10 Good Hippie Movies

Thursday, July 21 by Andrea Miller

Do you want to check out 10 good hippie movies? These films, including comedies, dramas, and documentaries, are all centered around the peaceful but drug-filled counterculture movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Read on for the list of 10 good hippie movies:

  1. "Woodstock" (1970). This documentary is an intimate inside look at the quintessential hippie music festival, featuring concert footage as well as personal interviews with the concertgoers themselves. "Woodstock" won an Oscar for Best Documentary and is featured in the National Film Preservation Registry.
  2. "Festival Express" (2003). Another good hippie documentary, this movie chronicles a Canadian rock festival tour in the 1970s featuring Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and The Band. The movie features performances as well as intimate personal interviews.
  3. "Taking Woodstock" (2009). This comedic drama is about a young man who gets the idea to have the hippie festival Woodstock while working on his parents' resort in the Catskills in the late 1960s. This hippie movie was nominated for the Golden Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
  4. "Let It Be" (1970). This hippie documentary is the story of The Beatles returning to the recording studio to make their classic album. An intimate portrait of one of the most popular bands of all time, the movie won both an Oscar and a Grammy for Best Music.
  5. "Across the Universe" (2007). This unique hippie musical stars Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess as a young couple falling in love to the music of The Beatles. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
  6. "Dazed and Confused" (1993). A classic comedy, this movie follows a group of hippie teenagers who have an epic party on the night of thei high school graduation in 1976. The all-star cast featured Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck.
  7. "Steal This Movie" (2000). This is a biography about hippie movement leader Abbie Hoffman, who goes underground to beat a drug charge. The movie starred Vincent D'Onofrio as Hoffman and Janeane Garofalo as his wife Anita.
  8. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (2008). In this documentary, three friends set out to capture the free love, hippie spirit of 1960s San Francisco. Their year-long quest answers questions about the nature of peace and harmony among mankind.
  9. "Monterey Pop" (1968). This documentary is an intimate look at another famous hippie music festival, which happened just before Woodstock. The concert launched the careers of several rock music greats.
  10. "Easy Rider" (1969). Showcasing the dark side of the hippie movement, this classic Dennis Hopper movie is the tale of two bikers traveling from Los Angeles to New Orleans, and the mayhem that ensues. The movie was nominated for Oscars for Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay.
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