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List Rules 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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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time
The Dark Knight Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman

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The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time
American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time
Batman Begins Katie Holmes, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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The Dark Knight Rises is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time
The Dark Knight Rises Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman

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The Fighter Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

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The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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Equilibrium Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs

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3:10 to Yuma Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman

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Rescue Dawn Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

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Empire of the Sun Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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Public Enemies Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum

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Out of the Furnace Zoe Saldana, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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Little Women Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

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Reign of Fire Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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The Flowers of War Christian Bale, Paul Schneider, Yuan Nie

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Terminator Salvation Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard

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Harsh Times Eva Longoria, Christian Bale, J.K. Simmons

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Velvet Goldmine Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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Shaft Christian Bale, Elizabeth Banks, Samuel L. Jackson

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The New World Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer

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Howl's Moving Castle Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura

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Newsies Christian Bale, Robert Duvall, Ann-Margret

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American Hustle Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro

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The Big Short Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Finn Wittrock

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Swing Kids Christian Bale, Kenneth Branagh, Barbara Hershey

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Henry V Christian Bale, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench

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Pocahontas Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Michelle Pfeiffer, Christian Bale, Sophie Marceau

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Mary, Mother of Jesus Christian Bale, Geraldine Chaplin, Pernilla August

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I'm Not There Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore

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The Portrait of a Lady Nicole Kidman, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen

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Treasure Island Christian Bale, Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Christian Bale

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Weightless Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett

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All the Little Animals Christian Bale, John Hurt, James Faulkner

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Exodus: Gods and Kings Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley

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Mio in the Land of Faraway Christian Bale, Christopher Lee, Susannah York

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Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Christian Bale, Omar Sharif, Olivia de Havilland

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Treasure Island Jack Palance, Kevin Zegers, Patrick Bergin

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Prince of Jutland Kate Beckinsale, Christian Bale, Helen Mirren

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Killing Pablo Javier Bardem, Édgar Ramírez

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The Last Photograph Christian Bale

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The Secret Agent Robin Williams, Christian Bale, Patricia Arquette

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Knight of Cups Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett

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The Promise is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 25+ Best Christian Bale Movies of All Time
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A Murder of Quality Christian Bale, Denholm Elliott, Glenda Jackson