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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.

If Charles Bronson movies are your thing, then check out the greatest movies by Lee Marvin and Lee Van Cleef too.

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Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson 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, ...more

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Hard Times is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Strother Martin 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 ...more

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The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn 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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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner The Great Escape is a 1963 American World War II epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II, starring Steve McQueen, ...more

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The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 war 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 ...more

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Death Wish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson, Christopher Guest Death Wish is a 1974 American vigilante action film loosely based on the novel Death Wish by Brian Garfield. The film was directed by Michael Winner and stars Charles Bronson as a man who ...more

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The Mechanic is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Keenan Wynn 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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Death Hunt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Angie Dickinson, Lee Marvin 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 ...more

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Mr. Majestyk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Linda Cristal, Lee Purcell 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 ...more

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Breakheart Pass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Doug Atkins, Archie Moore 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 ...more

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Chato's Land is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, James Whitmore 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

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Red Sun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Ursula Andress, Charles Bronson, Alain Delon Red Sun aka Soleil rouge is a Western film with an international cast. It stars U.S.-born actor Charles Bronson, Japanese actor Toshirō Mifune, French actor Alain Delon and Swiss actress Ursula ...more

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The White Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Kim Novak, Charles Bronson, Jack Warden 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 ...more

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Death Wish II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Laurence Fishburne, Charles Bronson, Henny Youngman 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

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The Valachi Papers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura, Jill Ireland 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 ...more

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10 to Midnight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Kelly Preston, Charles Bronson, Wilford Brimley 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 ...more

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Murphy's Law is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Angel Tompkins, Kathleen Wilhoite Murphy's Law is a 1986 thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson from a screenplay by Gail Morgan Hickman. It was released by Cannon Films to the United States on April 18, 1986. The film stars ...more

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House of Wax is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Carolyn Jones House of Wax is a 1953 American 3-D horror film about a disfigured sculptor who repopulates his destroyed wax museum by murdering people and using their wax-coated corpses as displays. It stars ...more

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Adieu l'ami is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Adieu l'ami Charles Bronson, Alain Delon, Brigitte Fossey 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

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Death Wish 3 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Marina Sirtis, Martin Balsam 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 ...more

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The Stone Killer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, John Ritter, Martin Balsam The Stone Killer is a 1973 film starring Charles Bronson directed by Michael Winner. It came out in between The Mechanic and Death Wish, all three of which teamed up actor/director Bronson and ...more

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Kid Galahad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Elvis Presley, Charles Bronson, Gig Young 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 ...more

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The Evil That Men Do is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, The Great Khali, José Ferrer The Evil That Men Do is a 1984 Mexican-American action thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson that stars Charles Bronson. The film was adapted by David Lee Henry and John Crowther from a ...more

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Machine-Gun Kelly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Morey Amsterdam, Susan Cabot Machine-Gun Kelly is a film directed by Roger Corman, chronicling the criminal activities of the real-life George "Machine Gun" Kelly. The film was considered low budget, but received ...more

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St. Ives is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Jeff Goldblum, Jacqueline Bissett, Charles Bronson St. Ives is a 1976 American action film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Charles Bronson.

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Someone Behind the Door is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Anthony Perkins, Jill Ireland 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 ...more

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Telefon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Lee Remick, Donald Pleasence Telefon is a 1977 spy film, starring Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence and Lee Remick. It was directed by Don Siegel. The film is based on a 1975 novel about mind control, by Walter Wager.

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This Property Is Condemned is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Robert Redford, Natalie Wood, Charles Bronson This Property Is Condemned is a 1966 American drama film starring Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Kate Reid, Charles Bronson and Mary Badham and directed by Sydney Pollack. The screenplay was ...more

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Master of the World is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Vito Scotti Master of the World is a 1961 science fiction film based upon the Jules Verne novels Robur the Conqueror and its sequel, Master of the World. The movie was written by Richard Matheson, directed ...more

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Battle of the Bulge is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw Battle of the Bulge is an American widescreen epic war film produced in Spain that was released in 1965. It was directed by Ken Annakin. It starred Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Telly Savalas, ...more

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Lola is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Honor Blackman, Trevor Howard Lola, is a 1969 film directed by Richard Donner and starring Charles Bronson and Susan George.

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Cold Sweat is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Liv Ullmann, Jill Ireland Cold Sweat is a 1970 French/ Italian international co-production starring Charles Bronson and directed by Terence Young. It is based on the 1959 novel Ride the Nightmare by Richard Matheson. It ...more

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Breakout is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Charles Bronson Breakout is a 1975 action film starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Robert Duvall, John Huston, Sheree North and Randy Quaid.

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From Noon till Three is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Douglas Fowley 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

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Death Wish 4: The Crackdown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Danny Trejo, Mark Pellegrino Death Wish 4: The Crackdown is a 1987 action crime film, and the fourth installment in the Death Wish film series. The film was directed by J. Lee Thompson, and features Charles Bronson, who ...more

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Apache is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson, Jean Peters Apache is a 1954 Western film starring Burt Lancaster.

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Chino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Fausto Tozzi 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 ...more

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Rider on the Rain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Marlène Jobert Rider on the Rain is a 1970 French mystery thriller film starring Charles Bronson, directed by René Clément, produced by Serge Silberman, with film music composed by Francis Lai.

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Borderline is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Ed Harris, Charles Bronson, Wilford Brimley Borderline is a 1980 American drama film directed by Jerrold Freedman and starring Charles Bronson, Ed Harris and Bruno Kirby.

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Raid on Entebbe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
James Woods, Charles Bronson, Kim Richards Raid on Entebbe is a 1977 TV film directed by Irvin Kershner. It is based on an actual event: Operation Entebbe and the freeing of hostages at Entebbe Airport in Entebbe, Uganda on 4 July 1976. ...more

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Death Wish V: The Face of Deat... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Lesley-Anne Down, Saul Rubinek Death Wish V: The Face of Death is a 1994 action crime film and the fifth and final installment in the Death Wish series. It features Charles Bronson, who reprises his role as Paul Kersey in his ...more

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The Sandpiper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton The Sandpiper is a 1965 film starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, directed by Vincente Minnelli.

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Messenger of Death is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Messenger of Death Charles Bronson, John Ireland, Jeff Corey Messenger of Death is a 1988 film starring Charles Bronson about an attempt by a water company to start a family feud among fundamentalist Mormons to take the family's land for the company. This ...more

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Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Nicole Eggert, Peggy Lipton Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects is an action/drama film starring Charles Bronson and directed by J. Lee Thompson. Being Thompson's final film, it was the last project he and Bronson did together — a ...more

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Assassination is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Michael Ansara Assassination is a 1987 action-thriller film about a bodyguard who is assigned to protect the First Lady of the United States against an assassination plot. The film was directed by Peter R. ...more

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Vera Cruz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Charles Bronson Vera Cruz is a 1954 American Western theatrical film starring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, and featuring Denise Darcel, Sara Montiel, Cesar Romero, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and Jack ...more

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Villa Rides is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Robert Mitchum, Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner Villa Rides is a 1968 film starring Yul Brynner in toupee in the title role and Robert Mitchum as an American adventurer and pilot of fortune. The supporting cast includes Charles Bronson as ...more

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Love and Bullets is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Rod Steiger, Strother Martin Love and Bullets is a 1979 film directed by Stuart Rosenberg. Starring Charles Bronson, it is based on a screenplay by Wendell Mayes and John Melson. The film was originally to have been ...more

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Guns for San Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Charles Bronson, Anthony Quinn, Silvia Pinal Guns for San Sebastian is an 1968 French action-adventure film based on the 1962 novel A Wall for San Sebastian, written by Rev. Fr. William Barnaby "Barby" Faherty, S.J. The film is ...more

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Act of Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Keanu Reeves, Ellen Barkin, Charles Bronson Act of Vengeance is a 1986 television movie starring Charles Bronson, Ellen Burstyn, and Keanu Reeves.