1961

Film Decades: 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • The Absent-Minded Professor – directed by Robert Stevenson, starring Fred MacMurray & Nancy Olson
  • Accattone, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini – (Italy)
  • Ada – directed by Daniel Mann, starring Dean Martin & Susan Hayward
  • All in a Night’s Work – directed by Joseph Anthony, starring Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Cliff Robertson, & Charles Ruggles
  • And Love Has Vanished (Dvoje) – (Yugoslavia)
  • Angel Baby, starring Salome Jens and Mercedes McCambridge
  • Antigone, starring Irene Papas – (Greece)
  • Armored Command, starring Howard Keel and Tina Louise
  • The Artillery Sergeant Kalen (Ogniomistrz Kaleń) – (Poland)
  • The Assassin (L’Assassino), starring Marcello Mastroianni – (Italy)
  • Atlantis, the Lost Continent, starring John Dall
  • Babes in Toyland, starring Ray Bolger, Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello
  • Bachelor in Paradise directed by Jack Arnold, starring Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Janis Paige, Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss
  • Back Street – directed by David Miller, starring Susan Hayward, John Gavin, Vera Miles
  • Bandits of Orgosolo (Banditi a Orgosolo) – (Italy)
  • Barabbas – directed by Richard Fleischer, starring Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano, & Jack Palance – Italy
  • The Big Bankroll – starring David Janssen, Mickey Rooney, Diana Dors
  • The Big Gamble – directed by Richard Fleischer, starring Stephen Boyd
  • Black Silk (Prae Dum) – (Thailand)
  • Blast of Silence, directed by and starring Allen Baron
  • The Blonde from Buenos Aires (Una Americana en Buenos Aires), starring Mamie Van Doren and Jean-Pierre Aumont – (Argentina/France)
  • Blue Hawaii, starring Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, & Angela Lansbury
  • Boatmen of Thessaloniki (Солунските Атентатори) – (Yugoslavia)
  • A Bomb Was Stolen (S-a furat o bombă) – (Romania)
  • Bootleggers (Samogonshchiki) – (USSR)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s – directed by Blake Edwards, starring Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen
  • Bridge to the Sun, starring Carroll Baker and James Shigeta – (France/US)
  • By Love Possessed – directed by John Sturges, starring Lana Turner, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., George Hamilton
  • Carry On Regardless, starring Sid James, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey – (UK)
  • Cash on Demand, starring Peter Cushing and André Morell – (UK)
  • On The Tiger’s Back – starring Nino Manfredi – Italy
  • The Children’s Hour – directed by William Wyler, starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, & Miriam Hopkins
  • Chronicle of Flaming Years (Povest plamennykh let) – (USSR)
  • Claudelle Inglish, starring Diane McBain and Arthur Kennedy
  • The Coachman – South Korea
  • The Colossus of Rhodes – directed by Sergio Leone, starring Rory Calhoun – Italy
  • The Comancheros – directed by Michael Curtiz, starring John Wayne (finished directing when Curtiz couldn’t due to illness), Stuart Whitman, Lee Marvin, Ina Balin
  • Come September – directed by Robert Mulligan, starring Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Sandra Dee, & Bobby Darin
  • Cry for Happy – directed by George Marshall, starring Glenn Ford, Miyoshi Umeki, Donald O’Connor
  • The Curse of the Werewolf – starring Clifford Evans and Oliver Reed – UK
  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire – starring Edward Judd – UK
  • The Deadly Companions – directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring Maureen O’Hara & Brian Keith
  • Dersu Uzala – USSR
  • The Devil at 4 O’Clock – directed by Mervyn LeRoy, starring Frank Sinatra, Spencer Tracy, Grégoire Aslan
  • A Difficult Life (Una vita difficile), directed by Dino Risi, starring Alberto Sordi – (Italy)
  • Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all’italiana), directed by Pietro Germi, starring Marcello Mastroianni – (Italy)
  • Dondi, starring David Janssen
  • El Cid – directed by Anthony Mann, starring Charlton Heston & Sophia Loren – US/Italy
  • The End of Summer (Kohayagawa-ke no aki), directed by Yasujirō Ozu – (Japan)
  • The End of the Cancageiros (A Morte Comanda o Cangaço) – (Brazil)
  • The Errand Boy – directed by and starring Jerry Lewis
  • Everything’s Ducky, starring Buddy Hackett
  • The Exiles – documentary
  • The Explosive Generation – directed by Buzz Kulik, starring William Shatner & Patty McCormack
  • The Fabulous Baron Munchausen – Czechoslovakia
  • Fanny, starring Charles Boyer and Leslie Caron
  • The Fascist (Il Federale), starring Ugo Tognazzi – (Italy)
  • A Fever in the Blood, starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Angie Dickinson, Don Ameche, Jack Kelly, Carroll O’Connor
  • Five Golden Hours, starring Robert Wagner, Cyd Charisse, Ernie Kovacs
  • Five Minutes to Live, starring Johnny Cash
  • Flight of the Lost Balloon
  • Flooded Out (Los Inundados) – (Argentina)
  • Flower Drum Song – directed by Henry Koster, starring Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Miyoshi Umeki, Jack Soo, Benson Fong, & Juanita Hall
  • Francis of Assisi – directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Bradford Dillman & Dolores Hart
  • The Frightened City – directed by John Lemont, starring Sean Connery, John Gregson, Yvonne Romain
  • The George Raft Story – directed by Joseph M. Newman, starring Ray Danton & Jayne Mansfield
  • Gidget Goes Hawaiian, starring Deborah Walley
  • Girl with a Suitcase (La Ragazza con la valigia), starring Claudia Cardinale – (Italy)
  • Go Naked in the World, starring Gina Lollobrigida and Anthony Franciosa – (Italy)
  • Goliath Against the Giants
  • Goodbye Again – starring Ingrid Bergman & Yves Montand – France/US
  • Gorgo, starring Bill Travers – (UK)
  • The Great Impostor, starring Tony Curtis
  • The Greengage Summer, starring Kenneth More and Susannah York – (UK)
  • Gunga Jumna, starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala – (India)
  • The Guns of Navarone – directed by J. Lee Thompson, starring Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn – UK
  • Harry and the Butler (Harry og kammertjeneren) – (Denmark)
  • Havoc in Heaven – China
  • Hogs and Warships – directed by Shohei Imamura – Japan
  • Homicidal – directed by William Castle
  • The Honeymoon Machine – directed by Richard Thorpe, starring Steve McQueen, Brigid Bazlen, Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss, Jack Mullaney, & Dean Jagger
  • Hoodlum Priest – directed by Irvin Kershner, starring Don Murray
  • The Human Condition – directed by Masaki Kobayashi – Japan
  • The Houseguest and My Mother – South Korea
  • The Hustler – directed by Robert Rossen, starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott
  • Immortal Love – Japan
  • The Innocents – starring Deborah Kerr – UK
  • Judgment at Nuremberg – directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Richard Widmark, William Shatner
  • King of Kings – directed by Nicholas Ray, starring Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Ryan, Siobhán McKenna, Hurd Hatfield, Rita Gam, Rip Torn
  • • The Knife (Het Mes), directed by Fons Rademakers – (Netherlands)
  • The Ladies Man, directed by and starring Jerry Lewis
  • The Last Judgement – directed by Vittorio De Sica – Italy
  • The Last Sunset – directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone, Joseph Cotten, Carol Lynley
  • The Last Time I Saw Archie, starring Robert Mitchum and Jack Webb
  • The Last War (Sekai Daisensō) – (Japan)
  • Last Year at Marienbad – directed by Alain Resnais, starring Delphine Seyrig – France
  • Léon Morin, Priest (Léon Morin, prêtre), starring Jean-Paul Belmondo – (France)
  • Lola – directed by Jacques Demy, starring Anouk Aimée – France
  • The Long Absence – directed by Henri Colpi – France
  • The Long and the Short and the Tall, starring Laurence Harvey and Richard Harris – (UK)
  • Look in Any Window, starring Paul Anka and Ruth Roman
  • The Lovemakers – starring Claudia Cardinale & Jean-Paul Belmondo – Italy
  • Lover Come Back – directed by Delbert Mann, starring Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, Edie Adams, Ann B. Davis, & Donna Douglas
  • Mad Dog Coll – Gene Hackman‘s debut
  • A Majority of One – directed by Mervyn LeRoy, starring Rosalind Russell & Alec Guinness
  • Man-Trap, starring Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Stella Stevens
  • Marines, Let’s Go, starring Tom Tryon and David Hedison
  • The Mark, starring Stuart Whitman and Maria Schell – (UK)
  • The Marriage-Go-Round – directed by Walter Lang, starring James Mason & Julie Newmar
  • The Mask, starring Paul Stevens – (Canada)
  • Master of the World – starring Vincent Price, Henry Hull, & Charles Bronson
  • The Miracle of Father Malachia (Das Wunder des Malachias), directed by Bernhard Wicki – (West Germany)
  • The Misfits, directed by John Huston, starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, & Montgomery Clift
  • Mr. Sardonicus – directed by William Castle
  • Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od Aniołów) – (Poland)
  • • Mothra – directed by Ishirō Honda – Japan
  • Murder, She Said, starring Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, James Robertson Justice, Stringer Davis – (UK)
  • Mysterious Island, starring Michael Craig, Michael Callan, Joan Greenwood
  • The Naked Edge – directed by Michael Anderson, starring Gary Cooper & Deborah Kerr
  • Nazrana (Gift), starring Raj Kapoor and Vyjayanthimala – (India)
  • Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile – starring Jeanne Crain & Vincent Price – Italy
  • No Love for Johnnie, starring Peter Finch – (UK)
  • La Notte (The Night), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau – Italy/France
  • Nude on the Moon, directed by Doris Wishman
  • On the Fiddle – directed by Cyril Frankel, starring Sean Connery, Alfred Lynch, Cecil Parker, Stanley Holloway, Eric Barker, Mike Sarne, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Kathleen Harrison, Victor Maddern, & John Le Mesurier – UK
  • One-Eyed Jacks – directed by and starring Marlon Brando, with Karl Malden, Katy Jurado, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians – directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, & Wolfgang Reitherman, starring the voices of Rod Taylor & Betty Lou Gerson
  • One, Two, Three – directed by Billy Wilder, starring James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis
  • The Outsider – directed by Delbert Mann, starring Tony Curtis
  • The Parent Trap – directed by David Swift, starring Hayley Mills, Maureen O’Hara, Brian Keith
  • Paris Belongs to us – directed by Jacques Rivette, starring Betty Schneider, Giani Esposito, & Françoise Maistre – aka Paris nous appartient – France
  • Paris Blues – directed by Martin Ritt, starring Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Diahann Carroll
  • Parrish – directed by Delmar Daves, starring Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Claudette Colbert
  • Peace to Him Who Enters (Mir vkhodyashchemu) – (USSR)
  • Pigs and Battleships (Buta to gunkan), directed by Shohei Imamura – (Japan)
  • The Pit and the Pendulum – directed by Roger Corman, starring Vincent Price
  • Plácido, directed by Luis García Berlanga – (Spain)
  • Please, Not Now! (La Bride sur le cou), starring Brigitte Bardot – (France)
  • The Pleasure of His Company – directed by George Seaton, starring Fred Astaire & Debbie Reynolds
  • Pocketful of Miracles – directed by Frank Capra, starring Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Hope Lange, Peter Falk, Ann-Margret
  • Portrait of a Mobster, starring Vic Morrow
  • Il Posto (The Errand Boy), directed by Ermanno Olmi – (Italy)
  • Professor Mamlock – (East Germany)
  • Question 7, directed by Stuart Rosenberg – (US/West Germany)
  • A Raisin in the Sun – directed by Daniel Petrie, starring Sidney Poitier & Ruby Dee
  • The Rebel – starring Tony Hancock – UK
  • Return to Peyton Place, directed by José Ferrer, starring Carol Lynley, Tuesday Weld, Eleanor Parker
  • The Right Approach, starring Martha Hyer, Frankie Vaughan, Juliet Prowse
  • Romanoff and Juliet – directed by starring Peter Ustinov, with Sandra Dee
  • The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone – directed by José Quintero, starring Vivien Leigh & Warren Beatty – UK
  • Sail a Crooked Ship, starring Ernie Kovacs, Robert Wagner, Dolores Hart, Frank Gorshin
  • Sanctuary, starring Lee Remick and Yves Montand
  • Scarlet Sails – USSR
  • The Second Time Around – directed by Vincent Sherman, starring Debbie Reynolds, Andy Griffith, Juliet Prowse
  • The Secret Ways, starring Richard Widmark
  • Seetarama Kalyanam, directed by and starring N.T. Rama Rao – (India)
  • Sennin Buraku (Hermit Village) – (Japan)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins – directed by Philippe de Broca, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Demy, Sylvain Dhomme, Max Douy, Jean-Luc Godard, Eugène Ionesco, Edouard Molinaro, & Roger Vadim – aka Les Sept péchés capitaux – anthology – France
  • The Sins of Rachel Cade, starring Angie Dickinson
  • A Soldier’s Prayer (Ningen no jôken), directed by Masaki Kobayashi – (Japan)
  • Something Wild, starring Carroll Baker and Ralph Meeker
  • A Song About the Gray Pigeon (Piesen o sivém holubovi) – (Czechoslovakia)
  • Splendor in the Grass – directed by Elia Kazan, starring Natalie Wood & Warren Beatty
  • The Steamroller and the Violin (Katok i skripka), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky – (USSR)
  • Summer and Smoke, starring Geraldine Page and Laurence Harvey
  • Susan Slade, starring Troy Donahue and Connie Stevens
  • Tammy Tell Me True, starring Sandra Dee
  • Taste of Fear, starring Susan Strasberg – (UK)
  • Then Nilavu (Honeymoon), starring Gemini Ganesan and Vyjayanthimala – (India)
  • A Taste of Honey, directed by Tony Richardson, starring Rita Tushingham – (UK)
  • Three Daughters (Teen Kanya), directed by Satyajit Ray – (India)
  • Through a Glass Darkly – directed by Ingmar Bergman – Sweden
  • A Thunder of Drums, starring Richard Boone, George Hamilton, Luana Patten
  • Tintin and the Golden Fleece – France
  • Too Late Blues – directed by John Cassavetes, starring Bobby Darin
  • Town Without Pity – directed by Gottfried Reinhardt, starring Kirk Douglas, Christine Kaufmann, E.G. Marshall, Frank Sutton, Robert Blake
  • Two Living, One Dead – directed by Anthony Asquith, starring Patrick McGoohan – UK/Sweden
  • Two Loves – directed by Charles Walters, starring Shirley MacLaine, Laurence Harvey, Jack Hawkins, & Nobu McCarthy
  • Two Rode Together – directed by John Ford, starring James Stewart & Richard Widmark
  • Underworld U.S.A. – directed by Samuel Fuller, starring Cliff Robertson
  • Valley of the Dragons
  • Victim, directed by Basil Dearden, starring Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Syms – UK
  • Violent Life – Italy
  • Viridiana – directed by Luis Buñuel – Mexico/Spain
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea – directed by Irwin Allen, starring Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Robert Sterling, Peter Lorre, Barbara Eden
  • We Were Young – Bulgaria
  • West Side Story – directed by Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris
  • What A Whopper – directed by Gilbert Gunn, starring Adam Faith, Sidney James, Carole Lesley and Terence Longdon – UK
  • When the Trees Were Tall – USSR
  • Whistle Down the Wind – directed by Bryan Forbes, starring Hayley Mills & Alan Bates – UK
  • Wife Number 13 (Al zouga talattashar) – (Egypt)
  • Wild in the Country, starring Elvis Presley with Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld, Millie Perkins
  • A Woman Is a Woman – directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo & Anna Karina – France
  • Yojimbo – directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune – Japan
  • The Young Doctors, starring Ben Gazzara and Dick Clark
  • The Young Ones, starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows – UK
  • The Young Savages – directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Burt Lancaster & Dina Merrill