1960s: Overstreet's Favorite Films

Here is the current (but occasionally updated) list of my favorite films from the 1960s.  Clearly, I have a lot to learn about this decade. But give me a break, I was born in 1970 and didn’t start exploring movies much until I was in college.

In order to understand the purpose and meaning of this list, please read my introduction to the Looking Closer Favorite Films lists here.


  • Treasures: La Jetee (1962), Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Andrei Rublev (1969)
  • Favorites: A Man for All Seasons (1966), Playtime (1967), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), Wait Until Dark (1967), The Sound of Music (1965), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Lord of the Flies (1963), The Jungle Book (1967), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (TV) (1966), Army of Shadows (1969), The Graduate (1967), 8 1/2 (1962), Winter Light (1962), The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  • Achievements: Night of the Living Dead (1968), My Fair Lady (1967), The Sword in the Stone (1963), The Wild Bunch (1969), True Grit (1969), The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), Yojimbo (1961)
  • Decent / Noteworthy Films: tbd
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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.