1960's

  • The Apartment (1960) &
  • Psycho (1960)
    • Jules "Every frame in Hitchcock's timeless thinkpiece tautly shoulders the next, building suspense and bining the story together in the most logical succession of scenes."
    • Lucas "a top-notch thriller the likes of which most films can only dream of duplicating, even if they duplicate everything else."
  • La Dolce vita (1960) $
  • Breathless (1960) $
  • L'Avventura (1960) $
  • Yojimbo (1961)
    • Jules "...deep down he's a role model as well as the protector of an abandoned people he loves."
    • Lucas "one of those rare films that combines seemingly disparate cinematic elements in ways few would have imagined with results that make it seem as if they've always belonged together. To watch Yojimbo is to watch one master honoring another."
  • L'Année dernière à Marienbad (1961) &
  • Viridiana (1961) &
  • The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
    • Lucas "Frankenheimer's masterpiece...revealing the plot much as you'd play a game of solitaire--one card at a time--and it's only when you get to the hardest cards to reach that the whole thing comes together. That is, if you can avoid the Queen of Diamonds."
  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    • Jules "The poignant and tragic tale of a man trying to live as a god"
    • Lucas "Clearly there's something wrong with him psychologically, but the film never makes an effort to discover what that is. It is content to present us with a Lawrence that is simply flawed for no discernible reason."
  • Jules et Jim (1962) $
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) $
  • 8 1/2 (1963)
    • Jules "the picture...is worth far more than a thousand words. It defines and redefines filmmaking, unabashed by real-life problems, and starkly honest at its depths"
  • Le Mepris (1963) $
  • Charade (1963)
    • Lucas "a taut, engrossing thriller that is expertly made and knows exactly how much information to reveal at every point along the way."
  • Il Gattapardo (1963) &
  • A Hard Day's Night (1964)
    • Lucas "I cannot imagine someone with any amount of appreciation for the Beatles or their music who would not thoroughly enjoy this film."
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    • Lucas "In their able hands, the gruesome becomes absurd and the horrific becomes somewhat campy and sweet. It is, hands down, one of the greatest things ever put on film."
  • Gertrud (1964) &
  • Bande à part (1964)
    • Lucas "if you look closely, you can just make out Quentin Tarantino's next ground-breaking movie."
    • Jules"What Godard has put down for posterity often looks good, but fails to deliver in any tangible way."
  • Pierrot le fou (1965) $
  • Persona (1966)
    • Jules "Bergman...invites us to wonder, but at no time are we allowed to feel sorry for any of the characters involved."
    • Lucas "Everything seems likely, even the extremely unlikely, and by keeping us guessing, Bergman keeps us watching, time and time again."
  • Un homme et une femme (1966) *
    • Lucas "at the same time bittersweet and beautiful."
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)
    • Lucas "Leone may not be a great film craftsman and Il Buono, il brutto, il cattivo may be cooler than it is good, but that's essential to what makes it great. Were it not so raw, it would not feel so alive and would have faded quickly into obscurity."
  • Closely Watched Trains (1966)
    • Jules"A bold and kind treatment of the enduring reality of the human spirit."
    • Lucas "Every frame is infused with a virginal eroticism that mirrors the preoccupation of his hero."
  • Balthazar (1966) $
  • Mouchette (1967)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • Playtime (1967) &
  • Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1967) $
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    • Lucas "it occasionally has the feel of a great director coasting along, killing time until he can make the film he really wants to. In short, he's too proud to make a bad film, but his heart just isn't in it. So, what could have been amazing is merely very, very good."
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) $
  • Andrey Rublyov (1969) $
    • Lucas "Much of it boils down to the struggle to create something, to use that God-given talent to the best of your ability."
  • The Wild Bunch (1969) &
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969) *
    • Lucas "What began as a friendship of convenience has developed into a lasting love between two men who would be completely lost without each other."

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