Best Drama Movies of 1961

1.

Judgment at Nuremberg

5.9
8.2/10 IMDB

In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his defense attorney Hans Rolfe, but also from the widow of a Nazi general, an idealistic U.S. Army captain and reluctant witness Irene Wallner.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Edward Binns, Werner Klemperer, Torben Meyer ..
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1961-12-01
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : The Outsider
2.

The Outsider

3.3
7.2/10 IMDB

Arizona Indian Ira Hayes' (Tony Curtis) life is a tragedy after he joins the Marines and helps raise the flag at Iwo Jima.

Starring: Tony Curtis, James Franciscus, Gregory Walcott, Bruce Bennett, Vivian Nathan ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1961-12-01
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : Hand in Hand
3.

Hand in Hand

3.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Seven-year-olds Michael and Rachel are best friends who do everything together and who have vowed to remain friends "forever and ever and can't be parted for never and never." Unfortunately, the society that Michael and Rachel live in is one of religious intolerance. The fact that Michael is Irish Catholic and Rachel is Jewish is a point of conflict for just about everyone in the community. When the two young children are made aware of their ideological differences, it begins to tear apart their friendship, and they decide to test whose God is stronger. What they discover is that at the core, their religions really aren't that different from one another: both worship a God of love, not vengeance.

Starring: Philip Needs, Loretta Parry, Kathleen Byron, Finlay Currie, Arnold Diamond, John Gregson, Sybil Thorndike, Derek Sydney, Denis Gilmore ..
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1961-02-06
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : Guns of the Trees
4.

Guns of the Trees

3.2
7.1/10 IMDB

A depressed woman, Barbara, is on the verge of suicide while a man she meets in a church and a married couple try to convince her that life is worth living.

Starring: Adolfas Mekas, Frances Stillman, Ben Carruthers, Argus Spear Juillard, Frank Kuenstler, Louis Brigante, Sudie Bond, Leonard Hicks, Melvin Clay, George Maciunas ..
Directed by: Jonas Mekas
Release date: 1961-02-28
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : No Love for Johnnie
5.

No Love for Johnnie

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

Johnnie Byrne is a member of the British Parliament. In his 40s, he's feeling frustrated with his life and his personal as well as professional problems tower up over him. His desires to win the next election are endangered by his constant looking for love and he is faced with the choice of giving up a career in politics or giving up the woman he loves.

Starring: Peter Finch, Stanley Holloway, Mary Peach, Donald Pleasence, Billie Whitelaw, Hugh Burden, Rosalie Crutchley, Dennis Price, Mervyn Johns, Michael Goodliffe ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1961-02-14
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : The Crimebusters
6.

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 Drama Movies of 1961 : The Young Doctors
7.

The Young Doctors

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

An aging doctor's resentment of his young assistant could lead to tragedy.

Starring: Fredric March, Ben Gazzara, Dick Clark, Eddie Albert, Ina Balin, Phyllis Love, Edward Andrews, Aline MacMahon, Arthur Hill, Rosemary Murphy ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1961-08-23
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : I Like Money
8.

I Like Money

2.9
6.0/10 IMDB

Mr. Topaze (Peter Sellers) is an unassuming school teacher in an unassuming small French town, who is honest to a fault. He is fired when he refuses to give a passing grade to a bad student, the grandson of a wealthy baroness. Castel Benac (Herbert Lom), a government official who runs a crooked financial business on the side, is persuaded by his mistress, Suzy (Nadia Gray), a musical comedy actress, to hire Mr. Topaze as the front man for his business. Gradually, Topaze becomes a rapacious financier who sacrifices his honesty for success and, in a final stroke of business bravado, fires Benac and acquires Suzy in the deal. An old friend and colleague, Tamise (Michael Gough) questions him and tells Topaze that what he now says and practices indicates there are no more honest men.

Starring: Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Leo McKern, Michael Gough, John Neville, Martita Hunt, Nadia Gray, Anne Leon, Billie Whitelaw, Joan Sims ..
Directed by: Peter Sellers
Release date: 1961-04-04
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : The Man in the Back Seat
9.

The Man in the Back Seat

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

The haunting story of two incompetent crooks and an unwanted passenger which obviously has its roots in the Banquo’s ghost segment of Macbeth.

Starring: Derren Nesbitt, Keith Faulkner, Carol White, Harry Locke ..
Directed by: Vernon Sewell
Release date: 1961-06-01
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : Flame in the Streets
10.

Flame in the Streets

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Flame in the Streets is a 1961 British drama film directed by Roy Ward Baker. Racial tensions manifest themselves at home, work and on the streets during Bonfire Night in the burgeoning West Indian community of early 1960s Britain. Trades union leader (Mills) fights for the rights of a black worker but struggles with the news that his own daughter is planning to marry a West Indian, much against his own logic and the prejudice of his wife.

Starring: John Mills, Sylvia Syms, Brenda De Banzie, Earl Cameron, Johnny Sekka, Corinne Skinner-Carter, Meredith Edwards, Ann Lynn, Wilfrid Brambell, Newton Blick ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1961-06-19

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