The year 1961 in film involved some significant events, with West Side Story winning 10 Academy Awards.

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. West Side Story United Artists Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn, Simon Oakland $43,656,822[1]
2. The Guns of Navarone Columbia Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, David Niven, Stanley Baker, Irene Papas, James Darren, Gia Scala $28,900,000[2]
3. El Cid Allied Artists Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren $26,600,000[3]
4. The Absent-Minded Professor Walt Disney Productions Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk, Leon Ames, Elliot Reid, Ed Wynn $25,381,407[4]
5. The Parent Trap Walt Disney Productions Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith $25,150,385[5]
6. La Dolce Vita Koch-Lorber Films Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg $19,516,000[4]
7. Lover Come Back Universal Doris Day, Rock Hudson $16,937,969[6]
8. King of Kings MGM Jeffrey Hunter, Robert Ryan $14,483,352[7]
9. One Hundred and One Dalmatians Walt Disney Productions voices of Rod Taylor, Ben Wright, Betty Lou Gerson, Cate Bauer, J. Pat O'Malley $14,000,000[8]
10. Splendor in the Grass Warner Bros. Natalie Wood, Warren Beatty $11,426,000
11. Blue Hawaii Paramount Elvis Presley $10,440,453[9]
12. Judgment at Nuremberg United Artists Spencer Tracy, Maximilian Schell, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich $10,000,000[10]
13. Breakfast at Tiffany's Paramount Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen $9,551,904[11]
14. The Misfits MGM Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach $8,200,000[12]

Awards

Academy Awards: Best Picture: West Side Story - Mirisch-B&P Enterprises, United Artists Best Director: Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins - West Side Story Best Actor: Maximilian Schell - Judgment at Nuremberg Best Actress: Sophia Loren - Two Women Best Supporting Actor: George Chakiris - West Side Story Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno - West Side Story Best Foreign Language Film: Through a Glass Darkly (Såsom i en spegel), directed by Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Golden Globe Awards: Drama: Best Picture: The Guns of Navarone Best Actor: Maximilian Schell - Judgment at Nuremberg Best Actress: Geraldine Page - Summer and Smoke Musical or comedy: Best Picture (tie): A Majority of One Best Picture (tie): West Side Story Best Actor: Glenn Ford - Pocketful of Miracles Best Actress: Rosalind Russell - A Majority of OneOther Best Director: Stanley Kramer - Judgment at Nuremberg Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival): The Long Absence (Une aussi longue absence), directed by Henri Colpi, FranceViridiana, directed by Luis Buñuel, Spain Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival): Last Year at Marienbad (L'année dernière à Marienbad), directed by Alain Resnais, France Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival): La Notte (The Night), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy

Notable films released in 1961

  1. The Guns of Navarone
  2. Pocketful of Miracles

Christmas films

  1. Plácido
  2. A Night Before Christmas

Short film series

Looney Tunes (1930–1969) Terrytoons (1930–1964) Merrie Melodies (1931–1969) Goofy (1961) Tom and Jerry (1940–1967) Noveltoons (1943–1967)

Births

Deaths

Film debuts

Ann-Margret - Pocketful of Miracles Warren Beatty - Splendor in the Grass Louis Gossett, Jr. - A Raisin in the Sun Gene Hackman - Mad Dog Coll Joe Pesci - Hey, Let's Twist! Burt Reynolds - Angel Baby

References

1.Jump up ^ Box Office Information for West Side Story. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 2.Jump up ^ Box Office Information for |The Guns of Navarone. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 3.Jump up ^ Box Office Information for El Cid. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 4.^ Jump up to: a b Box Office Information for The Absent-Minded Professor. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 5.Jump up ^ Box Office Information for The Parent Trap. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 6.Jump up ^ Box Office Information for Lover Come Back. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 7.Jump up ^ Box Office Information for King of Kings. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 8.Jump up ^ Box Office Information for One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 9.Jump up ^ Box Office Information for Blue Hawaii. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 10.Jump up ^ Box Office Information for Judgment at Nuremberg. The Numbers. Retrieved April 14, 2012. 11.Jump up ^ Box Office Information for Breakfast at Tiffany's. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.

12.Jump up ^ Box Office Information for The Misfits. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.

  1. Box Office Information for West Side Story. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  2. Box Office Information for |The Guns of Navarone. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  3. Box Office Information for El Cid. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Box Office Information for The Absent-Minded Professor. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  5. Box Office Information for The Parent Trap. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  6. Box Office Information for Lover Come Back. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  7. Box Office Information for King of Kings. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  8. Box Office Information for One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  9. Box Office Information for Blue Hawaii. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  10. Box Office Information for Judgment at Nuremberg. The Numbers. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
  11. Box Office Information for Breakfast at Tiffany's. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  12. Box Office Information for The Misfits. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
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