The Best Kirk Douglas Movies

Here is a list of the best Kirk Douglas movies, ranked best to worst. It's hard to say which of his films are the greatest, but Kirk Douglas's performance in Spartacus certainly ranks amongst his best. Kirk Douglas'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 Kirk Douglas movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Kirk Douglas movies will be at the top of the list. Kirk Douglas has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Kirk Douglas movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Kirk Douglas films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Kirk Douglas role isn't at the top, then vote it up so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Kirk Douglas performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. He was born in Beverly Hills, CA, and died at the age of 103 after acting in films for over five decades.

The list you're viewing has a variety of films, like Paths of Glory and The Vikings, in it.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Kirk Douglas movies?" and "What are the greatest Kirk Douglas roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Douglas' classic films, you might also enjoy our list of best Burt Lancaster movies and best Michael Douglas movies.

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  • Spartacus
    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons
    • Released: 1960
    • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Paths of Glory
    Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Ace in the Hole
    Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Porter Hall
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • The Vikings
    Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Richard Fleischer
  • Seven Days in May
    Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: John Frankenheimer
  • Lust for Life
    Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Everett Sloane
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
  • Lonely Are the Brave
    Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: David Miller
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Richard Fleischer
  • Detective Story
    Kirk Douglas, Eleanor Parker, William Bendix
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: William Wyler
  • Ulysses
    Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Silvana Mangano
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Mario Camerini, Mario Bava
  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
    Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: John Sturges
  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
    Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Kirk Douglas
    • Released: 1946
    • Directed by: Lewis Milestone
  • The Bad and the Beautiful
    Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
  • The Man from Snowy River
    Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: George Miller
  • In Harm's Way
    John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: Otto Preminger
  • Build My Gallows High
    • Released: 1947
    • Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
  • A Letter to Three Wives
    Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • The Big Sky
    Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin, Elizabeth Threatt
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks
  • The War Wagon
    John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Howard Keel
    • Released: 1967
    • Directed by: Burt Kennedy
  • Champion
    Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: Mark Robson
  • Last Train from Gun Hill
    Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: John Sturges
  • The Final Countdown
    Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Don Taylor
  • Young Man with a Horn
    Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • The Heroes of Telemark
    Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: Anthony Mann
  • Man Without a Star
    Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Claire Trevor
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: King Vidor