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The Best Movies Of The '60s

Updated February 23, 2021 50.9k votes 4.2k voters 183.5k views175 items

The 1960s were a great period for film. Some of the best and most memorable movies came out in the 1960s. 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. Famous 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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  • Psycho1
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    Psycho

    1960

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

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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  • The Good, the Bad & the Ugly2

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

    Directed bySergio Leone, Vicente Amorim

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  • The Great Escape3

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

    Directed byJohn Sturges

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  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid4

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

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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  • Mary Poppins5
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    ActorsJulie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester, Paul Frees, Ed Wynn

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

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  • The Dirty Dozen6
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    ActorsJim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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  • The Magnificent Seven7

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

    Directed byJohn Sturges

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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb8

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

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • In the Heat of the Night9

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

    Directed byNorman Jewison

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  • A Fistful of Dollars10

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

    Directed bySergio Leone

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  • Goldfinger11
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    ActorsSean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall, Shirley Eaton, Lois Maxwell

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

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  • My Fair Lady12
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    ActorsAudrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Theodore Bikel

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

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  • For a Few Dollars More13

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

    Directed bySergio Leone

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  • The Odd Couple14
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    ActorsJack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Herb Edelman, John Fiedler, Iris Adrian

    Directed byGene Saks

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  • The Manchurian Candidate15

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

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

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  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World16

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

    Directed byStanley Kramer

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  • Dr. No17
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    Dr. No

    1962

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

    Directed byTerence Young

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  • Midnight Cowboy18
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    ActorsDustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Bob Balaban, M. Emmet Walsh, Brenda Vaccaro

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

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  • True Grit19
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    ActorsJohn Wayne, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Wilford Brimley, Strother Martin

    Directed byHenry Hathaway

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  • A Hard Day's Night20

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

    Directed byRichard Lester

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  • Easy Rider21
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    Easy Rider

    1969

    ActorsPeter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson

    Directed byDennis Hopper

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  • Rosemary's Baby22
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    ActorsMia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes, Charles Grodin, Ruth Gordon

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • The Hustler23
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    ActorsPaul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott, Piper Laurie, Murray Hamilton

    Directed byRobert Rossen

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  • Cape Fear24
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    ActorsGregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Telly Savalas, Martin Balsam, Polly Bergen

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

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  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner25

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

    Directed byStanley Kramer

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