Electra and her brother Orestes plot to kill their mother after the siblings come to believe she murdered their father, King  Agamemnon.


Best Sound Adaptation Award
International Youth Union Award
Thessaloniki Film Festival 1962: Best Film, Directing, Actress in Leading Role
Greek Critics' Union: Best Film, Directing, Actress in Leading Role and Actress in Supporting Role, Actor in Leading Role, Music
Awards at the festivals of Edinburgh (1962), Acapulco (1962), Berlin (1963)
Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Film
Apart from the Oscar nomination, Electra won 25 awards.


  • Starring:Irini Papas, Yannis Fertis, Manos Katrakis, Takis Emmanuel, Notis Peryalis, Theano Ioannidou
  • Scenario/ Direction:Michael Cacoyannis (based on Euripides' play)
  • Photography:Walter Lassaly
  • Music:Mikis Theodorakis
  • Decor - Costumes:Spyros Vassiliou