Biography and 15 best films..Marlon Brando

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Born 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska, American actor, film director, and activist Marlon Brando is credited with bringing realism to film acting, helping to popularize the Stanislavski system of acting, studying with Stella Adler in the 1940s.

Regarded for his cultural influence on 20th century film, Brando’s Academy Award-winning performances include that of Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954) and Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972). He also was an activist for many causes, notably the civil rights movement and various Native American movements.

Brando was included in a list of Top Ten Money Making Stars three times in the 1950s, coming in at number 10 in 1954, number 6 in 1955, and number 4 in 1958. He was ranked by the American Film Institute as the fourth-greatest movie star among male movie stars whose screen debuts occurred in or before 1950, and was one of six professional actors, along with Charlie Chaplin, Ronald Reagan, Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe, named in 1999 by Time magazine as one of its 100 Most Important People of the Century.

Brando died of respiratory failure in 2004, at age 80.

Take a look at these color photos to see portrait of young Marlon Brando from the 1940s and 1950s.

15 BEST MOVIES

 

 

One-Eyed Jacks

Marlon Brando, Karl Malden

Released: 1961

Directed by: Marlon Brando

One-Eyed Jacks, a 1961 Western, is the only film directed by actor Marlon Brando. The picture was originally planned to be directed by Stanley Kubrick from a screenplay by Sam Peckinpah

14.The Men

Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright

Released: 1950

Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

The Men is a 1950 film directed by Fred Zinnemann. It tells the story of a World War II lieutenant, who is seriously injured in combat, and the struggles he faces as he attempts to re-enter..

13.The Fugitive Kind

Marlon Brando, Joanne Woodward

Released: 1959

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

For the 1937 Tennessee Williams play, see Fugitive Kind.The Fugitive Kind is a 1960 American drama film starring Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani, and directed by Sidney Lumet. The..

12.Reflections in a Golden Eye

Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando

Released: 1967

Directed by: John Huston

Reflections in a Golden Eye is a film directed by John Huston based on the 1941 novel of the same name by Carson McCullers. It deals with elements of repressed sexuality, voyeurism..

Last Tango in Paris

Marlon Brando, Jean Piere Leaud

Released: 1972

Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci

Last Tango in Paris is a 1972 Franco-Italian romantic drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci which portrays a recent American widower who begins an anonymous relationship with a young..

10.Morituri

Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner

Released: 1965

Directed by: Bernhard Wicki

Morituri is a 1965 film about the sabotage of a German merchant ship full of rubber. The film stars Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin, Trevor Howard and Wally Cox. It was directed..

9.The Chase

Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda

Released: 1966

Directed by: Arthur Penn

The Chase is a 1966 Technicolor American drama film in Panavision directed by Arthur Penn and starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, and Robert Redford, about a series of events set into..

8.The Young Lions

Marlon Brando, Dean Martin

Released: 1958

Directed by: Edward Dmytryk

The Young Lions is a 1958 CinemaScope war drama film directed by Edward Dmytryk, based upon the 1948 novel of the same name by Irwin Shaw, and starring Marlon Brando, Montgomery

7.Sayonara

Marlon Brando, James Garner

Released: 1957

Directed by: Joshua Logan

Sayonara is a 1957 color American film starring Marlon Brando. The picture tells the story of an American Air Force flier who was an ace fighter pilot during the Korean War. Sayonara won four..

6.The Wild One

Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin

Released: 1953

Directed by: László Benedek

The Wild One is a 1953 American film directed by László Benedek and produced by Stanley Kramer. It is famed for Marlon Brando’s iconic portrayal of a motorcycle gang leader Johnny..

5.Julius Caesar

Marlon Brando, Deborah Kerr

Released: 1953

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Julius Caesar is a 1953 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film adaptation of the play by Shakespeare, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also wrote the uncredited screenplay, and produced by…

4.Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford

Released: 1979

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and..

3.The Godfather

Al Pacino, Marlon Brando

Released: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. The aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty…

2.A Streetcar Named Desire

Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh

Released: 1951

Directed by: Elia Kazan

A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 American drama film adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of the same name. It is the story of a southern lady, Blanche…

1.On the Waterfront

Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint

Released: 1954

Directed by: Elia Kazan

On the Waterfront is a 1954 American drama film about union violence and corruption amongst longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon.
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