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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.

If you think the best Richard Burton role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Richard Burton performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

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    The Night of the Iguana

    Ava Gardner, Richard Burton

    Released1964

    Directed byJohn 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. The...  more
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    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

    Released1966

    Directed byMike 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 Albee....  more

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    Becket

    Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton

    Released1964

    Directed byPeter 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 directed...  more

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    Absolution

    Richard Burton, Billy Connolly

    Released1978

    Directed byAnthony 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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    Where Eagles Dare

    Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton

    Released1968

    Directed byBrian 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 MacLean...  more

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    My Cousin Rachel

    Richard Burton, Olivia de Havilland

    Released1952

    Directed byHenry 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. The...  more
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    Anne of the Thousand Days

    Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold

    Released1969

    Directed byCharles 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. The...  more
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    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    Richard Burton, Claire Bloom

    Released1965

    Directed byMartin 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 name by...  more

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    Cleopatra

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

    Released1963

    Directed byDarryl 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. Mankiewicz...  more

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    The Rains of Ranchipur

    Richard Burton, Lana Turner

    Released1955

    Directed byJean 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 Came...  more
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    Look Back in Anger

    Richard Burton, Donald Pleasence

    Released1959

    Directed byTony 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 triangle...  more
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    The Taming of the Shrew

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

    Released1967

    Directed byFranco 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 and...  more

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    The Robe

    Richard Burton, Jean Simmons

    Released1953

    Directed byHenry 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 for...  more

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    Villain

    Richard Burton, Ian McShane

    Released1971

    Directed byMichael Tuchner

    Villain is a 1971 gangster film directed by Michael Tuchner and starring Richard Burton, Ian McShane, T. P. McKenna and Donald Sinden....  more
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    Alexander the Great

    Richard Burton, Peter Cushing

    Released1956

    Directed byRobert 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 S....  more
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    The V.I.P.s

    Elizabeth Taylor, Maggie Smith

    Released1963

    Directed byAnthony 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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    The Comedians

    Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones

    Released1967

    Directed byPeter 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, Elizabeth...  more
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    Equus

    Richard Burton, Jenny Agutter

    Released1977

    Directed bySidney 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, Colin...  more
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    The Sandpiper

    Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O'Toole

    Released1965

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

    The Sandpiper is a 1965 film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, directed by Vincente Minnelli....  more
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    Sea Wife

    Richard Burton, Joan Collins

    Released1957

    Directed byBob McNaught

    Sea Wife is a DeLuxe CinemaScope British film based on the 1955 James Maurice Scott novel Sea-Wyf. Shot in Jamaica, the film follows a group of survivors from a torpedoed British refugee ship....  more
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    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    John Hurt, Annie Lennox

    Released1984

    Directed byMichael 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. Starring...  more
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    Wild Geese

    Roger Moore, Richard Burton

    Released1978

    Directed byAndrew 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. The film...  more
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    Bluebeard

    Raquel Welch, Richard Burton

    Released1972

    Directed byEdward Dmytryk, Luciano Sacripanti

    Bluebeard is a 1972 thriller starring Richard Burton, Raquel Welch, Joey Heatherton and Sybil Danning, filmed in Budapest and Hungary by Edward Dmytryk and based on the classic story Bluebeard by...  more
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    Under Milk Wood

    Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O'Toole

    Released1972

    Directed byAndrew Sinclair

    Under Milk Wood is a 1972 British film directed by Andrew Sinclair and based on the 1954 radio play Under Milk Wood by the Welsh writer Dylan Thomas. It featured performances from many well-known...  more
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    Candy

    Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr

    Released1968

    Directed byChristian Marquand

    Candy is a 1968 farce film directed by Christian Marquand based on the 1958 novel by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg, from a screenplay by Buck Henry. ...  more

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