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The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s

Updated October 5, 2018 883 votes 180 voters 8.9k views23 items

List RulesVote 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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    The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    The Time Machine

    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor

    Released1960

    Directed byGeorge Pal

    The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960... more on Wikipedia

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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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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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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch  is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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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 Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Frosty the Snowman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    Frosty the Snowman

    June Foray, Paul Frees

    Released1969

    Directed byArthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

    Frosty the Snowman is an American animated Christmas family television special based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button

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    Jason and the Argonauts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    Jason and the Argonauts

    Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton

    Released1963

    Directed byDon Chaffey

    Jason and the Argonauts is a 1963 British Columbia Pictures fantasy Greek Mythology feature... more on Wikipedia

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    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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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
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    The Sword in the Stone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    The Sword in the Stone

    Alan Napier, Sebastian Cabot

    Released1963

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by... more on Wikipedia

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    Barbarella is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    Barbarella

    Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg

    Released1968

    Directed byRoger Vadim

    Barbarella is a 1968 French-Italian science fiction film based on Jean-Claude Forest's French... more on Wikipedia

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    Fantastic Voyage is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    Fantastic Voyage

    Raquel Welch, James Brolin

    Released1966

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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    The Absent-Minded Professor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    The Absent-Minded Professor

    Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn

    Released1961

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    The Absent-Minded Professor is a 1961 American film distributed by Walt Disney Productions... more on Wikipedia

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    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey  is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris

    Released1966

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree is a 1966 film combining live-action and animation. It was... more on Wikipedia
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    Yellow Submarine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    Yellow Submarine

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    Released1968

    Directed byGeorge Dunning

    Yellow Submarine is a 1968 British animated musical fantasy comedy film inspired by the music... more on Wikipedia

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    Winnie the Pooh and the Bluste is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris

    Released1968

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    Winnie the Pooh and his friends make their way through an especially windy day.
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    Head is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    Head

    Jack Nicholson, Frank Zappa

    Released1968

    Directed byBob Rafelson

    Head is a 1968 American adventure comedy film musical starring television rock group The... more on Wikipedia
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    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Mon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

    Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi

    Released1964

    Directed byIshirō Honda

    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, released in Japan as San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no... more on Wikipedia
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    The Raven is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    The Raven

    Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price

    Released1963

    Directed byRoger Corman

    The Raven is a 1963 American independent B movie/horror-comedy film produced and directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Billy Liar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    Billy Liar

    Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    Billy Liar is a 1963 black and white CinemaScope film based on the novel by Keith Waterhouse.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Saragossa Manuscript is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    The Saragossa Manuscript

    Beata Tyszkiewicz, Elżbieta Czyżewska

    Released1965

    Directed byWojciech Jerzy Has

    The Saragossa Manuscript is a 1965 Polish film directed by Wojciech Has, based on the 1815... more on Wikipedia
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    Kwaidan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    Kwaidan

    Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai

    Released1964

    Directed byMasaki Kobayashi

    Kwaidan is a 1964 Japanese anthology horror film directed by Masaki Kobayashi. It is based on... more on Wikipedia

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    7 Faces of Dr. Lao is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    7 Faces of Dr. Lao

    Barbara Eden, Tony Randall

    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Pal

    7 Faces of Dr. Lao is a Metrocolor 1964 film adaptation of the 1935 fantasy novel The Circus... more on Wikipedia
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    The Valley of Gwangi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    The Valley of Gwangi

    Gila Golan, James Franciscus

    Released1969

    Directed byJim O'Connolly

    The Valley of Gwangi is a 1969 American western-fantasy film directed by Jim O'Connolly and... more on Wikipedia
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    Juliet of the Spirits is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    Juliet of the Spirits

    Sylva Koscina, Giulietta Masina

    Released1965

    Directed byFederico Fellini

    Juliet of the Spirits is a 1965 Italian-French fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Federico... more on Wikipedia
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    Pitfall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies of the 1960s
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    Pitfall

    Hisashi Igawa, Kunie Tanaka

    Released1962

    Directed byHiroshi Teshigahara

    Pitfall, a.k.a. The Pitfall and Kashi To Kodomo, is a 1962 Japanese film directed by Hiroshi... more on Wikipedia
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