Best Movies of 1961

1.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

6.3

Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who's moved into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing Holly's past.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1961-10-05
2.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

5.9

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.

Starring: Rod Taylor, J. Pat O'Malley, Betty Lou Gerson, Martha Wentworth, Ben Wright
Directed by: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman
Release date: 1961-01-25
3.

Judgment at Nuremberg

5.9

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
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1961-12-01
4.

The Hustler

5.7

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
Directed by: Robert Rossen
Release date: 1961-09-25
5.

One, Two, Three

5.7

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
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1961-12-15
6.

The Children's Hour

5.6

A troublemaking student at a girl's school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins, Fay Bainter
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1961-01-01
7.

The Innocents

5.5

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
Directed by: Jack Clayton
Release date: 1961-12-25
8.

The Guns of Navarone

5.5

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
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1961-04-27
9.

West Side Story

5.4

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
Directed by: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Release date: 1961-10-18
10.

The Misfits

5.2

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
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1961-01-01
11.

The Pit and the Pendulum

5.1

Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister Elizabeth has died. Her husband Nicholas Medina, the son of the most brutal torturer of the Spanish Inquisition, tells him she has died of a blood disease, but Francis finds this hard to believe. After some investigating he finds out that it was extreme fear that was fatal to his sister and that she may have been buried alive!

Starring: Vincent Price, John Kerr, Luana Anders, Antony Carbone, Patrick Westwood
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1961-08-12
12.

The Parent Trap

5.1

Two identical twin sisters, separated at birth by their parents' divorce, are reunited years later at a summer camp, where they scheme to bring their parents back together. The girls, one of whom has been living with their mother and the other with their father, switch places after camp and go to work on their plan, the first objective being to scare off a gold-digger pursuing their father.

Starring: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Charles Ruggles, Una Merkel
Directed by: David Swift
Release date: 1961-06-12
13.

El Cid

5.1

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
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1961-10-24
14.

Splendor in the Grass

4.8

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
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1961-10-10
15.

A Raisin in the Sun

4.1

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.
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
Release date: 1961-05-28
16.

Whistle Down the Wind

4.0
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When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owner’s three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.
Starring: Alan Bates, Hayley Mills, Bernard Lee, Norman Bird, Diane Clare
Directed by: Bryan Forbes
Release date: 1961-07-25
17.

Pocketful of Miracles

4.0

Damon Runyon's fairytale, sweet and funny, is told by director Frank Capra. Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as 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 Runyonesque 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
Directed by: Frank Capra
Release date: 1961-12-18
18.

Victim

4.0

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
Directed by: Basil Dearden
Release date: 1961-08-01
19.

Summer and Smoke

3.9
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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
Directed by: Peter Glenville
Release date: 1961-11-16
20.

Lover Come Back

3.9

Rock Hudson and Doris Day are together again! Jerry Webster (Hudson) and Carol Templeton (Day) 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
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1961-11-20

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