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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.

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


  • 1
    Silent Running is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    Silent Running

    Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin


    Directed byDouglas Trumbull

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

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  • 2
    The Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    The Cowboys

    John Wayne, Bruce Dern


    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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  • 3
    Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    Hang 'Em High

    Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper


    Directed byTed Post

    Hang 'Em High is a 1968 American Western film directed by Ted Post and produced and co-written... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern


    Directed bySydney Pollack

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is a 1969 American drama film directed by Sydney Pollack. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Support Your Local Sheriff! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    Support Your Local Sheriff!

    James Garner, Bruce Dern


    Directed byBurt Kennedy

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

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  • 6
    Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    Coming Home

    Jane Fonda, Jon Voight


    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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  • 7
    The 'Burbs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    The 'Burbs

    Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher


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

    The Great Gatsby

    Robert Redford, Mia Farrow


    Directed byJack Clayton

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

    The War Wagon

    Sean Connery, John Wayne


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

    The Driver

    Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani


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


    Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci


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

    Black Sunday

    Terry Bradshaw, Bruce Dern


    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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  • 13
    Will Penny is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    Will Penny

    Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern


    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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  • 14
    Harry Tracy, Desperado is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    Harry Tracy, Desperado

    Bruce Dern, Gordon Lightfoot


    Directed byWilliam A. Graham

    Harry Tracy, Desperado is a 1982 Canadian drama/western film starring Bruce Dern and Helen... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    The Astronaut Farmer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    The Astronaut Farmer

    Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton


    Directed byMichael Polish, Polish brothers

    The Astronaut Farmer is a 2006 American drama film directed by Michael Polish, who co-wrote... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Marnie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies


    Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock


    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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

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  • 17
    Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    Last Man Standing

    Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken


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

    The King of Marvin Gardens

    Jack Nicholson, Ellen Burstyn


    Directed byBob Rafelson

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

    Down Periscope

    Kelsey Grammer, Rob Schneider


    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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  • 20
    The Wild Angels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    The Wild Angels

    Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda


    Directed byRoger Corman

    The Wild Angels is a 1966 Roger Corman film, made on location in Southern California. The Wild... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Posse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies


    Kirk Douglas, Bruce Dern


    Directed byKirk Douglas

    Posse is a 1975 American Western film, produced by, directed by and starring Kirk Douglas. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Mulholland Falls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    Mulholland Falls

    Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte


    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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  • 23
    Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford


    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte is a 1964 American thriller film directed and produced by Robert... more on Wikipediaamazon_watch buy button
  • 24
    The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies

    The Haunting

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson


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

    Family Plot

    Alfred Hitchcock, Bruce Dern


    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

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