50 Far-Out Films About Hippie Subculture

The 1960s and early ‘70s were ripe for cinematic interpretation, as widespread protests, free love, drugs, the Civil Rights Movement, and other social changes impacted the popular culture. These films blended real life with fictional, and often exploitative, narratives, casting famous musicians and non-actors, using real drugs, and shooting on location in places suburbanites were reading about in the news. The results vary widely — some films are clearly cautionary tales about dangerous longhairs and the drugs they brought with them, while others have gone on to become cult classics. Here are 50 films inspired by hippie culture, which is the subject of a screening series this week at New York’s Anthology Film Archives.