Best Movies of 1966

1.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

5.8

Mike Nichols’ film from Edward Albee's play brought new themes to the film industry. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton have never been more brilliant together as they portray an experienced married couple who love each other yet verbally attack one another when they see how boring their naïve newlywed guests have made their night.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis, Agnes Flanagan
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Release date: 1966-06-21
2.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

5.7

Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of a nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. Disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he decides to raid the village to steal all the Christmas things.

Starring: Boris Karloff, June Foray, Thurl Ravenscroft, Dal McKennon
Directed by: Ben Washam, Chuck Jones
Release date: 1966-12-18
3.

A Man for All Seasons

5.6

A Man for All Seasons is the filmed version of the life of Thomas More. An English man comes to Sir Thomas More to ask if he can divorce his wife since King Henry VIII has made it illegal. Sir Thomas More stands up in opposition to the King even though he knows he’s risking his own life. An award winning film from 1966.

Starring: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1966-12-12
4.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

5.6
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This classic "Peanuts" tale focuses on the thumb-sucking, blanket-holding Linus, and his touching faith in the "Great Pumpkin." When Linus discovers that no one else believes in the creature, he sets out to prove that the Pumpkin's no myth—by spending the night alone in a pumpkin patch.
Starring: Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer, Kathy Steinberg, Ann Altieri, Gail DeFaria
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1966-10-27
5.

El Dorado

5.5

Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.

Starring: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, James Caan, Charlene Holt, Paul Fix
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1966-12-17
6.

How to Steal a Million

5.4

A woman must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach, Hugh Griffith, Charles Boyer
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1966-07-13
7.

Blow-Up

5.4

A successful mod photographer in London whose world is bounded by fashion, pop music, marijuana, and easy sex, feels his life is boring and despairing. But in the course of a single day he accidentally captures on film the commission of a murder. The fact that he has photographed a murder does not occur to him until he studies and then blows up his negatives, uncovering details, blowing up smaller and smaller elements, and finally putting the puzzle together.

Starring: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle, Veruschka von Lehndorff
Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni
Release date: 1966-12-18
8.

Seconds

5.4

A secret organisation offers wealthy people a second chance at life. The customer picks out someone they want to be and the organisation surgically alters the customer to look like the intended person, stages the customer's death, gets rid of the intended person and the customer takes on a new life.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Salome Jens, John Randolph, Will Geer, Jeff Corey
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1966-10-05
9.

Torn Curtain

4.8

During the Cold War, an American scientist appears to defect to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the formula for a resin solution, but the plan goes awry when his fiancee, unaware of his motivation, follows him across the border.

Starring: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova, Hansjörg Felmy, Tamara Toumanova
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1966-07-13
10.

The Sand Pebbles

4.8

Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the "rice-bowl" system which runs the ship and the uneasy symbiosis between Chinese and foreigner on the river. Hostility towards the gunboat's presence reaches a climax when the boat must crash through a river-boom and rescue missionaries upriver at China Light Mission.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen, Mako
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1966-12-20
11.

Batman

4.6

The Dynamic Duo faces four super-villains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

Starring: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith
Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
Release date: 1966-07-30
12.

The Fortune Cookie

4.6

A cameraman is knocked over during a football game. His brother in law as the king of the ambulance chasing lawyers starts a suit while he's still knocked out. The cameraman is against it until he hears that his ex-wife will be coming to see him. He pretends to be injured to get her back, but also sees what the strain is doing to the football player who injured him.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich, Judi West, Cliff Osmond
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1966-10-19
13.

The Professionals

4.5

The Professionals is a 1966 American Western film directed by Richard Brooks. A kidnap-rescue adventure set in about 1917, it features a small group of experts heading into Mexico to free the Mexican-born wife of a wealthy Texan from several hundred bandits. The film is based on the novel A Mule for the Marquesa by Frank O'Rourke.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Jack Palance
Directed by: Richard Brooks
Release date: 1966-11-01
14.

Cul-de-sac

4.4

A wounded criminal and his dying partner take refuge at a beachfront castle. The owners of the castle, a meek Englishman and his willful French wife, are initially the unwilling hosts to the criminals. Quickly, however, the relationships between the criminal, the wife, and the Englishman begin to shift in humorous and bizarre fashion.

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Françoise Dorléac, Lionel Stander, Iain Quarrier, Jack MacGowran
Directed by: Roman Polański
Release date: 1966-02-01
15.

Alfie

4.3

The film tells the story of a young man who leads a promiscuous lifestyle until several life reversals make him rethink his purposes and goals in life.

Starring: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin, Julia Foster, Jane Asher
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1966-03-29
16.

Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree

4.2
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Christopher Robin's bear attempts to raid a beehive in a tall tree.
Starring: Sterling Holloway, Junius Matthews, Sebastian Cabot, Howard Morris, Hal Smith
Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1966-01-01
17.

The Trouble with Angels

3.8
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Mary and her friend, Rachel, are new students at St. Francis Academy, a boarding school run by the iron fist of Mother Superior. The immature teens grow bored and begin playing pranks on both the unsuspecting nuns and their unpleasant classmates, becoming a constant thorn in Mother Superior's side. However, as the years pass, Mary and Rachel slowly mature and begin to see the nuns in a different light.
Starring: Hayley Mills, June Harding, Rosalind Russell, Binnie Barnes, Camilla Sparv
Directed by: Ida Lupino
Release date: 1966-03-29
18.

The Chase

3.8

Most everyone in town thinks that Sheriff Calder is merely a puppet of rich oil-man Val Rogers. When it is learned that local baddie Bubber Reeves has escaped prison, Rogers' son is concerned because he is having an affair with Reeves' wife. It seems many others in town feel they may have reasons to fear Reeves. Calder's aim is to bring Reeves in alive, unharmed. Calder will have to oppose the powerful Rogers on one hand and mob violence on the other, in his quest for justice.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall, Angie Dickinson
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Release date: 1966-02-17
19.

Harper

3.8

Harper is a cynical private eye in the best tradition of Bogart. He even has Bogie's Baby hiring him to find her missing husband, getting involved along the way with an assortment of unsavory characters and an illegal-alien smuggling ring.

Starring: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris, Arthur Hill, Janet Leigh
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1966-02-23
20.

Madame X

3.7
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A woman married to a wealthy socialite, is compromised by the accidental death of a man who had been romantically pursuing her, and is forced by her mother-in-law to assume a new identity to save the reputation of her husband and infant son. She wanders the world, trying to forget her heartbreak with the aid of alcohol and unsavory men, eventually returning to the city of her downfall, where she murders a blackmailer who threatens to expose her past. Amazingly, she is represented at her murder trial by her now adult son, who is a public defender. Hoping to continue to protect her son, she refuses to give her real name and is known to the court as the defendant, "Madame X."
Starring: Lana Turner, John Forsythe, Constance Bennett, Ricardo Montalban, Burgess Meredith
Directed by: David Lowell Rich
Release date: 1966-01-01

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