Best Crime Movies of 1961

1.

West Side Story

6.1
7.5/10 IMDB

In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but two kids, one from each rival gang, fall in love leading to tragedy.

Starring: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Simon Oakland, Ned Glass, William Bramley, Tucker Smith, Tony Mordente ..
Directed by: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Release date: 1961-12-13
Best Crime Movies of 1961 : Whistle Down the Wind
2.

Whistle Down the Wind

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

When an injured wife-murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the farmer’s three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

Starring: Alan Bates, Hayley Mills, Bernard Lee, Norman Bird, Diane Clare, Hamilton Dyce, John Arnatt, Ronald Hines, Michael Lees, Michael Raghan ..
Directed by: Bryan Forbes
Release date: 1961-07-25
3.

Victim

4.0
7.7/10 IMDB

In early 1960s London, barrister Melville Farr is on the path to success. With his practice winning cases and a loving marriage to his wife, Farr's career and personal life are nearly idyllic. However, when blackmailers link Farr to a young gay man, everything Farr has worked for is threatened. As it turns out, Farr is a closeted homosexual -- which is problematic, due to Britain's anti-sodomy laws. But instead of giving in, Farr decides to fight.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Nigel Stock, Peter McEnery, Anthony Nicholls, Norman Bird, Margaret Diamond, Hilton Edwards, John Barrie ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1961-08-01
Best Crime Movies of 1961 : Blast of Silence
4.

Blast of Silence

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way.

Starring: Allen Baron, Molly McCarthy, Larry Tucker, Bill DePrato, Peter H. Clune, Danny Meehan, Lionel Stander, Joe Bubbico, Gil Rogers, Ruth Kaner ..
Directed by: Allen Baron
Release date: 1961-03-20
5.

Underworld U.S.A.

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

A bitter young man sets out to get back at the gangsters who murdered his father.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn, Beatrice Kay, Paul Dubov, Robert Emhardt, Larry Gates, Richard Rust, Gerald Milton, David Kent, Peter Brocco ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1961-02-22
6.

The Young Savages

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Edward Andrews, Vivian Nathan, Shelley Winters, Larry Gates, Telly Savalas, Pilar Seurat, Jody Fair, Roberta Shore ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1961-05-24
Best Crime Movies of 1961 : Payroll
7.

Payroll

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A vicious gang of crooks plan to steal the wages of a local factory, but their carefully laid plans go wrong, when the factory employs an armoured van to carry the cash. The gang still go ahead with the robbery, but when the driver of the armoured van is killed in the raid, his wife plans revenge, and with the police closing in, the gang start to turn on each other.

Starring: Michael Craig, Françoise Prévost, Billie Whitelaw, William Lucas, Kenneth Griffith, Tom Bell, Barry Keegan, Edward Cast, Andrew Faulds, William Dexter ..
Directed by: Sidney Hayers
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1961 : The Crimebusters
8.

The Crimebusters

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Government agents hunt America's most dangerous crooks. Based on the "Cain's Hundred" TV series.

Starring: Peter Mark Richman, Martin Gabel, Phillip Pine, Carol Eve Rossen, Gavin MacLeod, Bruce Dern, Ted de Corsia ..
Directed by: Boris Sagal
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Crime Movies of 1961 : Seven Keys
9.

Seven Keys

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Alan Dobie plays a convict who is bequeathed a set of seven keys by a fellow prisoner. After discovering that the deceased was an embezzler who stole £20,000 that was never recovered; he sets out to find the cash after finishing the last three months of his sentence. However he must first solve the mystery of which locks the keys fit, and run the gauntlet of the police and a number of gangsters who are after him and the money.

Starring: Jeannie Carson, Alan Dobie, Delphi Lawrence, Jack Carson, John Lee, Anthony Nicholls, Robertson Hare, Fabia Drake, Alan White, Colin Gordon ..
Directed by: Pat Jackson
Release date: 1961-02-01
Best Crime Movies of 1961 : Pit of Darkness
10.

Pit of Darkness

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

When Richard Logan, the partner in a safe making firm, is found unconscious, on an old deserted bomb site, he finds that he has no recollection of the last three weeks. Then he discovers that the private detective, hired by his wife, has been found murdered, and a safe that his firm installed in a large country house, has been cleverly opened, and the contents are missing. So with the help of his wife, he sets out to uncover the truth.

Starring: William Franklyn, Moira Redmond, Bruno Barnabe, Leonard Sachs, Nigel Green, Nanette Newman, Tony Booth, Jacqueline Jones, Michael Balfour, Bruce Beeby ..
Directed by: Lance Comfort
Release date: 1961-10-01

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