60s 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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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1960 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 stealing money from ...more

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
2008 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 in the title roles respectively. ...more

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1964 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 I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1964 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 the cold war fears of a ...more

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1964 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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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1969 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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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1963 The Great Escape is a 1963 American World War II epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II, starring Steve McQueen, ...more

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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1962 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 Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1960 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) 10 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1964 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 Pink Panther is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1963 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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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and written by William Rose. It stars Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine ...more

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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1967 The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 war 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 ...more

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The Producers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1967 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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The Manchurian Candidate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1962 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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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Worl... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1963 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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Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1969 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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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1968 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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Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1968 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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For a Few Dollars More is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1965 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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Judgment at Nuremberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1961 Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 American drama film dealing with the Holocaust, with non-combatant war crimes against a civilian population, and with the post-World War II geo-political ...more

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The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1961 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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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
RobLein added 1969 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 Guns of Navarone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1961 The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 British-American action/adventure war film directed by J. Lee Thompson. The screenplay by producer Carl Foreman was based on Alistair MacLean's 1957 novel The Guns ...more

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Easy Rider: The Ride Back is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
2012 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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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1966 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 ...more

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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1967 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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Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1968 Bullitt is a 1968 American crime action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bisset. The ...more

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101 Dalmations is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1961 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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8½ is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1963 8½ is a 1963 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Federico Fellini. Co-scripted by Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Flaiano, and Brunello Rondi, it stars Marcello Mastroianni as Guido ...more

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1967 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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MASH is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1970 MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The ...more

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A Hard Day's Night is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1964 A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British black-and-white comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr—during the ...more

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The Wild Bunch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1969 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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The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1962 The Longest Day is a 1962 war film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II. The film was ...more

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jan... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford about an actress who holds her ...more

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valan... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1962 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 Party is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1968 The Party is a 1968 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, starring Peter Sellers and Claudine Longet. The film has a very loose structure, and essentially serves as a series of set pieces for ...more

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Zorba the Greek is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1964 Zorba the Greek is a 1964 British-Greek drama film directed by Cypriot Michael Cacoyannis and starring Anthony Quinn as the title character. It is based on the novel Zorba the Greek by Nikos ...more

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
RobLein added 1964 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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Yellow Submarine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1968 Yellow Submarine is a 1968 British animated musical fantasy comedy film inspired by the music of the Beatles. The film was directed by animation producer George Dunning, and produced by United ...more

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Blowup is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1966 Blowup, or Blow-Up, is a 1966 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni about a fashion photographer, played by David Hemmings, who believes he has unwittingly captured a murder on film. It was ...more

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Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1968 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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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
slaft added 1968 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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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1960 The Alamo is a 1960 American historical epic film about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo produced and directed by John Wayne and starring Wayne as Davy Crockett. The picture also stars Richard ...more

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
wiabux added 1966 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 ...more

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The Odd Couple is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
slaft added 1968 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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Thunderball is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1965 Thunderball is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, which ...more

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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1962 Lolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov, about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a teenage girl. The ...more

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Cape Fear is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies of the '60s
1962 Cape Fear is a 1962 American psychological thriller film starring Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Martin Balsam and Polly Bergen. It was adapted by James R. Webb from the novel The Executioners by ...more