15. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
> Director: Robert Aldrich
> Starring: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy
> Domestic box office gross: $4.1 million — #56 highest out of 60 movies released in the 1960’s
In this haunting depiction of sibling rivalry and resentment, one sister tortures her wheelchair-bound sibling as she slowly loses her mind.
14. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
> Director: John Frankenheimer
> Starring: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury
> Domestic box office gross: $1.9 million — #57 highest out of 60 movies released in the 1960’s
This political thriller stars Frank Sinatra as Major Bennett Marco and asks whether a man could be brainwashed and forced to take action against his own nation.
13. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
> Director: Norman Jewison
> Starring: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant
> Domestic box office gross: $24.4 million — #29 highest out of 60 movies released in the 1960’s
This crime drama stars Sidney Poitier as a black police detective assigned to investigate the murder of a Northern industrialist who planned to bring factory employment to a Southern town. The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture.
12. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
> Director: Mike Nichols
> Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis
> Domestic box office gross: No data available
This adaptation of Edward Albee’s 1962 play takes place over the course of one grueling night, as one couple is dragged into the orbit of another and forced to watch them verbally tear each other to pieces.
11. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
> Director: Robert Mulligan
> Starring: Gregory Peck, John Megna, Frank Overton, Rosemary Murphy
> Domestic box office gross: $13.1 million — #37 highest out of 60 movies released in the 1960’s
Robert Mulligan’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s 1960 novel has become a definitive American film. Gregory Peck plays Atticus Finch, the morally unyielding lawyer who must defend a black man against a false rape charge in 1932 Alabama. The film won three Academy Awards, including a Best Actor win for Gregory Peck.