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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
Bruce Wayne Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

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

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Dickie Eklund is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Dickie Eklund The Fighter

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Trevor Reznik is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Trevor Reznik The Machinist

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Alfred Borden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Alfred Borden The Prestige

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Irving Rosenfeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Irving Rosenfeld American Hustle

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

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John Preston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
John Preston Equilibrium

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

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Laurie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Laurie Little Women, Little Women, Little Women

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Michael Burry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Michael Burry The Big Short

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Melvin Purvis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Melvin Purvis Public Enemies

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

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John Connor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
John Connor Terminator Salvation

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Demetrius is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Demetrius A Midsummer Night's Dream, Midsummer Dream, A Midsummer Night's Dream

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

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Jack Kelly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Jack Kelly Newsies

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

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Quinn Abercromby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Quinn Abercromby Reign of Fire

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Thomas Berger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Thomas Berger Swing Kids

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Jim Luther Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Jim Luther Davis Harsh Times

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Dieter Dengler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked
Dieter Dengler Rescue Dawn

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Walter Wade, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Characters Played by Christian Bale, Ranked