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The Best Burt Lancaster Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 6.6k votes 1.2k voters 102.5k views78 items

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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?"

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    The Professionals is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    The Professionals

    Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster

    Released1966

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    The Professionals is a 1966 American western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Judgment at Nuremberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Judgment at Nuremberg

    Judy Garland, William Shatner

    Released1961

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 American drama film dealing with the Holocaust and with the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    From Here to Eternity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    From Here to Eternity

    Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster

    Released1953

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    From Here to Eternity is a 1953 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the novel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Train is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    The Train

    Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau

    Released1964

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn

    The Train is a 1964 black-and-white film directed by John Frankenheimer from a story and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Elmer Gantry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Elmer Gantry

    Burt Lancaster, Shirley Jones

    Released1960

    Directed byRichard Brooks

    Elmer Gantry is a 1960 drama film about a con man and a female evangelist selling religion to... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Sweet Smell of Success is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Sweet Smell of Success

    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis

    Released1957

    Directed byAlexander Mackendrick

    Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 American film noir/drama film made by Hill-Hecht-Lancaster... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Birdman of Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Birdman of Alcatraz

    Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Run Silent, Run Deep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Run Silent, Run Deep

    Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster

    Released1956

    Directed byRobert Wise

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

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    The Crimson Pirate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    The Crimson Pirate

    Christopher Lee, Burt Lancaster

    Released1952

    Directed byRobert Siodmak

    The Crimson Pirate is a 1952 American adventure film directed by Robert Siodmak. It stars Burt... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

    Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper

    Released1957

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a 1957 American film starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Vera Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Vera Cruz

    Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster

    Released1954

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Vera Cruz is a 1954 American Western theatrical film starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Trapeze is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Trapeze

    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis

    Released1956

    Directed byCarol Reed

    Trapeze is a 1956 circus film directed by Carol Reed and starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    The Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    The Unforgiven

    Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Unforgiven is a 1960 American western film filmed in Durango, Mexico. It was directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 14
    Jim Thorpe – All-American is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Jim Thorpe – All-American

    Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford

    Released1951

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Jim Thorpe – All-American is a 1951 biographical film produced by Warner Bros. and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Atlantic City is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Atlantic City

    Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster

    Released1980

    Directed byLouis Malle

    Atlantic City is a 1980 French-Canadian romantic film directed by Louis Malle. Filmed in late... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Valdez Is Coming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Valdez Is Coming

    Burt Lancaster, Héctor Elizondo

    Released1971

    Directed byEdwin Sherin

    Valdez Is Coming is a 1971 American western film starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Richard... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Swimmer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    The Swimmer

    Joan Rivers, Burt Lancaster

    Released1968

    Directed bySydney Pollack, Frank Perry

    The Swimmer is a 1968 Technicolor American surreal drama starring Burt Lancaster with Janet... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Leopard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    The Leopard

    Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster

    Released1963

    Directed byLuchino Visconti

    The Leopard is a 1963 Italian film by director Luchino Visconti, based on Giuseppe Tomasi di... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    The Rainmaker

    Katharine Hepburn, Burt Lancaster

    Released1956

    Directed byJoseph Anthony

    The Rainmaker is a 1956 American romance film directed by Joseph Anthony and adapted by N.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Killers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    The Killers

    Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster

    Released1946

    Directed byRobert Siodmak

    The Killers is a 1946 American film noir directed by Robert Siodmak and based in part on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ulzana's Raid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Ulzana's Raid

    Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison

    Released1972

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Ulzana's Raid is a 1972 revisionist Western starring Burt Lancaster, Richard Jaeckel, Bruce... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Flame and the Arrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    The Flame and the Arrow

    Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo

    Released1950

    Directed byJacques Tourneur

    The Flame and the Arrow is a 1950 American swashbuckler film made by Warner Bros. and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
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    The Scalphunters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    The Scalphunters

    Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters

    Released1968

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    The Scalphunters is a 1968 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Ossie Davis and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Apache is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Apache

    Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson

    Released1954

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Apache is a 1954 Western film starring Burt Lancaster.amazon buy button

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    Local Hero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Burt Lancaster Movies
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    Local Hero

    Burt Lancaster, Peter Capaldi

    Released1983

    Directed byBill Forsyth

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