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The Best Burl Ives Movies

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List of the best Burl Ives movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Burl Ives'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 Burl Ives movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Burl Ives movies will be at the top of the list. Burl Ives has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Burl Ives movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Burl Ives films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List includes The Spiral Road, So Dear to My Heart, more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Burl Ives movies?" and "What are the greatest Burl Ives roles of all time?"
  • 1

    East of Eden

    James Dean, Burl Ives


    Directed byElia Kazan

    East of Eden is a 1955 film, directed by Elia Kazan, and loosely based on the second half of the 1952 novel of the same name by John Steinbeck. It is about a wayward young man who, while seeking his...  more

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  • 2

    Summer Magic

    Burl Ives, Hayley Mills


    Directed byJames Neilson

    Summer Magic is a 1963 Walt Disney Productions film starring Hayley Mills, Burl Ives, and Dorothy McGuire in a story about a Boston widow and her children taking up residence in a small town in...  more
  • 3

    The Big Country

    Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck


    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    The Big Country is a 1958 American epic Western film directed by William Wyler and starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston and Burl Ives. The supporting cast features...  more

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  • 4

    So Dear to My Heart

    Burl Ives, Bobby Driscoll


    Directed byHarold D. Schuster, Hamilton Luske

    So Dear to My Heart is a 1949 feature film produced by Walt Disney, whose world premiere was in Indianapolis on January 19, 1949, released by RKO Radio Pictures. Like 1946's Song of the South, the...  more

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  • 5

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman


    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1958 American drama film directed by Richard Brooks. It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tennessee Williams adapted by Richard Brooks and...  more

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    #5 of 136 The Best Movies Based On Plays#7 of 35 25+ Great Movies About Depressing Couples

  • 6

    Wind Across the Everglades

    Christopher Plummer, Burl Ives


    Directed byNicholas Ray

    Wind Across the Everglades is a 1958 film directed by Nicholas Ray. Ray was fired from the film before production was finished, and several scenes were completed by screenwriter Budd Schulberg, who...  more
  • 7

    Ensign Pulver

    Jack Nicholson, Walter Matthau


    Directed byJoshua Logan

    Ensign Pulver is a 1964 American Technicolor film in Panavision and a sequel to the 1955 film Mister Roberts. The movie stars Robert Walker, Jr., Burl Ives, Walter Matthau and Tommy Sands and...  more
  • 8

    The Brass Bottle

    Barbara Eden, Burl Ives


    Directed byHarry Keller

    The Brass Bottle is a 1964 American fantasy film about a modern man who accidentally acquires the friendship of a long-out-of-circulation djinn. The film starred Tony Randall, Burl Ives and Barbara...  more
  • 9

    Our Man in Havana

    Maureen O'Hara, Alec Guinness


    Directed byCarol Reed

    Our Man in Havana is a 1959 British film shot in CinemaScope, directed and produced by Carol Reed and starring Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, Maureen O'Hara, Ralph Richardson, Noël Coward and Ernie...  more
  • 10

    A Face in the Crowd

    Andy Griffith, Walter Matthau


    Directed byElia Kazan

    A Face in the Crowd is a 1957 film starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau, directed by Elia Kazan. The screenplay was written by Budd Schulberg, based on his short story "Your...  more
  • 11

    Day of the Outlaw

    Tina Louise, Burl Ives


    Directed byAndré de Toth

    Day of the Outlaw is a 1959 Western film starring Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, and Tina Louise. It was directed by André De Toth; this was his last Western feature film....  more
  • 12

    White Dog

    Kristy McNichol, Burl Ives


    Directed bySamuel Fuller

    White Dog is a 1982 American drama film directed by Samuel Fuller using a screenplay written by Fuller and Curtis Hanson loosely based on Romain Gary's 1970 novel of the same title. The film depicts...  more

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  • 13


    Burl Ives, Meredith MacRae


    Directed byJames L. Conway

    Earthbound is a 1981 American science fiction film....  more
  • 14


    Directed byJohn Korty

    Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure is a 1984 American made-for-TV film based in the Star Wars universe. It was released theatrically in Europe as Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, and is...  more

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  • 15

    Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon

    Burl Ives, Troy Donahue


    Directed byDon Sharp

    Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon is a 1967 British science fiction comedy film directed by Don Sharp and starring Burl Ives, Troy Donahue, Gert Fröbe and Terry-Thomas. It was released in the US as...  more
  • 16

    Hugo the Hippo

    Marie Osmond, Paul Lynde


    Directed byJózsef Gémes, Bill Feigenbaum

    Hugo the Hippo is a 1975 animated film produced by the Pannónia Filmstúdió of Hungary and co-produced in the United States by Brut Productions, a division of French perfume company Faberge. It was...  more
  • 17

    The Spiral Road

    Rock Hudson, Gena Rowlands


    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    The Spiral Road is a 1962 American drama starring Rock Hudson, Burl Ives, Gena Rowlands, Geoffrey Keen, Reggie Nalder and Neva Patterson. It was directed by Robert Mulligan with a screenplay by John...  more
  • 18

    Uphill All the Way

    Burt Reynolds, Glen Campbell


    Directed byFrank Q. Dobbs

    Uphill All The Way is a 1986 motion picture starring Roy Clark, Mel Tillis, Glen Campbell, Burl Ives and Trish Van Devere....  more
  • 19

    Baker's Hawk

    Danny Bonaduce, Burl Ives


    Directed byLyman Dayton

    Baker's Hawk is a 1976 western film written by Dan Greer and Hal Harrison and directed by Lyman Dayton....  more
  • 20

    The Daydreamer

    Boris Karloff, Patty Duke


    Directed byJules Bass

    The Daydreamer is a 1966 Rankin/Bass stop-motion puppet animation and live-action musical fantasy film. Directed by Jules Bass, it was written by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Romeo Muller, based on the...  more
  • 21

    The New Adventures of Heidi

    Burl Ives, John Gavin


    Directed byRalph Senesky

    The New Adventures of Heidi is a 1978 made for television musical film directed by Ralph Senensky. Heidi joins her distant family and her busy widowed father for a Christmas in New York City....  more
  • 22

    Just You and Me, Kid

    Brooke Shields, George Burns


    Directed byLeonard B. Stern

    Just You and Me, Kid is a 1979 comedy film that stars Brooke Shields, George Burns, Lorraine Gary, Christopher Knight, and Burl Ives. It was directed by Leonard Stern and was released in July 1979 by...  more
  • 23

    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
  • 24

    The Bermuda Depths

    Carl Weathers, Burl Ives


    Directed byTsugunobu Kotani

    The Bermuda Depths is a Japanese / American co-production 1978 fantasy film originally broadcast as a made-for-TV movie written by Arthur Rankin Jr. of Rankin/Bass fame. Special effects and creature...  more