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The Best '60s Space Movies

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List RulesVote 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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    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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    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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    Planet of the Vampires

    Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell
    Planet of the Vampires is a 1965 Italian/Spanish science fiction horror film directed by Mario...  more
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    Fantastic Voyage

    Raquel Welch, James Brolin
    Per salvare la vita di un celebre scienziato, vittima di un attentato, alcuni medici si fanno...  more
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    Solaris

    Vasili Lanovoy, Vladimir Etush
    Solaris is a two-part 1968 Russian television film in black-and-white based on the 1961 novel...  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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    Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

    Pia Zadora, Bill McCutcheon
    Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is a 1964 science fiction comedy film that regularly appears...  more
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    The Green Slime

    Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel
    The Green Slime is a 1968 science-fiction film produced by MGM in the United States and shot...  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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    Destination Inner Space

    Wende Wagner, Sheree North
    Destination Inner Space is a 1966 color science fiction film starring Scott Brady, Gary...  more
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    They Came from Beyond Space

    Zia Mohyeddin, Robert Hutton
    They Came from Beyond Space is a 1967 British science fiction film directed by Freddie...  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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    Countdown

    Robert Duvall, James Caan
    Countdown is a 1968 film directed by Robert Altman, based on the novel The Pilgrim Project by...  more
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    The War of the Planets

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    The X from Outer Space

    Eiji Okada, Hiroshi Fujioka
    The X from Outer Space is a 1967 kaiju film released by the Japanese film studio Shochiku. It...  more
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    Nude on the Moon

    Lester R. Brown, Lacey Kelly
    Nude on the Moon is a 1961 sexploitation film co-written and co-directed by Doris Wishman and...  more
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    First Spaceship on Venus

    Eduard von Winterstein, Yoko Tani
    First Spaceship on Venus, German: Der schweigende Stern, Polish: Milcząca Gwiazda, is a 1960...  more
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    Mutiny in Outer Space

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    The Phantom Planet

    Richard Kiel, Dolores Faith
    The Phantom Planet is a 1961 black and white science fiction film directed by William...  more
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    Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.

    Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins
    Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. is a 1966 British science fiction film and the second of...  more
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    Evil Brain from Outer Space

    Ken Utsui, Junko Ikeuchi
    Evil Brain from Outer Space is a 1964 film edited together for American television from films...  more
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    Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster

    Marilyn Hanold, James Karen
    Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster is a science fiction cult film, directed by Robert...  more
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    Journey to the Seventh Planet

    Greta Thyssen, John Agar
    Journey to the Seventh Planet is a 1962 science fiction film. It was directed by Sid Pink,...  more
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    Mission Stardust

    Lang Jeffries, Ann Smyrner
    Mission Stardust, and, is a 1967 Italian science fiction film. It was based on the Perry...  more