The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time Films

The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time

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List Criteria: Vote for your favorite Christian Bale movies, regardless of critic reviews or how big the role was.

The best Christian Bale movies of all time prove that he is one of the top actors currently working. Since his film career started in the late ‘80s, Bale has appeared in plenty of blockbusters and critically-acclaimed movies, earning awards and accolades along the way. His highest grossing movies have been well-received at the box office and his lifetime box office total exceeds $2.2 billion.

Born in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire, Christian Bale first started acting as a child in commercials. He then moved on to TV films and eventually theatrical releases. His first major role was in Steven Spielberg’s 1987 hit Empire of the Sun. To this day, it is considered one of the best Christian Bale movies of all time.

He continued getting both leading and supporting roles through the ‘90s, which eventually lead him to play the serial killer Patrick Bateman in the 1999 adaptation of American Psycho. Through the 2000s, Christian Bale starred in several high profile movies including The Machinist, Equilibrium, and Reign of Fire. However, he is probably best known for The Dark Knight trilogy of films.

So what are the best Christian Bale movies of all time? Is it The Dark Knight or The Fighter? See what fans have ranked as their favorites in the Christian Bale filmography below. Movie trailers have been included below if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Christian Bale 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 Christian Bale movies should be as comprehensive as possible. 

Christian Bale is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and Terrence Malick. Movie fans who love Christian Bale have also been known to enjoy films starring Ben Kingsley and Clive Owen.

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    Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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    The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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    Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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    The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

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    The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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    3:10 to Yuma is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

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    Equilibrium is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs

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    Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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    Rescue Dawn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

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    Out of the Furnace is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Zoe Saldana, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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    Reign of Fire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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    Public Enemies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum

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    Little Women is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

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    The Flowers of War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Paul Schneider, Yuan Nie

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    Terminator Salvation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Harsh Times is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Eva Longoria, Christian Bale, J.K. Simmons

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    Newsies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margret

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    Shaft is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Elizabeth Banks, Samuel L. Jackson

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    Velvet Goldmine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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    Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura

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    A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christian Bale, Sophie Marceau

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    Henry V is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench

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    Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly

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    The New World is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer

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    I'm Not There is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore

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    Swing Kids is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Kenneth Branagh, Barbara Hershey

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    The Portrait of a Lady is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Nicole Kidman, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen

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    All the Little Animals is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, John Hurt, James Faulkner

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    Mary, Mother of Jesus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Geraldine Chaplin, Pernilla August

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    Captain Corelli's Mandolin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Christian Bale

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    Weightless is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett

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    Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston

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    Mio in the Land of Faraway is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Christopher Lee, Susannah York

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    Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Treasure Island Jack Palance, Kevin Zegers, Patrick Bergin

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    Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Omar Sharif, Olivia de Havilland

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    The Last Photograph is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    The Last Photograph Christian Bale

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    Killing Pablo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Javier Bardem, Édgar Ramírez

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    Prince of Jutland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Kate Beckinsale, Christian Bale, Helen Mirren

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    The Secret Agent is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    The Secret Agent Robin Williams, Christian Bale, Patricia Arquette

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    American Hustle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro

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    Exodus: Gods and Kings is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley

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    Knight of Cups is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett

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    Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Finn Wittrock

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    A Murder of Quality is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time


    A Murder of Quality Christian Bale, Denholm Elliott, Glenda Jackson

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