Best of 1961

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1. Yojimbo (1961)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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: 99,664

2. The Hustler (1961)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport

90 Metascore

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: 71,027

3. One, Two, Three (1961)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy

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: 17,870

4. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Not Rated | 186 min | Drama, War

60 Metascore

In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazis judged for war crimes.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich

Votes: 62,548

5. Barabbas (1961)

Not Rated | 137 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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: 5,159

6. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery

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: 18,186 | Gross: $0.06M

7. West Side Story (1961)

Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical

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: 88,742 | Gross: $43.66M

8. The Misfits (1961)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Romance, Western

77 Metascore

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: 15,832

9. Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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: 11,310 | Gross: $2.00M

10. Es muß nicht immer Kaviar sein (1961)

85 min | Comedy, Thriller

Bank accountant Thomas Lieven is forced to work as a triple agent for the British, the French and the Nazis.

Directors: Géza von Radványi, Helmut Käutner, Georg Marischka | Stars: O.W. Fischer, Eva Bartok, Senta Berger, Geneviève Cluny

Votes: 148

11. 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: 152,800

12. 101 Dalmatians (1961)

G | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

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: 139,630 | Gross: $144.88M

13. Town Without Pity (1961)

Approved | 105 min | Crime, Drama

Four American soldiers stationed near a German village face death in the rape of a local girl, and are defended by outside counsel Major Steve Garrett.

Director: Gottfried Reinhardt | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Barbara Rütting, Christine Kaufmann, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 1,361

14. The Children's Hour (1961)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance

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: 13,096

15. Lover Come Back (1961)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 6,351 | Gross: $16.94M

16. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

TV-PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 42,340 | Gross: $28.90M

17. Blue Hawaii (1961)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Musical

58 Metascore

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: 4,929 | Gross: $10.44M

18. Don Camillo monsignore... ma non troppo (1961)

109 min | Comedy

Don Camillo (now bishop) and Peppone (now senator) return to the town of Brescello and rekindle their friendly rivalry.

Director: Carmine Gallone | Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Leda Gloria, Gina Rovere

Votes: 1,510

19. Die seltsame Gräfin (1961)

95 min | Adventure, Crime

A girl is almost murdered, but no explainable motive can be found until a 20 year old murder is uncovered and linked to the case.

Directors: Josef von Báky, Jürgen Roland, Ottokar Runze | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Brigitte Grothum, Lil Dagover, Marianne Hoppe

Votes: 423

20. Die Abenteuer des Grafen Bobby (1961)

90 min | Comedy

The adventures of Count Bobby.

Director: Géza von Cziffra | Stars: Peter Alexander, Vivi Bach, Gunther Philipp, Susi Nicoletti

Votes: 175

21. Two Rode Together (1961)

Not Rated | 109 min | Western

A corrupt marshal is pressured by his army friend into negotiating the release of white captives of the Comanches, but finds that their reintegration into society has its consequences.

Director: John Ford | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal

Votes: 4,787

23. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 13,446 | Gross: $0.10M



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