Best History Movies of 1961

1.

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
2.

The Innocents

5.5
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
3.

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
4.

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 History Movies of 1961 : Barabbas
5.

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 History Movies of 1961 : Francis of Assisi
6.

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
7.

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 History Movies of 1961 : X-15
8.

X-15

2.6
5.6/10 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
9.

The Forgotten Faces

2.6
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
10.

Adventure Story

2.6
6.5/10 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
Best History Movies of 1961 : The Days of Whisky Gap
11.

The Days of Whisky Gap

1.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Rousing tales of the North-West Mounted Police are brought to life through photos and artists' sketches. In 1873, the North-West Mounted Police were established to maintain law and order in the North-West Territories. They undertook a trek from Fort Dufferin, south of Winnipeg, to Fort Whoop-up, near present-day Lethbridge, Alberta. The force raised the flag and proclaimed the Queen's Law, ensuring that the Canadian West would not become a lawless, American-style frontier.

Starring: Stanley Jackson ..
Directed by: Colin Low
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best History Movies of 1961 : Sultan Mahmood Mangkat Di-Julang
12.

Sultan Mahmood Mangkat Di-Julang

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Based on the royal and political events during the heyday of the Malacca Sultanate. A member of the Sultanate, Megat Datuk Seri Rama, successfully defeats a group of pirates, and rescues a local beautiful woman in the process. The king, Sultan Mahmud, was delighted with his victory for his kingdom and promotes Megat Datuk Seri Rama to Rear Admiral Datuk. This leads to resentment and jealousy from another member of the court, Bija Tun Ali, especially after Rear Admiral Megat Datuk Seri Rama marries the woman he rescued. Bija Tun Ali then leads a conspiracy against him which ultimately leads to tragedy and upheaval in the kingdom. Written by mahajanssen

Starring: M. Amin, Maria Menado, Nordin Ahmad, Mahmud June, Dato' Mustapha Maarof, Siput Sarawak, Wahid Satay ..
Directed by: KM Basker
Release date: 1961-01-01
13.

John A. Macdonald: The Impossible Idea

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The story of John A. MacDonald’s rise to power.

Starring: Robert Christie, James Edmond, Stephen Ker Appleby, Basil Fitzgibbon, Angus MacCormick ..
Directed by: Gordon Burwash
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best History Movies of 1961 : Sri Tanjung
14.

Sri Tanjung

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

'Sri Tanjong' tells the story of the plight of Tanjong and her younger brother Atan, who are orphaned after their mother passes away and are forced to move in with their stepfamily. They are despised upon by their stepmother who abuses them, making Tanjong handle all the household chores, and chastises Atan at every opportunity. Despite the maltreatment, Tanjong performs her tasks with diligence and prepares snacks for her brother to sell in the kampong, but she suffers the humiliation of a lecherous crook. Atan is eager to learn after watching a class in session teaching the Jawi alphabet, but is scolded for outsmarting his half-sibling. Tun Setia, a visitor from afar, sympathises with the waif siblings and desires to help them. He is determined to rid the kampong of crooks and pirates, and bring justice against the wicked.

Starring: Hashimah Yon, Ahmad Mahmood, Normadiah, Bat Latiff ..
Directed by: Dato' Haji Jamil Sulong
Release date: 1961-01-01

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