Clint Eastwood’s 10 Best Westerns, According To IMDb
10.Flags Of Our Fathers
Starring Ryan Phillippe, Barry Pepper, John Slattery, Jamie Bell, Paul Walker, and more, this historical/adventure film covered the life stories of the six men who raised the American flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. A moment documented via an iconic photograph that, thanks to Eastwood and Co., now had a grippingly mobile companion piece. The film went on to receive Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing Oscar nominations at the 2007 ceremony.
9.In The Line Of Fire
By the early 1990s, Eastwood was settling into a habit of only fronting pictures he himself directed. Making this Wolfgang Petersen’s action-thriller all the more compelling. Eastwood played as a Secret Service Agent plagued by his failure to save John F. Kennedy who is in a quest for redemption amid the incumbent facing his own assailant.
While promoting his acclaimed directorial debut A Star is Born in 2018, Cooper cited that getting to watch “a master” like Eastwood while he worked was the best filmmaking tutorial one could receive.
Eastwood admirably remained exclusively behind the camera on the biopic tackling the tumultuous life of jazz legend, Charlie “Bird” Parker.
With a young Forrest Whitaker in the titular role, the film garnered director and acting nominations for Eastwood and Whitaker, respectively, at the Golden Globes. Yet the pair peculiarly went unrecognized for their efforts at The Academy Awards.
6.Escape From Alcatraz
By longtime collaborator Don Siegel’s direction, Eastwood solidified himself even further in film history as a criminal one cannot help but root for in this pre-John Carpenter ‘Escape From..’ prison breakout saga.
As real-life Alcatraz escapee Frank Morris, Eastwood leads himself and two others in prepping a middle-of-the-night escape. His real-life counterpart has still never been found to this day, thereby technically remaining the only prisoner to ever successfully escape the island.
A perfectly-timed step away from the Western genre at the time called for another franchise-generating character to reach heights either equivalent to or even grander than “The Man With No Name.” With private detective Harry Callahan, Eastwood had found his man.
4.Letters From Iwo Jima
Impressively released in the same year as its Flags of Our Fathers predecessor, Eastwood by design sought to, and successfully, captured the other side of the same coin with Letters From Iwo Jima. The film tells the story of the Iwo Jima battle from the perspective of Japanese soldiers. While Flags garnered a pair of sound nominations at the 2007 Oscars, it was Letters that saw Eastwood recognized himself – with nominations for both Best Picture and Best Director.
Perhaps the best Boston-set crime film directed by a non-native, Mystic River‘s adherence to the source material – Dennis Lehane’s original novel – is indicative of Eastwood’s second-to-none, hyper-commitment to the scripts he is supplied.
With Gran Torino, Eastwood dared to invite audiences to sympathize with a bigoted loner as he improbably becomes a fiercely protective guardian for his Hmong next-door-neighbors. In the same vein as Unforgiven before it, and The Mule a decade later, the film has all the makings of one written to serve as an Eastwood swan song; a love letter to the many anti-heroes or reformed badasses he has played over the years. And yet another is on its way.
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1.Million Dollar Baby
As hardened boxing trainer Frankie Dunn, Eastwood is only outperformed by his co-stars – Hillary Swank and Morgan Freeman – in Million Dollar Baby, for which they both took home Oscar trophies. Moreover, Eastwood – who once said the Academy would never recognize him, earned his second Best Director award, having earned one for Unforgiven (1992) as well.