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Counterculture

Unconventional appearance, music, drugs, communitarian experiments, and sexual liberation were hallmarks of the sixties counterculture, most of whose members were white, middle-class young Americans. To some Americans, these attributes reflected American ideals of free speech, equality, and pursuit of happiness. Other people saw the counterculture as self-indulgent, pointlessly rebellious, unpatriotic, and destructive of America's moral order. Authorities banned the psychedelic drug LSD, restricted political gatherings, and tried to enforce bans on what they considered obscenity in books, music, theatre, and other media. Parents argued with their children and worried about their safety. Some adults accepted elements of the counterculture, while others became estranged from sons and daughters.

Danger: Diabolik (1967)

6.5/10
Director: Mario Bava
Starring: Adolfo Celi, John Phillip Law, Michel Piccoli, Marisa Mell, Terry-Thomas

The suave, psychedelic-era thief, Diabolik, can't get enough of life's good - or glittery - things. Not when there are currency shipments to steal fro... Read more

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

5.9/10
Director: Susan Seidelman
Starring: Aidan Quinn, Madonna , Mark Blum, Rosanna Arquette

A bored housewife ends up leading a double life after being confused for Susan, a woman she's been reading about in the personal columns. Delightfully... Read more

Easy Rider (1969)

7.4/10
Director: Dennis Hopper
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Peter Fonda, Phil Spector

Counter-culture road movie with Dennis Hopper (also directing) and Peter Fonda getting out their choppers to travel across the Southwest. On their wa... Read more

Easy Rider ( Blu-ray ) (1969)

7.4/10
Director: Dennis Hopper
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Peter Fonda, Phil Spector

Counter-culture road movie with Dennis Hopper (also directing) and Peter Fonda getting out their choppers to travel across the Southwest. On their way... Read more

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994)

4.3/10
Director: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Uma Thurman, John Hurt, Rain Phoenix

Adapted from Tom Robbins' popular, counter-culture novel and starring Uma Thurman as the world's greatest hitchhiker, a passion she pursues when not h... Read more

Factory Girl (2006)

6.4/10
Director: George Hickenlooper
Starring: Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen, Jimmy Fallon, Mena Suvari, Shawn...

In 1965, college dropout Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller) headed to New York to become a superstar. When she met Andy Warhol (played by Guy Pearce), it... Read more

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

7.7/10
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin, Gar...

Helmsman Terry Gilliam, with a script co-written by Alex Cox, conjures up this adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 cult novel, which defined the c... Read more

Flashback (1989)

6.2/10
Director: Franco Amurri
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Dennis Hopper, Carol Kane

Young straight-arrow FBI agent Kiefer Sutherland is ordered to transport a recently capturedundergroun political fugitive to the scene of his 60s crim... Read more

Gas-s-s-s (1970)

Director: Roger Corman
Starring: Bud Cort, Cindy Williams, Robert Corff, Ben Vereen

Aka: "Gas! or: It Became Necessary to Destroy The World in Order to Save it". Odd hippy stuff about a gas that kills everyone on Earth over 25 years o... Read more

Grass (1999)

7.3/10
Director: Ron Mann
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Richard Nixon

Woody Harrelson narrates this documentary about the history of marijuana in 20th-century America, beginning with clips from educational films and expl... Read more