DISCOVER--the best Elvis movies of the '60s

Far too quickly criticised by know nothings, these are some of the best feelgood films of the '60s, perfect to crash out to at any time of day. To see Elvis the singer at his best, go to Loving You and/or King Creole. In the meantime...

All on this list were box office gold with the exception of Easy Come, Easy Go, the weakest listed here. There are others (Elvis made 31 films in total), but try these first and remember a time that never existed. Auto-pilot critics say these are bad films, but after you've watched them, you feel better. What's bad about that? This list is in chronological order.
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1.
Blue Hawaii (1961)
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After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates defies his parents' wishes for him to work at the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency. (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
2.
Follow That Dream (1962)
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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
 
3.
Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
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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
 
4.
It Happened at the World's Fair (1963)
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Mike and Danny fly a crop duster, but because of Danny's gambling debts, a local sheriff seizes it. Trying to earn money... (105 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
5.
Fun in Acapulco (1963)
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Mike works on a boat in Acapulco. When the bratty daughter of the boat owner gets him fired, Mike must find new work... (97 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
6.
Kissin' Cousins (1964)
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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
 
7.
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
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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
 
8.
Roustabout (1964)
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Charlie Rogers is a leather-jacketed biker who's fired from a singing engagement after getting into a fight with a group of college toughs... (101 mins.)
Director: John Rich
 
9.
Girl Happy (1965)
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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
 
10.
Tickle Me (1965)
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Elvis is a singing rodeo rider who drifts into an expensive dude ranch patronized by wealthy glamour girls... (90 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
11.
Harum Scarum (1965)
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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
 
12.
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
 
13.
Spinout (1966)
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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
 
14.
Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)
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A frogman working for the U.S. Navy dives for buried treasure. (95 mins.)
Director: John Rich
 
15.
Clambake (1967)
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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
 
16.
Speedway (1968)
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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
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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.

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