5 Most Culturally Influential Hollywood Movies Of The 1960s

Some of the best and iconic movies were created in the 1960s which marked the beginning of the blockbusters! These movies were so inspiring and culturally relevant, that to date references to these movies are made. Some great stars like Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery were born. Be it comedy, romance, action, or horror, these movies have left their mark in modern cinema and have become classics! Putting together the 5 most culturally influential movies on this list, we hope that you will have an amazing time watching them!

a. Dr. No (1962)

Ian Fleming’s James Bond was turned into one of the most celebrated characters of Hollywood. It all started with the spy film Dr. No, revolving around a British spy called James Bond (Sean Connery). James bond travels to Jamaica to stop a maniac scientist Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) who has plans of destroying the US space program. With 27 movies released to date, James Bond is a huge commercial success with its engrossing plot, engaging action scenes, and above all, its technologically advanced gadgets and cars! We can undeniably agree, that the James Bond series is the best spy series created ever.

b.Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

An ageless romantic drama, Breakfast at Tiffany’s will make you fall head over heels in love with this movie. With iconic stars like Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, this movie is one of the best romantic movies to date! A struggling writer Paul Varjak (George Peppard) moves into an apartment in New York. A romantic story starts when he meets the beautiful yet strange aristocrat Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) and falls in love with her.

c. Psycho (1960)

Psycho is a timeless classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock which became famous for its terrific shower scene! Hitchcock’s contribution to the psychological horror genre was immense with movies like this! The plot revolves around Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) who steals $ 40,000 dollars and runs away. She is forced to take shelter at the Bates Motel after she becomes exhausted from her journey. After meeting the owner Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) everything changes. With an 8.5 rating on IMDb, Pyscho gives us goosebumps to date!

d. In The Heat of The Night (1967)

Based on John Ball’s novel of the same name, this movie won Five Academy Awards and because of its cultural reference was selected to be enlisted in the National Film Registry. This movie showcases the racism that existed at that time. When African-American detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is wrongfully arrested for a murder he didn’t commit, he sets out to prove his innocence and encounters every social stratum of the town in the hopes of catching the real killer.

e. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)

This movie is one of the greatest Western drama ever made! With a fantastic plot, memorable scenes, and character, and amazing landscapes, the story revolves around Blondie (Clint Eastwood) and Tuco (Eli Wallach) who form an alliance in the hopes of finding a treasure. Standing in their path is an outlaw, Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef) who has plans to keeping the treasure all for himself.

All these movies have 7+ ratings on IMDb and are the recipients and nominees of many prestigious awards. After watching these movies we do realize why they are so influential and a classic to date!

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