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Favorite Movies of 1961?

Chronicles of a Summer
The Misfits
Too Late Blues
One-Eyed Jacks
Splendor in the Grass
Something Wild
The End of Summer
The Deadly Companions
A Taste of Honey


Breakfast at Tiffany's
West Side Story
The Hustler
The Guns of Navarone
One, Two, Three
Last Year at Marienbad
Blue Hawaii
There are some more from this year I still need to see.


Through a Glass Darkly
West Side Story
Judgment at Nuremberg
One, Two, Three
The Innocents
The Hustler
Paris nous appartient
Lover Come Back
Diary of a Nudist


West Side Story
The Comancheros
The Beast of Yucca Flats


I can count on *one* hand how many movies of the 1960’s were worth my time! First being, and will continue to be, “Splendor in the Grass”. I could relate to most of the movie. I hated everything about the 1960’s from the movies, the music, the clothing, the degenerate culture, etc.


as opposed to the Glory Day of the 21st century? Who gives a shit about clothes? The movies and music are now fake, computer generated, no talent, no soul. THATS degenerate and decadent.


Point taken!


Do you like pre-1960s, or post-60s? Any particular favorite movies in general?


Most assuredly pre-1960’s.

Strangers on a Train (1951)
High Noon (1952)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Shane (1953)
Niagara (1953)
Rear Window (1954)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
East of Eden (1955)
The Wrong Man (1956)
Picnic (1956)
The Bad Seed (1956) What nightmares are made of!
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
Old Yeller (1957)
I Want to Live! (1958)
Vertigo (1958)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
North by Northwest (1959)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Ben-Hur (1959
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The above doesn’t include all of the great movies of the 1950’s. The list was getting too long. As you can see we did not lack in having four to five star movies. I believe the 1950’s produced the greatest movies of any decade in the film industry. The industry reached its apex during the ‘50’s....then began the descent to never again see that apex.


Some fine movies,, I think I've seen them all except 2-3. If you haven't seen it, check out "Ace in the Hole" (or, "The Big Carnival"). I've never gone and compared decades because it seems like a river, not everything flows along, some make their own path (Cassavetes in 1959) which led to movies going outside the norm, which I like, but if its not good, then who cares. I think the 70s reflected a skeptical time, and might be my favorite decade, even though I have favorites from the 30s (La Grande Illusion).... I'd say that if you took a random movie, you'd have good luck in the 50s.

I think there's a disparity from those who lived through certain times, and those like me who watch my favorite movies in hindsight. I think the movies made in my lifetime have been 95% shit.



BTW, what is your generation? As you can see I’m from the ‘50’s, born in ‘43. Egads!!

I’ve been witness to so many technological changes as well as the mores of our culture.


I was born in the early 80s, but I don't even know what 'Egads' means!

By chance, I got into the cellphone business after selling phones on e-bay, and while having my own store (with a high school friend), I saw the downfall. One minute, no one had phones, and then after having one for 5 minutes, seeing how crazy they'd go if there signal wasn't good. I'd always think, "How did you survive 2 weeks ago?", and now it sounds like that TV show has become a documentary (The Walking Dead)

Its a weird dynamic. I have the ability to not conform (my phone is almost an adult), but if everyone else is acting a certain way, its akin to talking with people speaking Esperanto. Without the internet, I wouldn't have easy access to the THOUSANDS of free movies, music, comedy, literature without it, but I've gone a majority of the last 10-15 years WITHOUT the internet, as I was more interested in traveling and trying to understand other cultures, and their past (speaking to older individuals, accessing microfilm, newspapers, etc).. I spend a lot of time on message boards because I think the world is lacking from soul nutrition, and think that great art can transform people, especially movies.


I would say the *old* exclamation word, Egads, is a synonym of Yikes! Shocked! Shocked I tell you when I write my birth year!

Just how did we survive before the monster known as a mobile phone? I recall, I believe it was about ‘84, I noticed the first mobile phone...big brick of a thing. It belonged to a woman on our bowling league. I was at one end of the building...she was at the other end just chatting up a storm. At first I thought it was a Motorola HT, but realized it was too darn big to be an HT. I walked over and she explained their self employed business needed the new gadgets.

I was quite content to stay in the dark ages using cordless phones at home and pay phones when need of one. I’ve never been much of a phone person. I suppose it goes back to my teen years. My parents never had a phone until 1960! We used a neighbor’s if needed. I don’t know how we survived with both of them working and no way to communicate.

I got married in 1962, had a kid in ‘63. Moved to Fort Lauderdale in ‘66, preggers again without a phone. My water broke, no phone so I had to limp down the block to have my neighbor call my husband to meet us at the hospital! Think about the old westerns when the old Doc had a circuit to run. Someone was always going into labor. That’s exactly how I felt. We were poorer than church mice, my husband and I. About 2 years later I went to work. Guess what was the first item I got?


Interesting and thanks for sharing. I prefer personal stories than an "all-encompassing" article that tries to speak for everyone.. Out of curiosity, was the word "preggers" used then? (That was the first time I've used that term. I'm always a philology nerd and have never liked slang).

I moved out when I turned 19 and had no home phone, so I got a cell phone. Still have one similar, same number. I usually forget it or don't care when I leave my house for a short while.

Soon, we'll have to define what "neighbors" are.. In 20 years, the most asked question might be, "Grandpa, what's a conversation?" (since dad won't know). I notice younger people completely unable to hold a conversation, and needing "apps" in order to muster up the courage for salutations.

Hmmmmm, first item you got? Birth control? (just kidding)


Sorry, I didn’t answer your question from yesterday about the term “preggers” as to whether it was used in the ‘60’s. I had never heard it until much later, even though it goes back to 1942!! (Just did a search) We always said, “I’m going to have a baby.” The word pregnant seemed to be avoided as evidenced from the ‘50’s movies and tv. We did use the term “knocked up” if unmarried. I use the term now when talking to my granddaughter. It’s easier to say “You better not get preggers!” instead of using pregnant.

We also wore our “Sunday best” when flying. We gals had our hair done, donned a pretty dress or suit with heels and hosiery (pantyhose hadn’t arrived)and of course...gloves! Goodness! We weren’t properly dressed without heels, hose & gloves! Take a look at some of the movies from that time, especially the Hitchcock movies. Were you aware Walt Disney would not permit Annette to wear a two piece swimsuit until much later...or did she ever? I can’t recall. She was built like every girl wanted to a “brick s**t house”!

Back in the ‘60’s the country began losing it’s genteel culture. The vernacular became more loose and brazen. We had lost our innocence or to be truthful the shades were lifted. The Viet Nam war started an ugliness we had never seen. Assassinations, Kent State just seemed to change for the worse over night.

Do you know I never heard the f-bomb from anyone. It wasn’t used. Oh, my family swore big time...used every word but the f-bomb. My aunts could make a sailor blush! I never heard it in high school. My husband was in the army and it wasn’t used during his time served. We watch modern war movies set in the 40’s such as “Band of Brothers”. We watched it again over Memorial Day where it was used frequently. I asked my husband did they curse that way, because I had never heard profanity when my dad was in the navy. My husband answered sharply, “No!”.

Anyhow, sorry about the rambling, but I lose myself in the memories.🤔😔


Back in the '60's the country began losing it's genteel culture. The vernacular became more loose and brazen. We had lost our innocence or to be truthful the shades were lifted. The Viet Nam war started an ugliness we had never seen. Assassinations, Kent State just seemed to change for the worse overnight.

Oh wow kspkap, I can only guess that you were taught the sanitized history of the United States.

Prior to our involvement in the Viet Nam war in the mid sixties, the following presidents had been assassinated ...
Abraham Lincoln
James A. Garfield
William McKinley
John F. Kennedy

Furthermore, assassination attempts were thwarted against ...
Abraham Lincoln (this in Baltimore as he was travelling to Washington for his inauguration)
William Howard Taft
Theodore Roosevelt
Herbert Hoover
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry Truman
I could list more, but I've only included those before Viet Nam.

Then there's the mysterious case of Warren G. Harding.
He died of a supposed heart attack while in office, however because his wife adamantly refused to allow an autopsy, there is a strong feeling that she actually poisoned him, this as revenge for him being unfaithful to her countless times.

In addition, our history is rife with civil unrest. Here's a list ...
And here's a list of worker deaths amidst labor disputes ...

So I'm sorry, but all was not "genteel" prior to the Viet Nam war. But as you correctly stated, "the shades were lifted," so everything became more public.

As for myself, I attended The George Washington University in Washington D.C. from the fall of 1969 to the spring of 1973, so I remember those times quite well.
Freshman year began with anti-war moratoriums in October & November 1969 and senior year ended with Watergate hearings. Finals were cancelled in the spring semester of my freshman year due to the Kent State shootings. The president of the university, fearing the reports of possible violent demonstrations in Washington following that tragedy, stated that the safety of the students and faculty was more important than some tests, so he sent everybody home. I shall never forget that.

Oh yeah, the Howard Johnson hotel, which was across Virginia Avenue from the Watergate complex, and where the call came from alerting DC police of a possible break-in in one of the offices, is now a GW dorm. My parents actually stayed in that hotel during parents visiting weekend in the spring of my freshman year, two years before the break-in of 1972.

Finally, two of my childhood friends' names are carved on the wall. I stop by every time I visit my alma mater.


“I can only guess that you were taught the sanitized history of the United States.”

I was out of school by several years in 1969. Your quote from my post still remains true. Yes, history was rife with incivility, but the culture wasn’t changed. The Viet Nam war did begin the decline and the social mores were changed.

“Genteel:polite, refined, or respectable, often in an affected or ostentatious way”

Free love, drug use, marital decline, etc. was a ‘60’s phenomenon never before seen.

“Since 1970, out-of-wedlock birth rates have soared. In 1965, 24 percent of black infants and 3.1 percent of white infants were born to single mothers. By 1990 the rates had risen to 64 percent for black infants, 18 percent for whites.”

BTW, my first cousin’s name is also carved on The Wall; also a friends name.

I recently stated to my husband “WWII brought us alcoholics, Viet Nam brought us druggies.


The Parent Trap
The Children’s Hour


The Hustler
The Innocents
Through a Glass Darkly
Last Year at Marienbad
Splendor in the Grass


Through a Glass Darkly? A Star Trek episode? This I have to check out...the chicken or the egg thingy.


West Side Story
The Parent Trap
The Innocents


The Guns of Navarone
The Hustler
One, Two, Three
Judgement at Nuremberg
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Atlantis, The Lost Continent