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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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Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1953

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

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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Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas, Karl Malden

Released: 1962

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

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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Burt Lancaster, Shirley Jones, Jean Simmons

Released: 1960

Directed by: Richard Brooks

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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Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Scofield

Released: 1964

Directed by: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn

The Train is a 1964 black-and-white 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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Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin

Released: 1966

Directed by: Richard Brooks

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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Judy Garland, William Shatner, Marlene Dietrich

Released: 1961

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 American drama film dealing with the Holocaust and with the post-WWII geo-political complexity of the Nuremberg Trials. The picture was written by Abby Mann and ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1957

Directed by: John Sturges

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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Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Nick Adams

Released: 1957

Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick

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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Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1964

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

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 Unforgiven Audrey Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Lillian Gish

Released: 1960

Directed by: John Huston

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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Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles

Released: 1956

Directed by: Robert Wise

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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Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida

Released: 1956

Directed by: Carol Reed

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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Joan Rivers, Burt Lancaster, John Cheever

Released: 1968

Directed by: Sydney Pollack, Frank Perry

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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Christopher Lee, Burt Lancaster, Dana Wynter

Released: 1952

Directed by: Robert Siodmak

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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Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson

Released: 1954

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

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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Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon

Released: 1963

Directed by: Luchino Visconti

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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Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, Edmond O'Brien

Released: 1946

Directed by: Robert Siodmak

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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Susan Sarandon, Burt Lancaster, Wallace Shawn

Released: 1980

Directed by: Louis Malle

Atlantic City is a 1980 French-Canadian romantic 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 script was ...more

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Katharine Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Lloyd Bridges

Released: 1956

Directed by: Joseph Anthony

The Rainmaker is a 1956 American romance 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 ...more
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Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, Nestor Paiva

Released: 1951

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

Released: 1989

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

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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Burt Lancaster, Peter Capaldi, Peter Riegert

Released: 1983

Directed by: Bill Forsyth

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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Burt Lancaster, Héctor Elizondo, Sylvia Poggioli

Released: 1971

Directed by: Edwin Sherin

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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Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Norman Lloyd

Released: 1950

Directed by: Jacques Tourneur

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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Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Richard Jaeckel

Released: 1972

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

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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