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 Night, The 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.
- 1Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck
Directed by: Robert MulliganNominated in 1962.
- 2Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway
Directed by: Arthur PennNominated in 1967.
- 3Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft
Directed by: Mike NicholsNominated in 1967.
- 4Paul Newman, Robert Redford
Directed by: George Roy HillNominated in 1969.
- 5Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer
Directed by: Robert WiseWon Best Picture in 1965.
- 6Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole
Directed by: David LeanWon Best Picture in 1962.
- 7Omar Sharif, Julie Christie
Directed by: David LeanNominated in 1965.
- 8Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno
Directed by: Jerome Robbins, Robert WiseWon Best Picture in 1961.
- 9Judy Garland, William Shatner
Directed by: Stanley KramerNominated in 1961.
- 10Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier
Directed by: Stanley KramerNominated in 1967.
- 11Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke
Directed by: Robert StevensonNominated in 1964.
- 12Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight
Directed by: John SchlesingerWon Best Picture in 1969.
- 13Sean Connery, John Wayne
Directed by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd OswaldNominated in 1962.
- 14Shirley MacLaine, Jack Lemmon
Directed by: Billy WilderWon Best Picture in 1960.
- 15Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn
Directed by: Anthony HarveyNominated in 1968.
- 16James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers
Directed by: Stanley KubrickNominated in 1964.
- 17Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton
Directed by: Mike NicholsNominated in 1966.
- 18Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison
Directed by: George CukorWon Best Picture in 1964.
- 19Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton
Directed by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben MamoulianNominated in 1963.
- 20Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger
Directed by: Norman JewisonWon Best Picture in 1967.
- 21Gregory Peck, David Niven
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson, Alexander MackendrickNominated in 1961.
- 22Sidney Poitier, Ralph Nelson
Directed by: Ralph NelsonNominated in 1963.
- 23Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason
Directed by: Robert RossenNominated in 1961.
- 24John Hurt, Orson Welles
Directed by: Fred ZinnemannWon Best Picture in 1966.
- 25Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton
Directed by: Peter GlenvilleNominated in 1964.