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Top 10 Favorites from the 1960s

I’ll be the first to admit that I am horrible at the whole social aspect of blogging, as I rarely visit other websites or attempt to engage with the community as a whole. But I was very intrigued by a post from Ryan McNeil at The Matinee. In it he recounts his experience of contributing a Top 10 list of 1960s favorites for a big ol’, multi-person list of lists on the Movie Mezzanine, and how the finished list irked him a bit (both for its title and for some of the selections made by others).

Ryan definitely has some valid points, but my post isn’t about any of that! Instead, the posts have inspired me to go through the films of the ’60s and see what I could come up with if I was tasked with listing my favorites of the decade. It’s a horribly brutal process, as the ’60s (or any decade, really) are full of great films. My list ended up being a mix of old favorites I’ve loved for 15+ years, and others I’ve only just seen and become enamored with. But lists are always snapshots of the time they were made, and ultimately arbitrary. Anyway, it was fun to make!

So here’s what I came up with for my top 10 favorites of the ’60s:

#10 True Grit (1969)
Directed by Henry Hathaway

#9 Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Directed by George A. Romero

#8 One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
Directed by Chang Cheh
Reviewed July 27, 2011

#7 Underworld U.S.A. (1961)
Directed by Samuel Fuller
Reviewed July 11, 2013

#6 Dragon Inn (1967)
Directed by King Hu
Reviewed April 28, 2014

#5 The Wild Bunch (1969)
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Reviewed February 6, 2014

#4 Psycho (1960)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

#3 Yojimo (1961)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa

#2 Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Directed by Sergio Leone

#1 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

If you haven’t seen these, they’re grrrrrr-reat! And if you’re curious what’s just beyond the 10-film cut, I have a 25-film version on my Letterboxd account.

What are your favorite films of the 1960s?

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