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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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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
Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Destination Inner Space is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The War of the Planets
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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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Mutiny in Outer Space
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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
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
Santa Claus Conquers the Marti... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
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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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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
Nude on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 24 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
The Phantom Planet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Space Movies
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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.