15 Legendary Movies That Turned 50 This Year
Ah, the passage of time. One minute, it's your friend, and the next, it slaps you in the face. We're looking at 15 movies that came out a full 50 years ago — and damn, the list is surprising. While some of the movies do seem slightly ancient, others definitely don't feel like they're half a century old. Take a look at the list and weep silently.
You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice is only the fifth film in the Bond franchise. While you hear (and partially see) iconic villain Ernst Blofeld in two previous movies, this is the first time you fully see the head of SPECTRE.
Barefoot in the Park
This classic romantic comedy (written by genius playwright Neil Simon) stars Robert Redford and Jane Fonda as a recently married couple.
Don't Look Back
Yes, it's been 50 years since this documentary about Bob Dylan's 1965 UK tour was released.
The Taming of the Shrew
Ugh, how gorgeous is Elizabeth Taylor in this Shakespearean adaptation? This is one of 11 films she starred in with then-husband Richard Burton.
You didn't think the 1998 film with Eddie Murphy was the original Doctor Dolittle, did you? Rex Harrison first starred as the gifted veterinarian in 1967.
In Cold Blood
In 1966, Truman Capote published what would be one of his most notable works: In Cold Blood, a novel inspired by a set of four murders in rural Kansas. By the following year, a movie about the case was released.
Cool Hand Luke
Ever heard someone utter, "What we've got here is . . . failure to communicate"? This critically beloved film is where the phrase originated. Paul Newman scored nominations for Academy Awards and Golden Globes for his role as a mentally and physically tortured prisoner.
In the Heat of the Night
Sidney Poitier had a huge year in 1967. He starred in In the Heat of the Night, which won a number of Oscars, including best picture.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
. . . As well as starring in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, a drama that explores racial politics when a white woman brings her black fiancé to meet her parents.
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Julie Andrews is still thoroughly modern a half-century later.
Valley of the Dolls
The film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's novel is bold and somewhat disturbing by today's standards, so you can imagine how it went down with conservative audiences in 1967.
The Dirty Dozen
A classic WWII movie, The Dirty Dozen follows a major who is tasked with transforming criminals into commandos for a suicide mission. Sound familiar? David Ayer cited it as an inspiration for Suicide Squad.
Bonnie and Clyde
Faye Dunaway + Warren Beatty = movie GOLD. The crime drama was nominated for an astounding 10 Oscars and took home two.
The Jungle Book
Yep, 50 years. We don't even know what to do with ourselves.
While director Mike Nichols is the only one who took home an Oscar, nearly the entire cast of The Graduate was nominated. Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross swept the Globes thanks to their roles in this impeccably done film that expertly walks the line between comedy and drama.