The Best '60s Beach Movies

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Vote up your favorite beach films that were released in the 1960s.

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.

Vote up your favorite ‘60s beach movies, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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  • Beach Blanket Bingo
    1
    Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Paul Lynde
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: William Asher
  • Beach Party
    2
    Bob Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Frankie Avalon
    • Released: 1963
    • Directed by: William Asher
  • Muscle Beach Party
    3
    Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Don Rickles
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: William Asher
  • Bikini Beach
    4
    Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Martha Hyer
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: William Asher
  • Where the Boys Are
    5
    Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux
    • Released: 1960
    • Directed by: Henry Levin
  • Ride the Wild Surf
    6
    Fabian, Tab Hunter, Peter Brown
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Don Taylor
  • Pajama Party
    7
    Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Elsa Lanchester
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Don Weis
  • Clambake
    8
    Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins
    • Released: 1967
    • Directed by: Arthur H. Nadel
  • How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
    9
    Annette Funicello, Dwayne Hickman, Brian Donlevy
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: William Asher
  • Gidget
    10
    Yvonne Craig, Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Paul Wendkos
  • Operation Bikini
    11
    Tab Hunter, Frankie Avalon, Scott Brady
    • Released: 1963
    • Directed by: Anthony Carras
  • It's a Bikini World
    12
    Deborah Walley, Tommy Kirk, Bobby "Boris" Picket
    • Released: 1967
    • Directed by: Stephanie Rothman
  • Surf Party
    13
    Scott Walker, Bobby Vinton, Jackie DeShannon
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Maury Dexter
  • The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
    14
    Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley, Aron Kincaid
    • Released: 1966
    • Directed by: Don Weis
  • Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
    15
    Vincent Price, Frankie Avalon, Susan Hart
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: Norman Taurog
  • For Those Who Think Young
    16
    James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Paul Lynde
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
  • The Girls on the Beach
    17
    Lana Wood, Ahna Capri, Lori Saunders
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: William Witney
  • Wild on the Beach
    18
    Sherry Jackson, Frankie Randall
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: Maury Dexter
  • The Beach Girls and the Monster
    19
    Jon Hall, Walker Edmiston, Read Morgan
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: Jon Hall
  • The Horror of Party Beach
    20
    Eulabelle Moore, Agustin Mayor
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Del Tenney