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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.

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

Bruce Dern has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Alfred Hitchcock and Quentin Tarantino. Is Bruce Dern your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Ryan Gosling and Joaquin Phoenix films lists too.

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Silent Running is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin, Joseph Campanella

Released: 1972

Directed by: Douglas Trumbull

Silent Running is a 1972 environmentally-themed American science fiction film starring Bruce Dern, featuring Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin and Jesse Vint. It was directed by Douglas Trumbull, who had ...more

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The Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens

Released: 1972

Directed by: Mark Rydell

The Cowboys is a 1972 Western motion picture starring John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Browne, Slim Pickens, Colleen Dewhurst and Bruce Dern. Robert Carradine made his film debut with fellow child actor ...more

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Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ted Post

Hang 'Em High is a 1968 American Western film directed by Ted Post and produced and co-written by Leonard Freeman. It stars Clint Eastwood as Jed Cooper, Inger Stevens as a widow who helps him, ...more

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They Shoot Horses, Don't... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern, Red Buttons

Released: 1969

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is a 1969 American drama film directed by Sydney Pollack. The screenplay by James Poe and Robert E. Thompson is based on the 1935 novel of the same name by Horace ...more

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Support Your Local Sheri... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
James Garner, Bruce Dern, Walter Brennan

Released: 1969

Directed by: Burt Kennedy

Support Your Local Sheriff! is a 1969 American Technicolor comedic western film distributed by United Artists, directed by Burt Kennedy, written by William Bowers, and starring James Garner, ...more

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Coming Home is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern

Released: 1978

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Coming Home is a 1978 drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern. The screenplay by Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones was from a story by Nancy Dowd. The ...more

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The 'Burbs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joe 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 ...more

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern

Released: 1974

Directed by: Jack Clayton

The Great Gatsby is a 1974 American romantic drama film distributed by Newdon Productions and Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Jack Clayton and produced by David Merrick, from a screenplay ...more
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The War Wagon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Sean Connery, John Wayne, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1967

Directed by: Burt 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 ...more

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The Driver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ryan O'Neal

Released: 1978

Directed by: Walter Hill

The Driver is a 1978 crime film written and directed by Walter Hill, starring Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, and Isabelle Adjani. Based upon similarities in plot elements, it is heavily influenced by ...more

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Monster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne

Released: 2003

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Monster is a 2003 drama film about Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 for taking six men's lives in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wuornos was played by Charlize Theron, and ...more

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Black Sunday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Terry Bradshaw, Bruce Dern, Robert Shaw

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Black Sunday is a 1977 American thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer, based on Thomas Harris' novel of the same name. The film was produced by Robert Evans and starred Robert Shaw, Bruce ...more

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Will Penny is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern, Lee Majors

Released: 1968

Directed by: Tom 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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Harry Tracy, Desperado ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Bruce Dern, Gordon Lightfoot, Helen Shaver

Released: 1982

Directed by: William 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 Astronaut Farmer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, J.K. Simmons

Released: 2006

Directed by: Michael 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 ...more
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Marnie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren

Released: 1964

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Marnie is a 1964 psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by Jay Presson Allen was based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Winston Graham. The film stars Tippi ...more

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Last Man Standing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Leslie Mann

Released: 1996

Directed by: Walter Hill

Last Man Standing is a 1996 American action thriller film written and directed by Walter Hill and starring Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken and Bruce Dern. It is a credited remake of Akira ...more

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The King of Marvin Garde... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Jack Nicholson, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern

Released: 1972

Directed by: Bob Rafelson

The King of Marvin Gardens is a 1972 American drama film. It stars Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn and Scatman Crothers. It is one of several collaborations between Nicholson and ...more
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Down Periscope is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Kelsey Grammer, Rob Schneider, William H. Macy

Released: 1996

Directed by: David S. Ward

Down Periscope is a 1996 20th Century Fox comedy film produced by Robert Lawrence and directed by David S. Ward, starring Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly and Rob Schneider and co-starring Bruce ...more

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The Wild Angels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra

Released: 1966

Directed by: Roger Corman

The Wild Angels is a 1966 Roger Corman film, made on location in Southern California. The Wild Angels was made three years before Easy Rider and was the first film to associate actor Peter Fonda ...more

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Posse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Kirk Douglas, Bruce Dern, Bo Hopkins

Released: 1975

Directed by: Kirk Douglas

Posse is a 1975 American Western film, produced by, directed by and starring Kirk Douglas. The screenplay was written by Christopher Knopf and William Roberts. The plot centers on a U.S. marshal ...more
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Mulholland Falls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, John Malkovich

Released: 1996

Directed by: Lee Tamahori

Mulholland Falls is a 1996 American neo-noir thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Pete Dexter. It stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris ...more

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Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlo... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Olivia de Havilland

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

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The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson, Owen Wilson

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jan de Bont

The Haunting is a 1999 remake of the 1963 horror film of the same name. Both films are based on the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, published in 1959. The Haunting was ...more

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Family Plot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bruce Dern Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Bruce Dern, Karen Black

Released: 1976

Directed by: Alfred 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 ...more

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