Richard Burton Ranked

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A ranking of Richard Burton's film performances.

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1. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use their young houseguests to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other over the course of a distressing night.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

Votes: 66,088

2. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

British Agent Alec Leamas (Richard Burton) refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Richard Burton, Oskar Werner, Claire Bloom, Sam Wanamaker

Votes: 13,638

3. Look Back in Anger (1959)

Approved | 98 min | Drama

A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure, Edith Evans

Votes: 3,190

4. Equus (1977)

R | 137 min | Drama, Mystery

A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Colin Blakely, Joan Plowright

Votes: 7,122

5. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

PG | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History

King Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Catharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 6,346 | Gross: $2.07M

6. Becket (1964)

PG-13 | 148 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the King's.

Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi

Votes: 13,021

7. The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

Approved | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Brutish, fortune-hunting scoundrel Petruchio (Richard Burton) tames his wealthy, shrewish wife, Katharina (Dame Elizabeth Taylor).

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Michael Hordern

Votes: 6,940 | Gross: $8.00M

8. Where Eagles Dare (1968)

PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, War

63 Metascore

Allied Agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding American Brigadier General George Carnaby (Robert Beatty) prisoner, but that's not all that's really going on.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark

Votes: 49,077

9. The Voyage (1974)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance

The charming Adriana gets sick after her husband's death. Her brother-in-law takes her on a journey to meet a doctor, while love overwhelms them.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Sophia Loren, Richard Burton, Ian Bannen, Barbara Pilavin

Votes: 449

10. The Robe (1953)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History

In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie

Votes: 8,621 | Gross: $36.00M

11. 1984 (1984)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 62,329 | Gross: $8.40M

12. The Night of the Iguana (1964)

Approved | 125 min | Drama

A defrocked Episcopal clergyman leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon

Votes: 10,193

13. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 27,538 | Gross: $57.78M

14. My Cousin Rachel (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A young man plots revenge against the woman he believes murdered his cousin, but his plans are shaken when he comes face to face with the enigmatic beauty.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Richard Burton, Audrey Dalton, Ronald Squire

Votes: 2,262

15. The V.I.P.s (1963)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

51 Metascore

As fog delays departure for a group of travellers bound for New York City, they wait at the lounge of London's Heathrow airport, with each passenger at a moment of crisis in his or her life.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Louis Jourdan, Elsa Martinelli

Votes: 3,150 | Gross: $10.21M

16. Staircase (1969)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Charles Dyer (Sir Rex Harrison) and Harry Leeds (Richard Burton) are a couple that have been living together for nearly twenty years. Both earn a living as hairdressers in the West End of ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Rex Harrison, Richard Burton, Cathleen Nesbitt, Beatrix Lehmann

Votes: 712

17. The Sandpiper (1965)

TV-14 | 117 min | Drama

A free-spirited single mother forms a connection with the wed headmaster of an Episcopal boarding school in California.

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Eva Marie Saint, Charles Bronson

Votes: 2,724 | Gross: $15.26M

18. The Rains of Ranchipur (1955)

Approved | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Despite marital problems, English Lord Albert Esketh and his rich American socialite wife Lady Edwina Esketh travel to India to buy a prize horse from the ruler of Ranchipur.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Lana Turner, Richard Burton, Fred MacMurray, Joan Caulfield

Votes: 853

19. Raid on Rommel (1971)

GP | 99 min | Drama, War

In 1942 Libya, a German-speaking British Intelligence officer uses former British POWs, some dressed in German uniforms, to fulfill a secret sabotage mission inside German-captured Tobruk.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Richard Burton, John Colicos, Clinton Greyn, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 1,934

20. Absolution (1978)

R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

At a Catholic public school, Benjamin "Benjie" Stanfield (Dominic Guard) is tired of being the teacher's pet and decides to play a practical joke on his form master Father Goddard (Richard ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: Richard Burton, Dominic Guard, David Bradley, Billy Connolly

Votes: 1,193

21. Zulu (1964)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, History, War

77 Metascore

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

Director: Cy Endfield | Stars: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth

Votes: 34,212

22. The Longest Day (1962)

G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History

75 Metascore

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald, Bernhard Wicki, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda

Votes: 50,323 | Gross: $39.10M

23. The Comedians (1967)

Approved | 150 min | Drama

A cynical Welsh hotel owner secretly romances a diplomat's wife in Haiti, under the violent reign of the despot "Papa Doc" Duvalier.

Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Alec Guinness, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 1,713 | Gross: $5.20M

24. The Assassination of Trotsky (1972)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama, History

After having been forced to leave the Soviet Union 1929 Trotsky has ended up in Mexico 1940. He is still busy with politics, promoting socialism to the world. Stalin has sent out an ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Richard Burton, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 1,515

25. Bitter Victory (1957)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, War

A Commander receives a citation for an attack on General Erwin Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved, as the Commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Richard Burton, Curd Jürgens, Ruth Roman, Raymond Pellegrin

Votes: 1,700

26. The Wild Geese (1978)

R | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A British banker hires a group of British mercenaries to rescue a deposed African President from the hands of a corrupt African dictator.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 11,038

27. Boom! (1968)

PG | 110 min | Drama, Thriller

Explores the confrontation between the woman who has everything, including emptiness, and a penniless poet who has nothing but the ability to fill a wealthy woman's needs.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Noël Coward, Joanna Shimkus

Votes: 1,276

28. The Desert Rats (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton, Robert Douglas

Votes: 4,371

29. Doctor Faustus (1967)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A man sells his soul to the devil in order to have the woman he loves.

Directors: Richard Burton, Nevill Coghill | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Andreas Teuber, Ram Chopra

Votes: 894

30. The Battle of Sutjeska (1973)

PG | 130 min | War

In 1943, 20 000 Yugoslav partisans led by Tito find themselves encircled by 120 000 well-armed Axis troops in the mountains of Bosnia and must break-out of encirclement.

Director: Stipe Delic | Stars: Richard Burton, Ljuba Tadic, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic, Irene Papas

Votes: 1,331

31. Bluebeard (1972)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A World War I pilot whom everybody envies as a "ladykiller" actually is one - after he beds the women he's after, he murders them.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Richard Burton, Raquel Welch, Virna Lisi, Nathalie Delon

Votes: 1,083

32. Candy (1968)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Candy Christian, an innocent high-schooler, encounters numerous colorful characters and humorous sexual situations while attempting to find meaning in life.

Director: Christian Marquand | Stars: Ewa Aulin, Richard Burton, Charles Aznavour, Marlon Brando

Votes: 2,535

33. Lovespell (1981)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The classic Arthurian tale of tragic love. In medieval times, Lord of Cornwall decides to marry an Irish princess Isolde. However, his most loyal knight Tristan becomes bewitched by her beauty and they fall hopelessly in love.

Director: Tom Donovan | Stars: Richard Burton, Kate Mulgrew, Nicholas Clay, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 154

34. Massacre in Rome (1973)

PG | 110 min | Drama, History, War

Rome, March 23, 1944: 33 German soldiers are killed by a bomb. Lt. Col. Herbert Kappler is ordered to execute ten times that Italians.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Richard Burton, Marcello Mastroianni, Leo McKern, John Steiner

Votes: 1,036

35. Sea Wife (1957)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Thriller, War

In 1942, a cargo ship jammed with British evacuees from Singapore is sunk by a Japanese sub. A small lifeboat carries a beautiful woman, an army officer, a bigoted administrator, and a ... See full summary »

Director: Bob McNaught | Stars: Joan Collins, Richard Burton, Basil Sydney, Cy Grant

Votes: 530

36. Circle of Two (1981)

PG | 106 min | Drama

The story of the impossible love between a schoolgirl and a sixty-year-old painter.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Tatum O'Neal, Norma Dell'Agnese, Donann Cavin, Elan Ross Gibson

Votes: 480

37. Green Grow the Rushes (1951)

77 min | Comedy, Thriller

After their vessel runs aground during a storm and is impounded by the British authorities, local smugglers must find a way of disposing of their contraband brandy cargo before it's discovered by the Customs Officers.

Director: Derek N. Twist | Stars: Roger Livesey, Honor Blackman, Richard Burton, Frederick Leister

Votes: 165

38. Hammersmith Is Out (1972)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor (Sir Peter Ustinov) of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Richard Burton) ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Ustinov | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Peter Ustinov, Beau Bridges

Votes: 312

39. Ice Palace (1960)

Approved | 143 min | Adventure, Drama, History

After WW1, Zeb and Thor start a cannery business in Alaska but eventually they drift apart with Zeb becoming unscrupulous and Thor becoming involved in Alaskan politics.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Richard Burton, Robert Ryan, Martha Hyer, Jim Backus

Votes: 270

40. The Klansman (1974)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A local Sheriff tries to keep the peace as racial strife hits his small Alabama town as tensions boil over when a black man is accused of raping a white woman.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Lee Marvin, Richard Burton, Cameron Mitchell, O.J. Simpson

Votes: 1,219

41. Breakthrough (1979)

PG | 115 min | Drama, War

In 1944 a German sergeant gets involved in an anti-Hitler conspiracy, and saves the life of an American colonel.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Richard Burton, Rod Steiger, Helmut Griem, Klaus Löwitsch

Votes: 971

42. Waterfront Women (1950)

80 min | Drama

A worthless sailor walks out on his young family leaving them to fend for themselves in the Liverpool slums. They make a go of their lives and the eldest daughter is not happy her father's decides to return.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Robert Newton, Kathleen Harrison, Avis Scott, Susan Shaw

Votes: 240

43. Now Barabbas (1949)

87 min | Drama

A humane prison governor deals with a variety of different prisoners, including a charming murderer.

Director: Gordon Parry | Stars: Richard Greene, Cedric Hardwicke, Kathleen Harrison, Ronald Howard

Votes: 25

44. Woman of Dolwyn (1949)

95 min | Drama

A peaceful North Wales village is about to disappear once and for all under the waters of a dam that is about to be built by a powerful water company commanded by a city businessman, at one... See full summary »

Director: Emlyn Williams | Stars: Edith Evans, Emlyn Williams, Richard Burton, Anthony James

Votes: 143

45. Her Panelled Door (1950)

Approved | 84 min | Drama

A young woman with amnesia finds herself in London during the second world war. She falls in love and marries a Polish man in the R.A.F. He gets killed and then a crippled man comes to her ... See full summary »

Director: Ladislao Vajda | Stars: Phyllis Calvert, Edward Underdown, Helen Cherry, Richard Burton

Votes: 31

46. Alexander the Great (1956)

Not Rated | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History