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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
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    Nominated in 1962.

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    Bonnie and Clyde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway

    Released1967

    Directed byArthur Penn

    Nominated in 1967.

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    The Graduate is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    The Graduate

    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft

    Released1967

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Nominated in 1967.

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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
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford

    Released1969

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Nominated in 1969.

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    The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer

    Released1965

    Directed byRobert Wise

    Won Best Picture in 1965.

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    Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole

    Released1962

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Won Best Picture in 1962.
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    Doctor Zhivago is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    Doctor Zhivago

    Omar Sharif, Julie Christie

    Released1965

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Nominated in 1965.
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    West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno

    Released1961

    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

    Won Best Picture in 1961.

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    Judgment at Nuremberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    Judgment at Nuremberg

    Judy Garland, William Shatner

    Released1961

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Nominated in 1961.
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    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier

    Released1967

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Nominated in 1967.
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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Nominated in 1964.

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    Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    Midnight Cowboy

    Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight

    Released1969

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    Won Best Picture in 1969.

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    The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne

    Released1962

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

    Nominated in 1962.

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    The Apartment is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    The Apartment

    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon

    Released1960

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Won Best Picture in 1960.
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    The Lion in Winter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    The Lion in Winter

    Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn

    Released1968

    Directed byAnthony Harvey

    Nominated in 1968.

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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s

    Released1964

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Nominated in 1964.
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    Who's Afraid of Virginia W is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

    Released1966

    Directed byMike Nichols

    Nominated in 1966.
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    My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    My Fair Lady

    Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison

    Released1964

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Won Best Picture in 1964.

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    Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    Cleopatra

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

    Released1963

    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian

    Nominated in 1963.

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    In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger

    Released1967

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    Won Best Picture in 1967.
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    The Guns of Navarone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    The Guns of Navarone

    Gregory Peck, David Niven

    Released1961

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson, Alexander Mackendrick

    Nominated in 1961.
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    Lilies of the Field is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    Lilies of the Field

    Sidney Poitier, Ralph Nelson

    Released1963

    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Nominated in 1963.

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    The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    The Hustler

    Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason

    Released1961

    Directed byRobert Rossen

    Nominated in 1961.
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    A Man for All Seasons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    A Man for All Seasons

    John Hurt, Orson Welles

    Released1966

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    Won Best Picture in 1966.
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    Becket is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s
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    Becket

    Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton

    Released1964

    Directed byPeter Glenville

    Nominated in 1964.

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