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03rd Apr 2014

Five Essential Marlon Brando Films You Must See Before You Die

Arguably the greatest actor of all time, he would have been 90 today...

Sue Murphy

If you ask anyone working in Hollywood today which actor they most admire, most of them will mention Marlon Brando. Considered the greatest actor of all time, Brando was quite the entertainer both on and off the screen.

There were rumours of random phone calls to PA’s asking for electric eels that would power his house, he had code names for anyone he called him and even asked a member of an Indian tribe to pick up his Oscar. Brando, we salute you!

1. The Godfather

Based on the novel by Mario Puzo, it is impossible to fathom that anyone else could ever play the iconic role of Don Vito Corleone. A cinematic masterpiece, The Godfather is arguably the best gangster film that has ever existed.

2. A Streetcar Named Desire

Although many remember Streetcar for the amazing performance by Vivien Leigh, it is Brando that is the real star of the operation. Playing the husband of Stella, Stanley’s world is turned upside down when her sister Blanche comes to visit.

3. On the Waterfront

There is no question about this, On the Waterfront is a master class in acting. Brando’s turn as the ex-fighter turned dock worker who stands up to Union bosses is both heartbreaking and empowering. He could have been a contender…

4. Apocalypse Now

Let’s face it, this movie is all about Brando. Yes, we know Martin Sheen put in one of the best performances of his life despite being a little attached to illegal substances, but the entire film we are just waiting for that entrance…

5. Last Tango in Paris

Perhaps a break in what we usually expected of the star and not everyone’s cup of tea, but Last Tango in Paris is still one of the essential films you must see if you are a fan of Brando. Beginning an affair with a young Parisian woman, the couple decide their relationship will be based entirely on sex. According to Maria Schneider, Brando had his lines taped to her body which was sometimes pointless. He improvised a lot of his dialogue.