60s The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s  

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The 1960s marked a monumental decade for the movies. The best Oscar-nominated 1960s movies make up a varied collection, ranging from big-budget musicals to small-scale dramas. But whatever the style or scope of the story, these Best Picture nominees and winners are considered some of the very best movies ever filmed. 

What beloved films will you find on this list of 1960s Oscar-winning movies? The Graduate did not win the Oscar in 1967, but the darkly comic coming-of-age story went down in history as one of the best films ever made. The film's star, Dustin Hoffman, seems to have the winning touch: the actor also appeared in Midnight Cowboy, which won Best Picture in 1969.

Academy voters loved musicals in the 1960s, with filmed adaptations of The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story all taking home the top prize throughout the decade. Other great films featured on this list of top 1960s Oscar-nominated movies include In the Heat of the NightThe Hustler, and Alfie.

Which of these Oscar-nominated 1960s films is the very best? That's up to you to decide. Vote your favorite movies to the top of the list by giving them a thumbs up.
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Bonnie and Clyde is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Bonnie and Clyde Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder - Nominated in 1967.

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman - Nominated in 1969.

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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
To Kill a Mockingbird Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom - Nominated in 1962.

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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
The Graduate Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss - Nominated in 1967.

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester - Nominated in 1964.

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy - Nominated in 1967.

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Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Doctor Zhivago Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness - Nominated in 1965.

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker - Won Best Picture in 1965.

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Judgment at Nuremberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Judgment at Nuremberg Judy Garland, William Shatner, Marlene Dietrich - Nominated in 1961.

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The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
The Hustler Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott - Nominated in 1961.

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness - Won Best Picture in 1962.

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Mutiny on the Bounty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Mutiny on the Bounty Clark Gable, David Niven, James Cagney - Nominated in 1962.

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A Man for All Seasons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
A Man for All Seasons John Hurt, Orson Welles, Vanessa Redgrave - Won Best Picture in 1966.

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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Cleopatra Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau - Nominated in 1963.

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
My Fair Lady Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett - Won Best Picture in 1964.

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott - Nominated in 1964.

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The Apartment is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
The Apartment Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray - Won Best Picture in 1960.

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin - Won Best Picture in 1961.

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The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton - Nominated in 1962.

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Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Midnight Cowboy Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Bob Balaban - Won Best Picture in 1969.

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
In the Heat of the Night Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant - Won Best Picture in 1967.

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Zorba the Greek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Zorba the Greek Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas - Nominated in 1964.

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal - Nominated in 1966.

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The Guns of Navarone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
The Guns of Navarone Olivia de Havilland, Gregory Peck, David Niven - Nominated in 1961.

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Lilies of the Field is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Lilies of the Field Sidney Poitier, Ralph Nelson, Lilia Skala - Nominated in 1963.

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The Sand Pebbles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
The Sand Pebbles Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough - Nominated in 1966.

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Becket is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Becket Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, John Gielgud - Nominated in 1964.

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The Sundowners is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
The Sundowners Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov - Nominated in 1960.

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Alfie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Alfie Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Denholm Elliott - Nominated in 1966.

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The Lion in Winter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
The Lion in Winter Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole - Nominated in 1968.

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Rachel, Rachel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Rachel, Rachel Joanne Woodward, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Estelle Parsons - Nominated in 1968.

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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Romeo and Juliet Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, John Barrymore - Nominated in 1968.

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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Tom Jones Albert Finney, Lynn Redgrave, Susannah York - Won Best Picture in 1963.

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Doctor Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Doctor Dolittle Richard Attenborough, Norm Macdonald, Rex Harrison - Nominated in 1967.

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Z is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Z Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand, Jacques Perrin - Nominated in 1969.

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Elmer Gantry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Elmer Gantry Burt Lancaster, Shirley Jones, Jean Simmons - Nominated in 1960.

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Anne of the Thousand Days is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Anne of the Thousand Days Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Anthony Quayle - Nominated in 1969.

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Fanny is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Fanny Leslie Caron, Charles Boyer, Maurice Chevalier - Nominated in 1961.

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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Oliver! Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith - Won Best Picture in 1968.

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A Thousand Clowns is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
A Thousand Clowns Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Barbara Harris - Nominated in 1965.

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The Russians Are Coming, the R... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Carl Reiner, Alan Arkin, Eva Marie Saint - Nominated in 1966.

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Darling is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Darling Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde, Laurence Harvey - Nominated in 1965.

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Ship of Fools is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Ship of Fools Vivien Leigh, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer - Nominated in 1965.

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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
The Music Man Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett - Nominated in 1962.

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Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Hello, Dolly! Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Walter Matthau - Nominated in 1969.

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Funny Girl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Funny Girl Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Anne Francis - Nominated in 1968.

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Sons and Lovers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Sons and Lovers Donald Pleasence, Dean Stockwell, Trevor Howard - Nominated in 1960.

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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
The Alamo John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon - Nominated in 1960.

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How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
How the West Was Won John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds - Nominated in 1963.

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America America is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
America America Lou Antonio, John Marley, Frank Wolff - Nominated in 1963.