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Top 10 Movies Starring Clint Eastwood

VO: Rebecca Brayton
He has led a five-decade-long career as an actor, and is responsible for popularizing the use of the un-pure hero in Hollywood cinema. Starring in dozens of films, he remains a living legend, and remains the most iconic macho movie star to ever work in Hollywood. His gruff personality and on-screen presence has made for countless memorable performances. These include such memorable roles as several ace gunmen in the wild-west, a prisoner leading a daring escape from Alcatraz, a member of the secret service charged with protecting the President, a role-breaking cop, and an old boxing coach. Join as we count down the Top 10 Movies starring Clint Eastwood.

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Top 10 Movies Starring Clint Eastwood

He has led a five-decade-long career as an actor, and is responsible for popularizing the use of the un-pure hero in Hollywood cinema. Welcome to and today we’re taking a look at the Top 10 movies starring Clint Eastwood.

Number 10: Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

A dramatization of actual events, Clint portrays cunning bank robber Frank Morris. Sentenced to the inescapable island prison of Alcatraz, he enlists the help of fellow inmates. Together, they set out to be the first to ever escape with their lives.

Number 9: In The Line of Fire (1993)

In the role of an aging secret service agent, Eastwood plays a man that is haunted by his failure to protect President Kennedy decades earlier. However, he must now save the life of the current president from a former CIA assassin, who has involved him in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Number 8: Play Misty For Me (1971)

In this frightening thriller, Eastwood plays a self-centered disk jockey at a late night radio station that has a one-night stand. However, his one time lover quickly shows her true colors as a dangerously obsessed fan.

Number 7: Gran Torino (2008)

In this film, Eastwood plays the part of a grumpy, tough, old Korean War veteran and widower with extreme racial prejudices. Coming to terms with major changes in his once-all white neighborhood, he befriends a troubled Hmong teenager who lives next-door. Slowly working past his long-time racial misconceptions, he reforms the youth, and takes drastic steps to protect his Asian neighbors.

Number 6: The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Set during the civil war, he plays a peaceful farmer whose family is murdered and home is burned to the ground. Hardening into a human bullet, he sets out to kill those who destroyed his life.

Number 5: Hang ‘Em High (1968)

Unjustly hung and left for dead, Eastwood is saved by a U.S. Marshal that happened to be nearby. Having formerly been a lawman himself, he is offered a job and given the authority to get the nine men that tried to kill him.

Number 4: Million Dollar Baby (2004)

A determined white-trash waitress seeks out a famed boxing gym owner to train her. Initially refusing to take her on as his student, Eastwood eventually gives in. Unexpectedly, she comes to replace the hole left by his estranged daughter. Unfortunately, heart-breaking tragedy strikes, right as she begins making major headway in the ring.

Number 3: Unforgiven (1992)

When a group of cowboys disfigure a prostitute in the town of Big Whisky, a young gun recruits an aging Clint Eastwood to help him collect the bounty. As a legendary killer whose wife has passed away, he struggles to make a living for his children by single-handedly running a farm. Desperate, he takes up arms and calls up his former partner for one last job, a bounty that blurs the thin line between heroism and villainy.

Number 2: Dirty Harry (1971)

As a San Francisco police inspector focused on results, and not the rules of law-enforcement, Eastwood single handedly goes after a serial killer who snipes at random victims. Spouting legendary lines, he not only carries his iconic role of the anti-hero into a modern setting, but also pioneered the loose-cop cop genre.

Number 1: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966)

In the final installment of 'The Man with no name Trilogy’ that made him a household name, Eastwood once again stars as a professional gunslinger that is out to earn a few dollars. This time he must form an uneasy alliance with a wanted despicable outlaw in order to beat a diabolical hit man to a buried treasure.

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