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List of Warren Beatty Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
42
12
Bonnie and Clyde
R
42
12

The biographical crime drama follows the notorious bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, who go from small-time thieves to violent, murderous bank robbers during the Great Depression. As they are pursued by the law, they attain cult status with Americans but a violent end awaits. 

Role:
Clyde Barrow
Starring:
Gene Hackman, Denver Pyle, Faye Dunaway, Gene Wilder, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Wilder
Directed By:
Arthur Penn
2. Splendor in the Grass (1961)
17
4
Splendor in the Grass
17
4

Splendor in the Grass is a romantic drama period film which tells the story of Bud and Deanie, who are weighed down by the expectations of their parents, and soon it also starts to affect their relationship.

Starring:
Natalie Wood, Phyllis Diller, Pat Hingle, Zohra Lampert, Barbara Loden
Directed By:
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Male
3. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
15
5
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
R
15
5

John McCabe arrives in a mining community where he plans to open a brothel. Although most local residents are impressed by his confidence, a prostitute is able to see that he is not as sharp as he seems. She agrees to help him plan and run his establishment, for a share of the profits. However, their lives turn upside down, when a large company threatens to destroy their establishment.  

Role:
John McCabe
Starring:
Julie Christie, William Devane, Terence Hill, Rene Auberjonois, John Schuck
Directed By:
4. Reds (1981)
15
5
Reds
PG
15
5

A radical American journalist travels to Russia where he gets involved with the communist revolution in the country. He also meets an activist sharing the same ideology, and gets married to her.

Role:
John Reed
Directed By:
Warren Beatty
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture
5. The Parallax View (1974)
12
5
The Parallax View
R
12
5

After a senator running for President is assassinated, Joe Frady, a political reporter, begins his own investigation. He soon discovers a conspiracy and begins to suspect that the mysterious Parallax Corporation might be involved. He soon finds himself in a game of cat and mouse.

Role:
Joseph Frady
Starring:
Hume Cronyn, William Daniels, Walter McGinn, Paula Prentiss
Directed By:
Alan J. Pakula
6. Heaven Can Wait (1978)
13
5
Heaven Can Wait
PG
13
5

A quarterback who is determined to win the Super Bowl, meets with an accident, and is taken away from his body by an angel, although it is not his time to die.  However, he is allowed to return in the body of a millionaire, who had been murdered recently.

Role:
Joe Pendleton
Starring:
Charles Grodin, James Mason, Julie Christie, Jack Warden, Julie Christie
Directed By:
Buck Henry, Warren Beatty
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
8. Bulworth (1998)
14
6
Bulworth
R
14
6

Bulworth is a comedy drama film which tells the story of a suicidal and disillusioned politician who puts out a contract killing on himself, so that his family will be able to benefit from his insurance policy. He also decides to be honest with his voters, but soon after he falls in love with a young woman, he rethinks his decision.    

Directed By:
Warren Beatty
9. Bugsy (1991)
14
6
Bugsy
R
14
6

This biographical crime drama film revolves around Bugsy Siegel, a notorious gangster, who moves to Hollywood and gets involved with a film star. He soon starts gambling and comes up with the idea of developing a gambling haven in Las Vegas.   

Role:
Bugsy Siegel
Directed By:
Barry Levinson
10. All Fall Down (1962)
8
3
All Fall Down
8
3
Role:
Berry-Berry Willart
Starring:
Angela Lansbury, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Brandon De Wilde
Directed By:
John Frankenheimer
11. Shampoo (1975)
9
5
Shampoo
R
9
5

George Roundy is a hairdresser living in Beverly Hills, who spends a significant amount of time sleeping with his female clients. Although he wants to open his own salon, he doesn’t have enough financial resources for it. However, one of his clients Felicia tries to convince her wealthy husband to invest in his business.

Role:
George
Starring:
Michelle Phillips, Carrie Fisher, Lee Grant, Goldie Hawn, Julie Christie
Directed By:
Hal Ashby
12. The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
7
4
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
7
4
Role:
Paolo di Leo
Starring:
Vivien Leigh, Lotte Lenya, Cleo Laine, Jill St. John, Jeremy Spenser, Coral Browne
Directed By:
José Quintero
13. Mickey One (1965)
6
3
Mickey One
6
3
Role:
Mickey One
Starring:
Franchot Tone, Alexandra Stewart, Hurd Hatfield, Teddy Hart
Directed By:
Arthur Penn
14. $ (1971)
6
4
$
R
6
4
Role:
Joe Collins
Starring:
Goldie Hawn, Scott Brady, Robert Webber, Gert Fröbe
Directed By:
Richard Brooks
15. Dick Tracy (1990)
20
12
Dick Tracy
PG
20
12

Tough detective Dick Tracy is after crimes mastermind Alphonse ‘Big Boy’ Caprice, who is trying to take over the city, and another mysterious criminal, The Blank. Besides, he has to keep girlfriend Tess Trueheart happy, take care of an orphan, and elude advances of seductive club-singer Breathless Mahoney who can furnish evidence against Caprice. Tracy must nab Caprice to save the city.

Role:
Dick Tracy
Starring:
Al Pacino, Kathy Bates, Dustin Hoffman, Dick Van Dyke, Mandy Patinkin, Charles Durning, Paul Sorvino
Directed By:
Warren Beatty
16. Kaleidoscope (1966)
5
4
Kaleidoscope
5
4

Rich playboy and cardsharp Barney Lincoln dumps his lover Angel McGinnis. Barney reunites with Angel in Monte Carlo, where he wins a lot of money using marked cards. But the distrustful Angel informs her Scotland Yard detective father Manny McGinnis. Manny then blackmails Barney into helping him bring down a drug smuggler named Harry Dominion. 

Role:
Barney Lincoln
Starring:
Jane Birkin, Eric Porter, Clive Revill, Susannah York, Murray Melvin
Directed By:
Jack Smight
17. Love Affair (1994)
7
4
Love Affair
PG-13
7
4
Role:
Mike Gambril
Starring:
Harold Ramis, Garry Shandling, Rebecca Miller, Pierce Brosnan, Katharine Hepburn, Annette Bening
Directed By:
Glenn Gordon Caron
18. The Only Game in Town (1970)
5
4
The Only Game in Town
PG
5
4

Fran Walker, an aging dancer, starts having an affair with Joe Grady, a lounge pianist who is also a compulsive gambler. She is also waiting for her husband Thomas Lockwood, to finalize the divorce which is pending for five years.

Role:
Joe Grady
Starring:
Elizabeth Taylor, Hank Henry, Charles Braswell, Olga Valéry
Directed By:
George Stevens
19. Rules Don't Apply (2016)
7
5
Rules Don't Apply
PG-13
7
5

Rules Don’t Apply is a romantic comedy drama film which tells the story of Maria Mabrey, an aspiring actress, who is under a contract with RKO Pictures, owned by Howard Hughes. She meets Frank Forbes, a driver working for Hughes, who is assigned the task of picking her up to take her to her singing and dancing classes. Even though her contract forbids her from dating an employee, over some time, she begins to fall for Frank.

Starring:
Lily Collins, Martin Sheen, Steve Coogan, Alden Ehrenreich, Taissa Farmiga, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick
Directed By:
Warren Beatty
20. The Fortune (1975)
5
4
The Fortune
PG
5
4
Role:
Nicky
Starring:
Scatman Crothers, Harry Dean Stanton, Christopher Guest, Jack Nicholson, Stockard Channing, Rose Michtom, Ian Wolfe
Directed By:
21. Promise Her Anything (1966)
4
4
Promise Her Anything
4
4

After losing her husband, a recently widowed mother moves into a Greenwich Village apartment along with her infant son. Believing that the baby needs a father figure, she decides to marry her boss; but knowing that he does not like children hides her son with her upstairs neighbor, a bohemian who makes nudie films for his livelihood. 

Role:
Harley Rummel
Starring:
Keenan Wynn, Donald Sutherland, Leslie Caron, Robert Cummings, Hermione Gingold
Directed By:
Arthur Hiller
22. Ishtar (1987)
5
6
Ishtar
PG-13
5
6

Ishtar is an adventure comedy film which revolves around Chuck and Lyle, two singers who are both eager to become famous. They both receive an offer in a hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco, as lounge singers, and they decide to accept the gig. They soon arrive in a neighboring country named Ishtar, and they both unknowingly get involved in a plot to overthrow its powerful leader.

Role:
Lyle Rogers
Starring:
Isabelle Adjani, Charles Grodin, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Weston
Directed By:
23. Town & Country (2001)
4
4
Town & Country
R
4
4

Porter Stoddard is a prosperous architect who owns multiple homes in New York. His wife Ellie is also equally successful, as an interior designer, but she has been having an affair with Alex, a young cellist.

Role:
Porter
Starring:
Andie MacDowell, Nastassja Kinski, Josh Hartnett, Charlton Heston, Garry Shandling, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn
Directed By:
Peter Chelsom
24. Dick Tracy Special (2010)
5
3
Dick Tracy Special
5
3
Role:
Dick Tracy
Starring:
Tim Bagley, Leonard Maltin, Steve Monroe, Kevin Berntson
Directed By:
Warren Beatty, Chris Merrill

Director

Reds (1981)
13
4
Reds
PG
13
4

A radical American journalist travels to Russia where he gets involved with the communist revolution in the country. He also meets an activist sharing the same ideology, and gets married to her.

Starring:
Paul Sorvino, Miriam Margolyes, John Ratzenberger, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Gene Hackman, Edward Herrmann
Directed By:
Warren Beatty
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
10
5
Heaven Can Wait
PG
10
5

A quarterback who is determined to win the Super Bowl, meets with an accident, and is taken away from his body by an angel, although it is not his time to die.  However, he is allowed to return in the body of a millionaire, who had been murdered recently.

Starring:
Charles Grodin, James Mason, Julie Christie, Jack Warden, Julie Christie
Directed By:
Buck Henry, Warren Beatty
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Bulworth (1998)
11
5
Bulworth
R
11
5

Bulworth is a comedy drama film which tells the story of a suicidal and disillusioned politician who puts out a contract killing on himself, so that his family will be able to benefit from his insurance policy. He also decides to be honest with his voters, but soon after he falls in love with a young woman, he rethinks his decision.    

Starring:
Halle Berry, Christine Baranski, Sean Astin, Sarah Silverman, Laurie Metcalf, Don Cheadle, Michael Clarke Duncan
Directed By:
Warren Beatty
Dick Tracy Special (2010)
5
3
Dick Tracy Special
5
3
Starring:
Tim Bagley, Leonard Maltin, Steve Monroe, Kevin Berntson
Directed By:
Warren Beatty, Chris Merrill
Dick Tracy (1990)
16
9
Dick Tracy
PG
16
9

Tough detective Dick Tracy is after crimes mastermind Alphonse ‘Big Boy’ Caprice, who is trying to take over the city, and another mysterious criminal, The Blank. Besides, he has to keep girlfriend Tess Trueheart happy, take care of an orphan, and elude advances of seductive club-singer Breathless Mahoney who can furnish evidence against Caprice. Tracy must nab Caprice to save the city.

Starring:
Al Pacino, Kathy Bates, Dustin Hoffman, Dick Van Dyke, Mandy Patinkin, Charles Durning, Paul Sorvino
Directed By:
Warren Beatty
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
6
5
Rules Don't Apply
PG-13
6
5

Rules Don’t Apply is a romantic comedy drama film which tells the story of Maria Mabrey, an aspiring actress, who is under a contract with RKO Pictures, owned by Howard Hughes. She meets Frank Forbes, a driver working for Hughes, who is assigned the task of picking her up to take her to her singing and dancing classes. Even though her contract forbids her from dating an employee, over some time, she begins to fall for Frank.

Starring:
Lily Collins, Martin Sheen, Steve Coogan, Alden Ehrenreich, Taissa Farmiga, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Broderick
Directed By:
Warren Beatty

TV Shows

Playhouse 90
9
2
Playhouse 90
9
2
Starring:
Paul Newman, Errol Flynn, Charles Bronson, Andy Griffith, Vincent Price, Mickey Rooney, Burt Reynolds
Directed By:
John Frankenheimer, Franklin J. Schaffner, Ralph Nelson, Vincent J. Donehue, Arthur Hiller
Suspicion
10
2
Suspicion
10
2
Starring:
Patricia Neal, James Coburn, Rod Steiger, William Shatner, Rory Calhoun, Bette Davis, Jessica Tandy
Kraft Television Theatre
8
2
Kraft Television Theatre
8
2
Starring:
Maggie Smith, Shelley Winters, Steve Allen, Cliff Robertson, Lee Remick, Walter Matthau, Ben Gazzara
Directed By:
One Step Beyond
12
3
One Step Beyond
12
3
Starring:
Lois Maxwell, Veronica Cartwright, Michael Crawford, Christopher Lee, Bert Convy, Louise Fletcher, Joan Fontaine
Directed By:
John Newland
Studio One
8
2
Studio One
8
2
Starring:
Elizabeth Montgomery, Abe Vigoda, Leslie Nielsen, Jerry Stiller, Lee Marvin, Grace Kelly, James Dean
Directed By:
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
12
4
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
12
4
Starring:
John Banner, Mel Blanc, Don Knotts, Bea Benaderet, Ryan O'Neal, Bob Denver, Ron Howard
Directed By:
Guy Scarpitta, Stanley Z. Cherry, Robert Gordon, Rod Amateau, Tom Montgomery
Look Up and Live
4
3
Look Up and Live
4
3
Starring:
James Earl Jones, Eli Wallach, Sal Mineo, Doris Roberts, Sorrell Booke, George C. Scott, Gene Hackman
Directed By:
John J. Desmond, Portman Paget, Marvin Silbersher

Warren Beatty Awards

Academy Awards
Reds Best Director 1982
Golden Globe Awards
Reds Best Director - Motion Picture 1982
Heaven Can Wait Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical 1979
Splendor in the Grass Most Promising Newcomer - Male 1962