1.2k voters

The Best Burt Lancaster Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 7.2k votes 1.2k voters 103.9k views78 items

List RulesVote for your favorite movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

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

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

This is a list that features films like Judgment at Nuremberg and Ten Tall Men.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Burt Lancaster movies?" and "What are the greatest Burt Lancaster roles of all time?"


  • 1

    Judgment at Nuremberg

    Judy Garland, William Shatner
    Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 American drama film dealing with the Holocaust and with the...  more

    More Judgment at Nuremberg 

    #760 of 1,506 The Most Rewatchable Movies#43 of 90 The Best Movies That Are Super Long

  • 2

    Elmer Gantry

    Burt Lancaster, Shirley Jones
    Elmer Gantry is a 1960 drama film about a con man and a female evangelist selling religion to...  more

    More Elmer Gantry 

    #147 of 1,195 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#46 of 50 The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1960s

  • 3

    From Here to Eternity

    Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster
    From Here to Eternity is a 1953 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the novel...  more

    More From Here to Eternity 

    #58 of 225 The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made#45 of 93 The Very Best Oscar-Winning Movies For Best Picture

  • 4

    Birdman of Alcatraz

    Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas
    Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer....  more

    More Birdman of Alcatraz 

    #43 of 175 The Best Movies Of The '60s#3 of 30 Great Movies About People Going Through Life Solo

  • 5

    The Train

    Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau
    The Train is a 1964 black-and-white film directed by John Frankenheimer from a story and...  more

    More The Train 

    #1 of 46 The Best Train Movies#34 of 46 The Best 60s War Movies

  • 6

    Sweet Smell of Success

    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis
    Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 American film noir/drama film made by Hill-Hecht-Lancaster...  more
  • 7


    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis
    Trapeze is a 1956 circus film directed by Carol Reed and starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis...  more
  • 8

    The Unforgiven

    Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster
    The Unforgiven is a 1960 American western film filmed in Durango, Mexico. It was directed by...  more


    #49 of 58 The Best '90s Western Movies#12 of 27 The Very Best Audrey Hepburn Movies

  • 9

    The Swimmer

    Joan Rivers, Burt Lancaster
    The Swimmer is a 1968 Technicolor American surreal drama starring Burt Lancaster with Janet...  more

    More The Swimmer 

    #613 of 675 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars#55 of 104 The Best Movies About Summer

  • 10

    The Leopard

    Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster
    The Leopard is a 1963 Italian film by director Luchino Visconti, based on Giuseppe Tomasi di...  more

    More The Leopard 

    #525 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#83 of 447 The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History

  • 11

    Jim Thorpe – All-American

    Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford
    Jim Thorpe – All-American is a 1951 biographical film produced by Warner Bros. and directed by...  more
  • 12

    Atlantic City

    Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster
    Atlantic City is a 1980 French-Canadian romantic film directed by Louis Malle. Filmed in late...  more
  • 13

    Ulzana's Raid

    Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison
    Ulzana's Raid is a 1972 revisionist Western starring Burt Lancaster, Richard Jaeckel, Bruce...  more

    More Ulzana's Raid 

    #10 of 44 The Best Western Movies of the '70s#26 of 138 The Best R-Rated Western Movies

  • 14

    Conversation Piece

    Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster
    Conversation Piece is a 1974 film by Italian director Luchino Visconti. The film features an...  more
  • 15

    The Rainmaker

    Katharine Hepburn, Burt Lancaster
    The Rainmaker is a 1956 American romance film directed by Joseph Anthony and adapted by N....  more
  • 16

    Run Silent, Run Deep

    Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster
    Run Silent, Run Deep is a 1958 film starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, based on the...  more

    More Run Silent, Run Deep 

    #43 of 376 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#3 of 51 The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time

  • 17

    The Professionals

    Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster
    The Professionals is a 1966 American western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia...  more

    More The Professionals 

    #14 of 46 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s#68 of 75 Which Ensemble Films Should Be Remade With All-Female Casts?

  • 18

    The Scalphunters

    Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters
    The Scalphunters is a 1968 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Ossie Davis and...  more
  • 19

    The Crimson Pirate

    Christopher Lee, Burt Lancaster
    The Crimson Pirate is a 1952 American adventure film directed by Robert Siodmak. It stars Burt...  more
  • 20

    Criss Cross

    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis
    Criss Cross is a 1949 film noir starring Burt Lancaster, directed by Robert Siodmak from Don...  more
  • 21

    Separate Tables

    Rita Hayworth, David Niven
    Separate Tables is a 1958 film adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play of the same name,...  more

    More Separate Tables 

    #43 of 50 The Best Oscar-Nominated Movies of the 1950s#6 of 38 The Best Rita Hayworth Movies

  • 22

    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

    Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper
    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a 1957 American film starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and...  more

    More Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 

    #6 of 78 The Best Kirk Douglas Movies#12 of 100 The Best Dennis Hopper Movies

  • 23


    Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson
    Apache is a 1954 Western film starring Burt Lancaster....  more

    More Apache 

    #142 of 400 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#45 of 63 The Best Western Movies of the 1950s

  • 24

    Local Hero

    Burt Lancaster, Peter Capaldi
    Local Hero is a 1983 British comedy-drama film written and directed by Bill Forsyth and...  more
  • 25

    The Young Savages

    Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters
    The Young Savages is a 1961 crime drama film directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Burt...  more