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The Best Richard Burton Movies 

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List of the best Richard Burton movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Richard Burton'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 Richard Burton movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Richard Burton movies will be at the top of the list. Richard Burton has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Richard Burton movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Richard Burton films to end the squabble once and for all.

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Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, John Gielgud

Released: 1964

Directed by: Peter Glenville

Becket is a 1964 British-American dramatic film adaptation of the play Becket or the Honour of God by Jean Anouilh made by Hal Wallis Productions and released by Paramount Pictures. It was ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal

Released: 1966

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a 1966 American black comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is an adaptation of the play of the same title by Edward ...more

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Ava Gardner, Richard Burton, Deborah Kerr

Released: 1964

Directed by: John Huston

The Night of the Iguana is a 1964 film based on the 1961 play of the same name written by Tennessee Williams. Directed by John Huston, it featured Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr. ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

Released: 1968

Directed by: Brian G. Hutton

Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 WWII action film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure. It was directed by Brian G. Hutton and shot on location in Austria and Bavaria. Alistair ...more

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Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Robert Hardy

Released: 1965

Directed by: Martin Ritt

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is a 1965 British Cold War spy film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, and Oskar Werner. Based on the 1963 novel of the same ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Martin Landau

Released: 1963

Directed by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian

Cleopatra is a 1963 epic historical drama film chronicling the struggles of Cleopatra VII, the young Queen of Egypt, to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome. It was directed by Joseph L. ...more

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Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Anthony Quayle

Released: 1969

Directed by: Charles Jarrott

Anne of the Thousand Days is a 1969 British costume drama made by Hal Wallis Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures. It was directed by Charles Jarrott and produced by Hal B. Wallis. ...more

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Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Michael York

Released: 1967

Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli

The Taming of the Shrew is a 1967 film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare about a courtship between two strong-willed people. The film was directed by Franco Zeffirelli ...more

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Richard Burton, Olivia de Havilland, Audrey Dalton

Released: 1952

Directed by: Henry Koster

My Cousin Rachel is a 1952 American mystery-romance film directed by Henry Koster and starred Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Audrey Dalton, Ronald Squire, George Dolenz and John Sutton. ...more
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Richard Burton, Jenny Agutter, Joan Plowright

Released: 1977

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Equus is a 1977 British-American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Richard Burton. Peter Shaffer wrote the screenplay based on his play Equus. The film also featured Peter Firth, ...more
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Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Harry Shearer

Released: 1953

Directed by: Henry Koster

The Robe is a 1953 American Biblical epic film that tells the story of a Roman military tribune who commands the unit that crucifies Jesus. The film was made by 20th Century Fox and is notable ...more

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Roger Moore, Richard Burton, Richard Harris

Released: 1978

Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen

The Wild Geese is a British 1978 adventure film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen about a group of mercenaries in Africa. It stars Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris and Hardy Krüger. ...more
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Richard Burton, Donald Pleasence, Claire Bloom

Released: 1959

Directed by: Tony Richardson

Look Back in Anger is a 1959 British film starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and Mary Ure and directed by Tony Richardson. It is based on John Osborne's play of the same name about a love ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones, Richard Burton

Released: 1967

Directed by: Peter Glenville

The Comedians is a 1967 film directed and produced by Peter Glenville, based on the novel of the same name by Graham Greene, who also wrote the screenplay. The stars were Richard Burton, ...more
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Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

Released: 1962

Directed by: Darryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during WWII. The film was produced by Darryl ...more

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Richard Burton, Lee Remick, Harry Andrews

Released: 1978

Directed by: Jack Gold

The Medusa Touch is a 1978 British supernatural thriller film directed by Jack Gold. It starred Richard Burton, Lino Ventura, Lee Remick and Harry Andrews, with cameos by Alan Badel, Derek ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Maggie Smith, Orson Welles

Released: 1963

Directed by: Anthony Asquith

The V.I.P.s, also known as Hotel International, is a 1963 British drama film in Metrocolor and Panavision. It was directed by Anthony Asquith, produced by Anatole de Grunwald and distributed by ...more
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John Hurt, Annie Lennox, Richard Burton

Released: 1984

Directed by: Michael Radford

Nineteen Eighty-Four, also known as 1984, is a 1984 British dystopian drama film written for the screen and directed by Michael Radford, based upon George Orwell's novel of the same name. ...more

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Richard Burton, Robert Newton, Robert Douglas

Released: 1953

Directed by: Robert Wise

The Desert Rats is a 1953 American war film about the World War II siege of Tobruk. It stars Richard Burton and was directed by Robert Wise.

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Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton

Released: 1965

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

The Sandpiper is a 1965 film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, directed by Vincente Minnelli.
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Richard Burton, Billy Connolly, Andrew Keir

Released: 1978

Directed by: Anthony Page

At a Catholic public school, Benjamin Stanfield (DOMINIC GUARD) is tired of being the teacher's pet and decides to play a practical joke on his former master, Father Goddard (RICHARD BURTON). In ...more
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Hamlet Richard Burton, John Gielgud, Hume Cronyn

Released: 1964

Directed by: John Gielgud, Bill Colleran

1964 Richard Burton Broadway production of "Hamlet", deliberately staged in the style of a "dress rehearsal", but performed in front of a live audience.
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Richard Burton, Lana Turner, Fred MacMurray

Released: 1955

Directed by: Jean Negulesco

The Rains of Ranchipur is a 1955 film drama made by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Jean Negulesco and produced by Frank Ross from a screenplay by Merle Miller, based on the novel The Rains ...more
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Richard Burton, Ian McShane, Donald Sinden

Released: 1971

Directed by: Michael Tuchner

Villain is a 1971 gangster film directed by Michael Tuchner and starring Richard Burton, Ian McShane, T. P. McKenna and Donald Sinden.
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Richard Burton, Peter Cushing, Stanley Baker

Released: 1956

Directed by: Robert Rossen

Alexander the Great is a 1956 American sword-and-sandal epic film about the life of Macedonian general and king Alexander the Great, written, directed and produced by Robert Rossen with Gordon ...more