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.

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Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

Released: 1959

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American comedy film set in 1929, directed by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

Released: 1960

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Dalton Trumbo was based on the novel Spartacus by Howard Fast. It was inspired by the life ...more

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Kirk Douglas, Janet Leigh, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1958

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

The Vikings is a 1958 adventure film directed by Richard Fleischer and filmed in Technicolor. It was produced by and stars Kirk Douglas. It is based on the novel The Viking by Edison Marshall, ...more
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Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Lon Chaney

Released: 1958

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

The Defiant Ones is a 1958 black and white film which tells the story of two escaped prisoners, one white and one black, who are shackled together and who must co-operate in order to survive. It ...more

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#400 of 481 The Greatest Movies for Guys #437 of 629 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Nick Adams

Released: 1957

Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick

Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 American film noir/drama film made by Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions and released by United Artists. It was directed by Alexander Mackendrick and stars Burt ...more
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Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis

Released: 1965

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Great Race is a 1965 American slapstick comedy Technicolor film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood, directed by Blake Edwards, written by Blake Edwards and Arthur A. Ross, ...more

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#276 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #454 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Timelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Tor Johnson

Released: 1953

Directed by: George Marshall

Houdini is a 1953 biographical film about the life of the magician and escapologist Harry Houdini, played by Tony Curtis, co-starring with then-wife Janet Leigh. It was made by Paramount ...more
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Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Marion Ross

Released: 1959

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Operation Petticoat is a 1959 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. It was the basis for a television series in 1977 starring John Astin in Grant's ...more

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Henry Fonda, Tony Curtis, George Kennedy

Released: 1968

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

The Boston Strangler is a 1968 American film based on the true story of the Boston Strangler and the book by Gerold Frank. It was directed by Richard Fleischer, and stars Tony Curtis as Albert ...more

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#19 of 33 The Best Movies Based on Real Murders #16 of 27 The Best Movies About Real Serial Killers #130 of 163 The Best Movies of the '60s

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Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida

Released: 1956

Directed by: Carol Reed

Trapeze is a 1956 circus film directed by Carol Reed and starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida, making her debut in American films. The film is based on Max Catto's novel ...more
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Natalie Wood, Lauren Bacall, Henry Fonda

Released: 1964

Directed by: Richard Quine

Sex and the Single Girl is a 1964 American comedy film directed by Richard Quine and starring Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall, and Mel Ferrer. The film was inspired by the ...more

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#1,046 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time #125 of 163 The Best Movies of the '60s #35 of 41 The Best '60s Romantic Comedies

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Tony Curtis, Yul Brynner, Sam Wanamaker

Released: 1962

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

Taras Bulba is a 1962 film loosely based on Nikolai Gogol's short novel, Taras Bulba, starring Yul Brynner in the title role, and Tony Curtis as his son, Andrei, leaders of a Cossack clan on the ...more
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Tony Curtis, Karl Malden, Raymond Massey

Released: 1961

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

The Great Impostor is a 1961 movie based on the true story of an impostor named Ferdinand Waldo Demara. Loosely based on Robert Crichton's 1959 biography of the same name, it stars Tony Curtis ...more
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Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis

Released: 1963

Directed by: David Miller

Captain Newman, M.D. is a 1963 film starring Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall, Eddie Albert and Bobby Darin. It was directed by David Miller and filmed on location at ...more
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Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Patrick O'Neal

Released: 1954

Directed by: Rudolph Maté

The Black Shield of Falworth is a 1954 film made by Universal-International, produced by Robert Arthur and Melville Tucker and directed by Rudolph Maté. The screenplay was adapted by ...more
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James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis

Released: 1950

Directed by: Anthony Mann

Winchester '73 is a 1950 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, and Stephen McNally. Written by Borden Chase and Robert L. ...more

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#37 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #9 of 63 The Best Western Movies of the 1950s #17 of 66 The Best Rock Hudson Movies

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Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis

Released: 1958

Directed by: Delmer Daves

Kings Go Forth is a 1958 black-and-white World War II film starring Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood. The screenplay was written by Merle Miller from the novel of the same name by ...more
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Tony Curtis, James Franciscus, Bruce Bennett

Released: 1961

Directed by: Delbert Mann

The Outsider is a 1961 biopic film about Ira Hayes, a Native American who fought in World War II in the United States Marine Corps and was one of the Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. The ...more
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Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis, Thelma Ritter

Released: 1965

Directed by: John Rich

Boeing Boeing is a 1965 American bedroom farce comedy film, based on the 1960 French play Boeing-Boeing, and starring Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis. It was released on December 22, 1965, and was ...more

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Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, Ellen Burstyn

Released: 1964

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli

Goodbye Charlie is a 1964 comedy film about a callous womanizer who gets his just reward. It was adapted from George Axelrod's play Goodbye, Charlie and starred Debbie Reynolds and Tony Curtis. ...more
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Tony Curtis, Suzanne Pleshette, Larry Storch

Released: 1962

Directed by: Norman Jewison

40 Pounds of Trouble is a 1962 film directed by Norman Jewison that marks his directorial debut. The film was shot on location at Disneyland and Lake Tahoe. It is a retelling of Damon Runyon's ...more
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The Prince Who Was a Thief Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Everett Sloane

Released: 1951

Directed by: Rudolph Maté

The Prince Who Was a Thief is a 1951 swashbuckler film starring Tony Curtis. It was his first film as a star.
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Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Elaine Stritch

Released: 1958

Directed by: Blake Edwards

The Perfect Furlough is a 1958 romantic service comedy directed by Blake Edwards and written by Stanley Shapiro. Edwards and Shapiro would re-team the following year for another Tony Curtis ...more
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Elizabeth Taylor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Novak

Released: 1980

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

The Mirror Crack'd is a 1980 British mystery film based on Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novel The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side and directed by Guy Hamilton. It starred Angela Lansbury, Kim ...more

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Tony Curtis, Richard Chamberlain, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1975

Directed by: David Greene

The Count of Monte-Cristo is a 1975 television film produced by ITC Entertainment and based upon the book The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, père. It was directed by David ...more