Best Romance Movies of 1961

1.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

6.3
7.7/10 IMDB

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, José Luis de Villalonga, John McGiver, Alan Reed, Dorothy Whitney, Beverly Powers ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1961-10-06
2.

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: 1961-01-01
3.

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
4.

West Side Story

5.4
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
5.

The Misfits

5.2
7.3/10 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: 1961-01-01
6.

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
7.

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
8.

Lover Come Back

3.9
7.2/10 IMDB

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, Jack Kruschen, Ann B. Davis, Joe Flynn, Howard St. John, Karen Norris ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1961-11-20
9.

Come September

3.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Robert Talbot, an American millionaire, arrives early for his annual vacation at his luxurious Italian villa. His long-time girlfriend Lisa has given up waiting for him and has decided to marry another man. Meanwhile, his sneaky business associate Maurice secretly misappropriates the villa as a hotel while Talbot is away. The current guests of the "hotel" are a group of young American girls.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, Walter Slezak, Brenda De Banzie, Rossana Rory, Ronald Howard, Joel Grey ..
Directed by: Robert Mulligan
Release date: 1961-01-01
10.

Goodbye Again

3.6
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

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