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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.

  • 1

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach


    Directed bySergio 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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  • 2


    Directed byChuck Jones, Ben Washam

    This special is a 1966 American animated television film 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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  • 3

    El Dorado

    John Wayne, James Caan


    Directed byHoward 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 Their...  more

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  • 4

    Follow Me, Boys!

    Kurt Russell, Lillian Gish


    Directed byNorman 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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  • 5

    The Bible: In the Beginning...

    Peter O'Toole, Ava Gardner


    Directed byJohn 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 of...  more
  • 6

    The Trouble with Angels

    Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills


    Directed byIda 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 Hayley Mills,...  more
  • 7

    The Sand Pebbles

    Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen


    Directed byRobert 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 San...  more
  • 8

    Return of the Seven

    Yul Brynner, Warren Oates


    Directed byBurt 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 the...  more
  • 9

    The Professionals

    Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster


    Directed byRichard 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 and the...  more

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  • 10

    A Big Hand for the Little Lady

    Henry Fonda, Burgess Meredith


    Directed byFielder 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 screenplay by...  more

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  • 11


    Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall


    Directed byJack Smight

    Harper, released in the UK as The Moving Target, is a 1966 film based on Ross Macdonald's novel The Moving Target and adapted for the screen by novelist William Goldman, who admired MacDonald's...  more
  • 12

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton


    Directed byMike 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 Albee....  more

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  • 13

    Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris


    Directed byWolfgang 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 A. A....  more
  • 14

    The Rare Breed

    James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara


    Directed byAndrew 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
  • 15


    Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero


    Directed byLeslie 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 20th...  more

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  • 16

    Paradise, Hawaiian Style

    Elvis Presley, Deanna Lund


    Directed byMickey 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 box...  more
  • 17

    Fantastic Voyage

    Raquel Welch, James Brolin


    Directed byRichard 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
  • 18

    Nevada Smith

    Steve McQueen, Loni Anderson


    Directed byHenry 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 with...  more

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  • 19

    The Fortune Cookie

    Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau


    Directed byBilly 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....  more
  • 20

    A Man for All Seasons

    John Hurt, Orson Welles


    Directed byFred 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 played...  more

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  • 21

    Cast a Giant Shadow

    Frank Sinatra, John Wayne


    Directed byMelville 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
  • 22

    One Million Years BC

    Raquel Welch, Martine Beswick


    Directed byDon Chaffey

    One Million Years B.C. is a 1966 British adventure/fantasy film starring Raquel Welch and John Richardson, set in a fictional age of cavemen and dinosaurs. The film was made by Hammer Film...  more
  • 23

    Dracula: Prince of Darkness

    Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley


    Directed byTerence 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
  • 24

    Fahrenheit 451

    Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack


    Directed byFrançois 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 the same...  more
  • 25

    Frankie and Johnny

    Elvis Presley, Donna Douglas


    Directed byFred de Cordova

    Frankie and Johnny is a 1966 American musical film starring Elvis Presley as a riverboat gambler. The role of "Frankie" was played by Donna Douglas from The Beverly Hillbillies TV series. The film...  more

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