The Best 60s Monster Movies  

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The ‘60s may have been about free love, burning bras and dodging the draft, but for a whole lot of people it was about sitting in the dark watching some of the most creative monsters in history. On this list of the best 60s monster movies, you’ll find the film that started another genre completely – zombies! George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead wasn't just one of the best monster movies from the 1960s, but one of the most iconic and influential movies of all time.

The ‘60s also saw the continuation of the Godzilla brand, on this list of 60s monster films you’ll find King Kong vs. Godzilla, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Son of Godzilla and Godzilla’s Revenge. And don’t miss two comedic takes on the genre, Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killers and the animated Mad Monster Party

Enjoy this list of great monster movies from the '60s, vote up your favorites, and feel free to add any of your favorites that might be missing.

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Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata
King Kong vs. Godzilla is a 1962 crossover Japanese science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho Studios. Directed by Ishirō Honda with visual effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Tadao ...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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Haruo Nakajima, Kenji Sahara, Akira Kubo
Destroy All Monsters, released in Japan as Kaijū Sōshingeki, is a 1968 Japanese science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho. The ninth entry in the original Godzilla series, it stars Akira Kubo, ...more
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Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror film based on the Richard Matheson 1954 novel I Am Legend. The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and stars Vincent ...more
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Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata
Mothra is a 1961 kaiju/tokusatsu film from Toho Studios, directed by genre regular Ishirō Honda with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. It is the genre film debut of screenwriter Shinichi ...more
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George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent zombie horror film directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman. It premiered on October 1, 1968, and ...more
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Russ Tamblyn, Kumi Mizuno, Nobuo Nakamura
The War of the Gargantuas, released in Japan as Frankenstein's Monsters: Sanda versus Gaira, is a 1966 science fiction kaiju film. The film was co-produced between the Japanese company Toho, and ...more
Gorgo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 60s Monster Movies
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Gorgo is a 1961 British science fiction monster film directed by Eugène Lourié. The film focuses on Gorgo, an ancient sea monster brought back to London for exploitation but ...more
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Gamera is a Kaiju created by the Daiei Motion Picture Company and now owned by Kadokawa Pictures. The original 1965 Gamera was released to rival the success of Toho Studios' Godzilla during the ...more
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Akihiko Hirata, Haruo Nakajima, Kenji Sahara
Son of Godzilla, is a 1967 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda with special effects by Sadamasa Arikawa, the film starred Tadao Takashima, Akira Kubo, ...more
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Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt, Freda Jackson
The Brides of Dracula is a 1960 British Hammer Film Productions Horror film directed by Terence Fisher. It stars Peter Cushing as Van Helsing; David Peel as Baron Meinster, a disciple of Count ...more
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Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Arturo Dominici
Black Sunday is a 1960 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava, from a screenplay by Ennio de Concini, Mario Serandrei and Marcello Coscia. The film stars Barbara Steele, John ...more
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Paul Frees, Mie Hama, Hideyo Amamoto
King Kong Escapes, . Directed by Ishiro Honda and featuring special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred both American actors (such as Rhodes Reason and Linda Miller) alongside Japanese ...more
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Hideyo Amamoto, Akihiko Hirata, Kumi Mizuno
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘 Gojira, Ebira, Mosura Nankai no Daikettō) is a 1966 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda with special ...more
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Boris Karloff, Phyllis Diller, Ethel Ennis
Mad Monster Party is a 1967 American animated comedy film produced by Rankin/Bass Productions for Embassy Pictures. Although less well-known than Rankin/Bass' holiday specials, it has become a ...more
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Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir
Dracula: Prince of Darkness is a 1966 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher. The film was photographed in Techniscope by Michael Reed, designed by Bernard Robinson and scored by James ...more
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Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe, Duncan Lamont
The Evil of Frankenstein is a 1964 British Hammer Film Productions film directed by Freddie Francis. It stars Peter Cushing and New Zealand wrestler Kiwi Kingston. The film's version of the ...more
Dinosaurus! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 60s Monster Movies
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Dinosaurus! is a 1960 science fiction film directed by Irvin Yeaworth and produced by Jack H. Harris. The leading role was intended for Steve McQueen, who starred in The Blob two years earlier, ...more
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Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass
The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck is a 1967 comedy horror film directed by Roman Polanski, written by Gérard Brach and Polanski, produced by Gene ...more
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Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton
The Gorgon is a 1964 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Films. It stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Richard Pasco. The film was photographed by ...more
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Oliver Reed, Peter Sallis, Warren Mitchell
The Curse of the Werewolf is a British film based on the novel The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore. The film was made by the British film studio Hammer Film Productions and was shot at Bray ...more
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Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland, Peter Cushing
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors is a 1965 British horror film from Amicus Productions, directed by veteran horror director Freddie Francis, written by Milton Subotsky, and starring Peter Cushing ...more
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Christopher Lee, Nickolas Grace, Venetia Stevenson
A creepy classic! A young college student Nan Barlow visits the village of Whitewood, Massachusetts to do some research into New England witchcraft. Her tutor, Professor Alan Driscoll ...more
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John Carradine, Tura Satana, Rafael Campos
The Astro-Zombies ‒ sometimes known as The Astro Zombies, Space Zombies, and The Space Vampires ‒ is a 1968 science fiction horror film starring John Carradine, Wendell Corey and Tura Satana. It ...more