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The Best Charles Bronson Movies

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List of the best Charles Bronson movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Charles Bronson solidified his status as an iconic tough guy with his stand-out performances in films like The Great Escape and The Magnificent Seven. Charles Bronson'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 Charles Bronson movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Charles Bronson movies will be at the top of the list. Charles Bronson has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Charles Bronson movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Charles Bronson films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Charles Bronson role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Charles Bronson performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items here include everything from Hard Times to The Dirty Dozen.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Charles Bronson movies?" and "What are the greatest Charles Bronson roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Bronson's rugged style, you might also enjoy our list of best Clint Eastwood movies and best Steve McQueen movies.


  • 1

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale
    Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italian/American epic Spaghetti Western film directed...  more

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    Hard Times

    Charles Bronson, James Coburn
    Hard Times is a 1975 film starring Charles Bronson as Chaney, a drifter who travels to...  more
  • 3

    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland
    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee...  more

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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough
    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and...  more

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    The Magnificent Seven

    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson
    The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul...  more

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    Death Wish

    Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson
    This film is a 1974 American vigilante action film loosely based on the novel of the same name...  more

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    Death Hunt

    Charles Bronson, Angie Dickinson
    Death Hunt is a 1981 action film directed by Peter R. Hunt. The film stars Charles Bronson,...  more
  • 8

    Mr. Majestyk

    Charles Bronson, Linda Cristal
    Mr. Majestyk is a 1974 American action film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charles...  more
  • 9

    The Mechanic

    Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent
    The Mechanic is a 1972 American action-thriller film directed by Michael Winner. It stars...  more

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    Breakheart Pass

    Charles Bronson, Doug Atkins
    Breakheart Pass is an American 1975 western adventure film that stars Charles Bronson, Ben...  more

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  • 11

    Chato's Land

    Charles Bronson, Jack Palance
    Chato's Land is a 1972 western Technicolor film directed by Michael Winner, starring Charles...  more
  • 12

    The White Buffalo

    Kim Novak, Charles Bronson
    The White Buffalo is a 1977 western film starring Charles Bronson, Kim Novak, Jack Warden,...  more
  • 13

    House of Wax

    Vincent Price, Charles Bronson
    House of Wax is a 1953 American 3-D horror film about a disfigured sculptor who repopulates...  more

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  • 14

    The Valachi Papers

    Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura
    The Valachi Papers is a 1972 crime movie starring Charles Bronson and Lino Ventura and...  more
  • 15

    Adieu l'ami (Farewell Friend)

    Charles Bronson, Alain Delon
    Adieu l’ami is a 1968 French-Italian film directed by Jean Herman; producer Serge Silberman,...  more
  • 16

    St. Ives

    Jeff Goldblum, Jacqueline Bissett
    St. Ives is a 1976 American action film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Charles...  more
  • 17

    Someone Behind the Door

    Charles Bronson, Anthony Perkins
    Someone Behind the Door is a French film directed by Nicolas Gessner. The original French...  more
  • 18

    Death Wish II

    Laurence Fishburne, Charles Bronson
    Death Wish II is a 1982 crime thriller action film directed by Michael Winner. It is the first...  more

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  • 19

    10 to Midnight

    Kelly Preston, Charles Bronson
    10 to Midnight is an action-crime-thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson from a screenplay...  more
  • 20

    Kid Galahad

    Elvis Presley, Charles Bronson
    Kid Galahad is a 1962 American musical film starring Elvis Presley as a boxer. It was released...  more
  • 21

    This Property Is Condemned

    Robert Redford, Natalie Wood
    This Property Is Condemned is a 1966 American drama film directed by Sydney Pollack and...  more
  • 22

    From Noon till Three

    Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland
    From Noon Till Three is an American film released in 1976 by United Artists. It stars Charles...  more
  • 23

    Death Wish 3

    Charles Bronson, Marina Sirtis
    Death Wish 3 is a 1985 action film starring Charles Bronson as vigilante killer Paul Kersey...  more
  • 24

    Murphy's Law

    Charles Bronson, Angel Tompkins
    Murphy's Law is a 1986 thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson from a screenplay by Gail...  more
  • 25

    Machine-Gun Kelly

    Charles Bronson, Morey Amsterdam
    Machine-Gun Kelly is a film directed by Roger Corman, chronicling the criminal activities of...  more