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Best Clint Eastwood movies

  • Best Clint Eastwood movies

    At the ripe age of 90, Clint Eastwood still ranks among the hardest-working men in show business. He’s also one of Hollywood’s longest-running icons, with a career spanning more than six decades. Eastwood began taking on bit parts in a handful of B-movies and TV shows in the mid-1950s, performing odd jobs on the side. In 1958, he landed a recurring role on the popular series “Rawhide,” followed by his big-screen breakout in Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful of Dollars.” A spiritual successor to John Wayne, Eastwood’s gritty, laconic swagger redefined machismo for a new Hollywood era. He eventually became equally as respected for his accomplishments as a producer, director, and occasional composer.

    Eastwood’s personal life and history are no less extraordinary. Before making it in Hollywood, he was a lumberjack, lifeguard, and firefighter. In his 20s, he survived an emergency plane landing by swimming ashore through shark-infested waters. He was the mayor of Carmel, California for two years in the mid-1980s. He talked to a chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Seen alongside his two marriages, eight (or more) children, and a slate of professional achievements, Eastwood has enjoyed a full life. And he’s still cranking out good films.

    One of Eastwood’s most recent efforts, “The Mule,” became a surprise hit in America’s heartland. But is it one of his best? To find out, Stacker ranked all of Clint Eastwood’s films according to their IMDb user rating, updated in July 2020. Ties were broken by the number of votes. Included on the list are all the films Eastwood has acted in and/or directed, while uncredited appearances and cameo roles were excluded. If Eastwood produced or wrote music for a movie, but didn’t direct it or star in it, then it was likewise left off the list. Counting down from #67, here are the best Clint Eastwood films of all time.

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  • #67. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

    - Director: Clint Eastwood
    - IMDb user rating: 5.2
    - Metascore: 45
    - Runtime: 94 min

    While casting real-life heroes as themselves was a noble endeavor, the result was Eastwood's worst film to date, according to IMDb user data. It tells the true story of three U.S. friends who disrupted a terrorist plot aboard a Paris-bound train. Eastwood co-produced in addition to directing.

  • #66. Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958)

    - Director: Jodie Copelan
    - IMDb user rating: 5.4
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 73 min

    Eastwood was paid just $750 for his role in this movie, which he would later describe as "probably the lousiest Western ever made." Set in 1867, it follows an army patrol carrying precious cargo through hostile Apache territory. When Eastwood became a star in the mid-60s, the film was re-released with his name at the top.

  • #65. Pink Cadillac (1989)

    - Director: Buddy Van Horn
    - IMDb user rating: 5.4
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 122 min

    Eastwood plays a crafty skip tracer named Tommy Nowak in this action comedy. While transporting his latest catch (Bernadette Peters), Nowak crosses paths with white supremacists, a kidnapping husband, counterfeit cash, and (as the title suggests) a pink Cadillac. Audiences can look forward to a brief appearance from a young Jim Carrey.

  • #64. The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)

    - Director: Arthur Lubin
    - IMDb user rating: 5.5
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 92 min

    Eastwood was still a struggling actor when he landed a supporting role in this comedy Western. It takes place at the turn of the century, and it stars Ginger Rogers and Carol Channing as Miss Rose Gillray and Molly Wade. After their careers go bust, Gillray and Wade team up to peddle barbed wire to shady cowboys.

  • #63. City Heat (1984)

    - Director: Richard Benjamin
    - IMDb user rating: 5.5
    - Metascore: 39
    - Runtime: 93 min

    The same year he finalized his divorce from Maggie Johnson, Eastwood starred alongside Burt Reynolds in this critically lambasted action comedy. In the film, a straitlaced police lieutenant (Eastwood) and rebellious private eye (Reynolds) put aside their differences to team up to prevent a mob war. The story goes down in 1930s Kansas City and finds both actors playing off their public personas.

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  • #62. Lafayette Escadrille (1958)

    - Director: William A. Wellman
    - IMDb user rating: 5.7
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 93 min

    Based on the experiences of director William A. Wellman and his close friend, this romantic war drama chronicles the exploits of an aviator named Thad Walker (Tab Hunter). While flying for France during WWI, Walker falls in love with a Parisian prostitute. Eastwood appears in a supporting role, as does future TV star David Janssen of "The Fugitive."

  • #61. Francis in the Navy (1955)

    - Director: Arthur Lubin
    - IMDb user rating: 5.9
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 80 min

    Eastwood's first credited film role was as a naval officer named Jonesy in this poorly rated comedy, which was the sixth in a series. It follows Francis the Talking Mule and his friend Peter Stirling (Donald O'Connor) as they bungle their way into the Navy. Unfortunately, Eastwood doesn't get to banter with the mule.

  • #60. The Rookie (1990)

    - Director: Clint Eastwood
    - IMDb user rating: 5.9
    - Metascore: 41
    - Runtime: 120 min

    Eastwood plays a veteran detective to Charlie Sheen's rookie in this police thriller with comedic elements. As the veteran hunts for the man who killed his previous partner, the rookie must decide whether to play by the rules or break them. Eastwood directed the film and cast his son Kyle in an uncredited role.

  • #59. Firefox (1982)

    - Director: Clint Eastwood
    - IMDb user rating: 6.0
    - Metascore: 44
    - Runtime: 136 min

    Eastwood directed, co-produced, and starred in this high-flying adaptation of a bestselling Cold War novel. It sends a fearless pilot (Eastwood) into the Soviet Union to steal the prototype for an advanced jet fighter. The movie was a big hit at the box office, even if most critics weren't impressed.

  • #58. The Witches (1967)

    - Directors: Mauro Bolognini, Vittorio De Sica, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi, Luchino Visconti
    - IMDb user rating: 6.1
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 105 min

    This Italian anthology film consists of five comedic vignettes, each of which deals with the role of women in society. Eastwood appears in the final segment as a Western movie lover named Charlie, who dresses up like one of his heroes in an effort to entertain his wife. He accepted a brand new Ferrari as part of his payment.

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