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1960s Drama Movies

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Spartacus(1960)

PG-13
| 3h 17min | Action, Drama, History, Adventure
3.8/5 (with 547 votes)

The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes.

Birdman of Alcatraz(1962)

PG-13
| 2h 27min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 66 votes)

After killing a prison guard, convict Robert Stroud faces life imprisonment in solitary confinement. Driven nearly mad by loneliness and despair, Stroud's life gains new meaning when he happens upon a helpless baby sparrow in the exercise yard and nurses it back to health. Despite having only a third grade education, Stroud goes on to become a renowned ornithologist and achieves a greater sense of freedom and purpose behind bars than most people find in the outside world.

Persona(1966)

1h 25min | Drama
4.2/5 (with 450 votes)

A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth and finds that her own personality is being submerged into Elisabeth's persona.

Rosemary's Baby(1968)

R
| 2h 17min | Horror, Drama, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 1,032 votes)

A young couple moves into an infamous New York apartment building to start a family. Things become frightening as Rosemary begins to suspect her unborn baby isn’t safe around their strange neighbors.

Judgment at Nuremberg(1961)

PG
| 2h 59min | Drama, History
4.1/5 (with 176 votes)

In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his defense attorney Hans Rolfe, but also from the widow of a Nazi general, an idealistic U.S. Army captain and reluctant witness Irene Wallner.

Through a Glass Darkly(1961)

1h 31min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 111 votes)

Karin hopes to recover from her recent stay at a mental hospital by spending the summer at her family's cottage on a tiny island. Her husband, Martin, cares for her but is frustrated by her physical withdrawal. Her younger brother, Minus, is confused by Karin's vulnerability and his own budding sexuality. Their father, David, cannot overcome his haughty remoteness. Beset by visions, Karin descends further into madness.

Woman in the Dunes(1964)

2h 3min | Drama, Thriller
4.2/5 (with 85 votes)

An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.

Army of Shadows(1969)

2h 27min | War, Drama, Thriller
4.0/5 (with 139 votes)

Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge on the informant, he must continue a quiet, seemingly endless battle against the Nazis in an atmosphere of tension, paranoia and distrust.

Easy Rider(1969)

R
| 1h 35min | Adventure, Drama
3.6/5 (with 525 votes)

A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.

Midnight Cowboy(1969)

R
| 1h 53min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 316 votes)

Joe Buck is a wide-eyed hustler from Texas hoping to score big with wealthy New York City women; he finds a companion in Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo, an ailing swindler with a bum leg and a quixotic fantasy of escaping to Florida.

The Children's Hour(1961)

PG-13
| 1h 48min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 73 votes)

A private school for young girls is scandalized when one spiteful student, Mary Tilford, accuses the two young women who run the school of having a lesbian relationship.

The Cincinnati Kid(1965)

NR
| 1h 42min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 67 votes)

An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.

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Two Women(1960)

1h 40min | Drama, War
4.0/5 (with 103 votes)

Widowed shopkeeper Cesira and her 13-year-old daughter Rosetta flee from the allied bombs in Rome during the second World War; they travel to the remote village where Cesira was born. During their journey and in the village and onward, the mother does everything she can to protect Rosetta. Meanwhile, a sensitive young intellectual, Michele, falls in love with Cesira.

The Lion in Winter(1968)

PG
| 2h 14min | Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 79 votes)

1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. An aging and conniving King Henry II of England and Ireland plans a reunion where he hopes to name his successor. He summons the following people for the holiday at his chateau and primary residence in Chinon, Anjou, within the Angevin Empire of medieval France: his scheming but imprisoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; his mistress, Princess Alais, whom he wishes to marry; his three sons, gay Richard the Lionheart , Geoffrey, and John, all of whom desire the throne; and the young, but crafty King Philip II of France, who is also Alais' half-brother.

Vivre Sa Vie(1962)

NR
| 1h 24min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 145 votes)

Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Knife in the Water(1962)

1h 34min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 82 votes)

On their way to an afternoon on the lake, husband and wife Andrzej and Krystyna nearly run over a young hitchhiker. Inviting the young man onto the boat with them, Andrzej begins to subtly torment him; the hitchhiker responds by making overtures toward Krystyna. When the hitchhiker is accidentally knocked overboard, the husband's panic results in unexpected consequences. This was the first feature directed by Roman Polanski.

The Leopard(1963)

3h 6min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 171 votes)

As Garibaldi's troops begin the unification of Italy in the 1860s, an aristocratic Sicilian family grudgingly adapts to the sweeping social changes undermining their way of life. Proud but pragmatic Prince Don Fabrizio Salina allows his war hero nephew, Tancredi, to marry Angelica, the beautiful daughter of gauche, bourgeois Don Calogero, in order to maintain the family's accustomed level of comfort and political clout.

Accattone(1961)

1h 57min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 90 votes)

A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiralling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini - With Franco Citti, Adriana Asti, Stefano D'Arrigo, Nino Russo, Franco Marucci, Polidor, ...

La Notte(1961)

2h 2min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 110 votes)

Set during a single day and night in a Milan where steel and glass skyscrapers are going up and old buildings being pulled down, it opens with a disillusioned novelist and his embittered wife visiting their dying friend, a leftwing critic.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold(1965)

1h 52min | Drama, Thriller
3.6/5 (with 60 votes)

British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the cold war during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.

Lord of the Flies(1963)

PG-13
| 1h 32min | Thriller, Adventure, Drama
3.4/5 (with 152 votes)

Amidst a nuclear war, a plane carrying a group of schoolboys crash lands on a deserted island. With no adult survivors, the boys are forced to fend for themselves. At first they cooperate, but when the they split into two separate camps -- one led by the pragmatic Ralph and the other by militaristic Jack -- their society falls into disarray, leading to a disturbing examination of human nature and a chilling conclusion.

Faces(1968)

PG-13
| 2h 10min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 40 votes)

Middle-aged suburban husband Richard abruptly tells his wife, Maria, that he wants a divorce. As Richard takes up with a younger woman, Maria enjoys a night on the town with her friends and meets a younger man. As the couple and those around them confront a seemingly futile search for what they've lost -- love, excitement, passion -- this classic American independent film explores themes of aging and alienation.

Red Beard(1965)

3h 5min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 65 votes)

Aspiring to an easy job as personal physician to a wealthy family, Noboru Yasumoto is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic under the gruff doctor Red Beard. Yasumoto rebels in numerous ways, but Red Beard proves a wise and patient teacher. He gradually introduces his student to the unglamorous side of the profession, ultimately assigning him to care for a prostitute rescued from a local brothel.

if....(1968)

1h 52min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 82 votes)

Satire about a traditional English boys' boarding school, where social hierarchy reigns supreme and power remains in the hands of distanced and ineffectual teachers and callously vicious prefects in the Upper Sixth. But three Lower Sixth students, leader Mick Travis, Wallace and Johnny decide on a shocking course of action to redress the balance of privilege once and for all.

The Flight of the Phoenix(1965)

2h 22min | Adventure
3.7/5 (with 71 votes)

A cargo aircraft crashes in a sandstorm in the Sahara with less than a dozen men on board. One of the passengers is an airplane designer who comes up with the idea of ripping off the undamaged wing and using it as the basis for a replacement aircraft they will build to escape before their food and water run out.

L'Eclisse(1962)

3.9/5 (with 96 votes)

This romantic drama by Michelangelo Antonioni follows the love life of Vittoria, a beautiful literary translator living in Rome. After splitting from her writer boyfriend, Riccardo, Vittoria meets Piero, a lively stockbroker, on the hectic floor of the Roman stock exchange. Though Vittoria and Piero begin a relationship, it is not one without difficulties, and their commitment to one another is tested during an eclipse.

The Fall of the Roman Empire(1964)

NR
| 3h 8min | Drama, History, War
3.3/5 (with 38 votes)

Drawn from the same events that later inspired Gladiator, the film charts the power-hungry greed and father-son betrayal that led to Rome's collapse at the bloody hands of the Barbarians.

Mutiny on the Bounty(1962)

NR
| 3h 5min | Adventure, Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 69 votes)

The Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787. Its destination: to sail to Tahiti and load bread-fruit. Captain Bligh will do anything to get there as fast as possible, using any means to keep up a strict discipline. When they arrive at Tahiti, it is like a paradise for the crew, something completely different than the living hell aboard the ship. On the way back to England, officer Fletcher Christian becomes the leader of a mutiny.

Contempt(1963)

NR
| 1h 43min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 170 votes)

A philistine in the art film business, Jeremy Prokosch is a producer unhappy with the work of his director. Prokosch has hired Fritz Lang (as himself) to direct an adaptation of "The Odyssey," but when it seems that the legendary filmmaker is making a picture destined to bomb at the box office, he brings in a screenwriter to energize the script. The professional intersects with the personal when a rift develops between the writer and his wife.

Red Desert(1964)

NR
| 1h 57min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 90 votes)

Amid the modern wastelands and toxic factories of Italy, wife and mother Giuliana desperately tries to conceal her tenuous grip on reality from those around her, especially her successful yet neglectful husband, Ugo. Ugo's old pal, Corrado, shows up in town on a business trip and is more sensitive to Giuliana's anxieties. They begin an affair, but it does little to quell Giuliana's existential fears, and her mental state rapidly deteriorates.

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni - With Monica Vitti, Richard Harris, Xenia Valderi, Beppe Conti, Giovanni Lolli, Rita Renoir, ...
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