Best Picture 1961

Films I've seen from best to worst
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1.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
2.
La Notte (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship. (122 mins.)
 
3.
The Innocents (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. (100 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
4.
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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.)
 
5.
West Side Story (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. (152 mins.)
 
6.
Divorce Italian Style (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
7.
One, Two, Three (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
8.
Viridiana (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
9.
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
10.
Il Posto (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation. (93 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
11.
Yojimbo (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
12.
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A fragile Kansas girl's love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness. (124 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
13.
The Hustler (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
14.
The End of Summer (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The family of an older man who runs a small sake brewery become concerned with his finances and his health after they discover him visiting an old mistress from his youth. (103 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
15.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way. (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
16.
Lola (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A bored young man meets with his former girlfriend, now a cabaret dancer and single mother, and soon finds himself falling back in love with her. (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
17.
A Taste of Honey (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A pregnant teenage girl must fend for herself when her mother remarries, leaving the girl with only a new male friend for support. (101 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
18.
El Cid (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
19.
Whistle Down the Wind (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ. (99 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
 
20.
The Misfits (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A divorcee falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle. (125 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
21.
Placido (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In a small spanish town, a group of old ladies decide to celebrate Christmas Eve with a "Sit a poor... (85 mins.)
 
22.
Fanny (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A love triangle between a young woman, a rich 60-something man and an aspiring sailor set in early 20th century Marseilles. (134 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
 
23.
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family. (128 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
24.
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
25.
Summer and Smoke (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Plain, repressed spinster falls for a dashing young medical student, but he prefers the wilder life, until it's too late. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Glenville
 
26.
101 Dalmatians (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (79 mins.)
 
27.
Lover Come Back (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A series of misunderstandings leaves an advertising executive with a campaign for a product which has not yet been invented, while he romances his rival in the guise of its inventor. (107 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
 
28.
The Substitute (1961 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Simple story about the man who comes to the beach and uses inflatable objects for all of his needs. (10 mins.)
Director: Dusan Vukotic
 
29.
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. (186 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
30.
The Children's Hour (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians. (108 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
31.
La mano en la trampa (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A woman uncovers the secret of her aunt's withdrawal from the world and arranges a confrontation with the man who jilted her. (85 mins.)
 
32.
Scream of Fear (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
33.
Diferente (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Alfredo is a cheerful party animal, son of a wealthy man. Alfredo's brother, a young very focused and mature boy... (91 mins.)
 
34.
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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.
Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the sixteenth century, Francis Barnard travels to Spain to clarify the strange circumstances of his sister's death after she had married the son of a cruel Spanish Inquisitor. (80 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
36.
The Parent Trap (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Teenage twin sisters swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents. (129 mins.)
Director: David Swift
 
37.
Flower Drum Song (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A young woman arrives in San Francisco's Chinatown from Hong Kong with the intention of marrying a rakish nightclub owner, unaware he is involved with one of his singers. (133 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
38.
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel. (158 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
39.
Homicidal (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
 
40.
Murder She Said (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When Miss Marple reports witnessing a murder through the window of a passing train, the police dismiss her as a dotty spinster when no trace of the crime can be found. (87 mins.)
Director: George Pollock
 
41.
Nelly's Folly (1961 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A talent agent on an African safari discovers Nelly, a singing giraffe, and brings her to America to be a famous performer... (7 mins.)
 
42.
The Absent Minded Professor (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself. (92 mins.)
 
43.
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
44.
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An aging actress travels to Rome with her husband; after he suddenly dies during the flight, she begins a passionate affair with a young gigolo. (103 mins.)
Director: José Quintero
 
45.
The Naked Edge (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Five years after George Radcliffe was the chief witness in a high profile murder case, his wife receives a blackmailing letter accusing him of the crime. (97 mins.)
 
46.
The Shadow of the Cat (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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
 
47.
Die seltsame Gräfin (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
(1961)Joachim Fuchsberger, Brigitte Grothum. A girl is almost murdered, but no explainable motive can be found until a 20 year old murder is uncovered and linked to the case... (95 mins.)
Director: Josef von Baky
 
48.
Aquamania (1961 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Mr. X buys a boat and inadvertently enters the water-skiing race. With Junior driving, with no experience, he's a bit out of his league. (8 mins.)
 
49.
Usted puede ser un asesino (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Two friends plan a weekend of partying with two ladies of easy virtue, sending their wives to the mountain chalet... (96 mins.)
 
50.
The Happy Thieves (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A suave art thief romances a wealthy duchess, only to enable him to steal a priceless painting from her collection. Complications ensue. (88 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
51.
Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
At a girls' school, several students are murdered by a snarling, wolf-man-like creature. Suspicion falls upon a newly arrived teacher. (82 mins.)
Director: Richard Benson
 
52.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, US Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview. (105 mins.)
Director: Irwin Allen
 
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