10 Essential Mod Movies

Considering the heavy cycles of biker movies, hippie trip flicks, and “Blaxpoitation” epics that took over drive-in screens and movie theaters around the world in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it’s a little surprising that the mods were so oddly underrepresented in cinema. But enough representations of the culture made their way into the movies for us to present this little primer of mod at the movies.

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Blow-Up

Upon its release in 1966, Village Voice film critic Andrew Sarris called Blow-Up “a mod masterpiece,” and that just about sums up the staying power of Michelangelo Antonioni’s surprise hit — it is widely regarded as the definitive, at-that-moment portrait of “swinging London,” circa mid-1960s. Inspired by iconic photographer David Bailey, Antonioni spins the tale of a seemingly soulless fashion photog whose hedonistic lifestyle is interrupted by an odd mystery and, perhaps, a murder.