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The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s

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List RulesVote up your favorite film comedies that were released in the 1960s.

The 1960s was a great decade for comedy. With the counterculture flourishing, the Cold War looming, and tensions in Vietnam heightening, Hollywood responded with a catalogue of funny films that commented on the dynamic shifts in society.

What are the best ‘60s comedy movies? Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb might top your list. The black comedic satire, starring comedy legend Peter Sellers playing multiple roles, was directed by Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick created several iconic moments in the film that have become part of the pop culture lexicon, including Major Kong, played by character actor Slim Pickens, riding a nuclear bomb like a rodeo bull.

On this list of the greatest ‘60s comedy movies, you will also find such classics as The Producers, The Odd Couple, and My Fair Lady. Vote up the best 1960s comedy movies below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World1

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy


    Directed byStanley Kramer

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by...  more

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  • The Odd Couple2

    The Odd Couple

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau


    Directed byGene Saks

    The Odd Couple is a 1968 American black comedy film written by Neil Simon, based on his play...  more

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  • The Pink Panther3

    The Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale


    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama...  more

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  • Mary Poppins4

    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke


    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced...  more

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  • A Charlie Brown Christmas5

    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins


    Directed byBill Melendez

    A Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical animated television special based on the comic strip...  more

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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!6


    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is...  more

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  • The Great Race7

    The Great Race

    Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon


    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Great Race is a 1965 American slapstick comedy Technicolor film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony...  more

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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb8


    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as...  more

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  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown9

    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

    Lisa DeFaria, Christopher Shea


    Directed byBill Melendez

    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television...  more

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  • The Parent Trap10

    The Parent Trap

    Maureen O'Hara, John Mills


    Directed byDavid Swift

    The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian...  more

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  • Support Your Local Sheriff!11

    Support Your Local Sheriff!

    James Garner, Bruce Dern


    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Support Your Local Sheriff! is a 1969 American Technicolor comedic western film distributed by...  more

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  • The Producers12

    The Producers

    Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars


    Directed byMel Brooks

    The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel...  more

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  • The Jungle Book13

    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders


    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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    The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired...  more

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  • A Shot in the Dark14

    A Shot in the Dark

    Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer


    Directed byBlake Edwards

    A Shot in the Dark is a 1964 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and is the second...  more

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  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang15

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke


    Directed byKen Hughes

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel...  more

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  • Father Goose16

    Father Goose

    Cary Grant, Leslie Caron


    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Father Goose is a 1964 romantic comedy film set in WWII, starring Cary Grant, Leslie Caron and...  more
  • The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming17


    Directed byNorman Jewison

    The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming is a 1966 American comedy film directed by...  more

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  • My Fair Lady18

    My Fair Lady

    Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison


    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical...  more

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  • Charade19


    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant


    Directed byStanley Donen

    Charade is a 1963 Technicolor American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen,...  more

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  • Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines20


    Directed byKen Annakin

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  • The Apartment21

    The Apartment

    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon


    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder,...  more

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  • Cat Ballou22

    Cat Ballou

    Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole


    Directed byElliot Silverstein

    Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy Western film, the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to...  more

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  • How to Steal a Million23

    How to Steal a Million

    Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole


    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    This film is a 1966 comedy film, directed by William Wyler and starring Audrey Hepburn, Peter...  more
  • The Music Man24

    The Music Man

    Ron Howard, Shirley Jones


    Directed byMorton DaCosta

    The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones...  more
  • A Hard Day's Night25

    A Hard Day's Night

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon


    Directed byRichard Lester

    A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester...  more

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