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List of Christian Bale Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Dark Knight (2008)
33
6
The Dark Knight
PG-13
33
6

Considered to be one of the best superhero films ever made, The Dark Knight is the saga of the Batman’s quest to rid the city of Gotham of organized crime. Heath Ledger won a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of deadly antagonist Joker in the highest grosser of 2008.

As:
Cast
Role:
Bruce Wayne
Genres:
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Awards:
People's Choice Award for Favorite Cast, People's Choice Award for Favorite Superhero, People's Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen Match-Up
2. Hostiles (2017)
21
2
Hostiles
21
2

This Western adventure drama film takes us to 1892. It tells the story of Joseph Blocker, a legendary Army Captain, who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their land through dangerous territory. However, the mission seems far more difficult than they imagined.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Captain Joseph J. Blocker
Director:
Scott Cooper
Genres:
Adventure, Western, Drama
Star Cast:
Rosamund Pike, Timothée Chalamet, Ben Foster, Peter Mullan, Jesse Plemons
3. Batman Begins (2005)
26
4
Batman Begins
PG-13
26
4

Christopher Nolan's reboot of the Batman series details the origin of the caped crusader as he travels to Asia, where he conquers his fears and trains in combat under Henri Ducard. However, after learning about Ducard's true identity and mission, he returns to Gotham to protect the city as Batman with help from associates Alfred and Lucius Fox.

As:
Cast
Role:
Bruce Wayne / Batman
Genres:
Action, Adventure
Awards:
MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Hero
4. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
22
5
The Dark Knight Rises
PG-13
22
5

Christopher Nolan concludes his The Dark Knight trilogy featuring DC superhero Batman by bringing him back from self-imposed exile to tackle the merciless mercenary Bane, who plans to take over Gotham city by controlling its dark underworld, with the help of the mysterious cat burglar Selina Kyle and his trusted butler Alfred.

As:
Cast
Role:
Bruce Wayne
Genres:
Action, Thriller
5. The Prestige (2006)
20
5
The Prestige
PG-13
20
5

Robert Angier and Alfred Borden, who work as shills for a magician, become sworn enemies following a tragic accident that kills the former's wife. Now working separately as famous magicians, they are obsessed with outwitting each other in developing the ultimate disappearance trick, teleportation, which eventually drives their loved ones away and leads to their downfall.

As:
Cast
Role:
Alfred Borden
Genres:
Mystery, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
6. Empire of the Sun (1987)
36
7
Empire of the Sun
PG
36
7

Schoolboy Jamie Graham gets separated from his wealthy British family in Shanghai after the Japanese army begins occupying China during WWII and struggles to overcome hunger on the streets until being taken to a POW camp. He remains upbeat despite witnessing the horrors of war firsthand and survives with the help of several strangers whom he befriends.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jim
Director:
Genres:
History, War, Drama
7. American Psycho (2000)
21
2
American Psycho
R
21
2

Patrick Bateman is a handsome and wealthy investment banker who is focused on maintaining a high status in front of his friends and fiancée Evelyn and living a life full of vanity. However, by the night, he turns into a violent serial killer who mindlessly murders anyone around him .

As:
Cast
Role:
Patrick Bateman
Director:
Mary Harron
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Reese Witherspoon, Chloë Sevigny, Josh Lucas, Justin Theroux
8. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
12
3
3:10 to Yuma
R
12
3

3:10 to Yuma is a Western drama that features a poor Civil War veteran and rancher who is entrusted with delivering a notorious outlaw to the authorities in another city. It stars Russell Crowe as the outlaw and Christian Bale as the rancher who agrees to the task in return for a reward to repay his debts and restore his honor.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dan Evans
Director:
James Mangold
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Adventure, Western
9. The Big Short (2015)
13
6
The Big Short
R
13
6

Realizing the fragile United States housing bubble, eccentric hedge fund manager Michael Burry makes a huge bet against the housing market that attracts the attention of several opportunists like banker Jared Vennett and hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum. They make a fortune as the American economy collapse in the wake of the financial crisis of 2007–2008.

As:
Cast
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Biography, History, Drama, Comedy
10. Ford v Ferrari (2019)
12
2
Ford v Ferrari
PG-13
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ken Miles
Director:
James Mangold
Genres:
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Roberta Sparta
11. The Fighter (2010)
14
7
The Fighter
R
14
7

Dicky Eklund, a former boxing champion is now a crack addict and also a trainer for his brother, Micky Ward. Micky realises that his brother and mother are not good for his boxing career and hence part ways to create his own success story. However, in a crucial fight, it is Dicky who once again assumes the trainer role for his brother.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dicky Eklund
Director:
David O. Russell
Genres:
Drama, Sport, Biography
Star Cast:
Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Mickey O'Keefe
Awards:
Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
12. The Machinist (2004)
12
6
The Machinist
R
12
6

The psychological thriller revolves around Trevor Reznik, a machinist who suffers from chronic insomnia. His emaciated appearance and unsocial behavior alienate people as he sinks deeper into paranoia and delusion. Trevor’s delusions are eventually revealed to be stemming from his deep-rooted guilt of running over a boy with his car and just driving away. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Trevor Reznik
Director:
Brad Anderson
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian, Michael Ironside
13. Equilibrium (2002)
13
4
Equilibrium
R
13
4

Following World War III, the totalitarian government in control of the whole world outlaws basic human feelings in order to prevent future wars. John Preston, a high-ranking Cleric who tracks down and executes Sense Offenders, accidentally misses his daily dose of Prozium, a drug to suppress emotions, and gradually becomes involved in the Underground resistance against the government.

As:
Cast
Role:
John Preston
Director:
Kurt Wimmer
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Sci-Fi, Drama
Star Cast:
14. Rescue Dawn (2006)
16
4
Rescue Dawn
PG-13
16
4

During Vietnam War, Dieter Dengler’s—a German-born American navy pilot—aircraft is shot down in Laos while on a secret operation. He is held in captivity in a prison camp and tortured but together with other prisoners, he soon hatches an escape plan. After the escape, there are more problems to deal with—avoid getting caught again, contact American aircraft and most importantly stay alive.

As:
Cast
Role:
Dieter Dengler
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Biography, War
Star Cast:
Toby Huss, Zach Grenier, Marshall Bell, Pat Healy
15. American Hustle (2013)
15
4
American Hustle
R
15
4

FBI agent Richie DiMaso catches two con artists and lovers—Irving and Sydney—in a loan scam and compels them to set up detailed sting operations to nab corrupt politicians and mafia including the Mayor, Carmine Polito. Meanwhile Rosalyn, Irving’s unpredictable wife, has her own interests and can ruin the entire operation.

As:
Cast
Role:
Irving Rosenfeld
Director:
David O. Russell
Genres:
Drama, Crime
16. Jin ling shi san chai (2011)
7
4
Jin ling shi san chai
R
7
4
As:
Cast
Role:
John Miller
Director:
Yimou Zhang
Genres:
History, War, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tianyuan Huang, Xiting Han
17. Henry V (1989)
5
4
Henry V
PG-13
5
4

The historical drama based on Shakespeare’s play about the British monarch features young Henry who sets out in 1415 to conquer France. But Henry falters with self-doubt, and the sinking morale of his troops doesn’t help either. However, a resolute Henry emboldens his army with impassioned words and leads them into the battle of Agincourt, conquering France and winning Princess Katherine as his Queen. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Biography, History, Action, War, Drama
18. Little Women (1994)
10
3
Little Women
PG
10
3

Little Women is a family drama film, which tells the story of the March sisters, and their struggles to live and grow in a 19th century America that is struck by the Civil War, after their father leaves to fight for the Union Army. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Gillian Armstrong
Genres:
Family, Drama, Romance
19. Newsies (1992)
11
1
Newsies
PG
11
1

After being tired of the constant exploitation from their bosses, a group of newspaper sellers decide to fight back to bring about a change. However, they are also met with ruthlessness from the big businesses.

As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Kelly
Director:
Kenny Ortega
Genres:
History, Family, Drama, Musical
Star Cast:
Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall, Gabriel Damon, Max Casella, David Moscow
20. Out of the Furnace (2013)
15
2
Out of the Furnace
R
15
2

As he resumes working at a steel mill after release from jail, Russell Baze finds his brother Rodney, an Iraq war veteran who incurred a huge debt gambling, missing following an illegal bare-knuckle prizefight with sociopathic drug dealer Harlan DeGroat. When the police refuse to go after the culprit, he takes it upon himself to attain justice.

As:
Cast
Role:
Russell Baze
Director:
Scott Cooper
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
22. Public Enemies (2009)
7
2
Public Enemies
R
7
2

The biographical crime-drama is based on the real-life story of bank robbers John Dillinger, Homer Van Meter, and Baby Face Nelson as they are pursued by FBI agent Melvin Purvis. The movie shows how Dillinger was revered by the American downtrodden public and FBI’s attempts to bring the criminals to justice. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Melvin Purvis
Director:
Genres:
History, Crime, Drama, Biography, Romance
23. All the Little Animals (1998)
4
2
All the Little Animals
R
4
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Bobby Platt
Director:
Jeremy Thomas
Genres:
Thriller, Adventure, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
John Hurt, James Faulkner, Daniel Benzali, John O'Toole
25. Velvet Goldmine (1998)
3
2
Velvet Goldmine
R
3
2

In 1984, British journalist, Arthur Stuart, investigates the career of the 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early life by the rebellious life of American singer Curt Wild.

As:
Cast
Role:
Arthur Stuart
Director:
Todd Haynes
Genres:
Drama, Music
26. Harsh Times (2005)
4
2
Harsh Times
R
4
2

Returning from the Gulf War, army ranger Jim Davis faces difficulties on many fronts while adjusting to routine life. When he doesn’t get the police department job he wanted, Jim with friend Mike go back to their old criminal ways. Later, he receives an offer from Homeland Securities to work in Columbia. Troubled with war experiences, can he settle into the job?

As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Jim Luther Davis
Director:
David Ayer
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
Eva Longoria, Chaka Forman, Freddy Rodríguez, Tammy Trull
27. Swing Kids (1993)
7
3
Swing Kids
PG-13
7
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Thomas Berger
Director:
Thomas Carter
Genres:
Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Kenneth Branagh, Robert Sean Leonard, Barbara Hershey, Frank Whaley, Tushka Bergen
28. Terminator Salvation (2009)
8
2
Terminator Salvation
PG-13
8
2

The fourth installment in the Terminator film series, the movie revolves around humanity’s war against Skynet’s network and its army of terminators. John Connor leads the resistance against Skynet and forms a bond with a cyborg Marcus Wright. Marcus ultimately sacrifices himself to save John and to help destroy the Skynet base. 

As:
Cast
Role:
John Connor
Director:
McG
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Bryce Dallas Howard, Linda Hamilton, Helena Bonham Carter, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin
29. The New World (2005)
5
2
The New World
PG-13
5
2

Set up against a historical backdrop, the film focuses on the passionate native princess, Pocahontas. In love with John Smith, an ambitious English soldier taken prisoner by the natives, she helps him in many ways before being banished by her father. Although Smith reciprocates her love, his career is equally important to him. So, he leaves for England while Pocahontas is told that he has died. 

As:
Cast
Role:
John Rolfe
Director:
Genres:
History, Drama, Biography, Romance
Star Cast:
Jonathan Pryce, Colin Farrell, Noah Taylor, Christopher Plummer, Ben Mendelsohn, Q'orianka Kilcher, August Schellenberg
30. Mowgli (2018)
4
2
Mowgli
PG-13
4
2

Mowgli is a human child who is raised by a pack of wolves in the Indian jungles. As he learns the rules of the jungle, he is accepted by the animals as their own. However, the tiger Shere Khan doesn’t take a liking to him.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Bagheera
Director:
Genres:
Adventure, Family, Drama
32. Mio min Mio (1987)
3
1
Mio min Mio
PG
3
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Jum-Jum / Benke
Director:
Vladimir Grammatikov
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Family
Star Cast:
Christopher Lee, Nick Pickard, Timothy Bottoms, Susannah York
33. Metroland (1997)
3
2
Metroland
R
3
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Chris
Director:
Philip Saville
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Emily Watson, John Wood, Lee Ross, Elsa Zylberstein
34. Reign of Fire (2002)
8
2
Reign of Fire
PG-13
8
2

At a young age, Quinn witnesses the awakening of fire-breathing dragons and the subsequent death of his mother while protecting him. Two decades later, Quinn is responsible for protecting a group of people from the dragons who have destroyed much of humanity. There appears to be little hope, but when dragon Slayer Van Zan arrives, the two get together to face the powerful monster.

As:
Cast
Role:
Quinn Abercromby
Director:
Rob Bowman
Genres:
Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Star Cast:
Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler, Izabella Scorupco, Scott Moutter
35. Laurel Canyon (2002)
4
2
Laurel Canyon
R
4
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sam
Director:
Lisa Cholodenko
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Kate Beckinsale, Frances McDormand, Natascha McElhone, Alessandro Nivola
36. Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
12
2
Exodus: Gods and Kings
PG-13
12
2

Ramesses is the real son of the Pharaoh of Egypt, Seti while Moses is his adopted son. When Seti dies, Ramesses becomes the new Pharaoh and learn of Moses Hebrew origin. Moses is banished but, on God’s will soon becomes the leader of Jews and takes up a difficult task of leading six-hundred-thousand of them across the Red Sea.

As:
Cast
Role:
Moses
Director:
Genres:
Action, Drama, Adventure
37. The Promise (2016)
10
3
The Promise
PG-13
10
3

Armenian origin apothecary Mikael Boghosian promises himself to a rich neighbor to fund his medical studies in Constantinople. There, he falls in love with Armenian origin woman Ana Khesarian, who is involved with American reporter Chris Myers. The love triangle becomes more complicated as the Ottoman government begins mass murder of Armenian people at the outbreak of WWI.

As:
Cast
Role:
Chris Myers
Director:
Terry George
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Oscar Isaac, Jean Reno, James Cromwell, Charlotte Le Bon, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Shohreh Aghdashloo
39. Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
7
2
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
R
7
2

A fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek Army against the Italians, during the Second World War. However, during this time, his fiancée starts to fall in love with the local Italian commander.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mandras
Director:
John Madden
Genres:
Music, War, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz, John Hurt, Penélope Cruz, Irene Papas
40. Shaft (2000)
5
3
Shaft
R
5
3

NYPD Detective John Shaft II arrests Walter Wade, Jr. for the murder of Trey Howard but Wade escapes with a bail. Years later Wade is again arrested by Shaft. Now Shaft must fight corrupt officials, officers, and drug lords to keep the only witness of Trey’s murder safe and bring Wade to justice. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Jr. Walter Wade
Director:
John Singleton
Genres:
Action, Crime, Thriller

TV Movie(s)

44. Treasure Island (1990)
6
2
Treasure Island
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jim Hawkins
Director:
Fraser C. Heston
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Crime
Star Cast:
Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee, Oliver Reed, Richard Johnson
45. Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999)
7
2
Mary, Mother of Jesus
PG-13
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jesus of Nazareth
Director:
Kevin Connor
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Geraldine Chaplin, Pernilla August, David Threlfall, Melinda Kinnaman, Simone Bendix
46. Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986)
5
2
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
5
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Marvin J. Chomsky
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Biography
Star Cast:
Amy Irving, Omar Sharif, Olivia de Havilland, Susan Lucci, Rex Harrison
47. A Murder of Quality (1991)
5
2
A Murder of Quality
5
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Gavin Millar
Genres:
Mystery
Star Cast:
Joss Ackland, Glenda Jackson, Denholm Elliott, Billie Whitelaw, Ronald Pickup

Animation(s)

The Dreamstone (1990)
The Dreamstone
As:
Cast
Director:
Phil Robinson, Martin Gates
Genres:
Adventure, Fantasy, Family, Animation
Star Cast:
Gary Martin, Melvyn Hayes, Jacqueline Clarke, Nancy Hendry
Hauru no ugoku shiro (2004)
Hauru no ugoku shiro
TV-PG
Plot:

Soon after young milliner Sophie Hatter befriends the wizard Howl, she is cursed by the Witch of the Waste into a ninety-year-old woman. In her quest to end the curse, she finds Howl's moving castle with help from a living scarecrow, befriends fire demon Calcifer who powers the castle, and alters the course of war between two kingdoms.

As:
Cast
Director:
Hayao Miyazaki
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Animation, Adventure
Pocahontas (1995)
Pocahontas
G
Plot:

Chief of the Powhatan tribe in North America decides to marry his beautiful daughter Pocahontas to great warrior Kocoum, while the free-spirited woman falls in love with British Captain John Smith. When Kocoum dies at the hand of an English soldier and Smith is captured by the natives, an all-out war gets in the way of the star-crossed lovers.

As:
Cast
Role:
Thomas
Director:
Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg
Genres:
Adventure, Musical, Animation, Romance, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Linda Hunt, Mel Gibson, Jim Cummings, Billy Connolly, Joe Baker, Irene Bedard, James Apaumut Fall

TV Shows and Videos

Heart of the Country (1987)
Heart of the Country
As:
Cast
Role:
Ben Harris
Director:
Brian Farnham
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
David Buck, Rosalind Bennett, Susan Penhaligon, Sophie Cook

Christian Bale Awards

Academy Awards
The Fighter Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2011
Golden Globe Awards
Vice Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2019
The Fighter Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2011
People's Choice Awards
The Dark Knight Favorite Cast 2009
The Dark Knight Favorite Superhero 2009
The Dark Knight Favorite On-Screen Match-Up 2009
MTV Movie & TV Awards
Batman Begins Best Hero 2006