Christian Bale Movies List: Ranked Best To Worst

The Dark Knight
PG-13

The Dark Knight

(2008)
25
5
As:
Cast
Role:
Bruce Wayne
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Aaron Eckhart, Heath Ledger, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Plot:

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.

25
5
Batman Begins
PG-13

Batman Begins

(2005)
19
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Bruce Wayne / Batman
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Action, Adventure
Star Cast:
Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson
Plot:

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.

19
3
Empire of the Sun
PG

Empire of the Sun

(1987)
30
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Jim
Director:
Steven Spielberg
Genres:
History, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Ben Stiller, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers
Plot:

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.

30
6

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The Dark Knight Rises
PG-13

The Dark Knight Rises

(2012)
15
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Bruce Wayne
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway
Plot:

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.

15
4
The Prestige
PG-13

The Prestige

(2006)
13
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Alfred Borden
Director:
Christopher Nolan
Genres:
Mystery, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Piper Perabo
Plot:

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.

13
4
American Psycho
R

American Psycho

(2000)
15
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Patrick Bateman
Director:
Mary Harron
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Chloë Sevigny, Josh Lucas, Justin Theroux, Willem Dafoe
Plot:

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 .

15
1
3:10 to Yuma
R

3:10 to Yuma

(2007)
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dan Evans
Director:
James Mangold
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Adventure, Western
Star Cast:
Logan Lerman, Russell Crowe, Luke Wilson, Ben Foster
Plot:

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.

9
2
The Big Short
R

The Big Short

(2015)
9
5
As:
Cast
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Biography, History, Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Rudy Eisenzopf, Casey Groves, Charlie Talbert
Plot:

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.

9
5
The Fighter
R

The Fighter

(2010)
9
6
As:
Cast
Role:
Dicky Eklund
Director:
David O. Russell
Genres:
Drama, Sport, Biography
Star Cast:
Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Mickey O'Keefe
Plot:

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.

9
6
The Machinist
R

The Machinist

(2004)
8
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Trevor Reznik
Director:
Brad Anderson
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian, Michael Ironside
Plot:

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. 

8
4
Ford v Ferrari
PG-13

Ford v Ferrari

(2019)
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Ken Miles
Director:
James Mangold
Genres:
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Roberta Sparta
5
1
Rescue Dawn
PG-13

Rescue Dawn

(2006)
13
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dieter Dengler
Director:
Werner Herzog
Genres:
Drama, Adventure, Biography, War
Star Cast:
Toby Huss, Zach Grenier, Marshall Bell, Pat Healy
Plot:

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.

13
2

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American Hustle
R

American Hustle

(2013)
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Irving Rosenfeld
Director:
David O. Russell
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper
Plot:

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.

12
2
Equilibrium
R

Equilibrium

(2002)
8
3
As:
Cast
Role:
John Preston
Director:
Kurt Wimmer
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Sci-Fi, Drama
Star Cast:
Taye Diggs, Sean Bean, Dominic Purcell, Christian Kahrmann
Plot:

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.

8
3
Jin ling shi san chai
R

Jin ling shi san chai

(2011)
4
3
As:
Cast
Role:
John Miller
Director:
Yimou Zhang
Genres:
History, War, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tianyuan Huang, Xiting Han
4
3
Henry V
PG-13

Henry V

(1989)
1
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Kenneth Branagh
Genres:
Romance, Biography, History, Action, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed
1
3
Little Women
PG

Little Women

(1994)
6
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Gillian Armstrong
Genres:
Family, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Kirsten Dunst, Winona Ryder, Gabriel Byrne, Trini Alvarado
6
2
Newsies
PG

Newsies

(1992)
8
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Kelly
Director:
Kenny Ortega
Genres:
History, Family, Drama, Musical
Star Cast:
Robert Duvall, Gabriel Damon, Max Casella, David Moscow
8
0
Out of the Furnace
R

Out of the Furnace

(2013)
10
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Russell Baze
Director:
Scott Cooper
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Willem Dafoe, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Dendrie Taylor
Plot:

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.

10
1
Backseat
R

Backseat

(2018)
2
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Adam McKay
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Amy Adams, Tyler Perry
2
1

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Public Enemies
R

Public Enemies

(2009)
2
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Melvin Purvis
Director:
Michael Mann
Genres:
History, Crime, Drama, Biography, Romance
Star Cast:
Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, Marion Cotillard, Christian Stolte
Plot:

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. 

2
1
All the Little Animals
R

All the Little Animals

(1998)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Bobby Platt
Director:
Jeremy Thomas
Genres:
Thriller, Adventure, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
John Hurt, James Faulkner, Daniel Benzali, John O'Toole
0
1
I'm Not There.
R

I'm Not There.

(2007)
1
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Jack / Pastor John
Director:
Todd Haynes
Genres:
Music, Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
David Cross, Cate Blanchett, Ben Whishaw, Richard Gere
Plot:

I’m Not There is a 2007 musical drama film, in which six diverse characters inspired by the life and music of Bob Dylan, portray different aspects of his life.  

1
1
Velvet Goldmine
R

Velvet Goldmine

(1998)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Arthur Stuart
Director:
Todd Haynes
Genres:
Drama, Music
Star Cast:
Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard
0
1
Harsh Times
R

Harsh Times

(2005)
1
1
As:
Cast, Producer
Role:
Jim Luther Davis
Director:
David Ayer
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
Chaka Forman, Freddy Rodríguez, Eva Longoria, Tammy Trull
Plot:

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?

1
1
Swing Kids
PG-13

Swing Kids

(1993)
4
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Thomas Berger
Director:
Thomas Carter
Genres:
Music, Drama
Star Cast:
Robert Sean Leonard, Barbara Hershey, Frank Whaley, Tushka Bergen
4
2
The New World
PG-13

The New World

(2005)
2
1
As:
Cast
Role:
John Rolfe
Director:
Terrence Malick
Genres:
History, Drama, Biography, Romance
Star Cast:
Q'orianka Kilcher, August Schellenberg, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer
Plot:

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. 

2
1
Terminator Salvation
PG-13

Terminator Salvation

(2009)
2
1
As:
Cast
Role:
John Connor
Director:
McG
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Helena Bonham Carter, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard
Plot:

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. 

2
1
Mowgli
PG-13

Mowgli

(2018)
1
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Bagheera
Director:
Andy Serkis
Genres:
Adventure, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris
1
1
A Midsummer Night's Dream
PG-13

A Midsummer Night's Dream

(1999)
2
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Hoffman
Genres:
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Star Cast:
Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett
2
1

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Mio min Mio
PG

Mio min Mio

(1987)
0
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Jum-Jum / Benke
Director:
Vladimir Grammatikov
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Family
Star Cast:
Christopher Lee, Nick Pickard, Timothy Bottoms, Susannah York
0
0
Metroland
R

Metroland

(1997)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Chris
Director:
Philip Saville
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
John Wood, Emily Watson, Lee Ross, Elsa Zylberstein
0
1
Exodus: Gods and Kings
PG-13

Exodus: Gods and Kings

(2014)
8
0
As:
Cast
Role:
Moses
Director:
Ridley Scott
Genres:
Action, Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Indira Varma
Plot:

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.

8
0
Reign of Fire
PG-13

Reign of Fire

(2002)
5
1
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
Plot:

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.

5
1
Laurel Canyon
R

Laurel Canyon

(2002)
1
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Sam
Director:
Lisa Cholodenko
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Natascha McElhone, Alessandro Nivola, Kate Beckinsale, Frances McDormand
1
1
The Promise
PG-13

The Promise

(2016)
7
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Chris Myers
Director:
Terry George
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Plot:

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.

7
2
The Portrait of a Lady
PG-13

The Portrait of a Lady

(1996)
1
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Jane Campion
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Nicole Kidman, Barbara Hershey
1
2
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
R

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

(2001)
4
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Mandras
Director:
John Madden
Genres:
Music, War, Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Nicolas Cage, John Hurt, Penélope Cruz, Irene Papas
4
1
Shaft
R

Shaft

(2000)
2
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Jr. Walter Wade
Director:
John Singleton
Genres:
Action, Crime, Thriller
Star Cast:
Mekhi Phifer, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Banks, Jeffrey Wright
Plot:

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. 

2
2
The Secret Agent
R

The Secret Agent

(1996)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Stevie
Director:
Christopher Hampton
Genres:
Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Gérard Depardieu, Jim Broadbent, Bob Hoskins, Robin Williams
0
1

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Prince of Jutland
R

Prince of Jutland

(1994)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Amled
Director:
Gabriel Axel
Genres:
Drama, Adventure
Star Cast:
Helen Mirren, Brian Cox, Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Byrne
0
1
Knight of Cups
R

Knight of Cups

(2015)
0
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Rick
Director:
Terrence Malick
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Antonio Banderas, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy
0
1
Hostiles

Hostiles

(2017)
15
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Captain Joseph J. Blocker
Director:
Scott Cooper
Genres:
Adventure, Western, Drama
Star Cast:
Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Peter Mullan, Jesse Plemons
15
1

TV Movie(s)

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

(1990)
2
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Jim Hawkins
Director:
Fraser C. Heston
Genres:
Action, Adventure, Crime
Star Cast:
Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee, Charlton Heston, Richard Johnson
2
1
Mary, Mother of Jesus
PG-13

Mary, Mother of Jesus

(1999)
2
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Jesus of Nazareth
Director:
Kevin Connor
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Pernilla August, David Threlfall, Melinda Kinnaman, Simone Bendix
2
1
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna

Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna

(1986)
1
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Marvin J. Chomsky
Genres:
Drama, Mystery, Biography
Star Cast:
Olivia de Havilland, Amy Irving, Susan Lucci, Rex Harrison
1
1
A Murder of Quality

A Murder of Quality

(1991)
1
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Gavin Millar
Genres:
Mystery
Star Cast:
Joss Ackland, Denholm Elliott, Billie Whitelaw, Ronald Pickup
1
1

Animation(s)

The Dreamstone

The Dreamstone (1990)

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
TV-PG

Hauru no ugoku shiro (2004)

As:
Cast
Director:
Hayao Miyazaki
Genres:
Fantasy, Family, Animation, Adventure
Star Cast:
Jean Simmons, Josh Hutcherson, Lauren Bacall, Chieko Baishô
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.

Pocahontas
G

Pocahontas (1995)

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

TV Shows and Videos

Batman Begins
T

Batman Begins (2005)

As:
Cast
Role:
Batman / Bruce Wayne
Genres:
Fantasy, Adventure, Thriller, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes
Heart of the Country

Heart of the Country (1987)

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