Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961


The Midnight Sun

8.5/10 IMDB

When the Earth falls out of orbit, two women try to cope with increasingly oppressive heat in a nearly abandoned city.

Starring: Lois Nettleton, Betty Garde, Tom Reese, Jason Wingreen, Juney Ellis, William Keene ..
Directed by: Anton Leader
Release date: 1961-11-17

Mysterious Island

6.7/10 IMDB

During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home. Sequel to '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' .

Starring: Michael Craig, Gary Merrill, Michael Callan, Beth Rogan, Joan Greenwood, Percy Herbert, Dan Jackson, Herbert Lom, Harry Monty ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1961-12-19

The Absent-Minded Professor

6.7/10 IMDB

Bumbling professor Ned Brainard accidentally invents flying rubber, or "Flubber", an incredible material that gains energy every time it strikes a hard surface. It allows for the invention of shoes that can allow jumps of amazing heights and enables a modified Model-T to fly. Unfortunately, no one is interested in the material except for Alonzo Hawk, a corrupt businessman who wants to steal the material for himself.

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
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : The Shadow Play

The Shadow Play

8.2/10 IMDB

Adam Grant is trapped in a recurring nightmare, in which he is sentenced to death by execution. He tries to convince the people around him that they are imaginary and that they will cease to exist if the execution is carried out.

Starring: Dennis Weaver, Harry Townes, Wright King, William Edmonson, Anne Barton, Bernie Hamilton, Thomas Nello, Mack Williams, Gene Roth ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1961-05-05

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

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
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : The Adventures of Superboy

The Adventures of Superboy

6.3/10 IMDB

Jimmy, Clark Kent and Lana Lang's friend, is ashamed that his father works as a doorman at the Smallville theater. His opinion changes when Superboy is able to thwart a robbery with Jimmy's father's help.

Starring: John Rockwell, Bunny Henning, Ross Elliott, Monty Margetts, Charles Maxwell, Robert B. Williams, Richard Reeves, Yvonne White, Stacy Harris, Jimmy Bates ..
Directed by: George Blair
Release date: 1961-01-01

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

6.0/10 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
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : On the Double

On the Double

6.4/10 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

Atlantis: The Lost Continent

5.5/10 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


5.5/10 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
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?

8.7/10 IMDB

Following a frantic phone call about a crashed spaceship, two policeman try and determine who among the passengers of a bus at a snowed-in roadside diner is from another world.

Starring: Rod Serling, John Hoyt, Jean Willes, Jack Elam, Barney Phillips, John Archer, William Kendis, Morgan Jones, Gertrude Flynn, Bill Erwin ..
Directed by: Montgomery Pittman
Release date: 1961-05-26
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : Long Distance Call

Long Distance Call

7.5/10 IMDB

A toy telephone becomes the link between a young boy and his dead grandmother.

Starring: Philip Abbott, Lili Darvas, Patricia Smith, Bill Mumy, Jenny Maxwell, Reid Hammond, Henry Hunter, Lew Brown, Arch Johnson, Robert McCord ..
Directed by: James Sheldon
Release date: 1961-03-31
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : Two


7.6/10 IMDB

Two survivors of an apocalyptic battle, a man and a woman from each opposing sides, approach each other suspiciously.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Elizabeth Montgomery ..
Directed by: Montgomery Pittman
Release date: 1961-09-15
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : The Passerby

The Passerby

7.5/10 IMDB

While headed home, a Confederate soldier meets an anguished woman at the end of the Civil War.

Starring: James Gregory, Joanne Linville, Rex Holman, David Garcia, Warren J. Kemmerling, Austin Green, Jamie Farr, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Elliot Silverstein
Release date: 1961-10-06

Valley of the Dragons

4.9/10 IMDB

In 1881 Algeria, an American soldier and a French aristocrat are about to have a duel over a woman when a comet hurtling past the Earth draws them into its gravitational pull. The men find themselves transported to the moon, where they discover a prehistoric civilization inhabited by reptiles and humans.

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
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : The Arrival

The Arrival

7.2/10 IMDB

Federal aviation investigator Grant Sheckly must deal with a mystery when a plane lands at an airport without pilots, passengers or luggage.

Starring: Harold J. Stone, Fredd Wayne, Noah Keen, Robert Karnes, Bing Russell, Jim Boles ..
Directed by: Boris Sagal
Release date: 1961-09-22


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 wreaks 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 Prime Mover

The Prime Mover

7.1/10 IMDB

A compulsive gambler cajoles his friend to use his telekinesis to affect the results of the gambling tables in Las Vegas.

Starring: Dane Clark, Buddy Ebsen, Christine White, Nesdon Booth, Clancy Cooper, Jane Burgess ..
Directed by: Richard L. Bare
Release date: 1961-03-24
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : The Flight That Disappeared

The Flight That Disappeared

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

The Phantom Planet

3.7/10 IMDB

After an asteroid draws an astronaut and his ship to its surface, he is miniaturized by the phantom planet's exotic atmosphere.

Starring: Dean Fredericks, Coleen Gray, Anthony Dexter, Dolores Faith, Francis X. Bushman, Richard Weber, Al Jarvis, Dick Haynes, Earl McDaniel, Mike Marshall ..
Directed by: William Marshall
Release date: 1961-12-13
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : Most Dangerous Man Alive

Most Dangerous Man Alive

5.4/10 IMDB

An escaped, but framed, prisoner escapes prison during a cobalt explosion and soon discovers he has grown a special power that makes his body impervious to everything. Learning this, he seeks vengeance on the bad guys who framed him for jail.

Starring: Ron Randell, Debra Paget, Elaine Stewart, Anthony Caruso, Gregg Palmer, Morris Ankrum, Tudor Owen, Steve Mitchell, Joel Donte ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1961-07-04

Nude on the Moon

3.8/10 IMDB

A rich rocket scientist organizes an expedition to the moon, which they discover is inhabited by nude women.

Starring: Marietta, William Mayer, Lester Brown, Pat Reilly, Ira Magee, Lacey Kelly, Shelby Livingston, Robert W. Kyorimee, Joyce M. Geary, Charles Allen ..
Directed by: Doris Wishman, Raymond Phelan
Release date: 1961-01-01

The Beast of Yucca Flats

1.8/10 IMDB

A refugee Soviet scientist arrives at a desert airport carrying secret documents, but is attacked by a pair of KGB assassins and escapes into the desert, where he comes in range of an American nuclear test and is transformed into a mindless killing beast ... There is no dialogue track on this film, only ongoing narration.

Starring: Tor Johnson, Douglas Mellor, Barbara Francis, Bing Stafford, Larry Aten, Linda Bielema, Ronald Francis, Alan Francis, Anthony Cardoza, Bob Labansat ..
Directed by: Coleman Francis
Release date: 1961-06-02
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : Strip Tease Murder

Strip Tease Murder

5.3/10 IMDB

The unusual death of a dancer at the Flamingo Club prompts the dancer's husband to dig deeper into the case. What he uncovers is a tangled web of blackmail, drug trafficking, and mad science.

Starring: John Hewer, Ann Lynn, Kenneth J. Warren, Carl Duering, Jean Muir ..
Directed by: Ernest Morris
Release date: 1961-03-01

Balls Bluff

3.5/10 IMDB

During a Civil War battle, a soldier is transported through time, landing in New York City's Central Park in the year 1961. He then explores Manhattan and goes to Yankee Stadium in an attempt to locate other Civil War soldiers. (IMDb)

Starring: Robert Downey Sr. ..
Directed by: Robert Downey Sr.
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : It's a Good Life

It's a Good Life

0.0/10 IMDB

On an isolated family farm, a young boy with vast mental powers, but lacking emotional development, holds his terrified family in thrall to his every juvenile wish.

Starring: John Larch, Cloris Leachman, Don Keefer, Bill Mumy, Alice Frost, Max Showalter, Jeanne Bates, Lenore Kingston, Tom Hatcher, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: James Sheldon
Release date: 1961-11-03
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1961 : The Mirror

The Mirror

0.0/10 IMDB

A Central American revolutionary comes into the possession of a mirror that shows him his potential assassins.

Starring: Peter Falk, Will Kuluva, Antony Carbone, Arthur Batanides, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Vladimir Sokoloff, Richard Karlan ..
Directed by: Don Medford
Release date: 1961-10-20

Master of the World

5.8/10 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

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