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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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    Absolution is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Night of the Iguana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Becket is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Spy Who Came in from the C is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    The Rains of Ranchipur is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Where Eagles Dare is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    My Cousin Rachel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Equus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Anne of the Thousand Days is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    The Comedians is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Taming of the Shrew is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    The Robe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Sea Wife is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Wild Geese is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Medusa Touch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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    The Medusa Touch

    Richard Burton, Lee Remick

    Released1978

    Directed byJack Gold

    The Medusa Touch is a 1978 British supernatural thriller film directed by Jack Gold. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Under Milk Wood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The V.I.P.s is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne

    Released1962

    Directed byDarryl 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... more on Wikipedia

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    Doctor Faustus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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    Doctor Faustus

    Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton

    Released1967

    Directed byRichard Burton, Nevill Coghill

    Doctor Faustus is a 1967 film adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of... more on Wikipedia
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    Waterfront is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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    Waterfront

    Richard Burton, Robert Newton

    Released1950

    Directed byMichael Anderson

    Waterfront is a 1950 British drama film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Robert... more on Wikipedia
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    Look Back in Anger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Sandpiper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Richard Burton Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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