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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  • The Godfather
    Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
  • On the Waterfront
    Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Elia Kazan
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
    Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Elia Kazan
  • Apocalypse Now
    Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
  • The Wild One
    Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Laslo Benedek
  • The Young Lions
    Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Dean Martin
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
  • Viva Zapata!
    Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn
    • Released: 1952
    • Directed by: Elia Kazan
  • Julius Caesar
    Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Mutiny on the Bounty
    Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: Lewis Milestone, Carol Reed
  • The Men
    Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright, Everett Sloane
    • Released: 1950
    • Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
  • Reflections in a Golden Eye
    Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Harvey Keitel
    • Released: 1967
    • Directed by: John Huston
  • Sayonara
    Marlon Brando, Red Buttons, Miiko Taka
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Joshua Logan
  • The Chase
    Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford
    • Released: 1966
    • Directed by: Arthur Penn
  • One-Eyed Jacks
    Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado
    • Released: 1961
    • Directed by: Marlon Brando
  • Morituri
    Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: Bernhard Wicki
  • Guys and Dolls
    Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • The Fugitive Kind
    Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward
    • Released: 1960
    • Directed by: Sidney Lumet
  • Last Tango in Paris
    Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Jean-Pierre Léaud
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Superman
    Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: Richard Donner
  • The Night of the Following Day
    Marlon Brando, Rita Moreno, Pamela Franklin
    • Released: 1968
    • Directed by: Hubert Cornfield
  • The Missouri Breaks
    Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid
    • Released: 1976
    • Directed by: Arthur Penn
  • Burn!
    Marlon Brando, Evaristo Márquez, Renato Salvatori
    • Released: 1969
    • Directed by: Gillo Pontecorvo
  • A Dry White Season
    Donald Sutherland, Winston Ntshona, Zakes Mokae
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Euzhan Palcy
  • Don Juan DeMarco
    Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Jeremy Leven
  • The Appaloosa
    Marlon Brando, Anjanette Comer, John Saxon
    • Released: 1966
    • Directed by: Sidney J. Furie