I will be starting my big top ten list of my favorite movies of the 1960’s but before I list the top ten, I want to take a look at some of the other great films of the flower decade that didn’t make my top ten favorite list…
Rest of the Best
20) Kissin’ Cousins: (1964) Col. Tom Parker continued to make Elvis Presley bigger than life with a slew of films starring the first real American Idol. This film had Elvis in two starring roles, as twin…cousins. Not a cinematic achievement by any means, but very entertaining.
19) Alice’s Restaurant: (1969) Singer Arlo Guthrie’s debut into film, actually based on his song of the same name. A folk singer mingles with hippie dropouts in this satirical melodrama about the freewheeling life-style of the 1960s. The theme is rather flimsy, but director Arthur Penn succeeds in wringing charm, energy, and comedy from the material. Guthrie, who does quite well in his film debut, is especially funny in a scene where he is briefly and traumatically inducted into the US Army. The movie was inspired by Guthrie’s popular song of the same name.
18) Barefoot in the Park: (1967) Neil Simon’s sometimes hilarious Broadway comedy about two newlyweds coping with life in New York City holds up nicely on the screen with plenty of one-liners intact. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda are the charming couple who reside in a fourth-floor walk-up apartment. Mildred Natwick plays the bride’s mother. The great Charles Boyer and Herb Edelman are also in the cast.
17) The Jungle Book: (1967) Released October 18, 1967 this was the last cartoon feature supervised by Walt Disney himself, who died during its production. It was based, rather loosely, on the stories about the feral child Mowgli from the book The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. The movie remains one of Disney’s most popular, and contained a number of classic songs, including “Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You”.
16) The Lion in Winter: (1968) A three time Oscar winner, the film The Lion in Winter, based on the Broadway play by James Goldman. It was directed by Anthony Harvey and produced by Martin Poll. Katherine Hepburn won her third academy award for her role as Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of King Henry II, played by Peter O’Toole. Two new stars made the screen debut in this film, Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton.
15) Planet of the Apes: (1968) As his spaceship enters the year 2673AD, Commander George Taylor played by Charlton Heston, sits at the control panel and pontificates about the world he has left behind. Then he smokes a cigar and hits up a hypodermic full of something (ahem!) and asks the flight recorder; “Does Man, that marvel of the universe . . . still make war against his brother? keep his neighbour’s children starving?” and Planet of the Apes begins. This was Sci-Fi at it’s best, at least BSW (Before Star Wars)