The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked

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The best Michael Caine movies of all time prove that he’s one of the top actors of his generation. Since the ‘50s, Caine has appeared in plenty of blockbusters and critically-acclaimed movies, earning awards and accolades along the way. His highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office as well, as his lifetime box office gross exceeds $1 billion.

Born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, Michael Caine started his career in the 1950s with small roles in stage plays under the name of Michael Scott. Shortly afterwards however, he was told he needed to change it as there was already an actor by that name. He then adopted the name Michael Caine, which was inspired by the movie The Caine Mutiny

For the rest of the ‘50s and the early’60s, Caine starred in small television and film roles. His first few roles were in classic films such as Alfie, The Ipcress File, and Zulu. From the ‘70s onwards, he worked in a variety of genres, including action, drama, comedy, and everything in between. Also, he legally changed his name to Michael Caine in 2016 to avoid being hassled at airports.

So what are the best Michael Caine movies of all time? Is it The Italian Job or Harry Brown? See what fans have ranked as their favorite Michael Caine movies below. This list of the best Michael Caine movies is ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Whether you enjoy him as a ladies man in Alfie or as a wise confidant in Batman Begins, there is no doubt about it, Michael Caine knows how to act. If you think the best Michael Caine role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best Michael Caine movies should be as comprehensive as possible.

If you are a fan of Caine's collaborations with director Christopher Nolan, you might also enjoy our list of best Christian Bale movies and best Morgan Freeman movies. Also, here's a fun fact.

Notable directors that have worked with Michael Caine include names like Christopher Nolan, Brian De Palma and Woody Allen. If Michael Caine movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Matthew McConaughey and Rod Steiger too.

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  • The Man Who Would Be King
    1
    Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer
    308 votes
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: John Huston
    Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling, this adventure film follows the exploits of Peachy Carnehan (Michael Caine) and Danny Dravot (Sean Connery), English military officers stationed in India. ...more

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  • Educating Rita
    2
    Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams
    199 votes
    • Released: 1983
    • Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
    Rita (Julie Walters), a married hair stylist in her 20s, wants to go back to school. She begins studying with Dr. Bryant (Michael Caine), a professor using alcohol to cope with his divorce. Despite ...more
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
    3
    Michael Caine, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire
    173 votes
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Brian Henson
    The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets -- Miss Piggy, Gonzo, ...more

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  • The Ipcress File
    4
    Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman
    236 votes
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
    Tasked with investigating the kidnappings and brainwashed reappearances of top scientists, including Dr. Radcliffe (Aubrey Richards), the insubordinate British spy Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) ...more

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  • Zulu
    5
    Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson
    324 votes
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Charles De Latour
    In 1879, the Zulu nation hands colonial British forces a resounding defeat in battle. A nearby regiment of the British Army takes over a station run by a missionary (Jack Hawkins) and his daughter ...more

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  • Get Carter
    6
    Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland
    261 votes
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Mike Hodges
    Jack Carter (Michael Caine) is a cold-blooded London gangster, and not the sort of man you want to cross. When Carter's brother winds up dead, he travels to Newcastle to arrange the funeral. ...more

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