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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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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Leone

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    El Dorado is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    El Dorado

    John Wayne, James Caan

    Released1966

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    El Dorado is a 1966 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Released1966

    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This special is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is... more on Wikipedia

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    The Bible: In the Beginning... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    The Bible: In the Beginning...

    Peter O'Toole, Ava Gardner

    Released1966

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Bible: In the Beginning... is a 1966 American-Italian religious epic film produced by Dino... more on Wikipedia
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    Return of the Seven is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Return of the Seven

    Yul Brynner, Warren Oates

    Released1966

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Return of the Seven is the first sequel to the western, The Magnificent Seven. Yul Brynner is... more on Wikipedia
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    The Professionals is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    The Professionals

    Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster

    Released1966

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    The Professionals is a 1966 American western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia... more on Wikipedia
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    The Sand Pebbles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    The Sand Pebbles

    Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen

    Released1966

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 American period film directed by Robert Wise. It tells the story of... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Trouble with Angels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    The Trouble with Angels

    Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills

    Released1966

    Directed byIda Lupino

    The Trouble with Angels is a 1966 comedy film in Pathécolor about the adventures of two girls... more on Wikipedia
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    A Big Hand for the Little Lady is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    A Big Hand for the Little Lady

    Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith

    Released1966

    Directed byFielder Cook

    A Big Hand for the Little Lady is a 1966 Technicolor western film, made by Eden Productions... more on Wikipedia

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    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

    Released1966

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a 1966 American black comedy-drama film directed by Mike... more on Wikipedia
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    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey  is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris

    Released1966

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree is a 1966 film combining live-action and animation. It was... more on Wikipedia
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    The Rare Breed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    The Rare Breed

    James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1966

    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    The Rare Breed is a 1966 American western film starring James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Brian... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Batman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Batman

    Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero

    Released1966

    Directed byLeslie H. Martinson

    Batman, often promoted as Batman: The Movie, is a 1966 film based on the Batman television... more on Wikipedia

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    Paradise, Hawaiian Style is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Paradise, Hawaiian Style

    Elvis Presley, Deanna Lund

    Released1966

    Directed byMickey Moore

    Paradise, Hawaiian Style is a 1966 musical comedy film starring Elvis Presley. It was the... more on Wikipedia
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    Fantastic Voyage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Fantastic Voyage

    Raquel Welch, James Brolin

    Released1966

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Per salvare la vita di un celebre scienziato, vittima di un attentato, alcuni medici si fanno... more on Wikipedia

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    The Fortune Cookie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    The Fortune Cookie

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau

    Released1966

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    The Fortune Cookie is a 1966 film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in their first... more on Wikipedia
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    Nevada Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Nevada Smith

    Steve McQueen, Loni Anderson

    Released1966

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    Nevada Smith is a 1966 American Western film in Eastmancolor and Panavision directed by Henry... more on Wikipedia

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    A Man for All Seasons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    A Man for All Seasons

    John Hurt, Orson Welles

    Released1966

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    A Man for All Seasons is a 1966 British biographical drama film based on Robert Bolt's play of... more on Wikipedia

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    Cast a Giant Shadow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Cast a Giant Shadow

    Frank Sinatra, John Wayne

    Released1966

    Directed byMelville Shavelson

    Cast a Giant Shadow is a 1966 big-budget action film based on the life of Colonel Mickey... more on Wikipedia

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    Follow Me, Boys! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Follow Me, Boys!

    Kurt Russell, Lillian Gish

    Released1966

    Directed byNorman Tokar

    Follow Me, Boys! is a 1966 family film produced by Walt Disney Productions, based on the book... more on Wikipedia

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    Dracula: Prince of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Dracula: Prince of Darkness

    Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley

    Released1966

    Directed byTerence Fisher

    Dracula: Prince of Darkness is a 1966 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher. The film... more on Wikipedia
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    Our Man Flint is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Our Man Flint

    James Coburn, James Brolin

    Released1966

    Directed byDaniel Mann

    Our Man Flint is a 1966 American action film that parodies the James Bond genre. The film was... more on Wikipedia
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    The Ugly Dachshund is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    The Ugly Dachshund

    Suzanne Pleshette, Dean Jones

    Released1966

    Directed byNorman Tokar

    The Ugly Dachshund is a 1966 Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Dean Jones and... more on Wikipedia
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    Frankie and Johnny is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Frankie and Johnny

    Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas

    Released1966

    Directed byFred de Cordova

    Frankie and Johnny is a 1966 American musical film starring Elvis Presley as a riverboat... more on Wikipedia

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    Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of 1966
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    Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

    Hideyo Amamoto, Akihiko Hirata

    Released1966

    Directed byJun Fukuda

    Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘 Gojira, Ebira, Mosura Nankai no Daikettō) is a... more on Wikipedia
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