Brando.by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 14 Feb 2019 | updated - 4 days ago | Public
One of the greatest film actors of all time - for the most part. Brando came onto the acting scene at a time when there was a new and ground-breaking approach to acting in America. Although there were others who played a significant role in re-inventing film acting, Brando was the forerunner of all this. His raw and unpretentious approach was something no one had witnessed before. The 1950s was the decade which saw him produce his finest work in cinema. Unfortunately, his latter years were marred by poor film choices, an unwillingness to learn his dialogue, greed and an increasing contempt for Hollywood and acting in general. Brando openly resented any kind of intrusion upon his private life, rarely granting interviews. His former greatness only showed itself sporadically. However, he continued to be an influence upon some fellow actors. Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, being amongst them. Fortunately, Marlon Brando has still left a legacy that can be enjoyed by new and old fans alike.
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1. The Men (1950)
Passed | 85 min | Drama
A paralyzed war vet tries to adjust to the world without the use of his limbs.
Votes: 4,001 | Gross: $7.10M
A very promising film debut.
2. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
PG | 122 min | Drama
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.
Votes: 94,921 | Gross: $8.00M
Should have won the Oscar for Best Actor.
3. On the Waterfront (1954)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.
Votes: 134,529 | Gross: $9.60M
One of the greatest films of the decade, bar none.
4. The Wild One (1953)
Not Rated | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.
Highly controversial upon its release, the film still entertains.
5. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,522,445 | Gross: $134.97M
An iconic role in a somewhat overrated film.
6. Julius Caesar (1953)
Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar, but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.
An under-rated performance from Brando, although his screen time isn't that much.
8. The Fugitive Kind (1960)
Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Romance
Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter trying to go straight, wanders into a small Mississippi town looking for a simple and honest life but finds himself embroiled with problem-filled women.
A film which is worth repeated viewing.
9. The Chase (1966)
Passed | 134 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.
Votes: 9,600 | Gross: $5.00M
Brando is very good but the plot is rather lacklustre and the running time is too long.
10. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.
Votes: 47,217 | Gross: $36.14M
Not for the squeamish and not much of a plot. Brando is absolutely marvellous though. His performance could be described as autobiographical.
11. Viva Zapata! (1952)
Approved | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History
A pretty good job all round.
12. The Young Lions (1958)
Approved | 167 min | Action, Drama, War
WW2 drama that follows the lives of three young men, one German and two Americans, during wartime.
Votes: 6,989 | Gross: $9.96M
Two acting legends in the same film.
13. The Formula (1980)
R | 117 min | Crime, Thriller
The synthetic fuel production formula, invented by the Nazis at the end of World War II, is sought after by some who aim to sell it, and by others who wish to destroy it.
14. A Dry White Season (1989)
R | 106 min | Drama, Thriller
A white middle class South African suburbanite with no interest in politics agrees to help his black gardener find his jailed son. His investigation opens his eyes to the horrors committed by the secret police and turns him into a target.
Votes: 4,750 | Gross: $3.77M
15. Superman (1978)
PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.
Votes: 153,252 | Gross: $134.22M
Brando does well during the films opening minutes, in spite of his greed for vast sums of money.
16. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War
A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.
Votes: 575,616 | Gross: $83.47M
Lazy in preparation, greedy in salary but still compelling.
17. Désirée (1954)
Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History
The rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France.
Dull and plodding. All lavish production values and little else. No wonder Brando didn't like the film!
18. The Ugly American (1963)
Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
An ambitious scholar becomes the ambassador of Sarkan, a southeast Asian country where civil war is brewing.
Could have been better, the story had potential.
19. Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Not Rated | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian.
Votes: 14,332 | Gross: $13.68M
A mess of a production from start to finish. Brando's professional reputation never fully recovered. The final results aren't all that bad though.
20. Guys and Dolls (1955)
Not Rated | 150 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game.
Votes: 14,673 | Gross: $13.00M
The "studio-bound" look really hinders this musical and Brando is no singer!
21. Sayonara (1957)
Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, Romance
A US Air Force major in Kobe confronts his own opposition to marriages between American servicemen and Japanese women when he falls for a beautiful performer.
Votes: 5,709 | Gross: $26.30M
22. The Nightcomers (1971)
R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Prequel to Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw", focusing on groundskeeper Peter Quint's slow corruption of the virtuous governess Miss Jessel and the children she looks after.
Votes: 1,897 | Gross: $0.31M
Utterly tasteless and devoid of any creativity.
23. The Score (2001)
R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An aging thief hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid convinces him into doing one last heist.
Votes: 116,741 | Gross: $71.07M
25. The Freshman (1990)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
An N.Y.C. film school student accepts a job with a local mobster who resembles a famous cinema godfather and who takes the young man under his wing, after demanding total loyalty.
Votes: 17,972 | Gross: $21.46M
26. The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
PG-13 | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
After being rescued and brought to an island, a man discovers that its inhabitants are experimental animals being turned into strange-looking humans, all of it the work of a visionary doctor.
Votes: 30,008 | Gross: $27.66M
27. Candy (1968)
R | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Candy Christian, an innocent high-schooler, encounters numerous colorful characters and humorous sexual situations while attempting to find meaning in life.
28. The Missouri Breaks (1976)
PG | 126 min | Drama, Western
Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.
Votes: 9,000 | Gross: $14.00M
29. A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)
Passed | 120 min | Comedy, Romance
In Hong Kong, the ambassador returning to America meets the Russian countess, a refugee without a passport, who decides to hide in his cabin.
30. Bedtime Story (1964)
99 min | Comedy
Two scam artists prey on women for their money. They clash in a Mediterranean hot spot. Will the cultured, high-class con artist come out on top, or will the rough small-change scammer rise to win the wager?
31. The Night of the Following Day (1969)
R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Two men kidnap a girl off the streets, take her to a beach house owned by a drug-addicted stewardess, and hold her for ransom.
The nadir of his whole career.
32. Burn! (1969)
GP | 112 min | Action, Drama
The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada in order to help improve the British sugar trade. Years later he is sent again to... See full summary »
Votes: 4,363 | Gross: $0.43M
33. Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
Bizarre tale of sex, betrayal, and perversion at a military post.
Decidedly quirky and offbeat. Some scenes of interest.
34. One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, Western
After robbing a Mexican bank, Dad Longworth takes the loot and leaves his partner Rio to be captured but Rio escapes and searches for Dad in California.
35. Morituri (1965)
Approved | 123 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A war pacifist is blackmailed to pose as an SS officer and to disable the scuttling explosives on freighter carrying rubber cargo to be captured by the Allies.
Mundane and a waste of everyone's time.
36. Marlon Brando: The Wild One (1994 TV Movie)
54 min | Documentary, Biography
An examination of the craft of Marlon Brando, narrated by professionals of the film industry. The film follows his career from the stage with "A Streetcar Named Desire", through the Actors ... See full summary »
40. Listen to Me Marlon (2015)
Unrated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brando recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story.
Votes: 6,669 | Gross: $0.43M
A rare opportunity to hear the man himself express his inner thoughts.
43. Roots: The Next Generations (1979)
840 min | Biography, Drama, History
The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots.
An exceptionally rare TV appearance from Brando.
44. The Brave (1997)
123 min | Drama
A down-on-his-luck American Indian recently released from jail is offered the chance to "star" as the victim of a snuff film, the resulting pay of which could greatly help his poverty stricken family.
46. Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)
PG-13 | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama