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Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

Richard Burton as "King Henry VIII"

This film adaption of a Broadway play is based on the historical events surrounding the founding of the Church of England. Catherine of Aragon (Irene Papas), empowered wife of King Henry VIII (Richard Burton), has yet to give birth to an heir. King Henry's wandering eyes fall on the devout and nubile Anne Boleyn (Geneviève Bujold), who refuses his sexual advances. Henry eventually convinces Anne to marry him, but to move forward, the king must face a church that believes divorce is a sin.

Academy Award (1969) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1969) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Taming of the Shrew (1967)

Richard Burton as "Petruchio"

In this film adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play, Grumio (Cyril Cusack) and Hortensio (Victor Spinetti) both long to wed the same beautiful young woman. Unfortunately, her wealthy father (Michael Hordern) will not let his daughter marry unless her hot-tempered sister, Katherina (Elizabeth Taylor), also has a suitor. Luckily, the slovenly Petruchio (Richard Burton) is looking for an affluent woman to marry, so Grumio and Hortensio pay him to try to woo the extremely volatile Katherina.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1967) Nominated British Actor
Golden Globe (1967) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1966)

Richard Burton as "Alec Leamas"

At the height of the Cold War, British spy Alec Leamas (Richard Burton) is nearly ready to retire, but first he has to take on one last dangerous assignment. Going deep undercover, he poses as a drunken, disgraced former MI5 agent in East Germany in order to gain information about colleagues who have been captured. When he himself is thrown in jail and interrogated, Leamas finds himself caught in a sinister labyrinth of plots and counter-plots unlike anything in his long career.

Academy Award (1966) Nominated Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1966) Won British Actor

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Richard Burton as "George"

History professor George (Richard Burton) and his boozy wife, Martha (Elizabeth Taylor), return late one Saturday night from a cocktail party at the home of the college president, Martha's father. Martha announces that she invited another couple, newly appointed instructor Nick (George Segal) and his timid wife, Honey (Sandy Dennis), over for a nightcap. When the younger couple arrive, the night erupts into a no-holds-barred torrent of marital angst and verbal tirades.

Academy Award (1966) Nominated Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1966) Won British Actor
Golden Globe (1966) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Becket (1964)

Richard Burton as "Thomas à Becket"

Debauched King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) installs his longtime court facilitator Thomas Becket (Richard Burton) as the Archbishop of Canterbury, assuming that his old friend will be a compliant and loyal lackey in the King's ongoing battles with the church. But Becket unexpectedly finds his true calling on the ecclesiastical side, and aligns himself against the king's selfish wishes, causing a rift and an eventual showdown not only between the two men, but also the institutions they represent.

Academy Award (1964) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1964) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Look Back in Anger (1958)

Richard Burton as "Jimmy Porter"

In Northern England, frustrated college dropout Jimmy Porter (Richard Burton) plays music at a jazz club at night and by day works at a candy stall with partner Cliff Lewis (Gary Raymond), who lives with Jimmy and his wife, Alison (Mary Ure). Embittered by the strictures of working-class life, Jimmy constantly insults Alison, whose family is upper class. When Alison invites her best friend, self-assured Helena (Claire Bloom), to stay with them, Jimmy's grievances threaten to boil over.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1958) Nominated British Actor
Golden Globe (1958) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Robe (1953)

Richard Burton as "Marcellus Gallio"

In this biblical epic, a drunk and disillusioned Roman, Marcellus Gallio (Richard Burton), wins Jesus' robe in a dice game after the crucifixion. Marcellus has never been a man of faith like his slave, Demetrius (Victor Mature), but when Demetrius escapes with the robe, Marcellus experiences disturbing visions and feels guilty for his actions. Convinced that destroying the robe will cure him, Marcellus sets out to find Demetrius -- and discovers his Christian faith along the way.

Academy Award (1953) Nominated Best Actor

My Cousin Rachel (1952)

Richard Burton as "Philip Ashley"

When Philip Ashley's (Richard Burton) wealthy cousin, Ambrose (John Sutton), dies suddenly, his suspicions drift to Ambrose's new and icy wife, Rachel (Olivia de Havilland), who stands to benefit greatly from his cousin's death. When Ashley is introduced to Rachel at Ambrose's funeral, however, his fears are immediately laid to rest: how could such a beautiful young woman possibly be a murderer? But when the estate is left to Ashley, he begins to fear for his life.

Academy Award (1952) Nominated Best Supporting Actor

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