Monday, October 18, 2021

Top 5 - Michael Caine Roles

Michael Caine has announced he's retiring from acting and at age 88 who can blame him? Here's my favorite Michael Caine roles. (And a reminder - if you say say the words "my cocaine" you are also saying "Michael Caine" in his own accent.)

1. The Fourth Protocol as John Preston an English spy trying to outwit Pierce Brosnan's Russian agent. 

2. The Man Who Would be King as Peachy Carnehan opposite Sean Connery.

3. Secondhand Lions as Garth in this very underrated movie for which I have a soft spot.

4. As Alfred in the Chris Nolan Batman Trilogy

5. Harry Brown - Caine doing a Death Wish style action movie at age 77? Yes - very underrated.

Please note I'm too young to have seen Alfie and have never seen The Cider House Rules, and don't think Get Carter has aged well (even though it was later remade by Sylvester Stallone). Remember these are my favorite roles - your preferences are bound to be different. Would have liked to put his role as Laurence Jamieson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels on the list but honestly never felt a desire to re-watch that flick.


  1. This is a great list. I somehow missed The Man Who Would Be King when it first came out - surprising sine the mid-1990s were my dating years, and I went to the movie theater a lot that decade - but I rented it on DVD in the mid 1990s, and thought it was wonderful.

  2. Thanks Steve.

    Michael Caine will always be one of my favorite actors. Even on movies where he was in it just clearly for the paycheck - he still was fun to watch.

  3. The Cider House Rules definitely worth watching.

  4. Been meaning to for some time. Same with reading the book. Thanks

  5. I also liked him in Zulu and The Eagle Has Landed.

  6. Harry Brown is a severely underrated film.

  7. Love Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Much funnier than the original flick.