swinging 60s, a list by BFI

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1. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

96 Metascore

Over two "typical" days in the life of The Beatles, the boys struggle to keep themselves and Sir Paul McCartney's mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live television performance.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 38,301 | Gross: $13.78M

2. The Knack... and How to Get It (1965)

Approved | 84 min | Comedy

Cool, sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanizing - with a long like of conquests to prove it - while the naïve, awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a piece... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford, Donal Donnelly

Votes: 2,788

3. Darling (1965)

TV-MA | 128 min | Drama, Romance

Beautiful but amoral model Diana Scott sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde, Laurence Harvey, José Luis de Vilallonga

Votes: 5,716

4. The Pleasure Girls (1965)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

A beautiful young girl arrives in London to pursue a modeling career, and finds herself caught up in the whole "swinging '60s" scene.

Director: Gerry O'Hara | Stars: Francesca Annis, Anneke Wills, Tony Tanner, Rosemary Nicols

Votes: 147

5. The Party's Over (1965)

94 min | Drama

An American businessman visits London and is horrified to discover his nubile teenage daughter has become involved with a gang of thuggish "beatniks". Her involvement leads to wild parties, sex, death and necrophilia.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Oliver Reed, Clifford David, Ann Lynn, Katherine Woodville

Votes: 543

6. Blow-Up (1966)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

82 Metascore

A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle

Votes: 53,232

7. Alfie (1966)

PG | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

An unrepentant ladies' man gradually begins to understand the consequences of his lifestyle.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin, Julia Foster

Votes: 12,962 | Gross: $18.87M

8. Morgan! (1966)

97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

After his wife leaves him for his former best friend, a failed London artist begins his descent into madness in trying to win her back.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: David Warner, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Stephens, Irene Handl

Votes: 1,575

9. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy

This comedy / drama film follows the sexual exploits of teenager Jamie McGregor and the permissive society of the 60's.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Barry Evans, Judy Geeson, Angela Scoular, Sheila White

Votes: 586

10. Joanna (1968)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A provincial girl is entangled in the mod morality of London.

Director: Michael Sarne | Stars: Geneviève Waïte, Christian Doermer, Calvin Lockhart, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 332

11. Performance (1970)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama

A violent gangster seeks refuge from the mob in the Bohemian home of a former rock star.

Directors: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg | Stars: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michèle Breton

Votes: 8,913 | Gross: $0.19M

12. Bedazzled (1967)

Approved | 103 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A hapless loser sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for seven wishes, but has trouble winning over the girl of his dreams.

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Eleanor Bron, Raquel Welch

Votes: 8,015

13. Smashing Time (1967)

96 min | Comedy, Musical

Two young women arrive in London to make it big in show business, and become corrupted by money and fame in the process.

Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave, Michael York, Anna Quayle

Votes: 356 | Gross: $0.63M

14. Deep End (1970)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

15-year-old dropout Mike takes a job at Newford Baths, where inappropriate sexual behaviour abounds, and becomes obsessed with his coworker Susan.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Jane Asher, John Moulder-Brown, Karl Michael Vogler, Christopher Sandford

Votes: 4,946

15. Privilege (1967)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in... See full summary »

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Paul Jones, Jean Shrimpton, Mark London, William Job

Votes: 1,013

16. Georgy Girl (1966)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A homely but vivacious young woman dodges the amorous attentions of her father's middle-aged employer while striving to capture some of the glamorous life of her swinging London roommate.

Director: Silvio Narizzano | Stars: James Mason, Alan Bates, Lynn Redgrave, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 3,269

17. I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

The professional and romantic misadventures of an advertising executive in 1960s swinging London.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Oliver Reed, Orson Welles, Carol White, Harry Andrews

Votes: 885

18. The Magic Christian (1969)

PG | 92 min | Comedy

Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers), the richest man in the world, adopts a homeless boy, Youngman (Sir Ringo Starr). Together, they set out to prove that anyone, and anything, can be bought with money.

Director: Joseph McGrath | Stars: Peter Sellers, Ringo Starr, Isabel Jeans, Caroline Blakiston

Votes: 2,944 | Gross: $0.69M

19. Up the Junction (1968)

R | 119 min | Drama

Addresses some of the major 60s social issues - a bored rich London-girl from Chelsea decides to go "slumming" in depressed Battersea, getting a flat and starts factory-work and makes friends... of which one has to get an illegal abortion.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Suzy Kendall, Dennis Waterman, Maureen Lipman, Adrienne Posta

Votes: 580

20. Having a Wild Weekend (1965)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Music

Dinah is a model whose face appears in an ad campaign for meat. While shooting a TV commercial, she and Steve, one of the stunt men, run off together. The advertising executives use their ... See full summary »

Director: John Boorman | Stars: The Dave Clark Five, Barbara Ferris, David Lodge, Robin Bailey

Votes: 539

21. Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967)

70 min | Documentary, Music

Peter Whitehead's disjointed Swinging London documentary, subtitled "A Pop Concerto," comprises a number of different "movements," each depicting a different theme underscored by music.

Director: Peter Whitehead | Stars: Alan Aldridge, Julie Christie, David Hockney, Andrew Loog Oldham

Votes: 264



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