Total Nerd 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 2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more

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Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Barrie Ingham 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 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 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 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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Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno, Haruo Nakajima 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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Zia Mohyeddin, Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne 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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Basil Rathbone, Faith Domergue, Chris Brand Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet is a 1965 science fiction film directed by Curtis Harrington. The film is an American adapted and edited version of the Soviet science fiction movie Planeta Bur ...more

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Julian Glover, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir 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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Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata 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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John Ashley, Larry Tanner, Chet Davis 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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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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Lenny Bruce, Katherine Victor, Scott Peters Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Cape Canaveral Monsters is a 1960 science-fiction b-movie written and directed by Phil Tucker.

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Eduard von Winterstein, Yoko Tani, Lucyna Winnicka 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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Pia Zadora, Bill McCutcheon, Ned Wertimer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a 1964 science fiction comedy film that regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. It is regularly featured in the "bottom 100" list ...more

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Mamie Van Doren 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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Marilyn Hanold, James Karen, Lou Cutell Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster is a science fiction cult film, directed by Robert Gaffney and starring Marilyn Hanold, James Karen, and Lou Cutell. It was filmed in Florida and Puerto Rico ...more

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Invasion of the Star Creatures Anton von Stralen, Sid Kane, Dolores Reed Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Invasion of the Star Creatures is a 1962, science fiction/comedy film directed by Bruno VeSota and starring Bob Ball and Frankie Ray. It was released theatrically by American International ...more

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Jerry Lewis, Ellen Corby, Earl Holliman Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Visit to a Small Planet is a 1960 Paramount Pictures film starring Jerry Lewis and based on a play by Gore Vidal. The picture was released on February 4, 1960. Visit to a Small Planet debuted as ...more