1960 ~ 1963 Movies (USA)

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1. The Apartment (1960)

Not Rated | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston

Votes: 151,850 | Gross: $18.60M

*** Top Rated Movies #115 *** Academy Awards, USA 1961...

*Oscar Winner: _{Best Picture} _{Best Director} _Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen _Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White _Best Film Editing

*Oscar Nominee: _{Best Actor} in a Leading Role _{Best Actress} in a Leading Role _Best Actor in a Supporting Role _Best Cinematography, Black-and-White _Best Sound

+... For this film, Billy Wilder became the first person to win the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. +... This was the last B&W movie to win Best Picture at The Academy Awards until The Artist (2011). Schindler's List (1993) which won in 1994 was not completely B&W as some scenes were in color, like the girl in the red and the candle at the beginning.

2. Elmer Gantry (1960)

Approved | 146 min | Drama

A fast-talking traveling salesman with a charming, loquacious manner convinces a sincere evangelist that he can be an effective preacher for her cause.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy, Dean Jagger

Votes: 9,618 | Gross: $11.34M

Academy Awards, USA 1961

*Oscar Winner _{Best Actor} in a Leading Role _Best Actress in a Supporting Role _Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

*Oscar Nominee _{Best Picture} _Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

3. Sons and Lovers (1960)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

In the early twentieth century, an artistically talented young man living in an English coal mining town is inhibited by his domineering and emotionally manipulative mother.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Trevor Howard, Dean Stockwell, Wendy Hiller, Mary Ure

Votes: 1,246

Academy Awards, USA 1961

*Oscar Winner _Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

*Oscar Nominee _{Best Picture} _{Best Actor} in a Leading Role _Best Actress in a Supporting Role _{Best Director} _Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium _Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White

4. The Alamo (1960)

Passed | 162 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.

Director: John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon

Votes: 13,643 | Gross: $17.26M

Academy Awards, USA 1961...

*Oscar Winner: _Best Sound

*Oscar Nominee: _{Best Picture} _Best Actor in a Supporting Role _Best Cinematography _Best Film Editing _Best Music, Original Song For the song "The Green Leaves of Summer" _Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

+... The huge Alamo set took two years to construct.

5. The Sundowners (1960)

Unrated | 133 min | Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

In Australia's Outback during the early twentieth century, the impoverished Carmody family lives a nomadic life out of their wagon, but the mom and son want to settle, while the dad is against it.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov, Glynis Johns

Votes: 3,586

Academy Awards, USA 1961

*Oscar Nominee _{Best Picture} _{Best Actress} in a Leading Role _Best Actress in a Supporting Role _{Best Director} _Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

6. Inherit the Wind (1960)

Passed | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York

Votes: 25,650

Academy Awards, USA 1961

*Oscar Nominee: _{Best Actor} in a Leading Role _Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium _Best Cinematography, Black-and-White _Best Film Editing

7. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 563,974 | Gross: $32.00M

*** Top Rated Movies #41 ***

Academy Awards, USA 1961

*Oscar Nominee _Best Actress in a Supporting Role _{Best Director} _Best Cinematography, Black-and-White _Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White

+... Paramount Pictures gave Hitchcock a very small budget with which to work, because of their distaste with the source material. They also deferred most of the box-office take to Hitchcock, thinking the movie would fail. When it became a sleeper hit, Hitchcock made a fortune. +... Ranked #1 on the AFI 100 Years... 100 Thrills film series.

8. The Entertainer (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

Archie Rice (Sir Laurence Olivier), an old-time British music hall performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Brenda de Banzie, Roger Livesey, Joan Plowright

Votes: 2,782

Academy Awards, USA 1961

*Oscar Nominee: _{Best Actor} in a Leading Role

9. Sunrise at Campobello (1960)

Not Rated | 144 min | Biography, Drama

In 1921, unsuccessful vice-presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt contracts poliomyelitis and, with the help of his wife Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and close friend Louis Howe, battles his newfound disability.

Director: Vincent J. Donehue | Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Greer Garson, Hume Cronyn, Jean Hagen

Votes: 1,043

Academy Awards, USA 1961

*Oscar Nominee: _{Best Actress} in a Leading Role _Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color _Best Costume Design, Color _Best Sound

10. Never on Sunday (1960)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Foundas, Titos Vandis

Votes: 4,829

Academy Awards, USA 1961

*Oscar Winner: _Best Music, Original Song For "Ta paidia tou Peiraia" ("Never on Sunday")

*Oscar Nominee: _{Best Actress} in a Leading Role _{Best Director} _Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen _Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

11. BUtterfield 8 (1960)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

A Manhattan call girl has a tragic affair with a rich married man.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey, Eddie Fisher, Dina Merrill

Votes: 5,484 | Gross: $16.46M

Academy Awards, USA 1961

*Oscar Winner: _{Best Actress} in a Leading Role

*Oscar Nominee: _Best Cinematography, Color

12. 5 Branded Women (1960)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, War

Five Yugoslav women who consorted with the German occupiers are publicly humiliated and banished by the Yugoslav partisans but they take up arms to fend for themselves.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Van Heflin, Silvana Mangano, Jeanne Moreau, Vera Miles

Votes: 424

13. 12 to the Moon (1960)

74 min | Sci-Fi

An international team embarks on an expedition to the moon in an uncommonly spacious rocketship. There they encounter a faceless alien intelligence who conclude that the human race is too ... See full summary »

Director: David Bradley | Stars: Ken Clark, Michi Kobi, Tom Conway, Anthony Dexter

Votes: 960

*** Mystery Science Theater 3000 ***

14. 13 Ghosts (1960)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

56 Metascore

A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner, Rosemary DeCamp

Votes: 4,917 | Gross: $3.27M

15. A Breath of Scandal (1960)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

Princess Olympia (Sophia Loren), despite her life status cannot resist the urge to satisfy her sexual appetites. Exiled to the countryside, Olympia falls in love with American millionaire Charlie Foster (John Gavin).

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Sophia Loren, Maurice Chevalier, John Gavin, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 688

16. A Dog of Flanders (1960)

96 min | Drama, Family

The emotional story of a boy, his grandfather, and his dog. The boy's dream of becoming a great classical painter appears shattered when his loving grandfather dies.

Director: James B. Clark | Stars: David Ladd, Donald Crisp, Theodore Bikel, Max Croiset

Votes: 329

17. A Touch of Larceny (1960)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy

British Commander Max Easton fakes his defection to the Soviets in order to sue the slandering newspapers for the money he needs to woo a fancy American woman.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: James Mason, George Sanders, Vera Miles, Oliver Johnston

Votes: 458

18. All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960)

112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The minister of the town has died and his son Chad has no tears for him. Sarah, who now calls herself Salome, is pregnant with Chad's baby, but Chad has no future, no job and no money. ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Anderson, Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, Susan Kohner, George Hamilton

Votes: 699

19. All the Young Men (1960)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Drama, War

During the Korean War, a platoon leader dies, leaving his inexperienced black Sergeant in charge of his squad of belligerent and racist white men.

Director: Hall Bartlett | Stars: Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier, James Darren, Glenn Corbett

Votes: 471

20. 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

Academy Awards, USA 1962

*Oscar Nominee: _Best Costume Design, Color _Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

21. Because They're Young (1960)

102 min | Drama

A new high school teacher tries to help troubled students and falls in love with the principal's secretary.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Dick Clark, Victoria Shaw, Michael Callan, Tuesday Weld

Votes: 278

22. Bells Are Ringing (1960)

Not Rated | 126 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A Brooklyn answering service operator becomes involved in the lives of her clients, including a struggling playwright with whom she begins to fall in love.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Fred Clark, Eddie Foy Jr.

Votes: 2,692

Academy Awards, USA 1961

*Oscar Nominee: _Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

23. Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

Not Rated | 75 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

In 1960, a military test pilot is caught in a time warp that propels him to year 2024 where he finds a plague has sterilized the world's population.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Robert Clarke, Darlene Tompkins, Arianne Ulmer, Vladimir Sokoloff

Votes: 1,133

24. Black Sunday (1960)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani

Votes: 12,663

+...CULT MOVIE CLASSIC [Foreign]

25. Breathless (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet

Votes: 67,640 | Gross: $0.34M

+... CULT MOVIE CLASSIC [Foreign]

26. Can-Can (1960)

Approved | 131 min | Comedy, Musical

Montmartre, 1896: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless Simone has it performed every day in her nightclub. Her employees use their female ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan

Votes: 1,890

Academy Awards, USA 1961

*Oscar Nominee: _Best Costume Design, Color _Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

27. Cash McCall (1960)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Romance

Cash McCall is a young and slick business man who buys failing businesses and resells them. Grant Austen's Plastics is even more of a prize to Cash, for Cash is also making a bid for ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: James Garner, Natalie Wood, Nina Foch, Dean Jagger

Votes: 1,038

28. Cinderfella (1960)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

This was Jerry Lewis' answer to the classic Cinderella story. When his father dies, poor Cinderfella (Jerry Lewis) Fella is left at the mercy of his snobbish stepmother (Dame Judith ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Ed Wynn, Judith Anderson, Henry Silva

Votes: 2,845 | Gross: $4.70M

29. Comanche Station (1960)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, Western

A man saves a woman who had been kidnapped by Comanches, then struggles to get both of them home alive.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins, Skip Homeier

Votes: 2,916

30. Cimarron (1960)

Approved | 147 min | Drama, Romance, Western

The Oklahoma Land Run of April 1889 sets the stage for an epic saga of a frontier adventurer, his wife and family and their friends.

Directors: Anthony Mann, Charles Walters | Stars: Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 2,475

Academy Awards, USA 1961

*Oscar Nominee: _Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color _Best Sound

31. Dinosaurus! (1960)

Unrated | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

After undersea explosions near a Caribbean island, prehistoric creatures are unleashed on the unsuspecting population. Freed from his watery tomb, as well, is a very friendly Neanderthal ... See full summary »

Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. | Stars: Ward Ramsey, Paul Lukather, Kristina Hanson, Alan Roberts

Votes: 1,123

32. Esther and the King (1960)

Approved | 109 min | Biography, Drama, History

Two decades before she would gain fame and some fortune as Alexis Carrington on Dynasty (1981), Dame Joan Collins starred as Esther in this melodramatic, routine Biblical story. The setting... See full summary »

Directors: Raoul Walsh, Mario Bava | Stars: Joan Collins, Richard Egan, Denis O'Dea, Sergio Fantoni

Votes: 564

33. Exodus (1960)

Approved | 208 min | Action, Drama, History

The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford

Votes: 8,442 | Gross: $18.97M

Academy Awards, USA 1961

*Oscar Winner: _Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

*Oscar Nominee: _Best Actor in a Supporting Role _Best Cinematography, Color

34. First Spaceship on Venus (1960)

Unrated | 79 min | Sci-Fi

When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins.

Director: Kurt Maetzig | Stars: YĆ“ko Tani, Oldrich Lukes, Ignacy Machowski, Julius Ongewe

Votes: 2,415

*** Mystery Science Theater 3000 *** [Foreign]

35. Flaming Star (1960)

Approved | 101 min | Western

When fighting breaks out between two cultures in West Texas, the mixed-blood Pacer tries to act as a peacemaker, but the "flaming star of death" pulls him irrevocably into the deadly violence.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Elvis Presley, Barbara Eden, Steve Forrest, Dolores del Rio

Votes: 2,844 | Gross: $1.96M

36. From the Terrace (1960)

Passed | 149 min | Drama, Romance

An ambitious young executive chooses a loveless marriage and an unfulfilling personal life in exchange for a successful Wall Street career.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Myrna Loy, Ina Balin

Votes: 2,329 | Gross: $11.34M

37. G.I. Blues (1960)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Musical

Tulsa, a soldier with dreams of running his own nightclub, places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can win the heart of an untouchable dancer...but when Dynamite is transferred, Tulsa must replace him in the bet.

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers, James Douglas

Votes: 3,054 | Gross: $4.30M

38. Guns of the Timberland (1960)

Passed | 91 min | Adventure, Western

Feud between ranchers and lumberjacks over the issue of environment protection versus profits.

Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: Alan Ladd, Jeanne Crain, Gilbert Roland, Frankie Avalon

Votes: 274

39. Hell Bent for Leather (1960)

Approved | 82 min | Western

Mistaken for a murderous outlaw, an innocent passerby is forced to go on the run to try and clear his name by catching the real culprit.

Director: George Sherman | Stars: Audie Murphy, Felicia Farr, Stephen McNally, Robert Middleton

Votes: 689

40. Hell to Eternity (1960)

Approved | 131 min | Biography, Drama, War

When his adoptive Japanese-American family is sent to Manzanar after Pearl Harbor, a young Chicano enlists in the marines to become a hero in the Battle of Saipan.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Vic Damone, Patricia Owens

Votes: 959

41. Heller in Pink Tights (1960)

Passed | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Story of theatrical troupe that travels through the Old West.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Sophia Loren, Anthony Quinn, Margaret O'Brien, Steve Forrest

Votes: 1,134

42. High School Caesar (1960)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama

Matt Stevens is the big man at high school. He sweats the students for protection money, acquires copies of tests for a fee, and has rigged the votes so he can beat Kelly in the election ... See full summary »

Director: O'Dale Ireland | Stars: John Ashley, Gary Vinson, Steve Stevens, Lowell Brown

Votes: 243

43. High Time (1960)

103 min | Comedy, Musical