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

Updated May 6, 2021 9.6k votes 1.3k voters 94.8k views109 items

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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.


  • 1

    The Man Who Would Be King

    Sean Connery, Michael Caine


    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Man Who Would Be King is a 1975 film adapted from the Rudyard Kipling short story of the same title. It was adapted and directed by John Huston and starred Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Saeed...  more

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  • 2

    The Cider House Rules

    Charlize Theron, Michael Caine


    Directed byLasse Hallström

    The Cider House Rules is a 1999 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström, based on John Irving's novel of the same name. The film won two Academy Awards, and was nominated for the Academy...  more

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  • 3


    Michael Caine, Stanley Baker


    Directed byCy Endfield

    Zulu is a 1964 epic film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and the Zulus in January 1879. It depicts 150 British soldiers who successfully held off a force of 4,000 Zulu...  more

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  • 4

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    Steve Martin, Michael Caine


    Directed byFrank Oz

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Frank Oz, and a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story. A sophisticated con artist (Michael Caine) and an arrogant hustler (Steve...  more

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  • 5

    Hannah and Her Sisters

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen


    Directed byWoody Allen

    Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film which tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years that begins and ends with a family Thanksgiving dinner. The film...  more

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  • 6

    Secondhand Lions

    Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment


    Directed byTim McCanlies

    Secondhand Lions, a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tim McCanlies, tells the story of an introverted young boy who is sent to live with his eccentric great-uncles on a farm in...  more

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  • 7

    Get Carter

    Michael Caine, Britt Ekland


    Directed byMike Hodges

    Get Carter is a 1971 British film directed by Mike Hodges and starring Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne and Bryan Mosley. The screenplay was adapted by Hodges from Ted Lewis'...  more

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  • 8

    The Eagle Has Landed

    Robert Duvall, Michael Caine


    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Eagle Has Landed is a 1976 British film directed by John Sturges and starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall. Based on the novel The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins, the film...  more

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  • 9

    The Ipcress File

    Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd


    Directed bySidney J. Furie

    The Ipcress File is a 1965 British espionage film directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Michael Caine and featuring Guy Doleman and Nigel Green. The screenplay by Bill Canaway and James Doran was...  more

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  • 10

    The Quiet American

    Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine


    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    The Quiet American is a 2002 film adaptation of Graham Greene's bestselling novel of the same name. It was directed by Phillip Noyce and starred Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, and Do Thi Hai Yen. The...  more

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  • 11

    The Italian Job

    Michael Caine, Benny Hill


    Directed byPeter Collinson

    The Italian Job is a 1969 British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson. Subsequent television showings and releases on video have...  more

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  • 12


    Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve


    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Deathtrap is a 1982 thriller based on Ira Levin's play of the same name, directed by Sidney Lumet from a screenplay by Levin and Jay Presson Allen, starring Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve....  more
  • 13

    Battle of Britain

    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier


    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Battle of Britain is a 1969 British action film directed by Guy Hamilton. In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the...  more

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  • 14


    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier


    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    Sleuth is a 1972 mystery thriller film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The screenplay by British playwright Anthony Shaffer was based on his 1970 Tony Award-winning play Sleuth. The film stars...  more

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  • 15


    Michael Caine, Shelley Winters


    Directed byLewis Gilbert

    Alfie is a 1966 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Michael Caine. It is an adaptation by Bill Naughton of his own novel and play of the same name. The film was...  more

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  • 16


    Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel


    Directed byPaolo Sorrentino

    Youth is a 2015 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Paolo Sorrentino. A retired orchestra conductor (Michael Caine) is on vacation with his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and his film director best friend...  more
  • 17

    Educating Rita

    Michael Caine, Julie Walters


    Directed byLewis Gilbert

    Educating Rita is a British 1983 drama/comedy film directed by Lewis Gilbert with a screenplay by Willy Russell based on Russell's stage play. The film stars Michael Caine, Julie Walters, and Maureen...  more
  • 18

    Without a Clue

    Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine


    Directed byThom Eberhardt

    Without a Clue is a 1988 British comedy film directed by Thom Eberhardt and starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley....  more
  • 19

    Children of Men

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen


    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James's 1992 novel of the same name, was credited to five writers,...  more

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  • 20

    Mona Lisa

    Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins


    Directed byNeil Jordan

    Mona Lisa is a 1986 British neo-noir mystery drama about an ex-convict who becomes entangled in the dangerous life of a high-class call girl. The film was written by Neil Jordan and David Leland, and...  more

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  • 21

    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Michael Caine, Frank Oz


    Directed byBrian Henson

    The Muppet Christmas Carol is a 1992 American musical fantasy-comedy film and an adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1843 novel A Christmas Carol. It is the fourth in a series of live-action musical...  more

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  • 22

    A Bridge Too Far

    Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins


    Directed byRichard Attenborough

    A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan, adapted by William Goldman. It was produced by Joseph E. Levine and Richard P. Levine and directed by...  more

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  • 23

    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine


    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and...  more

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  • 24

    Harry Brown

    Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer


    Directed byDaniel Barber

    "Harry Brown marks the feature film debut for talented upcoming director Daniel Barber, Academy Award®-nominated in 2008 for his short film The Tonto Woman. The film is an urban western set in...  more
  • 25

    Little Voice

    Ewan McGregor, Michael Caine


    Directed byMark Herman

    Little Voice is a 1998 British musical written and directed by Mark Herman and made in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. The screenplay is based on Jim Cartwright’s play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice....  more