Year 1961

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1. Why Bother to Knock (1961)

89 min | Comedy

A romantically active travel agent gives all of his girlfriends keys to his flat - too many to keep count of.

Director: Cyril Frankel | Stars: Richard Todd, Nicole Maurey, Elke Sommer, June Thorburn

Votes: 100

2. Night Tide (1961)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Romance, Thriller

A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman, performing as a mermaid at the local carnival. He soon comes to suspect the girl might be a real mermaid, who draws men to a watery death during the full moon.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Gavin Muir, Luana Anders

Votes: 2,174

3. War Is Hell (1961)

81 min | Drama, War

During the Korean War, a glory-hunting sergeant leads his platoon on a mission against the enemy--not telling them that a cease-fire has just been declared--so that he can win medals. ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Topper | Stars: Baynes Barron, Michael Bell, Bobby Byles, Wally Campo

Votes: 103

4. Bachelor Flat (1961)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy

British college professor seeks peace in a California beach house but has nothing but trouble from an uninvited female 'juvenile delinquent', a neighbor with a mischievous dog, and a bevy of amorous American woman.

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Tuesday Weld, Richard Beymer, Terry-Thomas, Celeste Holm

Votes: 359

5. The Big Wave (1961)

73 min | Drama

Yukio, a farm boy, and Toru, a fisherboy, live in a small Japanese village that is periodically threatened by a volcano on one side and tidal waves on the other. Yukio's younger sister ... See full summary »

Director: Tad Danielewski | Stars: Sessue Hayakawa, Jûzô Itami, Mickey Curtis, Kôji Shitara

Votes: 6

6. Constantine and the Cross (1961)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Biopic of Constantine the Great, set between 293-312 AD, from his days as Tribune to his accession as Roman Emperor of Gaul under the tetrarchy system and ending with his battle against the usurper Roman Emperor Maxentius in Rome.

Directors: Lionello De Felice, Irving Rapper | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Belinda Lee, Massimo Serato, Christine Kaufmann

Votes: 375

7. The Devil's Messenger (1961)

Approved | 72 min | Horror

Satan enlists the help of a suicide victim in Hell to lure unsuspecting earthly victims to their eternal doom. Contains three somewhat unrelated Twilight Zone-esque stories.

Directors: Herbert L. Strock, Curt Siodmak | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Karen Kadler, Michael Hinn, Ralph Brown

Votes: 409

8. The Happy Thieves (1961)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A suave art thief romances a wealthy duchess, only to enable him to steal a priceless painting from her collection. Complications ensue.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Rex Harrison, Joseph Wiseman, Alida Valli

Votes: 383

9. The Hellions (1961)

Approved | 86 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Luke Billings and his four reprobate sons ride into a small South African settlement in search of revenge on Police Sergeant Sam Hargis. Hargis knows he cannot outgun the five outlaws and ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Richard Todd, Anne Aubrey, Jamie Uys, Marty Wilde

Votes: 134

10. The Story of Joseph and His Brethren (1961)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Family

A brother is cast out from his family, sold in to slavery and then returns years later as a man of power - but shows forgiveness and compassion to his family through the strength of character given to him by God.

Director: Luciano Ricci | Stars: Marietto, Geoffrey Horne, Finlay Currie, Nino Segurini

Votes: 158

Joseph and his Brethren

11. La viaccia (1961)

102 min | Drama

The original Italian is La Viaccia (the name of the family farm which motivates the plot). The death of a wealthy patriarch in 1885 sets off an interfamily power struggle. Son Ferdinando ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Pietro Germi, Romolo Valli

Votes: 399

12. Madison Avenue (1961)

TV-PG | 94 min | Drama

An adman and an ad woman put a dangerous milk tycoon in line for the White House.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Dana Andrews, Eleanor Parker, Jeanne Crain, Eddie Albert

Votes: 260

13. A Majority of One (1961)

Approved | 156 min | Comedy, Family, Drama

A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman and widower, and a Brooklyn widow. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness, and forgiveness.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness, Ray Danton, Madlyn Rhue

Votes: 946

14. Nearly a Nasty Accident (1961)

86 min | Comedy

The RAF Group Captain has a hard job to restrain the aircraft-man from tinkering with everything he can get his hands on.

Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Jimmy Edwards, Kenneth Connor, Shirley Eaton, Eric Barker

Votes: 54

15. No Place Like Homicide! (1961)

87 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Ernie's uncle has just died but to claim his inheritance he must spend the night in the ancestral home with the rest of his relatives. Before long, the guests begin to drop dead.

Director: Pat Jackson | Stars: Sidney James, Kenneth Connor, Shirley Eaton, Dennis Price

Votes: 702

16. The Phony American (1961)

72 min | Comedy, Drama

Helmut, a war orphan, is charged with theft at the time of the Berlin Airlift and faces a jail sentence of up to six years behind bars. The unfairness raises the anger of numerous people who decide to fight it.

Director: Ákos Ráthonyi | Stars: Christine Kaufmann, Michael Hinz, William Bendix, Ron Randell

Votes: 14

17. The Prisoner of the Iron Mask (1961)

80 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A villain is poisoning a duke ;he imprisons his son ,wearing an iron mask,in a dungeon .

Director: Francesco De Feo | Stars: Pietro Albani, Silvio Bagolini, Emma Baron, Andrea Bosic

Votes: 24

18. Queen of the Nile (1961)

97 min | Drama, History

Chronicles the rise and fall of the woman who eventually became known as Queen Nefertiti.

Director: Fernando Cerchio | Stars: Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Edmund Purdom, Amedeo Nazzari

Votes: 248

Queen of the nile

19. Sail a Crooked Ship (1961)

88 min | Comedy

A bungling burglar, determined to go down in the annals of crime as a genius, steals a ship in New York in order to rob a bank in Boston. He steals a mothballed Liberty ship, assembles a ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Brecher | Stars: Robert Wagner, Dolores Hart, Carolyn Jones, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 156

21. Too Late Blues (1961)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

Ghost is an ideological musician who would rather play his blues in the park to the birds than compromise himself. However, when he meets and falls in love with beautiful singer Jess ... See full summary »

Director: John Cassavetes | Stars: Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens, Everett Chambers, Nick Dennis

Votes: 1,052

22. The Trojan Horse (1961)

Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A retelling of the events leading to the use of the Trojan Horse, to bring down the great city of Troy.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Steve Reeves, Juliette Mayniel, John Drew Barrymore, Edy Vessel

Votes: 399

23. White Slave Ship (1961)

92 min | Adventure

The Albatross travels from England to the New World in 1675, with a number of passengers, a couple of political prisoners along with a dozen other women convicts, these to be sold into ... See full summary »

Director: Silvio Amadio | Stars: Pier Angeli, Edmund Purdom, Armand Mestral, Ivan Desny

Votes: 39

24. Accattone (1961)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

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: 6,990

25. Ada (1961)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

Political drama about a honest but naive gubernatorial candidate who is manipulated by his corrupt campaign manager and is forced to temporarily cede power to his wife, a woman of integrity despite her shameful past.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Susan Hayward, Dean Martin, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Ralph Meeker

Votes: 826

26. The Absent Minded Professor (1961)

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

75 Metascore

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: 6,824 | Gross: $25.38M

27. All Hands on Deck (1961)

Approved | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

Story of a Navy ship with a captain obsessed with catching a fish, a singing executive officer wanting to get married, and an Indian with a turkey as a pet. With Pat Boone as the hopeful ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Pat Boone, Buddy Hackett, Dennis O'Keefe, Barbara Eden

Votes: 229

28. All in a Night's Work (1961)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy

Tony Ryder takes over his dead uncle's media empire while trying to keep quiet the mysterious circumstances of his death in a Palm Beach hotel room.

Director: Joseph Anthony | Stars: Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Cliff Robertson, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 628

29. Angel Baby (1961)

Approved | 97 min | Drama

In his film debut, Burt Reynolds vies with George Hamilton for the love of one heavenly woman. In the American South, evangelist Paul Strand (Hamilton) meets a beautiful, young mute named ... See full summary »

Directors: Paul Wendkos, Hubert Cornfield | Stars: George Hamilton, Mercedes McCambridge, Joan Blondell, Henry Jones

Votes: 269

30. Armored Command (1961)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, War

An American army unit is trapped in a small town during a German counterattack and discovers that a spy in the town is providing the Germans with information about them.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Howard Keel, Tina Louise, Warner Anderson, Earl Holliman

Votes: 198

31. The Assassin (1961)

Not Rated | 83 min | Crime, Thriller

Alfredo Martelli is picked up by the police at his apartment without justification. In the precinct, he slowly discovers what the investigation is about as we discover details about his life.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Micheline Presle, Cristina Gaioni, Salvo Randone

Votes: 837

32. Atlantis: The Lost Continent (1961)

Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer... See full summary »

Director: George Pal | Stars: Sal Ponti, Joyce Taylor, John Dall, William Smith

Votes: 1,491

33. Atlas (1961)

Not Rated | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Evil king Praximedes convinces superhero Atlas to fight for him, but Atlas eventually sees the king's true nature and turns against him.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Michael Forest, Frank Wolff, Barboura Morris, Walter Maslow

Votes: 175

34. Babes in Toyland (1960)

Approved | 106 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

55 Metascore

All roads lead to magical, merry Toyland as Mary Contrary and Tom Piper prepare for their wedding. But villainous Barnaby wants Mary for himself, so he kidnaps Tom, setting off a series of comic chases, searches, and double-crosses.

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

Votes: 3,199 | Gross: $10.22M

35. Bachelor in Paradise (1961)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Romance

A bachelor author of sleazy books moves to a family-oriented subdivision where he becomes an unofficial relationship advisor to unhappy local housewives, to the dismay of their respective husbands who suspect him of sexual misconduct.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Janis Paige, Jim Hutton

Votes: 1,261

36. Back Street (1961)

Passed | 107 min | Drama

In Lincoln, the ambitious aspirant-designer Rae Smith has an incident with a wolf department store businessman and is rescued by the Marine Paul Saxon. They immediately fall in love with ... See full summary »

Director: David Miller | Stars: Susan Hayward, John Gavin, Vera Miles, Charles Drake

Votes: 887

37. Barabbas (1961)

Not Rated | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

Barabbas, the criminal that Pontius Pilate induced the populace to vote to set free, so that Christ could be crucified, is haunted by the image of Jesus for the rest of his life.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, Arthur Kennedy, Katy Jurado

Votes: 5,304

38. Battle at Bloody Beach (1961)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, War

In 1941, after the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, American civilian Craig Benson helps organizing the Philippine guerrilla fighters, delivering supplies and evacuating stranded civilians.

Director: Herbert Coleman | Stars: Audie Murphy, Gary Crosby, Dolores Michaels, Alejandro Rey

Votes: 386

39. Battle of the Worlds (1961)

Unrated | 84 min | Sci-Fi

A runaway asteroid dubbed "The Outsider" mysteriously begins orbiting the Earth and threatens it with lethal flying saucers.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Claude Rains, Bill Carter, Umberto Orsini, Maya Brent

Votes: 662

40. The Best of Enemies (1961)

104 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

In 1941 during the desert war in Abyssinia the Italian captain Blasi and the British major Richardson alternate between being bitter enemies or best friends depending on the circumstances.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: David Niven, Alberto Sordi, Amedeo Nazzari, Michael Wilding

Votes: 528

41. The Big Gamble (1961)

100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Misadventures of an ambitious unlucky Irishman who goes on a long and arduous trip to Africa along with his wife and bumbling cousin in hopes of starting a trucking business there.

Directors: Richard Fleischer, Elmo Williams | Stars: Stephen Boyd, Juliette Gréco, David Wayne, Gregory Ratoff

Votes: 143

42. Blue Hawaii (1961)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Musical

58 Metascore

After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates (Elvis Presley) 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: 5,088 | Gross: $10.44M

43. Blueprint for Robbery (1961)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama

A gang plots the robbery of an armored-car company headquarters. Although the robbery itself goes off as planned, it's not long before the gang members are fighting among themselves over ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Hopper | Stars: J. Pat O'Malley, Robert J. Wilke, Robert Gist, Romo Vincent

Votes: 51

44. 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: 156,447

45. Bridge to the Sun (1961)

Approved | 113 min | Drama, Romance, War