60s Movies The Best '60s Beach Movies  

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In the 1960's, there was nothing more totally tubular than the top '60s beach movies. These bodacious films were light and carefree, and cast a summery vibe over the silver screen. Classic hits, such as Beach Blanket Bingo and Bikini Beach were funny, musical romps through an infinite world of summer and sun.


Many 1960s beach movies fell under the subgenre of beach party movies. American International Pictures (AIP) originated the genre of beach party movies with their surprisingly popular 1963 offering, 
Beach Party. These movies focused on teenage protagonists, with adults typically only showing up as villains, buffoons, and sometimes both. Teenage themes such as dancing, drag racing, surfing, and summer love were all explored. In addition to musical beach movies and party beach movies, the horror beach movie genre was also extremely popular. In The Horror of Party Beach, half-human, half-fish zombies menace an East Coast shore town.


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Bikini Beach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Stevie Wonder, Elizabeth Montgomery, Don Rickles
Bikini Beach is a 1964 American teen film directed by William Asher and starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. The film belongs to the beach party genre of movies, popular in the 1960s. ...more
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Beach Party is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Vincent Price, Annette Funicello, Yvette Vickers
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Beach Party was the first of several beach party films from American International Pictures aimed at a teen audience. This film is often credited with creating the beach party film genre.
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Muscle Beach Party is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Don Rickles, Annette Funicello, Peter Lorre
Muscle Beach Party is the second of seven beach party films produced by American International Pictures. It stars Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello and was directed by William Asher, who also ...more
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Beach Blanket Bingo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Don Rickles, Linda Evans, Annette Funicello
Beach Blanket Bingo is an American International Pictures beach party film, released in 1965 and was directed by William Asher. It is the fifth film in the beach party film series. The film ...more
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Where the Boys Are is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Connie Francis, Yvette Mimieux, Paula Prentiss
Where the Boys Are is an Metrocolor and CinemaScope American coming-of-age comedy film, written by George Wells based on the novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout, about four Midwestern ...more
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Back to the Beach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Susan Bertolini added O. J. Simpson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lori Loughlin
Back to the Beach is a 1987 comedy film starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, directed by Lyndall Hobbs. The original music score is composed by Steve Dorff. The film generated a total ...more
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Ride the Wild Surf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Barbara Eden, Shelley Fabares, Tab Hunter
Ride the Wild Surf is a romantic drama in the beach party style. It was filmed in 1963 and distributed in 1964. Unlike most films in the genre, it is known for its exceptional big wave surf ...more
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Pajama Party is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Teri Garr, Buster Keaton, Don Rickles
Pajama Party is a 1964 beach party film starring Tommy Kirk and Annette Funicello. This is the fourth in a series of seven beach films produced by American International Pictures. The other ...more
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Clambake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Elvis Presley, Robert Redford, Teri Garr
Clambake is a 1967 American musical film directed by Arthur H. Nadel and starring Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, and Bill Bixby. Written by Arthur Browne Jr., the film is about the heir to an ...more
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Ski Party is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
John Costa added James Brown, Annette Funicello, Yvonne Craig
Ski Party is a 1965 American comedy film directed by Alan Rafkin, and released by American International Pictures, starring Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman. Ski Party is part of the 1960s ...more
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How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Montgomery, Buster Keaton
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is a 1965 Pathécolor beach party film from American International Pictures. The sixth entry in a seven-film series, the movie features Mickey Rooney, Annette ...more
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Operation Bikini is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Susan Bertolini added William Shatner, Frankie Avalon, Jim Backus
Operation Bikini also released as The Seafighter is a film released in 1963 by American International Pictures. It was directed by Anthony Carras and starred Tab Hunter, Frankie Avalon, and ...more
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It's a Bikini World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley, Bobby Pickett
It's a Bikini World is an American musical comedy film released in 1967 starring Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley and Bobby "Boris" Pickett of "Monster Mash" fame. The film ...more
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Surf Party is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Scott Walker, Bobby Vinton, Jackie DeShannon
Surf Party is a 1964 beach party film directed by Maury Dexter. It is notable for the musical acts showcased onscreen, as well as for being the first direct imitation of AIP’s hit Beach Party, ...more
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The Ghost in the Invisible Bik... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Susan Bertolini added Boris Karloff, Nancy Sinatra, Basil Rathbone
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini is the seventh of the American International Pictures beach party films and was released in 1966. The entire film takes place in and around a haunted house with ...more
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Wild on the Beach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Wild on the Beach Sherry Jackson, Frankie Randall
Wild on the Beach is a 1965 beach party film directed by Maury Dexter. It is notable for the musical acts showcased onscreen, being the film debut of Sonny & Cher in particular. In addition, ...more
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Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Ma... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Susan Bertolini added Vincent Price, Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine is a 1965 American International Pictures comedy film directed by Norman Taurog and starring Vincent Price, Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, Susan Hart and ...more
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The Girls on the Beach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Lana Wood, Ahna Capri, Lori Saunders
The Girls on the Beach is a 1965 beach party movie. It features musical appearances by The Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, and The Crickets.
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For Those Who Think Young is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Tina Louise, Ellen Burstyn, Nancy Sinatra
For Those Who Think Young is a 1964 beach party film shot in Techniscope, directed by Leslie H. Martinson and featuring James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Paul Lynde, Tina Louise, Bob Denver, Nancy ...more
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Hot Summer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
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The Beach Girls and the Monste... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Jon Hall, Walker Edmiston, Read Morgan
The Beach Girls and the Monster is a horror and beach party film, released in 1965.
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The Horror of Party Beach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Beach Movies
Eulabelle Moore, Agustin Mayor
The Horror of Party Beach is a 1964 American horror film in the beach party genre, directed by B-movie maven Del Tenney, which Tenney himself described as "a take-off on beach parties and