Marlon Brando was one of the most influential actors in Hollywood. He’s been nominated for three Academy Awards, and has won two.

One of his first performances is as Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” His performance is so raw and emotional that it helped him land a Best Actor Oscar nomination at the time.

Marlon Brando had many iconic roles throughout his career, but he will always be remembered for being an actor who brought to life some of America’s favorite literary characters such as Don Vito Corleone from Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” trilogy or Colonel Walter E Kurtz from Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now

Best Marlon Brando Movies

Let’s start the list off with an absolute cinema classic, Apocalypse Now.

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, from a screenplay written by John Milius and Coppola.

The story takes place in 1968 during the Vietnam War and follows Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) as he’s sent on a dangerous mission to assassinate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando).

Along the way, Willard encounters both danger and strange beauty while trying to find out what has happened to his commander.

Apocalypse Now was filmed during an era of great political turmoil, but it is not a typical war movie because it is more about how humans react in times of great upheaval than about fighting itself.

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Apocalypse Now Final Cut [Blu-ray] [4K UHD]
  • Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay written by Mario Puzo and Coppola.

The story spans ten years, following the transformation of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) from a reluctant family outsider to a ruthless Mafia boss while chronicling the crime family’s involvement in organized crime.

The movie was ranked as the second greatest film ever made in 2002; it has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, having been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”

The Godfather
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan (Actors)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (Director) - Francis Ford Coppola (Writer) - Albert S. Ruddy (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

 

BEST MARLON BRANDO MOVIES

Who Is Marlon Brando?

Marlon Brando is one of the most famous actors in American history.

He has been nominated for Academy Awards a record-setting eight times, winning two awards in the 1950s and early 1960s.

 

 

Last Tango In Paris (1973)

“Last Tango in Paris” is a 1972 Franco-Italian film that was controversial when it was released.

It follows the melancholy life of Paul, an American expatriate and former WWII soldier, who engages in anonymous sex with a young woman named Jeanne at his apartment every Friday afternoon.

The movie is considered to be one of the most influential erotic dramas ever made.

The main themes are sex and death; both topics are explored throughout the course of the film as they relate to love, loneliness, alienation, desire, and obsession. It also explores existentialist themes such as rejection or acceptance from society for doing what you enjoy.

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Last Tango in Paris (Uncut Version) [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Jean-Pierre Léaud (Actors)
  • Bernardo Bertolucci (Director) - Bernardo Bertolucci (Writer) - Alberto Grimaldi (Producer)
  • English, French (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

A Streetcar Named Desire is a play by Tennessee Williams, who was born on March 26, 1911.

The play tells the story of a woman named Blanche DuBois and her sister’s husband, Stanley Kowalski. It was originally performed in 1947 on Broadway with Marlon Brando as Stanley.”

A Streetcar Named Desire [Blu-ray]
  • Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter (Actors)
  • Elia Kazan (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

On The Waterfront (1954)

A film directed by Elia Kazan, On The Waterfront (1954) is a crime drama that follows Terry Malloy, played by Marlon Brando.

Terry is a dock worker who becomes involved with the mob and soon finds himself in danger.

The movie received 10 Academy Awards nominations and was ranked #3 on AFI’s list of 100 Best American Films.

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On the Waterfront (Special Edition)
  • On The Waterfront (Special Edition) - DVD Brand New
  • Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb (Actors)
  • Elia Kazan (Director) - Budd Schulberg (Writer) - Sam Spiegel (Producer)
  • Thai, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, English, Portuguese (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

The Wild One (1953)

“The Wild One” is a 1953 American drama film that captures the mood of teenage angst in the 1950s.

The movie was directed by László Benedek and stars Marlon Brando, who plays Johnny Strabler, an angry young man with a bad attitude.

This movie is based on events from 1947 involving bikers in Hollister, California. It tells the story of Johnny’s journey to find himself while struggling between being good or bad.

This blog post will be discussing how “The Wild One” portrays teenage angst during the 50’s era as well as what it was like for teenagers at this period and why they were so angsty!

The Wild One
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith (Actors)
  • Laslo Benedek (Director) - John Paxton (Writer) - Stanley Kramer (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Reflections In A Golden Eye (1967)

Reflections in a Golden Eye is a 1967 American drama film directed by John Huston and based on the 1941 novel of the same name by Carson McCullers

This book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which makes it worth reading!

The film stars Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor.

The film tells of six central characters, their failures, obsessions, and darkest desires. Set at a U.S. Army post in the South in the late 1940s, it features Major Weldon Penderton (Brando) and his wife Leonora (Taylor).

Other central characters are Lieutenant Colonel Morris Langdon (Brian Keith) and his depressed wife Alison (Julie Harris), the Langdons’ houseboy Anacleto (Zorro David), and Private Ellgee Williams (Robert Forster).

Mutiny On The Bounty (1962)

Mutiny on the Bounty is a 1962 film with an impressive cast, that tells the story of mutiny aboard H.M.S. Bounty in 1789.

Captain William Bligh and his crew are set to sail from Tahiti to England when Fletcher Christian leads a group of sailors in overthrowing him, setting him and 18 loyal men adrift in a small boat without supplies or navigational tools – only one man survives!

The film is based on Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall’s 1932 novel Mutiny on the Bounty.

Mutiny on the Bounty (Two-Disc Special Edition)
  • Mutiny On The Bounty (Two-Disc Special Edition) - DVD Brand New
  • Marlon Brando (Actor)
  • English, Spanish, French (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Guys And Dolls (1955)

Award-winning director, Vincente Minnelli and renowned choreographer, Bob Fosse collaborated to create a film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show.

The story follows Nathan Detroit (played by Marlon Brando) who must find $1,000 before sundown on Christmas Eve so that he can provide his wife with a nice gift.

He enlists the help of Sky Masterson (played by Frank Sinatra), an out-of-towner who wants to take bets from people about how many times you’ll see him before noon tomorrow.

They have nothing but time on their hands as they fight for love in this comedic musical drama filled with suspenseful twists and turns involving “dolls” or women.

Guys and Dolls
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra (Actors)
  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz (Director)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Young Lions (1958)

The Young Lions (1958), directed by Edward Dmytryk, is a film about three young soldiers who are fighting in World War II.

The movie follows them through the horrors of the Nazi occupation and their eventual liberation from it.

There’s a lot to learn from this film that applies to today’s world: for example, what happens when you put too much faith into one person or ideology?

It can lead to things like authoritarianism and tyranny.

The Young Lions (Import, Ntsc, All Region)
  • dvd movies
  • Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Dean Martin (Actors)
  • Edward Dmytryk (Director)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Sayonara (1957)

Sayonara is a 1957 Japanese-American film directed by Joshua Logan. The movie tells the story of an American Air Force officer who falls in love with an Asian woman while stationed in Japan during the Korean War.

At its release, it was one of the most expensive movies ever made and had a huge budget for its time.

Sayonara is considered to be one of the best films about World War II made by Hollywood, as well as being critically acclaimed worldwide and winning three Academy Awards including Best Actor for Red Buttons’ portrayal of “Happy”.

It also won Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director.

Sayonara ( 1957)
  • Sayonara ( 1957 )
  • Sayonara ( 1957 )
  • Marlon Brando, Patricia Owens, Red Buttons (Actors)
  • Joshua Logan (Director) - Sayonara ( 1957 ) (Producer)
  • Spanish (Subtitle)

Julius Caesar (1955)

The film, “Julius Caesar” (1955) is a classic Shakespearean tragedy about the betrayal and death of Julius Caesar.

The movie stars Marlon Brando as Mark Antony and John Gielgud as Cassius.

Directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz, it was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards in 1956 including Best Picture.

This award-winning production is still relevant today because it portrays how power corrupts those who are given it and teaches that if we do not take care of our leaders they will eventually turn on us.

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Julius Caesar (1953) (DVD)
  • Film adaptation of Shakespeare's play chronicling the aftermath of Caesar's assassination at the...
  • Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud (Actors)
  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz (Director) - John Houseman (Producer) - William Shakespeare (Author)
  • English, Spanish, French (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

The Chase (1966)

The Chase is a 1966 film noir that follows four men on the run from police.

The film, directed by Arthur Penn and starring Steve McQueen, has been called one of the best chase films ever made.

But it also features other important themes such as betrayal and paranoia.

Though originally released in 1966, this film is still relevant today due to its representation of current social issues like racism and violence against women.

The Chase
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford (Actors)
  • Arthur Penn (Director) - Horton Foote (Writer) - Sam Spiegel (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Men (1950)

The Men (1950) follows three soldiers who are drafted from their homes into military service during World War II, where they find themselves at odds with each other because of their different backgrounds and personalities.

They live together in close quarters, experiencing firsthand the horrors of combat along with its tedium while facing moral dilemmas that test their friendship–and sanity–to breaking point.

The soldier is trying to get the other man to enlist in the army.

The other refuses and says he has no reason to go into battle.

It’s clear that this dialogue is meant as a metaphor for what we’re about to witness on screen: war.

The Men [VHS]
  • Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright, Everett Sloane (Actors)
  • Fred Zinnemann (Director) - Carl Foreman (Writer) - Georges Glass (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Superman (1978)

In 1978, director Richard Donner released Superman. The film features an iconic performance by Christopher Reeve in the title role.

Superman is one of the most enduring and popular movies to come out of Hollywood’s Golden Age, so it’s no surprise that it has been referenced on many occasions throughout pop culture since its release.

Superman: The Movie (Special Edition)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve (Actors)
  • Richard Donner (Director) - Mario Puzo (Writer) - Pierre Spengler (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Burn! (1969)

Burn! is a 1969 American satirical black comedy film directed by Gillo Pontecorvo.

The film follows the story of a group of Black Panthers who start to get into trouble after they come up with an idea for how to raise money.

This movie stars Marlon Brando and was written by Ben Maddow, Fenton Reid, and Gillo Pontecorvo.

Burn!
  • Marlon Brando, Evaristo Márquez, Renato Salvatori (Actors)
  • Gillo Pontecorvo (Director) - Franco Solinas (Writer) - Alberto Grimaldi (Producer)
  • English, French (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

The Fugitive Kind (1960)

The Fugitive Kind is a 1960 American film that was directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani and,  Joanne Woodward.

The movie was based on the play The Fugitive Kind by Tennessee Williams.

The story follows two lovers as they escape to find each other in Louisiana during the Great Depression, but their relationship is threatened when violence forces them apart.

This dramatic film with an all-star cast will stay with you long after you watch it.

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Fugitive Kind (The Criterion Collection)
  • Marlon Brando, Joanne Woodward, Anna Magnani (Actors)
  • Sidney Lumet (Director) - Meade Roberts (Writer) - George Justin (Producer)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

A Dry White Season (1989)

A Dry White Season is a 1989 American drama film directed by Euzhan Palcy and starring Donald Sutherland, Jürgen Prochnow, Marlon Brando, Janet Suzman, Zakes Mokae, and Susan Sarandon.

It was written by Colin Welland and Palcy, based upon André Brink’s novel A Dry White Season.

The story follows the life of Willie Verwoerd, son of Hendrik Verwoerd, as he tries to make sense of his father’s death and what it meant for himself and his country.

This book was published in 1989 during the apartheid era in South Africa.

It follows one man’s journey after the death of another man who played a big role in oppressing black people living in South Africa.

This book has been considered to be one of the most important books about Apartheid because it highlights how senseless oppression can be which will hopefully lead to change for future generations.

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A Dry White Season
  • Donald Sutherland, Janet Suzman, Zakes Mokae (Actors)
  • Euzhan Palcy (Director)
  • English, French (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Viva Zapata! (1952)

In 1952, director Elia Kazan released Viva Zapata!, a biopic about the revolutionary Mexican leader and orator Emiliano Zapata.

This film was supported by the U.S. government because of its anti-communist message and it became one of the most successful films in American history up until that point due to its subject matter and Hollywood star power.

There is no question as to why this movie would be considered an influential work in cinema given these factors alone, but what makes this film so special is how it balances both elements.

Being a historical drama with political themes while also telling a compelling story filled with characters who are flawed yet still sympathetic enough for viewers to root for their success.

Viva Zapata! [Blu-ray]
  • Marlon Brando, Jean Peters, Anthony Quinn (Actors)
  • Elia Kazan (Director)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

The 1961 movie “One-eyed Jacks” is a Western drama that stars Marlon Brando as Rio. The film is about the rise and fall of one man in the outlaw world and has been called an allegory for Hollywood itself.

The story follows Rio (Brando) from his humble beginnings to becoming a ruthless outlaw with a price on his head.

He falls in love with beautiful Jill (played by Karl Malden’s daughter Ayn), who turns out to be working undercover for the lawmen he had previously wronged.

When she is murdered at her own request, it sends him over the edge into madness.

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One-Eyed Jacks (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
  • Marlon Brando (Actor)
  • Marlon Brando (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Best Marlon Brando Movies – Wrap Up

Marlon Brando was one of Hollywood’s most iconic actors.

His last movie, The Score, featured him in an unusual role as a man who is trying to rob banks for his family.

While the film did not make it into theaters, it has since been released on DVD and can be streamed online.

We hope this guide to the best Marlon Brando movies has been useful. What Marlon Brando movie will you watch tonight?