1961

Bachelor in Paradise

Bachelor in Paradise

Bachelor in Paradise

IMDb: 6.3
1961
109min

A. J. Niles is the author of a series of ‘Bachelor Books’. These books describe the romantic life of a bachelor in various cities of the world. But when he runs into trouble with the I.R.S. for back taxes, he needs to write another book fast, to pay them. His publisher decides a book about life in the American suburbs would be a hit, and settles him into Paradise Cove. One bachelor plus lonely housewives equals many angry husbands.

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Lunch Hour

Lunch Hour

Lunch Hour

IMDb: 6.8
1961
64min

A young female designer is on the brink of an affair with a married male executive at the company where she works. The film tells the story of their illicit lunch hour rendezvous.

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The Absent-Minded Professor

The Absent-Minded Professor

The Absent-Minded Professor

IMDb: 6.8
1961
96min

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!

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Lover Come Back

Lover Come Back

Lover Come Back

IMDb: 7.3
1961
107min

Rock Hudson and Doris Day are together again! Jerry Webster (Hudson) and Carol Templeton (Day) are rival Madison Avenue advertising executives who each dislike each other’s methods. After he steals a client out from under her cute little nose, revenge prompts her to infiltrate his secret “VIP” campaign in order to persuade the mystery product’s scientist to switch to her firm.

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Summer and Smoke

Summer and Smoke

Summer and Smoke

IMDb: 7.8
1961
118min

In a small Mississippi town in 1916, an eccentric spinster battles her romantic yearnings for the randy boy next door. A 1961 film, adapted from a Tennessee Williams play, starring Geraldine Page, Laurence Harvey, John McIntire, Una Merkel and Rita Moreno.

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The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum

IMDb: 7.1
1961
80min

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!

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One-Eyed Jacks

One-Eyed Jacks

One-Eyed Jacks

IMDb: 7.2
1961
141min

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.

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A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey

IMDb: 7.6
1961
100min

Focuses on a working class girl who is struggling to create a life for herself with her gay co-worker after becoming pregnant from a one-night stand with a black sailor.

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Last Year at Marienbad

Last Year at Marienbad

Last Year at Marienbad

IMDb: 7.9
1961
95min

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.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

IMDb: 7.7
1961
110min

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.

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Fanny

Fanny

Fanny

IMDb: 7.1
1961
134min

Almost 19-year-old Marius feels himself in a rut in Marseille, his life planned for him by his cafe’-owning father, and he longs for the sea. The night before he is to leave on a 5-year voyage, Fanny, a girl he grew up with, reveals that she is in love with him, and he discovers that he is in love with her. He must choose between an exciting life at sea, and a boring life with the woman he loves. And Fanny must choose between keeping the man she loves, and letting him live the life he seems to want.

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The Day the Earth Caught Fire

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

IMDb: 7.2
1961
98min

British reporters suspect an international cover-up of a global disaster in progress… and they’re right. Hysterical panic has engulfed the world after the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously detonate nuclear devices and have caused the orbit of the Earth to alter, sending it hurtling towards the sun.

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The Comancheros

The Comancheros

The Comancheros

IMDb: 6.9
1961
105min

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.

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The Children’s Hour

The Children’s Hour

The Children’s Hour

IMDb: 7.8
1961
107min

A troublemaking student at a girl’s school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.

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Pocketful of Miracles

Pocketful of Miracles

Pocketful of Miracles

IMDb: 7.3
1961
136min

Damon Runyon’s fairytale, sweet and funny, is told by director Frank Capra. Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as part of downtown New York as old Broadway itself. Bootlegger Dave the Dude is a sucker for her apples — he thinks they bring him luck. But Dave and girlfriend Queenie Martin need a lot more than luck when it turns out that Annie is in a jam and only they can help: Annie’s daughter Louise, who has lived all her life in a Spanish convent, is coming to America with a Count and his son. The count’s son wants to marry Louise, who thinks her mother is part of New York society. It’s up to Dave and Queenie and their Runyonesque cronies to turn Annie into a lady and convince the Count and his son that they are hobnobbing with New York’s elite.

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Night Tide

Night Tide

Night Tide

IMDb: 6.4
1961
84min

On leave in a shore side town, Johnny becomes interested in a young dark haired woman

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The Young Savages

The Young Savages

The Young Savages

IMDb: 6.9
1961
103min

A district attorney investigates the racially charged case of three teenagers accused of the murder of a blind Puerto Rican boy.

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Paris Blues

Paris Blues

Paris Blues

IMDb: 6.7
1961
98min

Ram Bowen and Eddie Cook are two expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris where, unlike America at the time, Jazz musicians are celebrated and racism is a non-issue. When they meet and fall in love with two young American girls, Lillian and Connie, who are vacationing in France, Ram and Eddie must decide whether they should move back to America with them, or stay in Paris for the freedom it allows them. Ram, who wants to be a serious composer, finds Paris more exciting than America and is reluctant to give up his music for a relationship, and Eddie wants to stay for the city’s more tolerant racial atmosphere.

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Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgment at Nuremberg

IMDb: 8.3
1961
186min

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.

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Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

IMDb: 8.1
1961
89min

While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family’s already fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary means. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, the father, along with Karin’s husband and her younger brother, are unable to prevent Karin’s harrowing descent into the abyss of mental illness.

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The Hustler

The Hustler

The Hustler

IMDb: 8.0
1961
134min

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.

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Divorce Italian Style

Divorce Italian Style

Divorce Italian Style

IMDb: 8.2
1961
105min

A married Sicilian baron falls in love with his cousin and vows to wed her, but with divorce illegal he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his wife.

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

IMDb: 7.2
1961
79min

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.

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Something Wild

Something Wild

Something Wild

IMDb: 6.8
1961
112min

A young rape victim tries desperately to pick up the pieces of her life, only to find herself at the mercy of a would-be rescuer.

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The Innocents

The Innocents

The Innocents

IMDb: 7.9
1961
100min

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

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Yojimbo

Yojimbo

Yojimbo

IMDb: 8.3
1961
110min

The incomparable Toshiro Mifune stars in Akira Kurosawa’s visually stunning and darkly comic Yojimbo. To rid a terror-stricken village of corruption, wily masterless samurai Sanjuro turns a range war between two evil clans to his own advantage. Remade twice, by Sergio Leone and Walter Hill, this exhilarating genre-twister remains one of the most influential and entertaining films of all time.

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West Side Story

West Side Story

West Side Story

IMDb: 7.6
1961
152min

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.

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One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three

IMDb: 8.0
1961
115min

One, Two, Three – A scorching business comedy that plays during the Cold War in Berlin, Germany. With it’s political satire director Billy Wilder depicts the fight between capitalism and communism with panic, scrutiny and surprises, filmed during the building of the Berlin Wall.

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The Mask

The Mask

The Mask

IMDb: 6.0
1961
83min

A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder. Before committing suicide, he mails the mask to his psychiatrist, Dr. Barnes, who is soon plunged into the nightmare world of the mask.

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The Misfits

The Misfits

The Misfits

IMDb: 7.4
1961
124min

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.

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Mysterious Island

Mysterious Island

Mysterious Island

IMDb: 6.8
1961
101min

During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home. Sequel to ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ .

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The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap

IMDb: 7.1
1961
129min

Hayley Mills plays twins who, unknown to their divorced parents, meet at a summer camp. Products of single parent households, they switch places (surprise!) so as to meet the parent they never knew, and then contrive to reunite them.

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Victim

Victim

Victim

IMDb: 7.8
1961
90min

A prominent lawyer goes after a blackmailer who threatens gay men with exposure (homosexual acts still being illegal). But he’s gay himself.

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The Guns of Navarone

The Guns of Navarone

The Guns of Navarone

IMDb: 7.6
1961
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Payroll

Payroll

Payroll

IMDb: 7.0
1961
105min

A vicious gang of crooks plan to steal the wages of a local factory, but their carefully laid plans go wrong, when the factory employs an armoured van to carry the cash. The gang still go ahead with the robbery, but when the driver of the armoured van is killed in the raid, his wife plans revenge, and with the police closing in, the gang start to turn on each other.

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Atlantis, the Lost Continent

Atlantis, the Lost Continent

Atlantis, the Lost Continent

IMDb: 5.5
1961
90min

A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer who is bent on using a natural resource of Atlantis to take over the world. The Atlanteans, or rather the slaves of Atlantis, are forced to mine a crystalline material which absorbs the suns rays. These crystals can then be used for warmth. The misuse of science has created weapons out of the crystals that can fire a heat ray to destroy whatever it touches.

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Too Late Blues

Too Late Blues

Too Late Blues

IMDb: 7.0
1961
100min

Ghost is an idealogical musician who would rather play his blues in the park to the birds than compromise himself.

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Splendor in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass

IMDb: 7.8
1961
124min

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.

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