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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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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Butch Cassidy and the Su... is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Dr. Strangelove or: How ... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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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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A Fistful of Dollars is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 10 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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For a Few Dollars More ... is listed (or ranked) 11 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

For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volonté. German actor Klaus Kinski also ...more

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Once Upon a Time in the ... is listed (or ranked) 12 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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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 13 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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The Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1963

Actors: Peter Sellers, Claudia Cardinale, David Niven, Robert Wagner, John Le Mesurier, + more

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Pink Panther is a 1963 Technicolor American comedy film filmed in 70mm Super Technirama directed by Blake Edwards and co-written by Edwards and Maurice Richlin, starring David Niven, Peter ...more

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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 15 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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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 16 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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In the Heat of the Night... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1967

Actors: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant, Warren Oates, William Schallert, + more

Directed by: Norman Jewison

In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on John Ball's 1965 novel of the same name which tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black ...more

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 18 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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The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 19 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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20
Easy Rider: The Ride Bac... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
2012

Actors: Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda, Peter Fonda, Phil Spector, + more

Directed by: Dennis Hopper, Dustin Rikert

Easy Rider is a 1969 American road movie written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda and directed by Hopper. It tells the story of two bikers who travel through ...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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Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1968

Actors: Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bissett, Suzanne Somers, Robert Vaughn, + more

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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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 25 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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