The 10 Best Michael Caine Movies, Ranked - and How to Stream Them

In this guide you can find where to watch the best Michael Caine films on popular streaming services in the United Kingdom. This includes Michael Caine films streaming on Netflix, Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, and many more.

Michael Caine first appeared on the big screen in 1956, in a film called A Hill in Korea. He ended his career – at least for now, because retired actors do have a habit of coming back for one more job – in 2023 with The Great Escaper. The decades in between are a life in cinema well lived, moving from genre to genre, and from major star to venerated supporting artist.

After breaking through with Zulu in 1964, Caine was unafraid to experiment with his new star status, returning the following year with the angular, cool spy thriller The Ipcress File. His anti-hero Harry Palmer is a dodgy geezer who has to adapt to changed circumstances in order to survive: Caine’s cocky charm and steely interior perfectly match the movie’s effort to be a sort of realist/arthouse James Bond film.

Charm in abundance got Caine through the rest of the 1960s, with the romantic romp Alfie being another Caine movie that, like Zulu, hasn’t dated well. Then there’s The Italian Job, which is pure fun and the peak of cheeky-chappy Caine, even if it’s hard to call it a classic.

Our pick for Caine’s best film comes at the start of the darker, tougher 1970s. Caine swapped swinging London for grimy, unforgiving Newcastle in the noir-ish Get Carter, a film that reinvented how British cinema dealt with urban violence. As a belligerent loose cannon whose methods are outdated and who doesn’t know what he is messing with, Caine is a huge presence in a taut, sparse film that the actor took on when he could easily have relaxed into blockbuster star vehicles.

He did appear in a couple of corking crowd-pleasers soon after that, in the form of the fiendish cat-and-mouse mystery Sleuth (with Laurence Olivier) and the sweeping adventure The Man Who Would Be King (with Sean Connery), but for much of the 1970s and ‘80s, Caine was in the doldrums, appearing in several films that he would later admit he signed up to for the money. He did, however, shine in the much more grounded Educating Rita and the sly comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - not to mention winning an Oscar for a refined turn in Hannah and Her Sisters.

The 1990s began strongly with The Muppet Christmas Carol, a genuinely fresh and cheering take on Ebenezer Scrooge. Another quiet period followed but, having flexed his muscles by scooping another Oscar for The Cider House Rules at the end of that decade, Caine was ready for reinvention in the new millennium as an elder statesman.

That began in earnest with Batman Begins, the most low-key of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy but a rewarding drama in its own right, not least because of Caine’s turn as Batman’s mentor, Alfred. Caine went on to appear in numerous other Nolan movies, but he really put his age and experience to good effect in films like Last Orders, Youth and The Great Escaper - intriguing gems proving that a superstar of the 1960s had still got it, more than half a century later.

Here are 10 of Michael Caine's best movies and where you can watch them on streaming services in the U.K. right now.

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  1. Get Carter

    Get Carter

    1971

    IMDB 7.3 (36k)

    #1

    Jack Carter is a small-time hood working in London. When word reaches him of his brother's death, he travels to Newcastle to attend the funeral. Refusing to accept the police report of suicide, Carter seeks out his brother’s friends and acquaintances to learn who murdered his sibling and why.

  2. Batman Begins

    Batman Begins

    2005

    IMDB 8.2 (1m)

    #2

    Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld - The Batman.

  3. The Ipcress File

    The Ipcress File

    1965

    IMDB 7.2 (17k)

    #3

    Sly and dry intelligence agent Harry Palmer is tasked with investigating British Intelligence security, and is soon enmeshed in a world of double-dealing, kidnap and murder when he finds a traitor operating at the heart of the secret service.

  4. Hannah and Her Sisters

    #4

    Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

  5. The Man Who Would Be King

    #5

    A robust adventure about two British adventurers who take over primitive Kafiristan as "godlike" rulers, meeting a tragic end through their desire for a native girl. Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling.

  6. The Cider House Rules

    The Cider House Rules

    1999

    IMDB 7.4 (104k)

    #6

    Homer is an orphan who was never adopted, becoming the favorite of orphanage director Dr. Larch. Dr. Larch imparts his full medical knowledge on Homer, who becomes a skilled, albeit unlicensed, physician. But Homer yearns for a self-chosen life outside the orphanage. What will Homer learn about life and love in the cider house? What of the destiny that Dr. Larch has planned for him?

  7. The Muppet Christmas Carol

    #7

    A retelling of the classic Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, miser extraordinaire. He is held accountable for his dastardly ways during night-time visitations by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

  8. Educating Rita

    Educating Rita

    1983

    IMDB 7.2 (14k)

    #8

    Rita, a witty 26-year-old hairdresser, wants to 'discover' herself, so she joins the Open University where she meets the disillusioned professor of literature, Dr. Frank Bryant. His marriage has failed, his new girlfriend is having an affair with his best friend and he can't get through the day without downing a bottle or two of whisky. What Frank needs is a challenge... and along comes Rita.

  9. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    #9

    Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can be the first to swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000.

  10. Last Orders

    Last Orders

    2001

    IMDB 6.9 (6k)

    #10

    Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final request, 'Last Orders', that his ashes be scattered in the sea at Margate. The movie follows his mates, Ray, Lenny and Vic and his foster son Vince as they journey to the sea with the ashes. Along the way, the threads of their lives, their loves and their disappointments are woven together in their memories of Jack and his wife Amy