Psycho: A woman embezzles a large amount of cash and checks into a motel where a psycho killer lurks. 1960 Alfred Hitchcock AFI's 100 Best Films.  108 min.

Ben Hur, A man vows revenge after his best friend sells him into slavery.  1960, Charlton Heston, best picture, actor, director, cinematography, and 7 other Academy Awards; 212 minutes

Spartacus: The fictionalized biography of the slave turned rebel of the Roman Empire.  4 Academy Awards, 1960. 

Breakfast at Tiffany's: A gold-digger chases money but is tempted by true love.  Nominated for best actress, 1961

Lawrence of Arabia: Assigned to be a liaison with Arab tribes during WWI, Lawrence instead leads them into battle.  1962, Seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, AFI's 100 Best Films. 

To Kill a Mockingbird: A young girl growing up in Alabama learns about racism and their creepy neighbor.  1962, Gregory Peck, Best Actor Oscar

Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bomb: a psycho general takes over an USAF base with plans to nuke the Russians.  Other psychos try to stop him.  1964.  AFI's 100 Best Films. 

West Side Story: Street gangs done as song and dance.  1961 152 minutes.  10 academy awards including best picture and best director

Guns of Navarone: a secret mission during World War II faces problems.  1961

My Fair Lady 1964

French New Wave
Dissatisfied with films made by the studio system, The auteur theory holds that the director is the "author" of his movies, with a personal signature visible from film to film.  They refused to shoot in studios. 

Artistic Choices resulting from filming on a tight budget.  Many of the French New Wave films were produced on tight budgets;
§often shot in a friend's apartment or yard, using the director's friends as the cast and crew.
§Directors were also forced to improvise with equipment
XXX(for example, using a shopping cart for tracking shots).
§Used portable equipment requiring little or no set up time, which gave their films
XXXa documentary style
§Recorded sounds directly on film
§Used film stock that required less light, using natural lighting instead of expensive
XXXand time-consuming artificial light

Other Artistic qualities:
§Filming techniques included fragmented, discontinuous editing, and long takes.
§Posed question in their films that are not necessarily answered in the end
§Used improvised dialogue
§Used rapid changes of scene, and shots that go beyond the common 180 axis.
§New Wave filmmakers sometimes reminded the views that they were watching a film,
XXXinstead of trying to get the viewer lost in the film.  They could do this by:
XXXXXX§Having an actor speak directly to the camera
XXXXXX§Allowing into the final film passersby that look at the camera. 
XXXXXX§Using impossible camera angles and edits

Films: 1960-64
1960 Psycho : listed in top 25 of AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; in top 25 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1960
Ben-Hur: listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; Academy Award Best Picture; Golden Globe Best Picture; between 100-199 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1960
The Apartment: listed between 51-100 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; Academy Award Best Picture; between 100-199 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1960
Cimarron; Academy Award Best Picture; unrated
1960
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning; On the list of British Film Institute's list of Best Films; unrated
1960
Spartacus; Golden Globe Best Picture; unrated
1961
Judgment at Nuremberg; between 100-199 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1961
Yojimbo; between 100-199 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1961
West Side Story : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; Academy Award Best Picture; unrated
1961
Guns of Navarone; Golden Globe Best Picture; unrated
1962
Lawrence of Arabia : listed in top 25 of AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; Academy Award Best Picture; Golden Globe Best Picture; On the list of British Film Institute's list of Best Films; between 26-50 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1962
To Kill a Mockingbird : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; between 50-100 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1962
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? between 200-250 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1963
The Great Escape; between 100-199 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1963
8 between 200-250 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1963
Tom Jones; Academy Award Best Picture; unrated
1963
The Servant; On the list of British Film Institute's list of Best Films; unrated
1963
Cardinal; Golden Globe Best Picture; unrated
1964
Dr. Strangelove : listed between 26-50 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; between 50-100 of IMDb's 250 best movies; unrated
1964
My Fair Lady : listed between 51-100 in AFI's 100 Greatest Films of all time; Academy Award Best Picture; unrated
1964
Zulu; On the list of British Film Institute's list of Best Films; unrated
1964
Becket; Golden Globe Best Picture; unrated