60s The Best '60s Space Movies  

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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.

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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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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 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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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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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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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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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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Nude on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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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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Mutiny in Outer Space

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Destination Inner Space is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Voyage to the Planet of Prehis... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Space Probe Taurus is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 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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Women of the Prehistoric Plane... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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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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Man in Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 25 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.