Best Drama Movies of 1961

1.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

6.3
7.6/10 IMDB

Holly Golightly is an eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. But when young writer Paul Varjak moves into her apartment building, her past threatens to get in their way.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, José Luis de Villalonga, John McGiver, Alan Reed, Dorothy Whitney, Beverly Powers ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1961-10-06
2.

West Side Story

6.1
7.6/10 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
3.

Judgment at Nuremberg

6.0
8.3/10 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: 1961-12-18
4.

The Hustler

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

Fast Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match.

Starring: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormick, Murray Hamilton, Michael Constantine, Stefan Gierasch, Jake LaMotta, Vincent Gardenia ..
Directed by: Robert Rossen
Release date: 1961-09-25
5.

The Children's Hour

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

A private school for young girls is scandalized when one spiteful student, Mary Tilford, accuses the two young women who run the school of having a lesbian relationship.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins, Fay Bainter, Veronica Cartwright, Karen Balkin, Sally Brophy, Mimi Gibson, Jered Barclay ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1961-12-19
6.

Splendor in the Grass

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.

Starring: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie, Barbara Loden, Zohra Lampert, Fred Stewart, Gary Lockwood, Sandy Dennis, Joanna Roos ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1961-10-10
7.

The Guns of Navarone

5.4
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
8.

The Misfits

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

While filing for a divorce, beautiful ex-stripper Roslyn Taber ends up meeting aging cowboy-turned-gambler Gay Langland and former World War II aviator Guido Racanelli. The two men instantly become infatuated with Roslyn and, on a whim, the three decide to move into Guido's half-finished desert home together. When grizzled ex-rodeo rider Perce Howland arrives, the unlikely foursome strike up a business capturing wild horses.

Starring: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach, James Barton, Kevin McCarthy, Estelle Winwood, Rex Bell, John Huston ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1961-02-01
9.

El Cid

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz ("El Cid" to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honour, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page, John Fraser, Gary Raymond, Ralph Truman, Andrew Cruickshank, Douglas Wilmer, Frank Thring ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1961-10-24
10.

Pocketful of Miracles

4.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much a part of downtown New York as old Broadway itself. Bootlegger Dave the Dude is a sucker for her apples -- he thinks they bring him luck. But Dave and girlfriend Queenie Martin need a lot more than luck when it turns out that Annie is in a jam and only they can help: Annie's daughter Louise, who has lived all her life in a Spanish convent, is coming to America with a Count and his son. The count's son wants to marry Louise, who thinks her mother is part of New York society. It's up to Dave and Queenie and their cronies to turn Annie into a lady and convince the Count and his son that they are hobnobbing with New York's elite.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell, Peter Falk, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, Mickey Shaughnessy, David Brian, Sheldon Leonard ..
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1961-12-18
11.

Murder She Said

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

Miss Marple believes she's seen a murder in a passing-by train, yet when the police find no evidence she decides to investigate it on her own.

Starring: Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson Justice, Thorley Walters, Charles Tingwell, Conrad Phillips, Ronald Howard, Joan Hickson, Stringer Davis ..
Directed by: George Pollock
Release date: 1961-09-26
12.

King of Kings

4.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Who is Jesus, and why does he impact all he meets? He is respected and reviled, emulated and accused, beloved, betrayed, and finally crucified. Yet that terrible fate would not be the end of the story.

Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhán McKenna, Hurd Hatfield, Viveca Lindfors, Robert Ryan, Ron Randell, Rita Gam, Carmen Sevilla, Brigid Bazlen, Harry Guardino ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1961-10-11
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : Barabbas
13.

Barabbas

4.3
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
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
14.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

4.1
8.1/10 IMDB

A southerner in the American Civil War is about to be hanged from a bridge for sabotage when the noose suddenly breaks. After he plunges into the water below, he must find a way to free himself, evade enemy forces and flee to safety.

Starring: Roger Jacquet, Anne Cornaly, Anker Larsen, Stéphane Fey, Jean-François Zeller, Pierre Danny, Louis Adelin ..
Directed by: Robert Enrico
Release date: 1961-12-14
15.

A Raisin in the Sun

4.1
8.0/10 IMDB

Walter Lee Younger is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected financial windfall.

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands, Louis Gossett Jr., Stephen Perry, Joel Fluellen, Ivan Dixon, John Fiedler, Roy Glenn ..
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
Release date: 1961-05-28
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : Whistle Down the Wind
16.

Whistle Down the Wind

3.9
7.6/10 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
17.

Victim

3.9
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
18.

Lover Come Back

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Jerry Webster and Carol Templeton are rival Madison Avenue advertising executives who each dislike each other’s methods. After he steals a client out from under her cute little nose, revenge prompts her to infiltrate his secret "VIP" campaign in order to persuade the mystery product’s scientist to switch to her firm.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Edie Adams, Jack Oakie, Jack Kruschen, Ann B. Davis, Joe Flynn, Howard St. John, Karen Norris ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1961-12-20
19.

Cash on Demand

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.

Starring: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon, Norman Bird, Barry Lowe, Kevin Stoney, Edith Sharpe, Lois Daine, Alan Haywood, Charles Morgan ..
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Release date: 1961-12-20
20.

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
21.

A Taste of Honey

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A working class girl struggles to create a life for herself with her gay co-worker after becoming pregnant from a one-night stand with a black sailor.

Starring: Rita Tushingham, Murray Melvin, Paul Danquah, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Michael Bilton, Eunice Black, David Boliver, Margo Cunningham, Rosalie Williams ..
Directed by: Tony Richardson
Release date: 1961-10-01
22.

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

British reporters suspect an international cover-up of a global disaster in progress... and they're right. Hysterical panic has engulfed the world after the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously detonate nuclear devices and have caused the orbit of the Earth to alter, sending it hurtling towards the sun.

Starring: Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Edward Judd, Michael Goodliffe, Bernard Braden, Reginald Beckwith, Gene Anderson, Renée Asherson, Arthur Christiansen, Austin Trevor ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1961-11-01
23.

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
24.

Town Without Pity

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Four American soldiers stationed near a German village face death in the rape of a local girl and are defended by outside counsel Major Steve Grant.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Barbara Rütting, Christine Kaufmann, Hans Nielsen, Ingrid van Bergen, Robert Blake, Richard Jaeckel, Frank Sutton, Karin Hardt, Gerhart Lippert ..
Directed by: Gottfried Reinhardt
Release date: 1961-10-10
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog
25.

Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

In Scotland 1865, An old shepherd and his little Skye terrier go to Edinburgh. But when the shepherd dies of pneumonia, the dog remains faithful to his master, refuses to be adopted by anyone, and takes to sleeping on his master's grave in the Greyfriars kirkyard, despite a caretaker with a "no dogs" rule. And when Bobby is taken up for being unlicensed, it's up to the children of Edinburgh and the Lord Provost to decide what's to be done.

Starring: Donald Crisp, Laurence Naismith, Alex Mackenzie, Duncan Macrae, Andrew Cruickshank, Gordon Jackson, Joan Juliet Buck ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1961-07-17
26.

The Exiles

3.7
6.7/10 IMDB

The story of one wild but typical night in the lives of three young American Indians who have left their reservations to live in downtown Los Angeles.

Starring: Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish, Tom Reynolds, Rico Rodriguez, Clifford Ray Sam, Clydean Parker, Mary Donahue, Eddie Sunrise ..
Directed by: Kent MacKenzie
Release date: 1961-07-13
27.

Goodbye Again

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

Middle-aged businesswoman Paula Tessier resists the advances of Philip Van der Besh, the 24-year-old son of one of her clients. But when her longtime paramour, Roger Demarest, begins yet another casual affair with a younger woman, Paula decides that two can play that game. However, it seems that society looks differently at May-December romances when the woman is the older partner.

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Yves Montand, Anthony Perkins, Jessie Royce Landis, Pierre Dux, Michèle Mercier, Jocelyn Lane, Diahann Carroll, Alison Leggatt, Uta Taeger ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1961-05-23
28.

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

3.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Critics and the public say Karen Stone is too old -- as she approaches 50 -- for her role in a play she is about to take to Broadway. Her businessman husband, 20 years her senior, has been the angel for the play and gives her a way out: They are off to a holiday in Rome for his health. He suffers a fatal heart attack on the plane. Mrs. Stone stays in Rome. She leases a magnificent apartment with a view of the seven hills from the terrace. Then the contessa comes calling to introduce a young man named Paola to her. The contessa knows many presentable young men and lonely American widows.

Starring: Vivien Leigh, Warren Beatty, Lotte Lenya, Coral Browne, Jill St. John, Jeremy Spenser, Stella Bonheur, Josephine Brown, Peter Dyneley, Carl Jaffe ..
Directed by: José Quintero
Release date: 1961-12-28
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : Summer and Smoke
29.

Summer and Smoke

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

In a small Mississippi town in 1916, an eccentric spinster battles her romantic yearnings for the randy boy next door. A 1961 film, adapted from a Tennessee Williams play, starring Geraldine Page, Laurence Harvey, John McIntire, Una Merkel and Rita Moreno.

Starring: Laurence Harvey, Geraldine Page, Rita Moreno, John McIntire, Una Merkel, Malcolm Atterbury, Pamela Tiffin, Thomas Gomez, Lee Patrick, Earl Holliman ..
Directed by: Peter Glenville
Release date: 1961-11-16
30.

Fanny

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Almost 19-year-old Marius feels himself in a rut in Marseille, his life planned for him by his cafe'-owning father, and he longs for the sea. The night before he is to leave on a 5-year voyage, Fanny, a girl he grew up with, reveals that she is in love with him, and he discovers that he is in love with her. He must choose between an exciting life at sea, and a boring life with the woman he loves. And Fanny must choose between keeping the man she loves, and letting him live the life he seems to want.

Starring: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer, Horst Buchholz, Georgette Anys, Salvatore Baccaloni, Lionel Jeffries, Raymond Bussières, Joël Flateau, Victor Francen ..
Directed by: Joshua Logan
Release date: 1961-06-28
31.

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
32.

The Last Sunset

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Brendan O'Malley arrives at the Mexican home of old flame Belle Breckenridge to find her married to a drunkard getting ready for a cattle drive to Texas. Hot on O'Malley's heels is lawman Dana Stribling who has a personal reason for getting him back into his jurisdiction. Both men join Breckenridge and his wife on the drive. As they near Texas tensions mount, not least because Stribling is starting to court Belle, and O'Malley is increasingly drawn by her daughter Missy.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone, Joseph Cotten, Carol Lynley, Neville Brand, Regis Toomey, James Westmoreland, Adam Williams, Jack Elam ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1961-06-07
33.

Too Late Blues

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Ghost is an ideological musician and leader of a jazz band who would rather play his blues in the park to the birds than compromise himself. His peripatetic performances lead him to cross paths with a singer, while his masculinity is thrown into question following a violent brawl.

Starring: Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens, Everett Chambers, Nick Dennis, Vince Edwards, Val Avery, Marilyn Clark, James Joyce, Rupert Crosse, Mario Gallo ..
Directed by: John Cassavetes
Release date: 1961-11-01
34.

Paris Blues

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Ram Bowen and Eddie Cook are two expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris where, unlike America at the time, Jazz musicians are celebrated and racism is a non-issue. When they meet and fall in love with two young American girls, Lillian and Connie, who are vacationing in France, Ram and Eddie must decide whether they should move back to America with them, or stay in Paris for the freedom it allows them. Ram, who wants to be a serious composer, finds Paris more exciting than America and is reluctant to give up his music for a relationship, and Eddie wants to stay for the city's more tolerant racial atmosphere.

Starring: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier, Louis Armstrong, Diahann Carroll, Barbara Laage, André Luguet, Marie Versini, Serge Reggiani, Moustache ..
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1961-09-27
35.

Something Wild

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A young rape victim tries desperately to pick up the pieces of her life, only to find herself at the mercy of a would-be rescuer.

Starring: Carroll Baker, Ralph Meeker, Mildred Dunnock, Jean Stapleton, Martin Kosleck, Charles Watts, Clifton James, George L. Smith, Doris Roberts, Ken Chapin ..
Directed by: Jack Garfein
Release date: 1961-12-23
36.

Mr. Sardonicus

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more grotesque results! The audience gets an opportunity to vote--via the "Punishment Poll"--for the penalty Sardonicus must pay for his deeds...

Starring: Oskar Homolka, Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton, Guy Rolfe, Vladimir Sokoloff, Erika Peters, Lorna Hanson, Edith Atwater, Annalena Lund, Tina Woodward ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1961-10-08
37.

Wild in the Country

3.4
6.3/10 IMDB

A troubled young man discovers that he has a knack for writing when a counselor encourages him to pursue a literary career.

Starring: Elvis Presley, Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld, Millie Perkins, Rafer Johnson, John Ireland, Gary Lockwood, William Mims, Raymond Greenleaf, Christina Crawford ..
Directed by: Philip Dunne
Release date: 1961-06-15
38.

Parrish

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Parrish McLean lives with his mother Ellen on Sala Post's tobacco plantation in the Connecticut River Valley. His mother winds up marrying Sala's rival Judd Raike, ruthless planter who wants to drive Sala out of business. Judd insists that Parrish learn the business from the ground up.

Starring: Troy Donahue, Claudette Colbert, Karl Malden, Dean Jagger, Connie Stevens, Diane McBain, Sharon Hugueny, Dub Taylor, Hampton Fancher, David Knapp ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1961-05-04
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : Back Street
39.

Back Street

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

Ambitious but thwarted, Rae Smith meets handsome Marine Paul Saxon, (of the Saxon department store chain), as he passes through Lincoln, Nebraska, on his way home from World War II. There's a definite spark between them but circumstances intervene and he leaves town without her. Later she learns he's married. Determined to make it as a fashion designer, Rae moves to New York and becomes a great success. One day she happens to meet Paul again and again there's that spark but he's still married so, as a form of escape, Rae moves to Rome to set up shop. Once again she meets Paul and finally they begin an actual affair since Paul's shrewish, drunken wife, Liz, won't give him a divorce. Time passes, the affair continues whenever time and place permit, but then, Paul's young son finds out about Rae and Rae's back-street world begins to crumble.

Starring: Susan Hayward, John Gavin, Vera Miles, Charles Drake, Virginia Grey, Reginald Gardiner, Tammy Marihugh, Robert Eyer, Natalie Schafer, Doreen McLean ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1961-10-11
40.

Jeunesse perdue

3.3
7.6/10 IMDB

Two Swedish girls fall in love with a Persian man in London. Beside this there is much dancing, much stripping and a lot of alcohol.

Starring: Akramzadeh, Anna Longlands, Britt Leonhard, Bibi Larsson ..
Directed by: Akramzadeh
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : The Devil at 4 O'Clock
41.

The Devil at 4 O'Clock

3.3
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
42.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

3.3
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
43.

Hand in Hand

3.1
7.4/10 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.

Starring: Philip Needs, Loretta Parry, Kathleen Byron, Finlay Currie, Arnold Diamond, John Gregson, Sybil Thorndike, Derek Sydney, Denis Gilmore, Miriam Karlin ..
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1961-02-06
44.

Two Living, One Dead

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Three Post Office employees are at work when the facility is held up. The robber kills the supervisor and knocks out another employee. The third one offers no resistance and survives unscathed. Afterwards he begins to wonder if his refusal to resist was a prudent move to preserve his family, or an act of cowardice, as many in the town believe. The resulting conflict begins to tear apart his family.

Starring: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Patrick McGoohan, Alf Kjellin, Noel Willman, Dorothy Alison, Peter Vaughan ..
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1961-04-03
45.

Bridge to the Sun

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Tells the true story of Gwen Terasaki, who falls in love with, then marries a Japanese diplomat. When war breaks out they find animosity and trouble from both sides.

Starring: Carroll Baker, James Shigeta, James Yagi, Tetsur? Tamba, Hiroshi Tomono, Yoshiko Hiromura, Sean Garrison, Ruth Masters, Nori Elisabeth Hermann, Emi Florence Hirsch ..
Directed by: Etienne Périer
Release date: 1961-10-17
46.

Guns of the Trees

3.1
7.0/10 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
47.

Spare the Rod

3.0
6.6/10 IMDB

It is London in the year 1960 and John Saunders enthusiastically begins his new teaching career at a tough slum-area school. His class are bored pupils in their last term before leaving. Will he handle the grave problems that lie ahead?

Starring: Max Bygraves, Geoffrey Keen, Donald Pleasence, Betty McDowall, Peter Reynolds, Jean Anderson, Eleanor Summerfield, Mary Merrall, Richard O'Sullivan, Claire Marshall ..
Directed by: Leslie Norman
Release date: 1961-05-23
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : Francis of Assisi
48.

Francis of Assisi

3.0
6.3/10 IMDB

In 13th century Italy, Francis Bernardone, the son of an Assisi merchant, renounces a promising army career in favor of a monastic life and starts his own religious order, sanctioned by the Pope.

Starring: Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart, Stuart Whitman, Cecil Kellaway, Eduard Franz, Athene Seyler, Finlay Currie, Mervyn Johns, Russell Napier, John Welsh ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1961-07-12
49.

Serenity

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Originally edited in two versions. Version I, 70 minutes; version II, 90 minutes. (The only known existing version is not Markopoulos’s edit and contains additional titles, music and voice-over added later than 1961. 65 minutes.) Filmed in Mytilene and Annavysos, Greece, 1958. Existing copy on video, J. and M. Paris Films, Athens.

Starring: Norma Valdi, Kostas Baladimas, Vivian Verrilli, Nina Bobbie, Athena Michaelidou, Dimitri Maras, Andreas Pandopoulos, Lili Yannikaki, Margarita Goumas, Thanas Veloudios ..
Directed by: Gregory J. Markopoulos
Release date: 1961-06-25
Best Drama Movies of 1961 : Square of Violence
50.

Square of Violence

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Set in Italy, the story takes place in this very country, during WW2, where German occupation army ruled everything, just before the allied forces came, in 1944. Crawford plays here a doctor whose son has been shot by the Germans. Of course he has no more taste in life. He continues his work as a German officers' physician. One day, he throws a bomb just in the middle of German troops. Many soldiers and officers are killed. Some time later, the lead officer of the Nazis troops suspects the doctor to be the responsible of the explosion. He lets him know that he himself knows...

Starring: Broderick Crawford, Valentina Cortese, Bibi Andersson, Branko Pleša, Anita Björk, Bert Sotlar, Dragomir Felba, Viktor Star?i?, Nikola Simi?, Hermina Pipini? ..
Directed by: Leonardo Bercovici
Release date: 1961-01-01

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