Best Adventure Movies of 1961

1.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

5.9
7.2/10 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
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Barabbas
2.

Barabbas

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into pardoning him, rather than 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
3.

The Comancheros

3.6
6.9/10 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: 1961-10-30
4.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

3.3
6.1/10 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 Devil at 4 O'Clock
5.

The Devil at 4 O'Clock

3.3
6.4/10 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
6.

The Deadly Companions

3.1
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 ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1961-06-06
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : Gold of the Seven Saints
7.

Gold of the Seven Saints

3.0
6.5/10 IMDB

Fur-trapping partners Clint Walker and Roger Moore stumble across a cache of gold, but their discovery quickly attracts every greedy villain in the territory. Directed by Gordon Douglas, this 1961 western also stars Chill Wills, Robert Middleton, Leticia Roman and Gene Evans.

Starring: Clint Walker, Roger Moore, Letícia Román, Robert Middleton, Chill Wills, Gene Evans, Roberto Contreras, Jack Williams, Arthur Stewart, Nestor Paiva ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1961-02-18
Best Adventure Movies of 1961 : The Best of Enemies
8.

The Best of Enemies

2.9
6.8/10 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
9.

Atlantis: The Lost Continent

2.9
5.6/10 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 : Nikki, Wild Dog of the North
10.

Nikki, Wild Dog of the North

2.8
6.9/10 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

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