60s Movies 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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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom Nominated in 1962. To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Harper Lee. ...more

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Bonnie and Clyde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder Nominated in 1967.
Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The film ...more

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The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Richard Dreyfuss Nominated in 1967. The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams ...more

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman Nominated in 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 Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker Won Best Picture in 1965. The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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Judgment at Nuremberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Judy Garland, William Shatner, Marlene Dietrich Nominated in 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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester Nominated in 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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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy Nominated in 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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Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness Nominated in 1965. Doctor Zhivago is a British-American 1965 epic drama–romance film directed by David Lean, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. It is set in Russia between the years prior to World War I and ...more

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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness Won Best Picture in 1962. Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company, Horizon ...more

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin Won Best Picture in 1961. West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more

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Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Bob Balaban Won Best Picture in 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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The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton Nominated in 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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A Man for All Seasons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
John Hurt, Orson Welles, Vanessa Redgrave Won Best Picture in 1966. A Man for All Seasons is a 1966 British biographical drama film based on Robert Bolt's play of the same name about Sir Thomas More. It was released on 12 December 1966. Paul Scofield, who had ...more

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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau Nominated in 1963. Cleopatra is a 1963 epic historical drama film chronicling the struggles of Cleopatra VII, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. It was directed by Joseph L. ...more

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The Lion in Winter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole Nominated in 1968. The Lion in Winter is a 1968 historical drama film made by Avco Embassy Pictures, based on the Broadway play by James Goldman. It was directed by Anthony Harvey and produced by Joseph E. Levine ...more

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The Apartment is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray Won Best Picture in 1960. The Apartment is a 1960 American comedy-drama film produced and directed by Billy Wilder, which stars Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. It was Wilder's next movie after Some ...more

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett Won Best Picture in 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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Lilies of the Field is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Sidney Poitier, Ralph Nelson, Lilia Skala Nominated in 1963. Lilies of the Field is a 1963 film adapted by James Poe from the 1962 novel with the same name by William Edmund Barrett, and stars Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Stanley Adams, and Dan Frazer. It ...more

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott Nominated in 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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Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, Walter Matthau Nominated in 1969. Hello, Dolly! is a 1969 romantic comedy musical film based on the Broadway production of the same name. The film follows the story of Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York, to find a ...more

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Becket is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal Nominated in 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 Sand Pebbles is listed (or ranked) 24 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 war 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 ...more

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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant Won Best Picture in 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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The Guns of Navarone is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn Nominated in 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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Funny Girl is listed (or ranked) 27 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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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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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 29 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 Hustler is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Mutiny on the Bounty is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
Clark Gable, David Niven, James Cagney Nominated in 1962. Mutiny on the Bounty is an American 1935 drama film starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable, and directed by Frank Lloyd based on the Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall novel Mutiny on the ...more

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How the West Was Won is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Zorba the Greek is listed (or ranked) 34 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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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Fanny is listed (or ranked) 36 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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The Sundowners is listed (or ranked) 37 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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A Thousand Clowns is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Doctor Dolittle is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Anne of the Thousand Days is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Z is listed (or ranked) 41 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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The Russians Are Coming, the R... is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Darling is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Tom Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Alfie is listed (or ranked) 46 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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Ship of Fools is listed (or ranked) 47 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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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.