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The Best Bruce Dern Movies

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List of the best Bruce Dern movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Bruce Dern's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Bruce Dern movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Bruce Dern movies will be at the top of the list. Bruce Dern has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Bruce Dern movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Bruce Dern films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Bruce Dern role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Bruce Dern performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

List features films like The Big Valley, Believe in Me.

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    Smile

    Melanie Griffith, Bruce Dern

    Released1975

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    Smile is a 1975 satirical comedy-drama film directed by Michael Ritchie with a screenplay by Jerry Belson about a beauty pageant in Santa Rosa, California. It stars Bruce Dern and Barbara Feldon and...  more
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    Madison

    Jim Caviezel, Bruce Dern

    Released2001

    Directed byWilliam Bindley

    Madison is a 2005 film about APBA hydroplane racing in the 1970s that is based on a true story. Produced by Carl Amari, it stars Jim Caviezel as a driver who comes out of retirement to lead the...  more
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    All the Pretty Horses

    Penélope Cruz, Matt Damon

    Released2000

    Directed byBilly Bob Thornton

    All the Pretty Horses is a 2000 American romance western film, directed by Billy Bob Thornton and based on the novel of the same name by author Cormac McCarthy. It stars Matt Damon as John Grady...  more

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    The Glass House

    January Jones, Diane Lane

    Released2001

    Directed byDaniel Sackheim

    The Glass House is a 2001 American psychological thriller film directed by Daniel Sackheim and written by Wesley Strick. The film stars Leelee Sobieski, Diane Lane, Stellan Skarsgård, Bruce Dern,...  more

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    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern

    Released1969

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is a 1969 American drama film directed by Sydney Pollack. The screenplay by James Poe and Robert E. Thompson is based on the 1935 novel of the same name by Horace...  more

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    On the Edge

    Pam Grier, Bruce Dern

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Nilsson

    A film based upon the oldest cross-country foot race in the United States, Marin County's Dipsea Race. Bruce Dern stars as a Marin local, a longtime-banned runner who attempts run the race despite...
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    Number One

    Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern

    Released1969

    Directed byTom Gries

    Number One is a 1969 American film drama released by United Artists and directed by Tom Gries. The film stars Charlton Heston as Ron "Cat" Catlan, aging quarterback for American professional...  more
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    Down Periscope

    Kelsey Grammer, Rob Schneider

    Released1996

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

    Down Periscope is a 1996 20th Century Fox comedy film produced by Robert Lawrence and directed by David S. Ward, starring Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly and Rob Schneider and co-starring Bruce Dern,...  more

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    #603 of 924 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#176 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies

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    The Hole

    Bruce Dern, Teri Polo

    Released2009

    Directed byJoe Dante

    The Hole is a 2009 American fantasy horror-thriller film directed by Joe Dante and stars Teri Polo, Chris Massoglia, and Haley Bennett....  more
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    The Trip

    Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

    Released1967

    Directed byRoger Corman

    The Trip is a counterculture-era cult film released by American International Pictures, directed by Roger Corman, written by Jack Nicholson, and shot on location in and around Los Angeles, including...  more

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    Waterhole #3

    James Coburn, Bruce Dern

    Released1967

    Directed byWilliam A. Graham

    Waterhole #3 is a 1967 Western comedy film directed by William A. Graham. It is considered to be a comic remake of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The film stars James Coburn, Carroll O'Connor and...  more
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    Castle Keep

    Burt Lancaster, Bruce Dern

    Released1969

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    Castle Keep is a "firmly pro- and anti-war" 1969 American war film combining surrealism with tragic realism. It was directed by Sydney Pollack and starred Burt Lancaster, Patrick O'Neal, Jean-Pierre...  more
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    Hard Time: The Premonition

    Burt Reynolds, Bruce Dern

    Released1999

    Directed byDavid S. Cass Sr.

    Hard Time: The Premonition is a 1999 crime-drama film directed by David S. Cass Sr....  more
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    Middle Age Crazy

    Ann-Margret, Bruce Dern

    Released1980

    Directed byJohn Trent

    Middle Age Crazy is a film directed by John Trent released on July 25, 1980....  more
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    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson

    Released2019

    Directed byTyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz

    The Peanut Butter Falcon is a 2019 American adventure film directed and written by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz. A young boy with Down syndrome runs away from his care home to fulfill his dream...  more

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    TBK: The Toolbox Murders 2

    Bruce Dern, Clifton Powell

    Released2013

    Directed byDean Jones

    Coffin Baby is a 2013 American horror film written and directed by Dean C. Jones and starring Bruce Dern, Brian Krause, Clifton Powell, and Ethan Phillips. It has been represented as a sequel to...  more
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    The Big Town

    Diane Lane, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1987

    Directed byHarold Becker, Ben Bolt

    The Big Town is a 1987 film drama about a young man who comes to the big city to work as a professional gambler, in the process becoming romantically involved with two women—one of whom is already...  more

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    World Gone Wild

    Bruce Dern, Adam Ant

    Released1988

    Directed byLee H. Katzin

    World Gone Wild is a 1988 film directed by Lee H. Katzin. It stars Bruce Dern and Michael Paré. It was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 1989....  more
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    The Big Valley

    Jessica Lange, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released2012

    Directed byDaniel Adams

    The Big Valley is a 2011 Western film written by Daniel Adams, A.I. Bezzerides, and Louis F. Edelman and directed by Daniel Adams....
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    The Mustang

    Matthias Schoenaerts, Connie Britton

    Released2019

    Directed byLaure de Clermont-Tonnerre

    The Mustang is a 2019 drama film directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a violent convict, is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy...  more
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    Freaks

    Lexy Kolker Emile Hirsch Bruce Dern Grace Park Amanda Crew

    Released2019

    Directed byAdam Stein, Zach Lipovsky

    Freaks is a 2018 American-Canadian science fiction thriller film directed by Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein. 7-year-old Chloe (Lexy Kolker) escapes from her paranoid father (Emile Hirsch) to find a...  more
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    Drive, He Said

    Bruce Dern, Karen Black

    Released1971

    Directed byJack Nicholson

    Drive, He Said is an American motion picture released by Columbia Pictures, based upon the 1964 novel of the same title by Jeremy Larner. The film is mainly notable as the first directorial effort of...  more
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    Inside Out

    Triple H, Parker Posey

    Released2011

    Directed byArtie Mandelberg

    Inside Out is a 2011 crime-drama film directed by Artie Mandelberg. The film features professional wrestler Triple H, Michael Rapaport, Parker Posey, Julie White, Michael Cudlitz and Bruce Dern. The...  more
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    One Last Score

    John Hurt, Julie Newmar

    Released1999

    Directed byMatthew Modine

    One Last Score is a 1999 crime drama film written and directed by Matthew Modine....  more
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    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Winner

    Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood is a 1976 film directed by Michael Winner and starring Madeline Kahn, Bruce Dern, Teri Garr, and Art Carney. Spoofing the craze surrounding Rin Tin Tin, the...  more