List of American films of 1961

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A list of American films released in 1961.

Top-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

Rank Title Studio Gross
1. One Hundred and One Dalmatians* Disney $186,648,000
2. West Side Story United Artists $19,646,000
3. The Guns of Navarone Columbia $13,000,000
4. El Cid Allied Artists $12,000,000
5. The Absent-Minded Professor* Disney $11,426,000
6. The Parent Trap* Disney $11,322,000
7. La Dolce Vita* Astor/AIP $8,000,000
8. Lover Come Back Universal $7,625,000
9. King of Kings MGM $6,520,000
10. Poor White Trash* CDA/United Artists $6,000,000

A–B[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
The Absent-Minded Professor Robert Stevenson Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk Comedy Disney; remade in 1997; 3 Oscar nominations
Ada Daniel Mann Susan Hayward, Dean Martin Political drama MGM; based on novel by Wirt Williams
All in a Night's Work Joseph Anthony Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Cliff Robertson Romantic comedy Paramount
All Hands on Deck Norman Taurog Pat Boone, Barbara Eden, Buddy Hackett Musical comedy 20th Century Fox
Angel Baby Paul Wendkos George Hamilton, Mercedes McCambridge, Joan Blondell Drama Allied Artists; film debut of Burt Reynolds
Aquamania Wolfgang Reitherman Animated
Armored Command Byron Haskin Howard Keel, Tina Louise, Earl Holliman War Allied Artists
Atlantis, the Lost Continent George Pal John Dall, Edward Platt Sci-fi MGM
Babes in Toyland Jack Donohue Tommy Sands, Annette Funicello, Ray Bolger, Ed Wynn Musical Disney; based on Victor Herbert operetta
Bachelor in Paradise Jack Arnold Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Paula Prentiss, Janis Paige Comedy MGM
Back Street David Miller Susan Hayward, John Gavin, Vera Miles Drama from Fannie Hurst novel; remake of 1932 and 1941
Battle at Bloody Beach Herbert Coleman Audie Murphy, Dolores Michaels War 20th Century Fox
The Beast of Yucca Flats Coleman Francis Tor Johnson Sci-fi
Beep Prepared Chuck Jones voice of Paul Julian Animated
The Big Bankroll Joseph M. Newman David Janssen, Dianne Foster, Diana Dors Crime aka King of the Roaring '20s
The Big Gamble Richard Fleischer Stephen Boyd, Juliette Greco, David Wayne Adventure 20th Century Fox
The Big Show James B. Clark Esther Williams, Cliff Robertson, Robert Vaughn Drama 20th Century Fox
Blast of Silence Allen Baron Allen Baron, Larry Tucker Thriller
Bloodlust! Ralph Brooke Robert Reed, June Kenney Horror Crown International
Blue Hawaii Norman Taurog Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury Musical Paramount
Boys Beware Sid Davis Documentary
Breakfast at Tiffany's Blake Edwards Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Buddy Ebsen, Patricia Neal, Martin Balsam, Mickey Rooney Drama based on Truman Capote story; won 2 Oscars
Bridge to the Sun Étienne Périer Carroll Baker, James Shigeta Drama MGM
By Love Possessed John Sturges Lana Turner, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Jason Robards Drama United Artists

C–I[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
The Children's Hour William Wyler Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner Drama from Lillian Hellman play; 5 Oscar nominations
Claudelle Inglish Gordon Douglas Diane McBain, Arthur Kennedy, Chad Everett Drama Warner Bros.
A Cold Wind in August Alexander Singer Lola Albright, Scott Marlowe Drama United Artists
The Comancheros Michael Curtiz John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin Western 20th Century Fox; final film for Curtiz
Come September Robert Mulligan Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Bobby Darin, Sandra Dee Comedy Universal
Creature from the Haunted Sea Roger Corman Antony Carbone, Betsy Jones-Moreland Science fiction
Cry for Happy George Marshall Glenn Ford, Donald O'Connor, James Shigeta Comedy Columbia
Daffy's Inn Trouble Robert McKimson voice of Mel Blanc Animated
The Deadly Companions Sam Peckinpah Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Chill Wills Western Peckinpah's first film
The Devil at 4 O'Clock Mervyn LeRoy Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Grégoire Aslan Disaster Columbia
Diary of a Nudist Doris Wishman Davee Decker, Norman Casserly Comedy
Dondi Albert Zugsmith David Janssen, Patti Page, Walter Winchell Comedy based on comic strip
Down and Outing Gene Deitch voice of Allen Swift Animated
El Cid Anthony Mann Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page, Herbert Lom Historical epic Allied Artists; 3 Oscar nominations
The Errand Boy Jerry Lewis Jerry Lewis, Brian Donlevy Comedy Paramount
Everything's Ducky Don Taylor Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Jackie Cooper Comedy Columbia
The Exiles Kent Mackenzie Documentary
The Explosive Generation Buzz Kulik William Shatner, Patty McCormack Drama United Artists
Fanny Joshua Logan Leslie Caron, Charles Boyer Drama 5 Oscar nominations
A Fever in the Blood Vincent Sherman Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Angie Dickinson, Don Ameche Crime drama Warner Bros.
The Fiercest Heart George Sherman Stuart Whitman, Juliet Prowse, Geraldine Fitzgerald Drama 20th Century Fox
Five Golden Hours Mario Zampi Ernie Kovacs, Cyd Charisse Crime comedy Columbia
Five Minutes to Live Bill Karn Johnny Cash, Cay Forrester Crime drama written by Forrester
Flight of the Lost Balloon Nathan Juran Mala Powers, Marshall Thompson Sci-fi A.I.P.
The Flight That Disappeared Reginald Le Borg Craig Hill, Paula Raymond Drama
Flower Drum Song Henry Koster Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Jack Soo, Miyoshi Umeki Musical Universal; based on play; 5 Oscar nominations
Francis of Assisi Michael Curtiz Bradford Dillman, Dolores Hart, Stuart Whitman Drama Fox
The George Raft Story Joseph M. Newman Ray Danton, Jayne Mansfield, Julie London Biography
Gidget Goes Hawaiian Paul Wendkos Deborah Walley, James Darren Comedy sequel to Gidget
Gold of the Seven Saints Gordon Douglas Clint Walker, Roger Moore Adventure Warner Bros.
Goodbye Again Anatole Litvak Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins Drama based on Françoise Sagan novel
The Great Impostor Robert Mulligan Tony Curtis, Edmond O'Brien, Karl Malden Biography based on Robert Crichton book
Gun Fight Edward L. Cahn James Brown, Joan Staley Western
The Happy Thieves George Marshall Rex Harrison, Rita Hayworth Comedy United Artists
Havoc in Heaven Wan Laiming Animated
Hercules in the Haunted World Mario Bava Reg Park, Christopher Lee Adventure filmed in Italy
Hey, Let's Twist! Greg Garrison Joey Dee, Jo Ann Campbell Musical Paramount
Homicidal William Castle Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich Suspense
The Honeymoon Machine Richard Thorpe Steve McQueen, Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss Comedy MGM; based on play by Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
Hoodlum Priest Irvin Kershner Don Murray, Keir Dullea Biography United Artists
The Hustler Robert Rossen Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormick Drama based on a novel by Walter Tevis; 9 Oscar nominations

J–R[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Judgment at Nuremberg Stanley Kramer Spencer Tracy, Marlene Dietrich, Richard Widmark, Maximilian Schell, Burt Lancaster, William Shatner, Montgomery Clift, Judy Garland Drama United Artists; Academy Awards for Schell, screenplay; 11 nominations
King of Kings Nicholas Ray Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Ryan, Hurd Hatfield, Rip Torn, Siobhan McKenna, Ron Randell, Rita Gam Biblical drama MGM; remake of 1927 film
The Ladies Man Jerry Lewis Jerry Lewis Comedy Paramount
The Last Sunset Robert Aldrich Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone Western Universal; based on Howard Rigsby novel
The Last Time I Saw Archie Jack Webb Robert Mitchum, Jack Webb, Martha Hyer Comedy United Artists
The Lawbreakers Joseph M. Newman Jack Warden, Vera Miles Crime drama MGM
The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come Andrew McLaglen Jimmie Rodgers, Luana Patten Drama 20th Century Fox
Look in Any Window William Alland Paul Anka, Gigi Perreau Drama Allied Artists
Love in a Goldfish Bowl Jack Sher Tommy Sands, Fabian Comedy Paramount
Lover Come Back Delbert Mann Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, Edie Adams Romantic comedy Universal
Mad Dog Coll Burt Balaban John Davis Chandler, Kay Doubleday, Jerry Orbach Crime drama
A Majority of One Mervyn LeRoy Rosalind Russell, Alec Guinness Comedy Warner Bros.; based on Leonard Spigelgass play
Man-Trap Edmond O'Brien Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Stella Stevens Crime drama Paramount
Marines, Let's Go Raoul Walsh Tom Tryon, David Hedison War 20th Century Fox
The Mark Guy Green Stuart Whitman, Rod Steiger Drama Whitman Oscar-nominated
The Marriage-Go-Round Walter Lang Julie Newmar, James Mason, Susan Hayward Comedy Fox; based on Leslie Stevens play
Master of the World William Witney Vincent Price, Charles Bronson Adventure A.I.P.
The Misfits John Huston Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift Drama United Artists; final film for Gable, Monroe
A Matter of Morals John Cromwell Maj-Britt Nilsson, Mogens Wieth, Eva Dahlbeck Drama United Artists
Misty James B. Clark Arthur O'Connell, Anne Seymour, David Ladd Family
Morgan, the Pirate André de Toth Steve Reeves Adventure
Most Dangerous Man Alive Allan Dwan Ron Randell, Debra Paget Science fiction Dwan's final film
Mysterious Island Cy Endfield Gary Merrill, Herbert Lom, Beth Rogan Science fiction Columbia; based on Jules Verne novel
The Naked Edge Michael Anderson Gary Cooper, Deborah Kerr Suspense United Artists; final film for Cooper
Night Tide Curtis Harrington Dennis Hopper, Marjorie Cameron, Linda Lawson Fantasy A.I.P.
Nude on the Moon Doris Wishman Adult
On the Double Melville Shavelson Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter Comedy Paramount
One-Eyed Jacks Marlon Brando Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado Western Paramount; only film directed by Brando
One Hundred and One Dalmatians 3 directors Ben Wright, Betty Lou Gerson, Rod Taylor (voices) Animated Disney; live-action remake in 1996
One, Two, Three Billy Wilder James Cagney, Horst Bucholtz, Pamela Tiffin Comedy United Artists; Cagney's last film until 1981
The Outsider Delbert Mann Tony Curtis, James Franciscus, Bruce Bennett Biography Universal; story of Ira Hayes
The Parent Trap David Swift Hayley Mills, Brian Keith, Maureen O'Hara Comedy Disney; remade in 1998
Paris Blues Martin Ritt Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward Comedy United Artists
Parrish Delmer Daves Troy Donahue, Claudette Colbert, Karl Malden Drama Warner Bros.
The Phantom Planet William Marshall Coleen Gray, Anthony Dexter Sci-fi
The Pit and the Pendulum Roger Corman Vincent Price, John Kerr Horror from Edgar Allan Poe story
The Pleasure of His Company George Seaton Fred Astaire, Debbie Reynolds, Lilli Palmer, Tab Hunter Comedy Paramount; Golden Globe for Astaire
Pocketful of Miracles Frank Capra Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Hope Lange, Peter Falk, Arthur O'Connell, Ann-Margret Comedy Capra's final film; based on a story by Damon Runyon
Portrait of a Mobster Joseph Pevney Vic Morrow, Leslie Parrish Crime
Posse from Hell Herbert Coleman Audie Murphy, Lee Van Cleef, Vic Morrow Western Universal
Question 7 Stuart Rosenberg Michael Gwynn Drama
A Raisin in the Sun Daniel Petrie Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee Drama Columbia; based on Lorraine Hansberry play
Reptilicus Sidney W. Pink Sci-fi
Return to Peyton Place José Ferrer Carol Lynley, Jeff Chandler, Eleanor Parker Drama sequel to Peyton Place
The Right Approach David Butler Frankie Vaughan, Martha Hyer, Juliet Prowse Drama 20th Century Fox
Romanoff and Juliet Peter Ustinov John Gavin, Sandra Dee Comedy Universal
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Jose Quintero Vivien Leigh, Warren Beatty Drama based on Tennessee Williams play

S–Z[edit]

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Sail a Crooked Ship Irving Brecher Robert Wagner, Dolores Hart, Ernie Kovacs Crime comedy Columbia
Sanctuary Tony Richardson Lee Remick, Yves Montand Drama 20th Century Fox
The Second Time Around Vincent Sherman Debbie Reynolds, Steve Forrest, Andy Griffith Comedy 20th Century Fox
The Secret Ways Phil Karlson Richard Widmark, Sonja Ziemann Thriller Universal
The Sergeant Was a Lady Bernard Glasser Venetia Stevenson, Bill Williams Comedy
Seven Women from Hell Robert Webb Patricia Owens, Denise Darcel, Yvonne Craig Drama 20th Century Fox
The Sinister Urge Ed Wood Kenne Duncan, Jean Fontaine Drama
The Sins of Rachel Cade Gordon Douglas Angie Dickinson, Peter Finch, Roger Moore Drama Warner Bros.
Snow White and the Three Stooges Walter Lang Three Stooges, Carol Heiss Comedy 20th Century Fox
Something Wild Jack Garfein Carroll Baker, Ralph Meeker Drama United Artists
Splendor in the Grass Elia Kazan Warren Beatty, Natalie Wood, Barbara Loden Drama Warner Bros.; Oscar for writer William Inge
The Steel Claw George Montgomery George Montgomery Action Warner Bros.
Stop, Look and Laugh Don Appell, Louis Brandt Three Stooges, Paul Winchell Comedy Columbia
Summer and Smoke Peter Glenville Laurence Harvey, Geraldine Page, Rita Moreno, Thomas Gomez, Una Merkel Drama from play by Tennessee Williams; 4 Oscar nominations
Susan Slade Delmer Daves Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Dorothy McGuire Drama Warner Bros.
Swingin' Along Charles Barton Peter Marshall, Tommy Noonan, Barbara Eden Comedy
Tammy Tell Me True Harry Keller Sandra Dee, John Gavin Romance 2nd in Tammy series
Teenage Millionaire Lawrence Doheny Jimmy Clanton, Diane Jergens Comedy United Artists
Three Blondes in His Life Leon Chooluck Jock Mahoney, Greta Thyssen Comedy
A Thunder of Drums Joseph M. Newman Richard Boone, George Hamilton, Luana Patten Western MGM
Too Late Blues John Cassavetes Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens Drama Paramount
Town Without Pity Gottfried Reinhardt Kirk Douglas, E.G. Marshall, Robert Blake Drama United Artists
Twenty Plus Two Joseph M. Newman David Janssen, Jeanne Crain, Dina Merrill Drama
Twist Around the Clock Oscar Rudolph Chubby Checker, Dion DiMucci Musical Columbia
Two Loves Charles Walters Shirley MacLaine, Laurence Harvey Romance MGM
Two Rode Together John Ford James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones Western Columbia
Underworld U.S.A. Samuel Fuller Cliff Robertson, Beatrice Kay Film noir Columbia
Very Nice, Very Nice Arthur Lipsett Short subject 7 min.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Irwin Allen Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden Science fiction 20th Century Fox; became TV series
War Is Hell Burt Topper Audie Murphy War
West Side Story Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins Richard Beymer, Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, George Chakiris, Simon Oakland Musical United Artists; won 10 Oscars; based on stage musical and Romeo and Juliet
Wild in the Country Philip Dunne Elvis Presley, Tuesday Weld, Hope Lange Comedy 20th Century Fox
The Wizard of Baghdad George Sherman Dick Shawn, Diane Baker Comedy
X-15 Richard Donner Charles Bronson, Kenneth Tobey, David McLean, Mary Tyler Moore Adventure United Artists
You Have to Run Fast Edward L. Cahn Craig Hill, Grant Richards Drama
The Young Doctors Phil Karlson Ben Gazzara, Fredric March, Dick Clark Drama United Artists
The Young Savages John Frankenheimer Burt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Shelley Winters Drama United Artists

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