1960's Movies

Top 10 Movies of the 1960's

This section provides additional information on another are of focus within pop culture during the 1960's.

This is a top 10 list of the most successful and influential movies of the decade. As you will see not all movies are ranked solely on their box office success as some less successful films had a greater impact on society and culture during the 1960's.

Throughout this section, you will find the movie titles, a trailer or clip from each film, a film overview, the film's box office earnings, the production company, release date and the director to help identify influential producers and directors throughout the decades.

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#1 - The Sound of Music (1965)

Release Date: April 1, 1965 Production Company: 20th Century Studios

Director(s): Robert Wise

Earnings: $286,214,195

Overview: A tuneful, heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.

#2 - The Graduate (1967)

Release Date: December 22, 1967 Production Company: Lawrence Turman Productions

Director(s): Mike Nichols

Earnings: $104,466,833

Overview: Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) has just finished college and, back at his parents' house, he's trying to avoid the one question everyone keeps asking: What does he want to do with his life? An unexpected diversion crops up when he is seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), a bored housewife and friend of his parents. But what begins as a fun tryst turns complicated when Benjamin falls for the one woman Mrs. Robinson demanded he stay away from, her daughter, Elaine (Katharine Ross).

#3 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Release Date: September 23, 1969 Production Company: Campanile Productions

Director(s): George Roy Hill

Earnings: $102,310,711

Overview: The true story of fast-draws and wild rides, battles with posses, train and bank robberies, a torrid love affair and a new lease on outlaw life in far away Bolivia. It is also a character study of a remarkable friendship between Butch - possibly the most likeable outlaw in frontier history - and his closest associate, the fabled, ever-dangerous Sundance Kid.

#4 - The Jungle Book (1967)

Release Date: October 18, 1967 Production Company: Walt Disney Productions

Director(s): Wolfgang Reitherman

Earnings: $141,843,000

Overview: In this classic Walt Disney animation based on Rudyard Kipling's book, Mowgli, an abandoned child raised by wolves, has his peaceful existence threatened by the return of the man-eating tiger Shere Khan (George Sanders). Facing certain death, Mowgli must overcome his reluctance to leave his wolf family and return to the "man village." But he is not alone on his quest: Aided by Bagheera the panther, and later by the carefree bear Balloo (Phil Harris), he braves the jungle's many perils.

#5 - My Fair Lady (1964)

Release Date: December 25, 1964 Production Company: Warner Brothers Productions

Director(s): George Cukor

Earnings: $72,071,636

Overview: In this beloved musical, pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond -- one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor (Jeremy Brett).

#6 - Thunderball (1965)

Release Date: December 22, 1965 Production Company: Eon Productions

Director(s): Terence Young

Earnings: $141,200,000

Overview: Led by one-eyed evil mastermind Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi), the terrorist group SPECTRE hijacks two warheads from a NATO plane and threatens widespread nuclear destruction to extort 100 million pounds. The dashing Agent 007, James Bond (Sean Connery), is sent to recover the warheads from the heart of Largo's lair in the Bahamas, facing underwater attacks from sharks and men alike. He must also convince the enchanting Domino (Claudine Auger), Largo's mistress, to become a key ally.

#7 - Cleopatra (1963)

Release Date: June 12, 1963 Production Company: 20th Century Studios

Director(s): Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Earnings: $71,000,000

Overview: "Cleopatra" is a lengthy, sprawling, spectacular love story, helmed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, depicting Cleopatra's manipulation of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony in her ill-fated attempt to save the Egyptian empire. This threesome in one of the most famous and gloriously powerful love triangles ever to be captured on film.

#8 - 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Release Date: April 2, 1968 Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Stanley Kubrick Productions

Director(s): Stanley Kubrick

Earnings: $71,854,587

Overview: An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.

#9 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Release Date: December 12, 1967 Production Company: Columbia Pictures

Director(s): Stanley Kramer

Earnings: $56,700,000

Overview: When Joanna Drayton (Katharine Houghton), a free-thinking white woman, and black doctor John Prentice (Sidney Poitier) become engaged, they travel to San Francisco to meet her parents. Matt Drayton (Spencer Tracy) and his wife Christina (Katharine Hepburn) are wealthy liberals who must confront the latent racism the coming marriage arouses. Also attending the Draytons' dinner are Prentice's parents (Roy E. Glenn Sr., Beah Richards), who vehemently disapprove of the relationship.

#10 - How the West Was Won (1962/63)

Release Date: February 20, 1963 Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Cinerama

Director(s): John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall

Earnings: $46,500,000

Overview: Setting off on a journey to the west in the 1830s, the Prescott family run into a man named Linus (James Stewart), who helps them fight off a pack of thieves. Linus then marries daughter Eve Prescott (Carroll Baker), and 30 years later goes off to fight in the Civil War with their son, with bloody results. Eve's sister, Lily (Debbie Reynolds), heads further west and has adventures with a professional gambler (Gregory Peck), stretching all the way to San Francisco and into the 1880s.