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The Best Movies of 1960

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List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1960.

List of the best movies of 1960, with movie trailers when available. 1960 was the last year that Marilyn Monroe and Clark Cable stepped onto a film set, as The Misfits finished production that year. These top movies of 1960 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, from La Dolce Vita to Spartacus, but each film was released in 1960. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1960 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1960 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

The list you're viewing contains movies like Psycho and The Magnificent Seven.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1960?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1960?"

1960 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1960. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1960 aren't just one persons opinion.

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  • Psycho1
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    Psycho

    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Magnificent Seven2
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    The Magnificent Seven

    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Time Machine3
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    The Time Machine

    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor

    Released1960

    Directed byGeorge Pal

    The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960... more on Wikipedia

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  • Spartacus4
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    Spartacus

    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier

    Released1960

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The... more on Wikipedia

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  • Swiss Family Robinson5
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    Swiss Family Robinson

    John Mills, Dorothy McGuire

    Released1960

    Directed byKen Annakin

    Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 British-American family film starring John Mills, Dorothy... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Alamo6
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    The Alamo

    John Wayne, Richard Widmark

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Wayne

    The Alamo is a 1960 American historical epic film about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo produced... more on Wikipedia
  • Exodus7
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    Exodus

    Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint

    Released1960

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    Exodus is a 1960 epic film made by Alpha and Carlyle Productions and distributed by United... more on Wikipedia
  • The Apartment8
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    The Apartment

    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon

    Released1960

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder,... more on Wikipedia

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  • North to Alaska9
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    North to Alaska

    John Wayne, Stewart Granger

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Wayne, Henry Hathaway

    North to Alaska is a 1960 comedic Western film directed by Henry Hathaway and John Wayne. The... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Unforgiven10
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    The Unforgiven

    Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Unforgiven is a 1960 American western film filmed in Durango, Mexico. It was directed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Pollyanna11
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    Pollyanna

    Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman

    Released1960

    Directed byDavid Swift

    Pollyanna is a 1960 American drama film directed by David Swift, and based on the novel by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cimarron12
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    Cimarron

    Glenn Ford, Anne Baxter

    Released1960

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    Cimarron is a 1960 western film based on the Edna Ferber novel Cimarron, featuring Glenn Ford... more on Wikipedia
  • Elmer Gantry13
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    Elmer Gantry

    Burt Lancaster, Shirley Jones

    Released1960

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Elmer Gantry is a 1960 drama film about a con man and a female evangelist selling religion to... more on Wikipedia

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  • Two Women14
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    Two Women

    Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo

    Released1960

    Directed byVittorio De Sica

    Two Women is a 1960 Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of a woman... more on Wikipedia
  • La Dolce Vita15
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    La Dolce Vita

    Nico, Anita Ekberg

    Released1960

    Directed byFederico Fellini

    La Dolce Vita is a 1960 Italian comedy-drama film written and directed by Federico Fellini.... more on Wikipedia
  • Peeping Tom16
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    Peeping Tom

    Anna Massey, Michael Powell

    Released1960

    Directed byMichael Powell

    This film is a 1960 British thriller/horror film directed by Michael Powell and written by the... more on Wikipedia

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  • L'Avventura17
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    L'Avventura

    Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti

    Released1960

    Directed byMichelangelo Antonioni

    L'Avventura is a 1960 Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and starring Gabriele... more on Wikipedia
  • Blood and Roses18
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    Blood and Roses

    Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli

    Released1960

    Directed byRoger Vadim

    Blood and Roses — French title Et mourir de plaisir; literally, And die of pleasure — is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Breathless19
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    Breathless

    Jean Seberg, Jean-Luc Godard

    Released1960

    Directed byJean-Luc Godard

    Breathless is a 1960 French film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard about a wandering... more on Wikipedia

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  • House of Usher20
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    House of Usher

    Vincent Price, Mark Damon

    Released1960

    Directed byRoger Corman

    House of Usher is a 1960 American horror film directed by Roger Corman and written by Richard... more on Wikipedia
  • G.I. Blues21
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    G.I. Blues

    Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse

    Released1960

    Directed byNorman Taurog, Mickey Moore

    G.I. Blues is a 1960 American musical comedy film directed by Norman Taurog and starring Elvis... more on Wikipedia

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  • Inherit the Wind22
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    Inherit the Wind

    Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly

    Released1960

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Inherit the Wind is a 1960 Hollywood film adaptation of the 1955 play of the same name,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Cinderfella23
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    Cinderfella

    Jerry Lewis, Count Basie

    Released1960

    Directed byFrank Tashlin

    Cinderfella is a comedy film adaptation of the classic Cinderella story, with most characters... more on Wikipedia
  • The Virgin Spring24
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    The Virgin Spring

    Max von Sydow, Allan Edwall

    Released1960

    Directed byIngmar Bergman

    The Virgin Spring is a 1960 Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman. Set in medieval Sweden,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Rocco and His Brothers25
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    Rocco and His Brothers

    Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon

    Released1960

    Directed byLuchino Visconti

    Rocco e i suoi fratelli is a 1960 Italian film directed by Luchino Visconti, inspired by an... more on Wikipedia