Sci-Fi Futurism from the '60s

by robbirac | created - 09 Dec 2017 | updated - 26 Jan 2018 | Public

Dreamscape and dystopian alike

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1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Votes: 551,876 | Gross: $56.95M

2. Barbarella (1968)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

51 Metascore

Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 29,643

3. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Oskar Werner, Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Anton Diffring

Votes: 38,817

4. These Are the Damned (1962)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

72 Metascore

An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors, Alexander Knox

Votes: 2,654

5. Seconds (1966)

R | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

71 Metascore

An unhappy middle-aged banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity - one that comes with its own price.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Rock Hudson, Frank Campanella, John Randolph, Frances Reid

Votes: 14,506

6. Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After landing on a mysterious planet, a team of astronauts begin to turn on each other, swayed by the uncertain influence of the planet and its strange inhabitants.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ángel Aranda, Evi Marandi

Votes: 4,726 | Gross: $0.25M

7. La Jetée (1962)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance

The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich

Votes: 26,815

8. Village of the Damned (1960)

Not Rated | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers.

Director: Wolf Rilla | Stars: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 13,614

9. The 10th Victim (1965)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Some people like violence so much, that they decide to create a club in which human hunts are organized - members being alternately hunters, and prey, until they end up dead.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Ursula Andress, Elsa Martinelli, Salvo Randone

Votes: 3,203

10. Fantastic Voyage (1966)

PG | 100 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 15,950

11. First Men in the Moon (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Edward Judd, Martha Hyer, Lionel Jeffries, Miles Malleson

Votes: 4,769

12. The Bed Sitting Room (1969)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins, amongst endless heaps of ash, piles of broken crockery and brick, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore

Votes: 1,854

13. Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968)

91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

After attempting suicide, Claude is recruited for a time travel experiment, but, when the machine goes haywire, he may be trapped hurtling through his memories.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, Anouk Ferjac, Alain MacMoy

Votes: 2,220 | Gross: $0.06M

14. Planet of the Apes (1968)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

79 Metascore

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Votes: 157,325 | Gross: $33.40M

15. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt

Votes: 5,565

16. The Time Machine (1960)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 33,473

17. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

Stranded on Mars with only a monkey as a companion, an astronaut must figure out how to find oxygen, water, and food on the lifeless planet.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin, Adam West, The Woolly Monkey

Votes: 5,664

18. The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.

Directors: Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow | Stars: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 15,793

19. Ladybug Ladybug (1963)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

Staff and students at a rural school react to a warning of an imminent nuclear attack, not knowing whether it is real or a mistake.

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Jane Connell, William Daniels, James Frawley, Richard Hamilton

Votes: 653

20. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (1967)

77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A troupe of young women on post-apocalyptic earth are lead around by a mistress born before the war, eventually stumbling into the company of a lonely old man.

Director: Jan Schmidt | Stars: Vladimír Hlavatý, Jitka Horejsi, Ondrej Jariabek, Vanda Kalinová

Votes: 489

21. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance

When the U.S. and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Edward Judd, Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Michael Goodliffe

Votes: 4,184

22. Panic in Year Zero (1962)

Approved | 93 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

A family leaves L.A. for a camping trip - just before a nuclear bomb destroys the city. As the city descends into chaos, the father must fight to keep his family alive.

Director: Ray Milland | Stars: Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Mary Mitchel

Votes: 3,421

23. Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Approved | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, Julian Glover

Votes: 8,651

24. Mysterious Island (1961)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

During the Civil War a group of Union soldiers and two Confederates escape the stockade using a hot air balloon and end up on a strange Pacific island.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill

Votes: 5,863

25. The Illustrated Man (1969)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

In 1930s, a psychotic drifter who's after the mystery woman who covered his whole body in illustrations that foresee distant future shows three of them (The Veldt, The Long Rain and The Last Night of the World) to a mesmerized traveler.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Robert Drivas, Don Dubbins

Votes: 2,569

26. Crack in the World (1965)

Not Rated | 96 min | Sci-Fi

A dying scientist pushes forward his project to tap through to the Earth's magma layer, with results that threaten to destroy the Earth as we know it.

Director: Andrew Marton | Stars: Dana Andrews, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Alexander Knox

Votes: 1,942

27. The Satan Bug (1965)

Approved | 114 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A germ that could destroy life on Earth is stolen from a biological warfare lab and the thief threatens to release it into the open, prompting a security officer to act.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: George Maharis, Richard Basehart, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews

Votes: 2,038

28. Invasion of the Triffids (1963)

Approved | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

Directors: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis | Stars: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore

Votes: 6,778

29. Countdown (1967)

Unrated | 101 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

Desperate to reach the moon first, N.A.S.A. sends a man and shelter separately, one-way. He must find it to survive. He can't return until Apollo is ready.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Joanna Moore, Barbara Baxley

Votes: 1,737

30. Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (1969)

G | 101 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The European Space Exploration Council sends two astronauts to explore a planet similar to the Earth but located on the opposite side of the sun.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry, Patrick Wymark, Lynn Loring

Votes: 3,041

31. The War of the Worlds (1953)

G | 85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

78 Metascore

A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 30,071 | Gross: $4.36M



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