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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)

3.6/5 (with 2,407 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. In a Disney animation classic, Dalmatian Pongo is tired of his bachelor-dog life. He spies lovely Perdita and maneuvers his master, Roger, into meeting Perdita's owner, Anita. The owners fall in love and marry, keeping Pongo and Perdita together too. After Perdita gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies, Anita's old school friend Cruella De Vil wants to buy them all. Roger declines her offer, so Cruella hires the criminal Badun brothers to steal them -- so she can have a fur coat.

Breakfast at Tiffany's(1961)

G
| 1h 54min | Comedy, Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 1,598 votes)

Holly Golightly is an eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. But when young writer Paul Varjak moves into her apartment building, her past threatens to get in their way.

West Side Story(1961)

PG
| 2h 32min | Crime, Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 631 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 444 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 317 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 | War, Action
3.7/5 (with 246 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)

NR
| 2h 59min | Drama, History, War
4.1/5 (with 237 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.

La Notte(1961)

2h 2min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 183 votes)

A day in the life of an unfaithful married couple and their steadily deteriorating relationship.

The Innocents(1961)

NR
| 1h 40min | Horror, History, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 177 votes)

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

Viridiana(1961)

NR
| 1h 30min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 169 votes)

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

Last Year at Marienbad(1961)

NR
| 1h 35min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 155 votes)

In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.

Through a Glass Darkly(1961)

1h 31min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 152 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.

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Divorce Italian Style(1961)

1h 44min | Comedy
4.0/5 (with 134 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.

Accattone(1961)

1h 57min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 131 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 Parent Trap(1961)

G
| 2h 9min | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.6/5 (with 121 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.

A Woman Is a Woman(1961)

3.8/5 (with 114 votes)

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

The Children's Hour(1961)

NR
| 1h 48min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 109 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 109 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.

The Misfits(1961)

3.5/5 (with 105 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.

The Pit and the Pendulum(1961)

1h 20min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 98 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)

3.4/5 (with 87 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)

NR
| 2h 4min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.8/5 (with 80 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.

Lola(1961)

PG-13
| 1h 30min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 63 votes)

A bored young man meets with his former girlfriend, now a cabaret dancer and single mother, and soon finds himself falling back in love with her.

One-Eyed Jacks(1961)

NR
| 2h 21min | Western
3.3/5 (with 62 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)

3.4/5 (with 59 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.

King of Kings(1961)

PG-13
| 2h 48min | Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 58 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, Drama, Adventure
3.0/5 (with 58 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.

Don Camillo: Monsignor(1961)

1h 49min | Comedy
3.5/5 (with 57 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.

Murder She Said(1961)

NR
| 1h 27min | Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 55 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.

Mothra(1961)

3.6/5 (with 55 votes)

Shipwreck survivors found on the presumably uninhabited Infant Island leads to a scientific expedition that discovers a surviving native population along with the Shobijin, tiny twin fairy priestesses of the island's mythical deity called Mothra. After the fairies are kidnapped by an exploitative businessman named Clark Nelson, Mothra sets out to rescue them.

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