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 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
Planet of the Apes 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
The Time Machine 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
Fantastic Voyage 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
Fahrenheit 451 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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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 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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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 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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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 8 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 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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Voyage to the Bottom of the Se... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 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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Robinson Crusoe on Mars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Robinson Crusoe on Mars 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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Dr. Who and the Daleks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Dr. Who and the Daleks 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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First Men in the Moon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
First Men in the Moon 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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Mysterious Island is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Muttley Dastardly added Mysterious Island 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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Solaris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Solaris 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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Quatermass and the Pit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Quatermass and the Pit 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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Destroy All Monsters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Destroy All Monsters 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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The Absent-Minded Professor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Absent-Minded Professor 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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Mothra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Mothra 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) 19 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Journey to the Far Side of the Sun 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) 20 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Barbarella 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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Marooned is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Marooned 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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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 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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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Alphaville 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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Seconds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Seconds 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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The Day the Earth Caught Fire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Day the Earth Caught Fire 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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Thunderbirds Are Go is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Thunderbirds Are Go 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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Mysterious Island is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Mysterious Island 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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Charly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Charly 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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Planet of the Vampires is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Planet of the Vampires 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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The Nutty Professor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Nutty Professor 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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Children of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Children of the Damned 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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Crack in the World is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Crack in the World 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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Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, Andrew Keir Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. is a 1966 British science fiction film and the second of two films based on the British science-fiction television series Doctor Who. It was the sequel to Dr. ...more

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Journey to the Seventh Planet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Journey to the Seventh Planet 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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Gamera is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Gamera 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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Icarus XB 1 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Icarus XB 1 Radovan Lukavský, Otto Lackovič, Zdeněk Štěpánek A giant spaceship carrying colonists to a new planet runs into unexpected troubles on its journey, ranging from encounters with abandoned alien craft to malfunctioning onboard computers and ...more

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The Illustrated Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added The Illustrated Man 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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The Phantom Planet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added The Phantom Planet Richard Kiel, Dolores Faith, Coleen Gray The Phantom Planet is a 1961 black and white science fiction film directed by William Marshall. American International Pictures released it as a double feature with Assignment Outer Space.

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The Green Slime is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added The Green Slime 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 Day Mars Invaded Earth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added The Day Mars Invaded Earth Marie Windsor, Kent Taylor The Day Mars Invaded Earth is a science fiction film, made by API, released in 1963 by Twentieth Century Fox and directed and produced by Maury Dexter. Dexter said the title was thought up by ...more

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It! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
It! 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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Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster 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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X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes 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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Voyage to the Prehistoric Plan... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet 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

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The X from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added The X from Outer Space Eiji Okada, Hiroshi Fujioka, Torahiko Hamada The X from Outer Space is a 1967 kaiju film released by the Japanese film studio Shochiku. It is the first of its kind released by Shochiku, and was one of the many giant monster films made ...more

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The Damned is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
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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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Countdown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added Countdown Robert Duvall, James Caan, Ted Knight

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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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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Ed Begley The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is a 1969 film starring Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn and William Schallert. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista ...more

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The Satan Bug is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added The Satan Bug 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) 50 on the list The Best '60s Sci-Fi Movies
xacques added The 10th Victim 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