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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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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 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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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance... is listed (or ranked) 3 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 Graduate is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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 and with the post-WWII geo-political complexity of the Nuremberg Trials. The picture was written by Abby Mann and ...more
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 9 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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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 11 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. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the ...more
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The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 12 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 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during WWII. The film was produced by Darryl ...more
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Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 13 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 WWI, and is ...more
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 14 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 fears of a nuclear ...more
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In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 15 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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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 16 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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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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Lilies of the Field is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 19 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 Guns of Navarone is listed (or ranked) 20 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 film directed by J. Lee Thompson. The screenplay by producer Carl Foreman was based on Alistair MacLean's 1957 novel The Guns of ...more
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf... is listed (or ranked) 21 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 Lion in Winter is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Mutiny on the Bounty is listed (or ranked) 24 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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A Man for All Seasons is listed (or ranked) 25 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