Most Popular Feature Films Released 1961-01-01 to 1961-12-31


1. Come September (1961)

Approved | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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Younger generation vs. "older" folks on vacation at an Italian villa.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin

Votes: 2,519

2. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen

Votes: 132,879

3. West Side Story (1961)

Unrated | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

7.6
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Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.

Directors: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise | Stars: Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 77,076 | Gross: $43.65M

4. The Parent Trap (1961)

Approved | 129 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

7.1
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Teenage twin sisters swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents.

Director: David Swift | Stars: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 15,104

5. 101 Dalmatians (1961)

G | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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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.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman | Stars: Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat O'Malley, Martha Wentworth

Votes: 120,997 | Gross: $153.00M

6. Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Unrated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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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.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie

Votes: 14,372

7. The Hustler (1961)

Unrated | 134 min | Drama, Sport

8.0
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An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott

Votes: 65,736

8. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Not Rated | 186 min | Drama, War

8.3
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In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich

Votes: 49,300

9. The Misfits (1961)

Approved | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.4
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A divorcee falls for an over-the-hill cowboy who is struggling to maintain his romantically independent lifestyle.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 13,861

10. Yojimbo (1961)

Unrated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa

Votes: 80,614

11. The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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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.

Director: José Quintero | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Warren Beatty, Coral Browne, Jill St. John

Votes: 1,937

12. Carry on Regardless (1961)

90 min | Comedy

6.1
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The Helping Hands agency employs some very strange people to perform some very strange jobs! Even the simplest of tasks get bungled by the incompetent but lovable staff, as they get given ... See full summary »

Directors: Gerald Thomas, Ralph Thomas | Stars: Kenneth Connor, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims

Votes: 1,446

13. The Children's Hour (1961)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins

Votes: 11,265

14. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 37,929

15. The Innocents (1961)

Approved | 100 min | Horror

7.9
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 20,673

16. One, Two, Three (1961)

Unrated | 115 min | Comedy

8.0
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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.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis

Votes: 15,889

17. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Not Rated | 141 min | Western

7.2
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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.

Director: Marlon Brando | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Pina Pellicer, Katy Jurado

Votes: 7,463

18. Reptilicus (1961)

Passed | 82 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

3.7
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After copper miners discover part of the frozen tail of a prehistoric monster in Lapland, scientists inadvertently bring it back to life.

Director: Sidney W. Pink | Stars: Bent Mejding, Asbjørn Andersen, Povl Wøldike, Ann Smyrner

Votes: 2,683

19. El Cid (1961)

Approved | 182 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.3
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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.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page

Votes: 10,407 | Gross: $26.62M

20. Blue Hawaii (1961)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Musical

6.1
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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.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury, Nancy Walters

Votes: 4,207

21. Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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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.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, Luana Anders

Votes: 9,745

22. Viridiana (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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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.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Fernando Rey, Francisco Rabal, José Calvo

Votes: 17,418

23. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery

7.9
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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Giorgio Albertazzi, Sacha Pitoëff, Françoise Bertin

Votes: 15,430 | Gross: $0.14M

24. Mysterious Island (1961)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.8
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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.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill

Votes: 4,996

25. The Comancheros (1961)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Western, Adventure

6.9
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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.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 6,436

26. La Notte (1961)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.0
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A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship.

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Bernhard Wicki

Votes: 12,550 | Gross: $0.04M

27. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Approved | 128 min | Drama

8.1
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A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands

Votes: 5,333

28. King of Kings (1961)

PG-13 | 168 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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The life of Jesus Christ.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Hurd Hatfield, Ron Randell

Votes: 5,320

29. Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow, Lars Passgård

Votes: 16,532

30. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.1
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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.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre

Votes: 4,533

31. The Absent Minded Professor (1961)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

6.8
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A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk

Votes: 5,756

32. The Ladies Man (1961)

95 min | Comedy

6.5
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After his girl leaves him for someone else, Herbert gets really depressed and starts searching for a job. He finally finds one in a big house which is inhabited by many, many women. Can he ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Helen Traubel, Pat Stanley, Kathleen Freeman

Votes: 2,638

33. Lover Come Back (1961)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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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.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Edie Adams

Votes: 5,283

34. Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Approved | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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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.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 4,669

35. Victim (1961)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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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...

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 3,744

36. Babes in Toyland (1961)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

6.3
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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 hires two henchmen to drown Tom and steal Mary's sheep, cared for by Little Bo ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Donohue | Stars: Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello, Ed Wynn

Votes: 2,656

37. A Taste of Honey (1961)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Murray Melvin

Votes: 3,472

38. The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)

127 min | Adventure, Drama, History

5.9
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While on holiday in Rhodes, Athenian war hero Darios becomes involved in two different plots to overthrow the tyrannical king, one from Rhodian patriots and the other from sinister Phoenician agents.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Rory Calhoun, Lea Massari, Georges Marchal, Conrado San Martín

Votes: 2,040

39. Divorce Italian Style (1961)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.2
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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.

Director: Pietro Germi | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Daniela Rocca, Stefania Sandrelli, Leopoldo Trieste

Votes: 8,875

40. Spare the Rod (1961)

93 min | Drama

6.6
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It is London in the year 1960 and John Saunders enthusiastically begins his new teaching career at a tough slum-area school. His class are bored pupils in their last term before leaving. Will he handle the grave problems that lie ahead?

Director: Leslie Norman | Stars: Max Bygraves, Donald Pleasence, Geoffrey Keen, Betty McDowall

Votes: 93

41. Accattone (1961)

117 min | Drama

7.9
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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.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Franco Citti, Franca Pasut, Silvana Corsini, Paola Guidi

Votes: 5,684

42. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Approved | 93 min | Horror

6.8
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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 dies giving birth and he is looked after by Don Alfredo. As a child Leon becomes a ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Clifford Evans, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, Catherine Feller

Votes: 3,886

43. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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71 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Anna Karina, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Henri Attal

Votes: 11,368 | Gross: $0.10M

44. Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)

Unrated | 63 min | Comedy, Horror

3.4
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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.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Robert Towne, Beach Dickerson

Votes: 2,066

45. El pobre García (1961)

93 min | Comedy

4.5
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Widowed and with a young son in his charge, García works as a publicity agent in a razor blade factory. One day, taking advantage of the cycling tour to Spain, García puts into practice a ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Leblanc | Stars: Tony Leblanc, Tony Leblanc hijo, Lina Morgan, Manolo Gómez Bur

Votes: 17

46. Flower Drum Song (1961)

Approved | 133 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

7.0
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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.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Benson Fong, Jack Soo

Votes: 2,005

47. Murder She Said (1961)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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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.

Director: George Pollock | Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 4,597

48. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance

7.2
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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.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Edward Judd, Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Michael Goodliffe

Votes: 3,553

49. Parrish (1961)

Unrated | 138 min | Drama

6.6
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Parrish McLean lives with his mother Ellen on Sala Post's tobacco plantation in the Connecticut River Valley. His mother winds up marrying Sala's rival Judd Raike, ruthless planter who ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Troy Donahue, Karl Malden, Dean Jagger

Votes: 790

50. The Last Sunset (1961)

Approved | 112 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.8
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Brendan O'Malley arrives at the Mexican home of old flame Belle Breckenridge to find her married to a drunkard getting ready for a cattle drive to Texas. Hot on O'Malley's heels is lawman ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 2,036