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The Best '60s Alien Movies 

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Aside from Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the best 60's alien films were usually a little bit more on the campy, cult-following side. There weren't many adventure-driven, terrifying space movies made in this decade, but most of the top films about aliens in the 1960s were designed to make you laugh out loud.
   

Featured below are the cult classics Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Dr. Who and the Daleks, Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster and They Came from Beyond Space. Each film is delightfully cheesy and campy in its own way. Writer Gore Vidal was responsible for the hilarious script behind Visit to a Small Planet, starring Jerry Lewis. Who knew outer space could be so funny?! 
 

Vote up the best '60s alien movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

Released: 1968

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Barrie Ingham

Released: 1965

Directed by: Gordon Flemyng

Dr. Who and the Daleks was the first of two Doctor Who films made by Amicus Productions in the 1960s. It was followed by Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. The film features Peter Cushing as Dr. ...more
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Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg, Ugo Tognazzi

Released: 1968

Directed by: Roger Vadim

Barbarella is a 1968 French-Italian science fiction film based on Jean-Claude Forest's French Barbarella comics. The film stars Jane Fonda in the title role and was directed by Roger Vadim, who ...more

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Howard Keel, Carole Ann Ford, Mervyn Johns

Released: 1962

Directed by: Freddie Francis, Steve Sekely

The Day of the Triffids is a 1962 British film based on the 1951 science fiction novel of the same name by John Wyndham. The picture was directed by Steve Sekely, and Howard Keel played the ...more

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Adam West, Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin

Released: 1964

Directed by: Byron Haskin

Robinson Crusoe on Mars is a 1964 independently made color Techniscope science fiction film distributed by Paramount Pictures that was produced by Aubrey Schenck, directed by Byron Haskin, and ...more

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Zia Mohyeddin, Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne

Released: 1967

Directed by: Freddie Francis

They Came from Beyond Space is a 1967 British science fiction film directed by Freddie Francis, written by Milton Subotsky and based on the book The Gods Hate Kansas by Joseph Millard. It was ...more
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Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata

Released: 1964

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, released in Japan as San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no Kessen, is a 1964 Japanese crossover science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Ishirō ...more
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Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno, Haruo Nakajima

Released: 1965

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

Invasion of Astro-Monster, known in Japan as Kaijū Daisensō, is a Japanese American science fiction kaiju film directed by Ishirō Honda and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. It is the ...more
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Julian Glover, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir

Released: 1967

Directed by: Roy Ward Baker

Quatermass and the Pit is a 1967 British science fiction horror film. Made by Hammer Film Productions it is a sequel to the earlier Hammer films The Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass 2. Like ...more
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Kurt Kruse added Larry Fine, Moe Howard, Nestor Paiva

Released: 1962

Directed by: Edward Bernds

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Released: 1968

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The film is an adapted version of Curtis Harrington's Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, ...more
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Vic Savage

Released: 1964

Directed by: Pete Schuermann, Vic Savage

The Creeping Terror is a 1964 horror/science fiction film, in which a slug-like monster terrorizes an American town after escaping from a crashed spaceship. The Creeping Terror is widely ...more
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Basil Rathbone, Faith Domergue, Chris Brand

Released: 1965

Directed by: Curtis Harrington, Pavel Klushantsev

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Pia Zadora, Bill McCutcheon, Ned Wertimer

Released: 1964

Directed by: Nicholas Webster

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Invasion of the Star Creatures Anton von Stralen, Sid Kane, Dolores Reed

Released: 1962

Directed by: Bruno Vesota

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Marilyn Hanold, James Karen, Lou Cutell

Released: 1965

Directed by: Robert Gaffney

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Lenny Bruce, Katherine Victor, Scott Peters

Released: 1960

Directed by: Phil Tucker

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John Ashley, Larry Tanner, Chet Davis

Released: 1965

Directed by: Larry Buchanan

The Eye Creatures is a 1965 science-fiction film about an invasion of an unnamed American countryside by a flying saucer and its silent, shambling alien occupants. While the military ineptly ...more
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Eduard von Winterstein, Yoko Tani, Lucyna Winnicka

Released: 1960

Directed by: Kurt Maetzig

First Spaceship on Venus, German: Der schweigende Stern, Polish: Milcząca Gwiazda, is a 1960 East German/Polish science fiction film directed by Kurt Maetzig and based on the novel The ...more
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Jerry Lewis, Ellen Corby, Earl Holliman

Released: 1960

Directed by: Norman Taurog

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