Most Popular Feature Films Released 1961-01-01 to 1961-12-31
1. West Side Story (1961)
Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Votes: 84,300 | Gross: $43.66M
2. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
4. Scream of Fear (1961)
Approved | 81 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
5. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
Unrated | 99 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance
When the U.S. and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth.
6. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
G | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 131,638 | Gross: $144.88M
10. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, U.S. Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt, using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview.
11. 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.
Votes: 40,731 | Gross: $28.90M
12. The Comancheros (1961)
Approved | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Romance
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.
14. Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, Romance
A fragile Kansas girl's love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.
Votes: 15,586 | Gross: $8.72M
16. El Cid (1961)
Approved | 182 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 11,300 | Gross: $26.62M
17. Roommates (1961)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A group of students at an elite music school decide to share a flat in order to cut their living costs and have somewhere to practice together. They get into quite a few scraps and ... See full summary »
18. Master of the World (1961)
Not Rated | 102 min | Sci-Fi, Adventure
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.
19. Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
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.
Votes: 10,700 | Gross: $2.00M
20. Blue Hawaii (1961)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Musical
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.
Votes: 4,658 | Gross: $10.44M
22. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Not Rated | 141 min | Western
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.
23. Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory (1961)
Approved | 83 min | Horror, Mystery
At a girls' school, several students are murdered by a snarling, wolf-man-like creature. Suspicion falls upon a newly arrived teacher.
25. Operation Eichmann (1961)
Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, History
Werner Klemperer stars as one of the most infamous mass murderers in all history in this true story. With the defeat of Germany that ends World War II in Europe, the Allies discover the ... See full summary »
26. The Pursuers (1961)
63 min | Mystery, Crime, Drama
A group of former concentration camp prisoners has formed an underground network to hunt Nazi leaders, who are still on the loose. At a secret meeting in Paris they discuss what to do with ... See full summary »
30. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery
In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.
Votes: 17,127 | Gross: $0.14M
31. Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Not Rated | 89 min | Drama
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.
32. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests that his best friend impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts.
Votes: 12,681 | Gross: $0.10M
33. The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
Approved | 103 min | Drama, Romance
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.
34. Babes in Toyland (1961)
Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
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 »
Votes: 2,870 | Gross: $10.22M
35. Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
Unrated | 63 min | Comedy, Horror
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.
37. The Phantom Planet (1961)
Unrated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After an invisible asteroid draws an astronaut and his ship to its surface, he is miniaturized by the phantom planet's exotic atmosphere.
40. Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
Approved | 136 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
41. The Absent Minded Professor (1961)
Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
A college professor invents an anti-gravity substance which a corrupt businessman wants for himself.
Votes: 6,183 | Gross: $25.38M
42. Mysterious Island (1961)
Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
43. Divorce Italian Style (1961)
Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
44. The Terror of the Tongs (1961)
Not Rated | 76 min | Action, Adventure
In 1910, Hong Kong members of a secret Tong crime syndicate protect their identities by murdering the daughter of a British sea captain who vows revenge.
45. The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)
R | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, History
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.
46. Lover Come Back (1961)
Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 5,858 | Gross: $16.94M
48. The Deadly Companions (1961)
Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Western
An ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman's son and tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory.
50. Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
Approved | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more ... See full summary »