Feature Film, Released between 1961-01-01 and 1961-12-31, Rating Count at least 300, English (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)



1. Viridiana (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | 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, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey, José Calvo

Votes: 21,897

2. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Approved | 179 min | Drama, War

8.2
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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: 68,064

3. La Notte (1961)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

8.1
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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: 17,697 | Gross: $0.04M

4. A Difficult Life (1961)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.0
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Silvio refuses to fight for the fascists and joins the resistance with Elena. After the war, his vitriolic newspaper articles cause him to be sentenced to imprisonment.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Alberto Sordi, Lea Massari, Franco Fabrizi, Lina Volonghi

Votes: 1,441

5. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Approved | 128 min | Drama

8.0
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87 Metascore

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: 7,048

6. The Hustler (1961)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport

8.0
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90 Metascore

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: 74,303 | Gross: $8.28M

7. One, Two, Three (1961)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy

7.9
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73 Metascore

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: 19,187

8. The End of Summer (1961)

103 min | Drama

7.9
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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.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Ganjirô Nakamura, Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Michiyo Aratama

Votes: 3,451

9. Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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74 Metascore

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: 17,498 | Gross: $8.72M

10. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror

7.8
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88 Metascore

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: 26,303 | Gross: $2.62M

11. The Children's Hour (1961)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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49 Metascore

A rebellious student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of lesbianism.

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

Votes: 14,301

12. Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

Unrated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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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.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Alan Bates, Bernard Lee, Norman Bird, Diane Clare

Votes: 2,987

13. Victim (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

7.7
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85 Metascore

A closeted lawyer risks his career to bring a blackmailer to justice.

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

Votes: 5,007

14. Léon Morin, Priest (1961)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.6
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Set during occupied France, a faithless woman finds herself falling in love with a young priest.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva, Irène Tunc, Nicole Mirel

Votes: 4,123 | Gross: $0.04M

15. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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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: 164,054

16. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

7.5
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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: 95,448 | Gross: $43.66M

17. A Taste of Honey (1961)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

7.5
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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: 4,781

18. Lola (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Jacques Demy | Stars: Anouk Aimée, Marc Michel, Jacques Harden, Alan Scott

Votes: 5,104

19. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

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

7.5
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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: 44,787 | Gross: $28.90M

20. Pigs and Battleships (1961)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.5
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A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Hiroyuki Nagato, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Masao Mishima, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 1,955

21. Blast of Silence (1961)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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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.

Director: Allen Baron | Stars: Allen Baron, Molly McCarthy, Larry Tucker, Peter Clune

Votes: 3,639

22. Underworld U.S.A. (1961)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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A teenager who witnesses the murder of his father vows to exact revenge on the four mobsters involved in the killing.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Dolores Dorn, Beatrice Kay, Paul Dubov

Votes: 2,966

23. Scream of Fear (1961)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Thriller

7.4
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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.

Director: Seth Holt | Stars: Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd, Ronald Lewis, Christopher Lee

Votes: 3,880

24. Murder She Said (1961)

Unrated | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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When Miss Jane 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: 6,391

25. The Mark (1961)

Approved | 127 min | Drama

7.4
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A man who served prison time for intent to molest a child tries to build a new life with the help of a sympathetic psychiatrist.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Maria Schell, Stuart Whitman, Rod Steiger, Brenda de Banzie

Votes: 724

26. Cash on Demand (1961)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.

Director: Quentin Lawrence | Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon, Norman Bird

Votes: 1,704

27. Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, Family

7.3
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The remarkable veritable story of a terrier named Bobby and the enduring friendship he forges with a tenderhearted shepherd known simply as Old Jock---unbroken even by the kindly old man's death.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Donald Crisp, Laurence Naismith, Alex Mackenzie, Duncan Macrae

Votes: 1,300

28. Hand in Hand (1961)

Approved | 78 min | Drama, Family

7.3
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A little Roman Catholic boy and a little Jewish girl become best friends despite the prejudice that surrounds them.

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Loretta Parry, Philip Needs, John Gregson, Sybil Thorndike

Votes: 434

29. The Stray Bullet (1961)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

7.3
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A pressured accountant, his war veteran brother and their dysfunctional family struggle with integrating into post-War Korean society.

Director: Hyun-mok Yoo | Stars: Mu-ryong Choi, Jin Kyu Kim, Jeong-suk Moon, Ae-ja Seo

Votes: 505

30. Town Without Pity (1961)

Approved | 105 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Four American soldiers stationed near a German village face death in the rape of a local girl, and are defended by outside counsel Major Steve Garrett.

Director: Gottfried Reinhardt | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Barbara Rütting, Christine Kaufmann, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 1,615

31. The President (1961)

110 min | Thriller

7.2
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At 73, France's ex-president, Emile Beaufort, faces declining health, but he still plays a vigorous role behind the scenes as a philosopher and, potentially, as a power broker. In ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil | Stars: Jean Gabin, Bernard Blier, Renée Faure, Henri Crémieux

Votes: 780

32. Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Approved | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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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: 5,968 | Gross: $5.45M

33. The Outsider (1961)

Approved | 108 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.2
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Tony Curtis plays an Indian (Nicknamed "Chief" by other soldiers) who fights in WWII and helps to raise the flag at Iwo Jima.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Tony Curtis, James Franciscus, Gregory Walcott, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 743

34. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

G | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.2
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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: 150,114 | Gross: $144.88M

35. The Misfits (1961)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.2
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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: 16,971 | Gross: $8.94M

36. Lover Come Back (1961)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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58 Metascore

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: 6,917 | Gross: $16.94M

37. El Cid (1961)

Approved | 182 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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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: 12,652 | Gross: $26.62M

38. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

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

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: 4,550

39. Taxi for Tobruk (1961)

95 min | Drama, War

7.2
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During World War II, French Commandos join forces with a German officer in order to survive the African desert.

Director: Denys de La Patellière | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Lino Ventura, Maurice Biraud, Charles Aznavour

Votes: 1,598

40. Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.1
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78 Metascore

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: 12,439 | Gross: $4.36M

41. The Parent Trap (1961)

Passed | 129 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

7.1
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73 Metascore

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: 18,598

42. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, Western

7.1
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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: 9,848

43. Bridge to the Sun (1961)

Approved | 113 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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Based on a true story, this compelling drama relates the difficulties of a young woman married to a Japanese diplomat during World War II, victim of suspicion and animosity from her husband's government.

Director: Etienne Périer | Stars: Carroll Baker, James Shigeta, James Yagi, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 711

44. Zero Focus (1961)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Teiko's new husband disappears on a business trip. She discovers a pair of mysterious postcards hidden away in a book that may be clues to his fate.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Yoshiko Kuga, Hizuru Takachiho, Ineko Arima, Kôji Nanbara

Votes: 472

45. I Promised to Pay (1961)

94 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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A vicious gang of crooks plan to steal the wages of a local factory, but their carefully laid plans go wrong when the factory employs an armoured van to carry the cash. The gang still go ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Michael Craig, Françoise Prévost, Billie Whitelaw, William Lucas

Votes: 536

46. King of Kings (1961)

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

7.0
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The temporary physical life of the Biblical Savior, Jesus Christ.

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

Votes: 6,913 | Gross: $14.48M

47. Goodbye Again (1961)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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A successful business woman, dissatisfied with her current, philandering lover, starts an affair with a much younger man.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Yves Montand, Anthony Perkins, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 2,355

48. 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: 2,564 | Gross: $10.90M

49. The Connection (1961)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

7.0
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A director tries to film a group of junkies in Leach's room while they are waiting for Cowboy to bring their heroin connection.

Director: Shirley Clarke | Stars: William Redfield, Warren Finnerty, Garry Goodrow, Jerome Raphael

Votes: 705

50. Come September (1961)

Approved | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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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: 3,087 | Gross: $14.17M


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