60s The Best '60s Space Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite space films that were released in the 1960s.

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 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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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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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added 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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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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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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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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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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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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Zia Mohyeddin, Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne They Came from Beyond Space is a 1967 British science fiction film directed by Freddie Francis, written by Milton Subotsky and based on the book The Gods Hate Kansas by Joseph Millard. It was ...more

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Robert Duvall, James Caan, Ted Knight 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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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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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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Destination Inner Space is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Destination Inner Space Wende Wagner, Sheree North, Scott Brady Destination Inner Space is a 1966 color science fiction film starring Scott Brady, Gary Merrill, Sheree North, and Wende Wagner, along with Mike Road, John Howard, William Thourbly, and Biff

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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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The War of the Planets

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Eduard von Winterstein, Yoko Tani, Lucyna Winnicka First Spaceship on Venus, German: Der schweigende Stern, Polish: Milcząca Gwiazda, is a 1960 East German/Polish science fiction film directed by Kurt Maetzig and based on the novel The ...more

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Voyage to the Planet of Prehis... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Mamie Van Doren Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The film is an adapted version of Curtis Harrington's Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, ...more

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Mutiny in Outer Space

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Way...Way Out is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Jerry Lewis, James Brolin, Anita Ekberg Way...Way Out is a 1966 American comedy film starring Jerry Lewis and released by 20th Century Fox on October 21, 1966. The film was both a critical and commercial flop.

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Women of the Prehistoric Plane... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added John Agar, Stuart Margolin, Wendell Corey Women of the Prehistoric Planet is a 1966 American science fiction/action film directed by Arthur C. Pierce and starring John Agar. It was featured in the first season of Mystery Science Theater ...more

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Man in Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Man in Outer Space Miloš Kopecký, Josef Hlinomaz, Radovan Lukavský Man in Outer Space is a 1961 Czechoslovak science fiction comedy film directed by Oldřich Lipský. It was entered into the 1962 Cannes Film Festival.

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Space Probe Taurus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Space Probe Taurus Francine York Space Probe Taurus is a 1965 film.

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Zeta One is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Zeta One Charles Hawtrey, Valerie Leon, James Robertson Justice Zeta One is a 1970 British comedy science fiction film directed by Michael Cort and starring James Robertson Justice, Charles Hawtrey and Robin Hawdon. It was made for a budget of £60,000. ...more

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Spaceflight IC-1 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Spaceflight IC-1 Bill Williams, John Lee, John Cairney Spaceflight IC-1: An Adventure in Space is a 1965 black-and-white British Sci-Fi movie starring Bill Williams and Norma West. The civilized world is controlled by an all-powerful computerized ...more

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Visit to a Small Planet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Jerry Lewis, Ellen Corby, Earl Holliman Visit to a Small Planet is a 1960 Paramount Pictures film starring Jerry Lewis and based on a play by Gore Vidal. The picture was released on February 4, 1960. Visit to a Small Planet debuted as ...more

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The Phantom Planet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added 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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Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added 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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Evil Brain from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Ken Utsui, Junko Ikeuchi, Minoru Takada Evil Brain from Outer Space is a 1964 film edited together for American television from films #7, #8 and #9 of the Japanese short film series Super Giant filmed in 1958.

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Frankenstein Meets the Space M... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Marilyn Hanold, James Karen, Lou Cutell Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster is a science fiction cult film, directed by Robert Gaffney and starring Marilyn Hanold, James Karen, and Lou Cutell. It was filmed in Florida and Puerto Rico ...more

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Journey to the Seventh Planet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '60s Space 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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Mission Stardust is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Lang Jeffries, Ann Smyrner, John Bartha Mission Stardust, and, is a 1967 Italian science fiction film. It was based on the Perry Rhodan universe, and is considered so appallingly bad that fans of the series playfully deny its very ...more

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Nude on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Lester R. Brown, Lacey Kelly, Shelby Livingston Nude on the Moon is a 1961 sexploitation film co-written and co-directed by Doris Wishman and Raymond Phelan under the shared pseudonyms "O. O. Miller" and "Anthony Brooks". ...more

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Pinocchio in Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '60s Space 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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Queen of Blood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Dennis Hopper, Basil Rathbone, John Saxon Queen of Blood is a 1966 horror-science fiction film released by American International Pictures. The director, Curtis Harrington, crafted this B-movie with footage from the Soviet films Mechte ...more

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Santa Claus Conquers the Marti... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
xacques added Pia Zadora, Bill McCutcheon, Ned Wertimer Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a 1964 science fiction comedy film that regularly appears on lists of the worst films ever made. It is regularly featured in the "bottom 100" list ...more

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Vasili Lanovoy, Vladimir Etush Solaris is a two-part 1968 Russian television film in black-and-white based on the 1961 novel Solaris by Stanisław Lem. It was the first film adaptation of the novel, and was written by Nikolay ...more

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Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Horton 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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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 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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War Between the Planets