1961 in Film - Notable Films Released in 1961

Notable Films Released in 1961

U.S.A. unless stated


  • The Absent-Minded Professor, starring Fred MacMurray
  • Accattone, directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini - (Italy)
  • Ada, starring Dean Martin and Susan Hayward
  • All in a Night's Work, starring Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine
  • 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, starring Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Janis Paige, Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss
  • Back Street, starring Susan Hayward, John Gavin, Vera Miles
  • Bandits of Orgosolo (Banditi a Orgosolo) - (Italy)
  • Barabbas, starring Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano and Jack Palance - (Italy)
  • The Big Bankroll, aka King of the Roaring 20's, starring David Janssen, Mickey Rooney, Diana Dors
  • The Big Gamble, 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 (his biggest box-office success), with Joan Blackman and 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/U.S.)
  • By Love Possessed, starring Lana Turner, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., George Hamilton


  • Carry On Regardless, starring Sid James, Kenneth Connor, Charles Hawtrey - (U.K.)
  • Cash on Demand, starring Peter Cushing and André Morell - (U.K.)
  • A cavallo della tigre (aka On the Tiger's Back), starring Nino Manfredi - (Italy)
  • The Children's Hour, starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner and Miriam Hopkins (who also starred in the original film These Three)
  • Chronicle of Flaming Years (Povest plamennykh let) - (USSR)
  • The Coachman (Mabu) - (South Korea)
  • The Colossus of Rhodes, directed by Sergio Leone, starring Rory Calhoun - (Italy)
  • The Comancheros, starring John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Lee Marvin, Ina Balin
  • Come September, starring Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida
  • Cry for Happy, starring Glenn Ford, Miyoshi Umeki, Donald O'Connor
  • The Curse of the Werewolf, starring Clifford Evans and Oliver Reed - (U.K.)


  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire, starring Edward Judd - (U.K.)
  • The Deadly Companions, directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith
  • Dersu Uzala - (USSR)
  • The Devil at 4 O'Clock, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, starring Frank Sinatra, Spencer Tracy, Gregoire 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 and Sophia Loren - (U.S./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
  • The Exiles - documentary
  • The Explosive Generation, starring William Shatner and Patty McCormack


  • 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
  • Flooded Out (Los Inundados) - (Argentina)
  • Flower Drum Song, starring Nancy Kwan
  • Francis of Assisi, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Bradford Dillman and Dolores Hart
  • The Frightened City, starring Sean Connery, John Gregson, Yvonne Romain


  • The George Raft Story, starring Jayne Mansfield and Ray Danton
  • 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)
  • Goodbye Again, starring Ingrid Bergman and Yves Montand - (France/U.S.)
  • Gorgo, starring Bill Travers - (U.K.)
  • The Great Impostor, starring Tony Curtis
  • The Greengage Summer, starring Kenneth More and Susannah York - (U.K.)
  • Gunga Jumna, starring Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala - (India)
  • The Guns of Navarone, directed by J. Lee Thompson, starring Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn - (U.K.)


  • Harry and the Butler (Harry og kammertjeneren) - (Denmark)
  • Havoc in Heaven (aka The Monkey King), an animated films - (China)
  • Hogs and Warships (Buta to gunkan), directed by Shōhei Imamura - (Japan)
  • Homicidal, directed by William Castle
  • The Honeymoon Machine, starring Steve McQueen, Brigid Bazlen, Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss
  • Hoodlum Priest, starring Don Murray
  • The Human Condition (Ningen no jōken), directed by Masaki Kobayashi - (Japan)
  • The Houseguest and My Mother (Sarangbang sonnimgwa eomeoni) - (South Korea)
  • The Hustler, directed by Robert Rossen, starring Paul Newman, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Jackie Gleason


  • Immortal Love (Eien no hito) - (Japan)
  • The Innocents, starring Deborah Kerr - (U.K.)


  • 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, Siobhan 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 (Il Giudizio universale), directed by Vittorio De Sica - (Italy)
  • The Last Sunset, 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 (L'Année dernière à Marienbad), directed by Alain Resnais, starring Delphine Seyrig - Golden Lion winner - (France)
  • Leon Morin, Priest (Léon Morin, prêtre), starring Jean-Paul Belmondo - (France)
  • Lola, directed by Jacques Demy, starring Anouk Aimée - (France)
  • The Long Absence (Une aussi longue absence) - Palme d'Or winner - (France)
  • The Long and the Short and the Tall, starring Laurence Harvey and Richard Harris - (U.K.)
  • Look in Any Window, starring Paul Anka and Ruth Roman
  • The Lovemakers (La Viaccia), starring Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo - (Italy)
  • Lover Come Back, starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson


  • Mad Dog Coll (Gene Hackman's debut)
  • A Majority of One, starring Rosalind Russell and Alec Guinness
  • Man-Trap, starring Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Stella Stevens
  • The Mark, starring Stuart Whitman and Maria Schell - (U.K.)
  • The Mask, starring Paul Stevens - (Canada)
  • 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 (in both their last screen roles) and Montgomery Clift
  • 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 - (U.K.)
  • Mysterious Island, starring Michael Craig, Michael Callan, Joan Greenwood


  • The Naked Edge, starring Gary Cooper (in his final film) and Deborah Kerr
  • Nazrana (Gift), starring Raj Kapoor and Vyjayanthimala - (India)
  • Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile (Nefertiti, regina del Nilo), starring Jeanne Crain and Vincent Price - (Italy)
  • No Love for Johnnie, starring Peter Finch - (U.K.)
  • La Notte (The Night), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau - Golden Bear winner - (Italy/France)
  • Nude on the Moon, directed by Doris Wishman


  • One-Eyed Jacks, directed by and starring Marlon Brando, with Karl Malden, Katy Jurado, Ben Johnson
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians, featuring the voices of Rod Taylor and Betty Lou Gerson
  • One, Two, Three, directed by Billy Wilder, starring James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis
  • The Outsider, a biography starring Tony Curtis as World War II marine Ira Hayes


  • The Parent Trap, starring Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith
  • Paris Belongs to Us (Paris nous appartient), directed by Jacques Rivette - (France)
  • Paris Blues, starring Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Diahann Carroll
  • Parrish, 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, with 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, starring Fred Astaire and Debbie Reynolds
  • Pocketful of Miracles, final film of director 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 - (U.S./West Germany)


  • A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee
  • The Rebel, starring Tony Hancock - (U.K.)
  • Return to Peyton Place, directed by José Ferrer, starring Carol Lynley, Tuesday Weld, Eleanor Parker
  • The Right Approach, starring Martha Hyer and Juliet Prowse
  • The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, starring Vivien Leigh and Warren Beatty - (U.K.)


  • Sail a Crooked Ship, starring Ernie Kovacs, Robert Wagner, Dolores Hart, Frank Gorshin
  • Scarlet Sails (Алые Паруса) - (U.S.S.R.)
  • The Second Time Around, starring Debbie Reynolds, Andy Griffith, Juliet Prowse
  • The Secret Ways, starring Richard Widmark
  • Seetha Rama Kalynam, directed by and starring N. T. Rama Rao - (India)
  • Sennin Buraku (Hermit Village) - (Japan)
  • 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, starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty
  • The Steamroller and the Violin (Katok i skripka), directed by Andrei Tarkovsky - (U.S.S.R.)
  • Summer and Smoke, starring Geraldine Page and Laurence Harvey
  • Susan Slade, starring Troy Donahue and Connie Stevens


  • Taste of Fear, starring Susan Strasberg - (U.K.)
  • Then Nilavu (Honeymoon), starring Gemini Ganesan and Vyjayanthimala - (India)
  • A Taste of Honey, directed by Tony Richardson, starring Rita Tushingham - (U.K.)
  • Three Daughters (Teen Kanya), directed by Satyajit Ray - (India)
  • Through a Glass Darkly (Såsom i en spegel), directed by Ingmar Bergman - (Sweden)
  • A Thunder of Drums, starring Richard Boone, George Hamilton, Luana Patten
  • Town Without Pity, 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 Rode Together, starring James Stewart and Richard Widmark


  • Underworld U.S.A., directed by Samuel Fuller, starring Cliff Robertson


  • Victim, directed by Basil Dearden, starring Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Sims - (U.K.)
  • Viridiana, directed by Luis Buñuel - Palme d'Or winner - (Mexico/Spain)
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, starring Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Robert Sterling, Peter Lorre, Barbara Eden


  • We Were Young (A byahme mladi) - (Bulgaria)
  • West Side Story, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris
  • When the Trees Were Tall (Kogda derevya byli bolshimi) - (U.S.S.R.)
  • Whistle Down the Wind, directed by Bryan Forbes, starring Hayley Mills and Alan Bates - (U.K.)
  • 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 (Une Femme est une femme), directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina - (France)


  • Yojimbo, directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshirō Mifune - (Japan)
  • The Young Ones, starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows - (U.K.)
  • The Young Savages, starring Burt Lancaster and Dina Merrill

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