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1. Z (1969)

M/PG | 127 min | Crime, Drama, History

Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, François Périer

Votes: 22,426 | Gross: $0.08M

1001 Criterion Channel

2. Army of Shadows (1969)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, War

99 Metascore

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret

Votes: 19,119 | Gross: $0.74M

Criterion Channel

3. The Cow (1969)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

An old villager deeply in love with his cow goes to the capital for a while. While he's there, the cow dies and now the villagers are afraid of his possible reaction to it when he returns.

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Ezzatolah Entezami, Mahin Shahabi, Ali Nassirian, Jamshid Mashayekhi

Votes: 5,842

Amazon Instant

4. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 195,094 | Gross: $102.31M

1001

5. The Cremator (1969)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world.

Director: Juraj Herz | Stars: Rudolf Hrusínský, Vlasta Chramostová, Jana Stehnová, Milos Vognic

Votes: 6,485

TSZDT Criterion Channel

6. My Night at Maud's (1969)

GP | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The rigid principles of a devout Catholic man are challenged during a one-night stay with Maud, a divorced woman with an outsize personality.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Françoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault, Antoine Vitez

Votes: 9,635

1001 Criterion Channel

7. The Wild Bunch (1969)

R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Western

97 Metascore

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 74,541 | Gross: $12.06M

1001 Netflix

8. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

M/PG | 129 min | Drama

72 Metascore

The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young

Votes: 15,387 | Gross: $12.60M

Netflix

9. Kes (1969)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Family

A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletcher, Lynne Perrie

Votes: 17,642

1001 Netflix

10. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

R | 113 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Votes: 95,738 | Gross: $44.79M

1001 Amazon Prime

11. Salesman (1969)

G | 91 min | Documentary, Drama

Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker, Raymond Martos

Votes: 4,391

Criterion Channel

12. The Color of Pomegranates (1969)

Not Rated | 79 min | Biography, Drama, History

A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images.

Director: Sergei Parajanov | Stars: Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan, Gogi Gegechkori

Votes: 8,061

1001 Criterion Channel

13. The Passion of Anna (1969)

R | 101 min | Drama

A recently divorced man meets an emotionally devastated widow and they begin a love affair.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow, Erland Josephson

Votes: 7,818

Criterion Channel

14. Bratya Karamazovy (1969)

232 min | Drama

Three brothers, one spiritual and living at a monastery, the other - a gambler, and the third - an intellectual, work out their problems in 19th century Russia.

Directors: Kirill Lavrov, Ivan Pyrev, Mikhail Ulyanov | Stars: Mikhail Ulyanov, Lionella Pyryeva, Kirill Lavrov, Andrey Myagkov

Votes: 608

YouTube

15. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance

A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable twelve-year-old charges with her over-romanticized world view.

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Maggie Smith, Gordon Jackson, Robert Stephens, Pamela Franklin

Votes: 8,082

YouTube

16. The Damned (1969)

R | 156 min | Drama, War

The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger

Votes: 7,040 | Gross: $0.63M

YouTube

17. Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee (1969)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

77 Metascore

He's the greatest fighter of all time. A sports icon that is loved throughout the world. A man driven by his ambition to be the best. Muhammad Ali is a name that to this day puts fear in ... See full summary »

Director: William Klein | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Angelo Dundee, Jack Nilon

Votes: 638 | Gross: $0.02M

YouTube

18. Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)

G | 92 min | Comedy, Romance, Western

In the old west, a man becomes a Sheriff just for the pay, figuring he can decamp if things get tough. In the end, he uses ingenuity instead.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan

Votes: 9,537

Netflix

19. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

PG | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History

King Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Catharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 6,392 | Gross: $2.07M

Netflix

20. The Milky Way (1969)

M/PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

Two drifters go on a pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Along the way, they hitchhike, beg for food, and face the Christian dogmas and heresies from different Ages.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Paul Frankeur, Laurent Terzieff, Alain Cuny, Edith Scob

Votes: 6,437

Criterion Channel

21. Hitokiri (1969)

140 min | Action, Drama, History

A destitute ronin allies himself with an established clan, but its ruthless leader tries to turn him into a mindless killer.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yukio Mishima, Yûjirô Ishihara

Votes: 906

YouTube

22. True Grit (1969)

G | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian Territory.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Jeremy Slate

Votes: 40,523 | Gross: $31.13M

Netflix

23. The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)

PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, War

During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village hide a million bottles from the Germans

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Virna Lisi, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 2,999 | Gross: $2.50M

Amazon Prime

24. The Sicilian Clan (1969)

GP | 122 min | Crime, Drama

A young, ambitious mobster plans an elaborate diamond heist while seducing the daughter of a ruthless mob patriarch as a determined police commissioner closes in on all of them.

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Irina Demick

Votes: 6,657 | Gross: $3.00M

YouTube rental

25. Easy Rider (1969)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Drama

86 Metascore

Through the open country and desert lands, two bikers head from L.A to New Orleans, and along the way, meet a man who bridges a counter-culture gap they are unaware of.

Director: Dennis Hopper | Stars: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza

Votes: 94,816 | Gross: $41.73M

Netflix

26. The Italian Job (1969)

G | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill, Raf Vallone

Votes: 39,151

Criterion Channel

27. Medium Cool (1969)

R | 111 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Director: Haskell Wexler | Stars: Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill

Votes: 3,640 | Gross: $1.48M

Netflix

28. Burn! (1969)

GP | 112 min | Action, Drama

72 Metascore

The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada in order to help improve the British sugar trade. Years later he is sent again to... See full summary »

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Marlon Brando, Evaristo Márquez, Renato Salvatori, Dana Ghia

Votes: 4,359 | Gross: $0.43M

YouTube

29. Take the Money and Run (1969)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

67 Metascore

The life and times of Virgil Starkwell, inept bank robber.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Janet Margolin, Marcel Hillaire, Jacquelyn Hyde

Votes: 27,029 | Gross: $0.72M

Netflix

30. Cactus Flower (1969)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Romance

67 Metascore

A dentist pretends to be married to avoid commitment, but when he falls for his girlfriend and proposes, he must recruit his lovelorn nurse to pose as his wife.

Director: Gene Saks | Stars: Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn, Jack Weston

Votes: 8,916 | Gross: $25.89M

YouTube rental

31. Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (1969)

R | 105 min | Action, Adventure

After defeating The Long-Armed Devil and his armies, our nubbed hero has been living in retirement as a farmer, but circumstances causes him to come out of retirement and take on The Eight ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Chiao Chiao, Chia Essie Lin, Feng Tien

Votes: 1,070

Amazon Prime

32. Hello, Dolly! (1969)

G | 146 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

51 Metascore

Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way.

Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew

Votes: 12,770 | Gross: $7.24M

Netflix

33. Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

G | 144 min | Comedy, Musical, War

The working-class Smiths change their initially sunny views on World War I after the three boys of the family witness the harsh reality of trench warfare.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Wendy Allnutt, Colin Farrell, Malcolm McFee, John Rae

Votes: 2,546 | Gross: $0.80M

Netflix

34. Mississippi Mermaid (1969)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A wealthy plantation owner is captivated by a mysterious woman with a shady past.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Nelly Borgeaud, Martine Ferrière

Votes: 5,436 | Gross: $0.03M

Amazon Instant

35. The Learning Tree (1969)

PG | 107 min | Drama

The story, set in Kansas during the 1920s, covers less than a year in the life of a black teenager, and documents the veritable deluge of events which force him into sudden manhood. The ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Kyle Johnson, Alex Clarke, Estelle Evans, Dana Elcar

Votes: 852

Amazon Instant

36. Antonio das Mortes (1969)

100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Period piece about a Brazil that is no more. This movie is the sequel to "God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun" (Deus e o diabo na terra do sol), and takes place 29 years after Antonio ... See full summary »

Director: Glauber Rocha | Stars: Maurício do Valle, Odete Lara, Othon Bastos, Hugo Carvana

Votes: 1,575

YouTube TSPDT

37. Battle of Britain (1969)

G | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the U.K.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Harry Andrews, Curd Jürgens

Votes: 19,838 | Gross: $4.36M

Amazon Prime

38. Sweet Charity (1969)

G | 149 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

53 Metascore

Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith despite endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis Jr.

Votes: 4,727 | Gross: $3.43M

Netflix

39. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

G | 155 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Petula Clark, Michael Redgrave, George Baker

Votes: 3,014 | Gross: $2.55M

Amazon Instant

40. The House That Screamed (1969)

GP | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A strict headmistress runs a secluded school for wayward girls in 19th century France, whose students are disappearing under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador | Stars: Lilli Palmer, Cristina Galbó, John Moulder-Brown, Maribel Martín

Votes: 2,618

TSZDT YouTube

41. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A light-hearted picture of middle-aged love and friendship.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon

Votes: 5,595 | Gross: $31.90M

Netflix

42. The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two students from neighboring colleges in upstate New York are swept up in a tragic romantic interlude calling for a maturity of vision beyond their experience of capabilities. Pookie Adams... See full summary »

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Wendell Burton, Tim McIntire, Anita Alberts

Votes: 1,767 | Gross: $13.98M

Amazon Instant

43. Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)

Not Rated | 99 min | Horror

After escaping from an insane asylum, a medical student assumes the identity of a mysterious dead man, who appeared to be his doppelganger, and gets lured to a sinister island ruled by a mad scientist and his malformed men.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Teruo Yoshida, Yukie Kagawa, Teruko Yumi, Mitsuko Aoi

Votes: 1,194

YouTube rental TSZDT

44. Topaz (1969)

PG | 143 min | Drama, Thriller

A French Intelligence Agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon, Karin Dor

Votes: 15,814 | Gross: $8.37M

Netflix

45. The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

G | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A cowboy named Tuck Kirby seeks fame and fortune by capturing an Allosaurus living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out to have an aversion to being shown in public.

Director: Jim O'Connolly | Stars: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 3,824

Amazon Instant

46. The Oblong Box (1969)

R | 96 min | Horror