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5 Best Psychedelic Films

Updated on October 2, 2016

I’ve always been a fan of film musicals because they bring the music to life in magical ways. Here are the 5 best—with bias of course, from Sara Psychedelic.


1) Hair

If you love the sixties as much as I do, you need to see this movie. Based on Broadway musical, it portrays drugs, race, class, sex, and war during the decade. Most known for hippies dancing in a park, but watch out for Claude’s LSD trip during Woodstock-inspired concert.

Best scene: Berger crashes fancy party

Best tune: the emotional end, “Manchester England Reprise/Let the Sunshine In”


2) Across the Universe

Another sixties masterpiece, tis film provides dreamy imagery and songs, pulling from the Beatle’s psychedelic days.

Best scene: very hard! Either “Dear Prudence” cloud sequence, or the twist on “Strawberry Fields forever”

Best tune: The teeth-gritting “Revolution”


3) Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory

Famous for being completely mad—full of odd sights and soungs. Particularly for the boat scene.

Best scene: walking through the chocolate room

Best tune: “I want it now” is in my top five favorite musical songs


4) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

If I have said this once I will say it many times—so underrated. Even though it’s slightly cheesy, it still manages to be extremely charming.

Best scene: Billy Preston on a wire using magical powers

Best tune: Aerosmith’s version of “Come Together”


5) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

My personal favorite musical. Although it’s not extremely trippy like the others, it has flying cars and outhouses.

Best scene: Always the inventor’s convention and “Me ‘Ol Bamboo”

Best tune: Since childhood I’ve been partial to “Hushabye Mountain”


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