The Best Charlton Heston Movies of All Time, Ranked

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List Criteria: Your favorite Charlton Heston movies, regardless of box office or or how big his role.

The best Charlton Heston movies of all time prove that he was one of the greatest actors ever along with being one of the most well-known names. Active from 1941 to 2003, Heston appeared in over 100 of the course of his career. Many of his roles have immortalized him in cinema history. In addition, he’s probably one of the highest grossing movie actors of all time when adjusted for inflation.

Born in 1923, Charlton Heston was born John Charles Carter to Lilla (née Charlton) and Russell Whitford Carter. After his parents divorced when he was 10 and his mother later remarried and took on the surname of Heston. He earned a drama scholarship to Northwestern University and went on to enlist with the Army Air Forces in 1944. Following his service, he acted in stage productions and had a number of roles on television.

His first film appearance was as the leading man in the 1950 noir film Dark City, though it was not his breakout role. That wasn’t until 1952, when he starred in The Greatest Show on Earth. From that point, he had a flurry of roles, many of which are still fondly remembered. After all, he was none other than Ben Hur and Moses. Plus, he had the unforgettable line "Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"

So what are the best Charlton Heston films ever? Is it Ben Hur or Planet of the Apes? See what fans have ranked as their favorite Charlton Heston movies below. Movie trailers have been included if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Heston role isn't at the top, then vote it up. Don’t see it listed? Add it so that others may vote for it. After all, this list of the best Charlton Heston movies should be as a comprehensive as possible. 

Tim Burton and Orson Welles both worked with Charlton Heston over the years, as have plenty of other well-known directors. Movie fans who love Charlton Heston have also been known to enjoy films starring George Burns and Charles Bronson.

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    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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    Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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    Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich

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    Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston, Herbert Lom

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    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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    Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten

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    Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker, William Conrad

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    Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons

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    Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern, Lee Majors

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    Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Harry Andrews

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    Charlton Heston, Maurice Evans, Richard Boone

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    Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti

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    Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson

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    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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    James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope

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    John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Angela Lansbury

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    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven

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    Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Charles Boyer

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    Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn

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    Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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    Charlton Heston, Michèle Mercier, Maria Rohm

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    Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, John Glover

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    Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Faye Dunaway

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    Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Linda Harrison

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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    Charlton Heston, Myrna Loy, Linda Blair

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    Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee, Diana Rigg

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    Charlton Heston, Christopher Reeve, David Carradine

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    Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Faye Dunaway

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    Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx

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    Charlton Heston, Robert Young, Thomas Mitchell

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    Charlton Heston, Jack Palance, Brian Keith

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    Charlton Heston, Jennifer Jones, Karl Malden

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    Christian Bale, Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston

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    Charlton Heston, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud

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    Charlton Heston, Thora Birch, Vincent Kartheiser

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    Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Robert Blake

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    Charlton Heston, Julian Glover, Fernando Rey

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    Charlton Heston, Rhonda Fleming, Forrest Tucker

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    Charlton Heston, Susan Dey, James Brolin

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    Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, France Nuyen

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    Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands

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    Charlton Heston, Sal Mineo, William Demarest

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    Bette Midler, Charlton Heston, Geraldine Chaplin

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    Kate Winslet, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal

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    Hayden Christensen, Charlton Heston, Sam Neill

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