Best Drama Movies of 1969

1.

Easy Rider

5.8
7.3/10 IMDB

A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.

Starring: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Antonio Mendoza, Phil Spector, Jack Nicholson, Luke Askew, Karen Black, Toni Basil, Mac Mashourian, Warren Finnerty ..
Directed by: Dennis Hopper
Release date: 1969-05-07
2.

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

In the midst of the Great Depression, manipulative emcee Rocky enlists contestants for a dance marathon offering a $1,500 cash prize. Among them are a failed actress, a middle-aged sailor, a delusional blonde and a pregnant girl.

Starring: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young, Red Buttons, Bonnie Bedelia, Michael Conrad, Bruce Dern, Al Lewis, Severn Darden ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1969-12-10
3.

Midnight Cowboy

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

Joe Buck is a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy New York City women; he finds a companion in Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Brenda Vaccaro, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Georgann Johnson, Bob Balaban, M. Emmet Walsh, Jennifer Salt, Randall Carver ..
Directed by: John Schlesinger
Release date: 1969-05-25
4.

True Grit

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy on a mission of 'justice', which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, 'Rooster' Cogburn because he has 'true grit', and a reputation of getting the job done.

Starring: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Jeremy Slate, Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall, Glen Campbell, Alfred Ryder, Strother Martin, Jeff Corey, Ron Soble ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1969-06-11
5.

Paint Your Wagon

4.8
6.6/10 IMDB

A Michigan farmer and a prospector form a partnership in the California gold country. Their adventures include buying and sharing a wife, hijacking a stage, kidnapping six prostitutes, and turning their mining camp into a boom town. Along the way there is plenty of drinking, gambling, and singing. They even find time to do some creative gold mining.

Starring: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, Harve Presnell, Ray Walston, Tom Ligon, Alan Dexter, William O'Connell, Robert Easton, Geoffrey Norman ..
Directed by: Joshua Logan
Release date: 1969-10-15
6.

Topaz

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.

Starring: Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, Claude Jade, Michel Subor, Karin Dor, John Vernon, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, John Forsythe, Roscoe Lee Browne ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1969-12-18
Best Drama Movies of 1969 : Salesman
7.

Salesman

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

This documentary from Albert and David Maysles follows the bitter rivalry of four door-to-door salesmen working for the Mid-American Bible Company: Paul "The Badger" Brennan, Charles "The Gipper" McDevitt, James "The Rabbit" Baker and Raymond "The Bull" Martos. Times are tough for this hard-living quartet, who spend their days traveling through small-town America, trying their best to peddle gold-leaf Bibles to an apathetic crowd of lower-middle-class housewives and elderly couples.

Starring: Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker, Raymond Martos, Melbourne I. Feltman, Margaret McCarron, Kennie Turner ..
Directed by: David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin, Albert Maysles
Release date: 1969-01-01
8.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.

Starring: Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Celia Johnson, Gordon Jackson, Diane Grayson, Jane Carr, Shirley Steedman, Ann Way, Heather Seymour ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1969-02-24
9.

Medium Cool

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

John Cassellis is the toughest TV news reporter around. After extensively reporting about violence and racial tensions in poor communities, he discovers that his network is helping the FBI by granting them access to his footage to find suspects.

Starring: Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill, Harold Blankenship, Peter Boyle, Sid McCoy, Charles Geary, Christine Bergstrom, William Sickingen ..
Directed by: Haskell Wexler
Release date: 1969-08-27
10.

Sweet Charity

3.8
7.0/10 IMDB

Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it.

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis Jr., Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, Stubby Kaye, Barbara Bouchet, Suzanne Charney, Alan Hewitt ..
Directed by: Bob Fosse
Release date: 1969-02-25

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