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The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s 

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Updated July 10, 2020 7.2k votes 900 voters 44k views 62 items

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

Released: 1963

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

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 Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven

Released: 1963

Directed by: Blake Edwards

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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Herb Edelman

Released: 1968

Directed by: Gene Saks

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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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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

Released: 1965

Directed by: Blake Edwards

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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

Released: 1965

Directed by: Bill Melendez

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

Released: 1964

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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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

Released: 1966

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam

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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

Released: 1969

Directed by: Burt Kennedy

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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

Released: 1966

Directed by: Bill Melendez

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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

Released: 1967

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills

Released: 1961

Directed by: David Swift

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A Shot in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, George Sanders

Released: 1964

Directed by: Blake Edwards

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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel

Released: 1967

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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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

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ken Hughes

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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

Released: 1964

Directed by: Ralph Nelson

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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

Released: 1966

Directed by: Norman Jewison

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett

Released: 1964

Directed by: George Cukor

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Those Magnificent Men in... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
RobLein added Benny Hill, Red Skelton, Sarah Miles

Released: 1965

Directed by: Ken Annakin

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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The Apartment is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
RobLein added Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray

Released: 1960

Directed by: Billy Wilder

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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

Released: 1963

Directed by: Stanley Donen

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Cat Ballou is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole, Lee Marvin

Released: 1965

Directed by: Elliot Silverstein

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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comedy Movies of the 1960s
Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett

Released: 1962

Directed by: Morton DaCosta

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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

Released: 1964

Directed by: Richard Lester

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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

Released: 1966

Directed by: William Wyler

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