60s The Best Movies of 1961  

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List of the best movies of 1961, with movie trailers when available. 1961 saw the debut of many historic actors, including Gene Hackman and Joe Pecsi. These top movies of 1961 are listed by popularity, so the movies with the most votes are at the top. This list consists of all different movie genres - from Breakfast at Tiffany's to Judgment at Nuremberg - but each film was released in 1961. You can filter this list of films that came out in 1961 for various bits of information, such as who directed the movie and what genre it is. Think the best 1961 movie isn't as high as it should be? Vote up your favorite so it will rise to the top.

Examples of movies on this list include West Side Story and Babes in Toyland.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best movies from 1961?" and "What are the most popular movies of 1961?"

1961 was a great year for movies, since a lot of classic films were released in 1961. This is a crowd sourced list that has been voted on by many people, so these top films of 1961 aren't just one persons opinion.

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West Side Story Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin

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The Innocents is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies of 1961
The Innocents Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Pamela Franklin

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The Misfits Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Eli Wallach

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Breakfast at Tiffany's Audrey Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Mel Blanc

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Judgment at Nuremberg Judy Garland, William Shatner, Marlene Dietrich

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Splendor in the Grass Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty, Pat Hingle

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The Pit and the Pendulum Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians Rod Taylor, Paul Frees, J. Pat O'Malley

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Viridiana Fernando Rey, Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal

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Yojimbo Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Nakadai

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King of Kings Orson Welles, Rip Torn, Robert Ryan

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The Guns of Navarone Olivia de Havilland, Gregory Peck, David Niven

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The Hustler Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott

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Through a Glass Darkly Max von Sydow, Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand

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La Notte Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti

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The Children's Hour Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner

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A Raisin in the Sun Sidney Poitier, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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The Parent Trap Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills

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El Cid Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston, Herbert Lom

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The Absent-Minded Professor Fred MacMurray, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees

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Taste of Fear Christopher Lee, Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd

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The Naked Edge Gary Cooper, Deborah Kerr, Peter Cushing

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Last Year at Marienbad Delphine Seyrig, Sacha Pitoëff, Giorgio Albertazzi

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The Honeymoon Machine Steve McQueen, Paula Prentiss, Dean Jagger

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Too Late Blues Stella Stevens, Bobby Darin, John Cassavetes

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Two Rode Together James Stewart, Shirley Jones, Richard Widmark

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One, Two, Three James Cagney, Red Buttons, Pamela Tiffin

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Pocketful of Miracles Ann-Margret, Bette Davis, Peter Falk

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The Deadly Companions Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Strother Martin

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The Day the Earth Caught Fire Michael Caine, Leo McKern, Janet Munro

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Back Street Susan Hayward, Vera Miles, John Gavin

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The Colossus of Rhodes Rory Calhoun, Lea Massari, George Rigaud

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The Last Sunset Kirk Douglas, Rock Hudson, Piper Laurie

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Lola Anouk Aimée, Margo Lion, Corinne Marchand

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Accattone Franco Citti, Adriana Asti, Silvana Corsini

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Carry On Regardless Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Charles Hawtrey

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Goodbye Again Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins, Yul Brynner

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The Sinister Urge Joan Fontaine, Kenne Duncan, Reed Howes

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Hercules in the Haunted World Christopher Lee, Reg Park, Mino Doro

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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Vivien Leigh, Warren Beatty, Jill St. John

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Ghosts of Rome Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman, Sandra Milo

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Mothra Takashi Shimura, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata

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Fanny Leslie Caron, Charles Boyer, Maurice Chevalier

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Babes in Toyland Annette Funicello, Ed Wynn, Tommy Kirk

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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Barbara Eden, Joan Fontaine, Peter Lorre

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The Comancheros John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Jack Elam

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Lover Come Back Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Ann B. Davis

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Duel of the Titans Virna Lisi, Steve Reeves, Gordon Scott

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Snow White and the Three Stooges Mel Blanc, Larry Fine, Moe Howard