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The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s  

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The 1960s marked a monumental decade for the movies. The best Oscar-nominated 1960s movies make up a varied collection, ranging from big-budget musicals to small-scale dramas. But whatever the style or scope of the story, these Best Picture nominees and winners are considered some of the very best movies ever filmed. 

What beloved films will you find on this list of 1960s Oscar-winning movies? The Graduate did not win the Oscar in 1967, but the darkly comic coming-of-age story went down in history as one of the best films ever made. The film's star, Dustin Hoffman, seems to have the winning touch: the actor also appeared in Midnight Cowboy, which won Best Picture in 1969.

Academy voters loved musicals in the 1960s, with filmed adaptations of The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story all taking home the top prize throughout the decade. Other great films featured on this list of top 1960s Oscar-nominated movies include In the Heat of the NightThe Hustler, and Alfie.

Which of these Oscar-nominated 1960s films is the very best? That's up to you to decide. Vote your favorite movies to the top of the list by giving them a thumbs up.
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How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds
Nominated in 1963. How the West Was Won is a 1962 western film written by James R. Webb and John Gay and directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall and Richard Thorpe.
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The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott
Nominated in 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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Elmer Gantry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Burt Lancaster, Shirley Jones, Jean Simmons
Nominated in 1960. Elmer Gantry is a 1960 drama film about a con man and a female evangelist selling religion to small town America. Adapted by director Richard Brooks, the film is based on the 1927 novel of the ...more
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Becket is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, John Gielgud
Nominated in 1964. Becket is a 1964 British-American dramatic film adaptation of the play Becket or the Honour of God by Jean Anouilh made by Hal Wallis Productions and released by Paramount Pictures. It was ...more
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Funny Girl is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Anne Francis
Nominated in 1968. Funny Girl is a 1968 romantic musical film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart was adapted from her book for the stage musical of the same title. It is loosely based on ...more
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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett
Nominated in 1962. The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. The film is based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith ...more
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The Russians Are Coming, the R... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Carl Reiner, Alan Arkin, Eva Marie Saint
Nominated in 1966. The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming is a 1966 American comedy film directed by Norman Jewison. It is based on the Nathaniel Benchley novel The Off-Islanders, and was adapted for the ...more
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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon
Nominated in 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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The Sand Pebbles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough
Nominated in 1966. The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 American period film directed by Robert Wise. It tells the story of an independent, rebellious U.S. Navy Machinist's Mate, First Class aboard the fictional gunboat USS ...more
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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Norma Shearer, Basil Rathbone, John Barrymore
Nominated in 1968. Romeo and Juliet is a 1936 American film adapted from the play by Shakespeare, directed by George Cukor from a screenplay by Talbot Jennings. The film stars Leslie Howard as Romeo and Norma ...more
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Zorba the Greek is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas
Nominated in 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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Doctor Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Richard Attenborough, Norm Macdonald, Rex Harrison
Nominated in 1967. Doctor Dolittle is a 1967 American musical film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley and Richard Attenborough. It was adapted by Leslie ...more
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The Sundowners is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov
Nominated in 1960. The Sundowners is a 1960 film that tells the story of an Australian outback family torn between the father's desires to continue his nomadic sheep-herding ways and the wife's and son's desire to ...more
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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Albert Finney, Lynn Redgrave, Susannah York
Won Best Picture in 1963. Tom Jones is a 1963 British adventure comedy film, an adaptation of Henry Fielding's classic novel The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, starring Albert Finney as the titular hero. It was one ...more
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A Thousand Clowns is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Barbara Harris
Nominated in 1965. A Thousand Clowns is a 1965 film adaptation from a 1962 play by Herb Gardner, and directed by Fred Coe. It tells the story of an eccentric comedy writer who is forced to conform to society to ...more
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Anne of the Thousand Days is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Anthony Quayle
Nominated in 1969. Anne of the Thousand Days is a 1969 British costume drama made by Hal Wallis Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Charles Jarrott and produced by Hal B. Wallis. ...more
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Alfie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Denholm Elliott
Nominated in 1966. Alfie is a 1966 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Michael Caine. It is an adaptation by Bill Naughton of his own novel and play of the same name. The film ...more
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Fanny is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Leslie Caron, Charles Boyer, Maurice Chevalier
Nominated in 1961. Fanny is a 1961 American drama film directed by Joshua Logan. The screenplay by Julius J. Epstein is based on the book for the 1954 stage musical of the same title by Logan and S.N. Behrman, ...more
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Ship of Fools is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Vivien Leigh, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer
Nominated in 1965. Ship of Fools is a 1965 drama directed by Stanley Kramer, which recounts the overlapping stories of several passengers aboard an ocean liner bound to Germany from Mexico in 1933. It stars Vivien ...more
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Darling is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Julie Christie, Dirk Bogarde, Laurence Harvey
Nominated in 1965. Darling is a 1965 British drama film written by Frederic Raphael, directed by John Schlesinger, and starring Julie Christie with Dirk Bogarde and Laurence Harvey. Darling was nominated for five ...more
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Z is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Yves Montand, Jacques Perrin
Nominated in 1969. Z is a 1969 Algerian French language political thriller directed by Costa-Gavras, with a screenplay by Gavras and Jorge Semprún, based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Vassilis ...more
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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith
Won Best Picture in 1968. Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage musical of the same name, with book, music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart. The screenplay was ...more
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Rachel, Rachel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Joanne Woodward, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Estelle Parsons
Nominated in 1968. Rachel, Rachel is a 1968 American drama Technicolor film produced and directed by Paul Newman. The screenplay by Stewart Stern is based on the 1966 novel A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence.
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Sons and Lovers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Donald Pleasence, Dean Stockwell, Trevor Howard
Nominated in 1960. Sons and Lovers is a 1960 CinemaScope British film adaptation of the D. H. Lawrence 1913 novel of the same name. It was adapted by T. E. B. Clarke and Gavin Lambert, directed by Jack Cardiff. ...more
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America America is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Lou Antonio, John Marley, Frank Wolff
Nominated in 1963. America, America is a 1963 American dramatic film directed, produced and written by Elia Kazan, from his own book.