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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. 

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  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World1
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    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1963

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • The Odd Couple2
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    The Odd Couple

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

    Released1968

    Directed byGene Saks

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

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  • The Pink Panther3
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    The Pink Panther

    Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1963

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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

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  • Mary Poppins4
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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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

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  • A Charlie Brown Christmas5
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    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Bill Melendez, Peter Robbins

    Released1965

    Directed byBill Melendez

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

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  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!6
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    Released1966

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is... more on Wikipedia
  • The Great Race7
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    The Great Race

    Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon

    Released1965

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Great Race is a 1965 American slapstick comedy Technicolor film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony... more on Wikipedia
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb8

    Released1964

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown9
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    It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

    Lisa DeFaria, Christopher Shea

    Released1966

    Directed byBill Melendez

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

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  • The Parent Trap10
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    The Parent Trap

    Maureen O'Hara, John Mills

    Released1961

    Directed byDavid Swift

    The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian... more on Wikipedia
  • Support Your Local Sheriff!11
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    Support Your Local Sheriff!

    James Garner, Bruce Dern

    Released1969

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

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

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  • The Jungle Book12
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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

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

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  • The Producers13
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    The Producers

    Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars

    Released1967

    Directed byMel Brooks

    The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel... more on Wikipedia
  • A Shot in the Dark14
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    A Shot in the Dark

    Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer

    Released1964

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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

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  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang15
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    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1968

    Directed byKen Hughes

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel... more on Wikipedia
  • Father Goose16
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    Father Goose

    Cary Grant, Leslie Caron

    Released1964

    Directed byRalph Nelson

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

    Released1966

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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

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  • My Fair Lady18
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    My Fair Lady

    Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison

    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

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

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  • Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines19

    Released1965

    Directed byKen Annakin

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  • Charade20
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    Charade

    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant

    Released1963

    Directed byStanley Donen

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

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  • The Apartment21
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    The Apartment

    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon

    Released1960

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder,... more on Wikipedia
  • Cat Ballou22
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    Cat Ballou

    Jane Fonda, Nat King Cole

    Released1965

    Directed byElliot Silverstein

    Cat Ballou is a 1965 comedy Western film, the story of a woman who hires a notorious gunman to... more on Wikipedia
  • How to Steal a Million23
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    How to Steal a Million

    Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole

    Released1966

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

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

    Ron Howard, Shirley Jones

    Released1962

    Directed byMorton DaCosta

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

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    Released1964

    Directed byRichard Lester

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

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