If you want to know the best movies which won an Academy Award (Oscar) you should definitely watch our ranking for the best picture winning movies of the 1960s.
10. Tom Jones (1963)
Tom Jones is a young man who is very popular among the ladies due to his good looks and charming nature. His cousin Blifil, however, is a cold and hateful narcissist. When Tom falls in love with Sophie, the two are forbidden from seeing each other. Tom must now win Sophie’s family over to marry to the love of his life.
Comedy | Director: Tony Richardson
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9. Oliver! (1968)
Based on the classic novel Oliver Twist, the movie follows a young orphan who is sold to a mortician and thrown in a dungeon. After discovering a secret window, Oliver escapes from the dungeon and spends a week alone on the streets. After befriending a group of mischevious boys, he learns the art of pickpocketing from their mentor, Fagin.
Musical, Drama | Director: Carol Reed
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8. West Side Story (1961)
Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story follows the White Jets and the Latino Sharks, two New York City gangs who despise each other and fight to gain control of the neighborhood. When Maria and Tony from the rival gangs fall in love, they must hide their secret from their gang families, who are planning an ultimate battle to decide the fate of the mobs.
Musical, Drama, Romance | Director: Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
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7. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Set in sixteenth-century England, the movie follows the story of Sir Thomas More who believes in the holiness of sacred morals and principles. When King Henry VIII announces his plan to divorce his wife and marry again, the catholic clergyman is shocked and vows to fight against the king’s decision to protect the sanctity of marriage.
Biography, Drama | Director: Fred Zinnemann
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6. My Fair Lady (1964)
Henry Higgins, a phonetics professor, meets his friend Colonel Hugh Pickering and brags that he can teach any girl how to speak properly. Eliza Doolittle is a poor but kind-hearted flower girl living in London. When Eliza comes to the professor to sell him flowers, the professor and his friend make a wager and Higgins takes on the challenge of improving her speech.
Musical, Comedy, Drama | Director: George Cukor
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5. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
When a prominent businessman is murdered, detective Virgil Tibbs is arrested for homicide. However, when the confusion is cleared and Virgil is freed, the local police officer asks for his help to solve the murder. Will detective Virgil Tibbs succeed in catching the killer and putting him behind bars in a racially divided Mississippi town?
Mystery, Drama | Director: Norman Jewison
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4. The Sound of Music (1965)
Maria, a clumsy but free-spirited orphan is training to be a nun at the Nonnberg Abbey. Because of her love for the mountains and singing, she often misses sermon, which the other nuns mistake as negligence. When the Mother Abbess sends Maria to the abbey to care for a retired officer and his seven children, Maria slowly realizes her true destiny.
Musical, Drama | Director: Robert Wise
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3. Ben Hur (1959)
Ben-Hur is a 1959 epic historical drama film directed by William Wyler and stars Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd and Hugh Griffith. The story follows Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince who is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend. But he swears to come back and take revenge. The movie won a record eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Charlton Heston and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Hugh Griffith
Drama | Director: William Wyler
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2. The Apartment (1960)
C.C. Baxter finds himself invisible among his colleagues at the life insurance company he works at. When he fails to distinguish himself after four years, he comes up with a clever plan of using his apartment as a rest house for executives to make himself popular. However, he soon finds himself caught up in a number of problems, one of which is falling in love.
Romance, Comedy | Director: Billy Wilder
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1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Lawrence is a young and intelligent British Lieutenant serving in World War І. Due to his extensive knowledge about the native Arab tribes, he is sent to Arabia. When he arrives in Arabia, he meets Prince Faisal and together they brainstorm strategies to take down the Turks. However, despite strict orders, Lawrence embarks on a journey through the brutal desert to attack a Turkish port.
Drama | Director: David Lean
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