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The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies

Updated October 2, 2019 1.6k votes 423 voters 14.4k views34 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

    Released1968

    Directed byGeorge Dunning

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    Easy Rider

    Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper

    Released1969

    Directed byDennis Hopper

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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Magical Mystery Tour

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    Released1967

    Directed byJohn Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bernard Knowles

    Magical Mystery Tour is a 52-minute long British television film starring the Beatles which... more on Wikipedia
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    Barbarella

    Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg

    Released1968

    Directed byRoger Vadim

    Barbarella is a 1968 French-Italian science fiction film based on Jean-Claude Forest's French... more on Wikipedia

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  • Carnival of Souls6
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    Carnival of Souls

    Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey

    Released1962

    Directed byHerk Harvey

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    Dog Star Man

    Stan Brakhage, Mary Jane Collom

    Released1962

    Directed byStan Brakhage

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  • Monterey Pop8
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    Monterey Pop

    Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin

    Released1968

    Directed byD. A. Pennebaker

    Monterey Pop is a 1968 concert film by D. A. Pennebaker that documents the Monterey Pop... more on Wikipedia
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    The Trip

    Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

    Released1967

    Directed byRoger Corman

    The Trip is a counterculture-era cult film released by American International Pictures,... more on Wikipedia

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    Head

    Jack Nicholson, Frank Zappa

    Released1968

    Directed byBob Rafelson

    Head is a 1968 American adventure comedy film musical starring television rock group The... more on Wikipedia
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    Daisies

    Ester Krumbachová, Jan Klusák

    Released1966

    Directed byVěra Chytilová

    Daisies is a 1966 Czechoslovak comedy-drama film written and directed by Věra Chytilová... more on Wikipedia
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    Alice's Restaurant

    Pete Seeger, M. Emmet Walsh

    Released1969

    Directed byArthur Penn

    Alice's Restaurant is a 1969 American comedy film co-written and directed by Arthur Penn. It... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • I Love You, Alice B. Toklas14
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    I Love You, Alice B. Toklas

    Peter Sellers, Leigh Taylor-Young

    Released1968

    Directed byHy Averback

    I Love You, Alice B. Toklas is a 1968 romantic comedy film starring Peter Sellers, directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Wonderwall

    Jane Birkin, Anita Pallenberg

    Released1968

    Directed byJoe Massot

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    Chappaqua

    Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs

    Released1966

    Directed byConrad Rooks

    Chappaqua is a 1966 cult film written and directed by Conrad Rooks. The film is based on... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    Candy

    Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr

    Released1968

    Directed byChristian Marquand

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    Psych-Out

    Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern

    Released1968

    Directed byRichard Rush

    Psych-Out is a counterculture-era feature film about hippies, psychedelic music, and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
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    The Big Cube

    Lana Turner, George Chakiris

    Released1969

    Directed byTito Davison

    The Big Cube is a 1969 Warner Bros. thriller directed by Tito Davison and starring Lana... more on Wikipedia
  • Greetings20
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    Greetings

    Robert De Niro, Roz Kelly

    Released1968

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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    Skidoo

    Mickey Rooney, Carol Channing

    Released1968

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    Skidoo is an American comedy film directed by Otto Preminger, starring Jackie Gleason and... more on Wikipedia
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    Syd Barrett's First Trip

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    More

    Klaus Grünberg, Mimsy Farmer

    Released1969

    Directed byBarbet Schroeder

    More is an English language film directed by Barbet Schroeder, released in 1969. Starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Maryjane

    Teri Garr, Garry Marshall

    Released1968

    Directed byMaury Dexter

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    The Girl on a Motorcycle

    Alain Delon, Marianne Faithfull

    Released1968

    Directed byJack Cardiff

    The Girl on a Motorcycle, also known as Naked Under Leather, is a 1968 British-French film... more on Wikipedia