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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 Burt Lancaster, Shirley Jones, Jean Simmons Elmer Gantry is a 1960 drama film about a con man and a female evangelist selling religion to small town America. Adapted by director Richard Brooks, the film is based on the 1927 novel of the ...more

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Birdman of Alcatraz Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas, Karl Malden Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer. It is a largely fictionalized version of the life of Robert Stroud, a federal prison inmate known ...more

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From Here to Eternity Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine From Here to Eternity is a 1953 drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann and based on the novel of the same name by James Jones. The picture deals with the tribulations of three soldiers, played by ...more

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The Train Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Scofield The Train is a 1964 black-and-white war film directed by John Frankenheimer from a story and screenplay by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis, based on the non-fiction book Le front de l'art by Rose ...more

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The Professionals Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin The Professionals is a 1966 American western starring Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Ryan, and Woody Strode. The supporting cast includes Jack Palance and Ralph Bellamy ...more

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Judgment at Nuremberg Judy Garland, William Shatner, Marlene Dietrich Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 American drama film dealing with the Holocaust, with non-combatant war crimes against a civilian population, and with the post-World War II geo-political ...more

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Sweet Smell of Success Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Nick Adams Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 American film noir/drama film made by Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions and released by United Artists. It was directed by Alexander Mackendrick and stars Burt ...more

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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is a 1957 American film starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday, based on a real event which took place on October 26, 1881. The ...more

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Seven Days in May Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster Seven Days in May is a 1964 drama-romance film written by Fletcher Knebel, Charles W. Bailey II and Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer.

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The Crimson Pirate Christopher Lee, Burt Lancaster, Dana Wynter The Crimson Pirate is a 1952 American adventure film directed by Robert Siodmak. It stars Burt Lancaster, who also co-produced the film, as Captain Vallo, the eponymous pirate, and is set in the ...more

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The Swimmer Joan Rivers, Burt Lancaster, John Cheever The Swimmer is a 1968 Technicolor American surreal drama starring Burt Lancaster with Janet Landgard and Janice Rule in featured roles. The film was written and directed by Academy ...more

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Atlantic City Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster, Wallace Shawn Atlantic City is a 1980 French-Canadian romantic crime film directed by Louis Malle. Filmed in late 1979, it was released in France and Germany in 1980 and in the United States in 1981. The ...more

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The Leopard Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon The Leopard is a 1963 Italian film by director Luchino Visconti, based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel of the same name.

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Trapeze Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida Trapeze is a 1956 circus film directed by Carol Reed and starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida, making her debut in American films. The film is based on Max Catto's novel ...more

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The Unforgiven Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Lillian Gish The Unforgiven is a 1960 American western film filmed in Durango, Mexico. It was directed by John Huston and stars Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, Charles Bickford and Lillian ...more

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The Killers Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, Edmond O'Brien The Killers is a 1946 American film noir directed by Robert Siodmak and based in part on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. It stars Burt Lancaster in his film debut, Ava ...more

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The Rainmaker Katharine Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Lloyd Bridges The Rainmaker is an American 1956 film directed by Joseph Anthony and adapted by N. Richard Nash from his play The Rainmaker. The film tells the story of a middle-aged woman, suffering from ...more

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Run Silent, Run Deep Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles Run Silent, Run Deep is a 1958 film starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, based on the novel of the same name by Commander Edward L. Beach, Jr.. The title refers to "silent ...more

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Vera Cruz Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson Vera Cruz is a 1954 American Western theatrical film starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, and featuring Denise Darcel, Sara Montiel, Cesar Romero, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and Jack ...more

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The Flame and the Arrow Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Norman Lloyd The Flame and the Arrow is a 1950 American swashbuckler film made by Warner Bros. and starring Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo and Nick Cravat. It was directed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by ...more

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Local Hero Burt Lancaster, Peter Capaldi, Peter Riegert Local Hero is a 1983 British comedy-drama film written and directed by Bill Forsyth and starring Peter Riegert, Denis Lawson, Fulton Mackay, and Burt Lancaster. Produced by David Puttnam, the ...more

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Jim Thorpe – All-American Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, Nestor Paiva Jim Thorpe – All-American is a 1951 biographical film produced by Warner Bros. and directed by Michael Curtiz, honoring Jim Thorpe, the great Native American athlete who won medals at the 1912 ...more

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Valdez Is Coming Burt Lancaster, Héctor Elizondo, Sylvia Poggioli Valdez Is Coming is a 1971 American western film starring Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Richard Jordan and Jon Cypher. The film is based on the Elmore Leonard novel of the same name.

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Separate Tables Rita Hayworth, David Niven, Burt Lancaster Separate Tables is a 1958 film adaptation of Terence Rattigan's play of the same name, directed by Delbert Mann.

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Criss Cross Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Yvonne De Carlo Criss Cross is a 1949 film noir starring Burt Lancaster, directed by Robert Siodmak from Don Tracy's novel of the same name. This black-and-white film was shot partly on location in the Bunker ...more

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Ulzana's Raid Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Richard Jaeckel Ulzana's Raid is a 1972 revisionist Western starring Burt Lancaster, Richard Jaeckel, Bruce Davison and Joaquin Martinez. The film, which was filmed on location in Arizona, was directed by ...more

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The Kentuckian Burt Lancaster, Walter Matthau, John Carradine The Kentuckian is a 1955 Technicolor and CinemaScope adventure film directed by Burt Lancaster, who also starred. This was one of only two films Lancaster directed, and the only one for which he ...more

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Lawman Robert Duvall, Burt Lancaster, Lee J. Cobb Lawman is a 1971 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Lee J. Cobb, and Robert Duvall. The film is about the quest of a lone peace officer, Marshal Jared Maddox, to bring ...more

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

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Come Back, Little Sheba Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore Come Back, Little Sheba is a drama film produced by Paramount Pictures which tells the story of a loveless marriage that is rocked when a young woman rents a room in the couple's house. The film ...more

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Sorry, Wrong Number Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, William Conrad Sorry, Wrong Number is a 1948 American suspense film noir directed by Anatole Litvak and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster. It tells the story of a woman who overhears a murder plot. ...more

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Brute Force Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Hume Cronyn Brute Force is a 1947 film noir starring Burt Lancaster, Hume Cronyn and Charles Bickford. It was directed by Jules Dassin, with a screenplay by Richard Brooks and the cinematography by William ...more

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The Scalphunters Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas The Scalphunters is a 1968 American Western film starring Burt Lancaster, Ossie Davis and Telly Savalas. The film was directed by Sydney Pollack, with the score written by Elmer Bernstein. Davis ...more

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Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy ...more

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Airport Jacqueline Bissett, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster Airport is a 1970 American drama film starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, directed and written by George Seaton, and based on Arthur Hailey's 1968 novel of the same name. It originated the ...more

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Conversation Piece Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Helmut Berger Conversation Piece is a 1974 film by Italian director Luchino Visconti. The film features an international cast including the American actor Burt Lancaster, the Austrian Helmut Berger and the ...more

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Zulu Dawn Peter O'Toole, Bob Hoskins, Burt Lancaster Zulu Dawn is a 1979 war film about the historical Battle of Isandlwana between British and Zulu forces in 1879 in South Africa. The screenplay was by Cy Endfield, from his book, and Anthony ...more

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Tough Guys Kirk Douglas, Anthony Kiedis, Burt Lancaster Tough Guys is a 1986 action comedy film starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Eli Wallach, Charles Durning, Dana Carvey and Darlanne Fluegel. It was directed by Jeff Kanew. This was the first ...more

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The Hallelujah Trail Burt Lancaster, Martin Landau, Lee Remick The Hallelujah Trail is a 1965 American Western mockumentary spoof directed by John Sturges, with top-billed stars Burt Lancaster, Lee Remick, Jim Hutton and Pamela Tiffin. The film was one of ...more

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The List of Adrian Messenger Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum The List of Adrian Messenger is a 1963 black and white crime thriller about a retired British intelligence officer investigating a series of apparently unrelated deaths. It was directed by John ...more

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The Young Savages Burt Lancaster, Shelley Winters, Telly Savalas The Young Savages is a 1961 crime drama film directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Burt Lancaster, and written by Edward Anhalt from a novel by Evan Hunter. The supporting cast includes Dina ...more

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The Devil's Disciple Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Burt Lancaster The Devil's Disciple is a 1959 film adaptation of the George Bernard Shaw play The Devil's Disciple. The Anglo-American film was directed by Guy Hamilton who replaced Alexander Mackendrick and ...more

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I Walk Alone Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott I Walk Alone is a 1948 film noir directed by Byron Haskin, his directorial debut, and starring Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, and Kirk Douglas. This was the first of several films that ...more

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The Rose Tattoo Burt Lancaster, Anna Magnani The Rose Tattoo is a 1955 film adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play of the same name. It was adapted by Williams and Hal Kanter and directed by Daniel Mann, with stars Anna Magnani, Burt ...more

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The Cassandra Crossing Sophia Loren, O. J. Simpson, Martin Sheen The Cassandra Crossing is a 1976 British disaster/thriller film directed by George Pan Cosmatos and starring Richard Harris, Sophia Loren, Martin Sheen, Burt Lancaster, Lee Strasberg, Ava ...more

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Go Tell the Spartans Burt Lancaster, Marc Singer, Dolph Sweet Go Tell the Spartans is a 1978 American war film directed by Ted Post, starring Burt Lancaster, and based on Daniel Ford's 1967 novel Incident at Muc Wa, about U.S. Army military advisors during ...more

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All My Sons Burt Lancaster, Edward G. Robinson, Harry Morgan All My Sons is a 1948 American film drama directed by Irving Reis and based on Arthur Miller's play of the same name. It features Edward G. Robinson, Burt Lancaster, Louisa Horton and Mady

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Victory at Entebbe Elizabeth Taylor, Anthony Hopkins, Kirk Douglas Victory at Entebbe is a made-for-television film from 1976 based on an actual event: Operation Entebbe and the freeing of Israeli hostages at Entebbe Airport in Uganda. The airport is Uganda's ...more

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Twilight's Last Gleaming Burt Lancaster, Charles Durning, Richard Widmark Twilight's Last Gleaming is a 1977 film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Burt Lancaster and Richard Widmark. The film was a West German/US co-production, shot mainly at the Bavaria ...more

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Castle Keep Burt Lancaster, Bruce Dern, Peter Falk Castle Keep is a "firmly pro- and anti-war" 1969 American war film combining surrealism with tragic realism. It was directed by Sydney Pollack and starred Burt Lancaster, Patrick ...more