paranoia and questions about life as an American littered the screen.
These aspects of the American mindset found their way into many action movies of the era, and often separated average films from the great ones.
Here are the Top 10 Greatest Movies Of The ’60s:
10. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
A late edition to the massive collection of westerns from the 1960’s, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stands apart from a lot of competition in the genre. Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, the film has some of the best sequences of the genre of western movies.
9. Dr. Strangelove (1963)
A tense race against time to stop a nuclear strike against the USSR, Dr. Strangelove is one of Stanley Kubrick’s most beloved films. Released only 2 years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the film stands as a stark reminder of how precarious the nuclear era really was.
8. Planet of the Apes (1968)
This bizarre 1968 classic has found its way into the mind of movie lovers thanks to classic quotes, unique sequences and numerous remakes. There is a lot to enjoy about the planet of the apes, including the commentary on our species dominance and brilliant special effects.
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Stanley Kubrick’s magnum Opus, 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the few movies to surpass the novel it was based on in terms of fame and critical reception. To this day, it is a landmark achievement in film making and captures the fascination with space that the 60’s is known for.
6. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Cowboys have long been a symbol of the American Spirit, and films like the Magnificent Seven were an integral part of perpetuating the myth of the west.
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5. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
With the second World War still fresh in the memory of many Americans, the Dirty Dozen was always going to make fans stand up and cheer. It shows the redemption of several American convicts on an operation to take out a house full of Nazi officers the night before D-day.
4. The Good The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is perhaps the greatest western ever made. After a few high profile roles in other westerns, Star Clint Eastwood cemented his role as one of America’s greatest on-screen cowboys in this film.
3. Psycho (1960)
In a long list of great’s by Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho is perhaps his greatest. The slow burning murder mystery at the famous Bates Motel is infinitely quotable and is the first time many horror movie tropes were seen on screen. While the 60’s has a number of great movies, Psycho is an easy choice for our number three.
2. The Great Escape (1963)
Apart from the famous motorcycle jump, The Great Escape tells the real story of American soldiers escaping a Nazi POW camp. Even years later, The Great Escape is a potent and suspenseful film thanks to its masterful writing, acting and directing.
While the greatest James Bond film is up for debate, Goldfinger is certainly the best of the ’60s. In Goldfinger, 007 twarts a robbery of the Fort Knox gold depository. Too many legendary scenes to count are present in this film, making it a solid number one on our list of movies from the 1960’s.
Pussy Galore ranks at number two on our Top 10 Bond Girls Of All Time.