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The Best Movies of the '60s 

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The 1960s were a great period for film. Some of the best and most memorable movies in film history were made during this time. The '60s saw the overlap of many of the iconic film directors and stars from Hollywood's Golden Age along with some of the young upstarts who came to define the next generation of stars and powerbrokers.

The best movies of the '60s spanned many genres as well. Thrillers like Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate are considered classics as is Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus, Dr. Strangelove, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. There were also musicals that were adopted to the big screen like West Side Story. If you are a fan of westerns, there plenty of great films in the genre made in the '60s. These tough guy movies, like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, introduced Clint Eastwood to the mainstream while Paul Newman and Robert Redford captured the hearts of audiences in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Movies like Midnight Cowboy and Easy Rider were gritty films that introduced Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson to the world. Hoffman was nominated for his role in The Graduate during the same decade. These films, which wouldn't even get made now, were actually popular movies of the 1960s.

The 1960s were a special period in film history and these are the decade's best movies. Vote for the movies you think are the best of the '60s and should be recognized as the best of the decade.
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The Good, the Bad and th... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1966

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Charlie Condou, Gemma Jones, Jodie Whittaker, + more

Directed by: Sergio Leone, Vicente Amorim

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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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1960

Actors: Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, + more

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more

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Butch Cassidy and the Su... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1969

Actors: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman, Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross, + more

Directed by: George 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 ...more

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Dr. Strangelove or: How ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1964

Actors: James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, + more

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes fears of a nuclear ...more

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1964

Actors: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall, Shirley Eaton, Lois Maxwell, + more

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film ...more

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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1963

Actors: Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, + more

Directed by: John Sturges

The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth POW from a German POW camp during WWII, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard ...more

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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1967

Actors: Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, + more

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee Marvin. The picture was filmed in England and features an ensemble supporting cast including Ernest ...more

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The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1960

Actors: Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Eli Wallach, Yul Brynner, + more

Directed by: John Sturges

The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. The picture is an Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa's ...more

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1964

Actors: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester, Paul Frees, Ed Wynn, + more

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1969

Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Bob Balaban, M. Emmet Walsh, Brenda Vaccaro, + more

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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A Fistful of Dollars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1964

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell, Mario Brega, Benito Stefanelli, + more

Directed by: Sergio Leone

A Fistful of Dollars, titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars, is a 1964 spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, alongside Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne ...more

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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
RobLein added 1969

Actors: John Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Wilford Brimley, Strother Martin, + more

Directed by: Henry 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 ...more

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1968

Actors: Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes, Charles Grodin, Ruth Gordon, + more

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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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Ma... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1963

Actors: Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton, Milton Berle, Don Knotts, + more

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Spencer Tracy with an all-star cast, about the madcap pursuit of $350,000 ...more

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
RobLein added 1964

Actors: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Theodore Bikel, + more

Directed by: George Cukor

My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more

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Once Upon a Time in the ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1968

Actors: Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards Jr., Keenan Wynn, + more

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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The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1961

Actors: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott, Piper Laurie, Murray Hamilton, + more

Directed by: Robert Rossen

The Hustler is a 1961 American drama film directed by Robert Rossen from the Walter Tevis's 1959 novel of the same name Rossen and Sidney Carroll adapted for the screen. It tells the story of ...more

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The Wild Bunch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1969

Actors: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Ben Johnson, Warren Oates, + more

Directed by: Sam 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 ...more

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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1961

Actors: Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley, Tom Conway, Dallas McKennon, + more

Directed by: Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman

One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often written 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and adapted from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel of the same ...more

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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1962

Actors: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord, Martine Beswick, Lois Maxwell, + more

Directed by: Terence Young

Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna ...more

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The Manchurian Candidate... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1962

Actors: Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, Laurence Harvey, Henry Silva, + more

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, ...more

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For a Few Dollars More ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1965

Actors: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone, Klaus Kinski, Gian Maria Volonté, + more

Directed by: Sergio Leone

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1967

Actors: Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima, Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O'Malley, + more

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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The Man Who Shot Liberty... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1962

Actors: John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin, Lee Van Cleef, Vera Miles, + more

Directed by: John Ford

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford starring James Stewart and John Wayne. The black-and-white film was released by Paramount Pictures. The ...more

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The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1962

Actors: Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, + more

Directed by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during WWII. The film was produced by Darryl ...more

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