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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
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
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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Easy Rider is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson
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
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
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
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
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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Head is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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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Monterey Pop is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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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Valley of the Dolls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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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Psych-Out is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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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The Magic Christian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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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I Love You, Alice B. Toklas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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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Candy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr, Richard Burton
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
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
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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Dog Star Man is listed (or ranked) 17 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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More is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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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Skidoo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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.
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The Girl on a Motorcycle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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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Daisies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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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Chappaqua is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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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Attraction is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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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Blast-Off Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 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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The Happening is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies
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