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.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright, Everett Sloane, Jack Webb

Votes: 4,001 | Gross: $7.10M

A very promising film debut.

2. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

97 Metascore

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.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

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

91 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

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.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith, Lee Marvin

Votes: 13,934

Highly controversial upon its release, the film still entertains.

5. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

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.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud

Votes: 9,832

An under-rated performance from Brando, although his screen time isn't that much.

7. The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

Approved | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

In post-WWII Japan, an American captain is brought in to help build a school, but the locals want a teahouse instead.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Machiko Kyô, Eddie Albert

Votes: 3,021

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.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Marlon Brando, Joanne Woodward, Anna Magnani, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 5,232

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.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall

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

77 Metascore

A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti

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

The story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led a rebellion against the corrupt, oppressive dictatorship of president Porfirio Díaz in the early 20th century.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 9,767

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.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Dean Martin, Hope Lange

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.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: George C. Scott, Marlon Brando, Marthe Keller, John Gielgud

Votes: 2,286

14. A Dry White Season (1989)

R | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Euzhan Palcy | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Zakes Mokae, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 4,750 | Gross: $3.77M

15. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

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

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

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.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Merle Oberon, Michael Rennie

Votes: 2,479

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.

Director: George Englund | Stars: Marlon Brando, Eiji Okada, Sandra Church, Pat Hingle

Votes: 1,797

Could have been better, the story had potential.

19. Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)

Not Rated | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, History

48 Metascore

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.

Directors: Lewis Milestone, Carol Reed | Stars: Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith

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.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine

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.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Ricardo Montalban, Patricia Owens, James Garner

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.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Marlon Brando, Stephanie Beacham, Thora Hird, Harry Andrews

Votes: 1,897 | Gross: $0.31M

Utterly tasteless and devoid of any creativity.

23. The Score (2001)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

An aging thief hopes to retire and live off his ill-gotten wealth when a young kid convinces him into doing one last heist.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Marlon Brando, Angela Bassett

Votes: 116,741 | Gross: $71.07M

24. The Appaloosa (1966)

Approved | 98 min | Action, Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

Man tries to recover a horse stolen from him by a Mexican bandit.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Marlon Brando, Anjanette Comer, John Saxon, Emilio Fernández

Votes: 2,749

25. The Freshman (1990)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

78 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Bergman | Stars: Marlon Brando, Matthew Broderick, Bruno Kirby, Penelope Ann Miller

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.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Richard Stanley | Stars: David Thewlis, Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk

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.

Director: Christian Marquand | Stars: Ewa Aulin, Richard Burton, Charles Aznavour, Marlon Brando

Votes: 2,550

28. The Missouri Breaks (1976)

PG | 126 min | Drama, Western

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Kathleen Lloyd

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.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Sydney Chaplin, Tippi Hedren

Votes: 5,170

30. Bedtime Story (1964)

99 min | Comedy

54 Metascore

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?

Director: Ralph Levy | Stars: Marlon Brando, David Niven, Shirley Jones, Dody Goodman

Votes: 1,577

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.

Directors: Hubert Cornfield, Richard Boone | Stars: Marlon Brando, Richard Boone, Rita Moreno, Pamela Franklin

Votes: 1,847

The nadir of his whole career.

32. Burn! (1969)

GP | 112 min | Action, Drama

72 Metascore

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 »

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Marlon Brando, Evaristo Márquez, Renato Salvatori, Dana Ghia

Votes: 4,363 | Gross: $0.43M

33. Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

67 Metascore

Bizarre tale of sex, betrayal, and perversion at a military post.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith, Julie Harris

Votes: 6,008

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.

Director: Marlon Brando | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Pina Pellicer, Katy Jurado

Votes: 9,267

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.

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin, Trevor Howard

Votes: 3,240

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 »

Director: Paul Joyce | Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Anthony Hopkins, Dennis Hopper, Shelley Winters

Votes: 71

37. Marlon Brando: An Actor Named Desire (2014 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

An intimate portrait of the life, times and struggles of one of the most iconic actors in the history of cinema.

Director: Philippe Kohly | Stars: Benn Northover, Elia Kazan, Robert Duvall, Sondra Lee

Votes: 158

40. Listen to Me Marlon (2015)

Unrated | 103 min | Documentary, Biography

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Marlon Brando, Stella Adler, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Borne

Votes: 6,669 | Gross: $0.43M

A rare opportunity to hear the man himself express his inner thoughts.

42. Brando (2007 TV Movie)

165 min | Documentary, Biography

The life and legacy of Marlon Brando and how he changed acting.

Directors: Mimi Freedman, Leslie Greif | Stars: Marlon Brando, Edward R. Murrow, Janet Aemisegger, Betty Gossell

Votes: 575

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.

Stars: Debbi Morgan, Dorian Harewood, Paul Koslo, Stan Shaw

Votes: 2,246

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.

Director: Johnny Depp | Stars: Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Marshall Bell, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 8,894

45. Don Juan DeMarco (1994)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A psychiatrist must cure a young patient that presents himself as Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world.

Director: Jeremy Leven | Stars: Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Géraldine Pailhas

Votes: 46,695 | Gross: $22.15M

46. Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992)

PG-13 | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama