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Local Hero (1983)

Burt Lancaster as "Happer"

Up-and-coming Houston oil executive "Mac" MacIntyre (Peter Riegert) gets more than he bargained for when a seemingly simple business trip to Scotland changes his outlook on life. Sent by his colorful boss (Burt Lancaster) to the small village of Ferness, Mac is looking to quickly buy out the townspeople so his company can build a new refinery. But after a taste of country life Mac begins to question whether he is on the right side of this transaction.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983) Nominated Supporting Actor

Atlantic City (1980)

Burt Lancaster as "Lou"

When Sally Matthews (Susan Sarandon) leaves her Canadian home to relocate to Atlantic City, she aspires to a prosperous career in the gambling industry. With her criminal husband (Robert Joy) on her trail, however, it appears that she can't escape from trouble, until she finds an unlikely savior in Lou Pascal (Burt Lancaster), an aging small-time mobster. By becoming involved with Sally, Lou finds a way to achieve the success he's dreamed of, but his plan may endanger both their lives.

Academy Award (1981) Nominated Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981) Won Actor
Golden Globe (1980) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Burt Lancaster as "Robert Stroud"

Sentenced to life in solitary confinement after killing a prison guard, despondent inmate Robert Stroud (Burt Lancaster) combats loneliness and tedium by nursing an ailing bird back to health. Stroud develops an interest in caring for birds and becomes a talented ornithologist. After publishing a book on bird diseases from jail, he meets and marries Stella (Betty Field), a fellow bird enthusiast. When Stroud is suddenly moved to Alcatraz, though, his marriage and work are both threatened.

Academy Award (1962) Nominated Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1962) Won Foreign Actor
Golden Globe (1962) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Elmer Gantry (1960)

Burt Lancaster as "Elmer Gantry"

When hedonistic but charming con man Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) meets the beautiful Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons), a roadside revivalist, he feigns piousness to join her act as a passionate preacher. The two make a successful onstage pair, and their chemistry extends to romance. Both the show and their relationship are threatened, however, when one of Gantry's ex-lovers (Shirley Jones) decides that she has a score to settle with the charismatic performer.

Academy Award (1960) Won Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1960) Nominated Foreign Actor
Golden Globe (1960) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Rainmaker (1956)

Burt Lancaster as "Bill Starbuck"

During the Great Depression, a drought is wreaking havoc on a small, destitute Kansas town. Bill Starbuck (Burt Lancaster), a slick grifter, arrives in town, promising he can make it rain in exchange for $100. His offer is accepted by H. C. Curry (Cameron Prudhomme), a rancher whose spinster daughter, Lizzie (Katharine Hepburn), is desperate for a suitor. Lizzie finally finds confidence when Starbuck, ever the smooth talker, convinces her she's beautiful.

Golden Globe (1956) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Burt Lancaster as "1st Sgt. Milton Warden"

At an Army barracks in Hawaii in the days preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor, lone-wolf soldier and boxing champion "Prew" Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) refuses to box, preferring to play the bugle instead. Hard-hearted Capt. Holmes (Philip Ober) subjects Prew to a grueling series of punishments while, unknown to Holmes, the gruff but fair Sgt. Warden (Burt Lancaster) engages in a clandestine affair with the captain's mistreated wife (Deborah Kerr).

Academy Award (1953) Nominated Best Actor

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