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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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    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 encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from her...  more

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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 Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. The picture is an Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa's...  more

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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 Metrocolor time travel science fiction film based on the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells in which a...  more
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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 screenplay by Dalton Trumbo was based on the novel Spartacus by Howard Fast. It was inspired by the life story...  more

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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 McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro and Tommy Kirk in a tale of a shipwrecked family building an island...  more

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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 and directed by John Wayne and starring Wayne as Davy Crockett. The picture also stars Richard Widmark as...  more

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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 Artists. Produced and directed by Otto Preminger, the film was based on the 1958 novel Exodus, by Leon Uris....  more
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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, which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. It was Wilder's next movie after Some Like It...  more

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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 picture stars Wayne along with Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian, and Capucine. The script is based...  more

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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 Eleanor H. Porter of the same title. A cheerful orphan (Hayley Mills) learns to adapt to her new...  more

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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 John Huston and stars Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, Charles Bickford and Lillian Gish. The...  more

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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 and Maria Schell. It was directed by Anthony Mann, known for his westerns and film noirs. Ferber's novel...  more
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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 small town America. Adapted by director Richard Brooks, the film is based on the 1927 novel of the same...  more

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    Sergeant Rutledge

    Woody Strode, Jeffrey Hunter

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Ford

    Sergeant Rutledge is a 1960 Western and military courtroom drama starring Woody Strode and Jeffrey Hunter. It was directed by John Ford and shot on location in Monument Valley, Utah. The film starred...  more
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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 Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, and Lea Massari. Developed from a story by Antonioni, the film is about a young...  more
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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 Presley, Juliet Prowse, and Robert Ivers. The movie was filmed at Paramount Pictures studio, with some...  more

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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. The film follows Marcello Rubini, a journalist writing for gossip magazines, over seven days and nights on...  more

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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 World War II cryptographer and polymath Leo Marks. The title derives from the slang expression...  more

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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 changed in gender from female to male and starring Jerry Lewis as Fella. It was released December 16,...  more
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    Midnight Lace

    Doris Day, Myrna Loy

    Released1960

    Directed byDavid Miller

    Midnight Lace is a 1960 American mystery-thriller film starring Doris Day and Rex Harrison, directed by David Miller. The screenplay by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts is based on the play Matilda Shouted...  more
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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 wrong doer and his American girlfriend. It was Godard's first feature-length work and represented Belmondo's...  more

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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, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, directed by Stanley Kramer. It stars Spencer Tracy as lawyer...  more

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    The Facts of Life

    Lucille Ball, Bob Hope

    Released1960

    Directed byNorman Panama, Melvin Frank

    The Facts of Life is a 1960 romantic comedy starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball as married people who have an affair. Written, directed, and produced by the longtime Hope associates Melvin Frank and...  more
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    Ocean's 11

    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1960

    Directed byLewis Milestone

    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 Las...  more
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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 Matheson from the short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. The film was the first...  more