Marlon Brando has become one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood’s history. Since his acting career began in the early ’50s, Marlon Brando proved time and time again how endless his talent truly was. This Hollywood legend starred in over 40 films and took home 2 Academy Awards for his incredible talent.
While Brando left his legacy behind in 2004, his films still continue to leave fans in awe and remain as some of the best works in cinematic history. His fame is truly indisputable. In case fans need a refresher, or want to binge his best flicks, look no further. Here are Marlon Brando’s 10 best films, according to IMDb.
Guys And Dolls (1955) – 7.2
This comedy crime musical is a ’50s classic. Taking place in New York, this flick tells the story of a gambler who is tasked to take a female missionary to Havana. However, the two quickly fall head over heels for each other, and it turns out the bet has some secrets in the midst.
Nominated for four Oscars, this classic film is directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who has worked multiple times with Marlon Brando. Of course, this cast also includes Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra, and is a musical classic that can’t be missed.
Burn! (1969) – 7.3
This action drama follows a professional mercenary who instigates a slave revolt on a Caribbean Island in an attempt to help the British sugar trade. However, his efforts complicate the future when he returns years later to discover that the rebels have seized too much power.
This Italian film is definitely one of the more historical and far-reaching flicks that Marlon has starred in. For lovers of adventure and old-fashioned trade, this one is definitely for you.
Julius Casear (1953) – 7.3
This 1950s film is probably the most classic film adaptation of this iconic story. Julius Caesar’s ambition is questioned by his friend, Brutus, and Cassius persuades him to assassinate his friend. This flick is also directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and stars Marlon Brando as Mark Antony.
With 1 Oscar win and 4 more nominations, including for Best Actor for Brando and Best Picture, this classic Shakespeare play comes to life on the big screen in a brilliant way.
Mutiny On The Bounty (1962) – 7.3
This history adventure drama takes place all the way back in 1787. A British ship is set to bring cargo from Tahiti, but the horrific on-board conditions, led by Captain Bligh, set forward a mutiny by the crew.
Marlon Brando is Fletcher Christian, the officer that leads the mutiny, and Trevor Howard is Captain William Bligh. This flick is suspenseful and mesmerizing, and it certainly a must-see for fans of history and Marlon Brando.
Superman (1978) – 7.3
Int his classic 1978 version of this comic book hero, Marlon Brando stars alongside Christopher Reeve. In the film, Superman battles the iconic villain, Lex Luthor, and this movie is definitely the original superhero flick that all die-hard fans love.
Marlon Brando is Jor-Ei, Gene Hackman is Lex Luthor, and Christopher Reeve is Clark Kent. This superhero flick is as classic as they come, and is a must-see for comic book lovers, as well as anyone that calls themselves a fan of this iconic actor.
Viva Zapata! (1952) – 7.4
This biography drama tells the true story of Mexican revolutionary, Emiliano Zapata. He led the rebellion against the oppressive dictatorship of their president, Porfirio Diaz. Starring Marlon Brando as Zapata, this film takes place in the early 1900s and is full of adventure, rebellion, and justice.
With 1 Oscar win and four more nominations, including an acting nomination for Marlon Brando, this historical drama is a tale worth telling and a film worth seeing.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) – 8.0
This flick is definitely one of the most popular Marlon Brando movies out there. This drama follows a woman, Blanche DuBois, who moves in with her sister in New Orleans, where she finds herself afflicted with her brother-in-law’s vulgar and cruel behavior.
Starring Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, and Kim Hunter, this classic film won 4 Oscars, and was nominated 8 others. This movie is all it’s cracked up to be and should be binged immediately.
On The Waterfront (1954) – 8.1
This crime drama follows Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando), an ex-prize fighter whose life has been turned upside down, and who finds himself as nothing but a poor longshoreman. However, his life becomes more complicated when he begins working for the corrupt union boss of the dock.
In a battle of morality, romance, and crime, this flick is one of the best Marlon Brando films of all time. This movie won 8 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress (Eva Marie Saint). For fans of this Hollywood legend, this movie is a must-see.
Apocalypse Now (1979) – 8.4
This war drama is directed by the brilliant Francis Ford Coppola. This is the most recent film on the list, and actually stars Martin Sheen, who plays a U.S. Army officer in the Vietnam war. He is tasked with heading upriver to find and assassinate a renegade Special Forces Colonel, who is perceived to have gone insane.
Marlon Brando is the Colonel, and his role is mesmerizing. This drama is one of the most spectacular and honest war flicks to date, and took home 2 Academy Awards, while being nominated 7 more.
The Godfather (1972) – 9.2
This film is inarguably Marlon Brando’s most iconic role. This crime drama scored a whopping 9.2/10 on IMDb, and that’s no surprise to any movie lover. This flick is also directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and tells the story of the aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty. With Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, this is a staple in Hollywood’s history, and proves that this actor will never be forgotten.
Marlon Brando has become an icon in Hollywood, and his work in film will remain legendary and memorable in the industry. His work on these incredible movies will never lose their shine.