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The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies

Updated April 26, 2021 2.0k votes 436 voters 15.3k views33 items

List RulesVote 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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    Yellow Submarine

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon
    Yellow Submarine is a 1968 British animated musical fantasy comedy film inspired by the music...  more

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    Easy Rider

    Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper
    Easy Rider is a 1969 American independent road drama film directed by Dennis Hopper. Wyatt...  more

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    Magical Mystery Tour

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon
    Magical Mystery Tour is a 52-minute long British television film starring the Beatles which...  more
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    Barbarella

    Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg
    Barbarella is a 1968 French-Italian science fiction film based on Jean-Claude Forest's French...  more

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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter
    2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley...  more

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    Candy

    Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr
    Candy is a 1968 farce film directed by Christian Marquand based on the 1958 novel by Terry...  more

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    Alice's Restaurant

    Pete Seeger, M. Emmet Walsh
    Alice's Restaurant is a 1969 American comedy film co-written and directed by Arthur Penn. It...  more
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    Monterey Pop

    Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin
    Monterey Pop is a 1968 concert film by D. A. Pennebaker that documents the Monterey Pop...  more
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    Psych-Out

    Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern
    Psych-Out is a counterculture-era feature film about hippies, psychedelic music, and...  more
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    The Trip

    Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern
    The Trip is a counterculture-era cult film released by American International Pictures,...  more
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    The Magic Christian

    Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee
    The Magic Christian is a 1969 British comedy film directed by Joseph McGrath and starring...  more

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    Head

    Jack Nicholson, Frank Zappa
    Head is a 1968 American adventure comedy film musical starring television rock group The...  more
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    Wonderwall

    Jane Birkin, Anita Pallenberg
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    Wonderwall is a 1968 film by first-time director Joe Massot that stars Jane Birkin, Jack...  more
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    I Love You, Alice B. Toklas

    Peter Sellers, Leigh Taylor-Young
    I Love You, Alice B. Toklas is a 1968 romantic comedy film starring Peter Sellers, directed by...  more
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    Syd Barrett's First Trip

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    The Love-Ins

    Richard Todd, James MacArthur
    The Love-Ins is a 1967 exploitation film about LSD that was directed by Arthur Dreifuss. The...  more
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    Skidoo

    Mickey Rooney, Carol Channing
    Skidoo is an American comedy film directed by Otto Preminger, starring Jackie Gleason and...  more
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    More

    Klaus Grünberg, Mimsy Farmer
    More is an English language film directed by Barbet Schroeder, released in 1969. Starring...  more
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    Maryjane

    Teri Garr, Garry Marshall
    Maryjane is a 1968 drama film directed by Maury Dexter....  more
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    The Girl on a Motorcycle

    Alain Delon, Marianne Faithfull
    The Girl on a Motorcycle, also known as Naked Under Leather, is a 1968 British-French film...  more
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    The Happening

    Faye Dunaway, Anthony Quinn
    The Happening is a 1967 American comedy crime film starring Anthony Quinn, Michael Parks,...  more
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    Carnival of Souls

    Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey
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    Carnival of Souls is a 1962 independent horror film starring Candace Hilligoss. Produced and...  more

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    Blast-Off Girls

    Blast-Off Girls is a 1967 American exploitation film directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis....  more
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    Dog Star Man

    Stan Brakhage, Mary Jane Collom
    Dog Star Man is a series of short experimental films, all directed by Stan Brakhage: Prelude:...  more