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The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s 

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Updated July 8, 2019 1.6k votes 296 voters 18.7k views 30 items

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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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Beach Party is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Vincent Price, Annette Funicello, Yvette Vickers

Released: 1963

Directed by: William Asher

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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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills

Released: 1961

Directed by: David 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 ...more

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Beach Blanket Bingo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Don Rickles, Linda Evans, Annette Funicello

Released: 1965

Directed by: William 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 ...more
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Where the Boys Are is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Connie Francis, Yvette Mimieux, Paula Prentiss

Released: 1960

Directed by: Henry 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 ...more
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Bye Bye Birdie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh

Released: 1963

Directed by: George 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

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Muscle Beach Party is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Don Rickles, Annette Funicello, Peter Lorre

Released: 1964

Directed by: William 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
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Pajama Party is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Teri Garr, Buster Keaton, Don Rickles

Released: 1964

Directed by: Don 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 ...more
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Bikini Beach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Stevie Wonder, Elizabeth Montgomery, Don Rickles

Released: 1964

Directed by: William 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. ...more
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To Sir, with Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Sidney Poitier, Lulu, Patricia Routledge

Released: 1967

Directed by: James 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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Ride the Wild Surf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Barbara Eden, Shelley Fabares, Tab Hunter

Released: 1964

Directed by: Don 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 ...more
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How to Stuff a Wild Biki... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Montgomery, Buster Keaton

Released: 1965

Directed by: William 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 ...more
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Gidget Goes Hawaiian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Carl Reiner, James Darren, Michael Callan

Released: 1961

Directed by: Paul 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 ...more
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Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden

Released: 1960

Directed by: David 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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Palm Springs Weekend is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Stefanie Powers, Connie Stevens, Troy Donahue

Released: 1963

Directed by: Norman 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 ...more
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Gidget Goes to Rome is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
James Darren, Cindy Carol

Released: 1963

Directed by: Paul Wendkos

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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Wild in the Streets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Richard Pryor, Shelley Winters, Hal Holbrook

Released: 1968

Directed by: Barry Shear

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
17
Because They're Young is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Tuesday Weld, Dick Clark, Doug McClure

Released: 1960

Directed by: Paul Wendkos

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
18
Village of the Giants is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Ron Howard, Beau Bridges, Toni Basil

Released: 1965

Directed by: Bert I. Gordon

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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Billie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Patty Duke, Jim Backus, Jane Greer

Released: 1965

Directed by: Don Weis

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Lord Love a Duck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Tuesday Weld, Harvey Korman, Roddy McDowall

Released: 1966

Directed by: George Axelrod

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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I Saw What You Did is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Joan Crawford, John Ireland, Leif Erickson

Released: 1965

Directed by: William Castle

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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The Horror of Party Beac... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Eulabelle Moore, Agustin Mayor

Released: 1964

Directed by: Del Tenney

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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Cruel Story of Youth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Jun Hamamura, Yoshiko Kuga, Fumio Watanabe

Released: 1960

Directed by: Nagisa Oshima

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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Hot Summer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
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Last Summer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Movies of the 1960s
Gene Lyons added Barbara Hershey, Bruce Davison, Richard Thomas

Released: 1969

Directed by: Frank Perry

Last Summer is a 1969 coming-of-age movie about adolescent sexuality based on the novel Last Summer by Evan Hunter. Director Frank Perry filmed at Fire Island locations. The stars of the film ...more