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The Best Movies of 1960 

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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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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1960
Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins
Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more

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#4 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #203 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #9 of 796 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

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Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis
Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Dalton Trumbo was based on the novel Spartacus by Howard Fast. It was inspired by the life ...more

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#86 of 348 The Best Movies Based On Books #27 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn
The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. The picture is an Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa's ...more

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#315 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #311 of 460 The Most Quotable Movies of All Time

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Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young
The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960 Metrocolor time travel science fiction film based on the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells in ...more

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#62 of 160 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies #3 of 47 The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies

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Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray
The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. It was Wilder's next movie after Some ...more

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#44 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture #266 of 1,198 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon
The Alamo is a 1960 American historical epic film about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo produced and directed by John Wayne and starring Wayne as Davy Crockett. The picture also stars Richard ...more

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#33 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #20 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960slisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Burt Lancaster, Shirley Jones, Jean Simmons
Elmer Gantry is a 1960 drama film about a con man and a female evangelist selling religion to small town America. Adapted by director Richard Brooks, the film is based on the 1927 novel of the ...more

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Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb
Exodus is a 1960 epic film made by Alpha and Carlyle Productions and distributed by United Artists. Produced and directed by Otto Preminger, the film was based on the 1958 novel Exodus, by Leon ...more

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#219 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #35 of 127 The Best Oscar-Winning Scoreslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Fabian
North to Alaska is a 1960 comedic Western film directed by Henry Hathaway and John Wayne. The picture stars Wayne along with Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian, and Capucine. The script is ...more

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#61 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #32 of 46 The Best '60s Action Movies

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John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk
Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 British-American family film starring John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro and Tommy Kirk in a tale of a shipwrecked family building an ...more

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#20 of 140 The Best Disney Live-Action Movies #64 of 158 The Best Costume Drama Movies

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Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti, Lea Massari
L'Avventura is a 1960 Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, and Lea Massari. Developed from a story by Antonioni, the film is about a ...more
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Nico, Anita Ekberg, Marcello Mastroianni
La Dolce Vita is a 1960 Italian comedy-drama film written and directed by Federico Fellini. The film follows Marcello Rubini, a journalist writing for gossip magazines, over seven days and ...more

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#784 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #42 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Starslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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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#778 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #195 of 314 The Best Movies for Kids

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Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Dean Martin
Ocean's 11 is a 1960 heist film directed by Lewis Milestone and starring five Rat Packers: Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop. Centered on a series of ...more
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Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Harry Morgan
Inherit the Wind is a 1960 Hollywood film adaptation of the 1955 play of the same name, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, directed by Stanley Kramer. It stars Spencer Tracy as ...more

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#11 of 85 The Best Movies Based on Plays #20 of 46 The Greatest Legal Dramas Ever Made

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George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn
Village of the Damned is a 1960 British science fiction film by German director Wolf Rilla. The film is adapted from the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. The lead role of Professor ...more

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#177 of 796 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #71 of 232 The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made

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Jean Seberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Paul Belmondo
Breathless is a 1960 French film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard about a wandering wrong doer and his American girlfriend. It was Godard's first feature-length work and represented ...more

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#70 of 113 The Best Mafia Films #57 of 135 The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History

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Peeping Tom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1960
Anna Massey, Michael Powell, Pamela Green
This film is a 1960 British thriller/horror film directed by Michael Powell and written by the World War II cryptographer and polymath Leo Marks. The title derives from the slang expression ...more

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#283 of 796 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time #269 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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The Unforgiven
Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Lillian Gish
The Unforgiven is a 1960 American western film filmed in Durango, Mexico. It was directed by John Huston and stars Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, Charles Bickford and Lillian ...more

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#79 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #12 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s #103 of 194 The Best Movies of the '60s

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Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey
House of Usher is a 1960 American horror film directed by Roger Corman and written by Richard Matheson from the short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. The ...more
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Glenn Ford, Anne Baxter, Vic Morrow
Cimarron is a 1960 western film based on the Edna Ferber novel Cimarron, featuring Glenn Ford and Maria Schell. It was directed by Anthony Mann, known for his westerns and film noirs. Ferber's ...more
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Romy Schneider, Marie Laforêt, Ave Ninchi
Purple Noon is a 1960 film directed by René Clément, based on the 1955 novel The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. The film stars Alain Delon in his first major film, ...more
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Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone
Two Women is a 1960 Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of a woman trying to protect her young daughter from the horrors of war. The film stars Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul ...more

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#41 of 46 The Best 60s War Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Elizabeth Taylor, Eddie Fisher, Dina Merrill
BUtterfield 8 is a 1960 drama film directed by Daniel Mann, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Laurence Harvey. Taylor, then 28 years old, won her first Academy Award for her performance in a leading ...more
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Max von Sydow, Allan Edwall, Tor Isedal
The Virgin Spring is a 1960 Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman. Set in medieval Sweden, it is a revenge tale about a father's merciless response to the rape and murder of his young ...more

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