Special Report

This Is the Worst Movie of the 1960s

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15. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
> Genre: Action, Comedy
> Director(s): Russ Meyer
> Starring: Tura Satana, Haji, Lori Williams, Ray Barlow
> Box office gross: Not available

In this 1965 skin flick, re-released in 1995, three go-go dancers looking for adventure embark on a kidnapping and murder spree in the California desert. The movie was not a commercial or critical hit when it came out, but has since influenced filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino.

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14. Hatari! (1962)
> Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
> Director(s): Howard Hawks
> Starring: John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Krüger, Red Buttons
> Box office gross: $14.0 million

A group of men played by stars like John Wayne and Red Buttons trap wild animals in Africa. A female photographer shows up and eventually turns them into good guys. Rotten Tomatoes critics assail its dumb romance and immature jokes and say it’s overlong.

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13. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
> Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
> Director(s): Wolfgang Reitherman, Clyde Geronimi, David Hand
> Starring: Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson, Junius Matthews
> Box office gross: $22.2 million

The Sword in the Stone is an animated retelling of the legend of Arthur, the sword Excalibur, and the wizard Merlin. Critics have said it suffers from weak animation, weak characters, and weak songs.

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12. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
> Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
> Director(s): Peter R. Hunt
> Starring: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti
> Box office gross: $22.8 million

James Bond battles the evil SPECTRE organization in the Swiss Alps. The villain Blofeld was played by Telly Savalas, who became famous in the next decade as the TV detective Kojak. It was George Lazenby’s first and last outing as Bond, so maybe he suffered in comparison with Sean Connery. Critics said it was formulaic and boring but had a good ski chase.

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11. You Only Live Twice (1967)
> Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
> Director(s): Lewis Gilbert
> Starring: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Tetsurô Tanba
> Box office gross: $43.1 million

James Bond goes to Japan to investigate the disappearance of spacecraft belonging to the United States and the Soviet Union, which could trigger a war. Rotten Tomatoes critics say it’s messy and implausible, and the plot elements have been used so much the original looks like a copy.