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The Best Movies of the '60s

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The 1960s were a great period for film. Some of the best and most memorable movies in film history were made during this time. The '60s saw the overlap of many of the iconic film directors and stars from Hollywood's Golden Age along with some of the young upstarts who came to define the next generation of stars and powerbrokers.

The best movies of the '60s spanned many genres as well. Thrillers like Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate are considered classics as is Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. There were also musicals that were adopted to the big screen like West Side Story. If you are a fan of westerns, there plenty of great films in the genre made in the '60s. These tough guy movies, like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, introduced Clint Eastwood to the mainstream while Paul Newman and Robert Redford captured the hearts of audiences in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Movies like Midnight Cowboy and Easy Rider were gritty films that introduced Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson to the world. Hoffman was nominated for his role in The Graduate during the same decade. These films, which wouldn't even get made now, were actually popular movies of the 1960s.

The 1960s were a special period in film history and these are the decade's best movies. Vote for the movies you think are the best of the '60s and should be recognized as the best of the decade.
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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s

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    Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    The Good, the Bad & the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s

    the people's #1
    To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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    Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Cool Hand Luke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Cool Hand Luke Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy

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    The Birds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Birds Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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    Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Goldfinger Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Bonnie and Clyde is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Bonnie and Clyde Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder

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    The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Graduate Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

  10. 10
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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s

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    West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s

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    2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman

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    Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Planet of the Apes Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti

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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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    The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Pink Panther Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

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    Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Breakfast at Tiffany's is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Mel Blanc

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    The Apartment is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Apartment Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray

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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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    Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Doctor Zhivago Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness

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    The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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    A Fistful of Dollars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    A Fistful of Dollars Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

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    The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Hustler Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott

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    Olivia de Havilland, Gregory Peck, David Niven

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    Easy Rider is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Easy Rider Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda

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    Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Midnight Cowboy Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Bob Balaban

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    Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Magnificent Seven Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

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    For a Few Dollars More is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    For a Few Dollars More Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone

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    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy

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    The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Dirty Dozen Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

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    Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Once Upon a Time in the West Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    Judgment at Nuremberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Judgment at Nuremberg Judy Garland, William Shatner, Marlene Dietrich

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    Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Dr. No Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord

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    The Wild Bunch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Wild Bunch William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

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    Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Bullitt Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett

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    In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    In the Heat of the Night Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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    From Russia with Love is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    From Russia with Love Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi

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    8½ is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Barbara Steele

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    The Producers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Producers Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel

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    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal

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    What Ever Happened to Baby Jan... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worl... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton

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    MASH is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    MASH Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

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    The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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    12 Angry Men is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s

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    12 Angry Men Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb

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    Lolita is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s


    Lolita Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters

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    The Party is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Party Peter Sellers, Peter Falk, Gavin MacLeod

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