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List Rules 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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Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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The Ten Commandments Charlton Heston, Vincent Price, Yul Brynner

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Touch of Evil Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich

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El Cid Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston, Herbert Lom

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The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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Soylent Green Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten

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Ben Hur Charlton Heston

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The Big Country Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons

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Will Penny Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern, Lee Majors

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The Naked Jungle Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker, William Conrad

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The Agony and the Ecstasy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Charlton Heston Movies of All Time, Ranked
The Agony and the Ecstasy Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Harry Andrews

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Planet of the Apes Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Giamatti

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The War Lord Charlton Heston, Maurice Evans, Richard Boone

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Khartoum Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson

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The Greatest Show on Earth James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Bob Hope

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The Greatest Story Ever Told John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Angela Lansbury

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Midway Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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Earthquake Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal

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Major Dundee Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn

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55 Days at Peking Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven

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The Three Musketeers Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Faye Dunaway

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The Buccaneer Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Charles Boyer

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The Call of the Wild Charlton Heston, Michèle Mercier, Maria Rohm

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The Mountain Men Charlton Heston, Brian Keith, John Glover

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Linda Harrison

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The Four Musketeers Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Faye Dunaway

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Julius Caesar Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee, Diana Rigg

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True Lies Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliza Dushku, Jamie Lee Curtis

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Airport 1975 Charlton Heston, Myrna Loy, Linda Blair

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Tombstone Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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Gray Lady Down Charlton Heston, Christopher Reeve, David Carradine

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Any Given Sunday Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx

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Secret of the Incas Charlton Heston, Robert Young, Thomas Mitchell

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Arrowhead Charlton Heston, Jack Palance, Brian Keith

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Treasure Island Christian Bale, Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston

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Antony and Cleopatra Charlton Heston, Julian Glover, Fernando Rey

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Ruby Gentry Charlton Heston, Jennifer Jones, Karl Malden

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Three Violent People Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Robert Blake

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A Man for All Seasons Charlton Heston, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud

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Alaska Charlton Heston, Thora Birch, Vincent Kartheiser

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The President's Lady Charlton Heston, Susan Hayward

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The Hawaiians Bette Midler, Charlton Heston, Geraldine Chaplin

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Pony Express Charlton Heston, Rhonda Fleming, Forrest Tucker

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Skyjacked Charlton Heston, Susan Dey, James Brolin

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Diamond Head Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, France Nuyen

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Two-Minute Warning Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands

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The Private War of Major Benson Charlton Heston, Sal Mineo, William Demarest

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Hamlet Kate Winslet, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal

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In the Mouth of Madness Hayden Christensen, Charlton Heston, Sam Neill