Sixties City presents a wide-ranging series of articles on all aspects of the Sixties, penned by the creator of the iconic 60s music paper  Mersey Beat

Here is a list of the 80 most popular films of the 60s, based on American audience figures and listed in order of popularity. They do not reflect the fact that the decade was a significant one for British films, with the trend of ‘kitchen-sink’ dramas such as ‘A Kind of Loving’ and ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning’ and the popularity of Hammer horror films which were so successful internationally that they earned the company a Queens Award for Industry.

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However, there is a strong British presence in the chart, including the 'James Bond' series of films, epics such as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘Dr Zhivago’, the science-fiction classic ‘2001, A Space Odyssey’ and historical dramas such as ‘A Man For All Seasons.’

An analysis of the trends of the decade show the largest category of films represented is that of the big-scale musical. The Fifties had seen an upsurge of major epics to lure viewers away from the burgeoning television influence. That fight seems to have been abandoned during the Sixties, although a handful of epics are present.

The 60s also saw the final round of movies using the Second World War as their theme. Interest in that particular war waned during the succeeding decade and the 80s saw the large-scale introduction of films concerning the war in Vietnam.

The traditional American Western also declined in the Sixties, despite a short burst of interest in the 'spaghetti western' and virtually vanished in the following decades.

Film-going tastes were to change and future audiences were fed a diet of action-adventure, science-fiction and cops-and-robbers movies. 

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  1. The Sound of Music
2. Love Story
3. Airport
4. The Graduate
5. Dr Zhivago
6. Mary Poppins
7. M.A.S.H.
8. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
9. Thunderball
10. Patton
11. Cleopatra
12. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
13. Funny Girl
14. Goldfinger
15. Bonnie & Clyde
16. 2001: A Space Odyssey
17. The Love Bug
18. It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
19. The Dirty Dozen
20. Valley of the Dolls
21. The Odd Couple
22. West Side Story
23. To Sir, With Love
24. Bullitt
25. You Only Live Twice
26. The Longest Day
27. Tom Jones
28. Easy Rider
29. Oliver!
30. Lawrence of Arabia
31. Midnight Cowboy
32. Hawaii
33. The Carpetbaggers
34. The Bible: In The Beginning
35. Planet of the Apes
36. Rosemary’s Baby
37. Hello, Dolly!
38. Little Big Man
39. Thoroughly Modern Millie
40. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
41. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
42. Romeo and Juliet
43. Paint Your Wagon
44. Woodstock
45. True Grit
46. Tora! Tora! Tora!
47. The Sand Pebbles
48. Ryan’s Daughter
49. The Guns of Navarone
50. The Jungle Book
51. A Man For All Seasons
52. 101 Dalmatians
53. Camelot
54. Catch-22
55. How the West Was Won
56. Irma La Douce
57. El Cid
58. My Fair Lady
59. Cactus Flower
60. Yours, Mine & Ours
61. The Owl & The Pussycat
62. The Parent Trap
63. The Absent-Minded Professor
64. The Great Race
65. In the Heat of the Night
66. Goodbye Columbus
67. Casino Royale
68. Mutiny on The Bounty
69. The Russians Are Coming......
70. The Green Berets
71. That Darn Cat
72. Joe
73. Cat Ballou
74. Grand Prix
75. From Russia With Love
76. Son of Flubber
77. Barefoot in the Park
78. The Lion in Winter
79. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
80. Five Easy Pieces

Mersey Beat Magazine Bill Harry attended the Liverpool College of Art with Stuart Sutcliffe and John Lennon and made the arrangements for Brian Epstein to visit The Cavern, where he saw The Beatles for the first time. Bill was a member of 'The Dissenters' and the founder and editor of 'Mersey Beat', the iconic weekly music newspaper that documented the early Sixties music scene in the Liverpool area and is possibly best known for being the first periodical to feature a local band called 'The Beatles'. He has worked as a high powered publicist, doing PR for acts such as Suzi Quatro, Free, The Arrows and Hot Chocolate and has managed press campaigns for record labels such as CBS, EMI, Polydor. Bill is the critically acclaimed author of a large number of books about The Beatles and the 60s era including 'The Beatles Who's Who', 'The Best Years of the Beatles' and the Fab Four's 'Encyclopedia' series. He has appeared on 'Good Morning America' and has received a Gold Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

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