1961

movies from 1961 worth catching up with...
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1.
A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
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A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests his best friend to impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts. (85 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ lights, camera, action! ” - maddox-richard
 
2.
Pigs and Battleships (1961)
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A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart. (108 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
3.
Viridiana (1961)
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Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior. (90 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
4.
The Last Sunset (1961)
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Brendan O'Malley arrives at the Mexican home of old flame Belle Breckenridge to find her married to... (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
5.
The Innocents (1961)
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
6.
Yojimbo (1961)
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
7.
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
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After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio to be captured but Rio escapes and searches for Dad in California. (141 mins.)
Director: Marlon Brando
 
8.
One, Two, Three (1961)
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In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter. (115 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
9.
Scream of Fear (1961)
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A wheelchair-bound young woman returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate. (81 mins.)
Director: Seth Holt
 
10.
A Difficult Life (1961)
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Silvio refuses to fight for the fascists and joins the resistance with Elena. After the war, his vitriolic newspaper articles cause him to be sentenced to imprisonment. (118 mins.)
Director: Dino Risi
 
11.
Blast of Silence (1961)
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A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way. (77 mins.)
Director: Allen Baron
 
12.
Homicidal (1961)
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The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California. (87 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
13.
The Mark (1961)
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A man who served prison time for intent to molest a child tries to build a new life with the help of a sympathetic psychiatrist. (127 mins.)
Director: Guy Green
 
14.
Girl with a Suitcase (1961)
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Lorenzo, who's 16 and born to a wealthy family in Parma, tries to make things right toward a showgirl... (121 mins.)
Director: Valerio Zurlini
 
15.
Something Wild (1961)
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A young rape victim tries desperately to pick up the pieces of her life, only to find herself at the mercy of a would-be rescuer. (112 mins.)
Director: Jack Garfein
 
16.
Night Tide (1961)
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On leave in a shore side town, Johnny becomes interested in a young dark haired woman. They meet and... (86 mins.)
 
17.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
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In a strange chateau, a man insists to a woman that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
18.
¡Cuba Sí! (1961 Documentary)
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(53 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
19.
Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
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A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace... (89 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
20.
The Hustler (1961)
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An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
21.
Lover Come Back (1961)
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A series of misunderstandings leaves an advertising executive with a campaign for a product which has not been invented yet while he romances his rival in the guise of its inventor. (107 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
 
22.
Divorce Italian Style (1961)
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A married Sicilian baron falls in love with his cousin and vows to wed her, but with divorce illegal he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his wife. (105 mins.)
Director: Pietro Germi
 
23.
The Exiles (1961)
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Native Americans in Los Angeles. For 12 hours one Friday night, from late afternoon until dawn, we follow a handful of urban Indians... (72 mins.)
Director: Kent MacKenzie
 
24.
The Steamroller and the Violin (1961)
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Seven year old Sasha practices violin every day to satisfy the ambition of his parents. Already withdrawn as a result of his routines... (46 mins.)
 
25.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
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Recently released from a mental hospital; Karin rejoins her emotionally disconnected family and their island home, only to slip from reality as she begins to believe she is being visited by God. (89 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
26.
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
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His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival. (190 mins.)
 
27.
Loss of Innocence (1961)
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The film tells the sensible story of a British girl who awakes from childhood on vacations in France finding life and love. (99 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
28.
Call Me Genius (1961)
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Anthony Hancock gives up his office job to become an abstract artist. He has a lot of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics scorn his work. Nevertheless, he impresses an emerging very talented artist. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Day
 
29.
Victim (1961)
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A prominent lawyer goes after a blackmailer who threatens gay men with exposure (homosexual acts still being illegal). But he's gay himself... (90 mins.)
Director: Basil Dearden
 
30.
A Taste of Honey (1961)
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The moving story of a plain young girl who becomes pregnant by a black sailor, befriends a homosexual, and gradually becomes a woman. (100 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
31.
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
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A New York gangster and his girlfriend attempt to turn street beggar Apple Annie into a society lady when the peddler learns her daughter is marrying royalty. (136 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
32.
The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
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When the USA and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth. (98 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
 
33.
Two Rode Together (1961)
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The US Army is under pressure from the desperate relatives of white prisoners of the Comanches to secure their rescue... (109 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
34.
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
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In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother... (93 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
35.
El Cid (1961)
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The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz (a.k.a. El Cid) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors. (182 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
36.
Mysterious Island (1961)
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During the Civil War a group of Union soldiers and two Confederates escape the stockade using a hot air balloon and end up on a strange Pacific island. (101 mins.)
Director: Cy Endfield
 
37.
Unser Haus in Kamerun (1961)
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(103 mins.)
Director: Alfred Vohrer
 
38.
Amazons of Rome (1961)
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A warrior chieftain dashes between his barbaric allies and a beleaguered city that's being defended by embattled women warriors. (105 mins.)
 
39.
Dead Eyes of London (1961)
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Wealthy, heavily insured men are being murdered at an alarming rate. Scotland Yard investigates and finds clues that lead to a ring of blind men, led by a mysterious "reverend." (104 mins.)
Director: Alfred Vohrer
 
40.
The Monster of Highgate Ponds (1961)
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A group of children befriend a monster. (59 mins.)
 
41.
Wise Guys (1961)
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(99 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
42.
Placido (1961)
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In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor... (85 mins.)
 
43.
My Mother and Her Guest (1961)
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Ok-hui lives with her grandmother, her mother and the maid. People refer to their house as the "Widow House" because all three adult women who live there are widows. One day, a teacher named Mr. Han moves into the house as a lodger. (103 mins.)
Director: Shin Sang-okk
 
44.
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
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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. (51 mins.)
 
45.
The Twilight Zone (1959 TV Series)
Episode: The Grave (1961)
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Old West lawman Conny Miller visits the grave of a man who he failed to track down to prove he was never afraid of him but gets more than he bargained for. (51 mins.)
 
46.
Naked City (1958 TV Series)
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A middle-aged man is fired from his job and vows to rob his former employer for revenge. After his son becomes involved... (60 mins.)
 
47.
The Last Hungry Cat (1961 Short Film)
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Sylvester Cat slips when making a grab for Tweety Bird in Granny's flat, and falls dazed to the floor as one of Tweety's feathers lands in his mouth... (7 mins.)
 
48.
The Abominable Snow Rabbit (1961 Short Film)
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Bugs and Daffy run into the abominable snowman in the Himalayas. (7 mins.)
Stars: Mel Blanc
 
49.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955 TV Series)
Episode: Incident in a Small Jail (1961)
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A suspected serial killer is put in a jail house with a salesman, while a lynch mob waits outside. (25 mins.)
 
50.
A Story of Water (1961 Short Film)
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A young woman is going to Paris by bus, but when she steps out of her house she discovers that her garden and the whole village is flooded with water... (18 mins.)
 
51.
The Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit (1961 Short Film)
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(6 mins.)
Director: Bob Godfrey
 
52.
Beep Prepared (1961 Short Film)
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Wile E. Coyote tries and fails to catch the Road Runner using his foot extended to trip, an arrow, a hole in the road... (6 mins.)
 
53.
Strangled Eggs (1961 Short Film)
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Foghorn Leghorn courts Miss Prissy when a foundling is left on her doorstep. It is Henery the Chicken Hawk... (6 mins.)
Director: Robert McKimson
 
54.
Zip 'N Snort (1961 Short Film)
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Wile E. Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner using a sling shot, a grenade in a toy airplane whose propeller detaches and leaves the plane behind... (6 mins.)
Director: Chuck Jones
 
55.
Lickety-Splat (1961 Short Film)
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Wile E. Coyote chases the Road Runner with roller skis, a bow, a rifle, a boomerang, an anvil, and several exploding darts let loose from a balloon... (6 mins.)
 
56.
The Story of the Flaming Years (1961)
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In early Summer 1941, German troops penetrate into Russia, wreaking human and material destruction. Ivan Orlyukov... (91 mins.)
 
57.
The Frightened City (1961)
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A small time thief is recruited by a mobster to help with the racketeering. He doesn't like the job, but with the mob on his back, a femme fatale in his bed and a sick friend to care for, he will have to keep all his wits about him. (97 mins.)
Director: John Lemont
 
58.
The Fat and the Lean (1961 Short Film)
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A small and thin barefoot slave (played by Polanski) plays a flute and beats a drum to entertain his... (15 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
59.
Calder's Circus (1961 Documentary)
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Among Alexander Calder's creations were miniature spring-loaded circus figures, made of wire. In this short film... (19 mins.)
 
60.
A Wife Confesses (1961)
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Ayako is charged with murdering her much older academic husband while climbing a mountain. Ayako was having an affair, apparently with her husband's approval, and this complicates the trial. (91 mins.)
 
61.
The Shadow of the Cat (1961)
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A female house cat sees her mistress murdered by her husband and two servants, and becomes ferociously bent on revenge. (79 mins.)
Director: John Gilling
 
62.
Terminus (1961 Documentary)
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The movie follows the routine of an agitated train station - the Waterloo Station - making a brief yet important cultural portrait of the 1960's England, mixing reality and fiction. (33 mins.)
 
63.
The Terror of the Tongs (1961)
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In 1910, Hong Kong members of a secret Tong crime syndicate protect their identities by murdering the daughter of a British sea captain who vows revenge. (76 mins.)
Director: Anthony Bushell
 
64.
Jungle Fighters (1961)
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In 1942, a group of British soldiers is sent on a mission in the Malaysian jungle and gets lost into the Japanese controlled zone. (110 mins.)
Director: Leslie Norman