Movies in the 1960s


The 1960s were a groundbreaking time in cinema. The list of iconic movies that spawned from the decade could go on for miles. And the range of subject matter and styles were unprecedented.


1960 started the decade with a bang, featuring one of the most popular horror films of all time, Psycho.

Soon after that, the world was treated to an outstanding performance from my favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Check out our top five favorite movies from each year between 1960-69 below.

These are not necessarily the most popular movies from the time, just the ones we would watch over and over again.

Top 10 Movies in 1960

What were the most popular movies in 1960?

  1. Spartacus
  2. Psycho
  3. Exodus
  4. Swiss Family Robinson
  5. The Alamo
  6. The Apartment
  7. BUtterfield 8
  8. Ocean’s 11
  9. Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
  10. From the Terrace

Who won the 1960 Academy Awards?

Best Picture: The Apartment
Best Director: Billy Wilder – The Apartment
Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor – BUtterfield 8
Best Actor: Burt Lancaster – Elmer Gantry

Top 10 Movies in 1961

What were the most popular movies in 1961?

  1. West Side Story
  2. The Guns of Navarone
  3. El Cid
  4. The Absent-Minded Professor
  5. The Parent Trap
  6. La Dolce Vita
  7. Lover Come Back
  8. King of Kings
  9. One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  10. Splendor in the Grass

Who won the 1961 Academy Awards?

Best Picture: West Side Story
Best Director: Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins – West Side Story
Best Actress: Sophia Loren – Two Women
Best Actor: Maximilian Schell – Judgment at Nuremberg

Top 10 Movies in 1962

What were the most popular movies in 1962?

  1. Lawrence of Arabia
  2. The Longest Day
  3. In Search of the Castaways
  4. That Touch of Mink
  5. The Music Man
  6. Mutiny on the Bounty
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird
  8. Hatari!
  9. Gypsy
  10. Bon Voyage!

Who won the 1962 Academy Awards?

Best Picture: Lawrence of Arabia
Best Director: David Lean – Lawrence of Arabia
Best Actress: Anne Bancroft – The Miracle Worker
Best Actor: Gregory Peck – To Kill a Mockingbird

Top 10 Movies in 1963

What were the most popular movies in 1963?

  1. Cleopatra
  2. How the West Was Won
  3. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  4. Tom Jones
  5. Irma la Douce
  6. The Sword in the Stone
  7. Son of Flubber
  8. The Birds
  9. Dr. No
  10. The V.I.P.s

Who won the 1963 Academy Awards?

Best Picture: Tom Jones
Best Director: Tony Richardson – Tom Jones
Best Actress: Patricia Neal – Hud
Best Actor: Sidney Poitier – Lilies of the Field

Top 10 Movies in 1964

What were the most popular movies in 1964?

  1. My Fair Lady
  2. Goldfinger
  3. Mary Poppins
  4. The Carpetbaggers
  5. From Russia with Love
  6. A Fistful of Dollars
  7. Father Goose
  8. A Shot in the Dark
  9. A Hard Day’s Night
  10. The Night of the Iguana

Who won the 1964 Academy Awards?

Best Picture: My Fair Lady
Best Director: George Cukor – My Fair Lady
Best Actress: Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins
Best Actor: Rex Harrison – My Fair Lady

Top 10 Movies in 1965

What were the most popular movies in 1965?

  1. The Sound of Music
  2. Doctor Zhivago
  3. Thunderball
  4. Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines
  5. That Darn Cat!
  6. The Great Race
  7. Cat Ballou
  8. What’s New Pussycat?
  9. Shenandoah
  10. Von Ryan’s Express

Who won the 1965 Academy Awards?

Best Picture: The Sound of Music
Best Director: Robert Wise – The Sound of Music
Best Actress: Julie Christie – Darling
Best Actor: Lee Marvin – Cat Ballou

Top 10 Movies in 1966

What were the most popular movies in 1966?

  1. The Bible: In the Beginning…
  2. Hawaii
  3. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  4. The Sand Pebbles
  5. A Man for All Seasons
  6. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  7. Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
  8. The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
  9. Grand Prix
  10. Blowup

Who won the 1966 Academy Awards?

Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann – A Man for All Seasons
Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Actor: Paul Scofield – A Man for All Seasons

Top 10 Movies in 1967

What were the most popular movies in 1967?

  1. The Graduate
  2. The Jungle Book
  3. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  4. Bonnie and Clyde
  5. The Dirty Dozen
  6. Valley of the Dolls
  7. You Only Live Twice
  8. To Sir, with Love
  9. The Born Losers
  10. Thoroughly Modern Millie

Who won the 1967 Academy Awards?

Best Picture: In the Heat of the Night
Best Director: Mike Nichols – The Graduate
Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Best Actor: Rod Steiger – In the Heat of the Night

Top 10 Movies in 1968

What were the most popular movies in 1968?

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. Funny Girl
  3. The Love Bug
  4. The Odd Couple
  5. Bullitt
  6. Romeo and Juliet
  7. Oliver!
  8. Rosemary’s Baby
  9. Planet of the Apes
  10. Night of the Living Dead

Who won the 1968 Academy Awards?

Best Picture: Oliver!
Best Director: Carol Reed – Oliver!
Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn – The Lion in Winter;
Barbra Streisand – Funny Girl
Best Actor: Cliff Robertson – Charly

Top 10 Movies in 1969

What were the most popular movies in 1969?

  1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  2. Midnight Cowboy
  3. Easy Rider
  4. Hello, Dolly!
  5. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
  6. Paint Your Wagon
  7. True Grit
  8. Cactus Flower
  9. Goodbye, Columbus
  10. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Who won the 1969 Academy Awards?

Best Picture: Midnight Cowboy
Best Director: John Schlesinger, Midnight Cowboy
Best Actress: Maggie Smith – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Best Actor: John Wayne – True Grit


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