Underrated 60s

by hollywoodpsychic | created - 09 May 2014 | updated - 27 Jun 2018 | Public

An evolving list of 60s films that I feel all deserve more love. Some of these movies make the list for having low average user ratings. Others are here for having very few user ratings. All of these are movies I like. (Though some are certainly better than others!) Here, then, is my list of the best unappreciated, misunderstood and/or unknown 60s films that I particularly enjoyed, films that surely deserve higher ratings and/or a bigger audience.

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1. Cage of Evil (1960)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama

A detective falls in love with the diamonds--and the girlfriend--of a thief he's pursuing.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Ron Foster, Patricia Blair, Harp McGuire, John Maxwell

Votes: 130

2. The City of the Dead (1960)

PG-13 | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young college student arrives in a sleepy Massachusetts town to research witchcraft; during her stay at an eerie inn, she discovers a startling secret about the town and its inhabitants.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Patricia Jessel, Dennis Lotis, Christopher Lee, Tom Naylor

Votes: 5,670

3. The Crowded Sky (1960)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Disaster movie about a Navy jet and a commercial airliner heading for a mid air collision.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., John Kerr

Votes: 569

5. Ski Troop Attack (1960)

Not Rated | 63 min | Action, War

An American patrol has to cross behind enemy lines by skis in order to blow up an important railroad bridge. The task is made harder by conflicts between the platoon's veteran sergeant and ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Michael Forest, Frank Wolff, Wally Campo, Richard Sinatra

Votes: 389

6. The Haunted Castle (1960)

97 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

The ghosts of thieves help a beautiful young countess save her inherited castle from modern developers in this comic horror/musical.

Director: Kurt Hoffmann | Stars: Liselotte Pulver, Heinz Baumann, Hanne Wieder, Elsa Wagner

Votes: 465

7. The Exiles (1961)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama

Follows a family of Native Americans living in the City of Angels.

Director: Kent Mackenzie | Stars: Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish, Tom Reynolds, Rico Rodriguez

Votes: 934 | Gross: $0.03M

8. Five Minutes to Live (1961)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Music

CONTAINS SPOILERS Originally released in 1961 as Five Minutes to Live, this low-budget crime drama was later re-released as Door-to-Door Maniac. Fred narrates the film in flashback, ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Karn | Stars: Johnny Cash, Donald Woods, Cay Forester, Pamela Mason

Votes: 644

9. Flight That Disappeared (1961)

Approved | 71 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A cross-country airliner, whose passengers include a nuclear physicist, a rocket expert, and a mathematical genius, is drawn beyond radar range by an unknown, unbreakable force.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Craig Hill, Paula Raymond, Dayton Lummis, Gregory Morton

Votes: 395

10. Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Francine (Gidget) is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii - just during the two weeks when her beloved "Moondoggie" is home from College. When he... See full summary »

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: James Darren, Michael Callan, Deborah Walley, Carl Reiner

Votes: 885

11. Erik the Conqueror (1961)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

Two estranged brothers confront each other as rivals when war breaks out between Britain and the Vikings for control of England.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Alice Kessler, Ellen Kessler, George Ardisson

Votes: 652

12. The Mask (1961)

Approved | 83 min | Horror, Thriller

A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder. Before committing suicide, he mails the mask to his psychiatrist, Dr. ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Roffman | Stars: Paul Stevens, Claudette Nevins, Bill Walker, Anne Collings

Votes: 658

13. Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules (1961)

Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Maciste arranges for himself and his new friend Bangor to be captured by a mysterious band of white-clad marauders and taken to an underground city. There the two are forced to turn an ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Leonviola | Stars: Mark Forest, Moira Orfei, Paul Wynter, Gianni Garko

Votes: 236

14. Night Tide (1961)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Romance, Thriller

A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman, performing as a mermaid at the local carnival. He soon comes to suspect the girl might be a real mermaid, who draws men to a watery death during the full moon.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Gavin Muir, Luana Anders

Votes: 2,216

15. The Smashing of the Reich (1961)

84 min | Documentary, War

An unpublished documentary film proposed in restored version. 100 million meters of film viewing, film libraries inventoried 11 countries and 3 years of work were needed to bring these ... See full summary »

Director: Perry Wolff | Stars: Jacque Sallebert, Jim Stephens

Votes: 13

16. X-15 (1961)

107 min | Drama, History

During the Cold War in the 1960s the U.S.A.F.and NASA tested the experimental rocket-powered aircraft X-15 that set altitude and speed records and reached the edge of outer space.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: David McLean, Charles Bronson, Ralph Taeger, Brad Dexter

Votes: 514

17. Black Fox: The True Story of Adolf Hitler (1962)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, War

The rise and fall of Nazi Germany in part through the use of classical allegory.

Director: Louis Clyde Stoumen | Star: Marlene Dietrich

Votes: 134

18. Mondo cane (1962)

R | 108 min | Documentary

A "shockumentary" consisting of a collection of mostly real archive footage displaying mankind at its most depraved and perverse, displaying bizarre rites, cruel behavior and bestial violence.

Directors: Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Rossano Brazzi, Yves Klein, Henning Skaarup

Votes: 3,310

19. The Mad Executioners (1963)

92 min | Crime, Horror

A group of vigilantes hang wrong-doers.

Director: Edwin Zbonek | Stars: Hansjörg Felmy, Maria Perschy, Dieter Borsche, Rudolf Forster

Votes: 216

20. Mondo Cane 2 (1963)

R | 102 min | Documentary

The official sequel to the original shockumentary, presenting new and bizarre behavior from around the world, including cruelty, graphic gore, and strange rituals.

Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Henning Skaarup, Peter Ustinov, Madame Nhu

Votes: 727

21. Women of the World (1963)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

"The camera strips woman right down to her skin," proclaimed the ads,"...lays bare the secrets of her mind and body!" Using outtakes from MONDO CANE as their foundation, Directors Gualtiero... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Belinda Lee, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 288

22. The Sadist (1963)

Unrated | 92 min | Thriller

Three people driving into Los Angeles for a Dodgers game have car trouble and pull off into an old wrecking yard where they are held at bay by a bloodthirsty psycho and his crazy girlfriend.

Director: James Landis | Stars: Arch Hall Jr., Helen Hovey, Richard Alden, Marilyn Manning

Votes: 2,177

23. Savage Sam (1963)

Approved | 103 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Travis, Arliss, and Lisbeth are captured by Apaches while Old Yeller's son, Sam, tracks their trail.

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Brian Keith, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, Dewey Martin

Votes: 886 | Gross: $6.54M

24. Culloden (1964 TV Movie)

69 min | Drama, History, War

A reconstruction of the Battle of Culloden, the last battle to take place on British soil, as if modern TV cameras were present.

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Tony Cosgrove, Olivier Espitalier-Noel, Don Fairservice, George McBean

Votes: 1,339

25. Frozen Alive (1964)

80 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Drama

A scientist experimenting with suspended animation decides to use himself as a test subject. Before he is frozen, his wife is killed, and he is suspected of her murder.

Director: Bernard Knowles | Stars: Mark Stevens, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy, Joachim Hansen

Votes: 416

26. Minnesota Clay (1964)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, War, Western

Wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Minnesota Clay seeks revenge on the man who withheld evidence at his trial. There is a problem however, he is going blind.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Georges Rivière, Ethel Rojo, Diana Martín

Votes: 575

27. A Fool's World (1964)

93 min | Documentary

Documentary showing perverse and aberrant behavior from around the globe, including such things as sex slavery, dwarf love, Asian brothels and lesbians.

Directors: Roberto Bianchi Montero, Albert T. Viola | Stars: Boris Karloff, Federico Boido, Franz Drago, Ugo Fangareggi

Votes: 148

28. Das Ungeheuer von London-City (1964)

90 min | Crime, Horror

Then the spirit of Jack the Ripper seems to be very much alive in 1960s London as a series of brutal slayings by the Monster of London City has Scotland Yard baffled. In a macabre ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin Zbonek | Stars: Hansjörg Felmy, Marianne Koch, Dietmar Schönherr, Hans Nielsen

Votes: 144

29. Muscle Beach Party (1964)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Musical

Local beach-goers find that their beach has been taken over by a businessman training a stable of body builders.

Director: William Asher | Stars: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Luciana Paluzzi, John Ashley

Votes: 1,238

30. The Secret Invasion (1964)

Approved | 95 min | Action, Drama, History

In 1943, a group of hardened criminals is pardoned on the condition it accepts a mission to free a captive Italian general from the clutches of the Nazis.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Stewart Granger, Raf Vallone, Mickey Rooney, Edd Byrnes

Votes: 863

31. The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A man's obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Elizabeth Shepherd, John Westbrook, Derek Francis

Votes: 5,061

32. The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald (1964)

98 min | Drama

A film that speculates how Lee Harvey Oswald's trial may have played out had he not been killed by Jack Ruby.

Director: Larry Buchanan | Stars: George R. Russell, George Edgley, Arthur Nations, Charles Mazyrack

Votes: 77

33. Witchcraft (1964)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror

When her grave is disturbed by modern-day land developers, a 300-year-old witch is accidentally resurrected and terrorizes an English village.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Jack Hedley, Jill Dixon, Viola Keats

Votes: 809

34. Color Me Blood Red (1965)

Not Rated | 79 min | Comedy, Horror

A crackpot artist kills various people to use their blood as his new crimson red color for his paintings.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: Gordon Oas-Heim, Candi Conder, Elyn Warner, Pat Finn-Lee

Votes: 1,405

35. Africa: Blood and Guts (1966)

R | 122 min | Documentary

The cruel acts of animal poaching and violence, executions, and tribal slaughtering, all taking place on the African continent.

Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Sergio Rossi, Jomo Kenyatta, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Julius Nyerere

Votes: 1,206

36. The Black Klansman (1966)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

After a black man's daughter is killed by the KKK, he seeks revenge by becoming a Klansman.

Director: Ted V. Mikels | Stars: Richard Gilden, Rima Kutner, Harry Lovejoy, Max Julien

Votes: 438

37. Daimajin (1966)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A giant stone statue comes to life to protect the residents of a small town against the depradations of an evil warlord.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Miwa Takada, Yoshihiko Aoyama, Jun Fujimaki, Ryûtarô Gomi

Votes: 1,095

38. Blood Bath (1966)

Not Rated | 62 min | Horror

A crazed artist who believes himself to be the reincarnation of a murderous vampire kills young women, then boils their bodies in a vat.

Directors: Jack Hill, Stephanie Rothman | Stars: William Campbell, Marissa Mathes, Lori Saunders, Sandra Knight

Votes: 674

39. Fireball 500 (1966)

Unrated | 92 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race. He is assisted by Jane Harris and Sonny Leander Fox. Soon Dave and ... See full summary »

Director: William Asher | Stars: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Fabian, Chill Wills

Votes: 382

40. The Love Cult (1966)

65 min | Drama

A magician/hypnotist gets the idea that he can make more money (and have a better time) by starting a sex cult than by continuing his magic act, so he becomes Brother Eros whose motto is "... See full summary »

Director: Barry Mahon | Stars: Rita Bennett, Uta Erickson, Lucky Kargo, Sharon Kent

Votes: 76

41. Mondo Keyhole (1966)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama

Howard Thorne is a rapist in Los Angeles: he meets women at work and at parties or he sees them walking down the street, and he follows them, terrifies them, and assaults them. He also ... See full summary »

Directors: Jack Hill, John Lamb | Stars: Nick Moriarty, Adele Rein, Carol Baughman, Pluto Felix

Votes: 102

42. Take Me Naked (1966)

69 min | Horror

A troubled homeless man develops an unhealthy fixation on a comely young woman likes to walk around her apartment in the nude.

Directors: Michael Findlay, Roberta Findlay | Stars: Kevin Sullivan, Roberta Findlay, Michael Findlay, Sally Farb

Votes: 130

43. The Wild Angels (1966)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

The "Angels", a San Pedro motorcycle gang, parties in the Coachella Valley's Palm Springs Indian Canyons, California, and wreaks havoc with the local police.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd

Votes: 2,450 | Gross: $6.50M

44. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Thriller

A former British spy stumbles onto a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom?

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Michael Caine, Karl Malden, Ed Begley, Oskar Homolka

Votes: 4,514

45. The Bobo (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Romance

Unsuccessful singing bullfighter Juan arrives in Barcelona to try his luck in a big town. He finally persuades a devious local impresario to book him, but only on the condition that Juan ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland, Rossano Brazzi, Adolfo Celi

Votes: 643

46. Hot Rods to Hell (1967)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Drama, Thriller