Lets face it, the 1960’s were, overall, a very nice decade. Why, you ask? Well, let me tell you: The Beatles (bestselling music act of all time) first started in the 60’s (1969); Indira Gandhi becomes prime minister of India (1966) and it was the decade for the movie classics. So, here they are, the most iconic films of the 60’s.
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Number 1: Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock (1960)
This American classic tells the story of Marion Crane, an office-worker from Phoenix that’s frustrated with her life financially. One day, she is trusted to deposit $40.000 from her boss and decides to run away with the money and her boyfriend. After a long drive, and caught by a storm, they decide to pull-over and sleep-in on The Bates Motel. This motel is managed by an extremely quiet young man, that appears to be dominated by his mother.
In the 1961 edition of the Academy Awards, Psycho was up for 4 Oscars, including Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Director. Despite not wining any Academy Awards, the film won 5 of the 14 nominations it had.
Total Domestic Lifetime Gross Revenue for the film was $32 million.
Number 2: The Sound of Music, Robert Wise (1965)
This film tells the story of how a woman (played by Julie Andrews) leaves the convent she’s in and becomes a governess for this Naval Officer widower (played by Christopher Plummer). Maria is inspired to leave the convent due to her failed attempts to become a nun, but is warned by the Captain that his house is occupied by 7 mischievous children.
The film was nominated for a total of 10 Academy Awards and won an incredible 5 of them, in the 1966 Oscars. Wins include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Music, Best Editing and Best Sound. Of the other 20 awards it was nominated for, it won 12!
Total Domestic Sales? A staggering $160 million.
Number 3: Lawrence of Arabia, David Lean (1962)
The story of how an English Officer called T.E. Lawrence (played by the legendary Peter O’Tool) manages to unite all these Arab tribes and lead them in the fight against the Turks, during the First World War.
The film as won 7 (yes, 7) Academy Awards and was nominated for a total of 10. The victories include ones for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing. Out of the other 34 awards the film was nominated for, it won 23 of them!
Total Box Office Revenue for the film is just shy of $45 million.
Number 4: Goldfinger, Guy Hamilton (1964)
Back when Sean Connery played the most famous spy in the world (Bond, James Bond- sorry, I had to…), he made a film with the legendary director Guy Hamilton that told a story of how an investigation about a gold magnate’s smuggling turns to a plot about a possible contamination of Fort Knox’s gold reserve, and ruin the world economy.
The film was nominated, and won, the Academy Award for Best Effects, Sound Effects. Concerning other awards, the film won 5 and got nominated 6 others.
Total Lifetime Revenue is north of $50 million.
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Number 5: The Graduate, Mike Nichols (1967)
The classic romantic story of how a person is torn between to loves… Except this college student is torn between an older lover and her daughter.
The film was nominated for a total of 7 Academy Awards and won 1, for Best Director. The film was also nominated for 16 awards and also won 21 other.
Lifetime Box Office Revenue is north of $100 million.
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“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.”- The Graduate, 1967
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