Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961

1.

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

British reporters suspect an international cover-up of a global disaster in progress... and they're right. Hysterical panic has engulfed the world after the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously detonate nuclear devices and have caused the orbit of the Earth to alter, sending it hurtling towards the sun.

Starring: Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Edward Judd, Michael Goodliffe, Bernard Braden, Reginald Beckwith, Gene Anderson, Renée Asherson, Arthur Christiansen, Austin Trevor ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1961-11-01
2.

The Absent-Minded Professor

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Hailed as one of Walt Disney's most hilarious comedies, The Absent-Minded Professor contains two essential elements for laughter - Fred MacMurray and Flubber, his gravity-defying formula for flying rubber!

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk, Leon Ames, Elliott Reid, Edward Andrews, David Lewis, Jack Mullaney, Belle Montrose ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1961-03-16
3.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

The crew of an atomic submarine battle to save the world from global destruction.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Robert Sterling, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, Joan Fontaine, Michael Ansara, Frankie Avalon, Regis Toomey, John Litel, Howard McNear ..
Directed by: Irwin Allen
Release date: 1961-07-12
4.

Master of the World

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

A mad genius tries to bomb the world into peace.

Starring: Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Mary Webster, Henry Hull, David Frankham, Wally Campo, Vito Scotti, Richard Harrison, Ken Terrell, Steve Masino ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1961-05-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : On the Double
5.

On the Double

3.0
6.5/10 IMDB

American GI Ernie Williams, admittedly weak-kneed, has an uncanny resemblance to British Colonel MacKenzie. Williams, also a master of imitation and disguise, is asked to impersonate the Colonel, ostensibly to allow the Colonel to make a secret trip East. What Williams is not told is that the Colonel has recently been a target of assassins. After the Colonel's plane goes down, the plan changes and Williams maintains the disguise to confuse the Nazis about D-Day.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Margaret Rutherford, Diana Dors, Allan Cuthbertson, Jesse White, Gregory Walcott, Terence de Marney, Rex Evans ..
Directed by: Melville Shavelson
Release date: 1961-05-19
6.

Atlantis: The Lost Continent

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer who is bent on using a natural resource of Atlantis to take over the world. The Atlanteans, or rather the slaves of Atlantis, are forced to mine a crystalline material which absorbs the suns rays. These crystals can then be used for warmth. The misuse of science has created weapons out of the crystals that can fire a heat ray to destroy whatever it touches.

Starring: Sal Ponti, Joyce Taylor, John Dall, William Smith, Edward Platt, Frank De Kova, Berry Kroeger, Edgar Stehli, Jay Novello, Paul Frees ..
Directed by: George Pal
Release date: 1961-05-03
7.

Gorgo

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

When an undersea volcano sends tremors throughout the Atlantic, aquatic creatures come out of hiding. Merchant seamen Joe Ryan and partner Sam Slade harness the most unusual of the lot, a massive beast that looks like a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The enterprising sailors deliver their quarry to a British circus, but it turns out that the animal is a newborn. And, when his much larger mother arrives in London to rescue her son, the city feels her wrath.

Starring: Bill Travers, William Sylvester, Vincent Winter, Christopher Rhodes, Joseph O'Conor, Bruce Seton, Martin Benson, Maurice Kaufmann, Basil Dignam, Barry Keegan ..
Directed by: Eugène Lourié
Release date: 1961-02-02
8.

Konga

2.3
4.4/10 IMDB

Dr.Decker comes back from Africa after a year, presumed dead. During that year, he came across a way of growing plants and animals to an enormous size. He brings back a baby chimpanzee to test out his theory. As he has many enemies at home, he decides to use his chimp, 'Konga' to 'get rid of them'. Then Konga grows to gigantic proportions and reaks havoc all over the city of London!!

Starring: Michael Gough, Margo Johns, Jess Conrad, Claire Gordon, Rupert Osborne, Austin Trevor, Jack Watson, George Pastell, Vanda Godsell, Stanley Morgan ..
Directed by: John Lemont
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : The Flight That Disappeared
9.

The Flight That Disappeared

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

A cross-country airliner, whose passengers include a nuclear physicist, a rocket expert, and a mathematical genius, is drawn beyond radar range by an unknown, unbreakable force.

Starring: Craig Hill, Paula Raymond, Dayton Lummis, John Bryant, Bernadette Hale, Nancy Hale, Brad Trumbull, Jerry James, Harvey Stephens, Meg Wyllie ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1961-09-01
10.

Valley of the Dragons

2.2
5.0/10 IMDB

In 1881, Michael Denning, an American soldier, and Hector Servadac, a French aristocrat, are about to have a duel over a woman that they both are infatuated with. However, just as the two men are about to shoot at each other, a comet strikes the Earth and the gravitational pull draws in the two men. Michael and Hector soon deduce that this comet has been periodically landing on Earth and gathering people and animals from various eras in time, including people and dinosaurs. The two men then decide to put their differences aside and fight for survival as well as help make peace between two warring tribes of cavemen. Written by Brian Washington

Starring: Cesare Danova, Sean McClory, Joan Staley, Danielle De Metz, Gregg Martell, Gil Perkins, I. Stanford Jolley, Roger Til, Mark Dempsey, Jerry Sunshine ..
Directed by: Edward Bernds
Release date: 1961-10-31

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