In the times-they-were-a-changin’ 1960s, the movies reflected America's enormous culture swings. From beach party escapism and effervescent musicals to dark political comedies and sophisticated adult dramas, the best films of the decade remain an incredible (and deeply entertaining) archive of that dynamic decade. Check out these divine dozen films — all streaming online — for the very best of the 1960s.
The Apartment (1960)
Billy Wilder's genius adult comedy (five Oscars in 1960 including best picture!) stars Jack Lemmon as an insurance clerk trying to succeed in business. When he loans his flat to big boss Fred MacMurray for extracurricular activities, the ambitious employee falls for his superior's mistress: sexy elevator operator Shirley MacLaine, now 86.
Alfred Hitchcock's classic remains as fresh and frightening as the day it was made. Sexually active secretary Janet Leigh embezzles some dough and drives off. When she stops for the night at the lonely Bates Motel, she meets the even lonelier proprietor (Anthony Perkins) and his bossy mother — and pays a hefty price for her dishonesty.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Stanley Kubrick's enduring comic masterpiece looks at the world on the edge of nuclear extinction — and laughs bitterly. Arguably the greatest anti-war movie of all time, the movie scrambles the great Peter Sellers in a triple role and George C. Scott as Gen. “Buck” Turgidson.
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
Life's a beach party with Mouseketeer Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, now 79, in this swinging ‘60s classic about young love in the sand and surf. The pair duet on the title song and “I Think You Think.” Star Avalon threw in the towel after this fifth of American International's classic beach flicks.