Best Adventure Movies of 1961


One Hundred and One Dalmatians

7.3/10 IMDB

When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement. In a Disney animation classic, Dalmatian Pongo is tired of his bachelor-dog life. He spies lovely Perdita and maneuvers his master, Roger, into meeting Perdita's owner, Anita. The owners fall in love and marry, keeping Pongo and Perdita together too. After Perdita gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies, Anita's old school friend Cruella De Vil wants to buy them all. Roger declines her offer, so Cruella hires the criminal Badun brothers to steal them -- so she can have a fur coat.

Starring: Rod Taylor, J. Pat O'Malley, Betty Lou Gerson, Martha Wentworth, Ben Wright, Cate Bauer, David Frankham, Frederick Worlock, Lisa Davis, Tom Conway ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1961-01-25

The Guns of Navarone

7.5/10 IMDB

A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.

Starring: Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle, James Darren, Irene Papas, Gia Scala, James Robertson Justice, Richard Harris ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1961-04-27
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Barabbas


6.9/10 IMDB

Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was pardoned for his crimes and spared crucifixion when Pilate offered the Israelites a choice to pardon Barabbas or Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where he tries to win his freedom and confront his inner demons, ultimately becoming a follower of the man who was crucified in his place.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy, Katy Jurado, Harry Andrews, Vittorio Gassman, Norman Wooland, Valentina Cortese, Jack Palance, Ernest Borgnine ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1961-12-23

The Comancheros

6.8/10 IMDB

Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.

Starring: John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff, Lee Marvin, Michael Ansara, Patrick Wayne, Bruce Cabot, Joan O'Brien, Jack Elam ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz, John Wayne
Release date: 1961-12-22

Mysterious Island

6.7/10 IMDB

During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home. Sequel to '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' .

Starring: Michael Craig, Gary Merrill, Michael Callan, Beth Rogan, Joan Greenwood, Percy Herbert, Dan Jackson, Herbert Lom, Harry Monty ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1961-12-19

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

6.0/10 IMDB

The crew of an atomic submarine battle to save the world from global destruction.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Robert Sterling, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, Joan Fontaine, Michael Ansara, Frankie Avalon, Regis Toomey, John Litel, Howard McNear ..
Directed by: Irwin Allen
Release date: 1961-07-12
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : The Adventures of Superboy

The Adventures of Superboy

6.3/10 IMDB

Jimmy, Clark Kent and Lana Lang's friend, is ashamed that his father works as a doorman at the Smallville theater. His opinion changes when Superboy is able to thwart a robbery with Jimmy's father's help.

Starring: John Rockwell, Bunny Henning, Ross Elliott, Monty Margetts, Charles Maxwell, Robert B. Williams, Richard Reeves, Yvonne White, Stacy Harris, Jimmy Bates ..
Directed by: George Blair
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : The Devil at 4 O'Clock

The Devil at 4 O'Clock

6.3/10 IMDB

A crusty, eccentric priest recruits three reluctant convicts to help him rescue a children's leper colony from a Pacific island menaced by a smoldering volcano.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Kerwin Mathews, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Grégoire Aslan, Alexander Scourby, BarBara Luna, Bernie Hamilton, Cathy Lewis, Martin Brandt ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1961-10-18
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : The Deadly Companions

The Deadly Companions

6.1/10 IMDB

Ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman's son, tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory.

Starring: Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran, Chill Wills, Strother Martin, Will Wright, James O'Hara, Peter O'Crotty, Billy Vaughan, Chuck Hayward ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1961-06-06
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : The Horsemasters

The Horsemasters

7.1/10 IMDB

American students are having a difficult time at a prestigious English riding school. Dinah Wilcox is overly cautious because of memories of an accident, but Danny Grant gives her confidence. The strict, but admired, instructor fears she must sell her favorite horse because of school tradition, but the students end up taking up a collection to buy it back for her.

Starring: Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk, Janet Munro, John Fraser, Donald Pleasence, Harry Lockart, Colin Gordon, Anthony Nicholls, Jean Marsh, Jean Marsh ..
Directed by: William Fairchild
Release date: 1961-10-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : The Best of Enemies

The Best of Enemies

6.7/10 IMDB

During World War II, a plane full of RAF fighter crashes in the Ethiopian desert and they are met upon by an enemy Italian patrol that allows them to go free. But, when the Brits are given orders to attack the Italians, lots of problems ensue.

Starring: David Niven, Alberto Sordi, Michael Wilding, Harry Andrews, Noel Harrison, Amedeo Nazzari, Aldo Giuffrè, David Opatoshu, Tiberio Mitri, Alessandro Ninchi ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1961-10-26

Snow White and the Three Stooges

5.2/10 IMDB

Once upon a time, in the kingdom of Fortunia, a noble king and his lovely young queen lack but one blessing to make their joy complete. The queen gives birth to a daughter named Snow White, but dies soon after. The king mourns her, but in time, he remarries because of the pleading of his people. His new queen is a beautiful, but evil woman who soon becomes jealous of Snow White's beauty.

Starring: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Edson Stroll, Carol Heiss, Patricia Medina, Guy Rolfe, Michael David Lally, Buddy Baer, Edgar Barrier ..
Directed by: Walter Lang, Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1961-12-24

Atlantis: The Lost Continent

5.5/10 IMDB

A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer who is bent on using a natural resource of Atlantis to take over the world. The Atlanteans, or rather the slaves of Atlantis, are forced to mine a crystalline material which absorbs the suns rays. These crystals can then be used for warmth. The misuse of science has created weapons out of the crystals that can fire a heat ray to destroy whatever it touches.

Starring: Sal Ponti, Joyce Taylor, John Dall, William Smith, Edward Platt, Frank De Kova, Berry Kroeger, Edgar Stehli, Jay Novello, Paul Frees ..
Directed by: George Pal
Release date: 1961-05-03
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Gold of the Seven Saints

Gold of the Seven Saints

6.3/10 IMDB

Fur-trapping partners stumble across a cache of gold, but their discovery quickly attracts every greedy villain in the territory.

Starring: Clint Walker, Roger Moore, Letícia Román, Robert Middleton, Chill Wills, Gene Evans, Roberto Contreras, Jack Williams, Art Stewart, Nestor Paiva ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1961-02-18
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Nikki, Wild Dog of the North

Nikki, Wild Dog of the North

6.7/10 IMDB

A family film about Nikki, a half-wolf, half-dog raised in the Yukon during the gold rush era. After being separated from her master, Nikki must fend for herself amidst bears, the harsh Yukon weather, and a trapper who wants her skin.

Starring: Jean Couto, Émile Genest, Uriel Luft, Robert Rivard, Jacques Fauteux, Nikki ..
Directed by: Jack Couffer
Release date: 1961-07-12
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : The Hellions

The Hellions

5.8/10 IMDB

Luke Billings (Lionel Jeffries) and his family have a problem with the new police sergeant Sam Hargis (Richard Todd) so they take over a small Transvaal town with the attention of drawing Hargis into a showdown. Hargis tries to get back up from the townsfolk who do not want to know, so is forced to lay low. As things get out of hand one of the Billings boys takes an interest in the storekeeper's wife, Priss Dobbs (Anne Aubrey). Having had enough her husband, Ernie (Jamie Uys) takes up the gun and heads down the main street alone. An act that prompts Hargis to join him. Slowly, the townsfolk turn up to back them up.

Starring: Richard Todd, Anne Aubrey, Jamie Uys, Marty Wilde, Lionel Jeffries, James Booth, Al Mulock, Colin Blakely, Ronald Fraser, Zena Walker ..
Directed by: Irving Allen, Ken Annakin
Release date: 1961-11-27

Pirates of Tortuga

5.3/10 IMDB

After a lengthy voyage, Capt. Bart docks his ship in a London harbor and is given a new mission by British Admiralty: capture the notorious Henry Morgan, a pirate who has been wreaking havoc throughout the Caribbean. After recruiting some former shipmates for his crew, Capt. Bart sets sail in search of the infamous buccaneer, and is joined by a beautiful female stowaway in the process.

Starring: Ken Scott, Letícia Román, Dave King, John Richardson, Rafer Johnson, Robert Stephens, Rachel Stephens, Stanley Adams, Edgar Barrier, James Forrest ..
Directed by: Robert D. Webb
Release date: 1961-08-25
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire

6.2/10 IMDB

Frank Gorshin and his girlfriend, Joyce Taylor, are on the run from the law when apprehended and arrested by the Sherriff..

Starring: David Janssen, Joyce Taylor, Frank Gorshin, Joel Marston, James Johnson, Ron Myron, Marshall Kent, Doodles Weaver ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1961-06-14

The Fiercest Heart

6.8/10 IMDB

Two British soldiers in 1830s South Africa flee military discipline and join a group of Boers heading north on "the Great Trek." In between fighting off Zulu attacks, one of these soldiers falls in love with the trek-leader's granddaughter who has been promised to another man.

Starring: Stuart Whitman, Juliet Prowse, Ken Scott, Raymond Massey, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Rafer Johnson, Michael David, Eduard Franz, Rachel Stephens, Dennis Holmes ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1961-04-30
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : The Secret Ways

The Secret Ways

6.1/10 IMDB

Vienna, 1956. After Soviet tanks crush the Hungarian uprising, soldier-of-fortune Michael Reynolds is hired to help a threatened Hungarian scientist escape from Budapest.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Sonja Ziemann, Walter Rilla, Charles Regnier, Senta Berger, Heinz Moog, Hubert von Meyerinck, Ady Berber, Jochen Brockmann, Reinhard Kolldehoff ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1961-04-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Fury River

Fury River

5.2/10 IMDB

Rogers Rangers fight the French & Indians in Canada while searching for a waterway which will lead to this ocean.

Starring: Keith Larsen, Buddy Ebsen, Don Burnett, Luis van Rooten, Rayford Barnes, Larry Chance, Harry Lauter, Denny Miller, Paul Picerni, Philip Tonge ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur, Alan Crosland, Jr., George Waggner, Otto Lang
Release date: 1961-09-14
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : The Treasure of Monte Cristo

The Treasure of Monte Cristo

5.4/10 IMDB

A dashing ex-officer in His Majesty’s army, Captain Adam Corbett (Calhoun) becomes embroiled in intrigue when he agrees to escort Colonel Wilfred Jackson (Ian Hunter) and his daughter Pauline (Patricia Bredin) on a perilous quest for treasure. Possessing one-quarter of a map, they soon rendezvous with three mysterious characters, each with a fragment and a secret agenda. Armed with only a sword and his wits, Corbett battles brigands, soldiers and thieves as he accompanies the expedition to the island of Monte Cristo, where betrayal and fortune await.

Starring: Rory Calhoun, Patricia Bredin, John Gregson, Peter Arne, Sam Kydd, Ian Hunter, David Davies, Francis Matthews, Tutte Lemkow, George Street ..
Directed by: Robert S. Baker, Monty Berman
Release date: 1961-06-22
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : The Hellfire Club

The Hellfire Club

5.2/10 IMDB

Years after fleeing his ancestral home with his mother, Jason returns home to claim his birthright, only to find his way blocked by his evil cousin Thomas. In order to reclaim his title, Jason must do battle with his cousin, who calls upon the members of the deadly Hellfire Club to stop him.

Starring: Keith Michell, Adrienne Corri, Peter Cushing, Peter Arne, Kai Fischer, David Lodge, Bill Owen, Rupert Osborne, Miles Malleson, Caron Gardner ..
Directed by: Robert S. Baker, Monty Berman
Release date: 1961-02-03
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Kipling's Women

Kipling's Women

5.3/10 IMDB

Nudie-cutie suggested, as the title lets on, by a Kipling poem.

Starring: Felix de Cola, Margie Sutton, Margie Fisco, Malia Olandag, Virginia Rogers, Robin Bliss, Lisa Gordon ..
Directed by: Fred Hudson, Larry Smith
Release date: 1961-05-06
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Boy Who Caught a Crook

Boy Who Caught a Crook

5.5/10 IMDB

The Boy Who Caught a Crook is a 1961 childrens film about a young boy who tracks down a gangster.

Starring: Wanda Hendrix, Don Beddoe, Roger Mobley, Richard Crane ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1961-10-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Pagan Island

Pagan Island

5.7/10 IMDB

The survivor of a shipwreck finds himself on an island populated only by women.

Starring: Edward Dew, Nani Maka, Trine Hovelsrud, Sharon Michael, Allison Louise Downe, Bud Irwin, Dolores Carlos, Yanka Mann, Fran Stacey, Sharon Michael ..
Directed by: Barry Mahon
Release date: 1961-07-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Flight of the Lost Balloon

Flight of the Lost Balloon

4.6/10 IMDB

Period adventure tale about an expedition using a hot-air balloon to rescue an explorer lost in Africa.

Starring: Marshall Thompson, Mala Powers, Douglas Kennedy, James Lanphier, Robert W. Gillette, Felippe Birriel, A. J. Valentine, Blanquita Romero ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1961-12-28
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Fury at Smugglers' Bay

Fury at Smugglers' Bay

5.5/10 IMDB

It is the end of the 18th century and smuggling is considered to be a legitimate spare-time occupation for most fishermen around the British shores. But when a gang of cut-throats, led by the infamous Black John (Bernard Lee) begins to lure ships onto the rocks of Smugglers Bay, and murdering their crews for the sake of loot, the fishermen begin to fear for their livelihoods. In desperation, they appeal to the local magistrate Squire Trevenyan (Peter Cushing).

Starring: Peter Cushing, John Fraser, Bernard Lee, Michèle Mercier, June Thorburn, William Franklyn, Liz Fraser, Juma ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1961-01-01


3.6/10 IMDB

Two couples are on a boating trip when they come across an uncharted island. The four investigate and find themselves in the clutches of Dr. Albert Balleau, whose hobby is hunting both animals and humans… The group tries to escape only to be thwarted by Dr. Balleau and his henchmen.

Starring: Wilton Graff, June Kenney, Walter Brooke, Robert Reed, Eugene Persson, Joan Lora, Troy Patterson, Lilyan Chauvin, Bobby Hall, Bill Coontz ..
Directed by: Ralph Brooke
Release date: 1961-09-13

Fiend of Dope Island

5.4/10 IMDB

Charlie is a dope smuggler who lives on his own private desert island and rules over the natives with an iron fist. When the native stooges get out of line, Charlie literally cracks the whip on his insubordinate subordinates. When a sexpot named Glory comes to the island, he holds her prisoner and makes her go-go dance for him.

Starring: Bruce Bennett, Robert Bray, Tania Velia, Ralph A. Rodriguez, Milton Steifel, Miguel Ángel Álvarez, Edmundo Rivera Álvarez, Molly Odell, Ruth Fernández, Tito Enriquez ..
Directed by: Nate Watt
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Morning on the Lièvre

Morning on the Lièvre

6.4/10 IMDB

This short film offers a picturesque tour through the maple-wooded hills alongside Québec's Lièvre River in autumn to the accompaniment of acclaimed poet Archibald Lampman’s poem Morning on the Lièvre. Trees are ablaze with colour, and their splendor is reflected in the mirrored surfaces of the water, offering a glimpse of the landscape Lampman knew so well through the poet’s eyes and words. Lampman’s poem is read by broadcaster and poet George Whalley, with accompanying score by composer Eldon Rathburn.

Starring: George Whalley ..
Directed by: David Bairstow
Release date: 1961-06-01


4.0/10 IMDB

Evil king Praximedes convinces superhero Atlas to fight for him, but Atlas eventually sees the king's true nature and turns against him.

Starring: Michael Forest, Barboura Morris, Frank Wolff, Walter Maslow, Roger Corman, Dick Miller, Andreas Filippides, Jean Moore, Christos Exarchos, Robert Hudson ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1961-05-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : The Silent Call

The Silent Call

5.7/10 IMDB

Young Guy Brancato and parents have to move from Elko, Nevada to Los Angeles, California, they are unable to take Guy's dog Pete. Guy is angry at his parents and even more distressed when he learns that Pete has run away from the neighbor who was tending him. But Pete has plans to travel to Los Angeles on his own.

Starring: Gail Russell, Roger Mobley, David McLean, Roscoe Ates, Sherwood Keith, Milton Parsons, David McLean, Dal McKennon, Jack Younger, Rusty Wescoatt ..
Directed by: John A. Bushelman
Release date: 1961-05-10
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Wings of Chance

Wings of Chance

5.4/10 IMDB

Red Kirby is a seasoned bush pilot. When he crash lands his plane near a remote lake in northern Alberta, he is initially optimistic that he will soon be rescued. However, as the months drag by, Kirby realizes that he must take his fate into his own hands. To combat the loneliness, he befriends a family of Canada geese.

Starring: James Brown, Frances Rafferty, Richard Tretter, Patrick Whyte ..
Directed by: Eddie Dew
Release date: 1961-03-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Four Children in the Flood

Four Children in the Flood

5.4/10 IMDB

December 1956. The region by the Tisza is evacuated because of a threatening flooding. Laci, Karcsi and Péter leave their home on the lorry

Starring: Géza Nagy, György Markos, Erzsébet Makkai, Károly Bognár, Juci Komlós, Gábor Mádi Szabó, Imre Sinkovits, Pál Bajka, Gyula Bakos, Ferenc Baracsi ..
Directed by: György Révész
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Conqueror of Maracaibo

Conqueror of Maracaibo

4.7/10 IMDB

Alan Braves, captain of a pirate ship, is, by the treachery of a comrade, accused of a crime of which he is innocent. He decides to go to America, but during his trip, he finds a Spanish galleon that saved from attack by pirates, and escorting the galleon to Maracaibo. Braves is first received with full honors for saving a Spanish ship but after that is reported to the Governor, Braseeur, the pirate traitor. It is, therefore, arrested and sentenced to death from the visualization of torture ...

Starring: Hans von Borsody, Luisella Boni, Helga Liné, Luis Induni, Carlo Tamberlani, Jany Clair, Salvatore Furnari, Barta Barri, Frank Braña, José María Caffarel ..
Directed by: Eugenio Martín
Release date: 1961-04-29
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Primitive Paradise

Primitive Paradise

0.0/10 IMDB

A documentary following famed explorer Lewis Cotlow traveling into the heart of New Guinea in search of unknown tribal cultures.

Directed by: Lewis Cotlow
Release date: 1961-05-26

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