The first James Bond movie, Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as 007 was released in 1962, in the same year as David Lean's classic epic Lawrence of Arabia.
Three years later David Lean released Doctor Zhivago.
In 1967 the Academy finally awarded Alfred Hitchcock an Oscar - for lifetime achievement.
The decade was marked by a series of films with a realistic and hard edge, such as A Taste of Honey (1961), A Kind of Loving (1962 ), Billy Liar (1963) and This Sporting Life (1963).
But despite such a strong line-up of films, cinema attendance collapsed in the decade, from 501 million in 1960 to 193 million in 1970.