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


1. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

7.6
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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: 84,300 | Gross: $43.66M

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: 146,273

3. 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: 16,432

4. 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: 3,013

5. 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: 3,946

6. 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: 131,638 | Gross: $144.88M

7. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 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: 22,709

8. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Not Rated | 186 min | Drama, War

8.2
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60 Metascore

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: 58,556

9. Yojimbo (1961)

Not Rated | 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: 92,333

10. 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, U.S. 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: 4,928

11. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

TV-PG | 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: 40,731 | Gross: $28.90M

12. The Comancheros (1961)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

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: 7,033

13. The Hustler (1961)

Not Rated | 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: 69,055

14. Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Not Rated | 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: 15,586 | Gross: $8.72M

15. The Misfits (1961)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

7.4
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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: 15,070

16. 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: 11,300 | Gross: $26.62M

17. Roommates (1961)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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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 »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips, Paul Massie, Kenneth Williams

Votes: 202

18. Master of the World (1961)

Not Rated | 102 min | Sci-Fi, Adventure

6.0
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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.

Director: William Witney | Stars: Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Henry Hull, Mary Webster

Votes: 2,352

19. Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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: 10,700 | Gross: $2.00M

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: 4,658 | Gross: $10.44M

21. 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: 12,377

22. 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: 8,239

23. Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory (1961)

Approved | 83 min | Horror, Mystery

4.8
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At a girls' school, several students are murdered by a snarling, wolf-man-like creature. Suspicion falls upon a newly arrived teacher.

Director: Paolo Heusch | Stars: Barbara Lass, Carl Schell, Curt Lowens, Maurice Marsac

Votes: 820

24. 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: 5,880

25. Operation Eichmann (1961)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.2
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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 »

Director: R.G. Springsteen | Stars: Werner Klemperer, Ruta Lee, Donald Buka, Barbara Turner

Votes: 206

26. The Pursuers (1961)

63 min | Mystery, Crime, Drama

5.7
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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 »

Director: Godfrey Grayson | Stars: Cyril Shaps, Francis Matthews, Susan Denny, Sheldon Lawrence

Votes: 35

27. One, Two, Three (1961)

Not Rated | 104 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: 17,099

28. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Approved | 93 min | Horror

6.8
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In 18th Century Spain, an adopted boy becomes a werewolf and terrorizes the inhabitants of his town.

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

Votes: 4,450

29. 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: 14,475 | Gross: $0.04M

30. 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: 17,127 | Gross: $0.14M

31. 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: 18,888

32. 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 that his best friend impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts.

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

Votes: 12,681 | Gross: $0.10M

33. 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: 2,115

34. 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: 2,870 | Gross: $10.22M

35. 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: 2,247

36. King of Kings (1961)

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

7.1
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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: 5,920 | Gross: $14.48M

37. The Phantom Planet (1961)

Unrated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

3.3
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After an invisible asteroid draws an astronaut and his ship to its surface, he is miniaturized by the phantom planet's exotic atmosphere.

Director: William Marshall | Stars: Dean Fredericks, Coleen Gray, Anthony Dexter, Francis X. Bushman

Votes: 2,345

38. 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, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey, José Calvo

Votes: 18,975

39. 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: 4,009

40. 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: 5,139

41. 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: 6,183 | Gross: $25.38M

42. 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: 5,464

43. 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: 9,769

44. The Terror of the Tongs (1961)

Not Rated | 76 min | Action, Adventure

5.9
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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.

Director: Anthony Bushell | Stars: Christopher Lee, Yvonne Monlaur, Geoffrey Toone, Marne Maitland

Votes: 598

45. The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)

R | 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: 2,388

46. 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: 5,858 | Gross: $16.94M

47. 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: 2,742 | Gross: $14.17M

48. The Deadly Companions (1961)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Western

6.1
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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.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran, Chill Wills

Votes: 1,746

49. The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

Unrated | 54 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

2.4
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A defecting Soviet scientist is hit by a nuclear explosion near Yucca Flats and roams around as a beast.

Director: Coleman Francis | Stars: Douglas Mellor, Barbara Francis, Bing Stafford, Larry Aten

Votes: 6,959

50. Mr. Sardonicus (1961)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.7
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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 »

Director: William Castle | Stars: Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton, Guy Rolfe, Oskar Homolka

Votes: 2,052



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