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The Best Bruce Dern Movies

Updated September 22, 2019 1.7k votes 350 voters 30.9k views80 items

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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Bruce Dern movies?" and "What are the greatest Bruce Dern roles of all time?"

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    Silent Running is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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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    The Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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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    Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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
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    They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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
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    Support Your Local Sheriff! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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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    Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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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    The 'Burbs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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    The Great Gatsby

    Robert Redford, Mia Farrow

    Released1974

    Directed byJack Clayton

    The Great Gatsby is a 1974 American romantic drama film distributed by Newdon Productions and... more on Wikipedia
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    The War Wagon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    The Driver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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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    Monster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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    Monster

    Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci

    Released2003

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

    Monster is a 2003 drama film about Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 for... more on Wikipedia

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    Black Sunday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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    Black Sunday

    Terry Bradshaw, Bruce Dern

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    Black Sunday is a 1977 American thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer, based on Thomas... more on Wikipedia

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    Will Penny is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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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    Harry Tracy, Desperado is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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
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    The Astronaut Farmer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Marnie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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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    Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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    Last Man Standing

    Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken

    Released1996

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Last Man Standing is a 1996 American action thriller film written and directed by Walter Hill... more on Wikipedia

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    The King of Marvin Gardens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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    The King of Marvin Gardens

    Jack Nicholson, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1972

    Directed byBob Rafelson

    The King of Marvin Gardens is a 1972 American drama film. It stars Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern,... more on Wikipedia
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    Down Periscope is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    The Wild Angels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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
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    Posse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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
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    Mulholland Falls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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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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    Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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    Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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    The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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    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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    Family Plot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
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    Family Plot

    Alfred Hitchcock, Bruce Dern

    Released1976

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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