If you were born in 1962...
The BIGGEST movie was The Longest Day, which grossed $39 million in the United States.
The Best Picture winner was Lawrence of Arabia, which also won Oscars for Best Director (David Lean), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, and Best Original Score.
But the best movie was Lawrence of Arabia. Movies don't get bigger -- and more worthy of an old fashioned, intermission breather -- than David Lean's two-part, shot-on-Super-70mm-film, World War I epic about British military officer T. E. Lawrence's keystone role in the Arab Revolt. Peter O'Toole's Shakespearean presence imbues even an extra-filled train attack with personal, beady-eyed fire.
If you were born in 1961...
The BIGGEST movie was West Side Story, which grossed $43.7 million in the United States.
The Best Picture winner was West Side Story, which also won Oscars for Best Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins), Best Supporting Actor (George Chakiris), Best Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno), Best Art Direction, Color, Best Cinematography, Color, Best Costume Design, Color, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture, and Best Sound.
But the best movie was West Side Story. Leonard Bernstein's jagged, colorful spin on Romeo & Juliet comes to jagged, colorful life through the most dynamic staging in movie musical history. Everyone got it right this year.