10. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
> Director: Stanley Kramer
> Starring: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich
> Domestic box office gross: $10.0 million — #45 highest out of 60 movies released in the 1960’s
Based on the Judges’ Trial of 1947, this courtroom drama tells the story of a military tribunal in which four German judges and jurists are tried for war crimes. The film won two Oscars.
9. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
> Director: John Ford
> Starring: James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, Lee Marvin
> Domestic box office gross: $8.0 million — #48 highest out of 60 movies released in the 1960’s
This classic Western drama is told mostly in flashback, as an esteemed U.S. senator returns to a small Western town to attend a funeral and reveals to a local newspaperman the truth about events of the past.
8. The Apartment (1960)
> Director: Billy Wilder
> Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston
> Domestic box office gross: $18.6 million — #33 highest out of 60 movies released in the 1960’s
In this story of one man’s willingness to do whatever it takes to get ahead, Jack Lemmon stars as an insurance clerk who loans his apartment out to a rotating group of company executives so they can have extramarital affairs. The film took home five of the ten Oscars for which it was nominated.
7. The Hustler (1961)
> Director: Robert Rossen
> Starring: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott
> Domestic box office gross: $7.6 million — #49 highest out of 60 movies released in the 1960’s
Paul Newman stars as a talented but reckless pool hustler whose mouth is too big for his own good. Finding himself with nowhere else to turn, he makes a decision that might cost him more than he’s willing to pay. The film won two Oscars.
6. The Great Escape (1963)
> Director: John Sturges
> Starring: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson
> Domestic box office gross: $11.7 million — #41 highest out of 60 movies released in the 1960’s
Steve McQueen stars in this based-on-a-true-story prison break masterpiece. A group of Allied prisoners of war are moved to a secure camp, from where they decide to plan a daring escape for themselves and their fellow prisoners — a 300 of them.