THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964)

Roger Corman and Vincent Price team up for a movie about rich people torturing peasants and partying during a plague.

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)

Sidney Poitier has to solve a murder in a small southern town that hates him. A great social movie but kind of a blah procedural.

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

A vast conspiracy is set to bring down the government, and only Frank Sinatra can stop it.

THE LEOPARD (1963)

I was floored by this Italian epic about the fall of the aristocracy, written by a prince and directed by a Marxist, starring, of all people, Burt Lancaster.

SPARTACUS (1960)

As epics of Roman battles go, Spartacus is the thinking-man’s version. It also helped break the Hollywood Blacklist.

THE APARTMENT (1960)

Winning performances set against stark corporate modernism highlight a fun comedy, albeit one with a surprising amount of attempted suicides.

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)

Maybe the most epic epic ever made, about a weird guy in the desert.