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Every Marlon Brando Movie, Ranked Best to Worst

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The best Marlon Brando movies of all time prove that he was one of the top actors of all time. Active from the ‘40s up until late in his life, Brando 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.

Originally from Omaha Nebraska, Marlon Brando moved to New York and studied acting under Stella Adler. After performing in local plays, he made his Broadway debut with the drama I Remember Mama. His first on-screen role was in the 1950 movie The Men. Following that role, he starred in one of his greatest movies, A Streetcar Named Desire. For the rest of the ‘50s, Marlon Brando remained a top box office earner and critics generally agree that the best Marlon Brando movies come from his period in his career.  

During the 60s, critics noted a decline in the quality of his performances while his personal life seemed to be more and more troubled. In 1962, he made his directorial debut with the western One-Eyed Jacks, which he also starred in. However, he managed to turn his career around with his portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather.

Charlie Chaplin and Bryan Singer are among those who directed Marlon Brando at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. If Marlon Brando movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by James Dean and Paul Newman too.

So what are the best Marlon Brando movies of all time? Is it The Godfather or On the Waterfront? See what fans have ranked as their favorite Marlon Brando movies below. Movie trailers have been included below if you want a preview of the film. If you think the best Marlon Brando 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 Marlon Brando movies should be as comprehensive as possible. 

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  • On the Waterfront1
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    On the Waterfront

    Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint

    Released1954

    Directed byElia Kazan

    On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption amongst... more on Wikipedia
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    A Streetcar Named Desire

    Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh

    Released1951

    Directed byElia Kazan

    A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 American drama film adaptation of Tennessee Williams's... more on Wikipedia

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    #84 of 170 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made#662 of 836 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made

  • The Godfather3
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    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando

    Released1972

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • Apocalypse Now4
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    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

    Released1979

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Wild One5
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    The Wild One

    Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin

    Released1953

    Directed byLászló Benedek

    The Wild One is a 1953 American film directed by László Benedek and produced by Stanley... more on Wikipedia
  • Julius Caesar6
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    Julius Caesar

    Marlon Brando, Deborah Kerr

    Released1953

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    Julius Caesar is a 1953 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film adaptation of the play by Shakespeare,... more on Wikipedia

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    #351 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made#107 of 347 The Most Important Leaders In World History

  • Sayonara7
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    Sayonara

    Marlon Brando, James Garner

    Released1957

    Directed byJoshua Logan

    Sayonara is a 1957 color American film starring Marlon Brando. The picture tells the story of... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Young Lions8
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    The Young Lions

    Marlon Brando, Dean Martin

    Released1958

    Directed byEdward Dmytryk

    The Young Lions is a 1958 CinemaScope war drama film directed by Edward Dmytryk, based upon... more on Wikipedia
  • The Chase9
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    The Chase

    Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda

    Released1966

    Directed byArthur Penn

    The Chase is a 1966 Technicolor American drama film in Panavision directed by Arthur Penn and... more on Wikipedia
  • Morituri10
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    Morituri

    Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner

    Released1965

    Directed byBernhard Wicki

    Morituri is a 1965 film about the sabotage of a German merchant ship full of rubber. The film... more on Wikipedia
  • The Fugitive Kind11
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    The Fugitive Kind

    Marlon Brando, Joanne Woodward

    Released1959

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    For the 1937 Tennessee Williams play, see Fugitive Kind.The Fugitive Kind is a 1960 American... more on Wikipedia
  • Last Tango in Paris12
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    Last Tango in Paris

    Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud

    Released1972

    Directed byBernardo Bertolucci

    Last Tango in Paris is a 1972 Franco-Italian romantic drama film directed by Bernardo... more on Wikipedia

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    #278 of 553 The Best '70s Movies#20 of 45 The Most Controversial Movies of All Time

  • Reflections in a Golden Eye13
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    Reflections in a Golden Eye

    Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando

    Released1967

    Directed byJohn Huston

    Reflections in a Golden Eye is a film directed by John Huston based on the 1941 novel of the... more on Wikipedia
  • One-Eyed Jacks14
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    One-Eyed Jacks

    Marlon Brando, Karl Malden

    Released1961

    Directed byMarlon Brando

    One-Eyed Jacks, a 1961 Western, is the only film directed by actor Marlon Brando. The picture... more on Wikipedia

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    #143 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#174 of 176 The Best Movies of the '60s

  • Mutiny on the Bounty15
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    Mutiny on the Bounty

    Marlon Brando, Richard Harris

    Released1962

    Directed byLewis Milestone, Carol Reed

    Mutiny on the Bounty is a 1962 historical drama film starring Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard... more on Wikipedia
  • The Men16
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    The Men

    Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright

    Released1950

    Directed byFred Zinnemann

    The Men is a 1950 film directed by Fred Zinnemann. It tells the story of a World War II... more on Wikipedia
  • The Night of the Following Day17
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    The Night of the Following Day

    Marlon Brando, Rita Moreno

    Released1968

    Directed byHubert Cornfield

    The Night of the Following Day is a 1968 film starring Marlon Brando and Richard Boone. Filmed... more on Wikipedia
  • Burn!18
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    Burn!

    Marlon Brando, Renato Salvatori

    Released1969

    Directed byGillo Pontecorvo

    Burn! is a 1969 Italian drama film directed by Gillo Pontecorvo and starring Marlon Brando,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Appaloosa19
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    The Appaloosa

    Marlon Brando, John Saxon

    Released1966

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

    The Appaloosa is a 1966 American Western film Technicolor from Universal Pictures starring... more on Wikipedia
  • Guys and Dolls20
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    Guys and Dolls

    Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra

    Released1955

    Directed byJoseph L. Mankiewicz

    Guys and Dolls is a 1955 musical film starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Don Juan DeMarco21
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    Don Juan DeMarco

    Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando

    Released1995

    Directed byJeremy Leven

    Don Juan DeMarco is a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Johnny Depp as John... more on Wikipedia

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    #316 of 372 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime#465 of 541 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies

  • The Ugly American22
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    The Ugly American

    Marlon Brando, Pat Hingle

    Released1963

    Directed byGeorge Englund

    The Ugly American is a 1963 drama film directed by George Englund.
  • A Countess from Hong Kong23
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    A Countess from Hong Kong

    Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren

    Released1967

    Directed byCharlie Chaplin

    A Countess from Hong Kong is a 1967 British comedy film and the last film directed, written,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Missouri Breaks24
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    The Missouri Breaks

    Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando

    Released1976

    Directed byArthur Penn

    The Missouri Breaks is a 1976 American western film starring Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson.... more on Wikipedia
  • Viva Zapata!25
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    Viva Zapata!

    Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn

    Released1952

    Directed byElia Kazan

    Viva Zapata! is a 1952 biographical film starring Marlon Brando and directed by Elia Kazan.... more on Wikipedia