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The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s 

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List Rules Vote 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. 
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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spencer Tracy with an all-star cast, about the madcap pursuit of $350,000 ...more

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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Herb Edelman
The Odd Couple is a 1968 American black comedy film written by Neil Simon, based on his play The Odd Couple, directed by Gene Saks, and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. It is the story ...more

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The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven
The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama directed by Blake Edwards and co-written by Edwards and Maurice Richlin, starring David Niven, Peter ...more

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester
Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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The Great Race is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis
The Great Race is a 1965 American slapstick comedy Technicolor film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood, directed by Blake Edwards, written by Blake Edwards and Arthur A. Ross, ...more

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A Charlie Brown Christma... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins, Geoffrey Ornstein
A Charlie Brown Christmas is a musical animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program ...more

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Dr. Strangelove or: How ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes fears of a nuclear ...more

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinc... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith
This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The Grinch trying to take away ...more

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Support Your Local Sheri... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
James Garner, Bruce Dern, Walter Brennan
Support Your Local Sheriff! is a 1969 American Technicolor comedic western film distributed by United Artists, directed by Burt Kennedy, written by William Bowers, and starring James Garner, ...more

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It's the Great Pumpkin, ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Lisa DeFaria, Christopher Shea, Bill Melendez
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. A Halloween special, it was the third ...more

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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A Shot in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders
A Shot in the Dark is a 1964 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and is the second installment in The Pink Panther series. Peter Sellers is featured again as Inspector Jacques Clouseau of the ...more

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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel
The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel Brooks. The film is set in the late 1960s and it tells the story of a theatrical producer and an ...more

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills
The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith in a story about teenage twins on a quest to reunite their divorced parents. The screenplay by ...more

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The film's script is by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes and its ...more

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Father Goose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard
Father Goose is a 1964 romantic comedy film set in WWII, starring Cary Grant, Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard. The title derives from "Mother Goose", the codename assigned to Grant's ...more
17
The Russians Are Coming,... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Carl Reiner, Alan Arkin, Eva Marie Saint
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming is a 1966 American comedy film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on the Nathaniel Benchley novel The Off-Islanders, and was adapted for the ...more

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Those Magnificent Men in... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
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Benny Hill, Red Skelton, Sarah Miles
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines; Or, How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes is a 1965 British comedy film starring Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, Robert Morley, ...more
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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett
My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more

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The Apartment is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
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Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray
The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. It was Wilder's next movie after Some ...more

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Charade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn
Charade is a 1963 Technicolor American romantic comedy/mystery film directed by Stanley Donen, written by Peter Stone and Marc Behm, and starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. The cast also ...more

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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett
The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. The film is based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith ...more

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A Funny Thing Happened o... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Buster Keaton, Jon Pertwee, Michael Crawford
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a 1966 farce musical comedy film, based on the stage musical of the same name. It was inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright ...more

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A Hard Day's Night is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison
A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the ...more

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How to Steal a Million ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach
This film is a 1966 comedy film, directed by William Wyler and starring Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach and Hugh Griffith. The picture is set and was filmed in France, though the ...more