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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

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ken Hughes

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Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith

Released: 1966

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam

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Frosty the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
June Foray, Paul Frees, Billy De Wolfe

Released: 1969

Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

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Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden

Released: 1963

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

Released: 1960

Directed by: George Pal

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Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

Released: 1961

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton, Nancy Kovack

Released: 1963

Directed by: Don Chaffey

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Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway

Released: 1966

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

Released: 1968

Directed by: George Dunning

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Released: 1966

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

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Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway

Released: 1968

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg, Ugo Tognazzi

Released: 1968

Directed by: Roger Vadim

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Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff

Released: 1963

Directed by: Roger Corman

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Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurō Tamba

Released: 1964

Directed by: Masaki Kobayashi

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Barbara Eden, Tony Randall, Arthur O'Connell

Released: 1964

Directed by: George Pal

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Sylva Koscina, Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo

Released: 1965

Directed by: Federico Fellini

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Gila Golan, James Franciscus, Richard Carlson

Released: 1969

Directed by: Jim O'Connolly

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Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata

Released: 1964

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

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Jack Nicholson, Frank Zappa, Ray Nitschke

Released: 1968

Directed by: Bob Rafelson

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Released: 1963

Directed by: John Schlesinger

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Beata Tyszkiewicz, Elżbieta Czyżewska, Iga Cembrzyńska

Released: 1965

Directed by: Wojciech Jerzy Has

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Hisashi Igawa, Kunie Tanaka, Hideo Kanze

Released: 1962

Directed by: Hiroshi Teshigahara

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