Movies of 1961

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1. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

TV-PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 42,658 | Gross: $28.90M

2. Blue Hawaii (1961)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Musical

58 Metascore

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: 4,956 | Gross: $10.44M

3. King of Kings (1961)

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

The temporary physical life of the Biblical Savior, Jesus Christ.

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

Votes: 6,364 | Gross: $14.48M

4. The Ladies Man (1961)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy

A clueless, recently single graduate unwittingly takes a job as a servant in a mansion inhabited by dozens of young women.

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

Votes: 3,262

5. The Children's Hour (1961)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

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: 13,276

6. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Not Rated | 179 min | Drama, War

60 Metascore

In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazis judged for war crimes.

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

Votes: 63,220

7. El Cid (1961)

Approved | 182 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar (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: 11,926 | Gross: $26.62M

8. Tintin et le mystère de la Toison d'Or (1961)

104 min | Adventure, Drama

Tintin and Captain Haddock try to discover what is so desirable about their old and apparently worthless ship.

Director: Jean-Jacques Vierne | Stars: Jean-Pierre Talbot, Georges Wilson, Georges Loriot, Milo

Votes: 1,174

9. The Misfits (1961)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

77 Metascore

A divorcée 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: 15,992

10. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

G | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

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: 141,134 | Gross: $144.88M

11. Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958–1961)
Episode: Pippi Longstocking (1961)

Not Rated | 60 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

High-spirited little girl Pippi lives every child's ultimate fantasy... escape from parental supervision in a world without rules!

Director: Frank Bunetta | Stars: Shirley Temple, Gina Gillespie, Ted de Corsia, William Edmonson

Votes: 21

12. Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958–1961)
Episode: The Terrible Clockman (1961)

Not Rated | 60 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

Based on a story by Jules Verne, an evil alchemist moves to a small Swiss village and wishes to marry the local clockmaker's beautiful daughter. When his request is refused he casts a spell... See full summary »

Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: Shirley Temple, Eric Portman, Sam Jaffe, John Wengraf

Votes: 28

13. Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958–1961)
Episode: The Little Mermaid (1961)

Not Rated | 60 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

From The Shirley Temple Show, a collection of timeless children's tales featuring legendary stars

Director: Roger Kay | Stars: Shirley Temple, Nina Foch, Cathleen Nesbitt, Donald Harron

Votes: 26

14. Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958–1961)
Episode: The Princess and the Goblins (1961)

60 min | Family, Fantasy, Romance

The classic story of a young princess who lives in a castle on a wild and lonely mountain. One day she discovers a stairway leading to a labyrinth of unused passages with closed doors ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Ellis Miller | Stars: The Don Harvey Trio, Jack Ging, Bob Hastings, Irene Hervey

Votes: 15

15. Wild in the Country (1961)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Musical

A troubled young man discovers that he has a knack for writing when a counselor encourages him to pursue a literary career.

Director: Philip Dunne | Stars: Elvis Presley, Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld, Millie Perkins

Votes: 1,400

16. Don Camillo monsignore... ma non troppo (1961)

109 min | Comedy

Don Camillo (now bishop) and Peppone (now senator) return to the town of Brescello and rekindle their friendly rivalry.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Leda Gloria, Gina Rovere

Votes: 1,520

17. The Comancheros (1961)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

55 Metascore

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: 7,555

18. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 153,982

19. Come September (1961)

Approved | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

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

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

Votes: 2,904 | Gross: $14.17M

20. Two Rode Together (1961)

Not Rated | 109 min | Western

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.

Director: John Ford | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal

Votes: 4,838

21. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

86 Metascore

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: 89,567 | Gross: $43.66M

22. The Fenouillard Family (1961)

78 min | Comedy

The story takes the Fenouillard family to Paris where they want to see the Eiffel tower;but they take the wrong train (after the laborious explanations of the station master),winds up on a ship who sails away to Brazil.

Director: Yves Robert | Stars: Sophie Desmarets, Jean Richard, Annie Sinigalia, Marie-José Ruiz

Votes: 38

23. Il Posto (1961)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation.

Director: Ermanno Olmi | Stars: Sandro Panseri, Loredana Detto, Corrado Aprile, Guido Chiti

Votes: 3,988 | Gross: $0.01M

24. The American Beauty (1961)

104 min | Comedy

Marcel, a simple-minded factory worker, is tricked into buying a high-priced American convertible by a widow determined not to let it fall into the hands of her late husband's secretary/... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Dhéry, Pierre Tchernia | Stars: Alfred Adam, Colette Brosset, Robert Burnier, Pierre Dac

Votes: 475



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