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The Best Charles Bronson Movies

Updated March 3, 2020 16.0k votes 3.3k voters 383.6k views91 items

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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.

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  • Once Upon a Time in the West1
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    Once Upon a Time in the West

    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale

    Released1968

    Directed bySergio Leone

    Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italian/American epic Spaghetti Western film directed...  more
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  • The Dirty Dozen2
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    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee...  more
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  • Hard Times3
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    Hard Times

    Charles Bronson, James Coburn

    Released1975

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Hard Times is a 1975 film starring Charles Bronson as Chaney, a drifter who travels to...  more
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  • The Great Escape4
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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and...  more
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  • The Magnificent Seven5
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    The Magnificent Seven

    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul...  more
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    #6 of 400 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#344 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • Death Wish6
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    Death Wish

    Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson

    Released1974

    Directed byMichael Winner

    This film is a 1974 American vigilante action film loosely based on the novel of the same name...  more
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  • Mr. Majestyk7
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    Mr. Majestyk

    Charles Bronson, Linda Cristal

    Released1974

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Mr. Majestyk is a 1974 American action film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charles...  more
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  • Death Hunt8
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    Death Hunt

    Charles Bronson, Angie Dickinson

    Released1981

    Directed byPeter R. Hunt

    Death Hunt is a 1981 action film directed by Peter R. Hunt. The film stars Charles Bronson,...  more
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  • The Mechanic9
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    The Mechanic

    Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent

    Released1972

    Directed byMichael Winner

    The Mechanic is a 1972 American action-thriller film directed by Michael Winner. It stars...  more
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  • Apache10
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    Apache

    Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson

    Released1954

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Apache is a 1954 Western film starring Burt Lancaster....  more
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  • Chato's Land11
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    Chato's Land

    Charles Bronson, Jack Palance

    Released1972

    Directed byMichael Winner

    Chato's Land is a 1972 western Technicolor film directed by Michael Winner, starring Charles...  more
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  • The White Buffalo12
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    The White Buffalo

    Kim Novak, Charles Bronson

    Released1977

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    The White Buffalo is a 1977 western film starring Charles Bronson, Kim Novak, Jack Warden,...  more
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  • House of Wax13
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    House of Wax

    Vincent Price, Charles Bronson

    Released1953

    Directed byAndré de Toth

    House of Wax is a 1953 American 3-D horror film about a disfigured sculptor who repopulates...  more
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  • The Valachi Papers14
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    The Valachi Papers

    Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura

    Released1972

    Directed byTerence Young

    The Valachi Papers is a 1972 crime movie starring Charles Bronson and Lino Ventura and...  more
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  • St. Ives15
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    St. Ives

    Jeff Goldblum, Jacqueline Bissett

    Released1976

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    St. Ives is a 1976 American action film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Charles...  more
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  • Death Wish II16
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    Death Wish II

    Laurence Fishburne, Charles Bronson

    Released1982

    Directed byMichael Winner

    Death Wish II is a 1982 crime thriller action film directed by Michael Winner. It is the first...  more
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  • This Property Is Condemned17
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    This Property Is Condemned

    Robert Redford, Natalie Wood

    Released1966

    Directed bySydney Pollack

    This Property Is Condemned is a 1966 American drama film directed by Sydney Pollack and...  more
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  • Kid Galahad18
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    Kid Galahad

    Elvis Presley, Charles Bronson

    Released1962

    Directed byPhil Karlson

    Kid Galahad is a 1962 American musical film starring Elvis Presley as a boxer. It was released...  more
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  • From Noon till Three19
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    From Noon till Three

    Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland

    Released1976

    Directed byFrank D. Gilroy

    From Noon Till Three is an American film released in 1976 by United Artists. It stars Charles...  more
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  • 10 to Midnight20
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    10 to Midnight

    Kelly Preston, Charles Bronson

    Released1983

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    10 to Midnight is an action-crime-thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson from a screenplay...  more
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  • Breakheart Pass21
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    Breakheart Pass

    Charles Bronson, Doug Atkins

    Released1975

    Directed byTom Gries

    Breakheart Pass is an American 1975 western adventure film that stars Charles Bronson, Ben...  more
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  • Vera Cruz22
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    Vera Cruz

    Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster

    Released1954

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    Vera Cruz is a 1954 American Western theatrical film starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster,...  more
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  • Pat and Mike23
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    Pat and Mike

    Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy

    Released1952

    Directed byGeorge Cukor

    Pat and Mike is a 1952 American romantic comedy film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine...  more
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    Death Wish 3

    Charles Bronson, Marina Sirtis

    Released1985

    Directed byMichael Winner

    Death Wish 3 is a 1985 action film starring Charles Bronson as vigilante killer Paul Kersey...  more
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  • You're in the Navy Now25
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    You're in the Navy Now

    Gary Cooper, Charles Bronson

    Released1951

    Directed byHenry Hathaway, Lewis Seiler

    You're in the Navy Now is a Hollywood film released in 1951 by Twentieth Century Fox about the...  more
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