Favorite Films of 1961

Updated: 6/21/14
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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
Wild in the Country (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A troubled young man discovers that he has a knack for writing when a counselor encourages him to pursue a literary career. (114 mins.)
Director: Philip Dunne
 
5.
Night Tide (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
On leave in a shore side town, Johnny becomes interested in a young dark haired woman. They meet and... (86 mins.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
Blue Hawaii (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates defies his parents' wishes for him to work at the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency. (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
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
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
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.)
 
12.
Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
Gorgo (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
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
 
16.
Babes in Toyland (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Tom the Piper's Son is about to marry Mary Quite Contrary. On the eve of their wedding, evil miser Barnaby... (106 mins.)
Director: Jack Donohue
 
17.
Mysterious Island (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
 
18.
Valley of the Dragons (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
In 1881, in Algeria, Michael Denning and Hector Servadac are fighting a duel when a comet brushing Earth takes the two men to the Moon where they discover a prehistoric civilization. (82 mins.)
Director: Edward Bernds
 
19.
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
 
20.
Anatomy of a Psycho (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
The crazed brother of a condemned killer sent to the gas chamber swears vengeance on those he holds responsible for his brother's execution. (75 mins.)
 
21.
Master of the World (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 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
 
22.
Bloodlust! (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  
A crazed hunter kidnaps people and turns them loose on his private estate, where he hunts them for sport. (68 mins.)
Director: Ralph Brooke
 
23.
The Mask (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder... (83 mins.)
Director: Julian Roffman
 
24.
Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
A crook decides to bump off members of his inept crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn't know is that the creature is real. (63 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
25.
Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
An ice-skating Snow White finds refuge from the Wicked Queen with the Three Stooges. (107 mins.)
Director: Walter Lang
 
26.
The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  
A defecting Soviet scientist is hit by a nuclear explosion near Yucca Flats and roams around as a beast. (54 mins.)
Director: Coleman Francis