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Movies: Popular Movies of 1961

Movies in chronological context: 1961 (MCMLXI)was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1961st year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 961st year of the 2nd millennium, the 61st year of the 20th century, and the 2nd year of the 1960s decade. As MAD Magazine pointed out on its cover for the March 1961 issue, this was the first "upside-up" year — i.e., one in which the numerals that form the year look the same as when the numerals are rotated upside down, a strobogrammatic number — since 1881. The next such year will be 6009. ()

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians(1961)

3.5/5 (with 1,672 votes)

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.

Breakfast at Tiffany's(1961)

NR
| 1h 55min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 1,060 votes)

Fortune hunter Holly Golightly finds herself captivated by aspiring writer Paul Varjak, who's moved into her building on a wealthy woman's dime. As romance blooms between Paul and Holly, Doc Golightly shows up on the scene, revealing Holly's past.

West Side Story(1961)

NR
| 2h 32min | Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 399 votes)

In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but two kids, one from each rival gang, fall in love leading to tragedy.

Yojimbo(1961)

NR
| 1h 50min | Drama, Thriller
4.1/5 (with 275 votes)

A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant Tazaemon and sake merchant Tokuemon to hire him as a personal bodyguard, then artfully sets in motion a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men.

The Hustler(1961)

NR
| 2h 14min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 206 votes)

Fast Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match.

The Guns of Navarone(1961)

NR
| 2h 38min | Action, Adventure, Drama, War
3.7/5 (with 155 votes)

A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.

Judgment at Nuremberg(1961)

PG
| 3h 6min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 142 votes)

In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his defense attorney Hans Rolfe, but also from the widow of a Nazi general, an idealistic U.S. Army captain and reluctant witness Irene Wallner.

The Innocents(1961)

NR
| 1h 40min | Horror
3.8/5 (with 101 votes)

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Last Year at Marienbad(1961)

NR
| 1h 35min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 92 votes)

Takes place in a chateau, an ambiguous story of a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad.

Viridiana(1961)

1h 30min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 89 votes)

Viridinia is preparing to start her life as a nun when she is sent, somewhat unwillingly, to visit to her aging uncle, Don Jaime. He supports her; but the two have met only once. Jaime thinks Viridinia resembles his dead wife. Virdinia has secretly despised this man all her life and finds her worst fears proven when Jaime grows determined to seduce his pure niece. Viridinia becomes undone as her uncle upends the plans she had made to join the convent.

Through a Glass Darkly(1961)

1h 31min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 88 votes)

Karin hopes to recover from her recent stay at a mental hospital by spending the summer at her family's cottage on a tiny island. Her husband, Martin, cares for her but is frustrated by her physical withdrawal. Her younger brother, Minus, is confused by Karin's vulnerability and his own budding sexuality. Their father, David, cannot overcome his haughty remoteness. Beset by visions, Karin descends further into madness.

La Notte(1961)

2h 2min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 83 votes)

Set during a single day and night in a Milan where steel and glass skyscrapers are going up and old buildings being pulled down, it opens with a disillusioned novelist and his embittered wife visiting their dying friend, a leftwing critic.

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni - With Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti, Bernhard Wicki, Rosy Mazzacurati, Gitt Magrini, ...
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The Parent Trap(1961)

G
| 2h 9min | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.6/5 (with 75 votes)

Two identical twin sisters, separated at birth by their parents' divorce, are reunited years later at a summer camp, where they scheme to bring their parents back together. The girls, one of whom has been living with their mother and the other with their father, switch places after camp and go to work on their plan, the first objective being to scare off a gold-digger pursuing their father.

Divorce Italian Style(1961)

1h 44min | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 70 votes)

Ferdinando Cefalù is desperate to marry his cousin, Angela, but he is married to Rosalia and divorce is illegal in Italy. To get around the law, he tries to trick his wife into having an affair so he can catch her and murder her, as he knows he would be given a light sentence for killing an adulterous woman. He persuades a painter to lure his wife into an affair, but Rosalia proves to be more faithful than he expected.

The Misfits(1961)

3.5/5 (with 68 votes)

While filing for a divorce, beautiful ex-stripper Roslyn Taber ends up meeting aging cowboy-turned-gambler Gay Langland and former World War II aviator Guido Racanelli. The two men instantly become infatuated with Roslyn and, on a whim, the three decide to move into Guido's half-finished desert home together. When grizzled ex-rodeo rider Perce Howland arrives, the unlikely foursome strike up a business capturing wild horses.

Accattone(1961)

2h | Drama
3.9/5 (with 67 votes)

A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiralling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini - With Franco Citti, Adriana Asti, Stefano D'Arrigo, Nino Russo, Franco Marucci, Polidor, ...

The Children's Hour(1961)

PG-13
| 1h 48min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 64 votes)

A private school for young girls is scandalized when one spiteful student, Mary Tilford, accuses the two young women who run the school of having a lesbian relationship.

One, Two, Three(1961)

1h 55min | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.9/5 (with 62 votes)

C.R. MacNamara will do anything to get a promotion within the Coca-Cola company, including looking after boss W.P. Hazeltine's rebellious teenage daughter, Scarlett. When Scarlett visits Berlin, where C.R. is stationed, she reveals that she is married to a communist named Otto Piffl -- and C.R. recognizes that Otto's anti-establishment stance will clash with his boss's own political views, possibly jeopardizing his promotion.

A Woman Is a Woman(1961)

3.8/5 (with 61 votes)

Longing for a baby, a stripper pursues another man in order to make her boyfriend jealous.

The Pit and the Pendulum(1961)

PG-13
| 1h 20min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 61 votes)

Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister Elizabeth has died. Her husband Nicholas Medina, the son of the most brutal torturer of the Spanish Inquisition, tells him she has died of a blood disease, but Francis finds this hard to believe. After some investigating he finds out that it was extreme fear that was fatal to his sister and that she may have been buried alive!

El Cid(1961)

3.5/5 (with 59 votes)

Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz ("El Cid" to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honour, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain.

Splendor in the Grass(1961)

3.8/5 (with 45 votes)

A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.

Don Camillo: Monsignor(1961)

1h 49min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 38 votes)

Don Camillo is now a bishop, Peppone is now a senator, but their rivalry is as fierce as when they were just a village priest, and a village administrator. Don Camillo learns that Peppone is about to promote the building of a communal house on the place of an old, derelict church, and that spurns the old flame. They descend from Rome onto quiet Brescello, and they will agitate their faithful hosts, christians against communists, using all devious ways. Even Christ makes a cameo appearance, when things are going a trifle too far.

One-Eyed Jacks(1961)

2h 21min | Western, Action
3.3/5 (with 36 votes)

Running from the law after a bank robbery in Mexico, Dad Longworth finds an opportunity to take the stolen gold and leave his partner Rio to be captured. Years later, Rio escapes from the prison where he has been since, and hunts down Dad for revenge. Dad is now a respectable sheriff in California, and has been living in fear of Rio's return.

The Comancheros(1961)

3.3/5 (with 33 votes)

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.

Murder She Said(1961)

1h 27min | Drama, Crime, Mystery, Comedy
3.7/5 (with 32 votes)

Miss Marple believes she’s seen a murder in a passing by train yet when the police find no evidence she decides to investigate it on her own. Her inquisitions lead her to a mountain top. The first of four films starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple that all achieved cult status.

The Absent-Minded Professor(1961)

3.3/5 (with 32 votes)

Hailed as one of Walt Disney's most hilarious comedies, The Absent-Minded Professor contains two essential elements for laughter - Fred MacMurray and Flubber, his gravity-defying formula for flying rubber!

Directed by Robert Stevenson - With David Lewis, Forrest Lewis, Robert Burton, Alan Hewitt, Don Ross, Gordon Jones, ...

King of Kings(1961)

PG-13
| 2h 48min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 31 votes)

Who is Jesus, and why does he impact all he meets? He is respected and reviled, emulated and accused, beloved, betrayed, and finally crucified. Yet that terrible fate would not be the end of the story.

The Colossus of Rhodes(1961)

2h 7min | History, Adventure, Drama
3.0/5 (with 29 votes)

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.

Barabbas(1961)

2h 17min | Adventure, Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 29 votes)

Epic account of the thief Barabbas, who was spared crucifixion when Pilate manipulated the crowd into pardoning him, rather than Jesus. Struggling with his spirituality, Barabbas goes through many ordeals leading him to the gladiatorial arena, where he tries to win his freedom and confront his inner demons, ultimately becoming a follower of the man who was crucified in his place.

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