The best movies from the year 1966

List of the 10 best movies of the year 1966, order based on the average from the IMDB, TMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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ike Nichols’ film from Edward Albee's play brought new themes to the film industry. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton have never been more brilliant together as they portray an experienced married couple who love each other yet verbally attack one another when they see how boring their naïve newlywed guests have made their night.

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War and Peace: Part II - Natasha Rostova (Voyna i mir II: Natasha Rostova)
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War and Peace: Part II - Natasha Rostova (Voyna i mir II: Natasha Rostova)

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n the end of 1809, Natasha attends her first ball. Andrei falls in love with her and intends to marry her, but her father demands they wait. The prince travels abroad, and Natasha desperately longs for him. But she then meets Anatol Kuragin and forgets of Andrei. At the last minute, she regrets and abandons her plans to elope with Anatol. Bolkonsky hears of this and declares their betrothal is over. Pierre, trying to calm her down, suddenly announces he loves her.

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A Man's Face Shows His Personal History (Otokonokao wa rirekisho)
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A Man's Face Shows His Personal History (Otokonokao wa rirekisho)

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lso known as "History of a Man’s Face" and "By a Man's Face Shall You Know Him" . Immigrant gangs terrorize a Japanese town with their threats, loud jazz, and tasteless fashion sense, and only the tough but suave Dr. Amamiya (Ando) can stop them, as long as he gets rid of his silly peace-loving ideals.

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The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia di Algeri)
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The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia di Algeri)

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racing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in 1957. The film traces the rebels' struggle and the increasingly extreme measures taken by the French government to quell the revolt.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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itter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas things. The village is sure to have a sad Christmas this year.

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Andrei Rublev
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Andrei Rublev

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he life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.

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No Reason to Stay
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No Reason to Stay

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Au Hasard Balthazar (Au hasard Balthazar)
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Au Hasard Balthazar (Au hasard Balthazar)

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he sad life and death of Balthazar, a donkey, from an idyllic childhood surrounded by loving children, through adulthood as a downtrodden beast of burden. His life is paralleled with that of the girl who named him, and as she is humiliated by her sadistic lover, so he is beaten by his owner. But he finds a kind of peace when he is employed by an old miller who thinks he is a reincarnated saint.

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War and Peace (Voyna i mir)
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War and Peace (Voyna i mir)

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ight-hour epic based on the book of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. Two main story-lines are complex and intertwined. One is the love story of young Countess Natasha Rostova and Count Pierre Bezukhov, who is unhappy in his marriage. Another is the "Great Patriotic War" of 1812 against the invading Napoleon's Armies. The people of Russia from all classes of society stand up united against the enemy. The 500,000 strong Napoleon's army moves through Russia and causes much destruction culminating in the battle of Borodino. The Russian army has to retreat. Moscow is occupied, looted and burned down, but soon Napoleon loses control and has to flee. Both sides suffer tremendous losses in the war, and Russian society is left irrevocably changed.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo)
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo)

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hile the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.

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