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The Best Movies of 1968 

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List of the best movies of 1968, with movie trailers when available. The year 1968 was a historic year in film, and included film debuts from legendary actors like Goldie Hawn and Malcolm McDowell. These top movies of 1968 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres - from Rosemary's Baby to Funny Girl - but each film was released in 1968. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1968 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1968 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

List is made up of many different movies, including 2001: A Space Odyssey and Night of the Living Dead.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1968?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1968?"

1968 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1968. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1968 aren't just one persons opinion.

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Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

Released: 1968

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Charlton Heston. Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, and James ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ted Post

Hang 'Em High is a 1968 American Western film directed by Ted Post and produced and co-written by Leonard Freeman. It stars Clint Eastwood as Jed Cooper, Inger Stevens as a widow who helps him, ...more

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Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett

Released: 1968

Directed by: Peter Yates

Bullitt is a 1968 American action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset. The screenplay by ...more

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Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Herb Edelman

Released: 1968

Directed by: Gene Saks

The Odd Couple is a 1968 American black comedy film written by Neil Simon, based on his play The Odd Couple, directed by Gene Saks, and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. It is the story ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

Released: 1968

Directed by: Brian G. Hutton

Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 WWII action film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure. It was directed by Brian G. Hutton and shot on location in Austria and Bavaria. Alistair ...more

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Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

Released: 1968

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more

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Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

Released: 1968

Directed by: Sergio Leone

Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italian/American epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone for Paramount Pictures. It stars Henry Fonda cast against type as the villain, ...more

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Buddy Hackett, Dean Jones, Michele Lee

Released: 1968

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

The Love Bug, sometimes referred to as Herbie the Love Bug, is the first in a series of comedy films made by Walt Disney Productions that starred an anthropomorphic pearl-white, fabric-sunroofed ...more

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George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

Released: 1968

Directed by: George A. Romero

Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent zombie horror film directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman. It premiered on October 1, 1968, and ...more

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of 1968
Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

Released: 1968

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia ...more

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Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Don Siegel

Released: 1968

Directed by: Don Siegel

Coogan's Bluff is a 1968 American action film directed by Don Siegel, and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Don Stroud and Susan Clark. The film marks the first of five collaborations ...more

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Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Zero Mostel

Released: 1967

Directed by: Mel Brooks

The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel Brooks. The film is set in the late 1960s and it tells the story of a theatrical producer and an ...more

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Don Knotts, Pat Morita, Barbara Rhoades

Released: 1968

Directed by: Alan Rafkin

The Shakiest Gun in the West is a 1968 Western comedy film starring Don Knotts. It was directed by Alan Rafkin and written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum. The film is a remake of The ...more

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Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole

Released: 1968

Directed by: Anthony Harvey

The Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical drama film made by Avco Embassy Pictures, based on the Broadway play by James Goldman. It was directed by Anthony Harvey and produced by Joseph E. Levine ...more

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Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen, Yaphet Kotto

Released: 1968

Directed by: Norman Jewison

The Thomas Crown Affair is a DeLuxe Color 1968 film directed and produced by Norman Jewison starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning Best ...more
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Sean Connery, Brigitte Bardot, Honor Blackman

Released: 1968

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk

Shalako is a 1968 Western film directed by American Edward Dmytryk, starring Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot. The British production was filmed in Almería, Spain. The cast also includes ...more

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Suzanne Pleshette, Peter Ustinov, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1968

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Blackbeard's Ghost is a 1968 live-action fantasy comedy Disney film starring Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, and Suzanne Pleshette, directed by Robert Stevenson. It is based upon the novel of the ...more

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John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles

Released: 1968

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, John Wayne, Ray Kellogg

The Green Berets is a 1968 American film set in Vietnam, featuring John Wayne, George Takei, David Janssen, Jim Hutton and Aldo Ray, nominally based on the eponymous 1965 book by Robin Moore, ...more

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Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Anita Ekberg

Released: 1956

Directed by: King Vidor

This film is the first English-language film version of the novel by Leo Tolstoy. It is an American/Italian production, directed by King Vidor and produced by Dino De Laurentiis and Carlo Ponti. ...more
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Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Anne Francis

Released: 1968

Directed by: William Wyler

Funny Girl, the film, is a 1968 American biographical romantic musical comedy-drama film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart was adapted from her book for the eponymous ...more

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Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ken Hughes

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The film's script is by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes and its ...more

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Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern, Lee Majors

Released: 1968

Directed by: Tom Gries

Will Penny is a 1968 western film written and directed by Tom Gries starring Charlton Heston and Donald Pleasence. It was based upon an episode of the 1960 Sam Peckinpah television series The ...more

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John Wayne, Katharine Ross, Vera Miles

Released: 1968

Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen

Hellfighters is a 1968 American film starring John Wayne and featuring Katharine Ross, Bruce Cabot, Jim Hutton, Jay C. Flippen and Vera Miles. The film, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, is about ...more

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Dimos Dicoudis added Eli Wallach, Bud Spencer, Terence Hill

Released: 1968

Directed by: Giuseppe Colizzi

Ace High is an Italian spaghetti Western by Giuseppe Colizzi from 1968. The film is the second in a trilogy started with God Forgives... I Don't! and ended with Boot Hill.
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Laurence Olivier, Michael York, Olivia Hussey

Released: 1968

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

Romeo and Juliet is a 1968 British-Italian romance film based on the tragic play of the same name by William Shakespeare. The film was directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, and stars ...more

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