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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
★★★★
★★★★
3.5 out of 4 stars

From Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè
Rated R

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is an Italian Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone. The movie follows three gunslingers who compete to find a hidden fortune during the American Civil War. The story is told from the perspectives of Blondie (The Good), Angel Eyes (The Bad) and Tuco (The Ugly). The three eventually agree to work together to find the fortune, but each has their own agenda for how to spend it when they find it. Along their journey, they face many dangers, including bounty hunters, Union and Confederate soldiers, and even a Mexican bandit. In the end, only one man will walk away with the gold, but who it is remains a mystery until the very end.

Psycho (1960)

Psycho
★★★★
★★★★
3.4 out of 4 stars

From Alfred Hitchcock, starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin
Rated R

Psycho is a 1960 psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and Vera Miles. The narrative follows Marion Crane, an office worker who is fed up with her mundane life. After impulsively stealing $40,000 from her boss, she decides to drive to her lover's home in California. Along the way, she stops off at the Bates Motel, which is owned by the strange and mysterious Norman Bates. As Marion's stay at the motel begins to take a sinister turn, it is soon revealed that Norman is harboring a troubling secret. As the film unravels, Marion and the audience embark on a terrifying journey filled with shocking twists and turns.

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Once Upon a Time in the West
★★★★
★★★★
3.4 out of 4 stars

From Sergio Leone, starring Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards
Rated PG-13

Once Upon a Time in the West is a classic spaghetti Western directed by Sergio Leone and starring Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson, and Jason Robards. Set in the American Old West, the film tells the story of a mysterious gunman, harmonica (Fonda), who is hired by a powerful railroad baron (Robards) to help him gain control of a frontier town. Meanwhile, a beautiful widow (Cardinale) and her three children attempt to keep their small ranch from falling into the hands of the baron. In a classic spaghetti Western style, Leone paints a vivid picture of the Old West, filled with violence, revenge, and betrayal. The film is widely recognized as one of the greatest Westerns ever made and is still hailed as a classic of the genre.

The Apartment (1960)

The Apartment
★★★★
★★★★
3.3 out of 4 stars

From Billy Wilder, starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston
Rated Approved

The Apartment is a 1960 romantic comedy directed and produced by Billy Wilder. It stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. The film follows C.C. Baxter (Lemmon), an ambitious, mild-mannered employee at an insurance company, who allows his superiors to use his apartment for their extramarital affairs in exchange for career advancement. Baxter falls for elevator operator Fran Kubelik (MacLaine), who is also having an affair with his boss, Jeff Sheldrake (MacMurray). Baxter finds himself in a moral dilemma as he struggles to balance his desire for career success and his growing feelings for Fran. Through a series of humorous and heartbreaking events, Baxter ultimately learns to stand up for himself and his values.

Z (1969)

Z
★★★★
★★★★
3.3 out of 4 stars

From Costa-Gavras, starring Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, François Périer
Rated M/PG

Z is a 1969 political thriller directed by Costa-Gavras, based on the 1966 novel by Vassilis Vassilikos. The film follows a magistrate assigned to look into the suspicious death of a prominent leftist politician in an unnamed Mediterranean country. As the magistrate uncovers more evidence, a complex web of political intrigue is uncovered, and the case becomes more complex and dangerous. The film is acclaimed for its political relevance, masterful direction, and its depiction of the abuses of power in the political arena. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Rocco and His Brothers
★★★★
★★★★
3.3 out of 4 stars

From Luchino Visconti, starring Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot, Claudia Cardinale
Rated Not Rated

Rocco and His Brothers is a 1960 Italian-French drama directed by Luchino Visconti. It follows the story of the Parondi family, a rural family from the south of Italy who move to Milan in search of a better life. The eldest son, Rocco (Alain Delon), is a promising boxer who dreams of a better life for himself and his family. His brothers, Simone (Renato Salvatori), Ciro (Max Cartier), and Luca (Spiros Focas), have to cope with the harsh realities of the city. They struggle to find work and are left to fend for themselves against the dangers of the city. Meanwhile, Rocco's success as a boxer brings fame and money, but it also brings tragedy as he is torn between his family and the woman he loves, Nadia (Claudia Cardinale). The family must ultimately reconcile and come to terms with their new lives in the city.

The Sound of Music (1965)

The Sound of Music
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Robert Wise, starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn
Rated G

The Sound of Music is an Academy Award-winning musical film from 1965, directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It is based on the real-life story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, a singing group which fled Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938. The story follows the adventures of Maria, a young woman who is sent to be governess to the seven children of a widowed naval officer, Captain von Trapp. Maria soon wins over the children and their father with her warmth, kindness, and singing. The family eventually decides to take a daring escape across the mountains to Switzerland, with the help of a nun from Maria's former convent. Along the way they are pursued by the Nazis, but manage to make it to safety. The film features several classic songs, including "Do-Re-Mi," "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," and the title song, "The Sound of Music."

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin
Rated PG

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The screenplay was written by William Goldman, and is based on the historical characters of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The film tells the story of two outlaws and partners in crime, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, who flee to Bolivia after a string of train robberies. They are pursued by a relentless posse, led by a skilled bounty hunter, who eventually catches up with them. The two outlaws then must use their wit and ingenuity to escape the law. The film also stars Katharine Ross and Strother Martin, and features the music of Burt Bacharach. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was a commercial and critical success, and won four Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

The Graduate (1967)

The Graduate
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Mike Nichols, starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels
Rated PG

The Graduate is a classic romantic comedy-drama directed by Mike Nichols and released in 1967. The film stars Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate who is aimless and unfulfilled. He is seduced by Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father’s business partner, and begins a relationship with her daughter, Elaine. Throughout the film, Benjamin struggles with the complex social dynamics of his relationships and the expectations of his family and society. The film is set in the 1960s, but its themes and dilemmas are still relevant in modern times. The Graduate is considered an iconic symbol of the 1960s, and its soundtrack, featuring the song "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel, has become an anthem of the era.

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Rosemary's Baby
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Roman Polanski, starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer
Rated Approved

Rosemary's Baby is a psychological horror film directed by Roman Polanski, released in 1968. The story follows Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow), a young married couple who move into an old apartment building in New York City. Rosemary and her husband Guy (John Cassavetes) are soon befriended by their eccentric elderly neighbors who, unbeknownst to Rosemary, are members of a Satanic cult. Rosemary quickly discovers that she is pregnant and begins to suspect that her child may be the product of a diabolical pact. As her pregnancy progresses, Rosemary experiences increasingly bizarre events that lead her to believe Guy and the neighbors are conspiring against her, and that her baby may be the Antichrist. In the film's climax, Rosemary discovers the truth and is ultimately forced to accept the consequences of her husband's actions. Rosemary's Baby is a chilling tale of psychological suspense and horror.

The Hustler (1961)

The Hustler
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Robert Rossen, starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott
Rated Not Rated

The Hustler is a 1961 American drama film directed by Robert Rossen and starring Paul Newman as "Fast" Eddie Felson, a small-time pool hustler with a lot of ambition. Along the way, he meets up with an old, washed-up pool shark named Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). Eddie, eager to make a name for himself, challenges Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match, which he ultimately loses. Determined to win, Eddie seeks out a wealthy business man to bankroll his challenge to Fats, and finds him in the form of Bert Gordon (George C. Scott). Eddie eventually wins the game, but in the process, he also learns a lesson about the pitfalls of ambition. The film also stars Piper Laurie, Myron McCormick, Murray Hamilton, and Michael Constantine. The Hustler was an enormous success, and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Newman and Best Supporting Actor for Gleason.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Mike Nichols, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis
Rated Not Rated

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a 1966 American black comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. Adapted by Ernest Lehman from Edward Albee's 1962 play of the same name, the film stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as Martha and George, a middle-aged married couple whose toxic relationship comes to a head during a night of verbal sparring at their home. George and Martha invite a young couple, Nick (George Segal) and Honey (Sandy Dennis), to their home for a night of drinks and psychological games, resulting in an evening full of revelations and lies. The film was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards, winning five, including Best Actress (Taylor) and Best Supporting Actress for Dennis. The film's dark humor and frank depictions of marital tensions and psychological gamesmanship made it controversial at the time. It remains celebrated for its performances, editing, and cinematography, which make it an essential entry in the New Hollywood movement.

La dolce vita (1960)

La dolce vita
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Federico Fellini, starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux
Rated Not Rated

La Dolce Vita is an Italian comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini and released in 1960. It follows Marcello Rubini, a journalist whose life is filled with hedonism and emptiness. The film follows him through seven episodes, as he participates in parties, attempts love affairs, and grapples with his own spiritual crisis. Through Marcello's story, Fellini explores the moral and spiritual emptiness of the high society life in Rome. The film features a number of iconic scenes, including the famous scene of Anita Ekberg swimming in the Trevi Fountain. La Dolce Vita ultimately presents a view of modern life that is both alluring and disconcerting.

Fail Safe (1964)

Fail Safe
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Sidney Lumet, starring Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver, Dan O'Herlihy
Rated Approved

Fail Safe is a 1964 Cold War suspense film directed by Sidney Lumet and based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. The film stars Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Dan O'Herlihy, and Frank Overton. The film follows an ace United States Strategic Air Command bomber pilot (Fonda) whose plane is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear bomb on Moscow. With the President of the United States (O'Herlihy) desperate to avoid a nuclear holocaust, he turns to Presidential advisor Groeteschele (Matthau) for help. With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, the President, Groeteschele, and the pilot must find a way to avert disaster. Fail Safe is an intense, gripping drama that questions the morality of nuclear weapons and explores the dire consequences of a world divided by the Cold War.

8½ (1963)

8½
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Federico Fellini, starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale, Sandra Milo
Rated Not Rated

8½ is an award-winning drama directed by Federico Fellini, released in 1963. It follows the life of a director named Guido, who is struggling with creative block while trying to make his next film. As his personal and professional life begins to unravel, he begins to retreat into his own imagination, where he is able to escape his anxieties and find inspiration. As his inner world expands, Guido comes to terms with his identity and learns to embrace his own fantasies. In the end, he is able to complete his film and finds a sense of peace. The film is widely considered to be a masterpiece of Italian cinema and a classic of the art-house genre.

Charade (1963)

Charade
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Stanley Donen, starring Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn
Rated Passed

Charade is a 1963 romantic comedy-mystery film directed by Stanley Donen, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The plot follows a young woman (Hepburn) who finds herself pursued by several men who are after a fortune her late husband had stolen. She is aided by a charming American stranger (Grant) who helps her unravel the mystery. The two of them soon find themselves in a game of cat-and-mouse as they race to find the stolen money and outwit their pursuers. Along the way, the two of them form a strong bond that develops into a romance. Charade is noted for its witty dialogue, exciting action sequences, and its suspenseful mystery.

In Cold Blood (1967)

In Cold Blood
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Richard Brooks, starring Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Paul Stewart
Rated R

In Cold Blood is a 1967 American crime drama movie directed by Richard Brooks. Based on Truman Capote's book of the same name, the film follows two men, Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, as they commit a brutal murder in rural Kansas. The film stars Robert Blake as Perry Smith, Scott Wilson as Dick Hickock, and John Forsythe as Alvin Dewey. The film follows the two men as they plan and execute the murder of the Clutter family, which includes Herbert Clutter, his wife Bonnie, and two of their four children. In order to commit the crime, the two men break into the Clutter family's home and use guns and rope to kill the family. Following the murders, the men then try to stay one step ahead of the law, but eventually they are caught and tried in court. The film culminates with their ultimate conviction and execution, after which the movie ends on a somber note. In Cold Blood tells the story of a senseless crime that leaves the audience questioning the death penalty and the lack of mercy for a senseless act.

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Doctor Zhivago
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From David Lean, starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger
Rated PG-13

Doctor Zhivago is a 1965 epic romantic drama film directed by David Lean and written by Robert Bolt, based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Boris Pasternak. It stars Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Tom Courtenay, and Rita Tushingham. The film follows the life of Doctor Yury Zhivago, a Russian medical doctor and poet, as he is swept up in the revolutionary turmoil of the early 20th century. As his wife, Tonya, struggles to hold onto a bourgeois lifestyle, Yury falls in love with a beautiful, young nurse, Lara. As World War I rages and the Russian Revolution begins, Yury and Lara's love affair is tested by the changing political and social landscape. Along the way, he must endure the many tragedies and trials of life in a tumultuous and violent period of Russian history.

A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

A Fistful of Dollars
★★★★
★★★★
3.2 out of 4 stars

From Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy
Rated R

A Fistful of Dollars is a classic western directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood. The story follows a mysterious stranger who arrives in a small Mexican town and is soon embroiled in a power struggle between two rival gangs. He uses his cunning and quick gun-slinging skills to play both sides against each other, eventually earning the loyalty of the townsfolk and a fistful of dollars. With a climactic showdown and thrilling shootouts, A Fistful of Dollars is an iconic western classic.

My Fair Lady (1964)

My Fair Lady
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From George Cukor, starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde-White
Rated G

My Fair Lady is a classic musical from 1964, directed by George Cukor and based on George Bernard Shaw's play, "Pygmalion". It tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a poor flower girl from London's East End. Eliza is taken in by linguistics professor Henry Higgins, who believes he can transform her into a proper lady by teaching her proper English and introducing her to high society. Through a series of humorous and heartwarming events, Eliza overcomes her humble past and blossoms into a beautiful and confident woman. The film stars Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, and features some of the most famous songs in musical theatre, such as "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "The Rain in Spain". At the 1965 Academy Awards, My Fair Lady won eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Midnight Cowboy
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From John Schlesinger, starring Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver
Rated R

Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 drama film directed by John Schlesinger and based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy. The film stars Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight as two friends, Texas "cowboy" Joe Buck and New York con man "Ratso" Rizzo, who travel from Texas to New York City in search of a better life. Along the way, they encounter a variety of characters in their attempts to make ends meet. Themes of friendship, loyalty, and desperation abound as Joe and Ratso must make difficult choices in order to survive in an uncaring world. Midnight Cowboy is widely considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, winning three Academy Awards including Best Picture.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Sydney Pollack, starring Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young
Rated M

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is a 1969 drama film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, and Gig Young. Set in Depression-era Los Angeles, the film follows a group of desperate individuals who enter a grueling dance marathon for the chance to win a cash prize. As the competition progresses, participants succumb to exhaustion, desperation and betrayal as the pressure of the marathon takes its toll. Ultimately, the film becomes a dark look at the human spirit in a time of economic hardship.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Stanley Kramer, starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Houghton
Rated Approved

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American romantic comedy-drama directed by Stanley Kramer starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Katharine Houghton. The story follows Joanna Drayton (Katharine Houghton), a young, white woman who brings her African-American fiancé John Prentice (Sidney Poitier) home to meet her parents, Matt and Christina Drayton (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn). The movie follows the Draytons as they come to terms with their daughter's decision to marry interracially, as well as John's struggles with his own racial identity. The movie ultimately deals with the Draytons coming to terms with their own prejudices and evolving view on race.

Cape Fear (1962)

Cape Fear
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From J. Lee Thompson, starring Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Lori Martin
Rated Passed

Cape Fear is a 1962 thriller directed by J. Lee Thompson, starring Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck and Polly Bergen. The film follows ex-convict, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum), as he seeks vengeance against his former defense attorney, Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck). After being released from prison, Cady begins to stalk and terrorize Sam and his family, driving them to their breaking point, until Sam is forced to take drastic measures to protect his family. The film is a gripping, psychological thriller that delves into the depths of human nature, and explores themes of morality, justice, and revenge.

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

The Dirty Dozen
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Robert Aldrich, starring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes
Rated Approved

The Dirty Dozen is a classic 1967 war film directed by Robert Aldrich. It follows the story of an Army Major, played by Lee Marvin, who is tasked with recruiting and training 12 convicted military prisoners for a dangerous mission behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany during World War II. The mission involves infiltrating a remote chateau and assassinating a group of Nazi officials. The Major must use unorthodox methods to transform the prisoners into a loyal and deadly unit. Along the way, the group faces numerous obstacles, including their own personal demons and the enemy forces out for their blood. In the end, the group triumphs against all odds and completes the mission successfully.

 



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