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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.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird1

    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck


    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    Nominated in 1962.
    To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The...  more

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  • Bonnie and Clyde2

    Bonnie and Clyde

    Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway


    Directed byArthur Penn

    Nominated in 1967.
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  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid3

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford


    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Nominated in 1969.
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  • The Graduate4

    The Graduate

    Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft


    Directed byMike Nichols

    Nominated in 1967.
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  • The Sound of Music5

    The Sound of Music

    Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer


    Directed byRobert Wise

    Won Best Picture in 1965.
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  • Lawrence of Arabia6

    Lawrence of Arabia

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole


    Directed byDavid Lean

    Won Best Picture in 1962.
    Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E....  more

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  • West Side Story7

    West Side Story

    Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno


    Directed byJerome Robbins, Robert Wise

    Won Best Picture in 1961.
    West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and...  more

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  • Doctor Zhivago8

    Doctor Zhivago

    Omar Sharif, Julie Christie


    Directed byDavid Lean

    Nominated in 1965.
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  • Judgment at Nuremberg9

    Judgment at Nuremberg

    Judy Garland, William Shatner


    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Nominated in 1961.
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  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner10

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier


    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Nominated in 1967.
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  • Mary Poppins11

    Mary Poppins

    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke


    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Nominated in 1964.
    Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced...  more

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  • Midnight Cowboy12

    Midnight Cowboy

    Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight


    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    Won Best Picture in 1969.
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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb13


    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Nominated in 1964.
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  • The Longest Day14

    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne


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

    Nominated in 1962.
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  • The Apartment15

    The Apartment

    Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon


    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Won Best Picture in 1960.
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  • The Lion in Winter16

    The Lion in Winter

    Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn


    Directed byAnthony Harvey

    Nominated in 1968.
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  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?17

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton


    Directed byMike Nichols

    Nominated in 1966.
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  • In the Heat of the Night18

    In the Heat of the Night

    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger


    Directed byNorman Jewison

    Won Best Picture in 1967.
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  • My Fair Lady19

    My Fair Lady

    Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison


    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Won Best Picture in 1964.
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  • Cleopatra20


    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton


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

    Nominated in 1963.
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  • The Hustler21

    The Hustler

    Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason


    Directed byRobert Rossen

    Nominated in 1961.
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  • The Guns of Navarone22

    The Guns of Navarone

    Gregory Peck, David Niven


    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson, Alexander Mackendrick

    Nominated in 1961.
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  • Lilies of the Field23

    Lilies of the Field

    Sidney Poitier, Ralph Nelson


    Directed byRalph Nelson

    Nominated in 1963.
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  • How the West Was Won24

    How the West Was Won

    John Wayne, James Stewart


    Directed byHenry Hathaway, George Marshall, John Ford, Richard Thorpe

    Nominated in 1963.
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  • Funny Girl25

    Funny Girl

    Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif


    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Nominated in 1968.
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