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The Best Movies of 1966 

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List of the best movies of 1966, with movie trailers when available. Many remember 1966 as the year that Walt Disney died while supervising The Jungle Book. These top movies of 1966 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres - from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - but each film was released in 1966. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1966 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1966 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

Examples include Fahrenheit 451 and A Man for All Seasons.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1966?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1966?"1966 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1966. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1966 aren't just one persons opinion.

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Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

Released: 1966

Directed by: Sergio Leone

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The screenplay was written by Age ...more

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John Wayne, James Caan, Robert Mitchum

Released: 1966

Directed by: Howard Hawks

El Dorado is a 1966 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Written by Leigh Brackett and loosely based on the novel The Stars in ...more

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Peter O'Toole, Ava Gardner, Richard Harris

Released: 1966

Directed by: John Huston

The Bible: In the Beginning... is a 1966 American-Italian religious epic film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed by John Huston. It recounts the first 22 chapters of the biblical Book ...more
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Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1966

Directed by: Robert Wise

The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 American period film directed by Robert Wise. It tells the story of an independent, rebellious U.S. Navy Machinist's Mate, First Class aboard the fictional gunboat USS ...more

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Boris Karloff, June Foray, Hal Smith

Released: 1966

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Ben Washam

This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the eponymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The Grinch trying to take away ...more

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Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin

Released: 1966

Directed by: Richard Brooks

The Professionals is a 1966 American western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Ryan, and Woody Strode. The supporting cast includes Jack Palance and Ralph Bellamy ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal

Released: 1966

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a 1966 American black comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is an adaptation of the play of the same title by Edward ...more

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Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Lee Meriwether

Released: 1966

Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson

Batman, often promoted as Batman: The Movie, is a 1966 film based on the Batman television series, and the first full-length theatrical adaptation of the DC Comics character Batman. Released by ...more

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Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith, Joanne Woodward

Released: 1966

Directed by: Fielder Cook

A Big Hand for the Little Lady is a 1966 Technicolor western film, made by Eden Productions Inc. and released by Warner Bros. The movie was produced and directed by Fielder Cook from a ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Lurene Tuttle

Released: 1966

Directed by: Billy Wilder

The Fortune Cookie is a 1966 film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first on-screen collaboration, and directed by Billy Wilder from a script by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond.

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Yul Brynner, Warren Oates, Fernando Rey

Released: 1966

Directed by: Burt Kennedy

Return of the Seven is the first sequel to the western, The Magnificent Seven. Yul Brynner is the sole returning cast member from the first film, portraying Chris Adams. Robert Fuller assumes ...more

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Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway

Released: 1966

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree is a 1966 film combining live-action and animation. It was released by The Walt Disney Company. Based on the first two chapters of the book Winnie-the-Pooh by ...more
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John Hurt, Orson Welles, Vanessa Redgrave

Released: 1966

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

A Man for All Seasons is a 1966 British biographical drama film based on Robert Bolt's play of the same name about Sir Thomas More. It was released on 12 December 1966. Paul Scofield, who had ...more

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Raquel Welch, James Brolin, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1966

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

Per salvare la vita di un celebre scienziato, vittima di un attentato, alcuni medici si fanno miniaturizzare ed entrano nel suo corpo. Per arrivare al cervello e operarlo hanno solamente un'ora. ...more

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Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, Mary Wickes

Released: 1966

Directed by: Ida Lupino

The Trouble with Angels is a 1966 comedy film in Pathécolor about the adventures of two girls in an all-girls Catholic school run by nuns. The film was directed by Ida Lupino and stars ...more
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Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir

Released: 1966

Directed by: Terence Fisher

Dracula: Prince of Darkness is a 1966 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher. The film was photographed in Techniscope by Michael Reed, designed by Bernard Robinson and scored by James ...more
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Steve McQueen, Loni Anderson, Suzanne Pleshette

Released: 1966

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Nevada Smith is a 1966 American Western film in Eastmancolor and Panavision directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Steve McQueen, made by Embassy Pictures and Solar Productions in association ...more

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Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Oskar Werner

Released: 1966

Directed by: Fran├žois Truffaut

Fahrenheit 451 is a 1966 British Dystopian science fiction drama film directed by François Truffaut and starring Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, and Cyril Cusack. Based on the 1953 novel of ...more

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James Coburn, James Brolin, Lee J. Cobb

Released: 1966

Directed by: Daniel Mann

Our Man Flint is a 1966 American action film that parodies the James Bond genre. The film was directed by Daniel Mann, written by Hal Fimberg and Ben Starr, and starring James Coburn as master ...more
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Jimmy Page, Vanessa Redgrave, Jeff Beck

Released: 1966

Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni

Blowup, or Blow-Up, is a 1966 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni about a fashion photographer, played by David Hemmings, who believes he has unwittingly captured an incident on film. It was ...more

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James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith

Released: 1966

Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen

The Rare Breed is a 1966 American western film starring James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Juliet Mills and Ben Johnson and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. Loosely based on the life of ...more
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Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Denholm Elliott

Released: 1966

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

Alfie is a 1966 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Michael Caine. It is an adaptation by Bill Naughton of his own novel and play of the same name. The film ...more

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Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Michael Douglas

Released: 1966

Directed by: Melville Shavelson

Cast a Giant Shadow is a 1966 big-budget action film based on the life of Colonel Mickey Marcus, and stars Kirk Douglas, Senta Berger, Yul Brynner, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra and Angie Dickinson. ...more

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Dimos Dicoudis added Elvis Presley, Deanna Lund, Red West

Released: 1966

Directed by: Mickey Moore

Paradise, Hawaiian Style is a 1966 musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley. It was the third and final motion picture that Presley filmed in Hawaii. The film reached #40 on the Variety weekly ...more
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Kurt Russell, Lillian Gish, Vera Miles

Released: 1966

Directed by: Norman Tokar

Follow Me, Boys! is a 1966 family film produced by Walt Disney Productions, based on the book God and My Country by MacKinlay Kantor. The film starred Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Lillian Gish, ...more

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