Best Comedy Movies of 1960

1.

The Apartment

6.0
8.3/10

Bud Baxter is a minor clerk in a huge New York insurance company, until he discovers a quick way to climb the corporate ladder. He lends out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. Although he often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits, one night he's left with a major problem to solve.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1960-06-15
2.

Ocean's Eleven

4.8
6.6/10

Ocean's Eleven is the 'Rat-Pack' comedy about robber Danny Ocean and his gang's attempt to rob the five biggest casinos in Las Vegas.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Angie Dickinson
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1960-02-17
3.

The Little Shop of Horrors

4.5
6.3/10

Seymour works in a skid row florist shop and is in love with his beautiful co-worker, Audrey. He creates a new plant that not only talks but cannot survive without human flesh and blood.

Starring: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles, Jack Nicholson, Leola Wendorff
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1960-09-14
4.

The League of Gentlemen

3.9
7.5/10

Involuntarily-retired Colonel Hyde recruits seven other dissatisfied ex-servicemen for a special project. Each of the men has a skeleton in the cupboard, is short of money, and is a service-trained expert in his field. The job is a bank robbery, and military discipline and planning are imposed by Hyde and second-in-command Race on the team, although civilian irritations do start getting in the way.

Starring: Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1960-04-05
5.

School for Scoundrels

3.8
7.5/10
School for Scoundrels
Hapless Henry Palfrey is patronised by his self-important chief clerk at work, ignored by restaurant waiters, conned by shady second-hand car salesmen, and, worst of all, endlessly wrong-footed by unspeakably rotten cad Raymond Delauney who has set his cap at April, new love of Palfrey's life. In desperation Henry enrolls at the College of Lifemanship to learn how to best such bounders and win the girl.
Starring: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Alastair Sim, Janette Scott, Dennis Price
Directed by: Robert Hamer, Hal E. Chester, Cyril Frankel
Release date: 1960-03-24
6.

Two Way Stretch

3.7
7.0/10
Two Way Stretch
Three criminals plan to break out of prison the day before their release in order to carry out a daring jewel robbery, intending to establish the perfect alibi by returning to jail afterwards. First however they must get out, a task made more difficult by a new, stricter prison officer.
Starring: Peter Sellers, Maurice Denham, Lionel Jeffries, David Lodge, Bernard Cribbins
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1960-12-20
7.

The Battle of the Sexes

3.6
6.8/10
The Battle of the Sexes
Angela Barrows is a man-eating business woman sent by her American employer to investigate their export opportunities in Edinburgh. En route she meets Robert MacPherson a businessman who asks for her help to bring his company into the 20th Century. The staff, led by Mr Martin has other ideas though, and a battle between the old and new business methods soon breaks out.
Starring: Peter Sellers, Robert Morley, Constance Cummings, Jameson Clark, Donald Pleasence
Directed by: Charles Crichton
Release date: 1960-02-25
8.

Bells Are Ringing

3.6
7.1/10

Based on the successful 1956 Broadway production of the same name by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jule Styne, the film focuses on Ella Peterson, who works in the basement office of Susanswerphone, a telephone answering service. Peterson, based on Mary Printz, who worked at Green's service, listens in on others' lives and adds some interest to her own humdrum existence by adopting different identities for her clients. They include an out-of-work Method actor, a dentist with musical yearnings, and in particular playwright Jeffrey Moss, who is suffering from writer's block and desperately needs a muse.

Starring: Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Fred Clark, Eddie Foy Jr., Jean Stapleton
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1960-06-23
9.

The Bellboy

3.6
6.5/10

Stanley is a bellboy at the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach. It is there that he performs his duties quietly and without a word to anyone. All that he displays are facial expressions and a comedic slapstick style. And anything that can go wrong - does go wrong when Stanley is involved. Then one day, Jerry Lewis, big star, arrives at the hotel and some of the staff notice the striking resemblanc

Starring: Jerry Lewis, Alex Gerry, Milton Berle, Bob Clayton, Sonnie Sands
Directed by: Jerry Lewis
Release date: 1960-07-20
10.

The Flower Thief

3.6
6.9/10
The Flower Thief
A beat vagabond traverses San Francisco's deepest nooks and crannies, spreading about a peculiar brand of wisdom and lollygagging.
Starring: Taylor Mead, Turk Leclair, Ella Henry, Bob Kaufmann, Philip McKenna
Directed by: Ron Rice
Release date: 1960-01-01
11.

There Was a Crooked Man

3.6
6.9/10
There Was a Crooked Man
When a law-abiding demolition expert is duped by a gang of criminals into helping them he is caught and jailed. When he is released he goes straight and then notices a leading citizen in his town is cheating his neighbours.
Starring: Norman Wisdom, Alfred Marks, Andrew Cruickshank, Reginald Beckwith, Susannah York
Directed by: Stuart Burge
Release date: 1960-08-31
12.

The Grass Is Greener

3.5
6.6/10

Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a liking to more than the house. Soon, Hattie Durant gets involved and they have a good old fashioned love triangle.

Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Moray Watson
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1960-12-23
13.

Cinderfella

3.5
6.0/10
Cinderfella
This was Jerry Lewis' answer to the classic Cinderella story. When his father dies, poor Fella is left at the mercy of his snobbish stepmother and her two no-good sons, Maximilian and Rupert. As he slaves away for his nasty step-family, Maximilian and Rupert attempt to find a treasure Fella's father has supposedly hidden on the estate. Meanwhile, hoping to restore her dwindling fortunes, the stepmother plans a fancy ball in honor of the visiting Princess Charmein whom she hopes will marry Rupert. Eventually, Fella's Fairy Godfather shows up to convince him that he has a shot at winning the Princess himself.
Starring: Jerry Lewis, Ed Wynn, Judith Anderson, Henry Silva, Robert Hutton
Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Release date: 1960-12-18
14.

Where the Boys Are

3.4
6.7/10

Good girls Merritt, Melanie, Tuggle and Angie - all students at mid-western Penmore University - are planning on going to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break to get away from the mid-western snow despite not having much money to spend once there. On the drive down, they admit their real purpose is to go where the boys are.

Starring: Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux, Jim Hutton, Barbara Nichols
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1960-12-28
15.

Let's Make Love

3.4
6.5/10

When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall, Frankie Vaughan, Wilfrid Hyde-White
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1960-10-07
16.

Please Don't Eat the Daisies

3.4
6.5/10

Drama critic Larry McKay, his wife Kay, and their four sons move from their crowded Manhattan apartment to an old house in the country. While housewife Kay settles into suburban life, Larry continues to enjoy the theater and party scene of New York. Kay soon begins to question Larry's fidelity when he mentions a flirtatious encounter with Broadway star Deborah Vaughn.

Starring: Doris Day, David Niven, Janis Paige, Spring Byington, Richard Haydn
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1960-03-31
17.

Carry On Constable

3.4
6.3/10

With a flu epidemic running rife, three new bumbling recruits are assigned to Inspector Mills police station. With help from Special Constable Gorse, they manage to totally wreck the operations of the police force and let plenty of criminals get away, even before they arrive at the station. They all have to prove themselves or else they'll be out of a job and Sergeant Wilkins will be transferred. Sub-plots include romances between Wilkins and Moon, Constable and Passworthy.

Starring: Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey, Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Leslie Phillips
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1960-02-22
18.

The 3 Worlds of Gulliver

3.4
6.5/10

Doctor Gulliver is poor, so nothing - not even his charming fiancée Elisabeth - keeps him in the town he lives. He signs on to a ship to India, but in a storm he's washed off the ship and ends up on an island, which is inhibitated by very tiny people. After he managed to convince them he's harmless and is accepted as one of their citizens, their king wants to use him in war against a people of giants. Compared to them, even Gulliver is a gnome.

Starring: Kerwin Mathews, June Thorburn, Jo Morrow, Lee Patterson, Grégoire Aslan
Directed by: Jack Sher
Release date: 1960-11-30
19.

G.I. Blues

3.4
6.2/10

In Frankfurt, the G.I. Tulsa McLean (Elvis Presley) bets all the money his friends Cookie (Robert Ivers) and Rick (James Douglas) and he are saving to buy a night-club of their own in USA that his mate Dynamite will seduce and spend a night with the untouchable cabaret dancer Lili (Juliet Prowse). When Dynamite is transferred to Alaska, Tulsa has to replace him in the bet.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers, James Douglas, Letícia Román
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Release date: 1960-11-23
20.

It Started in Naples

3.3
6.4/10

Mike Hamilton, a Philadelphia lawyer, comes to Naples to settle the estate of his long estranged "black sheep" brother. Once there, he discovers that the deceased has left an 8 year old boy who is being raised by Michael's sister-in-law Lucia Curcio. To make matters worse, Lucia happens to be a sexy nightclub dancer.

Starring: Clark Gable, Sophia Loren, Vittorio De Sica, Paolo Carlini, Giovanni Filidoro
Directed by: Melville Shavelson
Release date: 1960-08-06

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