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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.

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List features films like The Big Valley, Believe in Me.

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Silent Running Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin, Joseph Campanella 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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Hang 'Em High Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern 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, an innocent man who survives a lynching, ...more

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The Cowboys John Wayne, Bruce Dern, Slim Pickens 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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Support Your Local Sheriff! James Garner, Bruce Dern, Walter Brennan 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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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern, Red Buttons 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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Coming Home Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern 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 Great Gatsby Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern 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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Will Penny Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern, Lee Majors 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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Marnie Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren 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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Monster Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne Monster is a 2003 crime drama film about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute who was executed in Florida in 2002 for killing six men in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wuornos was ...more

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Black Sunday Terry Bradshaw, Bruce Dern, Robert Shaw 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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The 'Burbs Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman 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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Harry Tracy, Desperado Bruce Dern, Gordon Lightfoot, Helen Shaver 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 Haunting Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson, Owen Wilson 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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Mulholland Falls Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, John Malkovich Mulholland Falls is a 1996 American neo-noir crime thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori and written by Pete Dexter. It stars Nick Nolte, Jennifer Connelly, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, ...more

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Down Periscope Kelsey Grammer, Rob Schneider, William H. Macy 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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Last Man Standing Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Leslie Mann 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 Driver Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani, Ryan O'Neal 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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The Astronaut Farmer Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, J.K. Simmons 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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The War Wagon Sean Connery, John Wayne, Donald Sutherland The War Wagon 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 ...more

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Posse Kirk Douglas, Bruce Dern, Bo Hopkins 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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The Wild Angels Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra 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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Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Olivia de Havilland Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte is a 1964 American thriller film directed and produced by Robert Aldrich, and starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, and Agnes Moorehead, as well ...more

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The King of Marvin Gardens Jack Nicholson, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern 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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The Laughing Policeman Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett, Jr. The Laughing Policeman is an American police procedural film loosely based on the novel The Laughing Policeman by Sjöwall and Wahlöö. The setting of the story is transplanted from ...more

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Small Soldiers Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kirsten Dunst, Christina Ricci Small Soldiers is a 1998 American science fiction action film directed by Joe Dante. The film revolves around two adolescents, who get caught in the middle of a war between two factions of ...more

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Smile Melanie Griffith, Bruce Dern, Annette O'Toole Smile is a 1975 satirical comedy-drama film directed by Michael Ritchie with a screenplay by Jerry Belson about a beauty pageant in Santa Rosa, California. It stars Bruce Dern and Barbara Feldon ...more

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Wild River Bruce Dern, Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick Wild River is a 1960 film directed by Elia Kazan starring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Salmi and Jay C. Flippen filmed on location in the Tennessee Valley. It was adapted ...more

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The Glass House January Jones, Diane Lane, Leelee Sobieski The Glass House is a 2001 American psychological thriller film directed by Daniel Sackheim and written by Wesley Strick. The film stars Leelee Sobieski, Diane Lane, Stellan Skarsgård, ...more

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Diggstown Heather Graham, James Woods, Jim Caviezel Diggstown is a 1992 film directed by Michael Ritchie, and starring James Woods, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Bruce Dern. It also features Heather Graham, Oliver Platt and Randall "Tex"

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Madison Jim Caviezel, Bruce Dern, Brie Larson Madison is a 2005 film about APBA hydroplane racing in the 1970s that is based on a true story. Produced by Carl Amari, it stars Jim Caviezel as a driver who comes out of retirement to lead the ...more

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That Championship Season Martin Sheen, Robert Mitchum, Bruce Dern That Championship Season is Jason Miller's 1982 film version of his 1973 Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway play of the same name. It stars Robert Mitchum, Martin Sheen, Bruce Dern, Stacy Keach and ...more

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On the Edge Pam Grier, Bruce Dern, John Marley A film based upon the oldest cross-country foot race in the United States, Marin County's Dipsea Race. Bruce Dern stars as a Marin local, a longtime-banned runner who attempts run the race ...more

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Family Plot Alfred Hitchcock, Bruce Dern, Karen Black 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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1969 Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder, Kiefer Sutherland 1969 is a 1988 drama film starring Robert Downey, Jr., Kiefer Sutherland, and Winona Ryder. It was written and directed by Ernest Thompson. The original music score is composed by Michael Small. ...more

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TobizenaBrownWilliams added Django Franco Nero, José Bódalo, José Canalejas Django is a 1966 Italian Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Franco Nero in the eponymous role. The film earned a reputation as being one of the most violent films ...more

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Number One Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern, Jessica Walter Number One is a 1969 American film drama released by United Artists and directed by Tom Gries. The film stars Charlton Heston as Ron "Cat" Catlan, aging quarterback for American ...more

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All the Pretty Horses Penélope Cruz, Matt Damon, Bruce Dern All the Pretty Horses is a 2000 American romance western film, directed by Billy Bob Thornton and based on the novel of the same name by author Cormac McCarthy. It stars Matt Damon as John Grady ...more

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Psych-Out Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Garry Marshall Psych-Out is a counterculture-era feature film about hippies, psychedelic music, and recreational drugs, produced and released by American International Pictures. Originally scripted as The Love ...more

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Waterhole #3 James Coburn, Bruce Dern, Joan Blondell Waterhole #3 is a 1967 Western comedy film directed by William A. Graham. It is considered to be a comic remake of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The film stars James Coburn, Carroll O'Connor ...more

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The Hole Bruce Dern, Teri Polo, Chord Overstreet The Hole is a 2009 American fantasy horror-thriller film directed by Joe Dante and stars Teri Polo, Chris Massoglia, and Haley Bennett.

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Castle Keep Burt Lancaster, Bruce Dern, Peter Falk Castle Keep is a "firmly pro- and anti-war" 1969 American war film combining surrealism with tragic realism. It was directed by Sydney Pollack and starred Burt Lancaster, Patrick ...more

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Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Teri Garr, Bruce Dern, Zsa Zsa Gábor Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood is a 1976 film directed by Michael Winner and starring Madeline Kahn, Bruce Dern, Teri Garr, and Art Carney. Spoofing the craze surrounding Rin Tin Tin, ...more

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The Trip Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda The Trip is a counterculture-era cult film released by American International Pictures, directed by Roger Corman, written by Jack Nicholson, and shot on location in and around Los Angeles, ...more

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World Gone Wild Bruce Dern, Adam Ant, Michael Paré World Gone Wild is a 1988 film directed by Lee H. Katzin. It stars Bruce Dern and Michael Paré. It was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 1989.

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The Twist Ann-Margret, Bruce Dern, Stéphane Audran The Twist is a 1976 film co-written and directed by Claude Chabrol. Its title in French is Folies bourgeoises.

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Drive, He Said Bruce Dern, Karen Black, David Ogden Stiers Drive, He Said is an American motion picture released by Columbia Pictures, based upon the 1964 novel of the same title by Jeremy Larner. The film is mainly notable as the first directorial ...more

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Believe in Me Bruce Dern, Jeffrey Donovan, Heather Matarazzo Believe In Me is a 2006 American drama film directed by Robert Collector. The film stars Jeffrey Donovan, Samantha Mathis, and Bruce Dern. The film was shot in various locations in New Mexico. ...more

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The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant Bruce Dern, Casey Kasem, Berry Kroeger The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant is a 1971 science fiction/horror film directed by Anthony Lanza. It is the earlier companion to the 1972 blaxploitation film The Thing with Two Heads.

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The Big Town Diane Lane, Tommy Lee Jones, Matt Dillon The Big Town is a 1987 film drama about a young man who comes to the big city to work as a professional gambler, in the process becoming romantically involved with two women—one of whom is ...more