The Godfather (1972)
Of course, this one goes straight to the top of list. The character of Vito Corleone, the plot and Marlon Brando’s exquisite performance were all truly inspiring.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Playing the rogue Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, who commanded respect on all sides of the conflict, Brando’s performance was nothing short of epic.
On the Waterfront (1954)
Playing Terry Malloy, the dockworker brother of a mob-affiliated gangster, Marlon Brando’s character was based on real-life whistle-blower Anthony DeVincenzo.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
A classy and sophisticated performance from Brando as Stanley Kowalski in the adapted play earned him a nomination for in the category of Best Actor, for that year’s Academy Awards.
Playing the character of Jor-El in the classic Superman movie, Brando earned a reported $3.7 million for a mere two weeks’ worth of work!
The Wild One (1953)
Propelling him to cult icon status, Marlon Brando’s appearance as Johnny Strabler subsequently typified a whole decade and cemented the actor’s entry to Hollywood stardom.
As fighter ace Major Lloyd “Ace” Gruver, Brando displayed exciting innovative acting qualities. Speaking of Brando’s decision to adopt a Southern accent for the role, director Joshua Logan heaped praise on the actor’s ingenuity.
Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Starring as Paul, a middle-aged American hotel owner conducting an anonymous sexual relationship with a young Parisian woman, Brando found himself at the centre of considerable controversy. The erotic scenes of the highly charged passionate drama displayed Brando’s acting skill, on-screen confidence abundance of acting ability, despite garnering international criticism.
Playing the role of Sir William Walker, an agent provocateur, Marlon Brando’s performance in Burn! Was one among my favourites. In the film, Brando’s character is tasked with organising a slave rebellion against the Portuguese rulers. I was in awe watching his brilliance on screen, in this particular portrayal.