Special Report

This Is the Worst Movie of the 1960s

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5. Barbarella (1968)
> Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
> Director(s): Roger Vadim
> Starring: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O’Shea
> Box office gross: Not available

Barbarella, a scantily clad futuristic astronaut played by Jane Fonda, is sent to find scientist Durand Durand, who has created a weapon that could destroy humanity. Critics described it as “unevenly paced and thoroughly cheesy.”

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4. Torn Curtain (1966)
> Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
> Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
> Starring: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova, Hansjörg Felmy
> Box office gross: Not available

This political thriller stars Paul Newman and Julie Andrews — and was directed by Alfred Hitchcock — but still it did not manage to thrill its critics or viewers, who described it as “more redolent of mothballs than mystery.”

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3. The Nutty Professor (1963)
> Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
> Director(s): Jerry Lewis
> Starring: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman
> Box office gross: $7.6 million

Jerry Lewis plays an awkward chemistry professor who concocts a potion that transforms him into a handsome, confidant man. One critic called it “a waste of talent, a waste of superb color photography and a waste of time.”

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2. Topaz (1969)
> Genre: Drama, Thriller
> Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
> Starring: Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon, Karin Dor
> Box office gross: $8.4 million

This is the second Hitchcock movie on our list — and it is also another Cold War spy thriller, this time involving a high-ranking Russian official who defects to the United States. Time magazine wrote, “At 70, Hitchcock seems suddenly to have forgotten his own recipe.”

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1. The Raven (1963)
> Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
> Director(s): Roger Corman
> Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court
> Box office gross: Not available

In this movie a magician who has been turned into a raven seeks help from a former sorcerer. It may not sound like much of a plot, but “The Raven” was directed by cult favorite Roger Corman and starred Vincent Price, who was in lots of horror movies, and Boris Karloff, who was in the Frankenstein movies.