Special Report

This Is the Worst Movie of the 1960s

Source: Courtesy of The Filmgroup

10. The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
> Genre: Comedy, Horror
> Director(s): Roger Corman
> Starring: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles, Dick Miller
> Box office gross: $1.4 million

A young man who works in a flower shop accidentally breeds a carnivorous plant and has to commit murder to keep it fed. The movie became something of a cult classic; it was re-made in 1986 and yet another version may be in the works starring Scarlett Johansson.

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

9. Coogan’s Bluff (1968)
> Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
> Director(s): Don Siegel
> Starring: Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Susan Clark, Tisha Sterling
> Box office gross: Not available

An Arizona sheriff played by Clint Eastwood has to escort an escape fugitive back from New York City. The critics liked the movie but the audience on Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t, saying it’s a sexist, dated, offensive “time capsule.”

Source: Courtesy of United Artists

8. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
> Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
> Director(s): Ken Hughes
> Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill
> Box office gross: $7.5 million

An eccentric inventor played by Dick Van Dyke transforms an old racing car into a flying machine and takes his kids on an adventure to save their grandfather. It has some negative audience comments on Rotten Tomatoes, including “bizarre and confusing breaks from the story and reality” and “boring.”

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Distribution Company

7. The Love Bug (1968)
> Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
> Director(s): Robert Stevenson
> Starring: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson, Buddy Hackett
> Box office gross: $5.1 million

“The Love Bug” is a Volkswagen Beetle that has a personality and mind of its own. The reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes have minds of their own about this movie, too, describing it as childish, insipid, and sappy.

Source: Courtesy of Lopert Pictures Corporation

6. Tom Jones (1963)
> Genre: Adventure, Comedy, History
> Director(s): Tony Richardson
> Starring: Albert Finney, Susannah York, George Devine, Rachel Kempson
> Box office gross: $37.6 million

This is the story of an adopted boy who can’t win the girl of his dreams because of his status, so he goes on adventures instead. The movie suffers from poor production quality with no amusement or joy, according to comments on Rotten Tomatoes.