Top 10 movies of the 60s paired with psychedelic food

Being a gal of the the 70s, 80s and beyond, I can’t say I’m an expert in 60s films although I have seen my fair share. So I have to preface this list by telling you these are the top 10 movies of the 1960s that I’ve actually seen. I know there are amazing 60s movies out there, I just haven’t seen them yet. Let me know your favourites so I can check them out.

So, here they are – my top 10 movies of the 60s paired with psychodelic food

1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

This movie is epic, spanning space, nations and time. It’s based on a true story about Lieutenant T.E Lawrence who is sent to Arabia to fight the Turks in WWI but ends up joining the Arabs fighting for their land. He goes a bit crazy – too much sand up his nose – and gets rather confused before returning home, where things take a turn for the worst. This movie is fantabulastical! Lots of adventure, action and awesome acting! Check out my full review here: Lawrence of Arabia film matched with Bedouin food.

2. The Sound of Music (1965)

If you’ve been living in a cave for the past 20 plus years, you may not know this little film but for the rest of us we know it as the movie about the nun who sings and stops being a nun and becomes a nanny to a few naughty kiddies and a cold dad in Austria. She turns curtains into clothes, sings a few fine songs and warms the cockles of all their hearts, then they escape as war threatens their lives. It’s a brill film. Here’s my review: The Sound of Music movie matched with favourite Austrian food.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Small town Alabama, 1930s. Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch is a kid who lives with her brother, Jem and father Atticus (Gregory Peck) who is a lawyer. The kids love playing games, spying on town weirdo, ‘Boo’ Radley (Robert Duvall) – a loner. Atticus is appointed to defend a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. The town goes crazy and Scout and her family shocked at the treatment of this innocent man by a racist community. This is a classic movie based on a classic novel by Harper Lee. Check them both out!


They say if you remember the 60s you weren’t there, unless of course you were cooking up a storm for a fabulous party. This recipe was so popular at all kinds of gatherings in this decade. It’s Homemade French Onion Dip from Saveur. Gotta try this one.


Image: Saveur

4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Two words: Audrey Hepburn. This is one of her best films. Hepburn plays Holly Golightly – a society girl in New York City with a cast of colourful characters who simply adore her including Paul, her new neighbour who is a ‘writer’ and/or gigolo. Holly’s mysterious life is slowly unravelled by Paul who becomes obsessed with her, falling madly in love with the quirky gal. This is a funny, lovely, witty film – you will love it! Here’s the trailer:

5. The Great Escape (1963)

No one does war movies quite like they did in the 60s and this is an all-time classic movie starring the amazing Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough. It’s 1944 and these men have been captured by the Germans, kept in a new super-secure POW camp. Prisoners who have tried to escape a bazillion times are taken to this camp but the joke is on the Germans as these men plot the ultimate Great Escape! Have you seen it? It’s worth a watch.

6. Psycho (1960)

Oh how I love Hitchcock films and this would have to be one of his masterpieces. Marion Crane (Janet Leigh)  steals money from a Real Estate client and hits the road and decides to stay at the Bates Motel in the middle of nowhere to hide from the authorities but it’s here she encounters the weedy proprietor, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) who opens up to her about his mum and how she’s in an institution then things turn nasty. Back in Phoenix, Marion’s family starts getting worried and heads out to try and find her! Freaky, terrifying, incredible. Watch it!

Main meal:

In the 60s everyone went crazy for foreign food including curry which was always made with that funny yellow powder. Try this yummy recipe with your favourite 60s movie… Mango Chicken Curry from Eats Well with Others.

7. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967)

This is a great movie starring the lovely, amazing Sidney Poitier as John, an African-American man engaged to Joanna a white gal from an upper-middle class family. Thinking her parents (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) will be ‘cool’ with her marrying an African-American fella, she is shocked when they refuse to give their blessing. John’s parents arrive for dinner and they are shocked to see their son is betrothed to a white girl. It’s a fascinating movie about how American society handled mixed marriages in the 60s. Check it out.

8. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Another superb Sidney Poitier film about a murder in a small town in Sparta Mississippi. Homicide specialist Virgil Tibbs (Poitier) arrives to investigate, only to be suspected of the murder because he was black and hanging out in a dark place! When the chief realises the mistake, he does his darndest to help him out to catch the real killer. This is a great movie, with fabbo characters, mystery, served with a slice of American history. Check out my review here: In the Heat of the Night film matched with Southern food.

9. The Birds (1963)

No wonder I’m scared of those feathery fiends! This film is freaky, man. It doesn’t sound like it when you read the plot but Hitchcock, king of all thrillers, has taken birds and transformed them into monsters. Tippi Hedren (Melanie Griffith’s mum) stars as socialite Melanie Daniels who meets a fella in a bird shop and they start a relationship and Mel starts making friends here, there and everywhere. Then the birds start attacking and it’s life and death baby. This is classic Hitchcock, so if you haven’t seen it yet – please do!


The most important meal of the day… dessert! This tasty cake was super-popular in the fifties and sixties, so let’s make it for our top 10 movies of the 60s, shall we? It’s Pineapple Upside-Down Cake from The History Kitchen.

10. Oceans 11 (1960)

Nothing screams sixties like the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr etc) and this movie is all Rat Packed up! They’re all in it. A group of WWII vets get together to plan the ultimate robbery or should I say robberies – all on the same night; five casinos in total. This ambitious plan gets complicated as the plan is put into action. But it’s all good, all fun – adventure at its best. Here’s the trailer…

What’s your favourite movie from this crazy decade?

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