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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Last Tango in ParisMarlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud
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Directed by: Fred ZinnemannThe Men is a 1950 film directed by Fred Zinnemann. It tells the story of a World War II... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Hubert CornfieldThe Night of the Following Day is a 1968 film starring Marlon Brando and Richard Boone. Filmed... more on Wikipedia
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Directed by: Joseph L. MankiewiczGuys and Dolls is a 1955 musical film starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and... more on Wikipedia
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Directed by: George EnglundThe Ugly American is a 1963 drama film directed by George Englund.
Directed by: Charlie ChaplinA Countess from Hong Kong is a 1967 British comedy film and the last film directed, written,... more on Wikipedia
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