Electra is a Greek film written and directed by Michael Cacoyannis that was originally released in 1962. It stars Irene Papas as Electra, and Yannis Fertis as Orestis, and was the first film in the Greek Tragedy trilogy of the director; the films that followed were The Trojan Women in 1971, and Iphigenia in 1977.
According to the plot, King Agamemnon was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus, after he returned from the Trojan War. Agamemnon and Clytemnestra's daughter, Electra, then decided to take revenge for the death of her father, and plotted against her with her brother Orestes. Orestes asked for the help of his friend and cousin Pylades, and broke into his mother's house; he then stabbed her to her death, along with her lover Aegisthus.
The film won the award of Best Cinematic Transposition in the 1962 Cannes Film Festival, while it was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.