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2. A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Approved | 128 min | Drama

87 Metascore

A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee, Diana Sands

Votes: 6,929

In Competition

3. Goodbye Again (1961)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance

A successful business woman, dissatisfied with her current, philandering lover, starts an affair with a much younger man.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Yves Montand, Anthony Perkins, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 2,331

In Competition

4. Che gioia vivere (1961)

132 min | Comedy

Ulisse is a naive young man out looking for a job after being released from the army. He drops the offer he gets from a group of fascists to go in with the Fossatis, a family of anarchists (unknown to him).

Director: René Clément | Stars: Alain Delon, Barbara Lass, Gino Cervi, Rina Morelli

Votes: 368

In Competition

5. The Fourteenth Day (1960)

101 min | Crime, Drama

The adventures of four convicts who were given fourteen days of freedom on the basis of good conduct, and their attempts to adapt in rather changed environment.

Director: Zdravko Velimirovic | Stars: Nikola Popovic, Karlo Bulic, Slobodan 'Cica' Perovic, Dusan Janicijevic

Votes: 24

In Competition

6. Darclée (1960)

110 min | Biography, Drama

Darclee is a lead singer for an opera company in Romania with a heavy load of responsibility. It seems the company is in dire need of a decent physical structure for their performances and a brace , or more.

Director: Mihai Iacob | Stars: Silvia Popovici, Costache Antoniu, Toma Dimitriu, Marcel Anghelescu

Votes: 36

In Competition

7. The Last Witness (1960)

102 min | Crime

Courtroom drama about the murder of a four-month-old baby. Police almost immediately arrest the mother Ingrid who is the mistress of the father, a rich business VIP married to someone else.... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Martin Held, Hanns Lothar, Ellen Schwiers, Jürgen Goslar

Votes: 82

In Competition

8. The Judge (1960)

112 min | Drama

Krister and his fiancé Brita return to Stockholm after a stay in Italy. Shortly upon their return Krister learns that all his assets left to him by his father has disappeared. Together with... See full summary »

Director: Alf Sjöberg | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Hellström, Per Myrberg, Georg Rydeberg

Votes: 73

In Competition

9. The Brute (1961)

96 min | Drama

The setting is the countryside, where an independent, landowning farmer busies himself in his free time by bedding down the women on his farm and then tossing them aside. One such ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltán Fábri | Stars: Ferenc Bessenyei, Tibor Bitskey, Mária Medgyesi, Béla Barsi

Votes: 127

In Competition

10. That Forward Center Dies at Dawn (1961)

80 min | Drama

Cacho Garibaldi is the soccer player of the moment, his goals lead to delirium fans. When an eccentric millionaire named Lupus buys his transfer, he believes he has reached the pinnacle of fame.

Director: René Múgica | Stars: Arturo Arcari, Didi Carli, Camilo Da Passano, Pierina Dealessi

Votes: 27

In Competition

12. Het mes (1961)

89 min | Drama

A young boy coming into puberty is resentful of his mother's budding romance with the best friend of her late husband, and is torn and confused about his emerging feelings for Toni, a young... See full summary »

Director: Fons Rademakers | Stars: Reitze van der Linden, Marie-Louise Videc, Ellen Vogel, Paul Cammermans

Votes: 135

In Competition

In Competition

15. Two Women (1960)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, War

In the Italy of WWII, a widow and her lonely daughter seek for distance between them and the horrors of war.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone, Eleonora Brown

Votes: 9,008

In Competition

16. La mano en la trampa (1961)

90 min | Drama

A woman uncovers the secret of her aunt's withdrawal from the world and arranges a confrontation with the man who jilted her.

Director: Leopoldo Torre Nilsson | Stars: Elsa Daniel, Francisco Rabal, Leonardo Favio, María Rosa Gallo

Votes: 179

In Competition

17. Girl with a Suitcase (1961)

96 min | Drama, Romance

Lorenzo, who's 16 and born to a wealthy family in Parma, tries to make things right toward a showgirl, Aida, whom his older brother has mistreated. In extending kindness and standing up for... See full summary »

Director: Valerio Zurlini | Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Jacques Perrin, Luciana Angiolillo, Renato Baldini

Votes: 1,655

In Competition

18. La viaccia (1961)

102 min | Drama

The original Italian is La Viaccia (the name of the family farm which motivates the plot). The death of a wealthy patriarch in 1885 sets off an interfamily power struggle. Son Ferdinando ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Pietro Germi, Romolo Valli

Votes: 423

In Competition

19. Le ciel et la boue (1961)

92 min | Documentary

In September, 1959, six Europeans leave Cook's Bay on the southern coast of Dutch New Guinea, now West Papua or Irian Jaya, to trek north to the far side of the island. The journey (450 ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau | Stars: Gerard Delloye, Tony Saulnier, Herve de Maigret, William Dexter

Votes: 198

In Competition

20. Kazaki (1961)

97 min | Drama

Based on the story by L. N. Tolstoy. Yunker Olenin, representative of the St. Petersburg's golden youth, in search of romance, travels from St. Petersburg to the Caucasus.

Director: Vasili Pronin | Stars: Leonid Gubanov, Boris Andreyev, Zinaida Kirienko, Eduard Bredun

Votes: 52

In Competition

21. Madalena (1960)

91 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A tenacious daughter and an expert boatman are more than eager to prolong their parents' irreconcilable feud; however, an untimely demise will only make things worse. Can a humble priest help them bury the hatchet--and, maybe--find love?

Director: Dinos Dimopoulos | Stars: Aliki Vougiouklaki, Dimitris Papamichael, Pantelis Zervos, Thodoros Moridis

Votes: 1,007

In Competition

22. Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A priest is sent to a small parish in the Polish countryside which is believed to be under demonic possession and there he finds his own temptations awaiting.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Lucyna Winnicka, Mieczyslaw Voit, Anna Ciepielewska, Maria Chwalibóg

Votes: 2,731

In Competition

23. Brother (1960)

98 min | Drama

Set in 1926 when Japanese tradition was much stronger, this standard drama looks at the inner workings of a small family, especially the relationship between a sister and brother.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Keiko Kishi, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Masayuki Mori

Votes: 368

In Competition

24. A Song About the Gray Pigeon (1961)

98 min | Drama

During the WW2 a group of Slovak children goes a trip on the mountains with their teacher.

Director: Stanislav Barabas | Stars: Radoslav Bartoník, Michal Belák, Vladimir Brecka, Mikulás Bugár

Votes: 65

In Competition

26. The Story of the Flaming Years (1961)

91 min | Drama, War

In early Summer 1941, German troops penetrate into Russia, wreaking human and material destruction. Ivan Orlyukov, a young Russian, takes up arms and rises up against the invader. He is not... See full summary »

Director: Yuliya Solntseva | Stars: Boris Andreyev, Sergei Lukyanov, Vasiliy Merkurev, Nikolay Vingranovskiy

Votes: 99

In Competition

27. The Hoodlum Priest (1961)

101 min | Drama

Based on the life of Fr. Charles Clark, a minister to street gangs.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Don Murray, Larry Gates, Cindi Wood, Keir Dullea

Votes: 355

In Competition

28. The Mark (1961)

Approved | 127 min | Drama

A man who served prison time for intent to molest a child tries to build a new life with the help of a sympathetic psychiatrist.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Maria Schell, Stuart Whitman, Rod Steiger, Brenda de Banzie

Votes: 708

In Competition

29. Line (1961)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama

(1961 aka LINE) Margarete Robsahm, Toralv Maurstad, Henki Kolstad, Elisabeth Bang.. Youthful drama about a young guy and his struggles with his hatred of his father. Not even a relationship... See full summary »

Director: Nils-Reinhardt Christensen | Stars: Margrete Robsahm, Toralv Maurstad, Henki Kolstad, Sissel Juul

Votes: 75

In Competition

30. The Wastrel (1961)

84 min | Drama

A wealthy and self-serving man, sets out on a perilous ocean voyage with his son. An unexpected incident with the vessel causes him to reflect on his not so perfect life.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Ellie Lambeti, Van Heflin, Franco Fabrizi, Fosco Giachetti

Votes: 47

In Competition

31. The Long Absence (1961)

94 min | Drama

Thérèse Langlois, who runs a small café in the suburbs of Paris, lives alone, awaiting her long lost husband. One day she thinks she recognizes him in a tramp walking past her establishment... See full summary »

Director: Henri Colpi | Stars: Alida Valli, Georges Wilson, Charles Blavette, Amédée

Votes: 538

In Competition

32. Viridiana (1961)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey, José Calvo

Votes: 21,482

In Competition

33. Exodus (1960)

Approved | 208 min | Action, Drama, History

The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford

Votes: 8,636 | Gross: $18.97M

Out of Competition

34. The Connection (1961)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A director tries to film a group of junkies in Leach's room while they are waiting for Cowboy to bring their heroin connection.

Director: Shirley Clarke | Stars: William Redfield, Warren Finnerty, Garry Goodrow, Jerome Raphael

Votes: 695

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