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The Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1960s

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List RulesVote 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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    Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison
    Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner...  more

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    The Time Machine

    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor
    The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960...  more
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter
    2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley...  more

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    Fantastic Voyage

    Raquel Welch, James Brolin
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    Mysterious Island

    Herbert Lom, Joan Greenwood
    Mysterious Island is a 1961 science fiction adventure film. Based very loosely upon the novel...  more

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    Fahrenheit 451

    Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack
    Fahrenheit 451 is a 1966 British Dystopian science fiction drama film directed by François...  more
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    The Last Man on Earth

    Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
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    The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror film based on the Richard Matheson 1954...  more

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    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

    Barbara Eden, Joan Fontaine
    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is an American science fiction film, produced and directed by...  more

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    First Men in the Moon

    Peter Finch, Martha Hyer
    First Men in the Moon is a 1964 British science fiction film directed by Nathan Juran and...  more
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    Village of the Damned

    George Sanders, Barbara Shelley
    Village of the Damned is a 1960 British science fiction film by German director Wolf Rilla....  more

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    Quatermass and the Pit

    Julian Glover, Barbara Shelley
    Quatermass and the Pit is a 1967 British science fiction horror film. Made by Hammer Film...  more
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    Robinson Crusoe on Mars

    Adam West, Paul Mantee
    Robinson Crusoe on Mars is a 1964 independently made color Techniscope science fiction film...  more
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    The Day of the Triffids

    Howard Keel, Carole Ann Ford
    The Day of the Triffids is a 1962 British film based on the 1951 science fiction novel of the...  more

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    Marooned

    Gene Hackman, Gregory Peck
    Marooned is a 1969 Eastmancolor American film directed by John Sturges and starring Gregory...  more
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    The Absent-Minded Professor

    Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn
    The Absent-Minded Professor is a 1961 American film distributed by Walt Disney Productions...  more

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    Children of the Damned

    George Sanders, Ian Hendry
    Children of the Damned is a 1964 science fiction film, a thematic sequel to the 1960 version...  more
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    Mysterious Island

    Richard Crane, Gene Roth
    Mysterious Island is the 46th serial released by Columbia Pictures. It is an adaptation of the...  more
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    The Nutty Professor

    Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens
    The Nutty Professor is a 1963 American comic science fiction feature film produced, directed,...  more

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    Barbarella

    Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg
    Barbarella is a 1968 French-Italian science fiction film based on Jean-Claude Forest's French...  more

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    Mothra

    Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa
    Mothra is a 1961 kaiju/tokusatsu film from Toho Studios, directed by genre regular Ishirō...  more
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    King Kong vs. Godzilla

    Mie Hama, Akiko Wakabayashi
    King Kong vs. Godzilla is a 1962 crossover Japanese science fiction Kaiju film produced by...  more

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    Journey to the Far Side of the Sun

    Herbert Lom, Ian Hendry
    Doppelgänger is a 1969 British science-fiction film directed by Robert Parrish and starring...  more
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    Tron

    Jeff Bridges, David Warner
    Tron is a 1982 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Lisberger, based...  more

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    Dr. Who and the Daleks

    Peter Cushing, Roy Castle
    Dr. Who and the Daleks was the first of two Doctor Who films made by Amicus Productions in the...  more
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    The Day the Earth Caught Fire

    Michael Caine, Leo McKern
    The Day the Earth Caught Fire is a British science fiction disaster film starring Edward Judd,...  more

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