Fictional Characters The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked  

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This list contains information on the best characters played by Christian Bale ranked from best to worst by user votes. The top Christian Bale characters come in many forms. Some compelling Bale roles personify intensity while other iconic Bale characters are cool, calm, and collected. A few great Christian Bale characters are even based on real people.

Which Christian Bale roles are the best? Patrick Bateman has to be near the top of the list. As the murderous banking executive in American Psycho, Bale balanced terror and humor in a new and unique way. Bale has been nominated for an Academy Award on three occasions, but so far he earned his only Oscar for his portrayal of Dickie Eklund in the 2010 film, The Fighter.

In Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight series, Bale played a double role – that of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Other unforgettable Christian Bale roles include Trevor Reznik in The Machinist and Michael Burry in The Big Short.

How will we ever determine which Christian Bale role is the best? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good characters we may have missed.

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Bruce Wayne is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

2
63 14
Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
American Psycho

3
33 9
Alfred Borden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
The Prestige

4
34 10
Dickie Eklund is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
The Fighter

5
26 6
Trevor Reznik is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
The Machinist

6
22 7
Dan Evans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
3:10 to Yuma, 3:10 to Yuma

7
22 8
John Connor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Terminator Salvation

8
16 3
Jim Graham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Jim Graham Empire of the Sun

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16 3
Michael Burry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Michael Burry The Big Short

10
21 8
Irving Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
American Hustle

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16 5
Laurie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Little Women, Little Women, Little Women

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20 9
John Preston is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Equilibrium

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15 5
Melvin Purvis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Public Enemies

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10 4
Jack Kelly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Newsies

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15 9
Moses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Exodus: Gods and Kings

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7 2
Thomas Berger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Swing Kids

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9 5
Quinn Abercromby is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Reign of Fire

18
8 4
John Rolfe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
The New World

19
9 6
Demetrius is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Midsummer Dream, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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13 12
Arthur Stuart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Velvet Goldmine

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8 7
Dieter Dengler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Rescue Dawn

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5 7
Walter Wade, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked

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2 5
Jim Luther Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Jim Luther Davis Harsh Times