List of American films of 1961

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

1961
Rank
Title Studio Gross
1.The Guns of Navarone* Colombia $28,900,000
2.West Side Story United Artists $19,646,000
3.One Hundred and One Dalmatians Disney $14,000,000
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

Title Director Cast Genre Note
The Absent-Minded ProfessorRobert StevensonFred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy KirkComedyDisney; remade in 1997; 3 Oscar nominations
AdaDaniel MannSusan Hayward, Dean MartinPolitical dramaMGM; based on novel by Wirt Williams
All in a Night's WorkJoseph AnthonyDean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Cliff RobertsonRomantic comedyParamount
All Hands on DeckNorman TaurogPat Boone, Barbara Eden, Buddy HackettMusical comedy20th Century Fox
Angel BabyPaul WendkosGeorge Hamilton, Mercedes McCambridge, Joan BlondellDramaAllied Artists; film debut of Burt Reynolds
AtlasRoger CormanMichael Forest, Barboura MorrisAdventureAmerican International Pictures
AquamaniaWolfgang ReithermanAnimated
Armored CommandByron HaskinHoward Keel, Tina Louise, Earl HollimanWarAllied Artists
Atlantis, the Lost ContinentGeorge PalJohn Dall, Edward PlattSci-fiMGM
Babes in ToylandJack DonohueTommy Sands, Annette Funicello, Ray Bolger, Ed WynnMusicalDisney; based on Victor Herbert operetta
Bachelor FlatFrank TashlinTuesday Weld, Richard Beymer, Terry-ThomasComedy20th Century Fox
Bachelor in ParadiseJack ArnoldBob Hope, Lana Turner, Paula Prentiss, Janis PaigeComedyMGM
Back StreetDavid MillerSusan Hayward, John Gavin, Vera MilesDramaUniversal. From Fannie Hurst novel; remake of 1932 and 1941
Battle at Bloody BeachHerbert ColemanAudie Murphy, Dolores MichaelsWar20th Century Fox
The Beast of Yucca FlatsColeman FrancisTor JohnsonSci-fi
Beep PreparedChuck Jonesvoice of Paul JulianAnimated
The Big BankrollJoseph M. NewmanDavid Janssen, Dianne Foster, Diana DorsCrimeAllied Artists
The Big GambleRichard FleischerStephen Boyd, Juliette Greco, David WayneAdventure20th Century Fox
The Big ShowJames B. ClarkEsther Williams, Cliff Robertson, Robert VaughnDrama20th Century Fox
Blast of SilenceAllen BaronAllen Baron, Larry TuckerThrillerUniversal
Bloodlust!Ralph BrookeRobert Reed, June KenneyHorrorCrown International
Blue HawaiiNorman TaurogElvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela LansburyMusicalParamount
Blueprint for RobberyJerry HopperJ. Pat O'Malley, Robert GistCrimeParamount Pictures
Boy Who Caught a CrookEdward L. CahnWanda Hendrix, Roger MobleyAdventureUnited Artists
Boys BewareSid DavisDocumentary
Breakfast at Tiffany'sBlake EdwardsAudrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Buddy Ebsen, Patricia Neal, Martin Balsam, Mickey RooneyDramaParamount. Based on Truman Capote story; won 2 Oscars
Bridge to the SunÉtienne PérierCarroll Baker, James ShigetaDramaMGM
Buffalo GunAlbert C. GannawayWebb Pierce, Wayne Morris, Mary Ellen KayWesternIndependent
By Love PossessedJohn SturgesLana Turner, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Jason RobardsDramaUnited Artists

C–I

Title Director Cast Genre Note
The Cat BurglarWilliam WitneyJack Hogan, June KenneyThrillerUnited Artists
The Children's HourWilliam WylerAudrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James GarnerDramaUnited Artists. From Lillian Hellman play; 5 Oscar nominations
Claudelle InglishGordon DouglasDiane McBain, Arthur Kennedy, Chad EverettDramaWarner Bros.
The Clown and the KidEdward L. CahnJohn Lupton, Michael McGreevey, Mary WebsterDramaUnited Artists
A Cold Wind in AugustAlexander SingerLola Albright, Scott MarloweDramaUnited Artists
The ComancherosMichael CurtizJohn Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina BalinWestern20th Century Fox; final film for Curtiz
Come SeptemberRobert MulliganRock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Bobby Darin, Sandra DeeComedyUniversal
The Continental TwistWilliam J. Hole Louis Prima, June Wilkinson, Gertrude MichaelComedyAmerican International Pictures
Creature from the Haunted SeaRoger CormanAntony Carbone, Betsy Jones-MorelandScience fictionIndependent
Cry for HappyGeorge MarshallGlenn Ford, Donald O'Connor, James ShigetaComedyColumbia
Daffy's Inn TroubleRobert McKimsonvoice of Mel BlancAnimated
The Deadly CompanionsSam PeckinpahMaureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Chill WillsWesternPathé America. Peckinpah's first film
The Devil at 4 O'ClockMervyn LeRoySpencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Grégoire AslanDisasterColumbia
The Devil's HandWilliam J. Hole Jr.Robert Alda, Linda Christian, Ariadna WelterHorrorCrown International Pictures
Devil's PartnerCharles R. RondeauEd Nelson, Edgar BuchananHorrorIndependent
Diary of a NudistDoris WishmanDavee Decker, Norman CasserlyComedy
DondiAlbert ZugsmithDavid Janssen, Patti Page, Walter WinchellComedyAllied Artists. based on comic strip
Down and OutingGene Deitchvoice of Allen SwiftAnimated
El CidAnthony MannCharlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page, Herbert LomHistorical epicAllied Artists; 3 Oscar nominations
The Errand BoyJerry LewisJerry Lewis, Brian DonlevyComedyParamount
Everything's DuckyDon TaylorBuddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Jackie CooperComedyColumbia
The ExilesKent MackenzieDocumentary
The Explosive GenerationBuzz KulikWilliam Shatner, Patty McCormackDramaUnited Artists
FannyJoshua LoganLeslie Caron, Charles BoyerDramaWarner Bros. 5 Oscar nominations
Fear No MoreBernard WiesenMala Powers, Jacques Bergerac, Anna Lee CarrollThrillerAstor Pictures
A Fever in the BloodVincent ShermanEfrem Zimbalist Jr., Angie Dickinson, Don AmecheCrime dramaWarner Bros.
The Fiercest HeartGeorge ShermanStuart Whitman, Juliet Prowse, Geraldine FitzgeraldDrama20th Century Fox
Five Minutes to LiveBill KarnJohnny Cash, Cay ForresterCrime dramawritten by Forrester
Flight of the Lost BalloonNathan JuranMala Powers, Marshall ThompsonSci-fiA.I.P.
The Flight That DisappearedReginald Le BorgCraig Hill, Paula RaymondDramaUnited Artists
Flower Drum SongHenry KosterNancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Jack Soo, Miyoshi UmekiMusicalUniversal; based on play; 5 Oscar nominations
Force of ImpulseSaul SwimmerRobert Alda, Jeff Donnell, J. Carrol NaishDramaAstor Pictures
Francis of AssisiMichael CurtizBradford Dillman, Dolores Hart, Stuart WhitmanDramaFox
Frontier UprisingEdward L. CahnJim Davis, Nestor PaivaWesternUnited Artists
The Gambler Wore a GunEdward L. CahnJim Davis, Merry AndersWesternUnited Artists
The George Raft StoryJoseph M. NewmanRay Danton, Jayne Mansfield, Julie LondonBiographyAllied Artists
Gidget Goes HawaiianPaul WendkosDeborah Walley, James DarrenComedysequel to Gidget
Go Naked in the WorldRanald MacDougallGina Lollobrigida, Anthony Franciosa, Ernest BorgnineDramaMGM
Gold of the Seven SaintsGordon DouglasClint Walker, Roger MooreAdventureWarner Bros.
Goodbye AgainAnatole LitvakIngrid Bergman, Anthony PerkinsDramaUnited Artists. Based on Françoise Sagan novel
The Great ImpostorRobert MulliganTony Curtis, Edmond O'Brien, Karl MaldenBiographybased on Robert Crichton book
Greyfriars BobbyDon ChaffeyDonald Crisp, Laurence NaismithDramaDisney
Gun FightEdward L. CahnJames Brown, Joan StaleyWesternUnited Artists
Gun StreetEdward L. CahnJames Brown, Jean Willes, John ClarkeWesternUnited Artists
The Happy ThievesGeorge MarshallRex Harrison, Rita HayworthComedyUnited Artists
Havoc in HeavenWan LaimingAnimated
Hercules in the Haunted WorldMario BavaReg Park, Christopher LeeAdventurefilmed in Italy
Hey, Let's Twist!Greg GarrisonJoey Dee, Jo Ann CampbellMusicalParamount
HomicidalWilliam CastleGlenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie LeontovichSuspenseColumbia
The Honeymoon MachineRichard ThorpeSteve McQueen, Jim Hutton, Paula PrentissComedyMGM; based on play by Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Hoodlum PriestIrvin KershnerDon Murray, Keir DulleaBiographyUnited Artists
The HustlerRobert RossenPaul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Myron McCormickDrama20th Century Fox. Based on a novel by Walter Tevis; 9 Oscar nominations

J–R

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Judgment at NurembergStanley KramerSpencer Tracy, Marlene Dietrich, Richard Widmark, Maximilian Schell, Burt Lancaster, William Shatner, Montgomery Clift, Judy GarlandDramaUnited Artists; Academy Awards for Schell, screenplay; 11 nominations
King of KingsNicholas RayJeffrey Hunter, Robert Ryan, Hurd Hatfield, Rip Torn, Siobhán McKenna, Ron Randell, Rita GamBiblical dramaMGM; remake of 1927 film
The Ladies ManJerry LewisJerry Lewis, Lillian Briggs, Helen TraubelComedyParamount
The Last SunsetRobert AldrichRock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy MaloneWesternUniversal; based on Howard Rigsby novel
The Last Time I Saw ArchieJack WebbRobert Mitchum, Jack Webb, Martha HyerComedyUnited Artists
The LawbreakersJoseph M. NewmanJack Warden, Vera MilesCrime dramaMGM
The Little Shepherd of Kingdom ComeAndrew McLaglenJimmie Rodgers, Luana PattenDrama20th Century Fox
The Long RopeWilliam WitneyHugh Marlowe. Alan Hale, Jr.Western20th Century Fox
Look in Any WindowWilliam AllandPaul Anka, Gigi PerreauDramaAllied Artists
Love in a Goldfish BowlJack SherTommy Sands, FabianComedyParamount
Lover Come BackDelbert MannDoris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, Edie AdamsRomantic comedyUniversal
Mad Dog CollBurt BalabanJohn Davis Chandler, Brooke Hayward, Jerry OrbachCrime dramaColumbia Pictures
Madison AvenueH. Bruce HumberstoneDana Andrews, Eleanor Parker, Jeanne CrainDrama20th Century Fox
A Majority of OneMervyn LeRoyRosalind Russell, Alec GuinnessComedyWarner Bros.; based on Leonard Spigelgass play
Man-TrapEdmond O'BrienJeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Stella StevensCrime dramaParamount
Marines, Let's GoRaoul WalshTom Tryon, David HedisonWar20th Century Fox
The MarkGuy GreenStuart Whitman, Rod SteigerDramaWhitman Oscar-nominated
The Marriage-Go-RoundWalter LangJulie Newmar, James Mason, Susan HaywardComedyFox; based on Leslie Stevens play
Master of the WorldWilliam WitneyVincent Price, Charles BronsonAdventureA.I.P.
The MisfitsJohn HustonClark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery CliftDramaUnited Artists; final film for Gable, Monroe
A Matter of MoralsJohn CromwellMaj-Britt Nilsson, Mogens Wieth, Eva DahlbeckDramaUnited Artists
MistyJames B. ClarkArthur O'Connell, Anne Seymour, David LaddFamily20th Century Fox
Morgan, the PirateAndré de TothSteve ReevesAdventure
Most Dangerous Man AliveAllan DwanRon Randell, Debra PagetScience fictionColumbia. Dwan's final film
Mr. SardonicusWilliam CastleOskar Homolka, Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton. Guy RolfeHorrorColumbia
Mysterious IslandCy EndfieldGary Merrill, Herbert Lom, Beth RoganScience fictionColumbia; based on Jules Verne novel
The Naked EdgeMichael AndersonGary Cooper, Deborah KerrSuspenseUnited Artists; final film for Cooper
Night TideCurtis HarringtonDennis Hopper, Marjorie Cameron, Linda LawsonFantasyA.I.P.
Nude on the MoonDoris WishmanAdult
Ole RexRobert HinkleBill Coontz, Billy HughesWesternUniversal
On the DoubleMelville ShavelsonDanny Kaye, Dana WynterComedyParamount
One-Eyed JacksMarlon BrandoMarlon Brando, Karl Malden, Katy JuradoWesternParamount; only film directed by Brando
One Hundred and One Dalmatians3 directorsBen Wright, Betty Lou Gerson, Rod Taylor (voices)AnimatedDisney; live-action remake in 1996
One, Two, ThreeBilly WilderJames Cagney, Horst Bucholtz, Pamela TiffinComedyUnited Artists; Cagney's last film until 1981
Operation BottleneckEdward L. CahnRon Foster, Miiko TakaWarUnited Artists
Operation EichmannR.G. SpringsteenWerner Klemperer, Ruta LeeDramaAllied Artists
The OutsiderDelbert MannTony Curtis, James Franciscus, Bruce BennettBiographyUniversal; story of Ira Hayes
The Parent TrapDavid SwiftHayley Mills, Brian Keith, Maureen O'HaraComedyDisney; remade in 1998
Paris BluesMartin RittSidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Joanne WoodwardComedyUnited Artists
ParrishDelmer DavesTroy Donahue, Claudette Colbert, Karl MaldenDramaWarner Bros.
The Phantom PlanetWilliam MarshallColeen Gray, Anthony DexterSci-fiAmerican International Pictures
Pirates of TortugaRobert D. WebbKen Scott, Letícia RománAdventure20th Century Fox
The Pit and the PendulumRoger CormanVincent Price, John KerrHorrorAmerican International Pictures. From Edgar Allan Poe story
The Pleasure of His CompanyGeorge SeatonFred Astaire, Debbie Reynolds, Lilli Palmer, Tab HunterComedyParamount; Golden Globe for Astaire
Pocketful of MiraclesFrank CapraBette Davis, Glenn Ford, Hope Lange, Peter Falk, Arthur O'Connell, Ann-MargretComedyUnited Artists. Capra's final film; based on a story by Damon Runyon
Police Dog StoryEdward L. CahnJames Brown, Merry AndersCrimeUnited Artists
Portrait of a MobsterJoseph PevneyVic Morrow, Leslie ParrishCrimeWarner Bros.
Posse from HellHerbert ColemanAudie Murphy, Lee Van Cleef, Vic MorrowWesternUniversal
The Purple HillsMaury DexterGene Nelson, Kent TaylorWestern20th Century Fox
Question 7Stuart RosenbergMichael Gwynn, Erik SchumannDrama
A Raisin in the SunDaniel PetrieSidney Poitier, Ruby DeeDramaColumbia; based on Lorraine Hansberry play
ReptilicusSidney W. PinkCarl OttosenSci-fiDanish-American production
Return to Peyton PlaceJosé FerrerCarol Lynley, Jeff Chandler, Eleanor ParkerDrama20th Century Fox. Sequel to Peyton Place
The Right ApproachDavid ButlerFrankie Vaughan, Martha Hyer, Juliet ProwseDrama20th Century Fox
Ring of FireAndrew L. StoneDavid Janssen, Joyce TaylorDramaMGM
Romanoff and JulietPeter UstinovJohn Gavin, Sandra DeeComedyUniversal
The Roman Spring of Mrs. StoneJose QuinteroVivien Leigh, Warren BeattyDramaWarner Bros.. Based on Tennessee Williams play

S–Z

Title Director Cast Genre Note
Sail a Crooked ShipIrving BrecherRobert Wagner, Dolores Hart, Ernie KovacsCrime comedyColumbia
SanctuaryTony RichardsonLee Remick, Yves MontandDrama20th Century Fox
The Second Time AroundVincent ShermanDebbie Reynolds, Steve Forrest, Andy GriffithComedy20th Century Fox
Secret of Deep HarborEdward L. CahnRon Foster, Merry AndersThrillerUnited Artists
The Secret WaysPhil KarlsonRichard Widmark, Sonja ZiemannThrillerUniversal
The Sergeant Was a LadyBernard GlasserVenetia Stevenson, Bill WilliamsComedyUniversal
Seven Women from HellRobert WebbPatricia Owens, Denise Darcel, Yvonne CraigDrama20th Century Fox
The Silent CallJohn A. BushelmanGail Russell, David McLeanDrama20th Century Fox
The Sinister UrgeEd WoodKenne Duncan, Jean FontaineDrama
The Sins of Rachel CadeGordon DouglasAngie Dickinson, Peter Finch, Roger MooreDramaWarner Bros.
Sniper's RidgeJohn A. BushelmanJack Ging, Stanley ClementsWar20th Century Fox
Snow White and the Three StoogesWalter LangThe Three Stooges, Carol HeissComedy20th Century Fox
Something WildJack GarfeinCarroll Baker, Ralph MeekerDramaUnited Artists
Splendor in the GrassElia KazanWarren Beatty, Natalie Wood, Barbara LodenDramaWarner Bros.; Oscar for writer William Inge
Square of ViolenceLeonardo BercoviciBroderick Crawford, Valentina Cortese, Bibi AnderssonWarMGM
The Steel ClawGeorge MontgomeryGeorge MontgomeryActionWarner Bros.
Stop, Look and LaughDon Appell, Louis BrandtThe Three Stooges, Paul WinchellComedyColumbia
Summer and SmokePeter GlenvilleLaurence Harvey, Geraldine Page, Rita Moreno, Thomas Gomez, Una MerkelDramaParamount. From play by Tennessee Williams; 4 Oscar nominations
Susan SladeDelmer DavesTroy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Dorothy McGuireDramaWarner Bros.
Swingin' AlongCharles BartonPeter Marshall, Tommy Noonan, Barbara EdenComedy
Switchin' KittenGene DeitchTom and JerryAnimatedMGM
Tammy Tell Me TrueHarry KellerSandra Dee, John GavinRomanceUniversal. 2nd in Tammy series
Teenage MillionaireLawrence DohenyJimmy Clanton, Diane JergensComedyUnited Artists
Three Blondes in His LifeLeon ChooluckJock Mahoney, Greta ThyssenComedy
A Thunder of DrumsJoseph M. NewmanRichard Boone, George Hamilton, Luana PattenWesternMGM
Tomboy and the ChampFrancis D. LyonCandy Moore, Ben JohnsonDramaUniversal
Too Late BluesJohn CassavetesBobby Darin, Stella StevensDramaParamount
Town Without PityGottfried ReinhardtKirk Douglas, E. G. Marshall, Robert BlakeDramaUnited Artists
Twenty Plus TwoJoseph M. NewmanDavid Janssen, Jeanne Crain, Dina MerrillDramaAllied Artists
20,000 EyesJack LeewoodGene Nelson, Merry AndersThriller20th Century Fox
Twist Around the ClockOscar RudolphChubby Checker, Dion DiMucciMusicalColumbia
The Two Little BearsRandall HoodEddie Albert, Jane WyattComedy20th Century Fox
Two LovesCharles WaltersShirley MacLaine, Laurence HarveyRomanceMGM
Two Rode TogetherJohn FordJames Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley JonesWesternColumbia
Underworld U.S.A.Samuel FullerCliff Robertson, Beatrice KayFilm noirColumbia
Valley of the DragonsEdward BerndsCesare Danova, Sean McClory, Joan StaleySci-FiColumbia
Very Nice, Very NiceArthur LipsettShort subject7 min.
Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaIrwin AllenWalter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara EdenScience fiction20th Century Fox; became TV series
War Is HellBurt TopperAudie Murphy, Judy DanWarAllied Artists
West Side StoryRobert Wise, Jerome RobbinsRichard Beymer, Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Russ Tamblyn, George Chakiris, Simon OaklandMusicalUnited Artists; won 10 Oscars; based on stage musical and Romeo and Juliet
When the Clock StrikesEdward L. CahnJames Brown, Merry AndersCrimeUnited Artists
Wild in the CountryPhilip DunneElvis Presley, Tuesday Weld, Hope LangeDrama20th Century Fox
Wings of ChanceEddie DewJames Brown, Frances RaffertyActionUniversal
The Wizard of BaghdadGeorge ShermanDick Shawn, Diane BakerComedy
X-15Richard DonnerCharles Bronson, Kenneth Tobey, David McLean, Mary Tyler MooreAdventureUnited Artists
You Have to Run FastEdward L. CahnCraig Hill, Grant RichardsDramaUnited Artists
The Young DoctorsPhil KarlsonBen Gazzara, Fredric March, Dick ClarkDramaUnited Artists
The Young SavagesJohn FrankenheimerBurt Lancaster, Dina Merrill, Shelley WintersDramaUnited Artists

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