6 From the 60’s – My Favorite Films of the Decade

I had so much fun participating in Rick of Classic Film and TV Cafe’s Five Favorite Films of the Fifties blogathon last year. So when he chose to continue that theme again this year with 6 From the 60’s to celebrate National Classic Movie Day, I didn’t want to miss out.

I honestly thought narrowing down my choices for this year’s post would be much harder.  After all, the Sixties are the decade of the romantic comedy. And indeed, a cursory glance at my list proves that my favorite genre is well-represented. Purely by chance, more than half of my choices were released in 1963. And I’ve also happened to fully review all but one of these.

But apart from the rom-com, it turns out that the Sixties, does not hold as many of my personal well-loved films as I thought it would. Still, there is much to love.


My Fair Lady (1964) – This is my favorite musical ever and also one of my favorite movies period. I’ve seen it both on stage and on film more times than I can count. With some of the most memorable costumes ever designed, witty, biting music lyrics, outstanding performances, and great character development, it really is the whole package. Eliza’s personal journey in identity and self-confidence never fail to inspire me. For more of my thoughts, you can read my full  review.

Charade (1963) – Yes, I know I’ve already name one of Audrey Hepburn’s films on this list. But, I can’t help that she made such great movies. She and Cary Grant (who is my all time favorite actor) displayed such great chemistry here and it’s a shame they never worked together again. But there are so many other things to love about this Stanley Donen directed picture; a score by Henry Mancini, the Parisian setting, Givenchy’s colorful wardrobe for Hepburn’s character and of course, all the smart, snappy dialogue. One of the best things about Charade is that has something for everyone, suspense, comedy, romance, drama, so it’s sure to entertain even the pickiest movie watcher. Read my full review.

Glass Bottom Boat (1966) – Just like last year, a Doris Day movie makes my list of favorites. Honestly, I love most of her rom-coms from this decade, but this one edges out the others with what I believe is the best meet-cute ever filmed. It also doesn’t hurt that the very handsome, very bronzed Australian import Rod Taylor makes for a great co-star.  Then of course there is the stable of talented supporting actors who give hilarious performances.  I also love the various gags, especially the one where Day’s character calls her dog Vladimir on the phone. Read my full review.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) – I always end up at least one Mad short when talking about this film. But using four mads in the title is actually spot on for this absolutely crazy comedy.  This one features a long run time and a large cast of virtually every famous comedian of the time, as well as some of the most outlandish scenarios ever conceived. Despite throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, into this movie, it works very well. I never get tired of watching it, and also never notice the three and a half hour run time. Like I Love Lucy, it still makes me laugh every time I see it. It’s also rather special to me, because my mom introduced me to this film. We were fortunate enough to be able to see it on the big screen together a couple of years ago and enjoyed quoting some of the funnier lines along with the characters.

“Don’t mind me, I’m gonna get drunk and try to give you my virginity.”

Sunday in New York (1963) – Oh wait! Did I list a second Rod Taylor film here? Why yes, yes I did. He’s a particular weakness of mine, although I also appreciate Jane Fonda in her early comedies. The two work well together here as a frustrated virgin and the man who desires her but won’t pursue her. Sixties rom-coms were great at exploring the changing sexual mores of the time in an inoffensive way, such as this one does. But I also really love the sweet sibling relationship between Fonda’s character and her older, over-protective, philandering brother. And then of course, there is the film’s exploration of an idealized New York which adds to the romantic feel of this comedy. My full review.

Photo: IMDb

Nurse on Wheels (1963) – I only discovered this British comedy recently and quite by chance.  I’m rather sad it is so difficult to track down, but am glad I managed to catch it on TCM.  I fell hard for Juliet Mills as a district nurse who is assigned to a small village and must win over it’s quirky residents. I’ve always been a fan of stories which focus on a community or family and this one certainly does that with great humor and sincerity. For those who have ever argued with a “back seat driver” there is a hilarious scene where Mills’ love interest is trying to teach her how to drive which just about anyone can relate to. My full review.

What are some of your favorite films from the 60’s?

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23 Replies to “6 From the 60’s – My Favorite Films of the Decade”

  1. I think that Doris Day films will be popular with this 1960s-focused blogathon! The Glass Bottom Boat is a memorable one. Not only do we get to hear Doris sing the title song, but she also has a mini-duet of “Que Sera Sera” with Arthur Godfrey. As for Charade, it’s one of the best Hitchcock movies not made by Hitchcock. Cary and Audrey are great, but the supporting cast is awesome, too.

    1. Supporting casts really make a big difference in films, I think. While I may watch a film for its’ leads, I fall in love with a great cast because of the way it enhances the picture. It’s a bit like adding salt to a dish. You don’t want it to overpower, but without it, the food is bland.

  2. Nurse on Wheels is a new title to me and I can’t wait to find it.

    Your five other choices get a thumbs up from this movie loving family. My only problem will be which song will I have in my head for the rest of the day, Bobby Darin singing Sunday in New York or Blossom Dearie’s version of Charade.

  3. What a great list. I loved your thoughts on them too. I need to see Nurse on Wheels now, AND I need to watch Sunday in New York again. Pronto.

  4. Loved that you included Sunday in New York. It really is such a breezy and charming film – just a polished little gem from the 60s. Charade would be on my list of all time favorites, no matter the decade. And Nurse on Wheels? I have to keep a look out for that one. Thanks for adding something new and different.

  5. I thought I left a reply, but see that I didn’t. The Glass Bottom Boat is a fun choice. One even gets to hear Doris do a mini-duet of “Que Sera Sera” with Arthur Godfrey. I always enjoy Charade–not only for Cary and Audrey, but also the great supporting cast of Walter Matthau, James Coburn, and George Kennedy.

  6. I picked Sunday in New York as one of two Rod Taylor films, too! Such a delightful movie. Cary Grant is also my favorite actor, so it killed me to leave Charade off my list, but, as I said in my post, my whole list could have easily just been Audrey Hepburn films. I’m always surprised when I do Rick’s Classic Movie Day blogathons what movies I think I’ll pick and what I actually end up picking.

  7. Thanks for the heads up re: Nurse on Wheels. I hope I can track down this film, and when I do, I think it might be a new fave.

    Love your other choices, too. I know this sounds shallow, but in the other five films, I have always admired the wardrobe design. It shows you have excellent fashion taste. 😉

    1. Ha! I hadn’t thought about it that way, but now that you mention it, I do think I am attracted to films with great wardrobe design. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

  8. Yay, so glad to see you have My Fair Lady on your list too! What a cast that film had! As I mentioned to Michaela, I got interrupted while watching Sunday in New York and have yet to see the end, but I plan on returning to it soon. It was very charming 🙂

      1. Nurse on wheels! That was really random. I’ll have to look out for it. It seems to be from the Carry On team, but made in a more gentle style (like maybe The Iron Maiden, one I’ve written about before).

        Charade has been deservedly popular in this blogathon, although I think yours is the only list I’ve seen with My Fair Lady. That really surprises me, I thought it would be much more popular.

        1. Hi Jay, thanks for stopping by. Yep, Nurse on Wheels is a random and more obscure choice, but it became an instant favorite the moment I watched it. I’ve heard of it’s connection to the Carry On series and I really need to check them out. I’m not surprise by the popularity of Charade either. I kind of consider the Sixties the decade of Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day, so no surprise their films made my list.

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