Peter O'Toole, Irish actor, riding a camel n a publicity still issued for the film, 'Lawrence of Arabia', 1962. The historical drama, directed by David Lean (1908-1991), starred O'Toole as 'T E Lawrence'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
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15 Best Movies Of The 1960s, Ranked
15. The Battle of Algiers
A searing film about the brutal fight against colonization, Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 film, "The Battle of Algiers" is a tour de force. Its incendiary approach gives the film a tremendous sense of urgency, and the brilliant Ennio Morricone's score adds crackling electricity.
14. Daisies
Věra Chytilová's "Daisies" is a 1966 surrealist film that was part of the Czechoslovak New Wave cinema. It's an exuberant, mad commentary and a feminist piece that doesn’t have a plot, but more of an undeniable mood and energy.
13. La Dolce Vita
One of the most famous Italian films of all time, Federico Fellini's 1960 film, "La Dolce Vita," is an incredible character study of Marcello Rubini, a lonely celebrity photographer. Not only did the film introduce the word “paparazzi”, but Fellini predicted the fame-obsessed world that we now live in.
12. The Swimmer
"The Swimmer" is a bold film that is hugely interested in mental health, especially as it pertains to masculinity. The enormously gifted Burt Lancaster turns in an astounding performance that is full of confidence, underlying misery, and startling vulnerability.
11. Harakiri
Masaki Kobayashi's film is a powerful moral quandary and certainly isn't your typical action movie (though when the action does happen, it's beautifully choreographed). One of the defining films of the 1960s, it defies genre expectations and tells a bold, unforgiving story of standing up to authority.