Total Nerd The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite science fiction films that were released in the 1960s

The 1960s was an important decade in the development of the science fiction genre. Several major releases helped redefine sci-fi for a generation of movie-goers.


On this list of the greatest ‘60s sci-fi movies, you’ll find Stanley Kubrick’s opus
2001: A Space Odyssey. This film, with its minimalist dialogue and pioneering use of music and ambiguous imagery, remains one of the most iconic sci-fi movies of all time, and features one of the most iconic sci-fi “characters” of all time - the supercomputer Hal. Another classic sci-fi movie on this list is Planet of the Apes. Starring Charlton Heston, this movie has been parodied, referenced, and remade many times over the years. At the time, the special effects were considered revolutionary.


Fans of Godzilla will be happy to see several films featuring the green monster on this list of the best ‘60s sci-fi movies. In addition, this list features a film by legendary French New Wave director Francois Truffaut.
Fahrenheit 451, based on the novel of the same name, was Truffaut’s only English-language film. Vote up the best '60s 
sci-fi films below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Time Machine Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

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Fantastic Voyage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Fantastic Voyage Raquel Welch, James Brolin, Donald Pleasence

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Fahrenheit 451 Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Oskar Werner

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Village of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Village of the Damned George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn

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The Day of the Triffids is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Day of the Triffids Howard Keel, Carole Ann Ford, Mervyn Johns

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Voyage to the Bottom of the Se... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Barbara Eden, Joan Fontaine, Peter Lorre

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Solaris Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Last Man on Earth Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Alphaville Anna Karina, Jean Piere Leaud, Akim Tamiroff

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Robinson Crusoe on Mars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Robinson Crusoe on Mars Adam West, Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin

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Destroy All Monsters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Destroy All Monsters Haruo Nakajima, Kenji Sahara, Akira Kubo

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Barbarella is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Barbarella Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg, Ugo Tognazzi

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The Absent-Minded Professor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Absent-Minded Professor Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

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The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Nutty Professor Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Henry Gibson

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Dr. Who and the Daleks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Dr. Who and the Daleks Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Barrie Ingham

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First Men in the Moon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
First Men in the Moon Peter Finch, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries

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Planet of the Vampires is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Planet of the Vampires Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ivan Rassimov

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Mysterious Island is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Muttley Dastardly added Mysterious Island Herbert Lom, Joan Greenwood, Nigel Green

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Charly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Charly Dick Van Patten, Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom

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King Kong vs. Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
King Kong vs. Godzilla Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata

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Seconds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Seconds Rock Hudson, Will Geer, Richard Anderson

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Mothra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Mothra Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata

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Quatermass and the Pit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Quatermass and the Pit Julian Glover, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir

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It! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
It! Roddy McDowall, Paul Maxwell, Jill Haworth

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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones

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Journey to the Far Side of the... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Journey to the Far Side of the Sun Herbert Lom, Ian Hendry, Ed Bishop

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The Brain That Wouldn't Die is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Brain That Wouldn't Die Marilyn Hanold, Eddie Carmel, Jason Evers

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Marooned is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Marooned Gene Hackman, Gregory Peck, Lee Grant

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The Day the Earth Caught Fire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Day the Earth Caught Fire Michael Caine, Leo McKern, Janet Munro

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Gamera is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Gamera Albert Dekker, Alan Oppenheimer, Brian Donlevy

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The President's Analyst is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The President's Analyst James Coburn, Arte Johnson, Will Geer

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Frankenstein Created Woman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Frankenstein Created Woman Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, Derek Fowlds

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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Ed Begley

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Frankenstein Conquers the Worl... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Danny Sims added Frankenstein Conquers the World Nick Adams, Takashi Shimura, Kumi Mizuno

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Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster Hideyo Amamoto, Akihiko Hirata, Kumi Mizuno

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The Face of Another is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Face of Another Tatsuya Nakadai, Machiko Kyō, Kyōko Kishida

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Pajama Party is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Pajama Party Teri Garr, Buster Keaton, Don Rickles

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The Valley of Gwangi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Valley of Gwangi Gila Golan, James Franciscus, Richard Carlson

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King Kong Escapes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
King Kong Escapes Paul Frees, Mie Hama, Hideyo Amamoto