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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


    Directed bySergio Leone

    Once Upon a Time in the West is a 1968 Italian/American epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone for Paramount Pictures. It stars Henry Fonda cast against type as the villain, Charles...  more

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  • 2

    Hard Times

    Charles Bronson, James Coburn


    Directed byWalter Hill

    Hard Times is a 1975 film starring Charles Bronson as Chaney, a drifter who travels to Louisiana during the Great Depression and begins competing in illegal bare-knuckled boxing matches. The movie...  more
  • 3

    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough


    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth POW from a German POW camp during WWII, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard...  more

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  • 4

    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland


    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee Marvin. The picture was filmed in England and features an ensemble supporting cast including Ernest...  more

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  • 5

    The Magnificent Seven

    Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson


    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Magnificent Seven is an American western film directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach and Steve McQueen. The picture is an Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa's...  more

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  • 6

    Death Wish

    Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson


    Directed byMichael Winner

    This film is a 1974 American vigilante action film loosely based on the novel of the same name by Brian Garfield. The film was directed by Michael Winner and stars Charles Bronson as a man who...  more

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  • 7

    Mr. Majestyk

    Charles Bronson, Linda Cristal


    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    Mr. Majestyk is a 1974 American action film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charles Bronson. The film is from an original screenplay written by Elmore Leonard. The title character's last...  more
  • 8

    Death Hunt

    Charles Bronson, Angie Dickinson


    Directed byPeter R. Hunt

    Death Hunt is a 1981 action film directed by Peter R. Hunt. The film stars Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Carl Weathers, Maury Chaykin, Ed Lauter and Andrew Stevens. Death Hunt was a...  more
  • 9

    The Mechanic

    Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent


    Directed byMichael Winner

    The Mechanic is a 1972 American action-thriller film directed by Michael Winner. It stars Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent. The film is noted for its opening. There is no dialogue for the...  more

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  • 10

    Breakheart Pass

    Charles Bronson, Doug Atkins


    Directed byTom Gries

    Breakheart Pass is an American 1975 western adventure film that stars Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna, and Jill Ireland. The movie was based on the novel by Alistair MacLean of the same...  more

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  • 11

    The White Buffalo

    Kim Novak, Charles Bronson


    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    The White Buffalo is a 1977 western film starring Charles Bronson, Kim Novak, Jack Warden, Slim Pickens, and Will Sampson. The film is directed by J. Lee Thompson, who frequently teamed with Bronson....  more
  • 12

    Chato's Land

    Charles Bronson, Jack Palance


    Directed byMichael Winner

    Chato's Land is a 1972 western Technicolor film directed by Michael Winner, starring Charles Bronson and Jack Palance. It falls more closely into the revisionist Western genre, which was at its...  more
  • 13

    The Valachi Papers

    Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura


    Directed byTerence Young

    The Valachi Papers is a 1972 crime movie starring Charles Bronson and Lino Ventura and directed by Terence Young. Adapted from the book The Valachi Papers by Peter Maas, it tells the true story of...  more
  • 14

    House of Wax

    Vincent Price, Charles Bronson


    Directed byAndré de Toth

    House of Wax is a 1953 American 3-D horror film about a disfigured sculptor who repopulates his destroyed wax museum by luring people and using their wax-coated corpses as displays. It stars Vincent...  more

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  • 15

    Death Wish II

    Laurence Fishburne, Charles Bronson


    Directed byMichael Winner

    Death Wish II is a 1982 crime thriller action film directed by Michael Winner. It is the first of four sequels to the 1974 film Death Wish. In Death Wish II, architect Paul Kersey moves to Los...  more
  • 16

    Adieu l'ami (Farewell Friend)

    Charles Bronson, Alain Delon


    Directed byJean Herman

    Adieu l’ami is a 1968 French-Italian film directed by Jean Herman; producer Serge Silberman, screenplay by Sebastien Japrisot. The film was released in the United States in 1973 under the title...  more
  • 17

    St. Ives

    Jeff Goldblum, Jacqueline Bissett


    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    St. Ives is a 1976 American action film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Charles Bronson....  more
  • 18

    10 to Midnight

    Kelly Preston, Charles Bronson


    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    10 to Midnight is an action-crime-thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson from a screenplay originally written by William Roberts. The film stars Charles Bronson in the lead role with a supporting...  more
  • 19

    Someone Behind the Door

    Charles Bronson, Anthony Perkins


    Directed byNicolas Gessner

    Someone Behind the Door is a French film directed by Nicolas Gessner. The original French title was Quelqu'un derrière la porte, and in the UK it was twice retitled as Two Minds For Murder and...  more
  • 20


    Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland


    Directed byJohn Sturges, Duilio Coletti

    Chino is a 1973 Italian Western film starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Marcel Bozzuffi and Vincent Van Patten. The original English language title shown at the beginning of the film was The...  more
  • 21

    From Noon till Three

    Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland


    Directed byFrank D. Gilroy

    From Noon Till Three is an American film released in 1976 by United Artists. It stars Charles Bronson and his wife, Jill Ireland. It was written and directed by Frank D. Gilroy, based on his novel....  more
  • 22

    Kid Galahad

    Elvis Presley, Charles Bronson


    Directed byPhil Karlson

    Kid Galahad is a 1962 American musical film starring Elvis Presley as a boxer. It was released by United Artists. The film opened at #9 at the box office when released in the United States in August...  more
  • 23

    This Property Is Condemned

    Robert Redford, Natalie Wood


    Directed bySydney Pollack

    This Property Is Condemned is a 1966 American drama film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Kate Reid, Charles Bronson, Robert Blake, and Mary Badham. The...  more
  • 24


    Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid


    Directed byTom Gries

    Breakout is a 1975 action film starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Robert Duvall, John Huston, Sheree North and Randy Quaid....  more
  • 25

    Death Wish 3

    Charles Bronson, Marina Sirtis


    Directed byMichael Winner

    Death Wish 3 is a 1985 action film starring Charles Bronson as vigilante killer Paul Kersey and is the second sequel to the 1974 film Death Wish. It was written by Don Jakoby. This is the last Death...  more