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The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies 

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Updated October 2, 2019 1.3k votes 410 voters 13.2k views 34 items

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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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Yellow Submarine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

Released: 1968

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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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Easy Rider is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Easy Rider Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson

Released: 1969

Directed by: Dennis Hopper

Easy Rider is a 1969 American independent road drama film directed by Dennis Hopper. Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) are freewheeling motorcyclists that sell cocaine smuggled from ...more

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Barbarella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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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Magical Mystery Tour is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison

Released: 1967

Directed by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bernard Knowles

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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Alice's Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Pete Seeger, M. Emmet Walsh, Arlo Guthrie

Released: 1969

Directed by: Arthur Penn

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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The Trip is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda

Released: 1967

Directed by: Roger Corman

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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Monterey Pop is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Paul Simon

Released: 1968

Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker

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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Head is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Jack Nicholson, Frank Zappa, Ray Nitschke

Released: 1968

Directed by: Bob Rafelson

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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Psych-Out is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Garry Marshall

Released: 1968

Directed by: Richard Rush

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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Valley of the Dolls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies

Released: 1967

Directed by: Mark Robson

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 Magic Christian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Ringo Starr

Released: 1969

Directed by: Joseph McGrath

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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I Love You, Alice B. Tok... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Peter Sellers, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jo Van Fleet

Released: 1968

Directed by: Hy Averback

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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Candy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr, Richard Burton

Released: 1968

Directed by: Christian Marquand

Candy is a 1968 farce film directed by Christian Marquand based on the 1958 novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg, from a screenplay by Buck Henry.

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Wonderwall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Jane Birkin, Anita Pallenberg, Irene Handl

Released: 1968

Directed by: Joe Massot

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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Carnival of Souls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey, Candace Hilligoss

Released: 1962

Directed by: Herk Harvey

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Skidoo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Skidoo Mickey Rooney, Carol Channing, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1968

Directed by: Otto Preminger

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.
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Dog Star Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Dog Star Man Stan Brakhage, Mary Jane Collom

Released: 1962

Directed by: Stan Brakhage

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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The Girl on a Motorcycle... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Alain Delon, Marianne Faithfull, Marius Goring

Released: 1968

Directed by: Jack Cardiff

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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More is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Klaus Grünberg, Mimsy Farmer, Georges Montant

Released: 1969

Directed by: Barbet Schroeder

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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Maryjane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Teri Garr, Garry Marshall, Fabian

Released: 1968

Directed by: Maury Dexter

Maryjane is a 1968 drama film directed by Maury Dexter.
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The Happening is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Faye Dunaway, Anthony Quinn, Martha Hyer

Released: 1967

Directed by: Elliot Silverstein

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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Daisies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Ester Krumbachová, Jan Klusák, Jaroslav Kucera

Released: 1966

Directed by: Věra Chytilová

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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Blast-Off Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Blast-Off Girls

Released: 1967

Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis

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Chappaqua is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Ravi Shankar

Released: 1966

Directed by: Conrad Rooks

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