Best films, 1961

All worthwhile films of 1961 ranked
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1.
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
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
La Notte (1961)
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A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship. (122 mins.)
 
6.
Paris Belongs to Us (1961)
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Anne Goupil is a literature student in Paris in 1957. Her elder brother, Pierre, takes her to a friend's party where the guests include Philip Kaufman... (141 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
7.
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
 
8.
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
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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
 
9.
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
 
10.
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
 
11.
Underworld U.S.A. (1961)
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Fourteen-year-old Tolly Devlin sees four hoods beat his father to death. Twenty years later, the killers... (99 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
12.
Chronicle of a Summer (1961 Documentary)
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Real-life individuals discuss topics on society, happiness in the working class among others and with... (85 mins.)
 
13.
Lola (1961)
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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
 
14.
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
 
15.
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
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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.
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
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A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family. (128 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
17.
Léon Morin, Priest (1961)
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Set during occupied France, a faithless woman finds herself falling in love with a young priest. (117 mins.)
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
Il Posto (1961)
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A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation. (93 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
20.
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
 
21.
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
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In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. (186 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
22.
A Taste of Honey (1961)
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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
 
23.
Accattone (1961)
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A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison. (117 mins.)
 
24.
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
 
25.
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
 
26.
The End of Summer (1961)
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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
 
27.
Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)
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A priest is sent to a small parish in the Polish countryside which is believed to be under demonic possession and there he finds his own temptations awaiting. (110 mins.)
 
28.
Victim (1961)
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The death of a young man leads to the discovery of a blackmail plot against a number of gay men in 1960s London. (90 mins.)
Director: Basil Dearden
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
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
 
31.
Teen Kanya (1961)
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Based on popular Indian stories of great writer Rabindra Nath Tagore, these short films reveal definitive moments in the lives of three young girls. (173 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
32.
The Children's Hour (1961)
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A troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians. (108 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
33.
The Ladies Man (1961)
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After his girl leaves him for someone else, Herbert gets really depressed and starts searching for a job... (95 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
 
34.
The Substitute (1961 Short Film)
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Simple story about the man who comes to the beach and uses inflatable objects for all of his needs. (10 mins.)
Director: Dusan Vukotic
 
35.
West Side Story (1961)
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Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy. (152 mins.)
 
36.
The Misfits (1961)
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A divorcee falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle. (125 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
37.
Back Street (1961)
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Ambitious but thwarted, Rae Smith meets handsome Marine Paul Saxon, (of the Saxon department store chain)... (107 mins.)
Director: David Miller
 
38.
The Errand Boy (1961)
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Paramutual Pictures wants to know where all the money is going so they hire Morty to be their spy. Morty works for Mr... (92 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
 
39.
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
 
40.
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
 
41.
The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
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When the U.S. and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth. (99 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
 
42.
The Young Doctors (1961)
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Two pathologists -- a veteran department head (Fredric March) whose perspective has been shaped by years of red tape and day-to-day frustrations... (100 mins.)
Director: Phil Karlson
 
43.
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
 
44.
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
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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
 
45.
Master of the World (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In 1868, an American scientist and his team become hostages of fanatical pacifist Robur who uses his airship Albatross to destroy military targets on Earth. (102 mins.)
Director: William Witney
 
46.
The Young Savages (1961)
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A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy... (103 mins.)
 
47.
Whistle Down the Wind (1961)
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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
 
48.
Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
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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
 
49.
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
 
50.
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
 
51.
Het mes (1961)
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A young boy coming into puberty is resentful of his mother's budding romance with the best friend of her late husband... (89 mins.)
Director: Fons Rademakers
 
52.
101 Dalmatians (1961)
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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.)
 
53.
Paris Blues (1961)
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During the 1960s, two American ex-pat jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in-love with two American tourist girls. (98 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
54.
Gorgo (1961)
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Greedy sailors capture a giant lizard off the coast of Ireland and sell it to a London circus. Then its mother shows up. (78 mins.)
Director: Eugene Lourie
 
55.
Two Rode Together (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A corrupt marshal is pressured by his army friend into negotiating the release of white captives of the Comanches, but finds that their reintegration into society has its consequences. (109 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
56.
A Man Named Rocca (1961)
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(1961) Jean Paul Belmondo, Christine Kaufman. In this fine thriller, JP's friend ends up in prison. JP then tracks down the man responsible. (102 mins.)
Director: Jean Becker
 
57.
Variációk egy témára (1961 Short Film)
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(10 mins.)
Director: István Szabó
 
58.
The Deadly Companions (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman's son, tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory. (93 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah