Mod Essentials

by sheyenne | created - 07 Apr 2015 | updated - 07 Apr 2015 | Public

Films portraying the 60s London sub-culture known as mod movement

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1. Quadrophenia (1979)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music

79 Metascore

Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding and drugs, only to be disappointed.

Director: Franc Roddam | Stars: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Phil Davis, Mark Wingett

Votes: 16,077

2. A Hard Day's Night (1964)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

96 Metascore

Over two "typical" days in the life of The Beatles, the boys struggle to keep themselves and Sir Paul McCartney's mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live television performance.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr

Votes: 37,979 | Gross: $13.78M

3. Blow-Up (1966)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

82 Metascore

A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, John Castle

Votes: 52,518

4. The Touchables (1968)

R | 97 min | Drama

British rock star with a love-'em-and-leave-'em reputation. The tables are turned when four cute young girls kidnap the singer. After several days of sex and degradation, the poor fellow is rescued by his friends.

Director: Robert Freeman | Stars: Judy Huxtable, Ester Anderson, Kathy Simmonds, Monika Ringwald

Votes: 149

5. I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967)

97 min | Comedy, Drama

The professional and romantic misadventures of an advertising executive in 1960s swinging London.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Oliver Reed, Orson Welles, Carol White, Harry Andrews

Votes: 845

6. What's Good for the Goose (1969)

105 min | Comedy

A middle aged banker picks up two young free minded women on his way to a banker's convention and falls head over heels for one of them.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Norman Wisdom, Sally Geeson, Sarah Atkinson, Sally Bazely

Votes: 292

7. The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance

A married woman leaves her husband and zooms off on her motorcycle to see her lover.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Marianne Faithfull, Alain Delon, Roger Mutton, Marius Goring

Votes: 1,870

8. Georgy Girl (1966)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A homely but vivacious young woman dodges the amorous attentions of her father's middle-aged employer while striving to capture some of the glamorous life of her swinging London roommate.

Director: Silvio Narizzano | Stars: James Mason, Alan Bates, Lynn Redgrave, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 3,237

9. Morgan! (1966)

97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

After his wife leaves him for his former best friend, a failed London artist begins his descent into madness in trying to win her back.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: David Warner, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Stephens, Irene Handl

Votes: 1,567

10. Camille 2000 (1969)

R | 115 min | Drama, Romance

Sensuous Marguerite is addicted to sex and money. She is kept by a wealthy man, has a string of young lovers and hosts wild orgies in her luxurious villa.

Director: Radley Metzger | Stars: Danièle Gaubert, Nino Castelnuovo, Eleonora Rossi Drago, Roberto Bisacco

Votes: 580

11. We Are the Mods (2009)

80 min | Drama

Sadie's art is her photography. Nico's art is her life. Together they explore Britain's 60's mod culture of music, fashion, drugs and vintage scooters in contemporary Los Angeles.

Director: E.E. Cassidy | Stars: Melia Renee, Mary Elise Hayden, Lance Drake, Najarra Townsend

Votes: 225

12. Up the Junction (1968)

R | 119 min | Drama

Addresses some of the major 60s social issues - a bored rich London-girl from Chelsea decides to go "slumming" in depressed Battersea, getting a flat and starts factory-work and makes friends... of which one has to get an illegal abortion.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Suzy Kendall, Dennis Waterman, Maureen Lipman, Adrienne Posta

Votes: 573

13. Privilege (1967)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Steven Shorter is the ultimate British music star. His music is listened to by everyone from pre-teens to grandparents. He has no trace of public bad habits or drug involvement. Everyone in... See full summary »

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Paul Jones, Jean Shrimpton, Mark London, William Job

Votes: 1,004

14. Smashing Time (1967)

96 min | Comedy, Musical

Two young women arrive in London to make it big in show business, and become corrupted by money and fame in the process.

Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave, Michael York, Anna Quayle

Votes: 351 | Gross: $0.63M

15. To Sir, with Love (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

55 Metascore

Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End.

Director: James Clavell | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Judy Geeson, Christian Roberts, Suzy Kendall

Votes: 14,691 | Gross: $42.43M

16. Having a Wild Weekend (1965)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Music

Dinah is a model whose face appears in an ad campaign for meat. While shooting a TV commercial, she and Steve, one of the stunt men, run off together. The advertising executives use their ... See full summary »

Director: John Boorman | Stars: The Dave Clark Five, Barbara Ferris, David Lodge, Robin Bailey

Votes: 525

17. Mondo Mod (1967)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Music

A look at the "mod" culture of the, visiting the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, going from discotheques to dirt bike competitions, surfing, karate, go-carting, political protests and pot parties.

Director: Peter Perry Jr. | Stars: Humble Harve Miller, Midget Farrelly, Skipper Fats, Steve Gaines

Votes: 135

18. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy

This comedy / drama film follows the sexual exploits of teenager Jamie McGregor and the permissive society of the 60's.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Barry Evans, Judy Geeson, Angela Scoular, Sheila White

Votes: 580

19. Angel Baby (1968)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

Troubled by the fact that she is still a virgin and doesn't want her fiance to deflower her, a 19-year-old German teenager takes off to the big city for an operation.

Director: Marran Gosov | Stars: Gila von Weitershausen, Ulli Koch, Dieter Augustin, Gudrun Vöge

Votes: 54

20. Some People (1962)

93 min | Drama, Musical

The story of three teenaged tearaways Johnnie, Bill and Bert who find themselves at odds with society. Following a brush with the law they have a chance meeting with a local choirmaster who offers them a way of making good.

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Kenneth More, Ray Brooks, Anneke Wills, David Andrews

Votes: 214

21. Gonks Go Beat (1964)

90 min | Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi

Bizarre sixties fable resembling Romeo and Juliette, but instead of Montagues and Capulets, there are two musical communities, one who like rock and roll and one who like ballads, who ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hartford-Davis | Stars: Kenneth Connor, Terry Scott, Frank Thornton, Iain Gregory

Votes: 115

22. Ferry Cross the Mersey (1964)

G | 88 min | Musical

Gerry and Fred Marsden, Les McGuire, and Les "Chad" Chadwick portray themselves in a romp through the early 1960's Liverpool Beat Scene. Art students by day and musicians by night the boy's... See full summary »

Director: Jeremy Summers | Stars: Gerry Marsden, Freddie Marsden, Leslie Maguire, Les Chadwick

Votes: 135

23. Disk-O-Tek Holiday (1964)

63 min | Musical

Sam Costa, disc jockey, lying in bed operates the first push button hit parade in the history of science. This electronic device provides not only the performers, music, haggis, vitamin and pep pills but also a girl to go with them!

Directors: Douglas Hickox, Vincent Scarza | Stars: Jon Anderson, Tony Anderson, The Applejacks, The Bachelors

Votes: 24

24. Dateline Diamonds (1965)

73 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

An ex-con manages a top band in the UK, and he wants to re-enter the crime scene.

Director: Jeremy Summers | Stars: William Lucas, Kenneth Cope, George Mikell, Conrad Phillips

Votes: 87

25. The Cool Ones (1967)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy

A young, millionaire rock promoter decides to create a new boy/girl duo team for his teen TV dance show by teaming up an ambitious go-go dancer and a has-been pop star and presenting them to the public as a new romantic pair.

Director: Gene Nelson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Debbie Watson, Gil Peterson, Phil Harris

Votes: 242

26. The Big T.N.T. Show (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Music

Live performances by some of the top rock-and-roll acts of the mid 60s. Includes Ray Charles, The Byrds, Joan Baez, Ike and Tina Turner, Donovan, The Lovin' Spoonful, and several more.

Director: Larry Peerce | Stars: Joan Baez, Gene Clark, Mike Clarke, The Byrds

Votes: 162

27. Bronco Bullfrog (1970)

86 min | Drama

Del and his friends agree to take part in a robbery with a boy fresh from the borstal. When Del falls in love with Irene they decide to run away from their nagging parents - and the law.

Director: Barney Platts-Mills | Stars: Del Walker, Anne Gooding, Sam Shepherd, Roy Haywood

Votes: 255

28. Tonite Let's All Make Love in London (1967)

70 min | Documentary, Music

Peter Whitehead's disjointed Swinging London documentary, subtitled "A Pop Concerto," comprises a number of different "movements," each depicting a different theme underscored by music: A ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Whitehead | Stars: Alan Aldridge, Julie Christie, David Hockney, Andrew Loog Oldham

Votes: 261

29. Brighton Rock (2010)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Charts the headlong fall of Pinkie (Sam Riley), a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish.

Director: Rowan Joffe | Stars: Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough, Helen Mirren, John Hurt

Votes: 5,940

30. Young Birds Fly (2011)

103 min | Drama

A quirky coming of age tale about a teenager who gets involved in the Southern California Mod culture scene.

Director: Leonardo Flores | Stars: Tracy Mathewson, Saree Costa, Elizabeth J. Blanchard, Luke Barnett

Votes: 10

31. 30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968)

85 min | Comedy, Romance

Rupert Street, a piano player and composer, decides to write a musical and marry before he reaches his thirtieth birthday. One minor problem: he'll be 30 in six weeks...

Director: Joseph McGrath | Stars: Dudley Moore, Eddie Foy Jr., Suzy Kendall, John Bird

Votes: 170

32. 7 Golden Women Against Two 07: Treasure Hunt (1966)

90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Mark Davis, secret agent No. 07, is after a Nazi treasure hidden somewhere in the Mediterranean waters before the end of WW2. The key to the secret location is hidden in a Goya painting. ... See full summary »

Director: Vincenzo Cascino | Stars: Mickey Hargitay, Maria Vincent, Luciana Paoli, Patricia Méndez

Votes: 31

33. A Black Veil for Lisa (1968)

R | 95 min | Thriller

When a possessive narcotics detective strongly suspects that his young beautiful wife is cheating on him, he hires a professional hitman to bump her off. All the while trying to solve a string of strange murders.

Director: Massimo Dallamano | Stars: John Mills, Luciana Paluzzi, Robert Hoffmann, Renate Kasché

Votes: 370

34. The April Fools (1969)

M | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A married man enters his boss' apartment to sign papers for a promotion and finds a party of 200 instead. He doesn't fit in, leaves with a woman, spends all night with her, falls in love with her and finds out she's his boss' wife.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve, Peter Lawford, Jack Weston

Votes: 1,089 | Gross: $1.83M

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