Top 20 Fan-Favorite Movies from 1961: A Nostalgic Cinematic Journey

Fasten your seatbelts, film buffs, as we’re about to take a cinematic time machine back to 1961 – a year that gifted us with an array of unforgettable movies that still hold a special place in our hearts. From the heart-wrenching dramas to the thrilling mysteries, 1961 was a year that truly had it all. So, grab your popcorn and prepare to be transported back to a time when movie tickets were a mere dollar, and the silver screen was graced with legends like Audrey Hepburn and Paul Newman. Whether you’re a vintage film aficionado or a curious newcomer, this list of the top 20 fan-favorite movies from 1961 is sure to spark a wave of nostalgia and perhaps even inspire a movie marathon. So, without further ado, let’s rewind the reel and dive into a year of cinematic gold.
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer

Release Date: 1961-01-28

Genres: War, Drama, History

“The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer” is a gripping war film released on January 28, 1961. Starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, and a talented ensemble cast, the movie follows Kaji and his comrades as they navigate the treacherous landscapes of Manchuria after Japan’s defeat to the Russians. Determined to reunite with his beloved wife, Kaji faces numerous challenges and risks behind enemy lines, making for a thrilling and emotional cinematic experience.

Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai (Kaji) , Michiyo Aratama (Michiko) , Tamao Nakamura (Hinannmin no Shôjo) , Yūsuke Kawazu (Terada Nitôhei) , Chishū Ryū (Hinanmin no Chôrô) , Taketoshi Naitô (Tange Ittôhei) , Kyōko Kishida (Ryûko) , Reiko Hitomi (Umeko) , Keijirô Morozumi (Hironaka Gôchô) , Koji Kiyomura (Hikita Ittôhei) , Nobuo Kaneko (Kirihara Gôchô) , Fujio Suga (Nagata Taii) , Tatsuya Ishiguro (Dôkutsu Taichô) , Kazuo Kitamura (Kitagô Sôchô) , Toshio Takahara (Chôsen e Iku Heichô) , Akira Yamanouchi () , Hiroshi Nihon’yanagi (Noge Shôsa) , Kôichi Hayashi (Minagawa Tsûyaku) , Ko Mihashi (Rôkyôshi) , Kichijirô Ueda (Sekitan’ya) , Hideko Takamine (Hinanmin no Onna) , Masahiko Naruse (Chôsenjin) , Kin Sugai (Dôro no Hinanmin) , Miyoko Nakamura (Zakkaya no Tsuma) , Yoshie Minami (Rôkyôshi no Tsuma)

Directors: Masaki Kobayashi

Writers: Masaki Kobayashi, Zenzō Matsuyama, Jumpei Gomikawa, Koichi Inagaki

Tags: japan, china, world war ii, prisoner of war, manchuria, sequel, soldier, chinese, japanese army



Release Date: 1961-04-25

Genres: Drama, Thriller

“Yojimbo” is a captivating samurai film set in feudal Japan. It follows a nameless ronin who arrives in a small village torn apart by two rival businessmen fighting for control of the local gambling trade. With an impressive cast including Toshirō Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai, this action-packed movie takes you on a thrilling journey as the ronin cleverly manipulates the businessmen into a full-scale gang war. Released in 1961, it’s definitely a must-watch for fans of classic cinema.

Cast: Toshirō Mifune (Sanjuro Kuwabatake / The Samurai) , Tatsuya Nakadai (Unosuke, gunfighter) , Yōko Tsukasa (Nui) , Isuzu Yamada (Orin) , Daisuke Katō (Inokichi) , Seizaburō Kawazu (Seibê – brothel operator) , Takashi Shimura (Tokuemon, sake brewer) , Hiroshi Tachikawa (Yoichiro) , Yōsuke Natsuki (Kohei’s Son) , Eijirō Tōno (Gonji, Tavern Keeper) , Kamatari Fujiwara (Tazaemon) , Ikio Sawamura (Hansuke) , Atsushi Watanabe (The Cooper (Coffin-Maker)) , Susumu Fujita (Homma, Instructor Who Skips Town) , Kyū Sazanka (Ushitora) , Kō Nishimura (Kuma) , Takeshi Katō (Ronin Kobuhachi) , Ichirō Nakatani (First Samurai) , Sachio Sakai (First Foot Soldier) , Akira Tani (Kame) , Namigoro Rashomon (Kannuki the Giant) , Yoshio Tsuchiya (Kohei) , Gen Shimizu (Magotaro) , Jerry Fujio (Roku – Samurai Whose Arm is Cut) , Yutaka Sada (Matsukichi)

Directors: Akira Kurosawa

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Ryūzō Kikushima

Tags: japan, gambling, swordplay, samurai, sword, bodyguard, fighting, family, intrigue, ronin, jidaigeki, revolver, edo period, feudal japan, 19th century, asian western

Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgment at Nuremberg

Release Date: 1961-12-18

Genres: Drama

“Judgment at Nuremberg” is a thought-provoking movie released in 1961 that delves into the aftermath of World War II. It follows the gripping story of four German judges who are put on trial for their involvement in the Nazi regime. With an incredible cast including Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, and Judy Garland, this film explores the complexities of justice, morality, and the lasting impact of war.

Cast: Spencer Tracy (Dan Haywood) , Burt Lancaster (Ernst Janning) , Richard Widmark (Tad Lawson) , Marlene Dietrich (Mrs. Bertholt) , Maximilian Schell (Hans Rolfe) , Judy Garland (Irene Hoffman Wallner) , Montgomery Clift (Rudolph Petersen) , William Shatner (Harrison Byers) , Werner Klemperer (Emil Hahn) , Kenneth MacKenna (Kenneth Norris) , Torben Meyer (Werner Lampe) , Joseph Bernard (Abe Radnitz) , Alan Baxter (Matt Merrin) , Edward Binns (Senator Burkette) , Virginia Christine (Mrs. Halbestadt) , Otto Waldis (Pohl) , Karl Swenson (Heinrich Geuter) , Martin Brandt (Friedrich Hofstetter) , Ray Teal (Curtiss Ives) , John Wengraf (Karl Wieck) , Ben Wright (Halbestadt) , Howard Caine (Hugo Wallner) , Olga Fabian (Elsa Lindnow) , Paul Busch (Schmidt) , Bernard Kates (Max Perkins)

Directors: Stanley Kramer

Writers: Abby Mann

Tags: judge, concentration camp, world war ii, nazi, court case, national socialism, national socialist party, nuremberg trials, nuremberg, germany, right and justice, trial, courtroom drama

La Notte

La Notte

Release Date: 1961-01-24

Genres: Drama, Romance

“La Notte” is a captivating Italian film released in 1961 that takes us through a day in the life of a troubled married couple in Milan. Starring Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau, the movie explores their deteriorating relationship with a touch of unfaithfulness. With a stellar cast and an intriguing storyline, this film is definitely worth a watch for anyone interested in exploring the complexities of human relationships.

Cast: Marcello Mastroianni (Giovanni Pontano) , Jeanne Moreau (Lidia) , Monica Vitti (Valentina Gherardini) , Bernhard Wicki (Tommaso Garani) , Rosy Mazzacurati (Rosy) , Maria Pia Luzi (Un’invitata) , Guido A. Marsan (Fanti) , Vittorio Bertolini () , Vincenzo Corbella (Mr. Gherardini) , Ugo Fortunati (Cesarino) , Gitt Magrini (Signora Gherardini) , Giorgio Negro (Roberto) , Roberta Speroni (Beatrice) , Umberto Eco (Man at the Party (uncredited))

Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni

Writers: Ennio Flaiano, Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra

Tags: infidelity, milan, hospital, writer, socialite party

Divorce Italian Style

Divorce Italian Style

Release Date: 1961-12-20

Genres: Comedy

“Divorce Italian Style” is a hilarious and clever Italian movie from 1961. It tells the story of Ferdinando, a man desperate to marry his cousin Angela, but stuck in a loveless marriage due to Italy’s ban on divorce. Determined to find a way out, he hatches a plan to trick his wife into having an affair, only to discover that she is more faithful than he expected. With a talented cast including Marcello Mastroianni and Daniela Rocca, this film is a delightful mix of comedy and satire that will keep you entertained from start to finish.

Cast: Marcello Mastroianni (Ferdinando Cefalù) , Daniela Rocca (Rosalia Cefalù) , Stefania Sandrelli (Angela) , Leopoldo Trieste (Carmelo Patanè) , Odoardo Spadaro (Don Gaetano Cefalù) , Margherita Girelli (Sisina) , Angela Cardile (Agnese Cefalù) , Lando Buzzanca (Rosario Mulè) , Pietro Tordi (Attorney De Marzi) , Ugo Torrente (Don Calogero) , Antonio Acqua (Priest) , Bianca Castagnetta (Donna Matilde Cefalù) , Giovanni Fassiolo (Don Ciccio Matara) , Ignazio Roberto Daidone () , Francesco Nicastro () , Edy Nogara () , Renato Pinciroli () , Daniela Igliozzi () , Laura Tomiselli (Aunt Fifidda) , Saro Arcidiacono (Dr. Talamone (uncredited)) , Renzo Marignano (Communist Party Activist (uncredited)) , Bruno Bertocci (Man in the Square (uncredited)) , Pietro Fumelli (Judge (uncredited)) , Alba Maiolini (Woman in the Courtroom (uncredited))

Directors: Pietro Germi

Writers: Ennio De Concini, Pietro Germi, Alfredo Giannetti

Tags: italy, sicily, italy, divorce

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

Release Date: 1961-06-06

Genres: Drama

“Through a Glass Darkly” is a captivating drama released in 1961 that follows Karin, a woman recovering from a recent stay at a mental hospital. Seeking solace on a secluded island with her family, Karin’s fragile state of mind becomes a challenge for her caring husband, frustrated by her emotional withdrawal. As her visions intensify, Karin’s descent into madness intertwines with her brother’s coming-of-age journey and their father’s distant demeanor, creating a thought-provoking exploration of family dynamics and the complexities of the human mind. Starring Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow, and Lars Passgård, this film offers a compelling portrayal of personal struggles and the search for understanding.

Cast: Harriet Andersson (Karin) , Gunnar Björnstrand (David) , Max von Sydow (Martin) , Lars Passgård (Minus)

Directors: Ingmar Bergman

Writers: Ingmar Bergman

Tags: schizophrenia, island, daughter, author, mental illness, electroconvulsive therapy, loss of sanity



Release Date: 1961-09-25

Genres: Drama

“Accattone” is a captivating movie released in 1961 that tells the story of a pimp who struggles to make ends meet after his prostitute is sent to prison. With a talented cast including Franco Citti and Franca Pasut, this film takes you on a gripping journey as the protagonist’s life starts to unravel. If you’re a fan of thought-provoking dramas, this is definitely a movie worth checking out!

Cast: Franco Citti (Vittorio “Accattone” Cataldi) , Franca Pasut (Stella) , Silvana Corsini (Maddalena) , Paola Guidi (Ascenza) , Adriana Asti (Amore) , Luciano Conti (Il Moicano) , Luciano Gonini (Piede d’Oro) , Renato Capogna (Il Capogna) , Alfredo Leggi (Pupo Biondo) , Galeazzo Riccardi (Il Cipolla) , Leonardo Muraglia (Mommoletto) , Giuseppe Ristagno (Peppe il Folle) , Roberto Giovannoni (Il Tedesco) , Mario Cipriani (Balilla) , Roberto Scaringella (Cartagine) , Silvio Citti (Sabino) , Giovanni Orgitano (Lo Scucchia) , Piero Morgia (Pio) , Umberto Bevilacqua (Salvatore) , Franco Bevilacqua (Franco) , Amerigo Bevilacqua (Amerigo) , Sergio Fioravanti (Gennarino) , Adele Cambria (Nannina) , Adriano Mazzelli (Il Cliente di Amore) , Mario Castiglione (Mario)

Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Writers: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Tags: prostitute, rome, italy, robbery, pimp, poverty

The Hustler

The Hustler

Release Date: 1961-09-25

Genres: Drama, Romance

“The Hustler” is a gripping 1961 movie starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, and Piper Laurie. It follows the story of Fast Eddie Felson, a talented but self-destructive pool hustler, who challenges the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match. With a stellar cast and released in 1961, this movie is definitely one of the best voted films of that year.

Cast: Paul Newman (Eddie ‘Fast Eddie’ Felson) , Jackie Gleason (Minnesota Fats) , Piper Laurie (Sarah Packard) , George C. Scott (Bert Gordon) , Myron McCormick (Charlie Burns) , Murray Hamilton (Findley) , Michael Constantine (Big John) , Stefan Gierasch (Preacher) , Jake LaMotta (Bartender) , Vincent Gardenia (Bartender) , Gordon B. Clarke (Cashier) , Clifford A. Pellow (Turk) , Alexander Rose (Score Keeper) , Carolyn Coates (Waitress) , Carl York (Young Hustler) , Willie Mosconi (Willie)

Directors: Robert Rossen

Writers: Robert Rossen, Sidney Carroll, Walter Tevis

Tags: suicide, new york city, gambling, manager, alcohol, based on novel or book, pool billiards, hustler, sports, money, game, drunk

The Children's Hour

The Children’s Hour

Release Date: 1961-12-19

Genres: Drama

“The Children’s Hour” is a captivating drama released in 1961, starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, and James Garner. Set in a private school for young girls, the movie follows the shocking aftermath when a malicious student accuses the two young women who run the school of being in a relationship. With a stellar cast and a thought-provoking storyline, this film is definitely worth adding to your must-watch list from 1961!”

Cast: Audrey Hepburn (Karen Wright) , Shirley MacLaine (Martha Dobie) , James Garner (Joe Cardin) , Miriam Hopkins (Lily Mortar) , Fay Bainter (Amelia Tilford) , Veronica Cartwright (Rosalie Wells) , Karen Balkin (Mary Tilford) , Sally Brophy (Mrs. Wells) , Mimi Gibson (Evelyn) , William Mims (Mr. Burton) , Hope Summers (Agatha) , Jered Barclay (Grocery Boy (uncredited)) , William H. O’Brien (Funeral Assistant (uncredited)) , Leoda Richards (Parent at Piano Recital (uncredited)) , Harold Miller (Parent on Visitor’s Day (uncredited)) , Pete Kellett (Taxi Driver (uncredited))

Directors: William Wyler

Writers: John Michael Hayes, Lillian Hellman

Tags: falsely accused, lesbian relationship, based on play or musical, teacher, black and white, lgbt, rumor, all girls school, libel suit

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Release Date: 1961-10-06

Genres: Comedy, Romance, Drama

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is a classic movie from 1961 starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. It tells the story of Holly Golightly, a quirky New York City socialite who dreams of marrying a wealthy Brazilian man. However, when a young writer named Paul Varjak moves into her building, their budding romance is threatened by Holly’s mysterious past. With a talented cast and a release date of October 6, 1961, this film is definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of romantic comedies set in the bustling city of New York.

Cast: Audrey Hepburn (Holly Golightly) , George Peppard (Paul Varjak) , Patricia Neal (2E Failenson) , Buddy Ebsen (Doc Golightly) , Martin Balsam (O.J. Berman) , José Luis de Vilallonga (José da Silva Pereira) , John McGiver (Tiffany’s Salesman) , Dorothy Whitney (Mag Wildwood) , Stanley Adams (Rusty Trawler) , Elvia Allman (Librarian) , Alan Reed (Sally Tomato) , Beverly Powers (Nightclub Stripper) , Claude Stroud (Sid Arbuck) , Mickey Rooney (Mr. Yunioshi) , Don Anderson (Bartender (uncredited)) , Al Avalon (Spieler at Stripjoint (uncredited)) , Janet Banzet (Woman (uncredited)) , Mel Blanc (Holly’s Drunk Visitor (voice) (uncredited)) , Joe Scott (Party Guest (uncredited)) , Jim Michael (Strip Club Patron (uncredited)) , Henry Barnard (Party Guest (uncredited)) , Henry Beckman (Narcotics Detective Cronberger (uncredited)) , Arthur Berkeley (Inmate (uncredited)) , Nicky Blair (Party Guest (uncredited)) , Willie Bloom (Inmate (uncredited))

Directors: Blake Edwards

Writers: Truman Capote, George Axelrod

Tags: new york city, cat, broken engagement, love of one’s life, cigarette, store window, free spirit, writer, millionaire, jewelry store, gold digger, older woman younger man relationship, kept man, rich woman, best friends, playgirl, glamorous woman



Release Date: 1961-05-17

Genres: Drama

“Viridiana” is a captivating movie released in 1961 that tells the story of a young woman named Viridiana who is about to become a nun. However, her plans take an unexpected turn when she is sent to visit her estranged uncle, Don Jaime. As their relationship unfolds, Viridiana finds herself caught in a web of desire and manipulation, challenging her beliefs and unraveling the life she had envisioned for herself. With a talented cast including Silvia Pinal and Francisco Rabal, this thought-provoking film explores themes of family, morality, and the complexities of human relationships.

Cast: Silvia Pinal (Viridiana) , Francisco Rabal (Jorge) , Fernando Rey (Don Jaime) , José Calvo (Don Amalio) , Margarita Lozano (Ramona) , Victoria Zinny (Lucía) , Teresa Rabal (Rita) , Luis Heredia (El Poca) , Joaquín Roa (Don Zequiel) , José Manuel Martín (El Cojo) , Lola Gaos (Enedina) , Juan García Tiendra (José ‘El Leproso’ (uncredited)) , Sergio Mendizábal (El Pelón) , María Isbert (Beggar) , Claudio Brook ((uncredited)) , Narciso Ojeda ((uncredited)) , José María Lado (Mayor (uncredited)) , Rosita Yarza (Mother Superior (uncredited))

Directors: Luis Buñuel

Writers: Luis Buñuel, Julio Alejandro, Benito Pérez Galdós

Tags: nun, based on novel or book, lie, faith, uncle, wine, devoutness, rural area, black and white, orphan, guilt, mother superior, convent (nunnery), novice, vow

Il Posto

Il Posto

Release Date: 1961-09-21

Genres: Drama

“Il Posto” is a captivating Italian film released in 1961 that tells the story of Domenico, a young man who moves to Milan to find work and support his struggling family. While working as a messenger at a big company, he meets Antonietta, a woman facing similar challenges. As they navigate their soulless jobs, their budding relationship is put to the test. Starring Loredana Detto and Sandro Panseri, this movie offers a poignant portrayal of the struggles faced by young individuals in search of a better future.”

Cast: Loredana Detto (Antonietta Masetti) , Sandro Panseri (Domenico Cantoni) , Corrado Aprile (Bit Part (uncredited)) , Guido Chiti (Bit Part (uncredited)) , Tullio Kezich (Psychologist (uncredited)) , Bice Melegari (Bit Part (uncredited)) , Mara Revel (Domenico’s Senior Fellow Colleague (uncredited)) , Guido Spadea (Portioli (uncredited))

Directors: Ermanno Olmi

Writers: Ermanno Olmi, Ettore Lombardo

Tags: corporation, college graduate

One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three

Release Date: 1961-12-15

Genres: Comedy

“One, Two, Three” is a hilarious comedy released in 1961 that follows the ambitious C.R. MacNamara, who will go to great lengths to secure a promotion at the Coca-Cola company. Things take a wild turn when he is tasked with looking after his boss’s rebellious daughter, Scarlett, who reveals that she is married to a communist. With a stellar cast including James Cagney and Liselotte Pulver, this movie promises a delightful mix of political clashes, teenage rebellion, and comedic chaos set against the backdrop of 1960s Berlin.

Cast: James Cagney (C.R. MacNamara) , Liselotte Pulver (Fräulein Ingeborg) , Horst Buchholz (Otto Ludwig Piffl) , Pamela Tiffin (Scarlett Hazeltine) , Howard St. John (Wendell P. Hazeltine) , Loïs Bolton (Melanie Hazeltine) , Hanns Lothar (Schlemmer) , Karl Lieffen (Fritz) , Arlene Francis (Phyllis MacNamara) , Leon Askin (Peripetchikoff) , Ralf Wolter (Borodenko) , Hubert von Meyerinck (Count von Droste Schattenburg) , Peter Capell (Mishkin) , Til Kiwe (Reporter) , Henning Schlüter (Dr. Bauer) , Karl Ludwig Lindt (Zeidlitz) , Christine Allen (Cindy MacNamara) , John Allen (Tommy MacNamara) , John Banner (Krause / Haberdrasher (voice)) , Max Buchsbaum (Tailor (uncredited)) , Werner Buttler (East German Policeman (uncredited)) , Red Buttons (MP Sergeant (uncredited)) , Paul Bös (Krause (uncredited)) , Josef Coesfeld (Hairdresser (uncredited)) , Siegfried Dornbusch (East German Policeman (uncredited))

Directors: Billy Wilder

Writers: Billy Wilder, I. A. L. Diamond, Ferenc Molnár

Tags: berlin, germany, prison, clerk, atlanta, cold war, coca-cola, communist, capitalist, soviet union, headquarter, iron curtain, totalitarian regime, joke, chamber of commerce, pregnancy, east berlin, west berlin, principal, wedding, american

Splendor in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass

Release Date: 1961-10-10

Genres: Drama, Romance

“Splendor in the Grass” is a captivating movie released in 1961 that tells the story of a delicate Kansas girl who falls deeply in love with a charming young man from the town’s most influential family. However, their love is forbidden, leading to heartbreak and eventually driving her to the brink of madness. With a talented cast including Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty, this film is a must-watch for anyone seeking a powerful and emotional love story from the past.

Cast: Natalie Wood (Wilma Dean Loomis) , Pat Hingle (Ace Stamper) , Audrey Christie (Mrs. Loomis) , Barbara Loden (Ginny Stamper) , Zohra Lampert (Angelina) , Warren Beatty (Bud Stamper) , Fred Stewart (Del Loomis) , John McGovern (Doc Smiley) , Jan Norris (Juanita Howard) , Martine Bartlett (Miss Metcalf) , Gary Lockwood (Allen “Toots” Tuttle) , Sandy Dennis (Kay) , Joanna Roos (Mrs. Stamper) , Crystal Field (Hazel) , Marla Adams (June) , Lynn Loring (Carolyn) , Phyllis Diller (Texas Guinan) , Sean Garrison (Glenn) , Martin Abrahams (Student (uncredited)) , Jim Antonio (Oil Field Worker at Party (uncredited)) , Lou Antonio (Oil Field Worker at Party (uncredited)) , Godfrey Cambridge (Chauffeur (uncredited)) , Ivor Francis (Dr. Judd (uncredited)) , William Inge (Reverend Whitman (uncredited)) , Phoebe Mackay (Stampers’ Maid (uncredited))

Directors: Elia Kazan

Writers: William Inge

Tags: asylum, kansas, usa, unrequited love, sexual repression, stock market crash, 1920s

The Innocents

The Innocents

Release Date: 1961-12-15

Genres: Horror, Mystery

“The Innocents” is a chilling 1961 movie starring Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, and Michael Redgrave. Set in a haunted house, a young governess becomes convinced that the place is haunted by ghosts and that the children she cares for are being possessed. With a gripping storyline and stellar performances, this classic film is sure to send shivers down your spine.

Cast: Deborah Kerr (Miss Giddens) , Peter Wyngarde (Peter Quint) , Megs Jenkins (Mrs. Grose) , Michael Redgrave (The Uncle) , Martin Stephens (Miles) , Pamela Franklin (Flora) , Clytie Jessop (Miss Jessel) , Isla Cameron (Anna) , Eric Woodburn (Coachman (uncredited))

Directors: Jack Clayton

Writers: Truman Capote, Henry James, William Archibald, Jeanie Sims

Tags: england, based on novel or book, haunted house, supernatural, possession, haunting, black and white, ghost story, governess

The Guns of Navarone

The Guns of Navarone

Release Date: 1961-04-27

Genres: War, Action, Adventure

“The Guns of Navarone” is a thrilling war movie released in 1961. Starring Gregory Peck, David Niven, and Anthony Quinn, it tells the story of a group of brave allied saboteurs who embark on a seemingly impossible mission. Their task is to infiltrate a heavily fortified Nazi-held island and destroy two massive long-range field guns that are preventing the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers. Get ready for an action-packed adventure filled with suspense, heroism, and a stellar cast that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Cast: Gregory Peck (Capt. Keith Mallory) , David Niven (Cpl. James Arthur Miller) , Anthony Quinn (Col. Andrea Stavros) , Stanley Baker (Pvt. ‘Butcher’ Brown) , Anthony Quayle (Maj. Roy Franklin) , James Darren (Pvt. Spyros Pappadimos) , Irene Papas (Maria Pappadimos) , Gia Scala (Anna) , James Robertson Justice (Commodore Jensen / Prologue Narrator) , Richard Harris (Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF) , Bryan Forbes (Cohn) , Allan Cuthbertson (Maj. Baker) , Michael Trubshawe (Weaver) , Percy Herbert (Sgt. Grogan) , George Mikell (SS Hauptman Sessler) , Walter Gotell (Muesel) , Tutte Lemkow (Nicolai) , Albert Lieven (Commandant) , Norman Wooland (Group Captain) , Kleo Skouloudi (Bride) , Nicholas Papakonstantinou (Patrol Boat Captain) , Christopher Rhodes (German Gunnery Officer) , William Hoehne Jr. (German Officer on Navarone) , Andrew Andreas (Wedding Guest (uncredited)) , Victor Beaumont (German Officer in Gun Cave (uncredited))

Directors: J. Lee Thompson

Writers: Carl Foreman, Alistair MacLean

Tags: based on novel or book, world war ii, fort, allies, army

West Side Story

West Side Story

Release Date: 1961-12-13

Genres: Crime, Drama, Romance

“Hey, I just found out that ‘West Side Story’ was one of the best voted movies of 1961! It’s set in the slums of Manhattan, where two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, are fighting for control of the neighborhood. But amidst the tension, a love story unfolds between a member of each gang, leading to a tragic turn of events. It stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn, and more. You should definitely check it out!”

Cast: Natalie Wood (Maria) , Richard Beymer (Tony) , Rita Moreno (Anita) , George Chakiris (Bernardo) , Russ Tamblyn (Riff) , Simon Oakland (Lieutenant Schrank) , Ned Glass (Doc) , William Bramley (Officer Krupke) , Tucker Smith (Ice) , Tony Mordente (Action) , David Winters (A-Rab) , Eliot Feld (Baby John) , Bert Michaels (Snowboy) , David Bean (Tiger) , Robert Banas (Joyboy) , Scooter Teague (Big Deal) , Harvey Evans (Mouthpiece) , Tommy Abbott (Gee-Tar) , Susan Oakes (Anybodys) , Gina Trikonis (Graziella) , Carole D’Andrea (Velma) , Jose De Vega (Chino) , Jay Norman (Pepe) , Gus Trikonis (Indio) , Eddie Verso (Juano)

Directors: Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins

Writers: Ernest Lehman, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Roger L. Stevens, Robert E. Griffith

Tags: slum, street gang, love at first sight, showdown, puerto rico, immigrant, highway, forbidden love, musical, rivalry, feud, interracial relationship, based on play or musical, tragic love, attempted rape, policeman, obsessive love, lifting female in air, young love, modern day adaptation, shakespeare in modern dress, romeo & juliet

Murder She Said

Murder She Said

Release Date: 1961-09-26

Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery

“Murder She Said” is a thrilling mystery movie from 1961 starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple. When she witnesses a possible murder from a passing train, she takes matters into her own hands to solve the case, even though the police find no evidence. With a talented cast and an intriguing plot, this film is a must-watch for fans of suspenseful whodunits.

Cast: Margaret Rutherford (Miss Jane Marple) , Arthur Kennedy (Paul Quimper) , Muriel Pavlow (Emma Ackenthorpe) , James Robertson Justice (Luther Ackenthorpe) , Thorley Walters (Cedric Ackenthorpe) , Charles Tingwell (Inspector Craddock) , Conrad Phillips (Harold Ackenthorpe) , Ronald Howard (Brian Eastley) , Joan Hickson (Mrs. Kidder) , Stringer Davis (Jim Stringer) , Ronnie Raymond (Alexander Eastley) , Gerald Cross (Albert Ackenthorpe) , Michael Golden (Hillman) , Richard Briers (‘Mrs Binster’) , Lucy Griffiths (Lucy) , Peter Butterworth (Ticket Collector) , Barbara Leake (Helen Stainton) , Gordon Harris (Bacon) , Nadia Pavlova (Murder Victim (uncredited))

Directors: George Pollock

Writers: Agatha Christie, David D. Osborn, David Pursall, Jack Seddon

Tags: poison, based on novel or book, country estate, amateur detective, detective inspector, golf, fake identity, employment agency, black and white, murder mystery

Pocketful of Miracles

Pocketful of Miracles

Release Date: 1961-12-18

Genres: Comedy, Drama

“Pocketful of Miracles” is a heartwarming 1961 movie starring Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, and Hope Lange. Set in New York City, it tells the story of a gangster and his girlfriend who embark on a mission to transform a street beggar named Apple Annie into a sophisticated lady. Their motivation? Apple Annie’s daughter is about to marry into royalty. With a stellar cast and a delightful plot, this film is a must-watch for those seeking a heartwarming and entertaining experience.

Cast: Glenn Ford (Dave ‘The Dude’ Conway) , Bette Davis (Apple Annie) , Hope Lange (Elizabeth ‘Queenie’ Martin) , Arthur O’Connell (Count Alfonso Romero) , Peter Falk (Joy Boy) , Thomas Mitchell (Judge Henry G. Blake) , Edward Everett Horton (Hudgins) , Mickey Shaughnessy (Junior) , David Brian (Governor) , Sheldon Leonard (Steve Darcey) , Peter Mann (Carlos Romero) , Ann-Margret (Louise) , Barton MacLane (Police Commissioner) , John Litel (Police Inspector McCrary) , Jerome Cowan (Mayor) , Jay Novello (Cortego) , Frank Ferguson (Newspaper Editor) , Willis Bouchey (Newspaper Editor) , Fritz Feld (Pierre) , Ellen Corby (Soho Sal) , Gavin Gordon (Mr. Cole) , Benny Rubin (Flyaway) , Jack Elam (Cheesecake) , Mike Mazurki (Big Mike) , Hayden Rorke (Police Captain Moore)

Directors: Frank Capra

Writers: Hal Kanter, Harry Tugend, Robert Riskin, Damon Runyon

Tags: new york city, prohibition era, gangster, deception, apple, makeover, luck, dowager, high society, peddler, lucky charm, mother daughter reunion, 1930s, crooked judge, long lost daughter, elaborate ruse, mother daughter relationship, street peddler



“Mothra” is a captivating 1961 movie that takes you on an exciting adventure to Infant Island. When shipwreck survivors are discovered on the supposedly uninhabited island, a scientific expedition uncovers a native population and encounters the mystical Mothra, protected by twin fairy priestesses. Things take a thrilling turn when the fairies are kidnapped, leading Mothra on a heroic mission to rescue them. With a talented cast including Frankie Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, and Kyōko Kagawa, this film is a must-watch for fans of thrilling monster movies. Released on July 30, 1961, it’s no wonder “Mothra” made it to the list of the 20 Best Voted Movies of that year!

Cast: Frankie Sakai (Senichiro ‘Sen-chan’ Fukuda) , Hiroshi Koizumi (Dr. Shin’ichi Chûjô) , Kyōko Kagawa (Michi Hanamura) , Jerry Itô (Clark Nelson) , Ken Uehara (Dr. Harada) , Emi Ito (Shobijin (Twin Fairy)) , Yumi Ito (Shobijin (Twin Fairy)) , Takashi Shimura (News Editor) , Akihiro Tayama (Shinji Chûjô) , Akihiko Hirata (Doctor) , Tetsu Nakamura (Nelson’s Henchman) , Obel Wyatt (Dr. Roff) , Seizaburō Kawazu (General) , Yoshifumi Tajima (Military Advisor) , Robert Dunham (Rolisican Official) , Kenji Sahara (Helicopter Pilot) , Yoshio Kosugi (Ship Captain) , Ren Yamamoto (Ship Survivor) , Haruya Katō (Ship Survivor) , Shôichi Hirose (Dam Worker) , Hiroshi Takagi (Nelson’s Henchman) , Yasuhisa Tsutsumi (Woodcutter) , Teruko Mita (Rest House Owner’s Wife) , Kōji Iwamoto (Nelson’s Henchman) , Mitsuo Tsuda (Surveyor)

Directors: Ishirō Honda

Writers: Tomoyuki Tanaka, Shinichi Sekizawa, Takehiko Fukunaga, Shinichirô Nakamura, Yoshie Hotta

Tags: journalist, based on novel or book, monster, ambassador, island, fairy, cigarette, dam, giant monster, tokyo, japan, guardian, construction, moth, metamorphosis, miniature people, kaiju, surrender, cocoon, h bomb, airfield, editor, man eating plant, monster movie, tokyo tower, mosura, mothra

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