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The Best Movies of 1969

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List RulesOnly movies released in theaters in 1969.

List of the best movies of 1969, with movie trailers when available. Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger, two cinematic icons in different genres, made their debuts on the big screen in 1969. These top movies of 1969 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres, including lots of Westerns like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, True Grit, and The Undefeated - but each film was released in 1969. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1969 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1969 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

The Italian Job, Cactus Flower, and The Wild Bunch are included on this list along with many more.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1969?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1969?"

1969 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1969. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1969 aren't just one persons opinion.

  • 1

    True Grit

    John Wayne, Robert Duvall


    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    True Grit is a 1969 American western Technicolor film written by Marguerite Roberts, directed by Henry Hathaway, and starring John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn; Wayne won his only Academy...  more

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  • 2

    Support Your Local Sheriff!

    James Garner, Bruce Dern


    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Support Your Local Sheriff! is a 1969 American Technicolor comedic western film distributed by United Artists, directed by Burt Kennedy, written by William Bowers, and starring James Garner, Joan...  more

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  • 3

    The Undefeated

    John Wayne, Merlin Olsen


    Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen

    The Undefeated is a 1969 American Western film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and John Wayne and starring John Wayne and Rock Hudson. The film portrays events surrounding the French Intervention in...  more

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  • 4

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    Diana Rigg, Joanna Lumley


    Directed byPeter R. Hunt

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the sixth spy film in the James Bond series, based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. Following the decision of Sean Connery to retire from the role...  more

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  • 5

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford


    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman. Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West outlaws...  more

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  • 6

    The Wild Bunch

    William Holden, Ernest Borgnine


    Directed bySam Peckinpah

    The Wild Bunch is a 1969 American epic Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging outlaw gang on the Texas–Mexico border, trying to exist in the changing "modern" world of 1913. The...  more

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  • 7

    Midnight Cowboy

    Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight


    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 American drama film based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy. The script was written by Waldo Salt, directed by John Schlesinger, and stars Jon Voight...  more

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  • 8


    Elvis Presley, Victor French


    Directed byCharles Marquis Warren

    Charro! is a 1969 American western film starring Elvis Presley shot on location at Apacheland Movie Ranch and Old Tucson Studios in Arizona. It was his only role that didn't feature him singing...  more

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  • 9

    Mackenna's Gold

    Omar Sharif, Gregory Peck


    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    Mackenna's Gold is a 1969 western film directed by J. Lee Thompson, starring Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Ted Cassidy, Camilla Sparv, and Julie Newmar. It was photographed in Super...  more
  • 10

    Guns of the Magnificent Seven

    George Kennedy, James Whitmore


    Directed byPaul Wendkos

    Guns of the Magnificent Seven is a Zapata Western and the second sequel to the 1960 western film, The Magnificent Seven. The picture was directed by Paul Wendkos and stars George Kennedy as Chris...  more
  • 11

    Change of Habit

    Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore


    Directed byWilliam A. Graham

    Change of Habit is a 1969 American musical drama film directed by William A. Graham. A physician who runs a medical clinic in a poor neighborhood takes on an autistic young girl as a patient and...  more

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  • 12

    Easy Rider

    Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper


    Directed byDennis Hopper

    Easy Rider is a 1969 American independent road drama film directed by Dennis Hopper. Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) are freewheeling motorcyclists that sell cocaine smuggled from...  more


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  • 13


    Paul Newman, Robert Wagner


    Directed byJames Goldstone

    Winning is a 1969 American motion picture starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The film is about a racecar driver who aspires to win the Indianapolis 500. A number of racecar drivers and people...  more
  • 14

    The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

    Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero


    Directed byRobert Butler

    The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is a 1969 film starring Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn and William Schallert. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista...  more

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  • 15

    A Boy Named Charlie Brown

    Bill Melendez, Pamelyn Ferdin


    Directed byBill Melendez, Charles M. Schulz

    A Boy Named Charlie Brown is a 1969 American animated musical film, produced by Cinema Center Films, distributed by National General Pictures, and directed by Bill Meléndez, it is the first feature...  more
  • 16


    Lee Van Cleef, Ignazio Spalla


    Directed byGianfranco Parolini

    Sabata, is a 1969 Italian Spaghetti Western directed by Gianfranco Parolini. It is the first film in The Sabata Trilogy by Parolini, and stars Lee Van Cleef as the title character. Parolini had...  more
  • 17

    Carry On Camping

    Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor


    Directed byGerald Thomas

    Carry On Camping is a 1969 comedy film and the seventeenth in the series of Carry On films to be made. It features series regulars Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Terry...  more
  • 18

    100 Rifles

    Raquel Welch, Jim Brown


    Directed byTom Gries

    100 Rifles is a 1969 western directed by Tom Gries based on the 1966 novel The Californio by Robert MacLeod. The film stars Jim Brown, Burt Reynolds, Raquel Welch, and Fernando Lamas and was shot in...  more
  • 19

    Twisted Nerve

    Hayley Mills, Billie Whitelaw


    Directed byJohn Boulting, Roy Boulting

    Twisted Nerve is a 1968 British psychological thriller film directed by Roy Boulting and starring Hywel Bennett, Hayley Mills, Billie Whitelaw and Frank Finlay. The film follows a disturbed young...  more
  • 20

    Boot Hill

    Bud Spencer, Terence Hill


    Directed byGiuseppe Colizzi

    Boot Hill is a 1969 Italian Spaghetti Western film starring Terence Hill and Bud Spencer. This film is the last one in a trilogy that started with God Forgives... I Don't!, followed by Ace High. The...  more
  • 21

    Heaven with a Gun

    Barbara Hershey, Glenn Ford


    Directed byLee H. Katzin

    Heaven with a Gun is a 1969 American western film starring Glenn Ford....  more
  • 22

    A Touch of Zen

    Jackie Chan, Roy Chiao


    Directed byKing Hu

    A Touch of Zen is a 1971 Taiwanese wuxia film directed by King Hu. The film won significant critical acclaim and became the first Chinese language action film ever to win a prize at the Cannes Film...  more
  • 23

    All Monsters Attack

    Hideyo Amamoto, Haruo Nakajima


    Directed byIshirō Honda

    All Monsters Attack, released in Japan as Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru Kaijū Daishingeki, is a 1969 Japanese Kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Ishirō Honda, the film starred Tomonori Yazaki,...  more
  • 24

    Carry On Again Doctor

    Kenneth Williams, Barbara Windsor


    Directed byGerald Thomas

    Carry On Again Doctor is the eighteenth in the series of Carry On films to be made. It was released in 1969 and was the third to feature a medical theme. The film features series regulars Sid James,...  more
  • 25

    The Sabata Trilogy

    Yul Brynner, Lee Van Cleef


    Directed byGianfranco Parolini

    The Sabata Trilogy is a series of Spaghetti Western films released between 1969 and 1971, directed by Gianfranco Parolini, and starring Lee Van Cleef in the first, Sabata, Yul Brynner in the second,...  more