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30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic

Updated January 26, 2020 1.6k votes 275 voters 25.0k 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 Can is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Catch Me If You Can

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Peggy Sue Got Married is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Peggy Sue Got Married

    Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey

    Released1986

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Girl, Interrupted

    Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder

    Released1999

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    The Help is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    The Help

    Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain

    Released2011

    Directed byTate Taylor

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    Moonrise Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Moonrise Kingdom

    Bruce Willis, Bill Murray

    Released2012

    Directed byWes Anderson

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    National Lampoon's Animal  is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    National Lampoon's Animal House

    Kevin Bacon, John Belushi

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    That Thing You Do! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    That Thing You Do!

    Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks

    Released1996

    Directed byTom Hanks

    That Thing You Do! is a 1996 American musical comedy drama film written, directed by, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Ray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Ray

    Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx

    Released2004

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

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    Austin Powers: International M is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

    Elizabeth Hurley, Will Ferrell

    Released1997

    Directed byJay Roach

    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 American action comedy film and the... more on Wikipedia
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    Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Hitchcock

    Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel

    Released2012

    Directed bySacha Gervasi

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    Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Saving Mr. Banks

    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell

    Released2013

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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    Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Hairspray

    Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Waters

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    Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Brokeback Mountain

    Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2005

    Directed byAng Lee

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    Down with Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Down with Love

    Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger

    Released2003

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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    Lenny is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Lenny

    Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine

    Released1974

    Directed byBob Fosse

    Lenny is a 1974 American biographical film about the comedian Lenny Bruce, starring Dustin... more on Wikipedia
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    The Doors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Good Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    The Good Shepherd

    Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro

    Released2006

    Directed byRobert De Niro

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    Mermaids is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Mermaids

    Cher, Christina Ricci

    Released1990

    Directed byRichard Benjamin

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    Doubt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Doubt

    Amy Adams, Meryl Streep

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Patrick Shanley

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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt

    Released2019

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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    Across the Universe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Across the Universe

    Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2007

    Directed byJulie Taymor

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    Jersey Boys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Jersey Boys

    Christopher Walken, Francesca Eastwood

    Released2014

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    A Single Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    A Single Man

    Julianne Moore, Jon Hamm

    Released2009

    Directed byTom Ford

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    The Rum Diary is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    The Rum Diary

    Johnny Depp, Amber Heard

    Released2011

    Directed byBruce Robinson

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    Green Book is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 30+ Great Period Films with a 1960s Aesthetic
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    Green Book

    Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

    Released2018

    Directed byPeter Farrelly

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