Best Movies of 1960

1.

Psycho

6.9

When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky, but fine… until Marion decides to take a shower.

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1960-06-16
2.

The Apartment

6.0

Bud Baxter is a minor clerk in a huge New York insurance company, until he discovers a quick way to climb the corporate ladder. He lends out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. Although he often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits, one night he's left with a major problem to solve.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1960-06-15
3.

Spartacus

5.6

The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1960-10-06
4.

The Magnificent Seven

5.6

An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.

Starring: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1960-10-22
5.

Peeping Tom

5.6
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Loner Mark Lewis works at a film studio during the day and, at night, takes racy photographs of women. Also he's making a documentary on fear, which involves recording the reactions of victims as he murders them. He befriends Helen, the daughter of the family living in the apartment below his, and he tells her vaguely about the movie he is making. She sneaks into Mark's apartment to watch it and is horrified by what she sees -- especially when Mark catches her.
Starring: Karlheinz Böhm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Brenda Bruce
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1960-04-06
6.

The Time Machine

5.4

A Victorian Englishman travels to the far future and finds that humanity has divided into two hostile species.

Starring: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot, Tom Helmore
Directed by: George Pal
Release date: 1960-08-17
7.

Village of the Damned

5.2

In a small English village everyone suddenly falls unconscious. When they awake every woman of child bearing age is pregnant. The resulting children have the same strange blond hair, eyes and a strong connection to each other.

Starring: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Martin Stephens, Michael Gwynn, Laurence Naismith
Directed by: Wolf Rilla
Release date: 1960-06-16
8.

Swiss Family Robinson

5.1

After being shipwrecked, the Robinson family is marooned on an island inhabited only by an impressive array of wildlife. In true pioneer spirit, they quickly make themselves at home but soon face a danger even greater than nature: dastardly pirates. A rousing adventure suitable for the whole family, this Disney adaptation of the classic Johann Wyss novel stars Dorothy McGuire and John Mills as Mother and Father Robinson.

Starring: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro, Sessue Hayakawa
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1960-12-21
9.

The Alamo

5.0
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The legendary true story of a small band of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.
Starring: John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon, Patrick Wayne
Directed by: John Wayne
Release date: 1960-10-23
10.

House of Usher

5.0

After a long journey, Philip arrives at the Usher mansion seeking his loved one, Madeline. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Madeline and her brother Roderick Usher have been afflicted with a mysterious malady: Roderick's senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become catatonic. That evening, Roderick tells his guest of an old Usher family curse: any time there has been more than one Usher child, all of the siblings have gone insane and died horrible deaths. As the days wear on, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax.

Starring: Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey, Harry Ellerbe, David Andar
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1960-06-21
11.

Ocean's Eleven

4.8

Ocean's Eleven is the 'Rat-Pack' comedy about robber Danny Ocean and his gang's attempt to rob the five biggest casinos in Las Vegas.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Angie Dickinson
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1960-02-17
12.

The Little Shop of Horrors

4.5

Seymour works in a skid row florist shop and is in love with his beautiful co-worker, Audrey. He creates a new plant that not only talks but cannot survive without human flesh and blood.

Starring: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles, Jack Nicholson, Leola Wendorff
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1960-09-14
13.

Elmer Gantry

4.2

When hedonistic but charming con man Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) meets the beautiful Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), a roadside revivalist, he feigns piousness to join her act as a passionate preacher. The two make a successful onstage pair, and their chemistry extends to romance. Both the show and their relationship are threatened, however, when one of Gantry's ex-lovers (Shirley Jones) decides that she has a score to settle with the charismatic performer.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger, Shirley Jones
Directed by: Richard Brooks
Release date: 1960-06-19
14.

Wild River

4.0

A young field administrator for the TVA comes to rural Tennessee to oversee the building of a dam on the Tennessee River. He encounters opposition from the local people, in particular a farmer who objects to his employment (with pay) of local black laborers. Much of the plot revolves around the eviction of an elderly woman from her home on an island in the River, and the young man's love affair with that woman's widowed granddaughter.

Starring: Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Salmi, Jay C. Flippen
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1960-05-01
15.

The Angry Silence

3.9
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A young factory worker stands alone against a proposed strike.
Starring: Richard Attenborough, Pier Angeli, Michael Craig, Bernard Lee, Alfred Burke
Directed by: Guy Green
Release date: 1960-03-10
16.

The League of Gentlemen

3.9

Involuntarily-retired Colonel Hyde recruits seven other dissatisfied ex-servicemen for a special project. Each of the men has a skeleton in the cupboard, is short of money, and is a service-trained expert in his field. The job is a bank robbery, and military discipline and planning are imposed by Hyde and second-in-command Race on the team, although civilian irritations do start getting in the way.

Starring: Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1960-04-05
17.

Tunes of Glory

3.9

Following World War II in peacetime Scotland, brigade headquarters replaces commanding officer Major Jock Sinclair, a boisterous battalion leader, with the strict, temperamental Lieutenant Colonel Basil Barrow. Resentful toward his replacement, Sinclair undermines Barrow's authority and damages his successor's reputation among the soldiers. Barrow faces an uphill battle in regaining the discipline and respect of his battalion.

Starring: Alec Guinness, John Mills, Dennis Price, Kay Walsh, Susannah York
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1960-08-16
18.

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

3.9

A 22-year-old factory worker lets loose on the weekends: drinking, brawling, and dating two women, one of whom is older and married.

Starring: Albert Finney, Shirley Anne Field, Rachel Roberts, Hylda Baker, Norman Rossington
Directed by: Karel Reisz
Release date: 1960-08-29
19.

Sergeant Rutledge

3.9

Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer.

Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Woody Strode, Constance Towers, Billie Burke, Juano Hernández
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1960-05-18
20.

School for Scoundrels

3.8
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Hapless Henry Palfrey is patronised by his self-important chief clerk at work, ignored by restaurant waiters, conned by shady second-hand car salesmen, and, worst of all, endlessly wrong-footed by unspeakably rotten cad Raymond Delauney who has set his cap at April, new love of Palfrey's life. In desperation Henry enrolls at the College of Lifemanship to learn how to best such bounders and win the girl.
Starring: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Alastair Sim, Janette Scott, Dennis Price
Directed by: Robert Hamer, Hal E. Chester, Cyril Frankel
Release date: 1960-03-24

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