The Best Burt Lancaster Movies

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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?"

Robert Altman and Phil Alden Robinson both worked with Burt Lancaster over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. Movie fans who love Burt Lancaster have also been known to enjoy films starring Rod Steiger and Robert Mitchum.

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  • Elmer Gantry
    1
    Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Dean Jagger
    196 votes
    • Released: 1960
    • Directed by: Richard Brooks
    When hedonistic but charming con man Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) meets the beautiful Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), a roadside revivalist, he feigns piousness to join her act as a ...more

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  • Judgment at Nuremberg
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    Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark
    173 votes
    • Released: 1961
    • Directed by: Stanley Kramer
    In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood (Spencer Tracy) hears evidence ...more

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  • From Here to Eternity
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    Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr
    236 votes
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
    At an Army barracks in Hawaii in the days preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor, lone-wolf soldier and boxing champion "Prew" Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) refuses to box, preferring to play the bugle ...more

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  • Birdman of Alcatraz
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    Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter
    204 votes
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: John Frankenheimer
    Sentenced to life in solitary confinement after killing a prison guard, despondent inmate Robert Stroud (Burt Lancaster) combats loneliness and tedium by nursing an ailing bird back to health. Stroud ...more

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  • Sweet Smell of Success
    5
    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Martin Milner
    152 votes
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick
    New York City newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) holds considerable sway over public opinion with his Broadway column, but one thing that he can't control is his younger sister, Susan ...more

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  • The Train
    6
    Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau
    194 votes
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn
    With the Allies poised to retake Paris from the Germans, Col. Franz Von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) conspires to sneak out by train all of the art masterpieces looted by the German army. But museum ...more

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