Want to know the best Charles Bronson movies? How about the worst Charles Bronson movies? Curious about Charles Bronson’s box office grosses or which Charles Bronson movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Charles Bronson movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences and which got the worst? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.
Welcome to my Charles Bronson (1921-2003) Ultimate Movie Rankings career movie page. My first visit when I started researching Charles Bronson was to his IMDb page. I found that he had 160 acting credits from 1949 to 1999. That is over 3 projects a year for 50 years…a pretty impressive total. After throwing out 78 television performances and 12 uncredited bit parts that left 70 movies to research. I have ranked 61 of his movies from best to worst in this page.
So I know what you are thinking….where are the other 9 Charles Bronson movies? Well, I was unable to find box office numbers for 4 of his 1950’s quickie low budget films. And 4 of his movies he made in Europe from 1968-1972 never really got much of a release in North America….so they were not included. I do list the missing 13 movies at the bottom of the page.
This page will rank 61 Charles Bronson movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television shows, shorts, cameos and movies that were not released in theaters were not included in the rankings.
Charles Bronson 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 Charles Bronson movies by the co-stars of his movies
- Sort Charles Bronson movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Charles Bronson movies by yearly box office rank
- Sort Charles Bronson 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 Charles Bronson movie received.
- Sort Charles Bronson 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.
|Rank||Movie (Year)||UMR Co-Star Links||Adjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)||Henry Fonda & Jason Robards||$34.00||58th of 1968||90.00%||00 / 00||47.57|
|The Great Escape (1963)||Steve McQueen & James Garner||$154.60||16th of 1963||89.00%||01 / 00||66.19|
|The Dirty Dozen (1967)||Lee Marvin & Donald Sutherland||$355.40||1st of 1967||86.50%||04 / 01||73.86|
|The Magnificent Seven (1960)||Yul Brynner & Steve McQueen||$78.50||36th of 1960||85.33%||01 / 00||52.68|
|House of Wax (1953)||Vincent Price||$404.50||7th of 1953||82.00%||00 / 00||69.54|
|Pat and Mike (1952)||Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn||$89.40||39th of 1952||80.00%||01 / 00||51.86|
|Hard Times (1975)||James Coburn||$70.40||41st of 1975||78.00%||00 / 00||47.57|
|Vera Cruz (1954)||Gary Cooper & Burt Lancaster||$239.10||15th of 1954||75.50%||00 / 00||66.48|
|The Indian Runner (1991)||Directed by Sean Penn||$0.40||218th of 1991||72.00%||00 / 00||33.90|
|Mr. Majestyk (1974)||Al Lettieri||$47.80||45th of 1974||70.00%||00 / 00||40.31|
|Apache (1954)||Burt Lancaster||$183.30||23rd of 1954||69.50%||00 / 00||61.07|
|The Mob (1951)||Ernest Borgnine & Broderick Crawford||$50.60||122nd of 1951||69.50%||00 / 00||40.50|
|Breakheart Pass (1975)||Ben Johnson||$26.50||78th of 1976||68.50%||00 / 00||36.31|
|Death Hunt (1981)||Lee Marvin||$15.20||83rd of 1981||68.00%||00 / 00||34.32|
|Death Wish (1974)||Jeff Goldblum||$120.20||30th of 1974||68.00%||00 / 00||50.59|
|Battle of the Bulge (1965)||Henry Fonda & Robert Ryan||$113.90||16th of 1966||67.00%||00 / 00||49.14|
|The Mechanic (1972)||Jan-Michael Vincent||$36.10||57th of 1973||67.00%||00 / 00||37.09|
|Run of the Arrow (1957)||Rod Steiger||$37.60||126th of 1957||67.00%||00 / 00||37.32|
|This Property Is Condemned (1966)||Robert Redford & Natalie Wood||$42.20||56th of 1966||66.50%||00 / 00||37.80|
|Guns for San Sebastian (1968)||Anthony Quinn||$17.00||112th of 1968||64.50%||00 / 00||32.96|
|Jubal (1956)||Glenn Ford & Ernest Borgnine||$78.80||55th of 1956||63.50%||00 / 00||42.05|
|Red Sun (1971)||Toshiro Mifune||$34.10||56th of 1971||63.50%||00 / 00||35.13|
|Riding Shotgun (1954)||Randolph Scott||$73.30||68th of 1954||62.50%||00 / 00||40.74|
|Rider on the Rain (1970)||Jill Ireland||$15.20||83rd of 1970||61.50%||00 / 00||32.51|
|Kid Galahad (1962)||Elvis Presley||$68.20||36th in 1962||61.00%||00 / 00||39.24|
|Honor Among Thieves (1968)||Alain Delon||$16.50||126th of 1968||61.00%||00 / 00||31.23|
|From Noon Till Three (1976)||Jill Ireland||$10.80||135th of 1976||60.50%||00 / 00||30.11|
|Master of the World (1961)||Vincent Price||$45.60||67th of 1961||59.00%||00 / 00||34.80|
|Chato's Land (1972)||Jack Palance||$23.90||75th of 1972||58.50%||00 / 00||31.19|
|The Valachi Papers (1972)||Jill Ireland||$139.70||25th of 1972||58.50%||00 / 00||49.14|
|Villa Rides (1968)||Yul Brynner & Robert Mitchum||$22.10||75th of 1968||56.50%||00 / 00||29.99|
|A Thunder of Drums (1961)||Richard Boone||$24.40||128th of 1961||56.00%||00 / 00||30.10|
|Machine-Gun Kelly (1958)||Directed by Roger Corman||$36.10||94th of 1958||54.00%||00 / 00||30.98|
|The Stone Killer (1973)||Martin Balsam||$18.00||88th of 1973||54.00%||00 / 00||28.17|
|The Family (1970)||Jill Ireland||$16.50||75th of 1970||54.00%||00 / 00||27.94|
|Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)||Rita Hayworth||$127.70||30th of 1954||52.00%||01 / 00||44.63|
|10 to Midnight (1983)||Andrew Stevens||$19.20||80th of 1983||51.00%||00 / 00||26.95|
|Breakout (1975)||Robert Duvall & John Huston||$93.80||25th of 1975||51.00%||00 / 00||38.51|
|Never So Few (1959)||Frank Sinatra & Steve McQueen||$118.40||26th of 1960||49.50%||00 / 00||41.61|
|Love and Bullets (1979)||Jill Ireland||$8.40||103rd of 1979||49.00%||00 / 00||24.33|
|Murphy's Law (1986)||Carrie Snodgrass||$22.60||73rd of 1986||49.00%||00 / 00||26.53|
|St. Ives (1976)||Jacqueline Bisset||$27.60||75th of `976||49.00%||00 / 00||27.31|
|Guns of Diablo (1965)||Kurt Russell||$16.80||129th of 1965||48.50%||00 / 00||25.40|
|Drum Beat (1954)||Alan Ladd||$157.10||31st of 1955||48.50%||00 / 00||47.15|
|Cabo Blanco (1980)||Jason Robards||$6.40||169th of 1980||47.50%||00 / 00||23.31|
|The Evil That Men Do (1984)||Jose Ferrer||$32.90||68th of 1984||47.00%||00 / 00||27.19|
|Chino (1973)||Jill Ireland||$13.70||124th of 1973||46.50%||00 / 00||23.98|
|Borderline (1980)||Ed Harris||$17.30||98th of 1980||43.50%||00 / 00||23.12|
|Cold Sweat (1970)||James Mason||$14.80||99th of 1970||43.50%||00 / 00||22.73|
|Telefon (1977)||Lee Remick||$44.40||58th of 1978||43.50%||00 / 00||27.32|
|X-15 (1961)||Mary Tyler Moore||$22.80||147th of 1961||43.50%||00 / 00||23.97|
|Messenger of Death (1988)||John Ireland||$6.30||146th of 1988||42.00%||00 / 00||20.72|
|Death Wish 3 (1985)||Martin Balsam||$38.30||54th of 1985||41.00%||00 / 00||25.21|
|Death Wish II (1982)||Jill Ireland||$46.20||48th of 1982||40.50%||00 / 00||26.20|
|4 for Texas (1963)||Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin||$53.90||41st of 1963||40.50%||00 / 00||27.39|
|The White Buffalo (1977)||Jack Warden||$15.30||105th of 1977||38.50%||00 / 00||20.47|
|Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994)||Lesley-Anne Down||$3.50||179th of 1994||38.00%||00 / 00||18.40|
|Assassination (1987)||Jill Ireland||$16.40||146th of 1987||37.00%||00 / 00||19.93|
|The Sandpiper (1965)||Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton||$137.60||7th of 1965||35.00%||01 / 01||38.78|
|Kinjite (1989)||Nicole Eggert||$7.30||128th of 1989||34.50%||00 / 00||17.35|
|Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)||Kay Lenz||$14.80||99th of 1987||32.00%||00 / 00||17.33|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Charles Bronson Table
- Twelve Charles Bronson movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 19.67% of his movies listed. The Dirty Dozen (1967) was his biggest box office hit.
- An average Charles Bronson movie grosses $62.70 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 27 of Charles Bronson’s movies are rated as good movies…or 44.26% of his movies. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) is his highest rated movie while Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) was his lowest rated movie.
- Six Charles Bronson movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 9.83% of his movies.
- Two Charles Bronson movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 3.27% of his movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 39.86. 19 Charles Bronson movies scored higher that average….or 31.11% of his movies. The Dirty Dozen (1967) got the the highest UMR Score while Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) got the lowest UMR Score.
10 Possibly Interesting Facts About Charles Bronson
1. Charles Bronson(1921-2003) was born Charles Dennis Buchinsky.
2. Charles Bronson was one of 14 children born to a Lithuanian immigrant in Pennsylvania. Bronson started working in coal mines as a teenager before serving in World War II. He won a Purple Heart for wounds he received in combat.
3. Charles Bronson changed his name in 1955 due to concerns about the House Un-American Activites Committee(he thought it sounded too Russian). In some of his early successes like Apache, Vera Cruz and House of Wax he is listed in the credits as Charles Buchinsky.
4. Charles Bronson used the same approach to stardom as Clint Eastwood. Both started out in television, both went to Europe to make movies, both become international stars in Europe, and then both came back to the United States as stars. Bronson was actually offered the Man With No Name role in A Fistful of Dollars….but he passed and the role went to Eastwood. Meanwhile when Eastwood passed on Once Upon A Time In The West….the role went to Charles Bronson.
5. Roles that Charles Bronson turned down or was seriously considered for: Superman (Christopher Reeve part), Escape from New York (Kurt Russell part), A Fistful of Dollars (Eastwood part), Jaws (Robert Shaw part) and The French Connection (Gene Hackman part). The role that made Bronson a star in the United States, Death Wish, was originally written for Henry Fonda. Fonda was disgusted with the script and turned down the role.
6. Charles Bronson was married three times in his life. His marriage to Harriet Tendler(1949-1967) and his second marriage to Jill Ireland(1968-1990 her death) produced two children each. His final marriage was to Kim Weeks from 1998 until his death in 2003. He was the step father to David McCallum’s (NCIS) two children as well.
7. Charles Bronson and his wife, Jill Ireland, appeared in a total of 15 movies together. Besides her work along side of Bronson, Ireland is best remember as Spock’s love interest in the classic Star Trek episode…This Side of Paradise.
8. Charles Bronson was known as “le monster sacre” to the French movie going public. Le monster sacre means the sacred monster.
9. Here is a great trivia question…..Who is the only person to be a member of the Magnificent Seven and the Dirty Dozen…. not to mention he played one of the three roles that actually escaped the Great Escape….Mr. Charles Bronson.
10. Check out Charles Bronson’s career compared to current and stars of the past on my Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time Table.
10A. The missing 9 Charles Bronson movies: 1954’s Crime Wave, Tennessee Champ. 1955’s Big House USA, Target Zero. 1958’s Showdown at Boot-Hill, Gang War, When Hell Broke Loose, 1970’s Lola, You Can’t Win Them All. 1971’s Someone Is Behind the Door. I will continue to search for some North America box office numbers for these movies so they can be included in this page.
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