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The Best Anthony Perkins Movies

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List of the best Anthony Perkins movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Anthony Perkins's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Anthony Perkins movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Anthony Perkins movies will be at the top of the list. Anthony Perkins has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Anthony Perkins movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Anthony Perkins films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Anthony Perkins role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Anthony Perkins performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

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  • 1


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh


    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from her...  more

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  • 2

    Friendly Persuasion

    Gary Cooper, Anthony Perkins


    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Friendly Persuasion is a 1956 Civil War film starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer, Robert Middleton and Phyllis Love. The screenplay was adapted by Michael Wilson from...  more

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  • 3


    Anthony Perkins, Melina Mercouri


    Directed byJules Dassin

    Phaedra was a 1962 motion picture directed by Jules Dassin as a vehicle for his partner Melina Mercouri, after her world-wide hit Never on Sunday. The film was the fourth collaboration between Dassin...  more
  • 4

    The Black Hole

    Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Perkins


    Directed byGary Nelson

    The Black Hole is a 1979 American science fiction film directed by Gary Nelson and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film stars Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette...  more

    #87 of 320 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time#188 of 552 The Best '70s Movies#104 of 183 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies

  • 5

    Goodbye Again

    Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins


    Directed byAnatole Litvak

    Goodbye Again, released in Europe as Aimez-vous Brahms?, is a 1961 romantic drama film produced and directed by Anatole Litvak. The screenplay was written by Samuel A. Taylor, based on the novel...  more

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  • 6

    Edge of Sanity

    Anthony Perkins, Glynis Barber


    Directed byGerard Kikoine

    Edge of Sanity is a 1989 British horror film, directed by Gérard Kikoïne and starring Anthony Perkins, that is a portrayal of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with aspects of Jack the Ripper....  more
  • 7

    Is Paris Burning?

    Kirk Douglas, Orson Welles


    Directed byRené Clément

    Is Paris Burning? is a 1966 film directed by René Clément, starring an ensemble cast, about the liberation of Paris in August 1944 by the French Resistance and the Free French Forces during WWII. The...  more
  • 8

    Les Misérables

    Anthony Perkins, Ian Holm


    Directed byGlenn Jordan

    Les Misérables is a 1978 British television film based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. The film was written by John Gay, produced by Lew Grade, and directed by Glenn Jordan. The film...  more
  • 9

    The Trial

    Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins


    Directed byOrson Welles

    The Trial is a 1962 film directed by Orson Welles, who also wrote the screenplay based on the novel of the same name by Franz Kafka. Welles stated immediately after completing the film: "The Trial is...  more
  • 10

    Murder on the Orient Express

    Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman


    Directed bySidney Lumet

    This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, and based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. ...  more

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  • 11

    Green Mansions

    Audrey Hepburn, Anthony Perkins


    Directed byMel Ferrer

    Green Mansions is a 1959 American romantic adventure film directed by Mel Ferrer. It is based upon the 1904 novel Green Mansions by William Henry Hudson, the film starred Audrey Hepburn as Rima, a...  more
  • 12

    Psycho II

    Anthony Perkins, Dennis Franz


    Directed byRichard Franklin

    Psycho II is a 1983 American psychological horror slasher film directed by Richard Franklin and written by Tom Holland. It is the first sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and second film in the...  more

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  • 13

    Winter Kills

    Elizabeth Taylor, Jeff Bridges


    Directed byWilliam Richert

    This film is a 1979 film, directed by William Richert, based on the novel by Richard Condon. Its cast includes Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Richard Boone, Toshirō...  more
  • 14

    Pretty Poison

    Anthony Perkins, Tuesday Weld


    Directed byNoel Black

    Pretty Poison is a psychological thriller/black comedy film directed by Noel Black, starring Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, about an ex-convict and high school cheerleader who commit a series of...  more
  • 15

    Desire Under the Elms

    Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins


    Directed byDelbert Mann

    Desire Under the Elms is a 1958 American film version of the 1924 play Desire Under the Elms written by Eugene O'Neill. The film was directed by Delbert Mann from a screenplay by O'Neill and Irwin...  more
  • 16

    Play It As It Lays

    Anthony Perkins, Tuesday Weld


    Directed byFrank Perry

    Play It as It Lays is a 1972 American drama film directed by Frank Perry. The screenplay by married couple Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne is based on Didion's novel of the same name. The film...  more
  • 17

    Tall Story

    Jane Fonda, Robert Redford


    Directed byJoshua Logan

    Tall Story is a 1960 American romantic comedy film made by Warner Bros., directed by Joshua Logan and starring Anthony Perkins with Jane Fonda, in her first screen role, at the age of 22. It is based...  more
  • 18

    The Tin Star

    Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins


    Directed byAnthony Mann

    The Tin Star was first a short story then a 1957 American western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins, in one of Perkins' first roles. The film became one of...  more
  • 19

    On the Beach

    Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck


    Directed byStanley Kramer

    On the Beach is a 1959 American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama film from United Artists, produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony...  more
  • 20

    Someone Behind the Door

    Charles Bronson, Anthony Perkins


    Directed byNicolas Gessner

    Someone Behind the Door is a French film directed by Nicolas Gessner. The original French title was Quelqu'un derrière la porte, and in the UK it was twice retitled as Two Minds For Murder and...  more
  • 21

    Fear Strikes Out

    Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden


    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    Fear Strikes Out is a dramatic feature film depicting the life and career of American baseball player Jimmy Piersall. It is based on Piersall's biography Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall Story,...  more
  • 22

    Remember My Name

    Jeff Goldblum, Anthony Perkins


    Directed byAlan Rudolph

    Remember My Name is a 1978 American thriller film, written and directed by Alan Rudolph and produced by Robert Altman. Geraldine Chaplin stars as a deranged woman, determined to get back her husband,...  more
  • 23

    Ten Days' Wonder

    Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins


    Directed byClaude Chabrol

    Ten Days' Wonder is a French murder-mystery film directed by Claude Chabrol and based on the novel Ten Days' Wonder by Ellery Queen. It follows the same story of the novel with the exception of...  more
  • 24

    I'm Dangerous Tonight

    Anthony Perkins, Mädchen Amick


    Directed byTobe Hooper

    I'm Dangerous Tonight is a 1990 American horror television film, directed by Tobe Hooper and starring Mädchen Amick. It made its debut on the USA Network on 8 August 1990, before being released on...  more
  • 25

    Five Miles to Midnight

    Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins


    Directed byAnatole Litvak

    Five Miles to Midnight is a 1962 French-Italian-American drama film directed by Anatole Litvak. It was produced through Filmsonor S.A., Dear Film Produzione and Mercury, and distributed by United...  more