The Best B-Pictures Of The 1960s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 23 Mar 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

This list is dedicated to those pictures that are not much talked about or sometimes even sneered at. Most of these movies were made on a small budget but can be very entertaining nevertheless. That is, if you generally dig B-pictures of the sci-fi or horror genre, for example. Some of the entries might be considered trash, but I assure you that you will find only the hilarious ones here. So, if you are in the mood for a somewhat different movie that does not necessarily follow mainstream rules, chances are that you will find here what you are looking for.

As usual, don't hesitate to leave a comment if you feel up to it.

PS: The movies are sorted by year and not necessarily by my preference. This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.

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1. 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: 328

2. Il mulino delle donne di pietra (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: 1,037

3. 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: 13,787 | Gross: $1.40M

4. 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: 5,464

5. 13 Ghosts (1960)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

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: 4,186

7. 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: 1,208

8. Rat (1960)

84 min | Comedy, Drama

At a church in the country, eternally optimistic John marries Maria, his Atomic War Bride, as a war starts, planes buzz overhead and bombs start dropping. Though John is "mobilized" by the ... See full summary »

Director: Veljko Bulajic | Stars: Antun Vrdoljak, Zlatko Madunic, Ljubisa Jovanovic, Ita Rina

Votes: 179

9. Space Men (1960)

Unrated | 73 min | Sci-Fi

In the 22nd Century, Ray Peterson, reporter for the Interplanetary News, is assigned to write a story aboard a space station. Tension mounts between Peterson and the station commander, who ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Rik Van Nutter, Gabriella Farinon, David Montresor, Archie Savage

Votes: 636

10. Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

Not Rated | 75 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

In 1960, a military test pilot is caught in a time warp that propels him to year 2024 where he finds a plague has sterilized the world's population.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Robert Clarke, Darlene Tompkins, Arianne Ulmer, Vladimir Sokoloff

Votes: 920

11. 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: 2,988

12. 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: 919

13. Trouble in the Sky (1960)

88 min | Drama, Thriller

In Britain, at the dawn of jet-powered commercial aviation, an aircraft manufacturer tries to shift the blame from mechanical failure to pilot error when its newest jet airliner has a series of accidents.

Director: Charles Frend | Stars: Michael Craig, Peter Cushing, Bernard Lee, Elizabeth Seal

Votes: 159

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: 1,859

15. 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: 509

16. Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Ma Barker and her four sons terrorize the 1930s South and Midwest with a string of kidnappings, robberies and murders, and even get to work with such famous criminals as John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson.

Director: Bill Karn | Stars: Lurene Tuttle, Tristram Coffin, Paul Dubov, Nelson Leigh

Votes: 164

17. The Human Vapor (1960)

Not Rated | 81 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

A librarian is subject to a scientific experiment which goes wrong and transforms him into 'The Human Vapour'. He uses his new ability to rob banks to fund the career of his girlfriend, a ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tatsuya Mihashi, Kaoru Yachigusa, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Keiko Sata

Votes: 263

18. The Hands of Orlac (1960)

95 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

A pianist has a transplant operation that gives him a new pair of hands. Unfortunately, the hands belonged to a murderer, and he finds the hands starting to take over his life and commit ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 305

19. Obras maestras del terror (1959– )

65 min | Crime, Fantasy, Horror

An anthology of three Edgar Allan Poe stories--"The Case of Mr. Valdemar," "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Tell-Tale Heart."

Stars: Narciso Ibáñez Menta, Adolfo Linvel, Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, Beatriz Día Quiroga

Votes: 81

20. Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

91 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness.

Directors: Mario Bava, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Reg Park, Christopher Lee, Leonora Ruffo, George Ardisson

Votes: 1,282

21. Mr. Sardonicus (1961)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more ... See full summary »

Director: William Castle | Stars: Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton, Guy Rolfe, Oskar Homolka

Votes: 1,915

22. Homicidal (1961)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich, Alan Bunce

Votes: 2,185

23. The Shadow of the Cat (1961)

79 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A female house cat sees her mistress murdered by her husband and two servants, and becomes ferociously bent on revenge.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: André Morell, Barbara Shelley, William Lucas, Freda Jackson

Votes: 539

24. Night Tide (1961)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman, performing as a mermaid at the local carnival. He soon comes to suspect the girl might be a real mermaid, who draws men to a watery death during the full moon.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Gavin Muir, Luana Anders

Votes: 1,654

25. Fury at Smugglers' Bay (1961)

82 min | Adventure

Pirate wreckers ravage a small seaside community while the ineffectual local squire tries to discourage his son's romance with a smuggler's pretty daughter.

Director: John Gilling | Stars: Peter Cushing, John Fraser, Bernard Lee, Michèle Mercier

Votes: 149

26. Goliath and the Vampires (1961)

91 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

Goliath must save the kidnapped women of his village from an evil zombie leader who needs their blood to feed his soldiers.

Directors: Sergio Corbucci, Giacomo Gentilomo | Stars: Gordon Scott, Leonora Ruffo, Jacques Sernas, Gianna Maria Canale

Votes: 243

27. The Giant of Metropolis (1961)

Unrated | 98 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Muscleman Ohro travels to the sinful capital of Atlantis to rebuke its godlessness and hubris and becomes involved in the battle against its evil lord Yoh-tar and his hideous super-science ... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Scarpelli | Stars: Gordon Mitchell, Bella Cortez, Roldano Lupi, Marietto

Votes: 278

28. The Wonders of Aladdin (1961)

93 min | Fantasy

A poor young man finds a magic lamp that possesses a genie, who will grant the boy three wishes if he sets him free from the lamp.

Directors: Mario Bava, Henry Levin | Stars: Donald O'Connor, Noëlle Adam, Vittorio De Sica, Aldo Fabrizi

Votes: 221

29. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Approved | 93 min | Horror

In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother dies giving birth and he is looked after by Don Alfredo. As a child Leon becomes a ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, Catherine Feller

Votes: 4,280

30. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, U.S. Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt, using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre

Votes: 4,805

31. Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide (1961)

Unrated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Strong yet sleepy Hercules discovers that the Queen of Atlantis is plotting to take over the world with superhuman warriors.

Director: Vittorio Cottafavi | Stars: Reg Park, Fay Spain, Ettore Manni, Luciano Marin

Votes: 1,071

32. Master of the World (1961)

Not Rated | 102 min | Sci-Fi, Adventure

In 1868, an American scientist and his team become hostages of fanatical pacifist Robur who uses his airship Albatross to destroy military targets on Earth.

Director: William Witney | Stars: Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Henry Hull, Mary Webster

Votes: 2,269

33. The Mask (1961)

Approved | 83 min | Horror, Thriller

A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder. Before committing suicide, he mails the mask to his psychiatrist, Dr. ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Roffman | Stars: Paul Stevens, Claudette Nevins, Bill Walker, Anne Collings

Votes: 544

34. Mothra (1961)

Passed | 101 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A giant, ancient moth begins to attack Japan when coming to the rescue of it's two, foot-tall worshippers who were taken by shipwreck survivors.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Furankî Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyôko Kagawa, Yumi Itô

Votes: 2,637

35. The Thief of Baghdad (1961)

Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

In the time of the Arabian Nights, the city of Baghdad is ruled by Sultan Ali Bajazeth but actually controlled by the scheming Grand Vizier Ghamal. The poor of Baghdad are aided by Karim, the Thief of Baghdad.

Directors: Bruno Vailati, Arthur Lubin | Stars: Steve Reeves, Giorgia Moll, Arturo Dominici, Edy Vessel

Votes: 388

36. Hands of a Stranger (1962)

Passed | 85 min | Horror

A concert pianist loses his hands in a car crash, but a surgeon gives him new ones. The experimental medical procedure goes awry when the new hands drive the pianist mad.

Director: Newt Arnold | Stars: Paul Lukather, Joan Harvey, James Noah, Ted Otis

Votes: 443

37. Trauma (1962)

93 min | Horror

Emmaline, who, as a teenager, discovered the drowned body of her aunt (Lynn Bari), returns to the family mansion as a married woman. Eventually, she falls for the caretaker's nephew, and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: John Conte, David Garner, Lorrie Richards, Lynn Bari

Votes: 83

38. Tales of Terror (1962)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Maggie Pierce, Leona Gage, Peter Lorre

Votes: 5,181

39. The Awful Dr. Orlof (1962)

Approved | 90 min | Horror

Dr. Orlof, a former prison doctor, abducts beautiful women from nightclubs and tries to use their skin to repair his daughter's fire-scarred face. He is assisted by Morpho, a deformed ... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Conrado San Martín, Diana Lorys, Howard Vernon, Perla Cristal

Votes: 1,205

40. Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

G | 94 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A farmboy turned knight must protect a princess from the schemes of an evil wizard.

Director: Nathan Juran | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Judi Meredith, Torin Thatcher, Walter Burke

Votes: 1,763

41. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki, Ichirô Arishima

Votes: 6,362 | Gross: $2.73M

42. The Creation of the Humanoids (1962)

Approved | 75 min | Sci-Fi

In a post holocaust society, robots take it on their own to help the dying human race by giving them android bodies.

Director: Wesley Barry | Stars: Don Megowan, Erica Elliott, Frances McCann, Don Doolittle

Votes: 701

43. Night Creatures (1962)

Unrated | 82 min | Adventure, Horror

In 18th-century England, the Royal Crown sends Royal Navy Captain Collier and his crew to investigate reports of illegal smuggling and bootlegging in a coastal town where locals believe in Marsh Phantoms.

Director: Peter Graham Scott | Stars: Peter Cushing, Yvonne Romain, Patrick Allen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 2,183

44. Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962)

Approved | 77 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Earth sends a five-man team to explore the frozen planet Uranus, only to find a temperate forest and sultry women from their past on it, courtesy of an alien brain with evil designs.

Director: Sidney W. Pink | Stars: John Agar, Carl Ottosen, Ove Sprogøe, Louis Miehe-Renard

Votes: 1,241

45. Panic in Year Zero! (1962)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A family of four leaves Los Angeles for a camping trip just before a nuclear bomb destroys the city. As lawlessness prevails, the father must fight to keep his family alive.

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

Votes: 3,147

46. Tower of London (1962)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, History, Horror

The twisted Richard III is haunted by the ghosts of those he has murdered in his attempt to become the King of England.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Michael Pate, Joan Freeman, Robert Brown

Votes: 1,482

47. The Witch's Mirror (1962)

75 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

A husband murders his wife, and years later her ghost emerges from a witch's mirror to take her revenge.

Director: Chano Urueta | Stars: Rosita Arenas, Armando Calvo, Isabela Corona, Dina de Marco

Votes: 405

48. Espiritismo (1962)

Unrated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Satan gives a woman three wishes in this version of the classic tale, "The Monkey's Paw."

Director: Benito Alazraki | Stars: José Luis Jiménez, Nora Veryán, Beatriz Aguirre, Alicia Caro

Votes: 71

49. The Phantom of the Opera (1962)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Music

Terror strikes the London Opera House as a new opera is disrupted by the actions of a deformed specter of the show's past who has an obsession with one of the production's chorus girl.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Edward de Souza, Thorley Walters

Votes: 2,283

50. Gorath (1962)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi

Japanese disaster film about a giant meteor on a collision course with the Earth. The dubbed American version of this film is missing a giant walrus which appeared briefly in the Japanese ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Yumi Shirakawa, Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno

Votes: 458

51. The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962)

76 min | Horror

6.7