Welcome to the teenage wasteland with a list of '60s teen movies. And guess what? They’re all wasted! Here you’ll find the best 1960s teen films, which include plenty of fun in the sun, teenage romance, and even a little bit of horror thrown in the mix.
Many of the films on this list of the top ‘60s teen movies fall under the genre of beach party movie, including Beach Blanket Bingo, Pajama Party, and Bikini Beach. Straying away from the beach, you’ll find classic 1960s teen movies like Bye Bye Birdie. This tale of young love and teenage music starring Ann Margaret and Dick Clark will have you clapping and cheering along, especially since it boasts an appearance by real-life talk show host Ed Sullivan. It’s a really big show!
Other recognizable faces of the decade show up on this ‘60s teen movie list, including Sidney Poitier in To Sir, With Love, a film directed by notable novelist James Clavell. The 1961 sequel Gidget Goes Hawaiian features the great Carl Reiner stealing scenes. This '60s teen movies list also includes the original iteration of The Parent Trap, which was remade decades later with Lindsay Lohan starring.
What are your favorite ‘60s teen films? Vote up your favorites to help them make it to the top of the list and downvote the movies that haven't stood the test of time. Add any movies we may have missed and if you've seen them all, then rerank to create your own 1960s teen movies list.
Directed by: William AsherBeach Blanket Bingo is an American International Pictures beach party film, released in 1965 and was directed by William Asher. It is the fifth film in the beach party film series. The film starred... more
Directed by: William AsherWatch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialBeach Party was the first of several beach party films from American International Pictures aimed at a teen audience. This film is often credited with creating the beach party film genre.... more
Directed by: David SwiftThe Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney film. It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith in a story about teenage twins on a quest to reunite their divorced parents. The screenplay by the... more
Directed by: William AsherMuscle Beach Party is the second of seven beach party films produced by American International Pictures. It stars Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello and was directed by William Asher, who also... more
Directed by: Don WeisPajama Party is a 1964 beach party film starring Tommy Kirk and Annette Funicello. This is the fourth in a series of seven beach films produced by American International Pictures. The other films in... more
Directed by: William AsherBikini Beach is a 1964 American teen film directed by William Asher and starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. The film belongs to the beach party genre of movies, popular in the 1960s. This... more
Directed by: Don Taylor, William CastleRide the Wild Surf is a romantic drama in the beach party style. It was filmed in 1963 and distributed in 1964. Unlike most films in the genre, it is known for its exceptional big wave surf footage –... more
Directed by: Henry LevinWhere the Boys Are is an Metrocolor and CinemaScope American coming-of-age comedy film, written by George Wells based on the novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout, about four Midwestern college... more
Directed by: James ClavellTo Sir, with Love is a 1967 British drama film, starring Sidney Poitier, that deals with social and racial issues in an inner-city school. James Clavell directed and wrote the film's screenplay,... more
Directed by: George SidneyBye Bye Birdie is a 1963 musical comedy film from Columbia Pictures. It is a film adaptation of the stage production of the same name. The screenplay was written by Michael Stewart and Irving... more
Directed by: Jerome Robbins, Robert WiseWest Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was... more
Directed by: William AsherHow to Stuff a Wild Bikini is a 1965 Pathécolor beach party film from American International Pictures. The sixth entry in a seven-film series, the movie features Mickey Rooney, Annette Funicello,... more
Directed by: Richard LesterA Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the height of... more
Directed by: Delmer DavesSusan Slade is a 1961 American Technicolor drama film released by Warner Bros. The film was directed by Delmer Daves and stars Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens. The screenplay was based upon the 1961... more
Directed by: Norman TaurogPalm Springs Weekend is a 1963 Warner Bros. bedroom comedy film directed by Norman Taurog. It has elements of the beach party genre and has been called “a sort of Westernized version of Where the... more
Directed by: Paul WendkosGidget Goes Hawaiian is a 1961 musical romantic comedy film starring Deborah Walley and James Darren. Released by Columbia Pictures, the film is a sequel to the 1959 Sandra Dee "beach movie" vehicle... more
Directed by: Franco ZeffirelliRomeo and Juliet is a 1968 British-Italian romance film based on the tragic play of the same name by William Shakespeare. The film was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and stars Leonard... more
Directed by: Jerry ParisHow Sweet It Is! is a 1968 comedy movie starring James Garner and Debbie Reynolds, with a supporting cast including Terry-Thomas and Paul Lynde. Garner plays a photographer who brings his wife,... more
Directed by: Bert I. GordonWatch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialVillage of the Giants is a 1965 science-fiction/comedy movie with many elements of the beach party film genre. It was produced, directed and written by Bert I. Gordon, and based loosely on H.G.... more
Directed by: Henry KosterMr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation is a 1962 American comedy film directed by Henry Koster and starring James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara. The film is based on a novel by Edward Streeter and features a... more
Directed by: Howard MorrisWith Six You Get Eggroll is a romantic comedy film starring Doris Day and Brian Keith. The cast includes Barbara Hershey, George Carlin, and Pat Carroll. This was Day's final acting appearance in a... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickLolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov, about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl. The film... more
Directed by: David SwiftPollyanna is a 1960 American drama film directed by David Swift, and based on the novel by Eleanor H. Porter of the same title. A cheerful orphan (Hayley Mills) learns to adapt to her new... more
Directed by: Martin RittHud is a 1963 Western film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal. It was produced by Ritt and Newman's recently founded company, Salem Productions, and... more
Directed by: Melville ShavelsonYours, Mine and Ours is a 1968 film, directed by Melville Shavelson and starring Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda and Van Johnson. Before its release, it had three other working titles: The Beardsley Story,... more