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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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Hard Times is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 2 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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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner 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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The Magnificent Seven is listed (or ranked) 4 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 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 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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Death Wish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Charles Bronson Movies
Jeff Goldblum, Charles Bronson, Christopher Guest 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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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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Mr. Majestyk is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Death Hunt is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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 luring people and using their wax-coated corpses as displays. It stars ...more

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Death Wish 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Adieu l'ami is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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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The Evil That Men Do is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Kid Galahad is listed (or ranked) 23 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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St. Ives is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Machine-Gun Kelly is listed (or ranked) 25 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