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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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  • 1
    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Hang 'Em High
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    Hang 'Em High

    Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper

    Released1968

    Directed byTed Post

    Hang 'Em High is a 1968 American Western film directed by Ted Post and produced and co-written... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Will Penny
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Harry Tracy, Desperado
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Silent Running
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    Silent Running

    Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin

    Released1972

    Directed byDouglas Trumbull

    Silent Running is a 1972 environmentally-themed American science fiction film starring Bruce... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Marnie
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    Marnie

    Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock

    Released1964

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    Marnie is a 1964 psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by Jay... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    The Wild Angels
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    The Wild Angels

    Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda

    Released1966

    Directed byRoger Corman

    The Wild Angels is a 1966 Roger Corman film, made on location in Southern California. The Wild... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Mulholland Falls
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    Mulholland Falls

    Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte

    Released1996

    Directed byLee Tamahori

    Mulholland Falls is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    The Haunting
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    12

    The Haunting

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson

    Released1999

    Directed byJan de Bont

    The Haunting is a 1999 remake of the 1963 horror film of the same name. Both films are based... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Posse
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    Posse

    Kirk Douglas, Bruce Dern

    Released1975

    Directed byKirk Douglas

    Posse is a 1975 American Western film, produced by, directed by and starring Kirk Douglas. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Small Soldiers
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    Small Soldiers

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kirsten Dunst

    Released1998

    Directed byJoe Dante

    Small Soldiers is a 1998 American science fiction action film directed by Joe Dante. The film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    That Championship Season
    33
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    That Championship Season

    Martin Sheen, Robert Mitchum

    Released1982

    Directed byJason Miller

    That Championship Season is Jason Miller's 1982 film version of his 1973 Pulitzer Prize... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Wild River
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    Wild River

    Bruce Dern, Montgomery Clift

    Released1960

    Directed byElia Kazan

    Wild River is a 1960 film directed by Elia Kazan starring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Laughing Policeman
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    The Laughing Policeman

    Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett

    Released1973

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    The Laughing Policeman is an American police procedural film loosely based on the novel The... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 15
    Django
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    Django

    Franco Nero, José Bódalo

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Corbucci

    Django is a 1966 Italian Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Cowboys
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    The Cowboys

    John Wayne, Bruce Dern

    Released1972

    Directed byMark Rydell

    The Cowboys is a 1972 Western motion picture starring John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Slim... more on Wikipedia

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    1969
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    1969

    Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byErnest Thompson

    1969 is a 1988 drama film starring Robert Downey, Jr., Kiefer Sutherland, and Winona Ryder. It... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Coming Home
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    Coming Home

    Jane Fonda, Jon Voight

    Released1978

    Directed byHal Ashby

    Coming Home is a 1978 drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Support Your Local Sheriff!
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    Support Your Local Sheriff!

    James Garner, Bruce Dern

    Released1969

    Directed byBurt Kennedy

    Support Your Local Sheriff! is a 1969 American Technicolor comedic western film distributed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Psych-Out
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    Psych-Out

    Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern

    Released1968

    Directed byRichard Rush

    Psych-Out is a counterculture-era feature film about hippies, psychedelic music, and... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button
  • 21
    Madison
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    All the Pretty Horses
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    The Glass House
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    The Driver
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    The Driver

    Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani

    Released1978

    Directed byWalter Hill

    The Driver is a 1978 crime film written and directed by Walter Hill, starring Ryan O'Neal,... more on Wikipedia

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    On the Edge
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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...