Mid-Sixties Black and White

by dexter57 | created - 21 Jan 2015 | updated - 08 May 2017 | Public

By the mid-sixties most Hollywood feature films were filmed in color. But, there were still certain films that were presented in black and white. These tended to be in the spy/political thriller/cold war genre, but there were also other types of black and white films being made. The list includes Hollywood productions, but I'm sure there were other B&W's being made in this era. These films have a different feel from the typical color films being made at the time. Check them out, you won't be disappointed.

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1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

97 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 418,994 | Gross: $0.28M

2. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use a young couple to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

Votes: 64,666

3. Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, History

The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as a roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400 to 1413.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud

Votes: 6,910 | Gross: $0.12M

4. Fail-Safe (1964)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

75 Metascore

American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted?

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 17,794

5. In Cold Blood (1967)

R | 134 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

89 Metascore

After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Paul Stewart

Votes: 22,258

6. The Train (1964)

Not Rated | 133 min | Thriller, War

In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon

Votes: 12,765 | Gross: $7.41M

7. Seven Days in May (1964)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, Ava Gardner

Votes: 11,592

8. The Hill (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Drama, War

81 Metascore

In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch

Votes: 11,159

9. Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

115 min | Crime, Drama

A medium and her husband stage a kidnapping in order for her to pretend to solve the crime and achieve fame.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Kim Stanley, Richard Attenborough, Margaret Lacey, Marie Burke

Votes: 5,366

10. The Pawnbroker (1964)

Approved | 116 min | Drama

A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters, Jaime Sánchez

Votes: 7,357

11. The Night of the Iguana (1964)

Approved | 125 min | Drama

A defrocked Episcopal clergyman leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon

Votes: 9,917

12. The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Richard Burton, Oskar Werner, Claire Bloom, Sam Wanamaker

Votes: 13,206

13. 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 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: 37,154 | Gross: $13.78M

14. Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Not Rated | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 11,602

15. Seconds (1966)

R | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

71 Metascore

An unhappy middle-aged banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity - one that comes with its own price.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Rock Hudson, Frank Campanella, John Randolph, Frances Reid

Votes: 14,389

16. The Best Man (1964)

Approved | 102 min | Drama

The 2 front runners for their party's presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless, vie for the former President's endorsement.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Edie Adams, Margaret Leighton

Votes: 2,733

17. The Visit (1964)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

An unwed pregnant teenager is run out of town and years later she returns there as a rich woman, raising the town's expectations with her generosity, but she's only out for revenge.

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Quinn, Paolo Stoppa, Romolo Valli

Votes: 1,332

18. King Rat (1965)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, War

Fast-taking wheeler-dealer Corporal King (George Segal), in a Malaysian P.O.W. camp during World War II, uses bribery and larceny to take de facto control of the camp from his senior officers.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: George Segal, Tom Courtenay, James Fox, Patrick O'Neal

Votes: 3,737

19. The Bedford Incident (1965)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

An American destroyer Captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.

Director: James B. Harris | Stars: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam

Votes: 4,256

20. Mademoiselle (1966)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

In a French village, Manou is an Italian logger, virile, with a broad laugh. He can't say no to women's sexual invitations, and jealous villagers blame him for recent fires and a flood. He ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Ettore Manni, Keith Skinner, Umberto Orsini

Votes: 943

21. The Fortune Cookie (1966)

Approved | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

63 Metascore

A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich, Judi West

Votes: 11,510

22. Dead Ringer (1964)

Unrated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The working-class twin sister of a callous, wealthy woman impulsively murders her out of revenge and assumes her identity. But impersonating her dead twin is more complicated and risky than she anticipated.

Director: Paul Henreid | Stars: Bette Davis, Karl Malden, Peter Lawford, Philip Carey

Votes: 4,180

23. Mirage (1965)

Approved | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

An accountant suddenly suffers from amnesia. This appears related to the suicide of his boss. Now some violent thugs are out to get him. They work for a shadowy figure known simply as The Major.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau, Kevin McCarthy

Votes: 3,837

24. The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, War

68 Metascore

An American naval officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas, James Coburn

Votes: 4,418

25. The Naked Kiss (1964)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists, leaves her past, and finds solace in the town of Grantville. She meets Griff, the ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Karen Conrad, Marie Devereux

Votes: 6,215

26. The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

Film screenwriter Jake Armitage and his wife Jo Armitage live in London with six of Jo's eight children, with the two eldest boys at boarding school. The children are spread over Jo's three... See full summary »

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason, Janine Gray

Votes: 1,755

27. Rapture (1965)

104 min | Drama

Agnes, a lonely teenage girl, and her father befriend an escaped convict, named Joseph, who arrives at their farm in Brittany, France. When Joseph develops an attraction to Agnes, her father threatens to break up the union.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Gozzi, Dean Stockwell, Gunnel Lindblom

Votes: 643

28. In Harm's Way (1965)

Approved | 165 min | Drama, War

A Naval officer, reprimanded after Pearl Harbor, is later promoted to Rear Admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon

Votes: 7,399 | Gross: $4.20M

29. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier, Martita Hunt

Votes: 6,791

30. The Nanny (1965)

Unrated | 93 min | Thriller

There's just something not quite right when Bette Davis stars as an English nanny. And is her 10-year-old charge an emotionally disturbed murderer or just an insolent brat?

Director: Seth Holt | Stars: Bette Davis, Wendy Craig, Jill Bennett, James Villiers

Votes: 4,821

31. Dear Heart (1964)

Unrated | 114 min | Comedy, Family

Single and alone, Evie arrives in New York for the annual Postmasters' convention. Staying at her hotel is a womanising salesman newly promoted to his marketing department and trying to ... See full summary »

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Glenn Ford, Geraldine Page, Angela Lansbury, Michael Anderson Jr.

Votes: 1,171

32. The Leather Boys (1964)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

An immature teenager marries a young biker but becomes disenchanted with the realities of working class marriage and her husband's relationship with his best friend.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Colin Campbell, Dudley Sutton, Gladys Henson

Votes: 588

33. Ship of Fools (1965)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama, Romance, War

A varied group of passengers boarding a ship bound for pre-WWII Germany represents a microcosm of early 1930s society.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, José Ferrer, Lee Marvin

Votes: 4,718

34. Darling (1965)

TV-MA | 128 min | Drama, Romance

Beautiful, but amoral, model Diana Scott (Julie Christie) 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: 5,289

35. Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

Approved | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

63 Metascore

Jealous piano teacher Orville Spooner sends his beautiful wife, Zelda, away for the night while he tries to sell a song to famous nightclub singer Dino, who is stranded in town.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston, Felicia Farr

Votes: 6,402

36. Fate Is the Hunter (1964)

106 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

An airline executive refuses to believe that pilot error by his friend caused a fatal crash, and persists in looking for another reason.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Glenn Ford, Nancy Kwan, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette

Votes: 1,307

37. Who Killed Teddy Bear (1965)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In New York, a disco hostess is stalked by a sexual predator and she requests help from a vice squad detective who takes a personal interest in the case.

Director: Joseph Cates | Stars: Sal Mineo, Juliet Prowse, Jan Murray, Elaine Stritch

Votes: 500

38. Return from the Ashes (1965)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In Paris, a Polish gigolo marries a rich Jewish doctor and stands to inherit her estate when she is deported to Dachau by the Nazis.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Samantha Eggar, Ingrid Thulin, Herbert Lom

Votes: 700

39. Lilith (1964)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama

A war veteran gets work at a mental institution where he meets the beautiful, but eccentric, Lilith.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg, Peter Fonda, Kim Hunter

Votes: 2,156

40. Behold a Pale Horse (1964)

Approved | 118 min | Drama, War

Famous Spanish bandit Artiguez returns to his native Spanish village after 20 years in French exile but Spanish cop Vinolas is setting a trap for him.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Raymond Pellegrin

Votes: 1,622

41. Morituri (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A war pacifist is blackmailed to pose as an SS officer and to disable the scuttling explosives on freighter carrying rubber cargo to be captured by the Allies.

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin, Trevor Howard

Votes: 3,104

42. The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.

Directors: Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow | Stars: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 15,730

43. Girl with Green Eyes (1964)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Romance

In 1960s Dublin a young girl becomes involved with an older man, a much-travelled and still married land-owner.

Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Peter Finch, Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave, Marie Kean

Votes: 901

44. 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: 3,158

45. Lady in a Cage (1964)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A woman trapped in a home elevator is terrorized by a group of vicious hoodlums.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, James Caan, Jennifer Billingsley, Rafael Campos

Votes: 2,492

46. Is Paris Burning? (1966)

PG-13 | 173 min | Drama, History, War

The departure of the German Army from Paris in 1944.

Director: René Clément | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 3,497

47. It Happened Here (1965)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

In 1940, the Nazis invade Britain and transform it into a fascist state where some Britons collaborate and others resist. In 1944, an apolitical Irish nurse becomes a reluctant player in the fight between the two sides.

Directors: Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo | Stars: Pauline Murray, Sebastian Shaw, Bart Allison, Reginald Marsh

Votes: 937

48. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Comedy

65 Metascore

Three go-go dancers holding a young girl hostage come across a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert. After learning he's hiding a sum of cash around, the women start scheming on him.

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Tura Satana, Haji, Lori Williams, Ray Barlow

Votes: 12,786

49. Strait-Jacket (1964)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller