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10 Groovy Movies That Will Take You Back to the 60s

Ocean's Eleven (1960)

In 1960 nobody was cooler than the rat pack. Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin star in this stylish comedy heist that was filmed on location in Las Vegas at the Flamingo, Sands, Desert Inn, Riviera, and Sahara Hotels. 

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Beach Party (1963)

This first in a series of 1960s beach party movies was an instant hit with audiences! Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon starred as swimsuit-clad teens who surf and party with their friends while their parents are nowhere in sight.

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Viva Las Vegas (1964)

In this fun musical, Elvis plays Lucky Jackson, a racecar driver trying to earn a living in Las Vegas. He and his swim instructor, Rusty (played by Ann Margaret), have remarkable on-screen chemistry as they sing and dance in extravagant musical numbers.

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1967)

This movie earns its groovy status for its importance. A young white woman brings home a black doctor as her new fiancé. As the two families meet, the characters and the audience are forced to examine their views about race.

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The Graduate (1967)

A recent college graduate, Ben, tries to figure out what to do with his life. Along the way, he has an affair with an older woman and falls in love with her daughter. If the plot isn’t amazing enough, the soundtrack is filled with classic Simon and Garfunkel songs!

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Yellow Submarine (1968)

1960s graphics reach their ultimate, groovy peak in this animated film featuring the music of The Beatles. The Beatles are characters in the film and journey from Liverpool on a yellow submarine to an underwater utopia, Pepperland. 

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I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968)

An attorney, played by Peter Sellers, leaves his conventional life to live the flower-power, hippie lifestyle. This comedy is complete with a super psychedelic car, a guru, and tons of pot brownies.

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Easy Rider (1969)

This film offers a look into the era as two drug-dealing bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans. On the way, they visit a family farm, a commune, and experience discrimination based on their looks. Their interactions with various types of people provide insight into all that is happening in the world at the time.

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Alice's Restaurant (1969)

This movie, based on Arlo Guthrie's folk song of the same name, is considered a counterculture classic. Guthrie plays a college drop-out trying to avoid the draft while hanging out with his hippie friends. 

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Woodstock (1970)

The music, style, and philosophies of the 1960s' counterculture spread across the United States when the movie Woodstock was released. Comprised of footage from the 1969 music festival, it became a hit and expanded the scope of grooviness.

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