Marlon Brando is the unmitigated thespian of the Method acting. His choices have been unusual but proved to be fantastic roles in the world of cinema. He is a legend, an icon, and truly understands the mechanics of acting. There are many other great roles in Brando’s repertoire: Superman, Last Tango In Paris, Julius Ceasar, Burn!, Reflections on a Golden Eye, and Boom!, but here are 5 films that showcase the extraordinary works of Mr. Marlon Brando.
1. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Who has the passion and the sexual charisma to play the brutish Stanley Kowalski like Brando does? No one, since he became the archetype for all actors to imitate. He brings the Method acting to the forefront with enough sexual charisma to stand for over 50 years.
2. The Godfather (1972)
One of cinema’s finest as he’s plays the main patriarchal figurehead of a mafia family. With such grace and power, no wonder it’s a classic for the gangster genre and cinema, in general. It’s sad that Brando never returned for the sequel because the second film would be golden. All we have is the first great, then.
3. Apocalypse Now (1979)
An unusual choice for the actor to play a mere cameo, but for 15 minutes, his disturbing portrayal of an insane captive elevates the film to a classic. It’s a great psychological film with the Vietnam War setting as Brando is a man who believes his grand delusions.
4. On the Waterfront (1954)
This movie sends the politics to the center as it deals with fisherman labor, and it proved to be one of Brando’s main successes as he leads the rebellion. Brando is the broken down man who must make a triumphant example to all his colleagues. There are classic lines with definitely a high point in his career.
5. Guys and Dolls (1955)
Brando sings? Apparently, since he plays a gangster during the Prohibition era. Sings and dances and looks damn good in those suits.
Dying to watch this movie because I know it’s unusual (also Julius Ceasar). And in addition, Superman is an unusual role with Brando playing Jor-El, but we’ll leave it as a notable mention.