Top Five Burt Lancaster Films
- The Sweet Smell of Success, 1957. Lancaster’s J.J. Hunsecker, an intentional analogue of Walter Winchell, is one of the most vile characters ever put on film. This one is inarguable. (It’s also the best film noir ever made.)
- The Train, 1964. Lancaster as a heroic Frenchman ((It is not a contradiction in terms! This time, at least… )) trying to save priceless works of art from the retreating Nazis. Great movie.
- Vera Cruz, 1954. Lancaster and Gary Cooper square off, and they’re directed by
Don Siegel“The Dirty Dozen” . Great stuff!
- Elmer Gantry, 1960. The movie itself is uneven, but Lancaster’s performance is superb.
- The Professionals, 1966. OK, fine, it was hard to pick just one movie for the final slot. This one will do, though.