Best 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
7.5/10 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
3.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

6.0
7.3/10 IMDB

When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement. In a Disney animation classic, Dalmatian Pongo is tired of his bachelor-dog life. He spies lovely Perdita and maneuvers his master, Roger, into meeting Perdita's owner, Anita. The owners fall in love and marry, keeping Pongo and Perdita together too. After Perdita gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies, Anita's old school friend Cruella De Vil wants to buy them all. Roger declines her offer, so Cruella hires the criminal Badun brothers to steal them -- so she can have a fur coat.

Starring: Rod Taylor, J. Pat O'Malley, Betty Lou Gerson, Martha Wentworth, Ben Wright, Cate Bauer, David Frankham, Frederick Worlock, Lisa Davis, Tom Conway ..
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1961-01-25
4.

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: 1961-12-18
5.

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
6.

One, Two, Three

5.7
7.9/10 IMDB

C.R. MacNamara will do anything to get a promotion within the Coca-Cola company, including looking after boss W.P. Hazeltine's rebellious teenage daughter, Scarlett. When Scarlett visits Berlin, where C.R. is stationed, she reveals that she is married to a communist named Otto Piffl -- and C.R. recognizes that Otto's anti-establishment stance will clash with his boss's own political views, possibly jeopardizing his promotion.

Starring: James Cagney, Liselotte Pulver, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Howard St. John, Loïs Bolton, Hanns Lothar, Karl Lieffen, Arlene Francis, Leon Askin ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1961-12-15
7.

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
8.

Splendor in the Grass

5.5
7.8/10 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
9.

The Innocents

5.4
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
10.

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

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