101 Dalmations - the best of a weak decade for animation

1960 – 1969

Total Films I’ve Seen:  801

Films That Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  40

Best Film Not to Make the Top 5 in Any Category:  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Film of the Decade:  Bonnie and Clyde

Worst Film of the Decade:  Horrors of Spider Island

Worst Best Picture Nominee of the Decade:  Doctor Dolittle

Worst Film of the Decade Made by a Top 100 Director:  Tonight for Sure

The Non-Nighthawk Awards:

the magnificent opening to 2001: A Space Odyssey

Top 10 Films of the 1960’s  (Top 1000)

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey –  #4
  2. 8 1/2 –  #5
  3. Lawrence of Arabia –  #13
  4. La Dolce Vita –  #26
  5. Psycho –  #32
  6. L’Avventura –  #37
  7. Dr. Strangelove –  #38
  8. Persona –  #39
  9. Andrei Rublev –  #40
  10. Jules and Jim –  #41

Top 10 Films of the 1960’s  (Awards Points)

  1. A Man for all Seasons –  1929
  2. Tom Jones –  1620
  3. The Apartment –  1396
  4. Lawrence of Arabia –  1342
  5. My Fair Lady –  1270
  6. Midnight Cowboy –  1259
  7. In the Heat of the Night –  1249
  8. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf –  1233
  9. The Graduate –  1171
  10. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid –  1170

Top 10 Films of the 1960’s  (Academy Awards Points)

  1. West Side Story –  610
  2. My Fair Lady –  565
  3. Lawrence of Arabia –  525
  4. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf –  520
  5. The Apartment –  505
  6. Tom Jones –  495
  7. Oliver –  490
  8. A Man for all Seasons –  480
  9. Mary Poppins –  455
  10. Judgment at Nuremberg  /  The Sound of Music –  425

Oscar Trivia Question:  In the 1950’s, five films won Picture, Director, Screenplay and an acting award, but in the 1960’s only one film did.  What was the film?

Top 10 Films of the 1960’s  (Box Office Gross)

  1. The Sound of Music –  $158.67 mil
  2. Doctor Zhivago –  $111.72 mil
  3. The Graduate –  $104.64 mil
  4. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid –  $102.30 mil
  5. Mary Poppins –  $88.27 mil
  6. The Jungle Book –  $73.74 mil
  7. My Fair Lady –  $72.00 mil
  8. Thunderball –  $63.59 mil
  9. Cleopatra –  $57.77 mil
  10. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner –  $56.70 mil

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Top 1000 – through 1969)

  1. Citizen Kane
  2. Vertigo
  3. Rules of the Game
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  5. 8 1/2
  6. The Searchers
  7. The Battleship Potemkin
  8. The Seven Samurai
  9. Tokyo Story
  10. Singin in the Rain

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Awards Points – through 1969)

  1. A Man for all Seasons –  1923
  2. The Bridge on the River Kwai –  1699
  3. Tom Jones –  1620
  4. On the Waterfront –  1512
  5. The Apartment –  1396
  6. All About Eve –  1390
  7. Lawrence of Arabia –  1342
  8. From Here to Eternity –  1294
  9. Ben-Hur –  1289
  10. My Fair Lady –  1270

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Academy Awards Points – through 1969)

  1. From Here to Eternity –  675
  2. Gone with the Wind –  670
  3. Ben-Hur –  660
  4. On the Waterfront –  645
  5. All About Eve –  625
  6. Mrs. Miniver –  610
  7. West Side Story –  610
  8. Going My Way –  585
  9. My Fair Lady –  565
  10. Lawrence of Arabia –  525

Oscar Trivia Answer:  A Man for All Seasons, which also won Best Actor

Top 10 Films of All-Time  (Box Office Gross – through 1969)

  1. Gone with the Wind –  $189.52 mil
  2. The Sound of Music –  $158.67 mil
  3. Doctor Zhivago –  $111.72 mil
  4. The Graduate –  $104.64 mil
  5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid –  $102.30 mil
  6. Mary Poppins –  $88.27 mil
  7. Ben-Hur –  $74.00 mil
  8. The Jungle Book –  $73.74 mil
  9. My Fair Lady –  $72.00 mil
  10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs –  $66.59 mil

Best Animated Film:

  1. 101 Dalmations
  2. The Sword in the Stone
  3. The Jungle Book

Best Foreign Film:

  1. The Virgin Spring
  2. Z
  3. Winter Light
  4. Belle de Jour
  5. Harakiri

Best Original Song:

  1. “Mrs. Robinson”  (The Graduate)
  2. “Help”  (Help)
  3. “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”  (Mary Poppins)
  4. “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”  (Help)
  5. “A Hard Day’s Night”  (A Hard Day’s Night)

Best Makeup:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. Planet of the Apes
  3. Bonnie and Clyde
  4. Lawrence of Arabia
  5. The Wild Bunch

Best Costume Design:

  1. Doctor Zhivago
  2. Bonnie and Clyde
  3. Lawrence of Arabia
  4. Tom Jones
  5. A Man for All Seasons

Best Sound Editing:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. The Wild Bunch
  3. Bullitt
  4. Lawrence of Arabia
  5. Bonnie and Clyde

Best Visual Effects:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. Jason and the Argonauts
  3. Fantastic Voyage
  4. Mary Poppins
  5. Marooned

Best Art Direction:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. Doctor Zhivago
  3. Lawrence of Arabia
  4. Bonnie and Clyde
  5. Mary Poppins

Best Sound:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. Bonnie and Clyde
  3. Lawrence of Arabia
  4. West Side Story
  5. The Wild Bunch

Best Original Score:

  1. The Pink Panther
  2. Lawrence of Arabia
  3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  4. Doctor Zhivago
  5. Once Upon a Time in the West

Best Cinematography:

  1. Lawrence of Arabia
  2. Bonnie and Clyde
  3. Doctor Zhivago
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  5. The Wild Bunch

Best Editing:

  1. Bonnie and Clyde
  2. West Side Story
  3. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  4. The Wild Bunch
  5. Lawrence of Arabia

Edith Evans so deserved an Oscar for Tom Jones

Best Supporting Actress  (Comedy):

  1. Edith Evans  (Tom Jones)
  2. Rita Moreno  (West Side Story)
  3. Katharine Ross  (The Graduate)
  4. Hermione Gingold  (The Music Man)
  5. Geraldine Page  (You’re a Big Boy Now)

Best Supporting Actress  (Drama):

  1. Bibi Andersson  (Persona)
  2. Shirley Jones  (Elmer Gantry)
  3. Ruth Gordon  (Rosemary’s Baby)
  4. Sandy Dennis  (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf)
  5. Angela Lansbury  (The Manchurian Candidate)

Best Supporting Actress:

  1. Bibi Andersson  (Persona)
  2. Edith Evans  (Tom Jones)
  3. Shirley Jones  (Elmer Gantry)
  4. Rita Moreno  (West Side Story)
  5. Ruth Gordon  (Rosemary’s Baby)

Best Supporting Actor  (Comedy):

  1. Sterling Hayden  (Dr. Strangelove)
  2. Gene Wilder  (The Producers)
  3. Hugh Griffith  (Tom Jones)
  4. Walter Matthau  (The Fortune Cookie)
  5. George Chakiris  (West Side Story)

Best Supporting Actor  (Drama):

  1. Omar Sharif  (Lawrence of Arabia)
  2. Henry Fonda  (Once Upon a Time in the West)
  3. Gene Hackman  (Bonnie and Clyde)
  4. Anthony Hopkins  (The Lion in Winter)
  5. Laurence Olivier  (Spartacus)

Best Supporting Actor:

  1. Omar Sharif  (Lawrence of Arabia)
  2. Henry Fonda  (Once Upon a Time in the West)
  3. Sterling Hayden  (Dr. Strangelove)
  4. Gene Hackman  (Bonnie and Clyde)
  5. Anthony Hopkins  (The Lion in Winter)

Best Actress  (Comedy):

  1. Shirley MacLaine  (The Apartment)
  2. Audrey Hepburn  (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
  3. Anne Bancroft  (The Graduate)
  4. Barbra Streisand  (Funny Girl)
  5. Julie Andrews  (Mary Poppins)

Best Actress  (Drama):

  1. Elizabeth Taylor  (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf)
  2. Faye Dunaway  (Bonnie and Clyde)
  3. Katharine Hepburn  (The Lion in Winter)
  4. Harriet Andersson  (Through a Glass Darkly)
  5. Liv Ullmann  (Persona)

Elizabeth Taylor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - the best performance of the decade

Best Actress:

  1. Elizabeth Taylor  (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf)
  2. Faye Dunaway  (Bonnie and Clyde)
  3. Katharine Hepburn  (The Lion in Winter)
  4. Harriet Andersson  (Through a Glass Darkly)
  5. Shirley MacLaine  (The Apartment)

Best Actor  (Comedy):

  1. Jack Lemmon  (The Apartment)
  2. George C. Scott  (Dr. Strangelove)
  3. Dustin Hoffman  (The Graduate)
  4. Peter Sellers  (Dr. Strangelove)
  5. Robert Preston  (The Music Man)

Best Actor  (Drama):

  1. Peter O’Toole  (Lawrence of Arabia)
  2. Richard Burton  (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf)
  3. Rod Steiger  (The Pawnbroker)
  4. Peter O’Toole  (The Lion in Winter)
  5. William Holden  (The Wild Bunch)
  6. Paul Newman  (The Hustler)

note:  there are six performances because of the two by Peter O’Toole

Best Actor:

  1. Peter O’Toole  (Lawrence of Arabia)
  2. Richard Burton  (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf)
  3. Rod Steiger  (The Pawnbroker)
  4. Peter O’Toole  (The Lion in Winter)
  5. William Holden  (The Wild Bunch)
  6. Paul Newman  (The Hustler)

note:  there are six performances because of the two by Peter O’Toole

Best Original Screenplay  (Comedy):

  1. The Producers
  2. The Apartment
  3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  4. A Hard Day’s Night
  5. Take the Money and Run

Best Original Screenplay  (Drama):

  1. Bonnie and Clyde
  2. Through a Glass Darkly
  3. The Wild Bunch
  4. The Virgin Spring
  5. Winter Light

Best Original Screenplay:

  1. Bonnie and Clyde
  2. The Producers
  3. The Apartment
  4. Through a Glass Darkly
  5. The Wild Bunch

Best Adapted Screenplay  (Comedy):

  1. Dr. Strangelove
  2. West Side Story
  3. Tom Jones
  4. The Graduate
  5. Oh What a Lovely War

Best Adapted Screenplay  (Drama):

  1. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
  2. Chimes at Midnight
  3. The Lion in Winter
  4. Z
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  1. Dr. Strangelove
  2. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
  3. Chimes at Midnight
  4. The Lion in Winter
  5. West Side Story

Best Director  (Comedy):

  1. Robert Wise  /  Jerome Robbins  (West Side Story)
  2. Stanley Kubrick  (Dr. Strangelove)
  3. George Roy Hill  (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)
  4. Billy Wilder  (The Apartment)
  5. Mike Nichols  (The Graduate)

Best Director  (Drama):

  1. David Lean  (Lawrence of Arabia)
  2. Arthur Penn  (Bonnie and Clyde)
  3. Stanley Kubrick  (2001: A Space Odyssey)
  4. Sam Peckinpah  (The Wild Bunch)
  5. David Lean  (Doctor Zhivago)
  6. Orson Welles  (Chimes at Midnight)

note:  there are six nominees because of the two nominations for David Lean

Best Director:

  1. David Lean  (Lawrence of Arabia)
  2. Arthur Penn  (Bonnie and Clyde)
  3. Stanley Kubrick  (2001: A Space Odyssey)
  4. Sam Peckinpah  (The Wild Bunch)
  5. Robert Wise  /  Jerome Robbins  (West Side Story)

Best Picture  (Comedy):

  1. Dr. Strangelove
  2. West Side Story
  3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  4. The Apartment
  5. The Music Man

Best Picture  (Drama):

  1. Bonnie and Clyde
  2. Lawrence of Arabia
  3. The Wild Bunch
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  5. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Best Picture:

  1. Bonnie and Clyde
  2. Dr. Strangelove
  3. Lawrence of Arabia
  4. The Wild Bunch
  5. West Side Story

the sudden realization in Bonnie and Clyde - the best film of the decade

Films That Earn Best of Decade Nominations:

  • Bonnie and Clyde
    • Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Actress, Supporting Actor, Editing, Cinematography, Sound, Art Direction, Sound Editing, Costume Design, Makeup
  • Dr. Strangelove
    • Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor
  • Lawrence of Arabia
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actor, Editing, Cinematography, Original Score, Sound, Art Direction, Sound Editing, Costume Design, Makeup
  • The Wild Bunch
    • Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Actor, Editing, Cinematography, Sound, Sound Editing, Makeup
  • West Side Story
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress, Editing, Sound
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
    • Director, Editing, Cinematography, Sound, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Makeup
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
    • Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Actress
  • Chimes at Midnight
    • Adapted Screenplay
  • The Lion in Winter
    • Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor
  • The Producers
    • Original Screenplay
  • Through a Glass Darkly
    • Original Screenplay, Actress, Original Screenplay
  • The Apartment
    • Original Screenplay, Actress
  • The Pawnbroker
    • Actor
  • The Hustler
    • Actor
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
    • Supporting Actor, Original Score
  • Persona
    • Supporting Actress
  • Tom Jones
    • Supporting Actress, Costume Design
  • Elmer Gantry
    • Supporting Actress
  • Rosemary’s Baby
    • Supporting Actress
  • Doctor Zhivago
    • Cinematography, Original Score, Art Direction, Costume Design
  • The Pink Panther
    • Original Score
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    • Original Score
  • Mary Poppins
    • Visual Effects, Original Song
  • Jason and the Argonauts
    • Visual Effects
  • Fantastic Voyage
    • Visual Effects
  • Marooned
    • Visual Effects
  • Bullitt
    • Sound Editing
  • A Man for All Seasons
    • Costume Design
  • Planet of the Apes
    • Makeup
  • The Graduate
    • Original Song
  • Help
    • Original Song, Original Song
  • A Hard Day’s Night
    • Original Song
  • The Virgin Spring
    • Foreign Film
  • Z
    • Foreign Film
  • Winter Light
    • Foreign Film
  • Belle de Jour
    • Foreign Film
  • Harakiri
    • Foreign Film
  • 101 Dalmations
    • Animated Film
  • The Sword in the Stone
    • Animated Film
  • The Jungle Book
    • Animated Film

Best Years for Each Category of the Nighthawk Awards:

  • Animated Film:  no winner – only three Animated films were worthy in the whole decade and they were all about even
  • Foreign Film:  1960
    • The Virgin Spring, The Bad Sleep Well, Shoot the Piano Player, La Dolce Vita, L A’vventura
  • Original Song:  1964
    • “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “A Spoonful of Sugar”, “Chim chim chir-ee”,  —  hon. men.  —  “I Should Have Known Better”, “And I Love Her”
    • best year in film history for Best Original Song
  • Makeup:  1968
    • 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, Night of the Living Dead, The Producers, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Costume Design:  1963
    • Tom Jones, Cleopatra, The Leopard, 8 1/2, Chushingura
  • Sound Editing:  1968
    • 2001: A Space Odyssey, Bullitt, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Battle of Algiers, The Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Visual Effects:  1968
    • 2001: A Space Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Art Direction:  1963
    • Tom Jones, The Leopard, Cleopatra, 8 1/2, High and Low
  • Sound:  1968
    • 2001: A Space Odyssey, Bullitt, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Battle of Algiers, Rosemary’s Baby
  • Original Score:  1960
    • Exodus, The Magnificent Seven, Psycho, Spartacus, The World of Apu — hon. men. — Shoot the Piano Player
  • Cinematography:  1963
    • Stray Dog, Winter Light, High and Low, Knife in the Water, 8 1/2
    • note:  all five films are Foreign films
  • Editing:  1960
    • The Apartment, Psycho, The Virgin Spring, Ikiru, The Cranes are Flying
  • Supporting Actress:  1967
    • Bibi Andersson  (Persona)
    • Katharine Ross  (The Graduate)
    • Estelle Parsons  (Bonnie and Clyde)
    • Mildred Dunnock  (Barefoot in the Park)
    • Billie Whitelaw  (The Family Way)
  • Supporting Actor:  1969
    • Henry Fonda  (Once Upon a Time in the West)
    • Jack Nicholson  (Easy Rider)
    • Gig Young  (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?)
    • Robert Ryan  (The Wild Bunch)
    • John Mills  (Oh! What a Lovely War)
    • —  hon. men.  —  Jean-Louis  Trintigent  (Z)
  • Actress:  1967
    • Faye Dunaway  (Bonnie and Clyde)
    • Anne Bancroft  (The Graduate)
    • Liv Ullmann  (Persona)
    • Edith Evans  (The Whisperers)
    • Audrey Hepburn  (Two for the Road)
  • Actor:  1960
    • Jack Lemmon  (The Apartment)
    • Takashi Shimura  (Ikiru)
    • Burt Lancaster  (Elmer Gantry)
    • Alec Guinness  (Tunes of Glory)
    • John Mills  (Tunes of Glory)
    • hon. men.  —  Richard Attenborough  (The Angry Silence)
    • hon. men.  —  Frederic March  (Inherit the Wind)
  • Original Screenplay:  1960
    • The Apartment, Ikiru, The Virgin Spring, The World of Apu, The Angry Silence
  • Adapted Screenplay:  1962
    • To Kill a Mockingbird, Lawrence of Arabia, Jules and Jim, The Manchurian Candidate, Lolita
  • Director:  1960
    • The Apartment, The Virgin Spring, Spartacus, Psycho, Ikiru — hon. men.  —  The Cranes are Flying, The Hidden Fortress
  • Picture:  1960
    • The Apartment, Ikiru, The Virgin Spring, Spartacus, The Cranes are Flying —  hon. men.  —  Psycho, The World of Apu, Tunes of Glory

Cinematographer of the Decade:

Sven Nykvist

It might have been Freddie Young who won two Oscars and did the most impressive photography of the decade, but outside of his two Lean films, he wasn’t particularly noteworthy.  Conrad L. Hall and Raoul Coutard also get mentions for their great work.  On the other hand, while Nykvist, like Young, was also attached to one director, there were 8 Bergman films showing off Nykvist’s impressive work.  He wouldn’t earn an Oscar until 1973, but he earns 5 Nighthawk nominations through the 60’s for The Virgin Spring, Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, Persona and Hour of the Wolf and he just misses for Shame.  His work in The Virgin Spring is the most impressive in one of the best years for cinematography.

Composer of the Decade:

Ennio Morricone

With just four films, Morricone established himself as one of the foremost film composers in the world.  There are those wonderful bells in both A Fistful of Dollars and A Few Dollars More.  Then, of course, is there anyone who has any interest in film who doesn’t recognize the score for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?  And in spite of all that, his most impressive work is probably the harmonica in Once Upon a Time in the West.

Writer of the Decade:

Ingmar Bergman

The Silence of God Trilogy.  Persona.  Hour of the Wolf.  The Shame. If you don’t know those titles, you should.

Bibi Andersson in Persona - the best Supporting Actress performance of the decade

Supporting Actress of the Decade:

Bibi Andersson

It was a decade when many of the best supporting performances were by people who didn’t do much else of note, but Andersson not gave the best supporting performance of the decade in Persona, but was also fantastic in The Passion of Anna.

Supporting Actor of the Decade:

John Mills

His best performance of the decade was as one of the two leads in Tunes of Glory and he wouldn’t win his Oscar until 1970, but acting alongside his daughter Hayley, he was great in both The Chalk Garden and The Family Way, was also fantastic in King Rat and was the standout among the fantastic ensemble in Oh! What a Lovely War.

I had a friend in college who in a poem called Arguments For and Against the Existence of God listed Deneuve in the "for" column

Actress of the Decade:

Catherine Deneuve

It wouldn’t be until 1992 that she would earn an Oscar nomination, but in the sixties, Deneuve was lovely in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort, darkly disturbed in Repulsion and deliciously perverse in Belle de Jour.  No one else in the decade so perfectly combined allure and talent.

Actor of the Decade:

Paul Newman

He was Oscar nominated for The Hustler (which he should have won for), Hud (which he also should have won for) and Cool Hand Luke.  And that doesn’t even include his great work in Sweet Bird of Youth, Harper and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  Or his off-kilter, amusing performance in What a Way to Go.

Stanley Kubrick inspecting HAL on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Director of the Decade:

Stanley Kubrick

While Ingmar Bergman might have scored six films in the top 100 for the decade, he also directed two of his weakest films in the decade (The Devil’s Eye and Now About These Women).  On the other hand, Stanley Kubrick, with only four films, had three films that made the top 20 (his fourth, Lolita, finished just outside the top 100).  The grand total?  22 Nighthawk Awards out 35 nominations, including winning Best Picture and Director for Dr. Strangelove and 2001.  And he did it while showing his range – his four films were an epic, a literary drama, a black comedy and a science-fiction film.

The Top 100 Films of the 1960’s:

  1. Bonnie and Clyde (1967, dir. Arthur Penn)
  2. Dr. Strangelove (1964, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  3. Lawrence of Arabia (1962, dir. David Lean)
  4. The Wild Bunch (1969, dir. Sam Peckinpah)
  5. West Side Story (1961, dir. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins)
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
  7. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966, dir. Mike Nichols)
  8. Chimes at Midnight (1965, dir. Orson Welles)
  9. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, dir. George Roy Hill)
  10. The Apartment (1960, dir. Billy Wilder)
  11. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, dir. Robert Mulligan)
  12. The Virgin Spring (1960, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
  13. Z (1969, dir. Costa-Gavras)
  14. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, dir. Sergio Leone)
  15. Doctor Zhivago (1965, dir. David Lean)
  16. The Music Man (1962, dir. Morton DaCosta)
  17. Mary Poppins (1964, dir. Robert Stevenson)
  18. Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood spread out for the final showdown in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Spartacus (1960, dir. Stanley Kubrick)

  19. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, dir. Sergio Leone)
  20. The Great Escape (1963, dir. John Sturges)
  21. The Producers (1968, dir. Mel Brooks)
  22. The Lion in Winter (1968, dir. Anthony Harvey)
  23. A Man for All Seasons (1966, dir. Fred Zinnemann)
  24. A Hard Day’s Night (1964, dir. Richard Lester)
  25. Psycho (1960, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  26. The Hustler (1961, dir. Robert Rossen)
  27. Rosemary’s Baby (1968, dir. Roman Polanski)
  28. Winter Light (1963, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
  29. The Pawnbroker (1965, dir. Sidney Lumet)
  30. Repulsion (1965, dir. Roman Polanski)
  31. Belle de Jour (1967, dir. Luis Bunuel)
  32. In the Heat of the Night (1967, dir. Norman Jewison)
  33. The Graduate (1967, dir. Mike Nichols)
  34. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962, dir. John Ford)
  35. Harakiri (1962, dir. Masaki Kobayashi)
  36. Persona (1966, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
  37. Oh! What a Lovely War (1969, dir. Richard Attenborough)
  38. Ivan’s Childhood (1962, Andrei Tarkovsky)
  39. High and Low (1963, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  40. Tom Jones (1963, dir. Tony Richardson)
  41. Ride the High Country (1962, dir. Sam Peckinpah)
  42. Through a Glass Darkly (1961, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
  43. the magnificent Alec Guinness and John Mills in Tunes of Glory

    Tunes of Glory (1960, dir. Ronald Neame)

  44. In Cold Blood (1967, dir. Richard Brooks)
  45. Jules and Jim (1962, dir. Francois Truffaut)
  46. The Manchurian Candidate (1962, dir. John Frankenheimer)
  47. My Fair Lady (1964, dir. George Cukor)
  48. Army of Shadows (1969, dir. Jean-Pierre Melville)
  49. The Bad Sleep Well (1960, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  50. Shoot the Piano Player (1960, dir. Francois Truffaut)
  51. Yojimbo (1961, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  52. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961, dir. Blake Edwards)
  53. Point Blank (1967, dir. John Boorman)
  54. Knife in the Water (1962, dir. Roman Polanski)
  55. The Battle of Algiers (1966, dir. Gillo Pontecorvo)
  56. La Dolce Vita (1960, dir. Federico Fellini)
  57. Night of the Iguana (1964, dir. John Huston)
  58. Hud (1963, dir. Martin Ritt)
  59. 8 1/2 (1963, dir. Federico Fellini)
  60. Midnight Cowboy (1969, dir. John Schlesinger)
  61. The Professionals (1966, dir. Richard Brooks)
  62. The Americanization of Emily (1964, dir. Arthur Hiller)
  63. Stolen Kisses (1968, dir. Francois Truffaut)
  64. One, Two, Three (1961, dir. Billy Wilder)
  65. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969, dir. Sydney Pollack)
  66. Closely Watched Trains (1967, dir. Jiri Menzel)
  67. Morgan! (1966, dir. Karel Reisz)
  68. Cool Hand Luke (1967, dir. Stuart Rosenberg)
  69. Goldfinger (1964, dir. Guy Hamilton)
  70. Shame (1968, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
  71. The Leopard (1963, dir. Luchino Visconti)
  72. Two for the Road (1967, dir. Stanley Donen)
  73. Elmer Gantry (1960, dir. Richard Brooks)
  74. The Birds (1963, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
  75. The Best Man (1964, dir. Franklin J. Schaffner)
  76. The Two of Us (1967, dir. Claude Berri)
  77. Last Year at Marienbad (1962, dir. Alain Resnais)
  78. Peeping Tom (1960, dir. Michael Powell)
  79. L’Aventurra (1960, dir. Michelangelo Antonioni)
  80. War and Peace (1968, dir. Sergei Bondarchuk)
  81. Take the Money and Run (1969, dir. Woody Allen)
  82. Billy Budd (1962, dir. Peter Ustinov)
  83. Women in Love (1969, dir. Ken Russell)
  84. The Angry Silence (1960, dir. Guy Green)
  85. Our Man in Havana (1960, dir. Carol Reed)
  86. From Russia with Love (1963, dir. Terence Young)
  87. Sons and Lovers (1960, dir. Jack Cardiff)
  88. John and Hayley Mills in The Chalk Garden

    The Chalk Garden (1964, dir. Ronald Neame)

  89. The Collector (1965, dir. William Wyler)
  90. Hour of the Wolf (1968, dir. Ingmar Bergman)
  91. Red Beard (1965, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
  92. The Exterminating Angel (1962, dir. Luis Bunuel)
  93. The Magnificent Seven (1960, dir. John Sturges)
  94. Charge of the Light Brigade (1968, dir. Tony Richardson)
  95. Love with the Proper Stranger (1963, dir. Robert Mulligan)
  96. Sundays and Cybele (1962, dir. Serge Bourgignon)
  97. Play Time (1967, dir. Jacques Tati)
  98. Mississippi Mermaid (1969, dir. Francois Truffaut)
  99. Darling (1965, dir. John Schlesinger)
  100. A Fistful of Dollars (1964, dir. Sergio Leone)

If things were perfect, we would have 10 films from each year.  Instead, this is how they break down (top 20 in parenthesis):

  • 1960:  15  (3)
  • 1961:  7  (1)
  • 1962:  13  (3)
  • 1963:  10  (1)
  • 1964:  11  (2)
  • 1965:  6  (2)
  • 1966:  7  (2)
  • 1967:  11  (1)
  • 1968:  10  (2)
  • 1969:  10  (3)

However, since so many of these are Foreign films, the actual Oscar (and Nighthawk) eligibility breaks down like this:

To be fair, 1960 also includes four Top 100 films from the 50’s, including two in the top 20 (Ikiru and The Cranes are Flying) and 1961 also includes four, with one in the top 20 (Throne of Blood).  Of the four films in the 60’s that don’t become Oscar-eligible until later, only one of them, Army of Shadows, which wouldn’t be eligible until 2006, even makes the top 80.

Again, nearly a third of the films on the list are Foreign films, but this time, only The Virgin Spring and Z make the top 20 and there are none in the top 10.  Two James Bond films (Goldfinger and From Russia with Love) become the first action films to make the top 100 in any decade.  Even with Musicals fading away, they have their best decade with five films in the top 100 and two (West Side Story and The Music Man) in the top 20.  For the first time, however, no animated Disney film makes the list and the only Kids film is Mary Poppins.  Like Musicals, the death knell of Westerns doesn’t stop it from having its best decade – placing 9 films in the top 100.

Well, I lied in the 50’s awards, because after I finished re-watching all the Best Picture nominees from 1963, it ended up just worse than 1956 and sits at 79th overall, the worst of the decade and the worst since 1932.  The opposite number is 1961, which at 31st is the best year of the decade for Best Picture nominees.  Here’s how many nominees from each year made the top 100 for the decade  (21 from the 50’s made that list and 23 from this one):

Just like in the 50’s, the years balanced themselves out.  Each of the years with 3 films in the top 100 also had at least one nominee that earned less than *** from me: (1960 – The Alamo, 1962 – Mutiny on the Bounty, 1964 – Zorba the Greek, 1967 – Doctor Dolittle, 1969 – Hello Dolly!)

Ingmar Bergman directing Gunnar Bjornstrand in Winter Light

Director with 3 or more films in the Top 100:

  • 6:
  • Ingmar Bergman  (12, 28, 36, 42, 70, 90)
  • 4:
  • Akira Kurosawa  (39, 49, 51, 91)
  • Francois Truffaut  (45, 50, 63, 98)
  • 3:
  • Stanley Kubrick  (2, 6, 18)
  • Sergio Leone  (14, 19, 100)
  • Roman Polanski  (27, 30, 54)
  • Richard Brooks  (44, 61, 73)
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