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The Best Teen Movies Of The 1960s

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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.


  • 1

    Beach Blanket Bingo

    Don Rickles, Linda Evans


    Directed byWilliam Asher

    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 starred...  more
  • 2

    Beach Party

    Vincent Price, Annette Funicello


    Directed byWilliam Asher

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    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....  more
  • 3

    The Parent Trap

    Maureen O'Hara, John Mills


    Directed byDavid Swift

    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 the...  more

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  • 4

    Muscle Beach Party

    Don Rickles, Annette Funicello


    Directed byWilliam Asher

    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
  • 5

    Pajama Party

    Teri Garr, Buster Keaton


    Directed byDon Weis

    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 films in...  more
  • 6

    Bikini Beach

    Stevie Wonder, Elizabeth Montgomery


    Directed byWilliam Asher

    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. This...  more
  • 7

    Ride the Wild Surf

    Barbara Eden, Shelley Fabares


    Directed byDon Taylor, William Castle

    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 footage –...  more
  • 8

    Where the Boys Are

    Connie Francis, Yvette Mimieux


    Directed byHenry Levin

    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 college...  more
  • 9

    To Sir, with Love

    Sidney Poitier, Lulu


    Directed byJames Clavell

    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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  • 10

    Bye Bye Birdie

    Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke


    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    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
  • 11

    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno


    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

    West 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

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  • 12

    How to Stuff a Wild Bikini

    Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Montgomery


    Directed byWilliam Asher

    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 Funicello,...  more
  • 13

    A Hard Day's Night

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon


    Directed byRichard Lester

    A 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

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  • 14

    Susan Slade

    Connie Stevens, Troy Donahue


    Directed byDelmer Daves

    Susan 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
  • 15

    Palm Springs Weekend

    Stefanie Powers, Connie Stevens


    Directed byNorman Taurog

    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 the...  more
  • 16

    Gidget Goes Hawaiian

    Carl Reiner, James Darren


    Directed byPaul Wendkos

    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 movie" vehicle...  more
  • 17

    Romeo and Juliet

    Laurence Olivier, Michael York


    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

    Romeo 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

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  • 18

    How Sweet It Is!

    Debbie Reynolds, James Garner


    Directed byJerry Paris

    How 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
  • 19

    Village of the Giants

    Ron Howard, Beau Bridges


    Directed byBert I. Gordon

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    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
  • 20

    Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

    James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara


    Directed byHenry Koster

    Mr. 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
  • 21

    With Six You Get Eggroll

    Doris Day, George Carlin


    Directed byHoward Morris

    With 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
  • 22


    Christopher Lee, Peter Sellers


    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Lolita 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

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  • 23


    Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman


    Directed byDavid Swift

    Pollyanna 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

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  • 24


    Paul Newman, Yvette Vickers


    Directed byMartin Ritt

    Hud 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

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  • 25

    Yours, Mine and Ours

    Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda


    Directed byMelville Shavelson

    Yours, 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

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