Greatest 60's Horror, Thriller, Cult, Grindhouse & Exploitation Films

by Leeccdoo | created - 2 months ago | updated - 1 day ago | Public

An extensive list consisting mainly of my favorite 60's Horror, Thriller, Cult, Grindhouse/Exploitation [B-movie delights] plus a distinct mixture of Sci-fi, Noir, Crime, Poliziotteschi, Spaghetti Western, Martial Arts, Giallo Mystery, Slasher, Splatter, Drama, Art-house, Action, Adventure, Animation, War, Black Comedy, Indie, Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic, Coming-of-Age, Experimental/Avant Garde, etc. ever so carefully handpicked that I would qualify as also being some of the optimal & worthy examples (only with a limit of 7 stars) of the genres themselves within the entire decade, or to sum it up are films that I sincerely found to overall be entertaining nonetheless. It should be also worth mentioning that the 60's, 70's & 80's should all three be well known to be one of the most definitive eras in Horror, Thriller, Grindhouse and Exploitation film-making history.

Please note that the content featured is of course subjective in nature, though some are well-known, while others are also rather underrated, unfairly obscure, & certainly worthwhile as a good portion of the movies on here are sure to induce either thrills, chills, laughs, or all 3 but nonetheless do they also need more attention & appreciation among modern audiences. I don't mean to throw shade at anyone as I'm just expressing my sincere opinion (since due to countless, repeated instances of this occurring, it seemingly isn't that far from the truth), but to be blunt, the IMDB rating average honestly can be rather inaccurate in my strongest opinion. That is at least half the time per say (but not as much as the rotten tomatometer), so be sure to remember that just because a film might be rated a bit lower than normal, or what is conventionally expected for instance, doesn't necessarily or automatically mean that it's downright 'terrible' as countless movies featured in this list all sadly suffer from either a fair share of a rough production history as well as despicable censorship issues or both. So also please try to as well at least keep that in mind. If you want some truly execrable 'movies' then check out the bottom 250!

You could also say that part of the main original idea behind my inspiration to create this list was sort of along the lines of being a reference manual for genre fans, film buffs, plus horror enthusiasts young & old alike. However try to acknowledge that some of these films aren't for conventional movie-goers, as well as that this list is still being worked on so please try to be permissive, likewise to also being unprejudiced in addition to being open-minded (since these films still aren't anywhere near as bad as the bottom 250). Time may have forgotten half of these films but I sure as hell won't! Try to remember that the 'Cult film' is one of the best gifts to man. More lists of prior decades are coming soon. Have a KILLER time browsing everyone!

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1. Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror

90 Metascore

A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, Alexandre Rignault

Votes: 23,979 | Gross: $0.05M

Rating: 10/10. French: Les yeux sans visage. Starring the beautiful, legendary, and extremely talented veteran actress, Alida Valli (who also gives quite an amazing performance). This is where Billy Idol got the inspiration for his hit song of the same name. You can hear the original French title being sung in the chorus. Not to mention it heavily influenced at least a few other filmmakers, writers & musicians. The film was rather controversial back in the day... even banned & heavily cut in some countries.

2. The Flesh and the Fiends (1960)

94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

In 1828 Scotland, Edinburgh surgeon Dr. Knox does medical research on cadavers he buys from murderers Burke and Hare, without questioning the unethical procurement methods.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Peter Cushing, June Laverick, Donald Pleasence, George Rose

Votes: 1,391

3. Never Take Candy from A Stranger (1960)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Peter Carter meets official resistance when he finds his 9 year old daughter has been the victim of the pedophile patriarch of the town's most powerful family.

Director: Cyril Frankel | Stars: Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer, Niall MacGinnis

Votes: 1,002

4. Peeping Tom (1960)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Karlheinz Böhm, Anna Massey, Moira Shearer, Maxine Audley

Votes: 28,026 | Gross: $0.08M

Rating: 9/10

5. Circus of Horrors (1960)

Approved | 88 min | Horror, Drama

In 1947 England, a plastic surgeon must beat a hasty retreat to France when one of his patients has ghastly problems with her surgery. Once there, he operates on a circus owner's daughter, ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg, Yvonne Monlaur, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 1,415

6. Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (1960)

92 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A taxidermist decides to murder his wife after having to put up with her after twenty years of hellish marriage.

Director: Rogelio A. González | Stars: Arturo de Córdova, Amparo Rivelles, Elda Peralta, Guillermo Orea

Votes: 665

7. Macario (1960)

91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him... See full summary »

Director: Roberto Gavaldón | Stars: Ignacio López Tarso, Pina Pellicer, Enrique Lucero, Mario Alberto Rodríguez

Votes: 2,219

Rating: 9.5/10

8. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 557,275 | Gross: $32.00M

Rating: 10/10

9. 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: 13,854

Rating: 9/10

10. House of Usher (1960)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Horror

75 Metascore

Upon entering his fiancée's family mansion, a man discovers a savage family curse and fears that his future brother-in-law has entombed his bride-to-be prematurely.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey, Harry Ellerbe

Votes: 11,078

11. The Brides of Dracula (1960)

Unrated | 85 min | Horror

Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt, Yvonne Monlaur, Freda Jackson

Votes: 6,147

12. Jigoku (1960)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror

A group of sinners involved in interconnected tales of murder, revenge, deceit and adultery all meet at the Gates of Hell.

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Shigeru Amachi, Utako Mitsuya, Yôichi Numata, Hiroshi Hayashi

Votes: 3,061

Japanese: Jigoku, AKA The Sinners Of Hell. Rating: 9/10.

13. Black Sunday (1960)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani

Votes: 12,514

(Italian: La maschera del demonio), also known as The Mask of Satan and Revenge of the Vampire in the UK.

14. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

88 min | Horror

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Paul Massie, Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee, David Kossoff

Votes: 2,189

15. The Terrible People (1960)

92 min | Crime, Horror, Drama

A creepy German-made Wallace thriller about the ghost of a hanged man who returns to fulfill his promise. All of his accusers must die.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Karin Dor, Fritz Rasp, Dieter Eppler

Votes: 399

16. Thriller (1960–1962)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that originally told ordinary tales of crime and mystery, but later became a showcase for gothic horror stories, many of which were based on works ... See full summary »

Stars: Boris Karloff, Richard Peel, Henry Daniell, Lillian O'Malley

Votes: 1,150

17. Blood and Roses (1960)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A lonely and bitter young heiress - jealous of her cousin's engagement to another woman - becomes dangerously obsessed with legends surrounding a vampire ancestor, who supposedly murdered the young brides of the man she loved.

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli, Annette Stroyberg, Alberto Bonucci

Votes: 1,027

18. The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960)

103 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

In 1960s Germany, criminal mastermind Dr. Mabuse uses hypnotized victims and the surveillance equipment of a Nazi-era bugged hotel to steal nuclear technology from a visiting American industrialist.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Dawn Addams, Peter van Eyck, Gert Fröbe, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 2,632

19. 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: 5,534

AKA Horror Hotel.

20. Mill of the Stone Women (1960)

96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In 19th century Holland, a professor of fine arts and an unlicensed surgeon run a secret lab where the professor's ill daughter receives blood-transfusions from kidnapped female victims who posthumously become macabre art.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Pierre Brice, Scilla Gabel, Wolfgang Preiss, Dany Carrel

Votes: 1,191

21. 13 Ghosts (1960)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

56 Metascore

A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 4,865 | Gross: $3.27M

22. The Hypnotic Eye (1960)

Approved | 79 min | Horror

A mysterious hypnotist is suspected by the police for being responsible for a wave of female mutilation victims.

Director: George Blair | Stars: Jacques Bergerac, Merry Anders, Marcia Henderson, Allison Hayes

Votes: 585

23. Bluebeards Ten Honeymoons (1960)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A golddigger inspires her older lover to murder wealthy women for the finances to keep her happy.

Director: W. Lee Wilder | Stars: George Sanders, Corinne Calvet, Jean Kent, Patricia Roc

Votes: 182

24. The Housemaid (1960)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A composer and his wife are thrown into turmoil when a housemaid becomes more than they bargained for.

Director: Ki-young Kim | Stars: Jin Kyu Kim, Jeung-nyeo Ju, Eun-shim Lee, Aeng-ran Eom

Votes: 2,733

25. The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Horror

A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it.

Directors: Roger Corman, Charles B. Griffith, Mel Welles | Stars: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles, Dick Miller

Votes: 15,130 | Gross: $1.40M

26. Tormented (1960)

Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Thriller

A man lets a former flame fall to her death rather than let her interfere with his new relationship, but her ghost returns to disrupt his impending nuptials.

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: Richard Carlson, Susan Gordon, Lugene Sanders, Juli Reding

Votes: 1,977

27. The Hands of Orlac (1960)

95 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

A pianist who loses his hands in a plane crash receives the transplanted hands of an executed criminal but his new hands have the murderous tendencies of their previous owner.

Director: Edmond T. Gréville | Stars: Mel Ferrer, Dany Carrel, Christopher Lee, Lucile Saint-Simon

Votes: 351

28. The Tell-Tale Heart (1960)

78 min | Horror

When Edgar sees his girlfriend Betty getting up close and personal with his best friend Carl, he murders Carl in a jealous rage and hides the corpse under the floor of his piano room. Comes... See full summary »

Director: Ernest Morris | Stars: Laurence Payne, Adrienne Corri, Dermot Walsh, Selma Vaz Dias

Votes: 381

29. The Lost World (1960)

Approved | 97 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Professor Challenger leads an expedition of scientists and adventurers to a remote plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle to verify his claim that dinosaurs still live there.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Michael Rennie, Jill St. John, David Hedison, Claude Rains

Votes: 3,260

30. Last Woman on Earth (1960)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Ev, along with her husband, Harold, and their lawyer friend Martin, are scuba diving while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Betsy Jones-Moreland, Antony Carbone, Robert Towne

Votes: 1,614

31. Atom Age Vampire (1960)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A stripper is horribly disfigured in a car accident. A brilliant scientist develops a treatment that restores her beauty and falls in love with her. To preserve her appearance the doctor ... See full summary »

Director: Anton Giulio Majano | Stars: Alberto Lupo, Susanne Loret, Sergio Fantoni, Franca Parisi

Votes: 1,341

32. The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

A troupe of beautiful young dancers find themselves stranded in a sinister, spooky old castle, not knowing that it is home to a group of vampires.

Director: Renato Polselli | Stars: Hélène Rémy, Tina Gloriani, Walter Brandi, Isarco Ravaioli

Votes: 397

33. The Playgirls and the Vampire (1960)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror

Five beautiful showgirls are trapped by a storm and find refuge in a creepy old castle. The owner of the castle, a strange nobleman, has a secret laboratory in the basement and has his own plans for the girls.

Director: Piero Regnoli | Stars: Walter Brandi, Lyla Rocco, Maria Giovannini, Alfredo Rizzo

Votes: 361

34. The Hand (1960)

Not Rated | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A Police Inspector follows the trail and circumstances of the murder of a one-handed man back to a prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in 1946.

Director: Henry Cass | Stars: Derek Bond, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Reed De Rouen, Ray Cooney

Votes: 215

35. Macumba Love (1960)

Approved | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A writer who specializes in exposing fake witchcraft journeys to Brazil to investigate a voodoo cult.

Director: Douglas Fowley | Stars: Walter Reed, Ziva Rodann, William Wellman Jr., June Wilkinson

Votes: 53 | Gross: $3.00M

36. La casa del terror (1960)

60 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Casimiro, night watchman at a wax museum of horrors, is even more sleepy than his usual laziness makes him - because his boss, the Professor, is secretly draining blood from him while he ... See full summary »

Director: Gilberto Martínez Solares | Stars: Germán Valdés, Yolanda Varela, Lon Chaney Jr., Yerye Beirute

Votes: 78