Michael Caine Movies

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My father introduced me to Michael Caine (1933-) in the movie The Man Who Would Be King. Since that 1975 movie I have followed his career very closely. I am probably one of the few people on Earth who not only saw The Swarm at the theater but also Beyond the Poseidon Adventure at the theater. After years of struggling as an actor, in the mid 1960s he finally became a star with the British films Zulu, Alfie, and Ipcress Files. Since then he has starred in roughly 90 movies.  Over the years Caine has received 6 Oscar® nominations and 2 Oscar® wins.  Not only is he still popular after a 65 year career but he is still appearing in some the biggest movies out there (Inception, Batman trilogy). Currently he is director Christopher Nolan’s good luck charm. Caine has appeared in the last 6 Nolan films.

His IMDb page shows 163 acting credits from 1950-2017.  In the table below, Ultimate Movie Rankings ranks 92 of his movies in 6 different sortable columns.  Television roles, cameos, shorts and straight to DVD movies were not included in the rankings.

Michael Caine in 2006's Children of Men

Michael Caine in 2006’s Children of Men

Michael Caine Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

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  • Sort Michael Caine movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
  • Blue Link in Co-Star column will take you to that star’s UMR movie page
  • *** = Michael Caine Oscar® nominated performance
RankMovie (Year)Co-StarsDomestic B.O. Adjusted (mils.)B.O. Rank By Year or TriviaCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Inception (2010)Leonardo DiCaprio & Joseph Gordon-Levitt $312.606th of 201088.0%08 / 0480.84
The Dark Knight (2008)Christian Bale & Morgan Freeman$626.201st of 200891.5%08 / 0278.40
Alfie (1966)Shelley Winters$162.9012th of 196679.3%05 / 0073.79
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)Christian Bale & Morgan Freeman $474.602nd of 201288.3%00 / 0072.52
Interstellar (2014)Matthew McConaughey & Anne Hathaway $194.0016th of 201480.0%05 / 0170.74
Batman Begins (2005)Christian Bale & Morgan Freeman $270.508th of 200583.5%01 / 0070.64
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)Directed by Woody Allen$80.4030th of 198687.0%07 / 0368.75
Sleuth (1972)Laurence Olivier$86.4025th of 197389.0%04 / 0067.44
The Cider House Rules (1999)Charlize Theron & Paul Rudd$95.9041st of 199973.7%07 / 0264.10
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)Sean Connery$137.1013th of 197587.7%04 / 0064.05
A Bridge Too Far (1977)Sean Connery & Gene Hackman & James Caan $214.6014th of 197770.0%00 / 0063.90
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)Mike Myers$310.007th of 200258.0%00 / 0058.26
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)Samuel L. Jackson$128.2025th of 201576.5%00 / 0055.69
Cars 2 (2011)Owen Wilson$203.508th of 201152.0%00 / 0055.44
California Suite (1978)Jane Fonda & Walter Matthau$154.609th of 197955.7%03 / 0151.92
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)Steve Martin$86.2024th of 198879.0%00 / 0051.51
Dressed to Kill (1980)Angie Dickinson$103.4021st of 198075.0%00 / 0051.28
The Prestige (2006)Christian Bale & Scarlett Johansson $68.0050th of 200683.0%02 / 0051.01
Educating Rita (1983)Julia Walters$39.2050th of 198377.7%03 / 0050.70
The Ipcress File (1965)Nigel Green$67.0047th of 196585.7%00 / 0050.64
Children of Men (2006)Julianne Moore$45.5089th of 200687.5%03 / 0049.47
Miss Congeniality (2000)Sandra Bullock$167.0021st of 200051.0%00 / 0049.22
Zulu (1964)Richard Burton$37.70Caine's star making role86.7%00 / 0046.57
Now You See Me (2013)Morgan Freeman & Woody Harrelson $122.0027th of 201357.5%00 / 0045.82
Gambit (1966)Shirley MacLaine$47.9036th of 196774.5%03 / 0045.51
The Quiet American (2002)Brendan Fraser$18.90138th of 200275.7%01 / 0044.60
The Italian Job (1969)Noel Coward$39.00Budget was $3.0 million79.7%00 / 0043.48
Secondhand Lions (2003)Robert Duvall$58.8071st of 200372.3%00 / 0043.32
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)Emily Blunt$106.3031st of 201156.0%00 / 0042.59
Get Carter (1971)Britt Ekland$20.1074th of 197182.7%00 / 0041.97
Mona Lisa (1986)Bob Hoskins$13.20102nd of 198682.7%01 / 0041.88
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)Muppets$55.4047th of 199271.0%00 / 0041.85
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)Dwayne Johnson$110.0030th of 201251.5%00 / 0041.03
Death Trap (1982)Christopher Reeve & Dyan Cannon$55.3043rd of 198267.3%00 / 0040.20
Little Voice (1998)Brenda Blethyn$8.30160th of 199873.7%01 / 0038.80
Battle of Britain (1969)Laurence Olivier$33.9050th of 196969.7%00 / 0037.99
Quills (2000)Kate Winslet$11.10142nd of 200074.0%03 / 0037.70
Funeral in Berlin (1966)Guy Doleman$33.5056th of 196769.0%00 / 0037.62
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)Robert Duvall$54.0063rd of 197760.7%00 / 0036.88
Now You See Me 2 (2016)Mark Ruffalo & Daniel Radcliffe$41.08Too Soon For Ranking64.0%00 / 0036.57
Youth (2015)Jane Fonda$2.80169th of 201575.5%01 / 0036.35
Victory (1981)Sylvester Stallone$32.9050th of 198166.3%00 / 0036.28
The Wrong Box (1966)Peter Sellers$6.80135th of 196674.0%00 / 0035.83
The Island (1980)David Warner$51.0046th of 198058.5%00 / 0035.39
Last Orders (2002)Helen Mirren & Bob Hoskins$3.40196th of 200274.0%00 / 0035.32
Too Late The Hero (1970)Henry Fonda$14.00Filmed in Philippines70.5%00 / 0035.31
The Last Valley (1971)Omar Sharif$11.90Caine thinks this is 1 of his best roles70.0%00 / 0034.74
Harry Brown (2010)Emily Mortimer$1.90173rd of 201072.0%00 / 0034.16
A Shock to the System (1990)Samuel L. Jackson$6.80137th of 199070.0%00 / 0034.01
Going In Style (2017) Early Reviews & Long Range Box Office Forecast Morgan Freeman$32.006th Caine/Freeman movie61.5%00 / 0033.83
The Fourth Protocol (1987)Pierce Brosnan$26.8081st of 198761.3%00 / 0033.10
Hurry Sundown (1967)Jane Fonda$70.5023rd of 196747.0%00 / 0033.02
On Deadly Ground (1994)Steven Seagal$79.7037th of 199442.0%00 / 0032.70
The Weather Man (2005)Nicolas Cage$16.40138th of 200563.5%00 / 0032.47
Pulp (1972)Mickey Rooney$13.50Lizabeth Scott's last movie64.0%00 / 0032.17
Play Dirty (1969)Nigel Green$8.50Richard Harris fired from movie65.5%00 / 0032.10
Without a Clue (1988)Ben Kingsley$17.5096th of 198862.0%00 / 0031.93
Harry & Walter Go To New York (1976)James Caan $55.2044th of 197649.7%00 / 0031.90
Sweet Liberty (1986)Lillian Gish$32.3061st of 198655.3%00 / 0031.18
Noises Off (1992)John Ritter$4.60147th of 199264.0%00 / 0030.84
Bewitched (2005)Shirley MacLaine & Will Ferrell & Steve$83.4040th of 200537.3%00 / 0030.56
The Whistle Blower (1987)John Gielgud$3.20164th of 198761.3%00 / 0029.34
Flawless (2008)Demi Moore$1.40214th of 200861.5%00 / 0029.12
Blood and Wine (1997)Jack Nicholson$2.00185th of 199761.0%00 / 0029.01
Billion Dollar Brain (1967)Karl Malden$26.1060th of 196752.5%00 / 0028.72
Woman Times Seven (1967)Shirley MacLaine$15.70Caine is in "Snow" segment55.0%00 / 0028.28
Mr. Destiny (1990)James Belushi$30.6080th of 199049.0%00 / 0027.76
The Destructors/The Marseille Contract (1974)Anthony Quinn & James Mason$2.10Budget was $2.0 million56.5%00 / 0026.89
The Magus (1968)Anthony Quinn$18.4087th of 196951.0%00 / 0026.82
The Romantic Enlishman (1975)Glenda Jackson$11.50Budget was $1.2 million53.0%00 / 0026.69
The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)Sidney Poitier$12.50Filmed in Kenya52.5%00 / 0026.61
Half Moon Street (1986)Sigourney Weaver$2.60169th of 198655.5%00 / 0026.50
Beyond the Limit (1983)Richard Gere$16.1090th of 198349.0%00 / 0025.78
Peeper (1975)Natalie Wood$10.00Wood's first since 196950.5%00 / 0025.29
Kidnapped (1971)Trevor Howard$5.40Cast never got paid 52.0%00 / 0025.28
X Y and Zee (1972)Elizabeth Taylor$24.6069th of 197245.0%00 / 0024.96
Sleuth (2007)Jude Law$.40284th of 200750.7%00 / 0023.89
The Holcroft Covenant (1985)Anthony Edwards$.90162nd of 198549.5%00 / 0023.43
Blame it on Rio (1984)Demi Moore$46.8057th of 198433.0%00 / 0022.78
The Black Windmill (1974)Donald Pleasance$7.20Budget was $1.5 million45.0%00 / 0022.27
The Last Witch Hunter (2015)Vin Diesel$27.4087th of 201538.0%00 / 0022.22
The Swarm (1978)Richard Widmark & Henry Fonda & Ol$61.6040th of 197825.0%01 / 0021.70
Ashanti (1979)William Holden$5.70Budget was $7.5 million43.0%00 / 0021.09
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)Sally Field$18.6077th of 197937.0%01 / 0020.67
Around the Bend (2004)Christopher Walken$.30317th of 200443.3%00 / 0020.42
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)Lorraine Gary$44.8054th of 198728.0%00 / 0020.21
Water (1986)Valerie Perrine$2.90164th of 198641.0%00 / 0019.75
The Statement (2003)Tilda Swinton$1.10222nd of 200340.7%00 / 0019.29
Get Carter (2000)Sylvester Stallone$23.40119th of 200030.3%00 / 0018.10
Surrender (1987)Lorraine Gary$12.30105th of 198732.7%00 / 0017.39
Silver Bears (1977)Martin Balsam & Jay Leno$3.10Leno's 1st credited movie33.5%00 / 0016.22
The Hand (1981)Directed by Oliver Stone$7.4090th of 198130.3%00 / 0015.41

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Michael Caine Table

  1. 17 of Michael Caine’s movies crossed the magical $100 million mark.  That is a percentage of 18.68% of his movies listed.  His biggest box office hit is The Dark Knight (2008)
  2. An average Michael Caine movie grosses $64.60 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  50 of Michael Caine’s movies are rated as good movies…or 54.94% of his movies.  His highest rated movie is The Dark Knight (2008).  His lowest rated movie is Jaws: The Revenge (1987).
  4. 21 of Michael Caine’s movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 23.07% of his movies.
  5. 6 of Michael Caine’s movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 6.59% of his movies.
  6. Michael Caine has appeared in 4 movies that were nominated for a Best Picture Oscar®….1966’s Alfie, 1987’s Hannah and Her Sisters, 1999’s The Cider House Rules and 2010’s Inception.
  7. An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00.  34 of Michael Caine’s movies scored higher that average….or 37.36% of his movies.  Inception (2010) got the highest UMR Score….The Hand (1981) got the lowest UMR Score.

Michael Caine and Robert Duvall in 2003's Secondhand Lions

Michael Caine and Robert Duvall in 2003’s Secondhand Lions

My Personal Top Ten Michael Caine Movies In Alphabetical Order

#1 Batman Begins (2005)…Caine has a much bigger part in the first part of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy…so I tend to watch Batman Begins more often than the Dark Knight movies.

#2 A Bridge Too Far (1977) ….One of the last epic war movies, an all-star cast that has some humor while telling the true story of World War II’s Operation: Market Garden. I watch this movie at least once a year.

#3 Children of Men (2006) … Caine has a supporting role in this movie about a future were babies are no longer being born…Clive Owen is also awesome in the lead role.

#4 Deathtrap (1982) ….Based on a stage play, Caine is outstanding as a famous writer who is suffering from writer’s block. Has an unusual twist in the middle of the movie. A nice companion movie to 1972’s Sleuth.

#5 Dirty Rotten Scroundrels (1988)….Caine and Steve Martin play dueling con men in this very funny remake of the Marlon Brando and David Niven film Bedtime Stories.

#6 The Man Who Would Be King (1975) …You get Caine, Sean Connery and legendary director John Huston in this adventure film that almost starred Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable back in the 1950s.

#7 The Prestige (2006)….Caine’s 2nd of 5 movies with director Christopher Nolan. Caine plays the middle man as Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman wages in a brutal personal conflict.

#8 Secondhand Lions (2003)…Caine and Robert Duvall play very eccentric uncles to Haley Joel Osment in this comedy drama. I laughed for days at the ending at this almost forgotten gem of a movie.

#9 Sleuth (1972)….Caine goes toe to toe with Sir Laurence Olivier as movie characters and in acting ability. Both men got Oscar® nominations for Best Actor for their roles in Sleuth. Avoid the 2007 remake that also stars Caine as it is pretty horrible.

#10 Zulu (1964)….Caine’s first big break came in this excellent movie. Although he had appeared in many movies prior to Zulu…it got the credit of Introducing Michael Caine. The success of Zulu helped him get his Alfie role and then he never looked back again.

#11 Interesting to me… I have seen 77 of the 86 movies listed on this table….or 89.53% of his movies.

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  1. • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Richard Pallot

    The infamous Hatton Garden heist is now the subject of a new film which tells the story of the group of elderly men who pulled off what has been called the largest burglary in English legal history.The burglary took place over Easter weekend in 2015, and saw some of the men pose as workmen and then drill their way into the vault, before making off with jewellery and other valuables.

    The men were experienced thieves and had meticulously planned the £200 million heist.
    All but one of them was eventually imprisoned.Even the judge at the trial remarked that the burglary was in a “class of its own”.

    A quartet of veteran British actors, led by Michael Caine, are in talks for Working Title’s film about the audacious Hatton Garden robbery.Joining Caine as members of a gang of elderly villains who pulled off the heist in 2015 are Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon and Ray Winstone. Caine is likely to play Brian Reader, the 76-year-old who was sentenced to six years in jail for his ringleader role in the robbery Caine had previously expressed interest in a role in the film, saying: “That story, the four guys in Hatton Garden, they are very, very tough … I’ve heard my name and Ray Winstone’s name mentioned. I would do it in an instant.”

    1. Hey Bob….thanks for sharing this information on Sir Michael. I heard Caine talking about that movie when he was making the rounds to push Going In Style. So hopefully he will be making that movie soon. I also hope he pops up in some capacity in Dunkirk. Nolan kept the Matt Damon role quiet…maybe he is doing the same with Caine in Dunkirk. Seems there would have to be a role for Caine in Nolan’s latest movie.

      Winstone and Caine appeared in Last Call a few years ago…..that is a nice little movie….with Bob Hoskins in a very good role. A quick look on IMDb shows Caine only has one movie in development…Coup d’Etat….hope to see the Hatton Garden heist pop up soon. Thanks for again for the information.

  2. HI BRUCE The Mail on Sunday newspaper over here has just published a lengthy interview with Sir Maurice in the past few weeks and I thought you might be interested in some of the main matters discussed –

    (1) Sir M used to drink heavily but 10 years ago cut back drastically to better cope with ageing.
    (2) He is still fuming about legally giving up his birth name to obtain documentation consistency for easier passage through airports
    (3) When he was a young nobody he strayed into an abandoned London Theatre and found Chaplin there reminiscing over times long gone when he Charlie appeared in that theatre. Although he did not know the young Maurice from Adam Chaplin chatted with him and told him of how he had once appeared in that theatre with Stan Laurel. I think that Sir Maurice is lucky to have that memory whereas ironically Charlie couldn’t have known that he was talking to a future fellow-Great.
    (4) Sir M told the Mail on Sunday that he was very lucky at 84 to be still getting great parts. Clearly the Curse of 39 which afflicts most females had no power to touch a legend like Sir Maurice
    (5) Sir M starts shooting Hatton Garden next month which is another heist film with Sir Maurice playing the mastermind of the robbery who is 73 in the movie [He’s being allowed to young down like Randy and Joel!]. Co-starring with Sir Maurice is Sir Michael Gambon highly respected TV, film and theatre performer over here whom Sir Maurice described as his own best “mate” as he put it.

    [Cue for Dan to step in and link up one of your idols with mine

    (6) I saw an interview with Gambon recently in which he mentioned that one of his own closest friends for years had been the late Mr Mumbles and that the pair had met regularly over the years when visiting each other’s countries. Sir Michael Gambon sorely missed his late mumbling friend.

    1. Hey Bob….gotta love when actors are making the rounds pushing movies…as they gave countless interviews. Last week I must have watched hours of Caine television interviews…normally with Freeman and Arkin.

      Very cool story about Caine and Chaplin. Caine can tell a story for sure. I think Caine can pull off playing 10 years younger. Good to know that Brando and Gambon were such good friends. As for the Bacon Oracle….Mr. Daniel Radcliffe connects. Radcliffe was Caine’s son in Now You See Me 2….and was Gambon’s star student in 6 Harry Potter movies.

      Thanks for sharing all of this information on one of my all-time favorites….Sir Michael Caine.

  3. Para copied from post onApril 2, 2017 at 6:22 am

    STEVE My thoughts were more on YOU last night than on the mysterious absence of the Work Horse** I viewed Sir Maurice Micklewhite in Youth (2015) a slow talkative film that held my attention because Sir M as always was highly watchable and he and Harvey Keitel had some marvellous scenes together. Also Jane Fonda gave a riveting albeit foul-mouthed cameo. However I wasn’t sure if you would like it because Sir M plays a retired music conductor who dogmatically rejects several requests from the Queen of England to perform his music for her at Buckingham Palace. I see that in his new movie Sir M is billed 2nd to Morgan Freeman. For once one of my idols trumps an idol of WH!

    **Maybe when he next turns up it will be lurking in a darkened doorway in Vienna

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