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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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    Down in the Valley

    Kat Dennings, Evan Rachel Wood

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Jacobson

    Down in the Valley is a 2005 film starring Edward Norton, Evan Rachel Wood, David Morse and Rory Culkin. The film made its debut in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival on...  more
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    Bloody Mama

    Robert De Niro, Bruce Dern

    Released1970

    Directed byRoger Corman

    Bloody Mama is a 1970 American low-budget drama film directed by Roger Corman and starring Shelley Winters in the title role. It was very loosely based on the real story of Ma Barker, who is depicted...  more
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    Fighting for Freedom

    Kristanna Loken, Bruce Dern

    Released2013

    Directed byFarhad Mann

    Fighting for Freedom is a 2013 drama film directed by Farhad Mann....  more
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    The Lightkeepers

    Richard Dreyfuss, Bruce Dern

    Released2010

    Directed byDaniel Adams

    The Lightkeepers is a 2009 romantic comedy film directed by Daniel Adams. Adams also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner. The cast also includes Mamie Gummer and...  more
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    Choose

    Bruce Dern, Katheryn Winnick

    Released2010

    Directed byMarcus Graves

    Choose is a 2010 crime fiction film written by Brandon Camp and Mike Thompson and directed by Marcus Graves....  more
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    The Astronaut Farmer

    Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Polish, Polish brothers

    The Astronaut Farmer is a 2006 American drama film directed by Michael Polish, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Mark. The story focuses on a Texas rancher who constructs a rocket in his...  more
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    The Young Racers

    Francis Ford Coppola, Patrick Magee

    Released1963

    Directed byRoger Corman

    The Young Racers is a 1963 film directed by Roger Corman....  more
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    Carolina Skeletons

    Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett

    Released1992

    Directed byJohn Erman

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    The Golden Boys

    Bruce Dern, David Carradine

    Released2007

    Directed byDaniel Adams

    The Golden Boys is a romantic comedy, set on Cape Cod in 1905, about three 70-year-old retired sea captains who try to lure an attractive middle-aged woman into marriage. Developed under the working...  more
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    The Cycle Savages

    Bruce Dern, Casey Kasem

    Released1969

    Directed byBill Brame

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    Will Penny

    Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern

    Released1968

    Directed byTom Gries

    Will Penny is a 1968 western film written and directed by Tom Gries starring Charlton Heston and Donald Pleasence. It was based upon an episode of the 1960 Sam Peckinpah television series The...  more

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    Trenchcoat in Paradise

    Bruce Dern, Amy Yasbeck

    Released1989

    Directed byMartha Coolidge

    The main character, Eddie Mazda, is a hard nosed private investigator originally from Jersey City, New Jersey. After working a job for a widow named Nan Thompson, he soon after is confronted by mob...  more
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    The Hard Easy

    Gary Busey, Vera Farmiga

    Released2005

    Directed byAri Ryan

    The Hard Easy is a 2006 action crime drama film directed by Ari Ryan and written by Jon Lindstrom and Tom Schanley....  more
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    The 'Burbs

    Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher

    Released1989

    Directed byJoe Dante

    The 'Burbs is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Joe Dante starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Wendy Schaal, and Henry Gibson. The film was written by...  more

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    Wild Bill

    Christina Applegate, Diane Lane

    Released1995

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Wild Bill is a 1995 Western film about the last days of legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickok. It stars Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin, John Hurt and Diane Lane. The film was distributed by United Artists....  more

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    The War Wagon

    Sean Connery, John Wayne

    Released1967

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    This film is a 1967 Western film starring John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, released by Universal Pictures, directed by Burt Kennedy, produced by Marvin Schwartz and adapted by Clair Huffaker from his own...  more

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    Family Plot

    Alfred Hitchcock, Bruce Dern

    Released1976

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Family Plot is a 1976 American dark comedy/thriller film that was the final film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film was based on Victor Canning's novel The Rainbird Pattern, which Ernest Lehman...  more

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    Harry Tracy, Desperado

    Bruce Dern, Gordon Lightfoot

    Released1982

    Directed byWilliam A. Graham

    Harry Tracy, Desperado is a 1982 Canadian drama/western film starring Bruce Dern and Helen Shaver. It was directed by William A. Graham, and filmed on-location in Historical Barkerville, British...  more
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    The Twist

    Ann-Margret, Bruce Dern

    Released1976

    Directed byClaude Chabrol

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    Twixt

    Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning

    Released2011

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Twixt is a 2011 horror thriller film written, directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola starring Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning, The film premiered on September 4, 2011 at the Toronto International...  more
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    Hard Ground

    Burt Reynolds, Bruce Dern

    Released2003

    Directed byFrank Q. Dobbs

    Hard Ground is a 2003 western TV movie directed by Frank Q. Dobbs and written by Frank Q. Dobbs and David S. Cass Sr.....  more
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    Believe in Me

    Bruce Dern, Jeffrey Donovan

    Released2005

    Directed byRobert Collector

    Believe In Me is a 2006 American drama film directed by Robert Collector. The film stars Jeffrey Donovan, Samantha Mathis, and Bruce Dern. The film was shot in various locations in New Mexico. The...  more
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    Diggstown

    Heather Graham, James Woods

    Released1992

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    Diggstown is a 1992 film directed by Michael Ritchie, and starring James Woods, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Bruce Dern. It also features Heather Graham, Oliver Platt and Randall "Tex" Cobb....  more
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    The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant

    Bruce Dern, Casey Kasem

    Released1971

    Directed byAnthony M. Lanza

    The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant is a 1971 science fiction/horror film directed by Anthony Lanza. It is the earlier companion to the 1972 blaxploitation film The Thing with Two Heads....  more
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    Milwaukee, Minnesota

    Josh Brolin, Randy Quaid

    Released2003

    Directed byAllan Mindel