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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

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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Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ken Hughes

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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Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith

Released: 1966

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam

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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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

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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Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden

Released: 1963

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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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Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

Released: 1960

Directed by: George Pal

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

Released: 1961

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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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Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton, Nancy Kovack

Released: 1963

Directed by: Don Chaffey

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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Winnie the Pooh and the ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway

Released: 1966

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

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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Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

Released: 1968

Directed by: George Dunning

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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Fantastic Voyage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
RobLein added Raquel Welch, James Brolin, Donald Pleasence

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

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, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff

Released: 1963

Directed by: Roger Corman

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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Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurō Tamba

Released: 1964

Directed by: Masaki Kobayashi

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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Barbara Eden, Tony Randall, Arthur O'Connell

Released: 1964

Directed by: George Pal

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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Sylva Koscina, Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo

Released: 1965

Directed by: Federico Fellini

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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Gila Golan, James Franciscus, Richard Carlson

Released: 1969

Directed by: Jim O'Connolly

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, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata

Released: 1964

Directed by: Ishirō Honda

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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Jack Nicholson, Frank Zappa, Ray Nitschke

Released: 1968

Directed by: Bob Rafelson

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Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Leonard Rossiter

Released: 1963

Directed by: John Schlesinger

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

Released: 1965

Directed by: Wojciech Jerzy Has

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

Released: 1962

Directed by: Hiroshi Teshigahara

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