5 Movies from 1960s that You Must Watch if You are a Cinema-Lover

The decade of the Sixties saw some really, really great movies, which are now regarded as classics of filmmaking. Sixties saw the release of such famous classics as Psycho, Lawrence of Arabia, The Graduate, The Apartment and many more. But apart from the above, the decade also saw a rise in the general quality of international cinema; it was the decade where international cinema started achieving new heights with audacious and innovative film-making by the grandmasters of the cinema. In this article, we list five movies of the 60s which are a must watch for any cinema lover.

1. Breathless (1960)


The first film by the legendary French filmmaker Jean Luc Godard, ‘Breathless’ was the one of the first films of the French New Wave of cinema. It is a poignant and influential work of art, both cool and daring. The final shot of the film speaks volumes and is perhaps one of the most iconic images of cinematic history.


2. Persona (1966)


Known for his classic ‘The Seventh Seal’, Ingmar Bergman was one of the most respected and influential auteurs the world has known. However, in ‘Persona’, he really channeled his inner artist, delivering a modernistic piece of psychological horror which is still talked about. Due to the sensitive nature of the film, it had to go through many cuts. It is bleak, and utterly hopeless at times – dealing with themes of death, illness and insanity.


3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)


Legendary director John Ford was known for such classic westerns as ‘The Searchers’, ‘Stagecoach’, ‘She Wore a Yellow Ribbon’. He took a new turn here and decided to direct the movie in black and white. ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ is not so much a Western as it is a nostalgia trip. A man remembers his days in a town he visits after a long time. Featuring some of the best camerawork, a terrific score, and amazing performances by John Wayne and James Stewart, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ is a must watch.


4. Le Samourai (1967)


Any talk about the noir genre would be incomplete without this powerhouse of a film. Made by another French legend Jean Pierre Melville, ‘Le Samourai’ is the story of a hitman – a samurai. There is so much to love here. The shockingly authentic looking surveillance techniques, the marvelously shot interrogation scene. The movie is especially influential because of the brooding camerawork, consistent with the tone of the film, which is ultimately about the complex world of espionage, and how one man – who is on the other side of law – deals with it. It is listed as #39 in Empire Magazines Top 100 films of world cinema.


5. The Lion in Winter (1968)

The Lion Winter

Peter O’Toole, Katherine Hepburn, a young Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton – need I say more. This under-appreciated jewel of a film features one of O’Toole’s best performance and a daringly different performance by Katherine Hepburn. A recipient of 3 Oscars, this film is a period drama about the life and court struggles of King Henry II of England. The most fascinating aspect of the film is that it is directed as a drama but acted out as a play, bringing out layers upon rich layers of character. Watch out for a moving performance by the-then-young Hopkins.

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