Best 1960s Films

The 1960s brought us James Bond, some of the greatest Disney classics, musicals and westerns at their height, and dozens of other incredible films. These are our picks for the best 1960s films.

What’s on the Best 1960s Films timeline?

This timeline assembles all of the best movies from the 1960s. These include all the winners of the Best Picture Oscar, as well as others noted for their critical reception, financial success, and lasting status.

The 1960s is often considered a golden age of Hollywood (though I would contend this fact), with genres like the Musical and the Western reaching their heights. Disney and other notable companies also reached new heights. And while it would be another decade before genres like fantasy and science fiction would be overhauled, this decade did bring us such classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes.

We hope you enjoy this dive into film history. Film historians should enjoy this compilation of influential, popular, and critically acclaimed films. Enjoy!

As always, if you see something you think we should add or change, give us a shout out in the comment section below. And if you liked this timeline, you might like some of our others, such as the list of the best films from the 1970s.

And if you see any film you think we should add, don’t hesitate to let us know!

#AmazonNameMediaDirectorDateSeriesNotes
1BuyLa Dolce VitaFilmFederico Fellini1960-02-051960s
2BuyBreathlessFilmJean-Luc Godard1960-03-161960s
3BuyThe ApartmentFilmBilly Wilder1960-06-301960s
4BuyThe Time MachineFilmGeorge Pal1960-07-221960s
5BuyPsychoFilmAlfred Hitchcock1960-09-081960s
6BuySpartacusFilmStanley Kubrick1960-10-061960s
7BuyThe AlamoFilmJohn Wayne1960-10-241960s
8BuySwiss Family RobinsonFilmJohn McKimson, Ken Annakin1960-12-211960s
9Buy101 DalmationsFilmWolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi1961-01-251960s
10BuyYojimboFilmAkira Kurosawa1961-04-251960s
11BuyThe HustlerFilmRobert Rossen1961-09-251960s
12BuyBreakfast at Tiffany'sFilmBlake Edwards1961-10-051960s
13BuyWest Side StoryFilmRobert Wise, Jerome Robbins1961-10-181960s
14BuyThe Day the Earth Caught FireFilmVal Guest1961-11-231960s
15BuyJudgment at NurembergFilmStanley Kramer1961-12-191960s
16BuyThe Man Who Shot Liberty ValanceFilmJohn Ford1962-04-181960s
17BuyThe Music ManFilmMorton DaCosta1962-06-191960s
18BuyDr. NoFilmTerence Young1962-10-051960s
19BuyThe Manchurian CandidateFilmJohn Frankenheimer1962-10-241960s
20BuyLawrence of ArabiaFilmDavid Lean1962-12-101960s
21BuyTo Kill a Mocking birdFilmRobert Mulligan1962-12-251960s
22Buy8 1/2FilmFederico Fellini1963-02-141960s
23BuyThe BirdsFilmAlfred Hitchcock1963-03-281960s
24BuyCleopatraFilmJoseph L. Mankiewicz1963-06-121960s
25BuyThe Great EscapeFilmJohn Sturges1963-07-041960s
26BuyTom JonesFilmTony Richardson1963-09-291960s
27BuyFrom Russia with LoveFilmTerence Young1963-10-111960s
28BuyIt's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad WorldFilmStanley Kramer1963-11-071960s
29BuyDr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BombFilmStanley Kubrick1964-01-291960s
30BuyThe Last Man on EarthFilmSidney Salkow, Ubaldo B. Ragona1964-03-081960s
31BuyThe Pink PantherFilmBlake Edwards1964-03-181960s
32BuyMarnieFilmAlfred Hitchcock1964-07-221960s
33BuyA Hard Day's NightFilmRichard Lester1964-08-111960s
34BuyMary PoppinsFilmRobert Stevenson1964-08-271960s
35BuyA Fistful of DollarsFilmSergio Leone1964-09-121960s
36BuyGoldfingerFilmGuy Hamilton1964-09-181960s
37BuyMy Fair LadyFilmGeorge Cukor1964-10-211960s
38BuyThe Sound of MusicFilmRobert Wise1965-03-021960s
39BuyThunderballFilmTerence Young1965-12-211960s
40BuyDoctor ZhivagoFilmDavid Lean1965-12-221960s
41BuyFor a Few Dollars MoreFilmSergio Leone1965-12-301960s
42BuyWho's Afraid of Virginia WoolfFilmMike Nichols1966-06-211960s
43BuyFantastic VoyageFilmRichard Fleischer1966-08-241960s
44BuyPersonaFilmIngmar Bergman1966-08-311960s
45BuyThe Battle of AlgiersFilmGillo Pontecorvo1966-08-311960s
46BuyFahrenheit 451FilmFran├žois Truffaut1966-09-161960s
47BuyCyborg 2087FilmFranklin Adreon1966-10-011960s
48BuyAndrei RublevFilmAndrei Tarkovsky1966-12-011960s
49BuyA Man for All SeasonsFilmFred Zinnemann1966-12-121960s
50BuyThe Good, the Bad and the UglyFilmSergio Leone1966-12-231960s
51BuyYou Only Live TwiceFilmLewis Gilbert1967-06-131960s
52BuyThe Dirty DozenFilmRobert Aldrich1967-06-151960s
53BuyIn the Heat of the NightFilmNorman Jewison1967-08-021960s
54BuyBonnie and ClydeFilmArthur Penn1967-08-131960s
55BuyThe Jungle BookFilmWolfgang Reitherman1967-10-181960s
56BuyCool Hand LukeFilmStuart Rosenberg1967-11-011960s
57BuyFive Million Years to EarthFilmRoy Ward Baker1967-11-091960s
58BuyThe ProducersFilmMel Brooks1967-11-221960s
59BuyGuess Who's Coming to DinnerFilmStanley Kramer1967-12-121960s
60BuyThe GraduateFilmMike Nichols1967-12-221960s
61BuyPlanet of the ApesFilmFranklin J. Schaffner1968-02-081960s
62Buy2001: A Space OdysseyFilmStanley Kubrick1968-04-031960s
63BuyRosemary's BabyFilmRoman Polanski1968-06-121960s
64BuyOliver!FilmCarol Reed1968-09-261960s
65BuyNight of the Living DeadFilmGeorge A. Romero1968-10-011960s
66BuyBullittFilmPeter Yates1968-10-171960s
67BuyMidnight CowboyFilmJohn Schlesinger1969-05-251960s
68BuyOnce Upon a Time in the WestFilmSergio Leone1969-05-281960s
69BuyTrue GritFilmHenry Hathaway1969-06-131960s
70BuyEasy RiderFilmDennis Hopper1969-07-141960s
71BuyJourney to the Far Side of the SunFilmRobert Parrish1969-08-271960s
72BuyButch Cassidy and the Sundance KidFilmGeorge Roy Hill1969-09-241960s
73BuyHello DollyFilmGene Kelly1969-12-161960s
74BuyOn Her Majesty's Secret ServiceFilmPeter R. Hunt1969-12-181960s
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