60s The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies  

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

This list of the top ‘60s psychedelic movies features some known classics, as well as some under-the-radar cult favorites. The emerging 1960s counterculture, with its core tenets of free love and lots of drugs, began to pervade popular culture in the 1960s. Films such as The Trip and Mondo Mod contained graphic sex scenes and wild, terrifying portrayals of LSD and mushroom trips. These exploitation films stood side-by-side with critically acclaimed works like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey; the story of a nightmarish journey to the depths of technological progress.

Also on this list, you’ll find The Beatles's Yellow Submarine from 1968, which took viewers on an animated ride through time and space and showcased the Fab Four’s catalog of groovy tunes.


Whether it’s the sexploitation set in space of
Barbarella, or the tumultuous culture clash in Easy Rider, psychedelic drugs played an outsized role in the films of the 1960s. There are so many good ‘60s psychedelic movies to choose from, so vote up your favorites!
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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop 2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more

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Yellow Submarine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Yellow Submarine 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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Barbarella is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Barbarella 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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Easy Rider is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Easy Rider Easy Rider is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by James Benning.

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Head is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Head 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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The Trip is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
The Trip Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda The Trip is a counterculture-era cult film released by American International Pictures, directed by Roger Corman, written by Jack Nicholson, and shot on location in and around Los Angeles, ...more

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Magical Mystery Tour is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Magical Mystery Tour Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison Magical Mystery Tour is a 52-minute long British television film starring the Beatles which originally aired on BBC1 on Boxing Day, 26 December 1967. Upon its initial showing, the film was ...more

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Carnival of Souls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Carnival of Souls Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey, Candace Hilligoss Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Carnival of Souls is a 1962 independent horror film starring Candace Hilligoss. Produced and directed by Herk Harvey for an estimated $33,000, the film did not gain widespread attention when ...more

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Wonderwall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Wonderwall Jane Birkin, Anita Pallenberg, Irene Handl Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Wonderwall is a 1968 film by first-time director Joe Massot that stars Jane Birkin, Jack MacGowran, and Iain Quarrier, and features Richard Wattis and Irene Handl, and a cameo by Dutch ...more

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Dog Star Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Dog Star Man Stan Brakhage, Mary Jane Collom Dog Star Man is a series of short experimental films, all directed by Stan Brakhage: Prelude: Dog Star Man Dog Star Man: Part I Dog Star Man: Part II Dog Star Man: Part III Dog Star Man: Part IV ...more

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Psych-Out is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Psych-Out Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Garry Marshall Psych-Out is a counterculture-era feature film about hippies, psychedelic music, and recreational drugs, produced and released by American International Pictures. Originally scripted as The Love ...more

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Alice's Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Alice's Restaurant Pete Seeger, M. Emmet Walsh, Arlo Guthrie Alice's Restaurant is a 1969 American comedy film co-written and directed by Arthur Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1967 folk song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," originally written ...more

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Attraction is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Attraction Bobby Harrison, Tinto Brass, Terry Carter Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Tinto Brass directed this stylish and eccentric vision of Europe during the cultural upheaval of the late-1960s. Barbara (Anita Sanders) is a beautiful woman married to Paolo (Nino Segurini), an ...more

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I Love You, Alice B. Toklas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas Peter Sellers, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jo Van Fleet I Love You, Alice B. Toklas is a 1968 romantic comedy film starring Peter Sellers, directed by Hy Averback with music by Harpers Bizarre. The film is set in the counterculture of the 1960s. The ...more

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Chappaqua is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Chappaqua Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Ravi Shankar Chappaqua is a 1966 cult film written and directed by Conrad Rooks. The film is based on Rooks' experiences with drug addiction and includes cameo appearances by William S. Burroughs, Swami ...more

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Daisies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Daisies Ester Krumbachová, Jan Klusák, Jaroslav Kucera Daisies is a 1966 Czechoslovak comedy-drama film written and directed by Věra Chytilová considered a milestone of the Nová Vlna movement. Made with the support of the ...more

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Monterey Pop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Monterey Pop Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Paul Simon Monterey Pop is a 1968 concert film by D. A. Pennebaker that documents the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967. Among Pennebaker's several camera operators were fellow documentarians Richard Leacock ...more

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Skidoo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Skidoo Mickey Rooney, Carol Channing, Burgess Meredith Skidoo is an American comedy film directed by Otto Preminger, starring Jackie Gleason and Carol Channing, written by Doran William Cannon and released by Paramount Pictures on December 19, 1968. ...more

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The Magic Christian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
The Magic Christian Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Ringo Starr The Magic Christian is a 1969 British comedy film directed by Joseph McGrath and starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, with noteworthy appearances by John Cleese, Raquel Welch, Christopher ...more

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More is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
More Klaus Grünberg, Mimsy Farmer, Georges Montant More is an English language film directed by Barbet Schroeder, released in 1969. Starring Mimsy Farmer and Klaus Grünberg, it deals with heroin addiction on the island of Ibiza. It features ...more

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Candy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Candy Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr, Richard Burton Candy is a 1968 sex farce film directed by Christian Marquand based on the 1958 novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg, from a screenplay by Buck Henry. The film satirizes pornographic ...more

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Blast-Off Girls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Blast-Off Girls Blast-Off Girls is a 1967 American exploitation film directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis.

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Maryjane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Maryjane Teri Garr, Garry Marshall, Fabian Maryjane is a 1968 drama film directed by Maury Dexter.

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Valley of the Dolls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Valley of the Dolls Valley of the Dolls is a novel by American writer Jacqueline Susann, published in 1966. The "dolls" within the title is a slang term for pills used only by Susann. The term dolls also ...more

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The Girl on a Motorcycle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
The Girl on a Motorcycle Alain Delon, Marianne Faithfull, Marius Goring The Girl on a Motorcycle, also known as Naked Under Leather, is a 1968 British-French film starring Alain Delon, Marianne Faithfull, Roger Mutton, Marius Goring, and Catherine Jourdan. It was ...more

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Greetings is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Greetings Robert De Niro, Roz Kelly, Gerrit Graham Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Greetings is a 1968 film directed by Brian De Palma. A satirical film about men avoiding the Vietnam War draft, it features a young Robert De Niro in his first major role. It was the first film ...more

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Mondo Mod is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Mondo Mod William Rotsler, Cara Peters Mondo Mod is a 1967 musical documentary film written by Sherman Greene and directed by Peter Perry Jr

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Hallucination Generation is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Hallucination Generation George Montgomery Hallucination Generation is a 1967 film by Edward Mann. Purportedly intended as a warning against the dangers of pill-popping Sixties hedonism along the lines of 1936's Reefer Madness, the ...more

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Psychedelic Pink is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Psychedelic Pink Psychedelic Pink is the 39th cartoon produced in the Pink Panther series. A total of 124 6-minute cartoons were produced between 1964 and 1980.

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The Big Cube is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
The Big Cube Lana Turner, George Chakiris, Dan O'Herlihy The Big Cube is a 1969 Warner Bros. thriller directed by Tito Davison and starring Lana Turner, Karin Mossberg, George Chakiris, Daniel O'Herlihy and Richard Egan; it was one of Lana Turner's ...more

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The Happening is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
The Happening Faye Dunaway, Anthony Quinn, Martha Hyer The Happening is a 1967 American comedy crime film starring Anthony Quinn, Michael Parks, George Maharis, Robert Walker Jr., Martha Hyer and Faye Dunaway and featuring Oscar Homolka, Jack ...more

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Confessions of a Psycho Cat is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Confessions of a Psycho Cat Jake LaMotta, Eileen Lord

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Syd Barrett's First Trip is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Syd Barrett's First Trip

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The Love-Ins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
The Love-Ins Richard Todd, James MacArthur, Michael Evans The Love-Ins is a 1967 exploitation film about LSD that was directed by Arthur Dreifuss. The film is loosely based on the 1960s American figure, Timothy Leary and represents the 1960s San ...more

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Here We Go Round the Mulberry ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush Judy Geeson, Adrienne Posta, Angela Scoular Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush is a 1968 British film made based on the novel of the same name by Hunter Davies. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, but the festival ...more