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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.

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
The Parent Trap Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills The 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 ...more

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Beach Party is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Beach Party Vincent Price, Annette Funicello, Yvette Vickers Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Beach 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.

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Where the Boys Are is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Where the Boys Are Connie Francis, Yvette Mimieux, Paula Prentiss Where 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 ...more

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Beach Blanket Bingo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Beach Blanket Bingo Don Rickles, Linda Evans, Annette Funicello Beach 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 ...more

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To Sir, with Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
To Sir, with Love Sidney Poitier, Lulu, Patricia Routledge To 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

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Bye Bye Birdie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Bye Bye Birdie Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh Bye 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

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Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Pollyanna Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Hayley Mills Pollyanna is a Walt Disney Productions feature film starring child actress Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden and Richard Egan in a story about a cheerful orphan changing the outlook of a ...more

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Gidget Goes Hawaiian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Gidget Goes Hawaiian Carl Reiner, James Darren, Michael Callan Gidget 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 ...more

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Pajama Party is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Pajama Party Teri Garr, Buster Keaton, Don Rickles Pajama 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 ...more

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Muscle Beach Party is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Muscle Beach Party Don Rickles, Annette Funicello, Peter Lorre Muscle 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

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Bikini Beach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Bikini Beach Stevie Wonder, Elizabeth Montgomery, Don Rickles Bikini 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. ...more

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Lord Love a Duck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Lord Love a Duck Tuesday Weld, Harvey Korman, Roddy McDowall Lord Love a Duck is a 1966 black comedy starring Roddy McDowall and Tuesday Weld. The film was a satire of popular culture at the time, its targets ranging from progressive education to Beach ...more

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The Horror of Party Beach is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
The Horror of Party Beach Eulabelle Moore, Agustin Mayor The Horror of Party Beach is a 1964 American horror film in the beach party genre, directed by B-movie maven Del Tenney, which Tenney himself described as "a take-off on beach parties and

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Ride the Wild Surf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Ride the Wild Surf Barbara Eden, Shelley Fabares, Tab Hunter Ride 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 ...more

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Cruel Story of Youth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Cruel Story of Youth Jun Hamamura, Yoshiko Kuga, Fumio Watanabe Cruel Story of Youth is a 1960 Japanese film directed by Nagisa Oshima, starring Yusuke Kawazu and Miyuki Kuwano. It is Oshima's second feature film.

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Gidget Goes to Rome is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Gidget Goes to Rome James Darren, Cindy Carol Gidget Goes to Rome is a 1963 Columbia Pictures Eastmancolor feature film starring Cindy Carol as the archetypal high school teen surfer girl originally created by Sandra Dee in the 1959 film ...more

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Palm Springs Weekend is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Palm Springs Weekend Stefanie Powers, Connie Stevens, Troy Donahue Palm 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 ...more

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Sweet Deceptions is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Sweet Deceptions Catherine Spaak, Marilù Tolo, Christian Marquand I dolci inganni is a 1960 Italian drama film directed by Alberto Lattuada. The film tells one day in the life of a young adolescent girl who is discovering her sexuality.

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I Saw What You Did is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
I Saw What You Did Joan Crawford, John Ireland, Leif Erickson I Saw What You Did is a 1965 American horror film released by Universal Pictures and starring Joan Crawford and John Ireland. The plot follows two teenage girls who find themselves in serious ...more

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How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Montgomery, Buster Keaton How 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 ...more

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Because They're Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Because They're Young Tuesday Weld, Dick Clark, Doug McClure Because They're Young is a 1960 film from Columbia Pictures, starring Dick Clark as Neil Hendry, an American high school teacher who tries to make a difference in the lives of his students. The ...more

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Mini Weekend is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Mini Weekend Vicki Hodge, Anna Palk, Veronica Lang Mini Weekend is a 1967 British exploitation film.

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Too Soon to Love is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Too Soon to Love Jack Nicholson, Merle Oberon, Curd Jürgens Too Soon to Love, also known as High School Honeymoon, is a American exploitation film starring Richard Evans, Jennifer West and Jack Nicholson. The film was directed by Richard Rush and ...more

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Everything Goes Wrong is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Everything Goes Wrong Tomoko Naraoka, Shinsuke Ashida Everything Goes Wrong is a 1960 Japanese Sun Tribe film directed by Seijun Suzuki and starring Tamio Kawachi and Yoshiko Yatsu in her film debut. The story follows Jirō, a rebellious high ...more

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Village of the Giants is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Village of the Giants Ron Howard, Beau Bridges, Toni Basil Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Village 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

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Wild in the Streets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Wild in the Streets Richard Pryor, Shelley Winters, Hal Holbrook Wild in the Streets is a 1968 film featuring Christopher Jones, Hal Holbrook, and Shelley Winters. It was produced by American International Pictures and based on a short story by writer Robert ...more

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Hot Summer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies

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Here We Go Round the Mulberry ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush Judy Geeson, Adrienne Posta, Angela Scoular Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush is a 1968 British film made based on the novel of the same name by Hunter Davies. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival, but the festival ...more

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Billie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '60s Teen Movies
Billie Patty Duke, Jim Backus, Jane Greer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Billie is a 1965 film directed by Don Weis.