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30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic

Updated January 26, 2020 1.6k votes 321 voters 28.0k views46 items

The 1960s is one of the best settings for films because the decade marked a true change in America and around the world. The top 1960s period movies feature characters fighting for equal rights, coping with the horrors of the Vietnam War, and just trying to make it through the everyday struggles of middle-class life. This is a list of 1960s period movies featuring everything from Catch Me If You Can to Across the Universe to Girl, Interrupted.

What films will you find on this list of movies set in the 1960s? Maybe you'll vote Taking Woodstock to the top of the heap. Set at the most famous music festival of all time, a young man learns more about himself and the town which played host to the epic event. The Doors is another music-centric movie that represents the 1960s aesthetic. If you are looking for some sixties-era laughs, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery has you covered. Other good movies featured on this 1960s period movies list include Moonrise Kingdom, A Single Man, and Riding in Cars with Boys.

Which 1960s movie deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and add any notable titles that are missing.

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  • Catch Me If You Can1
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    Catch Me If You Can

    Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Moonrise Kingdom2
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    Moonrise Kingdom

    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

    Released2012

    Directed byWes Anderson

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  • Girl, Interrupted3
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    Girl, Interrupted

    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder

    Released1999

    Directed byJames Mangold

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  • The Help4
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    The Help

    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain

    Released2011

    Directed byTate Taylor

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  • That Thing You Do!5
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    That Thing You Do!

    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks

    Released1996

    Directed byTom Hanks

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  • National Lampoon's Animal House6
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    National Lampoon's Animal House

    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Landis

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  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery7
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    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

    Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell

    Released1997

    Directed byJay Roach

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  • Hitchcock8
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    Hitchcock

    Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel

    Released2012

    Directed bySacha Gervasi

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  • An Education9
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    An Education

    Emma Thompson, Carey Mulligan

    Released2009

    Directed byLone Scherfig

    An Education is a 2009 coming-of-age drama film, based on a memoir of the same name by British...  more

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  • Peggy Sue Got Married10
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    Peggy Sue Got Married

    Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey

    Released1986

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • Down with Love11
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    Down with Love

    Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger

    Released2003

    Directed byPeyton Reed

    Down with Love is a 2003 romantic comedy film. It was directed by Peyton Reed and stars Renée...  more

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  • Hairspray12
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    Hairspray

    Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Waters

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  • Doubt13
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    Doubt

    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Patrick Shanley

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  • Saving Mr. Banks14
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    Saving Mr. Banks

    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood15
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt

    Released2019

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • Brokeback Mountain16
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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

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  • The Doors17
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    The Doors

    Meg Ryan, Val Kilmer

    Released1991

    Directed byOliver Stone

    The Doors is a 1991 American biopic about the 1960-70s rock band of the same name which...  more

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  • The Good Shepherd18
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    The Good Shepherd

    Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro

    Released2006

    Directed byRobert De Niro

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  • Across the Universe19
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    Across the Universe

    Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2007

    Directed byJulie Taymor

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  • Jersey Boys20
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    Jersey Boys

    Christopher Walken, Francesca Eastwood

    Released2014

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • Dreamgirls21
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    Dreamgirls

    Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy

    Released2006

    Directed byBill Condon

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  • The Outsiders22
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    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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  • Lenny23
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    Lenny

    Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine

    Released1974

    Directed byBob Fosse

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  • Mermaids24
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    Mermaids

    Cher, Christina Ricci

    Released1990

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

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  • The Rum Diary25
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    The Rum Diary

    Johnny Depp, Amber Heard

    Released2011

    Directed byBruce Robinson

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