Want to know the best Richard Burton movies? How about the worst Richard Burton movies? Curious about Richard Burton’s box office grosses or which Richard Burton movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Richard Burton movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.
Richard Burton (1925-1984) was a 7 time Oscar® nominated Welsh actor. After gaining fame as the next “Laurence Olivier” of stage, Burton moved to Hollywood and almost immediately had great success. His IMDb page shows 77 acting credits from 1946-1984. This page ranks 46 Richard Burton movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies not released in North America were not included in the following table.
Drivel part of the page: This page comes from a request by Albert. We had about 60% of these movies already in our database…so we figured it was going to be a fairly easy page to research. His movies from 1953 to 1968 were very popular and very easy to research. However when Burton reached the 1970s his career pretty much fell off the cliff. After 1970 only 2 of his movies cracked our Top 25. His Equus (1977) got good reviews and his final Oscar® nomination…but tanked at the box. His Exorcist 2 (1978) earned some money at the box office but is considered one of the worst movies ever made. So if you are wondering why so many of his later movies have almost no box office…most (Wild Geese & 1984 did ok) were low budget barely seen movies.
Richard Burton 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.
- Sort Richard Burton movies by co-stars of his movies.
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- Sort Richard Burton movies by domestic yearly box office rank or by trivia for that movie
- Sort Richard Burton movies how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations each Richard Burton movie received and how many Oscar® wins each Richard Burton movie won.
- Sort Richard Burton 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.
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- *** = Richard Burton Oscar nominated performance.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||Co-Stars||Domestic Box Office - Actual (Millions)||Domestic Box Office - Adjusted (Millions)||Yearly Box Office Rank or Trivia||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) ***||Elizabeth Taylor & George Segal||$28.00||$214.60||3rd of 1966||88.5%||13 / 05||88.23|
|The Longest Day (1962)||John Wayne & Robert Mitchum||$50.29||$419.00||3rd of 1963||85.0%||05 / 02||77.03|
|The Robe (1953) ***||Jean Simmons & Victor Mature||$40.61||$570.50||1st of 1953||62.5%||05 / 02||71.58|
|Becket (1964) ***||Peter O'Toole & John Gielgud||$14.29||$128.10||24th of 1964||80.5%||12 / 01||71.55|
|Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) ***||Genevieve Bujold||$17.31||$102.70||16th of 1970||72.0%||10 / 01||63.61|
|Cleopatra (1963)||Elizabeth Taylor & Rex Harrison||$57.78||$576.40||2nd of 1963||47.3%||09 / 04||62.13|
|Where Eagles Dare (1968)||Clint Eastwood||$15.73||$101.20||13th of 1969||83.3%||00 / 00||54.86|
|The Night of the Iguana (1964)||Ava Gardner & Directed by John Huston||$12.40||$111.20||15th of 1964||73.5%||04 / 01||54.60|
|The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965) ***||Claire Bloom & Oskar Werner||$9.73||$80.40||33rd of 1966||77.0%||02 / 00||53.95|
|My Cousin Rachel (1952) ***||Olivia de Havilland||$3.61||$55.30||Greta Garbo & Vivien Leigh turned down Rachel role||72.5%||04 / 00||51.24|
|Candy (1968)||Marlon Brando & Walter Matthau||$21.06||$135.50||12th of 1969||59.7%||00 / 00||49.04|
|Taming of the Shrew (1967)||Elizabeth Taylor & |
|$8.85||$61.70||27th of 1967||77.5%||02 / 00||48.65|
|Zulu (1964)||Michael Caine||$4.20||$37.70||Burton provides narration||86.7%||00 / 00||46.57|
|The V.I.P.s (1963)||Elizabeth Taylor & Orson Welles||$13.39||$131.30||7th of 1963||53.0%||01 / 01||46.26|
|Equus (1977) ***||Peter Firth||$2.70||$10.20||Burton got 7th & final Oscar nomination||73.5%||03 / 00||44.32|
|The Bramble Bush (1960)||Angie Dickinson||$8.57||$104.70||28th of 1960||59.0%||00 / 00||43.96|
|Look Back In Anger (1959)||Claire Bloom||$3.17||$44.60||70th of 1959||76.0%||00 / 00||43.88|
|Ice Palace (1960)||Robert Ryan||$4.71||$57.60||59th of 1960||69.5%||00 / 00||41.59|
|The Desert Rats (1953)||James Mason||$3.03||$42.60||Best Screenplay Oscar Nomination||73.5%||01 / 00||41.54|
|Alexander the Great (1956)||Fredric March & Claire Bloom||$7.14||$109.50||32nd of 1956||47.0%||00 / 00||39.06|
|The Sandpiper (1965)||Elizabeth Taylor & Charles Bronson||$16.65||$137.60||7th of 1965||35.0%||01 / 01||38.78|
|1984 (1984)||John Hurt||$8.43||$21.20||Burton's last feature film||73.0%||00 / 00||37.60|
|The Rains of Ranchipur (1955)||Lana Turner||$7.43||$120.40||31st of 1956||38.5%||01 / 00||37.16|
|Bitter Victory (1957)||Curd Jürgens & Christopher Lee||$1.79||$26.90||Double bill with Cell 2455, Death Row||70.0%||00 / 00||37.07|
|Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)||Linda Blair||$37.57||$142.00||21st of 1977||32.0%||00 / 00||37.05|
|Prince of Players (1955)||Maggie McNamara||$1.75||$28.40||1st CinemaScope flop||68.5%||00 / 00||36.60|
|The Wild Geese (1978)||Roger Moore & Richard Harris||$7.78||$28.00||66th of 1978||68.5%||00 / 00||36.54|
|The Medusa Torch (1978)||Lee Remick||$0.25||$0.90||Burton earned $500,000 for role||73.0%||00 / 00||34.45|
|Hamlet (1964)||Hume Cronyn||$0.18||$1.60||Stage Performance Movie||68.0%||00 / 00||32.21|
|Villain (1971)||Ian McShane||$1.05||$5.30||A hit in England||64.5%||00 / 00||31.14|
|The Sea Wife (1957)||Joan Collins||$1.47||$22.20||Double bill with Forty Guns||54.5%||00 / 00||29.06|
|The Comedians (1967)||Elizabeth Taylor & Alec Guinness||$7.00||$48.80||42nd of 1968||45.5%||00 / 00||28.94|
|Under Milk Wood (1972)||Elizabeth Taylor & Peter OToole||$1.82||$9.00||Based on Dylan Thomas play||57.5%||00 / 00||28.42|
|Absolution (1978)||Dominic Guard||$0.10||$0.40||Limited release in 1988||58.5%||00 / 00||27.55|
|Massacre In Rome (1973)||Marcello Mastroianni||$0.10||$0.50||Limited release in 1975||58.0%||00 / 00||27.34|
|Staircase (1969)||Rex Harrison||$5.29||$31.40||55th of 1969||47.5%||00 / 00||27.19|
|Lovespell (1981)||Kate Mulgrew||$0.10||$0.30||Filmed in Ireland - limited release||57.0%||00 / 00||26.84|
|Bluebeard (1972)||Raquel Welch||$3.64||$18.00||85th of 1972||51.0%||00 / 00||26.76|
|The Assassination of Trotsky (1972)||Alain Delon||$0.25||$1.20||Some critics consider this one of his best roles||54.5%||00 / 00||25.81|
|Circle of Two (1981)||Tatum ONeal||$0.20||$0.60||Ryan O'Neal & Lee Majors have cameos in a porn theater scene||54.0%||00 / 00||25.47|
|Breakthrough (1979)||Robert Mitchum||$1.11||$3.70||Burton replaced James Coburn||52.5%||00 / 00||25.24|
|Raid on Rommel (1971)||John Colicos||$1.38||$7.10||Originally set to be television movie||50.5%||00 / 00||24.84|
|Hammersmith Is Out (1972)||Elizabeth Taylor||$2.42||$12.00||Last Taylor/Burton feature film||47.5%||00 / 00||24.18|
|Boom! (1968)||Elizabeth Taylor & Noël Coward||$5.71||$36.80||53rd if 1968||31.0%||00 / 00||20.27|
|Klansman (1974)||Lee Marvin||$2.42||$10.90||Budget - $5,000,000||39.0%||00 / 00||20.02|
|Doctor Faustas (1967)||Elizabeth Taylor & Andreas Teuber||$2.50||$17.40||91st of 1968||35.0%||00 / 00||19.15|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Richard Burtonl Table
- Fifteen Richard Burton movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 32.60% of his movies listed. Cleopatra (1963) was his biggest box office hit.
- An average Richard Burton movie grossed $83.00 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 22 Richard Burton movies are rated as good movies…or 47.82% of his movies. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) is his highest rated movie while Boom! (1968) is his lowest rated movie.
- Fifteen Richard Burton movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 32.60% of his movies.
- Nine Richard Burton movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 19.56% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score is 40.00. 19 Richard Burton movies scored higher that average….or 41.30 of his movies. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) got the the highest UMR Score while Doctor Faustas (1967) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Richard Burton
1. Richard Walter Jenkins was born in the village of Pontrhydyfen, Neath Port Talbot, Wales in 1928. He was the 12th of 13 children.
2. Phillip Burton was Richard’s school master and mentor. Burton eventually took Burton surname as his stage name…and thus Richard Jenkins became Richard Burton
3. Currently two Richard Burton movies are in the Top 50 Adjusted Box Office Hits of All-Time. 1953’s The Robe is in 47th place and 1963’s Cleopatra 42nd place.
4. Richard Burton was nominated for 7 Oscar® …but he never won. His 7 nominations are the second most without winning. First? Burton’s Beckett co-star, Peter O’Toole who received 8 nominations without winning.
5. Richard Burton was nominated for 7 Golden Globes®…winning twice. He won a Golden Globe® for 1952’s My Cousin Rachel and 1977’s Equus.
6. Richard Burton was married 5 times. His most famous marriage was to Elizabeth Taylor. They were married twice…from 1964 to 1974 and 1975 to 1976. Burton and Taylor would make 11 feature films together. Burton had three children. His daughter, Kate, is an actress with over 80 IMDb credits.
6. Richard Burton sang in the backup chorus for “Rocket to Stardom” on Kris Kristofferson’s 1975 album “Who’s to Bless . . . Who’s to Blame.”
7. Richard Burton appeared in six films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar®: 1953’s The Robe, 1962’s The Longest Day, 1963’s Cleopatra, 1964’s Becket, 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and 1969’s Anne of the Thousand Days.
8. Richard Burton had 3 movies on Variety’s Top Rental Films of 1963 list. Cleopatra was 2nd, The Longest Day was 3rd and V.I.P.s was 7th.
9. In 1968, Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood starred in Where Eagles Dare. The movie had some many stunts done by stuntmen that Eastwood referred to the movie as “Where Doubles Dared.”
10. Check out Richard Burton‘s career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.
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