‘Dr. No’ and 9 Other Classic Movies Turn 60 in 2022

There are many classic films from the 1960s, many of which are fairly unknown. Technology may have come a long way over the years, but there are plenty of movies released in the 60s that are definitely worth rewatching.



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What better time to revisit than the 60th anniversary of said movies? 1962 might go back six decades, but that doesn’t mean these movies haven’t retained their quality.

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Featuring Mr. Sean Connery in one of his most iconic roles as an MI-6 super spy James Bond, Dr. No is the first part of the series of 25 films of the 007 series. Dr. No is the ultimate spy movie which not only launched one of the longest running film series, but also pioneered the spy movie genre.

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The story follows James Bond as he travels to Jamaica and investigates the plans of the secret organization known only as the Spectre. It is in this film that all the recurring tropes are established for 007. He still remains one of the best in the series, even to this day.


‘What happened to Baby Jane?’

What happened to Baby Jane? is psychological horror interspersed with bits of dark comedy and gallows humor. One of several films to be released in 1962 based on a novel, the film tells the story of two sisters, Jane (Bette Davis) and White (Joan Crawford), living together in a luxurious mansion.

Jane, a former child actress who lost everything, is extremely jealous of Blanche, who apparently gains everything Jane lost. As Blanche gets older, she finds herself crippled, meaning she becomes a victim of torture and abuse at Jane’s hands. An interesting tidbit is that Davis and Crawford had a bitter rivalry between them, so their real-life relationship translates perfectly into the fictional relationship.

‘Cap fear’

Based on the novel The executioners by John D. MacDonald, Cape fear is another psychological horror originally slated to be directed by horror film legend, Alfred Hitchcock. Although Hitchcock penned the storyboards for the film, it was ultimately directed by J. Lee Thompson.

Cape fear tells the chilling story of a man released from an 8-year prison sentence who tracks down the lawyer who testified against him and begins to turn his life into a living nightmare. The film was actually considered good enough to be remade in 1991 by Martin Scorsese, featuring the original cast in different roles. Although, thethe remake had more similarities at Thesilenceofthelambs.

‘Laurence of Arabia’

Lawrence of Arabia is a true story based on the British officer T Laurent, who served in the Middle East during World War I as a liaison between Britain and Arab guerrilla forces. This was in order to fight the Ottoman Empire, which was allied with Germany at the time.

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The film received not one, not two, but ten Oscar nominations at the time of its release, seven of which it won. Even to this day, it is considered one of the most culturally significant films ever made.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Kill a mockingbird is a story loved by children and adults alike for its presentation of the harsh realities of race in the 1930s. Based on the novel by Harper Lee, it tells the story of a young black man named Tom Robinson (Brock Peterson), who is falsely accused of assaulting a girl named Mayella Ewell (Collin WilcoxPaxton) despite his physical inability to do so.

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Robinson’s criminal defense attorney, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), is one of the few white people to remain impartial in the city and aims to teach his children, Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Philip Alford) the importance of never judging a book by its cover. The film details the misadventures of the Finch children, as well as their father’s struggle to prove Robinson’s innocence. It’s a very deep film and an absolutely essential watch for understanding the negative effects of racial prejudice.


‘The longest day’

The longest day has been Saving Private Ryan (1998) before Saving Private Ryan was even conceptualized. The poignant story of the heroic sacrifices made on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, The longest day is not only based on a true story, but also on a non-fiction book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan.

Taking no hits and never fearing the horrors and tragedy of war, The longest day is a must for history fans or anyone looking to learn more about WWII. Instead of being filmed as a fictional drama in a very real setting, however, it’s shot more like a docudrama, with minute detail left in the foreground.

“Lolitas”

lolita is another film based on a novel, this time written by Vladimir Nabokov. Nabokov’s writing skills combined with film legend Stanley Kubrick to deliver a cult classic comedy/drama that is still being talked about even decades after its release.

The film still received rave reviews from moviegoers and critics alike and was nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe.

“King Kong vs. Godzilla”

The third Godzilla film to be produced by Toho introduces King Kong to the Toho Monster universe. The Monkey King takes on the Monster King in this classic 1962 monster flick, perfectly representative of the era and early Toho films.

Besides being the third Godzilla film, it is also the third cinematic incarnation of King Kong since its debut in 1933. The film is directed by the legendary Ishiro Hondawho also directed the original Godzilla (1954) movie and the original motra (1961) movie.

‘Girls! Girls! Girls!’

Girls! Girls! Girls! is a musical comedy film starring none other than the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, Elvis Presley. Elvis plays a Hawaiian fisherman named Ross who gets caught up in a love triangle between two very different women. As if that weren’t enough, he also has to deal with his employer’s retirement in Arizona and the ensuing struggle to buy the boat that Ross and his father built.

The film was nominated for a Golden Globe, and the song “Return to Sender” which features in the film reached number 2 on the Billboard pop singles chart.

“The Music Man”

A lighthearted musical based on a 1957 Broadway production of the same name, The music man is about a con artist who tries to rip off the people of his small town by convincing them that he needs the money to form a non-profit marching band, and all the bumps in the road he encounters along the way of road.

The film is well known for its song “Shipoopi”, which was featured in an episode of family guy, probably due to its silly name. Other than that, the film was hugely popular upon release and received nominations for six Oscars.

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