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

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List Rules Vote for your favorite Michael Caine movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

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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Zulu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins
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 ...more
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The Man Who Would Be King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer
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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The Ipcress File is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson
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 ...more
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The Italian Job is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Caine, Benny Hill, Noël Coward
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 ...more
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Get Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Caine, Britt Ekland, Ian Hendry
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 ...more
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Sleuth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Eve Channing
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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The Eagle Has Landed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland
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 ...more
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Alfie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Denholm Elliott
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 ...more
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Frances Conroy
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 ...more
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Secondhand Lions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine
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 ...more
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A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford
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 ...more
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The Muppet Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Caine, Frank Oz, Louise Gold
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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Educating Rita is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Maureen Lipman
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 ...more
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The Quiet American is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine, Rade Šerbedžija
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 ...more
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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger
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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The Cider House Rules is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Charlize Theron, Michael Caine, Paul Rudd
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 ...more
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Battle of Britain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer
Battle of Britain is a1969 action film directed by Guy Hamilton.
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Hannah and Her Sisters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Woody Allen, Carrie Fisher
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 ...more
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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson
Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. After training with his mentor (Liam Neeson), Batman (Christian Bale) begins his fight to ...more
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Funeral in Berlin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Caine, Marthe Keller, Oskar Homolka
Funeral in Berlin is a 1966 British spy film directed by Guy Hamilton and based on the novel of the same name by Len Deighton. It is the second of three 1960s films starring Michael Caine as the ...more
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Harry Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Iain Glen
"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 ...more
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Mona Lisa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Robbie Coltrane
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 ...more
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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman
The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the ...more
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Deathtrap is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon
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.
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The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best Michael Caine Movies of All Time, Ranked
Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman
The Prestige is a 2006 mystery drama film directed by Christopher Nolan, from a screenplay adapted by him and his brother Jonathan Nolan from Christopher Priest's 1995 World Fantasy ...more