Entertainment 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.

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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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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, Inger Stevens as a widow who helps him, ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne
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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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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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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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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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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Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, John Malkovich
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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Sean Connery, John Wayne, Donald Sutherland
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 battle between two factions of ...more