Bruce Dern Movies

Bruce Dern in 1972's Silent Running.

Bruce Dern in 1972’s Silent Running.

Want to know the best Bruce Dern movies?  How about the worst Bruce Dern movies?  Curious about Bruce Dern box office grosses or which Bruce Dern movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Bruce Dern movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which ones got the worst reviews? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

Bruce Dern (1936-) has had a wonderful movie career. Some Dern career highlights?  He is a two Oscar® nominated actor. He has been in two Alfred Hitchcock movies. He shot John Wayne in the back in The Cowboys (1972).  He was one of Tom Hanks’ crazy neighbors in The “Burbs (1986).  He has worked with Jack Nicholson five times.  His second ever movie starred Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland….just to name a few.  Dern’s  IMDb page shows 148 acting credits since 1960. This page will rank 56 Bruce Dern movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in North American theaters were not included in the rankings.

Drivel Part: (That is what my wife calls this part of the page).  This weekend we have house guests.  We have our granddaughter (Natalie) and daughter-in-law (Abby) from Alaska and my son’s mother-in-law (Erin) from New Mexico staying with us as they attend a family wedding in Virginia.  Some how I got into a conversation with Erin about our website.  Erin said …”Do you have a page on Bruce Dern?”.  Well 6 hours ago when she poised that question the answer was no….but now the answer is yes!

Bruce Dern got a Best Actor Oscar nomination for 2013's Nebraska.

Bruce Dern got a Best Actor Oscar nomination for 2013’s Nebraska.

Bruce Dern Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

  • Sort by Bruce Dern movies by co-stars of his movies.
  • Sort Bruce Dern movies by adjusted actual box office grosses using current movie ticket cost.
  • Sort Bruce Dern movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost
  • Sort Bruce Dern movies by either yearly domestic box office rank or trivia for that movie
  • Sort Bruce Dern movies how they were received by critics and audiences.  60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
  • Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Bruce Dern movie received.
  • Sort Bruce Dern movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
  • Use the search and sort buttons to make this page very interactive.
RankMovie (Year)Co-StarsAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mils.)Box Office Rank By Year or TriviaCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
Django Unchained (2012)Leonardo DiCaprio & Jamie Foxx$172.4016th of 201288.0%05 / 0273.80
Nebraska (2013)June Squibb & Will Forte$18.30Best Actor Oscar Nominee85.5%06 / 0054.03
Wild River (1960)Montgomery Clift$44.5066th of 196083.5%00 / 0046.14
They Shoot Horses Don't They? (1969)Jane Fonda & Gig Young$100.10Gig Young won Oscar for movie81.5%09 / 0158.64
Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)Bette Davis & Olivia de Havilland$96.1022nd of 196580.0%07 / 0055.30
The Hateful Eight (2015)Kurt Russell & Samuel L. Jackson$54.0054th of 201578.0%03 / 0146.89
Monster (2003)Charlize Theron$48.20Theron won Oscar for movie77.5%01 / 0144.74
Hang 'em High (1968)Clint Eastwood$95.0020th of 196877.3%00 / 0051.07
From Up On Poppy Hill (2011)Jamie Lee Curtis & Beau Bridges$1.10Voice Role Only77.0%00 / 0036.36
Coming Home (1978)Jane Fonda & Jon Voight$117.6036th of 197877.0%08 / 0368.05
The Cowboys (1972)John Wayne$112.7012th of 197277.0%00 / 0053.66
Will Penny (1968)Charlton Heston$33.1054th of 196876.5%00 / 0041.09
Smile (1975)Barbara "Agent 99" Feldon$12.50Melanie Griffith 3rd movie75.5%00 / 0037.42
The Driver (1978)Ryan O''''Neal$18.0082nd of 197875.0%00 / 0038.04
The War Wagon (1967)John Wayne & Kirk Douglas$105.9015th of 196773.3%00 / 0050.88
Family Plot (1976)Directed by Alfred Hitchcock$91.0026th of 197673.3%00 / 0048.57
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)Jason Robards & George Segal$29.6058th of 196773.0%00 / 0038.90
Posse (1975)Kirk Douglas$10.60Of of 2 Kirk/Bruce movies72.0%00 / 0035.48
Marnie (1964)Directed by Alfred Hitchcock$70.5030th of 196472.0%00 / 0044.77
Black Sunday (1977)Robert Shaw$59.6022nd of 197771.0%00 / 0042.61
Support Your Local Sheriff (1969)James Garner & Walter Brennan$67.1020th of 196970.0%00 / 0043.30
After Dark My Sweet (1990)Jason Patric & Rachel Ward$5.30137th of 199068.0%00 / 0032.78
Silent Running (1972)Cliff Potts$22.5077th of 197267.0%00 / 0034.98
The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)Jack Nicholson$14.30Jack & Bruce play brothers65.5%00 / 0033.00
The Laughing Policeman (1973)Walter Matthau$25.3069th of 197464.0%00 / 0034.00
Believe in Me (2007)Jeffrey Donovan & Samantha Manthis$0.30327th of 200763.5%00 / 0029.89
Waterhole #3 (1966)James Coburn$23.9073rd of 196761.5%00 / 0032.60
Drive He Said (1972)Karen Black$12.80Directed by Jack Nicholson61.0%00 / 0030.65
That Championship Season (1982)Robert Mitchum & Martin Sheen$7.40Written by Exorcist priest Jason Miller60.5%00 / 0029.59
Diggstown (1992)James Woods & Louis Gossett Jr.$9.80127th of 199260.5%00 / 0029.96
The Astronaut Farmer (2007)Billly Bob Thornton & Bruce Willis$13.50157th of 200759.5%00 / 0030.05
Number One (1969)Charlton Heston$17.0088th of 196959.0%00 / 0030.37
Middle Age Crazy (1980)Ann-Margret$45.2055th of 198058.5%00 / 0034.50
Down in the Valley (2006)Edward Norton$0.70250th of 200658.5%00 / 0027.62
Tattoo (1981)Maud Adams$2.60One of the few Maud Adams Post James Bond movies58.5%00 / 0027.89
Psych-Out (1968)Jack Nicholson$10.002nd of 5 Jack/Bruce movies58.5%00 / 0029.04
The Trip (1967)Peter Fonda & Susan Strasberg$95.8024th of 196756.5%00 / 0041.41
Madison (2005)Jim Caviezel$0.70255th of 200556.5%00 / 0026.67
The Wild Angels (1966)Peter Fonda & Nancy Sinatra$134.1012th of 196656.0%00 / 0047.11
Milwaukee Minnesota (2003)Troy Garity & Randy Quaid$0.04437th of 200356.0%00 / 0026.32
The 'Burbs (1989)Tom Hanks$77.7034th of 198955.5%00 / 0038.74
1969 (1988)Robert Downey Jr.$12.30119th of 198855.5%00 / 0028.02
The Big Town (1987)Tommy Lee Jones & Matt Dillon$3.70146th of 198754.5%00 / 0026.19
Small Soldiers (1998)Tommy Lee Jones & Denis Leary$98.3041st of 199854.0%00 / 0040.62
Castle Keep (1969)Burt Lancaster$30.5059th of 196952.0%00 / 0029.17
Down Periscope (1996)Kelsey Grammer$49.2063rd of 199651.5%00 / 0031.83
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)Virginia Mayo$14.40Many Old Hollywood cameos51.0%00 / 0026.20
The Great Gatsby (1974)Robert Redford & Mia Farrow$194.008th of 197450.0%02 / 0256.82
Wild Bill (1995)Jeff Bridges$4.30177th of 199549.5%00 / 0023.98
Last Man Standing (1996)Bruce Willis & Christopher Walken$34.6088th of 199649.0%00 / 0028.72
The Glass House (2001)Diane Lane & Stellan Skarsgård$27.10105th of 200148.5%00 / 0027.00
The Golden Boys (2009)David Carradine & Rip Torn$0.03375th of 200948.0%00 / 0022.56
All the Pretty Horses (2000)Penelope Cruz & Matt Damon$24.30108th of 200045.0%00 / 0024.89
Bloody Mama (1970)Robert DeNiro & Shelley Winters$18.5056th of 197044.0%00 / 0023.55
Masked and Anonymous (2003)Jeff Bridges & Bob Dylan$0.70223rd of 200340.0%00 / 0018.92
The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (1971)Casey Kasem$3.90Double bill with Scream and Scream Again37.0%00 / 0017.99
The Haunting (1999)Liam Neeson & Bruce Dern$152.3023rd of 199931.5%00 / 0038.65

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Bruce Dern Table

  1. Eight Bruce Dern movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 14.03% of his movies listed. Django Unchained (2012) is his biggest hit.
  2. An average Bruce Dern movie grosses $44.60 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using’s 60% fresh meter.  29 of Bruce Dern’s movies are rated as good movies…or 50.87% of his movies.  Django Unchained (2012) is his highest rated movie while The Haunting (1999) is his lowest rated movie.
  4. Eight Bruce Dern movie received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 14.03% of his movies.
  5. Six Bruce Dern movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 10.52% of his movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Ranking Score is 39.86.  20 Bruce Dern movies scored higher than that average….or 35.08% of his movies.  Django Unchained (2012)) got the the highest UMR Score while The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (1971) got the lowest UMR Score.
Bruce Dern and Jane Fonda in 1978's Coming Home.

Bruce Dern and Jane Fonda in 1978’s Coming Home.

Possibly Interesting Facts About Bruce Dern

1. Bruce Dern was born in Chicago, Illinois.

2. Bruce Dern’s grandfather was George Dern.  George Dern was a former Governor of Utah & President Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s first Secretary of War.

3. Bruce Dern is an alumnus of New Trier Township High School East, Winnetka, Illinois. Other New Trier graduates include Ralph Bellamy, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Hugh B. O’Brien, Virginia Madsen and Ann-Margret.

4. Bruce Dern has been nominated for two acting Oscars®.  Dern earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for 1978’s Coming Home and a Best Actor nomination for 2013’s Nebraska.

5. Bruce Dern has been nominated for three acting Golden Globes®.  Dern has earned two Best Supporting Actor nomination for 1974’s The Great Gatsby and 1978’s Coming Home and a Best Actor nomination for 2013’s Nebraska.

6. When Bruce Dern shot John Wayne in the back in 1972’s The Cowboys….Dern received death threats.

7. Bruce Dern has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar®: Coming Home (1978), Django Unchained (2012) and Nebraska (2013).  Will The Hateful Eight join this list?

8. Bruce Dern has been married three times.  His second marriage was to actress, Diane Ladd.  They had two children.  Their youngest child is actress, Laura “Jurassic Park” Dern.

9. Bruce Dern Is one of two actors to appear in movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock and Quentin Tarantino.  Rod Taylor is the other actor.

10. Check out Bruce Dern‘s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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12 thoughts on “Bruce Dern Movies


    I hope Bruce Dern has a wonderful birthday.

    During the recent AIP festival on TCM last month I added two Bruce Dern films he made with Roger Corman and Peter Fonda to my seen films: The Wild Angels and The Trip.

    My total of Bruce Dern films on your page now stands at: 14.
    I am so happy that it is 14 and not 13. LOL!

    Must go back to Support Your Local Sheriff and quote my favourite quote: “He lies to me about whether or not my gun is loaded.”

    By the way, I notice in your site index that you have not yet done a page on Director Roger Corman. Why don’t you do one on him – he’s 90.

    1. Hey Flora…at first when I kept seeing Dern’s name everywhere…I thought many he had passed away….glad that was not the case. Thanks for the new tally count. Good quote from SYLS. I have looked into doing a page on Corman…..but he has so many movies with hard to find box office….that I always give up and move to another subject…..but you are 100% correct…we need to have a Corman page. Thanks for checking out our Dern page on his birthday.

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