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
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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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Charlton Heston. Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, and James ...more

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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960 Metrocolor time travel science fiction film based on the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells in ...more

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Fantastic Voyage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Raquel Welch, James Brolin, Donald Pleasence Per salvare la vita di un celebre scienziato, vittima di un attentato, alcuni medici si fanno miniaturizzare ed entrano nel suo corpo. Per arrivare al cervello e operarlo hanno solamente un'ora. ...more

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Oskar Werner Fahrenheit 451 is a 1966 British Dystopian science fiction drama film directed by François Truffaut and starring Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, and Cyril Cusack. Based on the 1953 novel of ...more

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror film based on the Richard Matheson 1954 novel I Am Legend. The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and stars Vincent ...more

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The Day of the Triffids is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Howard Keel, Carole Ann Ford, Mervyn Johns The Day of the Triffids is a 1962 British film based on the 1951 science fiction novel of the same name by John Wyndham. The picture was directed by Steve Sekely, and Howard Keel played the ...more

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Village of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn Village of the Damned is a 1960 British science fiction film by German director Wolf Rilla. The film is adapted from the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. The lead role of Professor ...more

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Voyage to the Bottom of the Se... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Barbara Eden, Joan Fontaine, Peter Lorre Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is an American science fiction film, produced and directed by Irwin Allen, released by 20th Century Fox in 1961. The story was written by Irwin Allen and Charles ...more

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First Men in the Moon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Peter Finch, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries First Men in the Moon is a 1964 British science fiction film directed by Nathan Juran and starring Edward Judd, Martha Hyer and Lionel Jeffries. It is an adaptation by the noted science-fiction ...more

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Robinson Crusoe on Mars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Adam West, Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin Robinson Crusoe on Mars is a 1964 independently made color Techniscope science fiction film distributed by Paramount Pictures that was produced by Aubrey Schenck, directed by Byron Haskin, and ...more

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Mysterious Island is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Muttley Dastardly added Herbert Lom, Joan Greenwood, Nigel Green Mysterious Island is a 1961 science fiction adventure film. Based very loosely upon the novel The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, the film was produced by Charles H. Schneer and directed by Cy ...more

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Quatermass and the Pit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Julian Glover, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir Quatermass and the Pit is a 1967 British science fiction horror film. Made by Hammer Film Productions it is a sequel to the earlier Hammer films The Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass 2. Like ...more

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Mothra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata Mothra is a 1961 kaiju/tokusatsu film from Toho Studios, directed by genre regular Ishirō Honda with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. It is the genre film debut of screenwriter Shinichi ...more

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Journey to the Far Side of the... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Herbert Lom, Ian Hendry, Ed Bishop Doppelgänger is a 1969 British science-fiction film directed by Robert Parrish and starring Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry, Lynn Loring and Patrick Wymark. Outside Europe, it is known as Journey ...more

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Barbarella is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi 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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Destroy All Monsters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Haruo Nakajima, Kenji Sahara, Akira Kubo Destroy All Monsters, released in Japan as Kaijū Sōshingeki, is a 1968 Japanese science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho. The ninth entry in the original Godzilla series, it stars Akira Kubo, ...more

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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Anatoly Solonitsyn, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet Solaris is a 1972 Russian science fiction art film adaptation of Polish author Stanisław Lem's novel Solaris. The film was co-written and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative ...more

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Dr. Who and the Daleks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Barrie Ingham Dr. Who and the Daleks was the first of two Doctor Who films made by Amicus Productions in the 1960s. It was followed by Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. The film features Peter Cushing as Dr. ...more

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Marooned is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Gene Hackman, Gregory Peck, Lee Grant Marooned is a 1969 Eastmancolor American film directed by John Sturges and starring Gregory Peck, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, James Franciscus, and Gene Hackman. It was based on the 1964 ...more

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Children of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added George Sanders, Ian Hendry, Barbara Shelley Children of the Damned is a 1964 science fiction film, a thematic sequel to the 1960 version of Village of the Damned. It is about a group of children, with similar psi-powers to those in the ...more

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Thunderbirds Are Go is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Cliff Richard, Bob Monkhouse, Bud Tingwell Thunderbirds Are Go is a 1966 British science-fiction film based on Thunderbirds, a 1960s television series starring marionette puppets and featuring scale model effects in a filming process ...more

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King Kong vs. Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata King Kong vs. Godzilla is a 1962 crossover Japanese science fiction Kaiju film produced by Toho Studios. Directed by Ishirō Honda with visual effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Tadao ...more

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The Absent-Minded Professor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees The Absent-Minded Professor is a 1961 American film distributed by Walt Disney Productions based on the short story "A Situation of Gravity" by Samuel W. Taylor. The title character ...more

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Gamera is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Albert Dekker, Alan Oppenheimer, Brian Donlevy Gammera The Invincible is a 1966 Sci-fi film written by Nisan Takahashi and Richard Kraft and directed by Noriaki Yuasa and Sandy Howard.

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It! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Roddy McDowall, Paul Maxwell, Jill Haworth It! is a 1967 British/American horror film made by Seven Arts Productions and Gold Star Productions, Ltd. that features the Golem of Prague as its main subject. The film was made in the style of ...more

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Mysterious Island is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Richard Crane, Gene Roth, Bernie Hamilton Mysterious Island is the 46th serial released by Columbia Pictures. It is an adaptation of the 1874 novel by Jules Verne, The Mysterious Island. As in the original story, which was a follow-up ...more

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The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Henry Gibson The Nutty Professor is a 1963 American comic science fiction feature film produced, directed, co-written and starring Jerry Lewis. The score was composed by Walter Scharf. The film is a parody ...more

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Charly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Dick Van Patten, Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom Charly is a 1968 American film directed by Ralph Nelson. The drama stars Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala, Leon Janney and Dick Van Patten and tells the story of a intellectually ...more

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The Day the Earth Caught Fire is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Michael Caine, Leo McKern, Janet Munro The Day the Earth Caught Fire is a British science fiction disaster film starring Edward Judd, Leo McKern and Janet Munro. It was directed by Val Guest and released in 1961, and is one of the ...more

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The Illustrated Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Don Dubbins The Illustrated Man is a 1969 American science fiction film directed by Jack Smight and starring Rod Steiger. The film is based on three short stories from the 1951 collection The Illustrated ...more

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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Anna Karina, Jean Piere Leaud, Akim Tamiroff Alphaville: une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution is a 1965 black-and-white French science fiction film noir directed by Jean-Luc Godard. It stars Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Howard ...more

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Panic in Year Zero! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Ray Milland, Frankie Avalon, Jean Hagen Panic in Year Zero!, sometimes known as End of the World, is a 1962 science fiction film directed by and starring Ray Milland. The original music score was composed by Les Baxter. It was written ...more

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The Brain That Wouldn't Die is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Marilyn Hanold, Eddie Carmel, Jason Evers The Brain That Wouldn't Die is a 1962 American science-fiction/horror film directed by Joseph Green and written by Green and Rex Carlton. The film was completed in 1959 under the working title ...more

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Seconds is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Rock Hudson, Will Geer, Richard Anderson Seconds is a 1966 American science fiction drama film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Rock Hudson. The screenplay by Lewis John Carlino was based on Seconds, a novel by David Ely. ...more

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Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Film Productions from 1969. The cast includes Peter Cushing, Freddie Jones, Veronica Carlson and ...more

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Crack in the World is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Dana Andrews, Alexander Knox, Kieron Moore Crack in the World is an American science-fiction doomsday disaster movie filmed in Spain in 1964 and released by Paramount Pictures about scientists who launch a rocket in the Earth's core to ...more

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Planet of the Vampires is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ivan Rassimov Planet of the Vampires is a 1965 Italian/Spanish science fiction horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film stars Barry Sullivan and Norma Bengell. The screenplay, by Bava, Alberto Bevilacqua, ...more

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Journey to the Seventh Planet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Greta Thyssen, John Agar, Ove Sprogøe Journey to the Seventh Planet is a 1962 science fiction film. It was directed by Sid Pink, written by Pink and Ib Melchior, and shot in Denmark with a budget of only US$75,000. The seventh ...more

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Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Hideyo Amamoto, Akihiko Hirata, Kumi Mizuno Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘 Gojira, Ebira, Mosura Nankai no Daikettō) is a 1966 Japanese science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Jun Fukuda with special ...more

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Countdown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Robert Duvall, James Caan, Ted Knight

Silk pajama space suit.

Countdown is a 1968 film directed by Robert Altman, based on the novel The Pilgrim Project by Hank Searls. It stars James Caan and Robert Duvall as astronauts vying to be the first American to ...more

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X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Don Rickles, Ray Milland, Harold J. Stone X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes is a 1963 science fiction/horror film. Directed by Roger Corman from a script by Ray Russell and Robert Dillon, the film stars Ray Milland as Dr. James Xavier. A ...more

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Tron is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
AnitaDeLois added Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff Tron is a 1982 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Lisberger, based on a story by Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird, and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film stars ...more

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The Green Slime is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Horton

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The Green Slime is a 1968 science-fiction film produced by MGM in the United States and shot in Japan at the studios of Toei Company by director Kinji Fukasaku. The film was spearheaded by Ivan ...more

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The Satan Bug is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Ed Asner, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews The Satan Bug is a 1965 American science fiction suspense film produced and directed by John Sturges. The screenplay by James Clavell and Edward Anhalt was loosely based on the 1962 novel of the ...more

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The 10th Victim is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Ursula Andress, Marcello Mastroianni, Elsa Martinelli The 10th Victim is a 1965 Italian/French international co-production science fiction film directed by Elio Petri and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress, and featuring Elsa ...more

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The Damned is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Oliver Reed, Shirley Anne Field, Macdonald Carey

(these are The Damned) 1961. Includes London Leather Motorcycle Gang with their own theme song.

The Damned is a 1963 British science fiction film starring Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field and Oliver Reed. It was a Hammer Film production directed by Joseph Losey and based on H.L. ...more

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Pinocchio in Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Arnold Stang, Norman Rose, Jess Cain Pinocchio in Outer Space is a 1965 Belgian-American animated film which sets Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio character on a rocketship adventure. Peter Lazer does the voice of Pinocchio. The film was ...more

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La Jetée is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added William Klein, Etienne Becker, Jean Négroni La Jetée, is a 1962 French science fiction featurette by Chris Marker. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. ...more

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Voyage to the Prehistoric Plan... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Basil Rathbone, Faith Domergue, Chris Brand Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet is a 1965 science fiction film directed by Curtis Harrington. The film is an American adapted and edited version of the Soviet science fiction movie Planeta Bur ...more