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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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    most listed
    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    the people's #1
    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

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    Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong

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    Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette

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    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, George Kennedy

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    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

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    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

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    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss

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    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

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    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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    James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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    Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Mel Blanc

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    ranked low on reranks
    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman

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    Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness

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    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

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    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh

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    Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti

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    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray

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    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

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    Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Bob Balaban

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    Olivia de Havilland, Gregory Peck, David Niven

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    Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy

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    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell

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    Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda

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    Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott

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    Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord

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    Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett

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    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

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    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

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    Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel

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    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal

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    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich

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    Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi

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

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    ranked low on reranks
    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan

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    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Barbara Steele

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    Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

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    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by slaft
    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Herb Edelman

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    Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers, Shelley Winters

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