Best History Movies of 1961


Judgment at Nuremberg

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: 1961-12-18

The Innocents

7.8/10 IMDB

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Clytie Jessop, Isla Cameron, Eric Woodburn ..
Directed by: Jack Clayton
Release date: 1961-12-15

El Cid

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

King of Kings

7.0/10 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 History Movies of 1961 : Barabbas


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


7.6/10 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 History Movies of 1961 : Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi

6.3/10 IMDB

The story of a lusty, fighting young adventurer who exchanged his sword for a cross

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
Best History Movies of 1961 : X-15


5.7/10 IMDB

X-15 is a 1961 movie that tells a fictionalized account of the X-15 research rocket plane, the men who flew it and the women who loved them.

Starring: David McLean, Charles Bronson, Mary Tyler Moore, Stanley Livingston, Ralph Taeger, Brad Dexter, Kenneth Tobey, James Gregory, Patricia Owens, James Stewart ..
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1961-12-22
Best History Movies of 1961 : The Forgotten Faces

The Forgotten Faces

6.7/10 IMDB

“The Forgotten Faces (1961), a film reconstruction of the Hungarian revolution of 1956, won Watkins another amateur Oscar, and to this day, the film is praised in England as "one of the most memorable amateur films ever made".

Starring: Frank Hickey, Michael Roy, John Newing, Stan Mercer, Irene Mallaid ..
Directed by: Peter Watkins
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best History Movies of 1961 : Adventure Story

Adventure Story

6.2/10 IMDB

The story of Alexander the Great.

Starring: Sean Connery, Margaretta Scott, William Russell, Lyndon Brook, Paul Stassino, William Devlin, Alan Tilvern, Alex Scott, Edward Cast, Michael Brennan ..
Directed by: Rudolph Cartier
Release date: 1961-06-12

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