My Favorite Movies of 1961

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1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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. (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
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 yet been invented, while he romances his rival in the guise of its inventor. (107 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
 
11.
The Parent Trap (1961)
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Teenage twin sisters swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents. (129 mins.)
Director: David Swift
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
King of Kings (1961)
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The life of Jesus Christ. (168 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
14.
Barabbas (1961)
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Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate induced the populace to vote to set free, so that Christ could be crucified, is haunted by the image of Jesus for the rest of his life. (137 mins.)
 
15.
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
 
16.
The Comancheros (1961)
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Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros. (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
17.
Posse from Hell (1961)
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Banner Cole is a tough sheriff's deputy who forms a small posse to go after 4 death cell escapees who killed the sheriff , along with 3 other men, and kidnapped a woman with rape in mind. (89 mins.)
Director: Herbert Coleman
 
18.
Francis of Assisi (1961)
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Francis Bernardone (Bradford Dillman) is the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, who gives up all his worldly goods to dedicate himself to God... (105 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
19.
Wild in the Country (1961)
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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
 
20.
Return to Peyton Place (1961)
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The residents of Peyton Place, New Hampshire, are not happy when its most famous resident, Alison Mackenzie... (123 mins.)
Director: José Ferrer
 
21.
Parrish (1961)
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Parrish McLean lives with his mother Ellen on Sala Post's tobacco plantation in the Connecticut River Valley... (138 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
22.
Le ciel et la boue (1961 Documentary)
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In September, 1959, six Europeans leave Cook's Bay on the southern coast of Dutch New Guinea, now West Papua or Irian Jaya... (92 mins.)
“ AKA - The Sky Above, The Mud Below ” - Girgisbond
 
23.
I tartari (1961)
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Burundai, comandante dei Tartari, prende il posto del fratello Togrul, ucciso durante la battaglia contro gli Slavi... (83 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
“ AKA - The Tartars ” - Girgisbond
 
24.
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
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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
 
25.
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
 
26.
Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961)
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A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis... (90 mins.)
Director: George Pal
 
27.
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
 
28.
Babes in Toyland (1961)
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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
 
29.
Blue Hawaii (1961)
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Chad Gates has just gotten out of the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surf-board, his beach buddies... (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
30.
Susan Slade (1961)
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Premarital sex, secrets, and society. At 17, shy Susan Slade is on her way to California after a ten-year... (116 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
31.
The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961)
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A crusty, eccentric priest recruits three reluctant convicts to help him rescue a children's leper colony from a Pacific island menaced by a smoldering volcano. (126 mins.)
Director: Mervyn Le Roy
 
32.
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
 
33.
A Thunder of Drums (1961)
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The trials and tribulations of bitter veteran Captain Maddocks and argumentative rookie Lieutenant McQuade at a cavalry desert outpost. (97 mins.)
Director: Joseph Newman
 
34.
Man-Trap (1961)
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During the Korean War, Matt saves the life of his buddy, Vince, who promises that someday he'll repay Matt by cutting him in on a million dollars... (93 mins.)
Director: Edmond O'Brien
 
35.
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
 
36.
Ada (1961)
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Bo Gillis is running for Governor. Steve writes the speeches, Sylvester runs the campaign and Bo plays the guitar... (109 mins.)
Director: Daniel Mann
 
37.
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
 
38.
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
 
39.
Come September (1961)
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Younger generation vs. "older" folks on vacation at an Italian villa. (112 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
40.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
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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
 
41.
Nikki, Wild Dog of the North (1961)
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The rugged Canadian wilderness is the backdrop to this story of a dog separated from his owner. (74 mins.)
 
42.
I masnadieri (1961)
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(1961) Debra Paget, Daniella Rocca, Antonio Cifariello, Folco Lulli. The leader of a gang of Spanish mercenaries falls for a beautiful princess... (110 mins.)
Director: Mario Bonnard
“ AKA - Rome 1585 ” - Girgisbond
 
43.
Fanny (1961)
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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
 
44.
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
 
45.
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
 
46.
The Deadly Companions (1961)
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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
 
47.
Master of the World (1961)
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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
 
48.
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
 
49.
The Absent Minded Professor (1961)
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A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself. (92 mins.)
 
50.
Gold of the Seven Saints (1961)
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In Seven Saints, Utah, McCracken's outlaw gang is vying for fur trappers Jim Rainbolt and Shaun Garrett's gold nugget fortune that also catches the eye of Mexican bandit Gondora and his caballeros. (88 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
51.
The Misfits (1961)
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A sexy divorcée falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle in early-sixties Nevada. (124 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
52.
Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961)
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Scotland, 1865. An old shepherd and his little Skye Terrier Bobby go to Edinburgh. But when the shepherd dies of pneumonia... (87 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
 
53.
Nefertite, regina del Nilo (1961)
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A sword and sandal epic. (106 mins.)
“ AKA - Queen of the Nile ” - Girgisbond