The Best '60s Space Movies 

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Updated September 30, 2019 334 votes 128 voters 5.2k views 40 items

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Stepping away from the low-budget camp of '50s sci-fi, '60s space movies show the genre growing up and coming center stage. Although many '60s sci-fi films were aimed at a younger audience, the second half of the decade brought forth a few experimental films, such as Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, which was a social commentary discussion on censorship and restrictions in the government and media. 


At the top of this 1960s space film list are the influential 2001: Space Odyssey, one of Stanley Kubrick's most prolific films to date; Barbarella, featuring Jane Fonda’s famous space-strip tease; and Marooned, the gritty, realistic story of astronauts trapped in space. Another great space film from the '60s is Fantastic Voyage, which tells the story of a space crew shrunk to the size of a human cell and inserted into a spy’s circulatory tract.


Vote up the best '60s space movies, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

Released: 1968

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Raquel Welch, James Brolin, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1966

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
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Released: 1968

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

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Adam West, Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin

Released: 1964

Directed by: Byron Haskin

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Gene Hackman, Gregory Peck, Lee Grant

Released: 1969

Directed by: John Sturges

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Jane Fonda, Anita Pallenberg, Ugo Tognazzi

Released: 1968

Directed by: Roger Vadim

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Released: 1964

Directed by: Nathan H. Juran

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Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Barrie Ingham

Released: 1965

Directed by: Gordon Flemyng

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Robert Duvall, James Caan, Ted Knight

Released: 1968

Directed by: Robert Altman

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Herbert Lom, Ian Hendry, Ed Bishop

Released: 1969

Directed by: Robert Parrish

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Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ivan Rassimov

Released: 1965

Directed by: Mario Bava

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Vasili Lanovoy, Vladimir Etush

Released: 1968

Directed by: Lidiya Ishimbayeva, Boris Nirenburg

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Zia Mohyeddin, Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne

Released: 1967

Directed by: Freddie Francis

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Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Horton

Released: 1968

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

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Destination Inner Space ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
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Released: 1966

Directed by: Francis D. Lyon

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Cliff Richard, Bob Monkhouse, Bud Tingwell

Released: 1966

Directed by: David Lane

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Released: 1964

Directed by: Nicholas Webster

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Released: 1968

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

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Eduard von Winterstein, Yoko Tani, Lucyna Winnicka

Released: 1960

Directed by: Kurt Maetzig

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Released: 1965

Directed by: Curtis Harrington, Pavel Klushantsev

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Released: 1961

Directed by: Doris Wishman

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Released: 1967

Directed by: Kazui Nihonmatsu

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The Phantom Planet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
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Released: 1961

Directed by: William Marshall, William Marshall

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