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The Best '60s Psychedelic Movies

Updated April 26, 2021 1.4k votes 440 voters 16.1k 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

    Released1968

    Directed byGeorge 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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    Easy Rider

    Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper

    Released1969

    Directed byDennis 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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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byStanley 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 Clarke's...  more

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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 originally aired on BBC1 on Boxing Day, 26 December 1967. Upon its initial showing, the film was poorly...  more
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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 Barbarella comics. The film stars Jane Fonda in the title role and was directed by Roger Vadim, who was...  more

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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 is an adaptation of the 1967 folk song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," originally written and sung by Arlo...  more
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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 recreational drugs, produced and released by American International Pictures. Originally scripted as The Love...  more
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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, directed by Roger Corman, written by Jack Nicholson, and shot on location in and around Los Angeles, including...  more
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    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 represents the...  more

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    Candy

    Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr

    Released1968

    Directed byChristian 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. ...  more

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    The Magic Christian

    Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee

    Released1969

    Directed byJoseph 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 Lee,...  more

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    Wonderwall

    Jane Birkin, Anita Pallenberg

    Released1968

    Directed byJoe Massot

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    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 collective The...  more
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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 Hy Averback with music by Harpers Bizarre. The film is set in the counterculture of the 1960s. The cast...  more
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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 Festival of 1967. Among Pennebaker's several camera operators were fellow documentarians Richard Leacock and...  more
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    Klaus Grünberg, Mimsy Farmer

    Released1969

    Directed byBarbet 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 a...  more
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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 Carol Channing, written by Doran William Cannon and released by Paramount Pictures on December 19, 1968. ...  more
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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 starring Alain Delon, Marianne Faithfull, Roger Mutton, Marius Goring, and Catherine Jourdan. It was listed...  more
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    Maryjane

    Teri Garr, Garry Marshall

    Released1968

    Directed byMaury Dexter

    Maryjane is a 1968 drama film directed by Maury Dexter....  more
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    The Happening

    Faye Dunaway, Anthony Quinn

    Released1967

    Directed byElliot 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 Kruschen...  more
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    Carnival of Souls

    Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey

    Released1962

    Directed byHerk Harvey

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    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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    Head

    Jack Nicholson, Frank Zappa

    Released1968

    Directed byBob 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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    Blast-Off Girls

    Blast-Off Girls is a 1967 American exploitation film directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis....  more
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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 Rooks' experiences with drug addiction and includes cameo appearances by William S. Burroughs, Swami...  more
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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 considered a milestone of the Nová Vlna movement. Made with the support of the state-sponsored film studio, it...  more
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    Dog Star Man

    Stan Brakhage, Mary Jane Collom

    Released1962

    Directed byStan 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 The...  more