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9 Groovy 60s Films to Watch ...

By Alison

60s film included some fab movies. As well as the serious variety, there were plenty of colourful and psychedelic 60s movies that encapsulated the free spirited decade and the changes that were occurring in society. So if you´ve missed out on 60s film, here are some groovy movies to watch …

1 Barbarella

BarbarellaPrice: $8.99 at amazon.com
Apparently, Jane Fonda is rather embarrassed about her appearance in this incredibly camp sci-fi classic. She was never going to win an Oscar for this one, that´s for sure, but if you´re in the mood for something camp, it´s just the thing. There´s no mistaking that it is a 60s film …

2 Head

HeadPrice: $18.99 at amazon.com
If you think you know the Monkees, then prepare for a shock. The band gleefully trashed their manufactured and squeaky-clean image in Head, a psychedelic collection of apparently disconnected scenes and songs. Very strange, but entertaining.

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3 Blow up

Blow upPrice: $11.98 at amazon.com
When you think of the Swinging Sixties, Blow Up is a film that captures the cool image of the decade. The story deals with a photographer who may have witnessed a murder, and features lots of terribly hip people doing terribly hip things.

4 Dr Strangelove

Dr StrangelovePrice: $10.99 at amazon.com
Of course, there were plenty of 60s movies about Cold War paranoia. Dr Strangelove, however, dealt with the subject with incredibly black humour. I won´t give away the ending, except to say that while it´s not exactly happy, the choice of music is hilariously inappropriate …

5 The Producers

The ProducersPrice: $14.49 at amazon.com
As is so often the case, here the original is best. If you haven´t seen either version, two Broadway producers scheme to make money by putting on a musical in such bad taste that it will completely fail. Except their plans go utterly wrong …

6 Easy Rider

Easy RiderPrice: $11.49 at amazon.com
Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson and cool bikes – everyone knows what Easy Rider is about. If you haven´t seen it yet, catch up with this classic 60s film and go on a road trip with the motorcycling trio.

7 Modesty Blaise

Modesty BlaisePrice: $12.86 at amazon.com
How to describe Modesty Blaise? Well, if James Bond, Austin Powers and a groovy Sixties chick were somehow merged in a laboratory experiment, you´d end up with something like this 60s film. The books are better, but the film is very much of its time- still quite entertaining though.

8 Alfie

AlfiePrice: $5.49 at amazon.com
Yet another the-original-was-best movie. Jude Law just couldn´t measure up to Michael Caine´s Alfie, and moving the location from London to New York was just plain wrong. Alfie was a London boy, that´s where he belonged, and so did the film.

9 The Italian Job

The Italian JobPrice: $21.21 at amazon.com
I did quite enjoy the remake on its own merits, but it really couldn´t compare to its cinematic parent. Of all the 60s movies, this is the one you shouldn´t miss. The remake was too slick, whereas this was just fun. All together now: ´You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors!´

There are so many 60s movies to watch, so here I´ve given you just a selection of the more entertaining and less serious ones. They might have been made long before you were born, but they´re still worth a couple of hours of your time. So grab some DVDs and go back to the Sixties. What´s your favourite 60s film?

Top Photo Credit: Chris Craymer

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