These were the top 10 movies of 1966. How many have you seen?
Stage adaptations, Italian directors, Navy men and Western stars dominated the box office 50 years ago.
Half a century from now, will Jurassic World still be a talked about movie? The dinosaur adventure was the big hit of the 2015 box office, but history tells us that raking in the most dough does not always lead to immortality.
Take 1966 for instance. Characters that appeared on the silver screen fifty years ago like Batman and Alfie have returned to the box office in modern times. Yet neither Batman nor Alfie were among the top grossing films of 1966. Fantastic Voyage, The Endless Summer, Our Man Flint and Fahrenheit 451 failed to crack the top ten, too.
Here are the ten biggest flicks of 1966. How many of them have you seen?
1. The Bible: In the Beginning…
As the title suggests, this Old Testament movie was meant to have sequels covering the entire book, but they were never made. No worries — that story has been told in cinemas many times.
Author James A. Michener was the king of sagas written centered around a place — Texas, Caribbean, Alaska, etc. This epic with Max von Sydow tells the story of American missionaries on the Pacific Islands.
3. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Mike Nichols directed Liz Taylor in this incredible adaptation of the Edward Albee play. Stage drama and novels were the comic books of 1966 film.
4. The Sand Pebbles
Steve McQueen oozed cool — as usual — in this Navy tale set in 1920s China.
5. A Man for All Seasons
Another play adaptation, this Oscar-winner filmed Robert Bolt's stage classic about church and state in 16th-century England.
6. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Rawhide tough guy Clint Eastwood made this brilliant western with Italian master Sergio Leone. It is probably the most well-known film on this list, right down to that amazing Ennio Morricone music.
7. Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
Dick Van Dyke — who is coming to MeTV on February 8 with Diagnosis: Murder — starred in this Disney-fied retelling of the Daniel Defoe adventure novel. Though this version had more monkeys and golf.
8. The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
Alan Arkin, Carl Reiner and Eve Marie Saint headlined this comedy about a Russian sub that parks on the coast of New England.
9. Grand Prix
Before he chasing around in a Pontiac Firebird on The Rockford Files, James Garner starred in this Formula One film shot in 70mm Cinerama.
A film-school staple, Blow-Up proved that audiences in 1966 were hungrier for artier fare. It just edged out the seminal surfing documentary The Endless Summer to round out the top then. In 1981, Brian De Palma made his homage to this Michelangelo Antonioni classic with John Travolta, Blow Out.