Best Music Movies of 1968




Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, a classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the workhouse and joins up with a group of boys headed by the Artful Dodger and trained to be pickpockets by master thief Fagin.

Starring: Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed, Harry Secombe, Joseph O'Conor
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1968-09-26

Yellow Submarine


The Blue Meanies take over Pepperland, draining it of all its color and music, firing anti-music missiles, bonking people with green apples, and turning the inhabitants to stone by way of the pointed finger of a giant blue glove. As the only survivor, the Lord Admiral escapes in the yellow submarine and goes to Liverpool to enlist the help of the Beatles.

Starring: Paul Angelis, John Clive, Geoffrey Hughes, Peter Batten, Dick Emery
Directed by: George Dunning
Release date: 1968-07-17

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


An eccentric professor invents wacky machinery, but can't seem to make ends meet. When he invents a revolutionary car, a foreign government becomes interested in it, and resorts to skulduggery to get their hands on it.

Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Fröbe, Anna Quayle
Directed by: Ken Hughes
Release date: 1968-12-17

Monterey Pop


Featuring performances by popular artists of the 1960s, this concert film highlights the music of the 1967 California festival. Although not all musicians who performed at the Monterey Pop Festival are on film, some of the notable acts include the Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, Otis Redding, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix's post-performance antics -- lighting a guitar on fire, breaking it and tossing a part into the audience -- are captured.

Starring: Scott McKenzie, Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot, John Phillips, Michelle Phillips
Directed by: D.A. Pennebaker
Release date: 1968-12-26

Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day

Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day
Winnie the Pooh and his friends experience high winds, heavy rains, and a flood in Hundred Acre Wood.
Starring: Sterling Holloway, John Fiedler, Paul Winchell, Hal Smith, Jon Walmsley
Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1968-12-20

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is a film released in 1996 of an 11 December 1968 event put together by The Rolling Stones. The event comprised two concerts on a circus stage and included such acts as The Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, and Jethro Tull. John Lennon and his fiancee Yoko Ono performed as part of a supergroup called The Dirty Mac, along with Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, and Keith Richards. It was originally meant to be aired on the BBC, but the Rolling Stones withheld it because they were unhappy with their performance.
Starring: Ian Anderson, Glenn Cornick, Clive Bunker, Tony Iommi, Pete Townshend
Directed by: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Release date: 1968-10-12



A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free love, debt, dress, and lifestyle shocked the public of her time.

Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, James Fox, Zvonimir ÄŒrnko, Jason Robards, John Fraser
Directed by: Karel Reisz
Release date: 1968-09-14



Gertrude Lawrence rises to stage stardom at the cost of happiness.

Starring: Julie Andrews, Richard Crenna, Michael Craig, Daniel Massey, Robert Reed
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1968-07-18



The Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff.

Starring: Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Annette Funicello
Directed by: Bob Rafelson
Release date: 1968-11-06

The Dean Martin Christmas Show

The Dean Martin Christmas Show
A Classic Holiday Celebration with Dean and Friends.
Starring: Dean Martin, Lucille Ball, Ethel Merman, Barbara Feldon, Dom DeLuise
Release date: 1968-12-19

Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL is an exhilarating, provocative motion picture. The Rolling Stones rehearse their latest song, "Sympathy For the Devil," in a London studio. Beginning as a ballad, the track gradually acquires a pulsating groove, which gets Jagger into a rousing vocal display of soulful emotion that Godard is lucky enough to capture on film. Showing that rock and roll is more than just partying and goofing off, SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL is a brilliant portrait of the creative process at its most collaborative and arousing.
Starring: Sean Lynch, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts
Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard
Release date: 1968-11-30

Finian's Rainbow


A leprechaun follows the Irishman who stole his pot of gold to the U.S. South.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1968-10-09

Live a Little, Love a Little


Pin-up photographer, who doesn't want to get pinned down, comes up against a girl who won't take no for an answer.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Michele Carey, Rudy Vallee, Dick Sargent, Sterling Holloway
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1968-10-23

Wild in the Streets


Max Flatow is a precocious, social miscreant who has a way with home-made explosives. When he tires of these, he runs away from home only to emerge seven years later as Max Frost, the world's most popular entertainer. When Congressman John Fergus uses Frost as a political ploy to gain the youth vote in his run for the Senate, Frost wills himself into the system, gaining new rights for the young. Eventually, Frost runs for the presidency.

Starring: Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones, Diane Varsi, Hal Holbrook, Millie Perkins
Directed by: Barry Shear
Release date: 1968-05-29


Jenny, a deaf runaway who has just arrived in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to find her long-lost brother, a mysterious bearded sculptor known around town as The Seeker. She falls in with a psychedelic band, Mumblin' Jim, whose members include Stoney, Ben, and Elwood. They hide her from the fuzz in their crash pad, a Victorian house crowded with love beads and necking couples. Mumblin' Jim's truth-seeking friend Dave considers the band's pursuit of success "playing games," but he agrees to help Jennie anyway.
Starring: Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Adam Roarke
Directed by: Richard Rush
Release date: 1968-03-06


A race car driver tries to outrun the beautiful tax auditor out to settle his account.
Starring: Elvis Presley, Nancy Sinatra, Bill Bixby, Gale Gordon, William Schallert
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1968-01-01

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
The Bower Family Band petitions the Democratic National Committee to sing a Grover Cleveland rally song at the 1888 convention, but decide instead to move to the Dakota territory on the urging of a suitor to their eldest daughter. There, Grampa Bower causes trouble with his pro-Cleveland ideas, as Dakota residents are overwhelmingly Republican, and hope to get the territory admitted as two states (North and South Dakota) rather than one in order to send four Republican senators to Washington. Cleveland opposed this plan, refusing to refer to Congress the plan to organize the Dakotas this way. When Cleveland wins the popular vote, but Harrison the presidency due to the electoral college votes, the Dakotans (particularly the feuding young couple) resolve to live together in peace, and Cleveland grants statehood to the two Dakotas before he leaves office (along with two Democrat-voting states, evening the gains for both parties).
Starring: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, Lesley Ann Warren
Directed by: Michael O'Herlihy
Release date: 1968-04-19

Stay Away, Joe


Joe Lightcloud persuades his Congressman to give him 20 heifers and a prize bull so he and his father, Charlie, can prove that the Navajos can successfully raise cattle on the reservation. If their experiment is successful, then the government will help all the Navajo people. But Joe's friend, Bronc Hoverty, accidentally barbecues the prize bull, while Joe sells the heifers to buy plumbing and other home improvements for his stepmother.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Burgess Meredith, Joan Blondell, Katy Jurado, Thomas Gomez
Directed by: Peter Tewksbury
Release date: 1968-03-08


When 17 year old Joanna comes to Swinging London, she meets a host of colourful characters, discovers the pleasures of casual sex and falls in love. That's when things get complicated.
Starring: Calvin Lockhart, Donald Sutherland, Geneviève Waïte, Christian Doermer, Glenna Forster-Jones
Directed by: Michael Sarne
Release date: 1968-11-24


In 1968 Harry Belafonte and Petula Clark sang together her song On the Path Of Glory for this special on NBC. Not such a remarkable event in itself, but Petula touched Harry's forearm during the duet and made TV history. It was the first time a white woman had touched a black man on US television. The sponsor insisted the touch be cut from the programme, the programme makers refused. In the decade’s “year of revolt”, Clark found herself at the centre of a media controversy involving race, censorship and endemic bigotry in a newly desegregated yet depressingly divided US.
Starring: Petula Clark, Harry Belafonte
Directed by: Steve Binder
Release date: 1968-04-02

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