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The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite fantasy films that were released in the 1960s.

The best 1960s fantasy movies often incorporated some psychedelic style elements into their films. If you're looking for films about nannies who float through the sky, snowmen who come to life, and cars that fly, check out the best '60s fantasy movies.

Julie Andrews won an Oscar for her performance as Mary Poppins, a magical nanny who fixes everything with a spoon full of sugar, and uses an umbrella to travel. Also on this list of the best '60s fantasy films are the animated Frosty the Snowman, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Time Machine, and the Beatles' musical voyage Yellow Submarine. Vote up the top good fantasy movies from the 1960s, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.

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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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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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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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Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden
The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on December 25, 1963 by Buena Vista Distribution. The 18th film in ...more

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Frosty the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
June Foray, Paul Frees, Billy De Wolfe
Frosty the Snowman is an American animated Christmas family television special based on the song "Frosty the Snowman". The program, which first aired on December 7, 1969 on CBS, was ...more

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Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young
The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960 Metrocolor time travel science fiction film based on the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells in ...more

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Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees
The Absent-Minded Professor is a 1961 American film distributed by Walt Disney Productions based on the short story "A Situation of Gravity" by Samuel W. Taylor. The title character ...more

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Winnie the Pooh and the ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree is a 1966 film combining live-action and animation. It was released by The Walt Disney Company. Based on the first two chapters of the book Winnie-the-Pooh by ...more
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Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton, Nancy Kovack
Jason and the Argonauts is a 1963 British Columbia Pictures fantasy Greek Mythology feature film starring Todd Armstrong as the titular mythical Greek hero in a story about his quest for the ...more

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Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway
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Fantastic Voyage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison
Yellow Submarine is a 1968 British animated musical fantasy comedy film inspired by the music of the Beatles. The film was directed by animation producer George Dunning, and produced by United ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff
The Raven is a 1963 American independent B movie/horror-comedy film produced and directed by Roger Corman. The film stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff as a trio of rival ...more

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Barbara Eden, Tony Randall, Arthur O'Connell
7 Faces of Dr. Lao is a Metrocolor 1964 film adaptation of the 1935 fantasy novel The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney. It details the visit of a magical circus to a small town in the ...more

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Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg, Ugo Tognazzi
Barbarella is a 1968 French-Italian science fiction film based on Jean-Claude Forest's French Barbarella comics. The film stars Jane Fonda in the title role and was directed by Roger Vadim, who ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Frank Zappa, Ray Nitschke
Head is a 1968 American adventure comedy film musical starring television rock group The Monkees, and distributed by Columbia Pictures. Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson wrote and produced, and ...more
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Gila Golan, James Franciscus, Richard Carlson
The Valley of Gwangi is a 1969 American western-fantasy film directed by Jim O'Connolly and written by William Bast. It stars James Franciscus and, in their final film appearances, Richard ...more
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Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurō Tamba
Kwaidan is a 1964 Japanese anthology horror film directed by Masaki Kobayashi. It is based on stories from Lafcadio Hearn's collections of Japanese folk tales, mainly Kwaidan: Stories and ...more

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Sylva Koscina, Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo
Juliet of the Spirits is a 1965 Italian-French fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini and starring Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese, and Valeska Gert. ...more
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Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, released in Japan as San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no Kessen, is a 1964 Japanese crossover science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Ishirō ...more
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Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Leonard Rossiter
Billy Liar is a 1963 black and white CinemaScope film based on the novel by Keith Waterhouse. It was directed by John Schlesinger and stars Tom Courtenay as Billy and Julie Christie as Liz, one ...more
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Beata Tyszkiewicz, Elżbieta Czyżewska, Iga Cembrzyńska
The Saragossa Manuscript is a 1965 Polish film directed by Wojciech Has, based on the 1815 novel The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki. Set primarily in Spain, it tells a frame story ...more
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Hisashi Igawa, Kunie Tanaka, Hideo Kanze
Pitfall, a.k.a. The Pitfall and Kashi To Kodomo, is a 1962 Japanese film directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara, written by Kōbō Abe, with music by Toru Takemitsu. It was Teshigahara's first feature, ...more