DISCOVER--thirty classic 1960s feelgood movies

The 1960s was probably the last decade when feelgood movies were being made in any great quantity, or indeed actually made the audience feel good. This list is in alphabetical order.
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1.
The Absent Minded Professor (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself. (92 mins.)
 
2.
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
In the fourth of the highly successful Frankie and Annette beach party movies, a motorcycle gang led... (98 mins.)
Director: William Asher
 
3.
Blue Hawaii (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Chad Gates has just gotten out of the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surf-board, his beach buddies... (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
4.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted. (112 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
5.
Clambake (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
The heir to an oil fortune trades places with a water-ski instructor at a Florida hotel to see if girls will like him for himself, rather than his father's money. (99 mins.)
Director: Arthur H. Nadel
 
6.
Follow That Dream (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When the Kwimper family car runs out of gas on a new Florida highway and an officous state supervisor tries to run them off... (109 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
7.
Get Yourself a College Girl (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A college co-ed tries to balance her time writing songs and dealing with her publisher whom tries to pursue her. (87 mins.)
Director: Sidney Miller
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8.
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
A corpse has 24 hours to mastermind a good deed without leaving his crypt, to go "up there" and have his youth restored. (82 mins.)
Director: Don Weis
 
9.
Gidget (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young girl discovers surfing and love (in that order) during one transitive summer. (95 mins.)
Director: Paul Wendkos
 
10.
Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Francine (Gidget) is desperate: her parents want to force her to come with them on vacation to Hawaii... (101 mins.)
Director: Paul Wendkos
 
11.
Gidget Goes to Rome (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Frances, now 17, is still in love with Moondoggy. She can persuade her parents to allow them a journey to Rome... (104 mins.)
Director: Paul Wendkos
 
12.
Girl Happy (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A Chicago mobster hires a rock and roll singer and his band to keep an eye on his daughter during Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (96 mins.)
Director: Boris Sagal
 
13.
Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
When he finds out his boss is retiring to Arizona, a sailor has to find a way to buy the Westwind, a boat that he and his father built. He is also caught between two women: insensitive club singer Robin and sweet Laurel. (106 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
14.
The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After a series of misunderstandings, the head of an aerospace research laboratory begins to suspect his new girlfriend is a Russian spy. (110 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
 
15.
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
As the movie opens, Spring has arrived in Jellystone Park. Just as fast as tourists arrive, Yogi is... (89 mins.)
 
16.
Harum Scarum (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
American singer Johnny Tyrone is enlisted by sinister forces to assassinate an Arab king whose daughter he has fallen in love with. (95 mins.)
Director: Gene Nelson
 
17.
Kissin' Cousins (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
An Army officer returns to the Smoky Mountains tries to convince his kinfolk to allow the Army to build a missile site on their land. Once he gets there, he discovers he has a lookalike cousin. (96 mins.)
Director: Gene Nelson
 
18.
Made in Paris (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Maggie Scott (Ann-Margret), a fashion buyer in Paris on her first buying spree where she meets famous... (103 mins.)
Director: Boris Sagal
 
19.
Pajama Party (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Gogo, a Martian teenager, is sent to Earth to prepare the way for an invasion. The first Earthling he meets... (82 mins.)
Director: Don Weis
 
20.
Palm Springs Weekend (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Set in Palm Springs during a long, fun-filled weekend where several Los Angeles college students flock to spring break... (100 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
21.
Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Rick Richards is a helicopter pilot who wants to set up a charter flying service in Hawaii -- along the way he makes some friends, including a young Hawaiian girl and her father, romances Judy Hudson, and sings a few songs. (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
22.
Ride the Wild Surf (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A group of friends go to Hawaii in order to practice surfing, their favorite sport. But this is not all they do there - they also find love... (101 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
23.
Ski Party (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
On a college ski weekend, Todd and Craig pretend to be Jane and Nora, a pair of English girls. Their reasons... (90 mins.)
Director: Alan Rafkin
 
24.
Son of Flubber (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When Professor Brainard experiments further on Flubber derivatives, he gets in trouble and only his students can help. (100 mins.)
 
25.
Speedway (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Poor bookkeeping saddles stock car driver Steve Grayson with a huge bill for back taxes which hampers his ability to continue racing competitively. (94 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
26.
Spinout (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Band singer/race driver Mike McCoy must choose between marrying a beautiful rich girl and driving her father's car in a prestigious race. (90 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
27.
The Thrill of It All (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life. (108 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
28.
Tickle Me (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Elvis is a singing rodeo rider who drifts into an expensive dude ranch patronized by wealthy glamour girls... (90 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
29.
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Race car driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin. (85 mins.)
Director: George Sidney
 
30.
Winter A-Go-Go (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Teenagers work, play and dance to rock 'n' roll at a Lake Tahoe ski lodge. (88 mins.)
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Obsessed with the popular culture of the 1960s and surrounding decades, Jon Abbott has been writing about film and TV for over thirty years in around two dozen different publications, trade, populist, and specialist. He is the author of several books, including

Irwin Allen Television Productions 1964-1970,
Stephen J. Cannell Television Productions: A History of All Series and Pilots,
The Elvis Films,
Cool TV of the 1960s: Three Shows That Changed the World,
and Strange New World: Sex Films of the 1970s.

See his Amazon author's page, and his other lists on the IMDB, all under the pre-fix DISCOVER.


Thanks, Eliza! ;) ” - jonabbott56