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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?"

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  • Hang 'Em High1
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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

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  • Support Your Local Sheriff!2
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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

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  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?3
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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

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  • Coming Home4
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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

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  • Last Man Standing5
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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

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  • Silent Running6
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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

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  • The Driver7
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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

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  • The War Wagon8
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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

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  • Monster9
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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

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  • The Great Gatsby10
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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
  • Black Sunday11
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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

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  • The Astronaut Farmer12
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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
  • The King of Marvin Gardens13
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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
  • Harry Tracy, Desperado14
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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
  • Mulholland Falls15
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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
  • Posse16
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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
  • The Wild Angels17
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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
  • Down Periscope18
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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

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  • Marnie19
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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

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  • Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte20
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    Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford

    Released1964

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte is a 1964 American thriller film directed and produced by Robert...  more
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  • Small Soldiers21
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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

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  • That Championship Season22
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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
  • Wild River23
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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
  • Diggstown24
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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,...  more
  • The Laughing Policeman25
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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
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