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The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood

List Criteria: Only films STARRING Clint Eastwood. No films directed by Eastwood in which he doesn't appear.

These are the best roles and performances ever given by American actor Clint Eastwood, who started his career in TV, went on to become one of the screen's most iconic Western heroes and action stars, and eventually became an internationally recognized and lauded film director. Since his heydey in the 1960s and 70s, Eastwood has portrayed a variety of roles and demonstrated a lot of range, but he will likely forever be associated with the steely, stoic, tough guy parts that originally brought him fame.

Though in the later stages of his career, Eastwood primarily directed himself - in films like Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Blood Work, and True Crime - he has also worked with many of the most esteemed and legendary filmmakers of the second half of the 20th century. The "spaghetti westerns" that rocketed him to international fame in the 1960s were the work of Italian master Sergio Leone. He collaborated with Don Siegel on five films in the 1960s and 70s, most famously the gritty cop film Dirty Harry, introducing a character that kicked off an long-standing franchise and became one of Eastwood's signature roles. Eastwood is also known for his roles in war movies.

Eastwood's final major role in a film he did not himself direct was in Wolfgang Peterson's 1993 Secret Service thriller In the Line of Fire. He later appeared in a small cameo role in Brad Silberling's big-screen adaptation of Casper the Friendly Ghost, Casper.

Vote below for your favorite films starring Clint Eastwood. And if you think his best performance (outside a Chrysler ad) isn't represented, make your own version of the list and add it there yourself! But first, you just have to ask yourself one question... Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

Check out more lists like Top Clint Eastwood Characters, Greatest Movies Produced by Clint Eastwood, and Well-Known Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood.


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    Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Steven Mackintosh

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    Chief Dan George, Clint Eastwood, Sam Bottoms

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    most listed
    Clint Eastwood, Kristoffer Tabori, Joe Finnegan

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    Gene Hackman, Liisa Repo-Martell, Clint Eastwood

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    Clint Eastwood, Lee Miller, Mario Brega

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    Clint Eastwood, Davis Gloff, Carlos Guadarrama

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    Klaus Kinski, Clint Eastwood, Peter Lee Lawrence

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    Clint Eastwood, Mitchell Ryan, Stefan Gierasch

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    Carrie Snodgress, Michael Moriarty, Clint Eastwood

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    Roberts Blossom, Clint Eastwood, Joseph Whipp

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    Hal Holbrook, Clint Eastwood, David Soul

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    Brían F. O'Byrne, Jay Baruchel, Michael Peña

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    John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott

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    Charlie Rich, Mel Tillis, Ruth Gordon

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    DeVeren Bookwalter, Clint Eastwood, Harry Guardino

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    Bruce Dern, Inger Stevens, Ben Johnson

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    Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor, Telly Savalas

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    Peter Barkworth, Clint Eastwood, Patrick Wymark

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    George Kennedy, Clint Eastwood, Vonetta McGee

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    Mario Van Peebles, Bo Svenson, Moses Gunn

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    Mara Corday, Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke

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    Slash, Patricia Clarkson, Clint Eastwood

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    Ruth Gordon, Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke

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    Ed Harris, Judy Davis, Gene Hackman

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    Shirley MacLaine, Pancho Córdova, Clint Eastwood

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    Cannonball Adderley, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Marty Robbins, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Gimble

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    Harve Presnell, Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood

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    George Kennedy, Gary Busey, Vic Tayback

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    Camryn Manheim, Mara Corday, Clint Eastwood

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    Lucy Liu, Bernard Hill, James Woods

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    Seymour Cassel, David Doyle, Susan Clark

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    Kevin Costner, Bradley Whitford, Ray McKinnon

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    Geneviève Bujold, Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood

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    Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, John Saxon

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    Debra Monk, Clint Eastwood, R.E. 'Stick' Faessler

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    Scatman Crothers, Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood

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    Timothy Spall, Alun Armstrong, Clint Eastwood

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    Geraldine Page, Clint Eastwood, Pamelyn Ferdin

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    James Garner, Tommy Lee Jones, Marcia Gay Harden

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