The Best Burl Ives Movies 

Updated September 23, 2019 360 votes 164 voters 17.3k views 24 items

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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.

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Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons

Released: 1958

Directed by: William 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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Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives

Released: 1958

Directed by: Richard 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 ...more

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James Dean, Burl Ives, Raymond Massey

Released: 1955

Directed by: Elia 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 ...more

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Burl Ives, Hayley Mills, Dorothy McGuire

Released: 1963

Directed by: James 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

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Burl Ives, Bobby Driscoll, Harry Carey

Released: 1948

Directed by: Harold 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, ...more

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Christopher Plummer, Burl Ives, Gypsy Rose Lee

Released: 1958

Directed by: Nicholas 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, ...more
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Jack Nicholson, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

Released: 1964

Directed by: Joshua 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
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Barbara Eden, Burl Ives, Tony Randall

Released: 1964

Directed by: Harry 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 ...more
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Maureen O'Hara, Alec Guinness, Burl Ives

Released: 1959

Directed by: Carol 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 ...more
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Andy Griffith, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick

Released: 1957

Directed by: Elia 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 ...more
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Burl Ives, John Gavin, Katy Kurtzman

Released: 1978

Directed by: Ralph Senesky

The New Adventures of Heidi is a 1978 made for television musical using the Heidi character; updating the character to the present time and shifting the action for Switzerland to New York City. ...more
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Tina Louise, Burl Ives, Robert Ryan

Released: 1959

Directed by: André 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.
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Burl Ives, Troy Donahue, Dennis Price

Released: 1967

Directed by: Don 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 ...more
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Kristy McNichol, Burl Ives, Paul Winfield

Released: 1982

Directed by: Samuel 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 ...more

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Earthbound Burl Ives, Meredith MacRae, Joseph Campanella

Released: 1981

Directed by: James L. Conway

Earthbound is a 1981 American science fiction film.
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Marie Osmond, Paul Lynde, Burl Ives

Released: 1975

Directed by: József 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 ...more
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Burl Ives, Warwick Davis, Fionnula Flanagan

Released: 1984

Directed by: John 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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Burt Reynolds, Glen Campbell, Burl Ives

Released: 1986

Directed by: Frank Q. Dobbs

Uphill All The Way is a 1986 motion picture starring Roy Clark, Mel Tillis, Glen Campbell, Burl Ives and Trish Van Devere.
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Rock Hudson, Gena Rowlands, Burl Ives

Released: 1962

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more
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Danny Bonaduce, Burl Ives, Clint Walker

Released: 1976

Directed by: Lyman Dayton

Baker's Hawk is a 1976 western film written by Dan Greer and Hal Harrison and directed by Lyman Dayton.
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Boris Karloff, Patty Duke, Burl Ives

Released: 1966

Directed by: Jules 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 ...more
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Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Burl Ives

Released: 1958

Directed by: Delbert 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 ...more
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Brooke Shields, George Burns, Burl Ives

Released: 1979

Directed by: Leonard 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 ...more
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Carl Weathers, Burl Ives, Connie Sellecca

Released: 1978

Directed by: Tsugunobu 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 ...more