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The Best Movies of the '60s

Updated November 28, 2020 50.5k votes 4.1k voters 177.9k views152 items

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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  • 1
    The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

    ActorsClint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Charlie Condou, Gemma Jones, Jodie Whittaker

    Directed bySergio Leone, Vicente Amorim

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Psycho
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    Psycho

    1960

    ActorsAlfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Martin Balsam

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    ActorsPaul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman, Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    The Great Escape

    ActorsSteve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Mary Poppins
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    ActorsJulie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester, Paul Frees, Ed Wynn

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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    The Dirty Dozen
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    ActorsJim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    The Magnificent Seven

    ActorsSteve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Eli Wallach, Yul Brynner

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    A Fistful of Dollars

    ActorsClint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell, Mario Brega, Benito Stefanelli

    Directed bySergio Leone

    A Fistful of Dollars, titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars, is a 1964 spaghetti western film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    My Fair Lady
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    ActorsAudrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Theodore Bikel

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Goldfinger
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    ActorsSean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall, Shirley Eaton, Lois Maxwell

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ActorsJames Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 12
    For a Few Dollars More

    ActorsClint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone, Klaus Kinski, Gian Maria Volonté

    Directed bySergio Leone

    For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    The Odd Couple

    ActorsJack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Herb Edelman, John Fiedler, Iris Adrian

    Directed byGene Saks

    The Odd Couple is a 1968 American black comedy film written by Neil Simon, based on his play... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    In the Heat of the Night

    ActorsSidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant, Warren Oates, William Schallert

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    In the Heat of the Night is a 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Dr. No
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    Dr. No

    1962

    ActorsSean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord, Martine Beswick, Lois Maxwell

    Directed byTerence Young

    Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    ActorsMickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton, Milton Berle, Don Knotts

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a 1963 American epic comedy film produced and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    The Manchurian Candidate

    ActorsFrank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, Laurence Harvey, Henry Silva

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Midnight Cowboy
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    ActorsDustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Bob Balaban, M. Emmet Walsh, Brenda Vaccaro

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

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  • 19
    True Grit
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    ActorsJohn Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Wilford Brimley, Strother Martin

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

    True Grit is a 1969 American western Technicolor film written by Marguerite Roberts, directed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    A Hard Day's Night

    ActorsPaul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Phil Collins, Ringo Starr

    Directed byRichard Lester

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  • 21
    Rosemary's Baby
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    ActorsMia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes, Charles Grodin, Ruth Gordon

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • 22
    The Hustler
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    ActorsPaul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott, Piper Laurie, Murray Hamilton

    Directed byRobert Rossen

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    Easy Rider
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    ActorsJack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bridget Fonda, Peter Fonda, Phil Spector

    Directed byDennis Hopper, Dustin Rikert

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    The Longest Day
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    ActorsSean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum

    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

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  • 25
    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    ActorsKatharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy, Isabel Sanford, Beah Richards

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is a 1967 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button