... The Forgettable ... Of The 1960s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 26 Mar 2011 | updated - 3 hours ago | Public

First of all, most movies on this list are not really bad. But they are not good either. In order not to bore you with every average movie I have seen I will restrain myself only to those of interest. That means you will find movies here that were successful at the box office but did not deserve that undue success or movies that did not stand the test of time. Other entries concern movies that are acclaimed by critics but to me are nothing short of being pretentious. Other titles could include films that were much talked about for whatever reason upon their initial release and therefore hold some kind of reputation that, however, do not qualify them for quality movies. You may also find movies here to which famous actors or directors contributed to but which are a let-down in the end nevertheless.

So, have fun browsing through my selection of the odds and sods of the movie world and let me know what you think.

PS: This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.

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1. Murder, Inc. (1960)

Not Rated | 103 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The rise and fall of a 1930's Brooklyn crime syndicate, known as Murder Incorporated, led by mobster Lepke Buchalter.

Directors: Burt Balaban, Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Stuart Whitman, May Britt, Henry Morgan, Peter Falk

Votes: 1,121

2. The Concrete Jungle (1960)

TV-14 | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In UK, after pulling a racetrack robbery, repeat offender Johnny Bannion hides the loot in a farmer's field but the police and the local mob come looking for Johnny and for the money.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Stanley Baker, Sam Wanamaker, Grégoire Aslan, Margit Saad

Votes: 1,115

3. The Night Fighters (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | War, Drama, Action

In 1941, the IRA plans a campaign to coincide with the planned German invasion of England. Dermot O'Neill finds it easy to get into the IRA, but can he get out?

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Richard Harris, Anne Heywood, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 244

4. Man on a String (1960)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A US secret agent is sent to Berlin to pretend to be a spy for the USSR.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Kerwin Mathews, Colleen Dewhurst, Alexander Scourby

Votes: 266

5. Hell Is a City (1960)

93 min | Crime, Thriller

In Britain, a Manchester police inspector becomes obsessed with capturing a criminal who escapes from prison.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Stanley Baker, John Crawford, Donald Pleasence, Maxine Audley

Votes: 870

6. Midnight Lace (1960)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

In London, a recently wed American woman's sanity comes into question when she claims to be the victim of a threatening stalker.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin, Myrna Loy

Votes: 4,224 | Gross: $7.40M

7. Butterfield 8 (1960)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

A Manhattan call girl has a tragic affair with a rich married man.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey, Eddie Fisher, Dina Merrill

Votes: 5,405 | Gross: $16.46M

8. Let's Make Love (1960)

Not Rated | 119 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall, Frankie Vaughan

Votes: 6,220 | Gross: $6.54M

9. It Started in Naples (1960)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Mike Hamilton, a Philadelphia lawyer, comes to Naples to settle the estate of his long estranged "black sheep" brother. Once there, he discovers that the deceased has left an eight-year old... See full summary »

Director: Melville Shavelson | Stars: Clark Gable, Sophia Loren, Vittorio De Sica, Marietto

Votes: 2,169

10. The Crowded Sky (1960)

105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Disaster movie about a Navy jet and a commercial airliner heading for a mid air collision.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., John Kerr

Votes: 562

11. The Gallant Hours (1960)

Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, War

A semi-documentary dramatization of five weeks in the life of Vice Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr., from his assignment to command the U.S. naval operations in the South Pacific to the Allied victory at Guadalcanal.

Director: Robert Montgomery | Stars: James Cagney, Dennis Weaver, Ward Costello, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 1,288

12. The Unforgiven (1960)

Approved | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

The neighbors of a frontier family turn on them when it is suspected that their adopted daughter was stolen from the local Kiowa tribe.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, John Saxon

Votes: 6,748

13. Cimarron (1960)

Approved | 147 min | Drama, Romance, Western

The Oklahoma Land Run of April 1889 sets the stage for an epic saga of a frontier adventurer, his wife and family and their friends.

Directors: Anthony Mann, Charles Walters | Stars: Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 2,423

14. The Alamo (1960)

Passed | 162 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.

Director: John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon

Votes: 13,490 | Gross: $17.26M

15. Ice Palace (1960)

Approved | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, History

After WW1, Zeb and Thor start a cannery business in Alaska but eventually they drift apart with Zeb becoming unscrupulous and Thor becoming involved in Alaskan politics.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Richard Burton, Robert Ryan, Martha Hyer, Jim Backus

Votes: 268

16. The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960)

Approved | 124 min | Drama

In Oklahoma in the 1920s, Ruben Flood loses his job as a traveling salesman, when the company goes bankrupt. This adds to his worries at home. His wife Cora is frigid because of trying to ... See full summary »

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Robert Preston, Dorothy McGuire, Eve Arden, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 644

17. The Fugitive Kind (1960)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Romance

Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter trying to go straight, wanders into a small Mississippi town looking for a simple and honest life but finds himself embroiled with problem-filled women.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Marlon Brando, Joanne Woodward, Anna Magnani, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 5,007

18. Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Drama, History

While King Richard is away at the Crusades, some Nottingham nobles and their Sheriff plot to confiscate estates of fallen Crusaders but Robin Hood and Maid Marian foil their plan.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Richard Greene, Peter Cushing, Niall MacGinnis, Richard Pasco

Votes: 1,025

19. The Wizard of Baghdad (1960)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy

A genie turned mortal after his many failures is sent to Baghdad. As his last chance to prove himself he must help a prince and princess fulfill a prophecy.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Dick Shawn, Diane Baker, Barry Coe, John Van Dreelen

Votes: 126

20. The Last Voyage (1960)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After a boiler explosion aboard an aging ocean liner, a man struggles to free his injured wife from the wreckage of their cabin and ensure the safety of their four-year-old daughter as the ship begins to sink.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 1,729

21. The 3rd Voice (1960)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Marion Forbes is the secretary, the lover and the creator of the financial fortunes of Harry Chapman, but Chapman falls in love with Francis and decides to marry her. The revenge of Marion ... See full summary »

Director: Hubert Cornfield | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Julie London, Laraine Day, Olga San Juan

Votes: 118

22. It Takes a Thief (1960)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A gang leader dumps her criminal boyfriend when he is convicted of robbery, but he recovers the stolen loot once he's released. In retaliation, the gang kidnaps his son and demands the money as ransom.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Anthony Quayle, Carl Möhner, Peter Reynolds

Votes: 217

23. David and Goliath (1960)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Drama, Family

King Saul of the Israelites is visited in Jerusalem by the Prophet Samuel who foretells him that a war with The Philistines is inevitable and the shepherd David will become king.

Directors: Ferdinando Baldi, Richard Pottier, Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Ivica Pajer, Eleonora Rossi Drago, Massimo Serato

Votes: 557

24. The Bramble Bush (1960)

93 min | Drama

A handsome and successful young doctor returns to his home town in New England to see his dying friend for one last time. However, his friend wants to die because he is suffering so much ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Richard Burton, Barbara Rush, Jack Carson, Angie Dickinson

Votes: 161

25. Man in the Moon (1960)

98 min | Comedy, Romance

Scientists are looking for a man to send up to be the first man on the moon. A man immune to worry, disease, and even the common cold. They think they have found him until the impossible happens at Woomera.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Kenneth More, Shirley Anne Field, Norman Bird, Michael Hordern

Votes: 277

26. Studs Lonigan (1960)

95 min | Drama

A young man tries to escape the South Side of 1920s Chicago.

Director: Irving Lerner | Stars: Christopher Knight, Frank Gorshin, Venetia Stevenson, Carolyn Craig

Votes: 245

27. Stop Me Before I Kill! (1960)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After surviving a traumatic car accident, a race car driver travels to the Cote D'Azur to recover but is plagued by an urge to strangle his wife.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Claude Dauphin, Diane Cilento, Ronald Lewis, Françoise Rosay

Votes: 531

28. Seven Thieves (1960)

Approved | 102 min | Crime, Drama

A motley crew of professional thieves plans the robbery of a Monte Carlo casino vault.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Rod Steiger, Joan Collins, Eli Wallach

Votes: 1,108

29. North to Alaska (1960)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

During the Alaska gold rush, prospector George sends partner Sam to Seattle to bring his fiancée but when it turns out that she married another man, Sam returns with a pretty substitute, the hostess of the Henhouse dance hall.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian

Votes: 6,535

30. Cash McCall (1960)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Romance

Cash McCall is a young and slick business man who buys failing businesses and resells them. Grant Austen's Plastics is even more of a prize to Cash, for Cash is also making a bid for ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: James Garner, Natalie Wood, Nina Foch, Dean Jagger

Votes: 1,031

31. Flaming Star (1960)

Approved | 101 min | Western

When fighting breaks out between two cultures in West Texas, the mixed-blood Pacer tries to act as a peacemaker, but the "flaming star of death" pulls him irrevocably into the deadly violence.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest, Dolores del Rio

Votes: 2,804 | Gross: $1.96M

32. Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)

Passed | 112 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A university professor leaves his job to become a theater critic, creating problems with his family and friends.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Doris Day, David Niven, Janis Paige, Spring Byington

Votes: 3,785 | Gross: $11.10M

33. Surprise Package (1960)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy

An American gangster is exiled from the United States for criminal activity and is sent back to the Greek island where he was born. Once on the island, he is watched by a corrupt local ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Yul Brynner, Mitzi Gaynor, Noël Coward, Eric Pohlmann

Votes: 239

34. The Bellboy (1960)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy

Mute bellboy Stanley works at the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. In spite of being a serviceable and friendly employee, the clumsy Stanley gets successively into trouble with his mistakes.

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Alex Gerry, Bob Clayton, Sonnie Sands

Votes: 3,549

35. The Grass Is Greener (1960)

Approved | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons

Votes: 4,183 | Gross: $6.00M

36. G.I. Blues (1960)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Musical

Tulsa, a soldier with dreams of running his own nightclub, places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can win the heart of an untouchable dancer...but when Dynamite is transferred, Tulsa must replace him in the bet.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers, James Douglas

Votes: 3,013 | Gross: $4.30M

37. Doctor in Love (1960)

93 min | Comedy

Doctors Burke (Leslie Phillips) and Hare (Michael Craig) leave the confines of St. Swithin's for the world of general practice, stopping off on the way as patients at the Foulness anti-cold... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Michael Craig, Virginia Maskell, Leslie Phillips, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 301

38. Can-Can (1960)

Approved | 131 min | Comedy, Musical

Montmartre, 1896: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless Simone has it performed every day in her nightclub. Her employees use their female ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan

Votes: 1,872

39. Bells Are Ringing (1960)

Not Rated | 126 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A Brooklyn answering service operator becomes involved in the lives of her clients, including a struggling playwright with whom she begins to fall in love.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Fred Clark, Eddie Foy Jr.

Votes: 2,618

40. Zazie dans le Métro (1960)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy

With her mother away for the weekend, a brash and precocious ten-year-old country-girl sets out to explore Paris during a Métro strike, under her uncle's not-so-watchful eye. Can a little girl cause so much chaos in the heart of the city?

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps, Carla Marlier

Votes: 4,912

41. Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother, Chico, a crook, takes refuge in the bar because he is chased by two gangsters, ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, Nicole Berger, Michèle Mercier

Votes: 15,917

42. Crack in the Mirror (1960)

97 min | Crime, Drama

Three performers for six roles: this is the game of the film. A melodrama about two love triangles. In the first, Hagalin is killed by his mistress and her lover. In the second, attorney ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Orson Welles, Juliette Gréco, Bradford Dillman, Alexander Knox

Votes: 154