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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.

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Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis
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
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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Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Nick Adams
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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Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Lon Chaney
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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Kirk Douglas, Janet Leigh, Ernest Borgnine
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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Natalie Wood, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis
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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Henry Fonda, Tony Curtis, George Kennedy
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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Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Tor Johnson
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
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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Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida
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
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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Tony Curtis, Yul Brynner, Sam Wanamaker
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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Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis
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
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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Tony Curtis, Karl Malden, Raymond Massey
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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James Stewart, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis
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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The Outsider Tony Curtis, James Franciscus, Bruce Bennett
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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The Third Girl from the Left Kim Novak, Tony Curtis, Barbi Benton
The Third Girl From the Left is a 1973 made-for-TV movie starring Kim Novak. She plays Gloria Joyce, a chorus girl who has an affair with a delivery boy when she realizes that her long-time ...more
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Tony Curtis, Ida Lupino, Howard Duff
Woman in Hiding is a 1949 film noir directed by Michael Gordon and starring Ida Lupino as the title character, a wife on the run from her murderous husband, played by Stephen McNally. Howard ...more
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Ryan Phillippe, Tony Curtis, James Brolin
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Frank Sinatra, Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis
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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40 Pounds of Trouble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tony Curtis Movies
Tony Curtis, Suzanne Pleshette, Larry Storch
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
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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Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, Ellen Burstyn
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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Jerry Lewis, Tony Curtis, Thelma Ritter
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