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1960 - 64

Psycho - 1960

Alfred Hitchcock's masterful thriller, starring Anthony Perkins going mad at the Bates Motel in California, picked up two Oscars in 1960.

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The Magnificent Seven - 1960

This classic western was an adaptation of the Japanese film "Seven Samurai". Directed by John Sturges with stunning music by Elmer Bernstein. The film made stars of Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson.

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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning - 1960

Ground-breaking gritty Northern drama that was perhaps the strongest of the 'kitchen sink' and 'angry young man' genre of the period. Yet this classic, which picked up a clutch of BAFTA awards, still has the power to shock.

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The Apartment - 1960

Director Billy Wilder's satire on the office junior, played by Jack Lemmon, who goes to any length to please his boss won five Oscars in 1960.

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West Side Story - 1961

The stunning Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim musical is an update of the Romeo and Juliet story, set among New York gangs in the 1950s. It won an astonishing ten Oscars and the soundtrack was the biggest UK album of 1962.

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A Taste of Honey - 1961

Definitely the UK film of the year, with a clutch of British Academy Awards to prove it, this was typical of the stylish dramatisation of the realistic, working-class experience of the times in Northern England that was so popular.

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians - 1961

The original and very popular Disney animation introduced us to the wonderful villainess Cruela De Vil - a plot scary enough to worry the kids yet funny too.

Lawrence of Arabia - 1962

This is one of the greatest British films, and winner of seven Oscars. Director David Lean paints brilliantly on a vast desert canvas and Peter O'Toole's portrayal of the enigmatic Lawrence is superb.

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To Kill a Mockingbird - 1962

This adaptation of one of the best of American novels is faithful to the original. Gregory Peck won the best actor Oscar as Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Deep South defending a black man in a rape trial in this powerful film.

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - 1962

Another grittily realistic drama of real life in the Britain of the early Sixties from Tony Richardson, who also directed "Taste of Honey". This stars Tom Courtenay as the angry young delinquent whose running is his retaliation.

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Dr No - 1962

Introducing that stalwart of British cinema, James Bond, secret agent 007 with a licence to kill. Sean Connery was born to play Bond and the emergence of the bikini-clad Ursula Andress from the sea remains one of the great movie images.

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The Great Escape - 1963

One of the most memorable WW2 films directed by John Sturges (of "The Magnificent Seven" fame) and including a powerful starring role for Steve McQueen - just one of a well-balanced Anglo-American cast.

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Charade - 1963

It feels like it should be Hitchcock but Charade is Stanley Donen's masterpiece of a comedy thriller starring the brilliant pairing of Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Lots of Paris, music and action.

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Billy Liar - 1963

The first of British director John Schlesinger's superb films of the period starring Tom Courtenay in the title role as an undertaker's assistant whose vivid imagination takes him away from the drudgery of his normal life.

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This Sporting Life - 1963

Stars Richard Harris, in his first major role, as a ruthless rugby professional, and Rachel Roberts as his mistreated landlady in another "grim up north" vision of British life based on the novel by David Storey.

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The Servant - 1963

Joseph Losey was an American film director who made Britain his home after being hunted out of Hollywood for his views. This haunting tale was based on a Harold Pinter script and gave the star, Dirk Bogarde, his best film role.

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Tom Jones - 1963

A vulgar, bawdy and very British period comedy film, starring Albert Finney as Tom Jones, that managed to win four Oscars, including best picture and best director (Tony Richardson).

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Dr. Strangelove - 1964

Although a New Yorker, director Stanley Kubrick made Britain his home in the early Sixties. He won the "Best British Film" award for this Cold War 'end of the world' satire that stars a brilliant Peter Sellers in three insanely funny roles.

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My Fair Lady - 1964

Based on Lerner and Loewe's musical version of Shaw's play Pygmalion, this won eight Oscars. With great performances from Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza. A British theme but with a mix of Broadway and Hollywood.

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Becket - 1964

Set in the 12th century when England was no more than a French dependency, Richard Burton (Becket) and Peter O'Toole (Henry II) put on an impressive historical drama as the two friends who became enemies.

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Zulu - 1964

The 1879 battle of Rorke's Drift was not one of Britain's finest but this is a powerful recreation. Although Stanley Baker is outstanding, the film also made a star of Michael Caine - playing an improbably upper class Lieutenant.

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