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The Best Tony Curtis Movies

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

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

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  • 1
    Spartacus
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    15

    Spartacus

    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier

    Released1960

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 2
    Some Like It Hot
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    29

    Some Like It Hot

    Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon

    Released1959

    Directed byBilly Wilder

    Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder,... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    The Prince Who Was a Thief
    70
    12

    The Prince Who Was a Thief

    Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie

    Released1951

    Directed byRudolph Maté

    The Prince Who Was a Thief is a 1951 swashbuckler film starring Tony Curtis. It was his first... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 4
    Sweet Smell of Success
    67
    13

    Sweet Smell of Success

    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis

    Released1957

    Directed byAlexander Mackendrick

    Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 American film noir/drama film made by Hill-Hecht-Lancaster... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Defiant Ones
    68
    15

    The Defiant Ones

    Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis

    Released1958

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    The Defiant Ones is a 1958 black and white film which tells the story of two escaped... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    The Outsider
    70
    17

    The Outsider

    Tony Curtis, James Franciscus

    Released1961

    Directed byDelbert Mann

    The Outsider is a 1961 biopic film about Ira Hayes, a Native American who fought in World War... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 7
    The Great Race
    70
    18

    The Great Race

    Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon

    Released1965

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Great Race is a 1965 American slapstick comedy Technicolor film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Manitou
    62
    14

    The Manitou

    Stella Stevens, Burgess Meredith

    Released1978

    Directed byWilliam Girdler

    The Manitou is an American horror movie from 1978 with Tony Curtis and Susan Strasberg, based... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Houdini
    71
    23

    Houdini

    Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis

    Released1953

    Directed byGeorge Marshall

    Houdini is a 1953 biographical film about the life of the magician and escapologist Harry... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Kings Go Forth
    77
    29

    Kings Go Forth

    Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood

    Released1958

    Directed byDelmer Daves

    Kings Go Forth is a 1958 black-and-white World War II film starring Frank Sinatra, Tony... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    40 Pounds of Trouble
    70
    25

    40 Pounds of Trouble

    Tony Curtis, Suzanne Pleshette

    Released1962

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    40 Pounds of Trouble is a 1962 film directed by Norman Jewison that marks his directorial... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 12
    The Mirror Crack'd
    62
    27

    The Mirror Crack'd

    Elizabeth Taylor, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1980

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    The Mirror Crack'd is a 1980 British mystery film based on Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novel... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    The Vikings
    78
    44

    The Vikings

    Kirk Douglas, Janet Leigh

    Released1958

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    The Vikings is a 1958 adventure film directed by Richard Fleischer and filmed in Technicolor.... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Perfect Furlough
    75
    41

    The Perfect Furlough

    Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis

    Released1958

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    The Perfect Furlough is a 1958 romantic service comedy directed by Blake Edwards and written... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 15
    The Count of Monte Cristo
    66
    33

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Tony Curtis, Richard Chamberlain

    Released1975

    Directed byDavid Greene

    The Count of Monte-Cristo is a 1975 television film produced by ITC Entertainment and based... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Who Was That Lady?
    44
    14

    Who Was That Lady?

    Dean Martin, Janet Leigh

    Released1960

    Directed byGeorge Sidney

    Who Was That Lady? is a 1960 comedy film starring Tony Curtis, Dean Martin, and Janet... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    The Boston Strangler
    62
    37

    The Boston Strangler

    Henry Fonda, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    The Boston Strangler is a 1968 American film based on the true story of the Boston Strangler... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    The Great Impostor
    42
    16

    The Great Impostor

    Tony Curtis, Karl Malden

    Released1961

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    The Great Impostor is a 1961 movie based on the true story of an impostor named Ferdinand... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    The Last Tycoon
    51
    29

    The Last Tycoon

    Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro

    Released1976

    Directed byElia Kazan

    The Last Tycoon is a 1976 American dramatic film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Sam... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Criss Cross
    44
    22

    Criss Cross

    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis

    Released1949

    Directed byRobert Siodmak

    Criss Cross is a 1949 film noir starring Burt Lancaster, directed by Robert Siodmak from Don... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 21
    Sex and the Single Girl
    38
    16

    Sex and the Single Girl

    Natalie Wood, Lauren Bacall

    Released1964

    Directed byRichard Quine

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  • 22
    The Black Shield of Falworth
    33
    11

    The Black Shield of Falworth

    Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis

    Released1954

    Directed byRudolph Maté

    The Black Shield of Falworth is a 1954 film made by Universal-International, produced by... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 23
    Rosemary's Baby
    48
    28

    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • 24
    Operation Petticoat
    71
    56

    Operation Petticoat

    Cary Grant, Tony Curtis

    Released1959

    Directed byBlake Edwards

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  • 25
    Insignificance
    38
    19

    Insignificance

    Gary Busey, Tony Curtis

    Released1985

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

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