Can You ID These ’60s Movies?



By: William J. Wright

7 Min Quiz

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The 1960s marked an era of rapid cultural change unprecedented in American history. As the squeaky clean idealism and brave, new world optimism of Kennedy's Camelot gave way to the hard realities of political upheaval, war and racial strife, art responded to and reflected the times as never before. Just as the baby boomers were growing into young adulthood, the movies were growing up as well.

By the 1960s, film was at last becoming accepted as a legitimate art form as the French new wave became obsessed with deconstructing classic movies and inventing the language of film theory. By the decade's end, staid genres that were often dismissed as kiddie fare, like science fiction and horror, began to tackle adult issues and philosophical themes as films like "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Rosemary's Baby" became box-office hits. Even the tried and true all American Western became a vehicle for social commentary with films like "The Wild Bunch" and "A Fistful of Dollars" that abandoned the white-hatted good guys of the past for morally ambiguous antiheroes.

So, if you were at Woodstock (or just wish you'd been there), this quiz is definitely your bag. Although it's been said that if you can remember the '60s, you weren't there, this is our challenge to all you flower children young and old alike: Can you ID these '60s movies?

Nuclear annihilation has never been funnier in this dark, Cold War comedy from Stanley Kubrick. Can you ID this movie?

Director Stanley Kubrick played Cold War paranoia for laughs in the 1964 black comedy "Dr. Strangelove." Starring Peter Sellers in multiple roles, including the titular Dr. Strangelove, the film is a biting satire of the early 1960s political climate outlining the absurdity of atomic warfare.


The avian world goes haywire in this 1963 thriller. Can you name this Hitchcock film?

Loosely based on Daphne du Maurier's 1952 short story, nature goes berserk in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." Starring Tippi Hedren in her first film, "The Birds" is the tale of a bloody and unexplained avian onslaught on the citizens of Bodega Bay, California.


This wild science-fiction comedy from 1968 inspired the name of a popular band from the '80s. What's it called?

Roger Vadim's sexy 1968 sci-fi cult favorite "Barbarella" stars Jane Fonda as the titular outer space heroine on a mission to find a mad scientist who's planning to destroy the human race. '80s new wave rockers Duran Duran took their name from the film's villain Dr. Durand Durand.


Can you ID the 1969 drama in which Dustin Hoffman says the famous line "Hey! I'm walkin' here"?

"Midnight Cowboy" starring John Voight and Dustin Hoffman is the oddly touching tale of a prostitute and a dying conman. Holding the distinction of being the only X-rated film to win an Oscar, the movie was a hit with both audiences and critics. Hoffman's famous "I'm walkin' here" was improvised.


Can you identify this epic 1960 film set during the Texas Revolution directed by and starring John Wayne?

A dream project for its star, beloved Western actor John Wayne also directed and produced 1960's "The Alamo." Wayne portrays frontier hero Davy Crockett during the events of the 1836 siege of the Alamo Mission by Santa Anna. Richard Widmark co-stars as Jim Bowie in this historical epic.


This psychedelic animated film was the third cinematic outing for the Fab Four. Can you name this colorful cartoon?

The animated 1968 feature "Yellow Submarine" marked the third time the Beatles hit the silver screen. Based on their 1966 song, "Yellow Submarine" finds John, Paul, George and Ringo on a musical mission to liberate Pepperland from the Blue Meanies.


Can you name the 1962 Western starring Jimmy Stewart as a tenderfoot lawyer who challenges an outlaw?

1962's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" paired Hollywood titans Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne in the story of a morally upright lawyer who challenges an outlaw terrorizing a small Western town. Directed by legendary filmmaker John Ford, it is considered one of the greatest Westerns ever made.


Hailed for its groundbreaking special effects and realistic approach to space travel, this 1968 film deals with the nature of human and technological evolution. Can you name it?

"2001: A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick from Arthur C. Clarke's story "The Sentinel" garnered its director an Academy Award for Best Special Effects. A psychedelic trip through human evolution and space travel, "2001" remains an unrivaled sci-fi masterpiece.


Can you name this epic romance from director David Lean set against the backdrop of World War I and the Russian Revolution?

Based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, David Lean's 1965 epic "Dr. Zhivago" is a sweeping tale of love and loss set in the turbulent years of the First World War and the Russian Revolution. Omar Sharif stars as the titular Dr. Zhivago with Julie Christie as his forbidden love, Lara.


Can you name the 1968 film in which Mia Farrow's baby has "his father's eyes"?

Based on the novel by Ira Levin, "Rosemary's Baby" stars Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse, the young wife of a handsome actor, who is chosen to bear the child of the devil. Directed by Roman Polanski, "Rosemary's Baby" was a star-making vehicle for Farrow and earned actress Ruth Gordon an Oscar.


Can you name the 1968 horror film by George A. Romero that was inspired by a Richard Matheson novel?

George Romero's groundbreaking 1968 zombie opus "Night of the Living Dead" is a modern horror classic inspiring countless imitations and homages. However, it was itself inspired by writer Richard Matheson's 1954 novel "I Am Legend."


This 1967 comedy starring Sydney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy was one of the first films to deal frankly with race relations in a humorous way. Can you name this groundbreaking film?

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" directed by Stanley Kramer was one of the first films to address interracial marriage. Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star as white, open-minded intellectuals who must face their own prejudice when their daughter brings home an African American man.


Starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, this drama was based on the exploits of an infamous, real-life crime duo. Can you name the film?

Arthur Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde" is a romanticized and incredibly violent cinematic retelling of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's infamous 1930s crime spree. Starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the infamous gangster duo, the film was considered revolutionary in style upon its release.


This 1967 dramatic comedy directed by Mike Nichols features music by Simon and Garfunkel. Can you name it?

Mike Nichols' 1967 film, "The Graduate" stars Dustin Hoffman as an aimless college grad who's seduced by an older woman. The film's soundtrack features songs from the popular folk duo Simon and Garfunkel, including the hits "Mrs. Robinson" and "The Sound of Silence."


This 1960 horror film from the master of suspense forever altered the bathing habits of moviegoers everywhere. Can you name this mad, mad movie?

Using the crew from his TV show, Alfred Hitchcock changed the shape of horror cinema with this black-and-white classic based on Robert Bloch's novel. Best remembered for the 45 seconds of sheer terror that comprise its famous shower scene, "Psycho" set the tone for the next half-century of cinema.


You might get an "attaboy" if you can name this spooky Don Knotts comedy from 1966. Can you identify it?

Don Knotts is a wannabe investigative journalist with a hot lead on a haunted house in "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken." As bumbling typesetter-turned-reporter Luther Heggs, Knotts' exploits are met with frequent cheers of "Attaboy, Luther!" when his article is a hometown hit.


This 1963 shocker stars Ray Milland as a scientist who improves the range of his eyesight at the cost of his sanity. Can you name this terrifying film from Roger Corman?

Roger Corman's "X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes" stars veteran actor Ray Milland as a scientist who develops eye drops that improve the range of human vision beyond the visible spectrum. Milland's vision is enhanced to the point that he sees beyond the edge of the universe, driving him to madness.


A team of scientists and doctors are shrunk to microscopic size to perform brain surgery in this 1966 film. Can you name it?

A submarine crew of doctors and scientists is miniaturized and injected into the bloodstream of a scientist with a brain injury in this 1966 science fiction film. The tiny crew must fight antibodies, turbulent blood and a saboteur in their midst as they race the clock to save their patient.


James Mason stars as a college professor with an unhealthy obsession in this 1962 film from Stanley Kubrick. Can you name this controversial movie?

Based on Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel, "Lolita" stars James Mason as Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged professor who develops an obsession with the teenaged Dolores Haze played by Sue Lyon. Director Stanley Kubrick faced considerable challenges because of the film's controversial subject matter.


Can you identify this 1967 musical starring Richard Harris as King Arthur?

"Camelot" is a 1967 adaptation of Lerner and Lowe's stage musical of the same name. Based on the Arthurian legends, the film stars Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave as Arthur and Guinevere. Despite being the 11th most popular film of 1967, "Camelot" was lambasted by critics and failed to turn a profit.


Following the adventures of the singing Trapp family, this beloved 1965 musical stars Julie Andrews. Can you identify this film?

Based on Maria von Trapp's book "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers," "The Sound of Music" is a 1965 musical directed by Robert Wise. Adapted from the stage play by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the film follows the trials and triumphs of the Trapps as they escape Austria during World War II.


Can you name the 1969 movie starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper that featured the song "Born To Be Wild"?

1969's "Easy Rider" directed by and co-starring Dennis Hopper, is the story of two bikers in pursuit of an alternative American dream. A landmark of independent cinema, its soundtrack features the iconic Steppenwolf tune "Born To Be Wild" as well as tracks by Jimi Hendrix and the Byrds.


Can you name the 1962 indie horror movie shot at a deserted carnival pavillion in Salt Lake City?

The creepy 1962 cult classic "Carnival of Souls" was shot in Lawrence, Kansas and Salt Lake City, Utah. Director Herk Harvey, inspired after driving past the desolate and abandoned Saltair Pavilion, took three weeks off from his job in industrial film to shoot this supernatural shocker.


Charlton Heston won't let the future make a monkey out of him in this 1968 film. Can you name this sci-fi classic?

With a screenplay by "Twilight Zone" scribe Rod Serling and Michael Wilson, groundbreaking makeup from John Chambers and an iconic performance from Charlton Heston, "Planet of the Apes" is one of the most powerful sci-fi films ever. With endless sequels, remakes and parodies, it's pop culture gold.


A jolt of electricity turns a teenager into a genius in this 1969 family comedy. Can you name this film by Walt Disney?

A young Kurt Russell stars in this 1969 family comedy from Walt Disney Productions. Russell plays college student Dexter Riley who gains incredible intellectual powers after being electrocuted while replacing a computer component. Thanks to his super-human IQ, Riley becomes a quiz show star.


This romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn in a signature role is loosely based on a novella by Truman Capote. Can you name this 1960s classic?

Blake Edwards' 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote's novella "Breakfast at Tiffany's" stars Audrey Hepburn in her most popular role. As country-girl-turned-society-lady, Holly Golightly, Hepburn established herself as a Hollywood icon with both style and substance.


Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine star in this 1960 comedy from director Billy Wilder. Can you name it?

Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray, director Billy Wilder's 1960 satire "The Apartment" is a tale of ambition and infidelity in the big city. It swept the Academy Awards in 1960, garnering 5 Oscars including Best Picture.


Firemen burn books in this dystopian nightmare from auteur François Truffaut. Can you name this film based on a Ray Bradbury novel?

French filmmaker François Truffaut directed this 1966 adaptation of Ray Bradbury's novel. In a future where individualism and independent thought are anathemas, books have become contraband and fireman are dispatched to torch them. Fireman Guy Montag rebels after meeting a free-spirited young woman.


Can you identify this 1962 Cold War thriller starring Frank Sinatra and a brainwashed Laurence Harvey?

Laurence Harvey is a Korean War soldier brainwashed into being an assassin in this taught espionage thriller. Directed by John Frankenheimer, crooner Frank Sinatra co-stars as Harvey's former commanding officer. It was remade in 2004 with Liev Schreiber and Denzel Washington.


Can you name this hyperviolent, subversive Western directed by Sam Peckinpah in 1969?

Controversial for its use of violence, Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch" is a bloody retort to the sanitized, morally absolute Hollywood Westerns that preceded it. Considered revolutionary for its stylized editing and cinematography, "The Wild Bunch" is among the most influential films ever made.


This 1962 horror anthology film directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone adapts three stories by Edgar Allan Poe. Can you name this creepy film?

"Tales of Terror" is the fourth of eight Edgar Allan Poe films directed by Roger Corman for American International Pictures. An anthology, the film collects three Poe stories: "Morella," "The Black Cat" and "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar."


Guitar heroes Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck appear briefly in this 1966 film from Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni. Can you name this photographic thriller?

Antonioni's thriller about a swinging '60s photographer who inadvertently captures a murder on film features a rare glimpse of The Yardbirds with both Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. Antonioni's only English language picture, "Blow-Up" is a veritable time capsule of the British mod subculture.


Julie Harris and Claire Bloom star in this ghostly movie directed by Robert Wise. Can you name this stylish horror film?

Based on Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel, "The Haunting of Hill House," Robert Wise's "The Haunting" is a subtle and terrifying take on its source material. Julie Harris stars as Eleanor, a sensitive young woman invited to take part in the paranormal investigation of an allegedly haunted house.


Can you identify this numerically named surrealist dramatic comedy from Federico Fellini?

Federico Fellini's 1963 masterpiece 8½ stars Marcello Mastroianni as a famous film director struggling with a creative block. Walking a line between autobiography and absurdist comedy-drama, 8½ examines the search for happiness within the artistic life.


Horror's master of menace appears in a cameo as a surf guru in this 1963 teen beach blowout. Can you name this swinging, seaside movie?

"Beach Party" was the first in AIP's wildly popular series of teen surf movies starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Horror legend Vincent Price, star of AIP's Edgar Allan Poe films, has a memorable cameo performance as the mysterious surf guru Big Daddy.


This spy thriller marked Sean Connery's debut as 007. Can you name it?

"Dr. No," released in 1962, is the first film in the long-running James Bond film series. Starring Sean Connery in his first outing as the suave 007, "Dr. No" finds Bond battling a metal-handed madman bent on sabotaging a space launch.


Can you identify the 1964 Spaghetti Western that introduced Clint Eastwood as "the man with no name"?

"A Fistful of Dollars," directed by Sergio Leone, was Clint Eastwood's first starring role. Shot in Italy, the film launched the so-called Spaghetti Western genre into worldwide popularity. Although "A Fistful of Dollars" was released in Italy in 1964, it didn't reach the States until 1967.


Released the same year as Hitchcock's "Psycho," this British horror thriller is considered a forerunner to the slasher films of the 1970s and '80s. Can you name this film?

"Peeping Tom" is the story of Mark Lewis, a voyeuristic murderer who kills with a camera tripod. Emotionally damaged by his father who used him in psychological experiments, Mark films the last moments of his victims. Dismissed by critics on its release, the film is now considered a horror classic.


Vincent Price is a sadistic witch hunter in this 1968 horror film set during the English Civil War. Can you identify this grisly, historical shocker?

A cornerstone of the British folk horror subgenre, "The Conqueror Worm" (titled "Witchfinder General" in England), stars Vincent Price as legendary witch hunter Matthew Hopkins. Price, best known for his arch and broadly villainous roles, tackles his part with a sense of genuine sadism and menace.


This 1961 musical starring Natalie Wood won ten Academy Awards. Can you name this "Cool" movie?

"West Side Story" is a 1961 musical based loosely on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." Set in Cuban Harlem, the film is set against a backdrop of a conflict between rival gangs — the Sharks and the Jets. To this day, it holds the record for the musical film with the most Academy Award wins.


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