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List Rules 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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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Clint Eastwood, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach in the title roles respectively. ...more

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The Outlaw Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
The Outlaw Josey Wales Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western film set during and after the American Civil War. It was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood, with Chief Dan George, Sondra ...more

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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Unforgiven Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay written by David Webb Peoples. The film portrays William Munny, an aging outlaw and killer ...more

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Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson Dirty Harry is a 1971 American action film produced and directed by Don Siegel, the first in the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood plays the title role, in his first outing as San Francisco ...more

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A Fistful of Dollars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
A Fistful of Dollars Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté, Aldo Sambrell A Fistful of Dollars, titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars, is a 1964 spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, alongside Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne ...more

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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Gran Torino Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker, Scott Eastwood Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Christopher Carley, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. This was Eastwood's ...more

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For a Few Dollars More is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
For a Few Dollars More Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volonté. German actor Klaus Kinski also ...more

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High Plains Drifter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
High Plains Drifter Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, John Hillerman High Plains Drifter is a 1973 American film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, written by Ernest Tidyman, and produced by Robert Daley for The Malpaso Company and Universal Studios. ...more

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Pale Rider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Pale Rider Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn, Michael Moriarty Pale Rider is a 1985 American western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, who also stars in the lead role. This movie bears a striking similarity to the classic Western Shane, as well ...more

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Magnum Force is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Magnum Force Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers, Hal Holbrook Magnum Force is a 1973 American action film and the second to feature Clint Eastwood as maverick cop Harry Callahan after the 1971 film Dirty Harry. Ted Post, who also directed Eastwood in the ...more

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Escape from Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Escape from Alcatraz Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan Escape from Alcatraz is a 1979 American prison film, directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood. It is based on true events. It dramatizes possibly the only successful escape attempt ...more

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. This film is about an ...more

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In the Line of Fire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
In the Line of Fire Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo In the Line of Fire is a 1993 American action thriller film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and starring Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich. Written by Jeff Maguire, the film is about a ...more

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The Enforcer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
The Enforcer Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Bradford Dillman The Enforcer is a 1976 American action film and the third in the Dirty Harry film series. Directed by James Fargo, it stars Clint Eastwood as Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan, Tyne ...more

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Every Which Way but Loose is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Every Which Way but Loose Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo, Ruth Gordon Every Which Way but Loose is a 1978 American adventure comedy film, released by Warner Brothers, produced by Robert Daley and directed by James Fargo. It stars Clint Eastwood in an ...more

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Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Kelly's Heroes Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 war comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of World War II soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly ...more

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Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Hang 'Em High Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern Hang 'Em High is a 1968 American Western film directed by Ted Post and produced and co-written by Leonard Freeman. It stars Clint Eastwood as Jed Cooper, an innocent man who survives a lynching, ...more

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Where Eagles Dare is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Where Eagles Dare Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 World War II action film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure. It was directed by Brian G. Hutton and shot on location in Austria and Bavaria. ...more

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Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Heartbreak Ridge Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason Heartbreak Ridge is a 1986 American war film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film also co-stars Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason, and Everett McGill. ...more

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The Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
The Gauntlet Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Sondra Locke The Gauntlet is a 1977 American action film directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Eastwood and Sondra Locke. The film's supporting cast includes Pat Hingle, William Prince, Bill McKinney, and ...more

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The Eiger Sanction is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
The Eiger Sanction Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Vonetta McGee The Eiger Sanction is a 1975 American action thriller directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. Based on the novel The Eiger Sanction by Trevanian, the film is about an art history professor and ...more

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The Dead Pool is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
The Dead Pool Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey, Axl Rose The Dead Pool is a 1988 American action flim directed by Buddy Van Horn, written by Steve Sharon, and starring Clint Eastwood as Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan. It is the fifth and ...more

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Two Mules for Sister Sara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Two Mules for Sister Sara Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film starring Shirley MacLaine set during the French intervention in Mexico. The film was released in 1970 and directed by Don Siegel. It ...more

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Any Which Way You Can is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Any Which Way You Can Clint Eastwood, Glen Campbell, Ruth Gordon Any Which Way You Can is a 1980 American action comedy film, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith, and Ruth Gordon. It is directed by Buddy Van Horn. The film is ...more

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Play Misty for Me is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Play Misty for Me Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills, Jessica Walter Play Misty for Me is a 1971 American psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, in his directorial debut. Jessica Walter and Donna Mills co-star. The original music ...more

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Sudden Impact is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Sudden Impact Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Sondra Locke Sudden Impact is a 1983 American action film and the fourth film in the Dirty Harry series, directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood and Sondra Locke. The film is notable for the ...more

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Absolute Power is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Absolute Power Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris Absolute Power is a 1997 American political thriller film produced by, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood as a master jewel thief who witnesses the killing of a woman by Secret Service ...more

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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Gary Busey Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a 1974 American crime film written and directed by Michael Cimino and starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis.

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Coogan's Bluff is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Coogan's Bluff Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Don Siegel Coogan's Bluff is a 1968 American action film directed by Don Siegel, and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Don Stroud and Susan Clark. The film marks the first of five collaborations ...more

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Joe Kidd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Joe Kidd Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon Joe Kidd is a 1972 American western film starring Clint Eastwood and Robert Duvall, written by Elmore Leonard and directed by John Sturges. The film is about an ex-bounty hunter hired by a ...more

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Paint Your Wagon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Paint Your Wagon Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, Jean Seberg Paint Your Wagon is a 1969 Western musical film starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, and Jean Seberg. The film was adapted by Paddy Chayefsky from the 1951 musical Paint Your Wagon by Lerner and ...more

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Space Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Space Cowboys Clint Eastwood, Jon Hamm, Jay Leno Space Cowboys is a 2000 American space adventure film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood. It stars Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner as four older "ex-test ...more

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True Crime is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
True Crime Clint Eastwood, Lucy Liu, James Woods True Crime is a 1999 American mystery drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and based on Andrew Klavan's 1995 novel of the same name. Eastwood also stars in the film as a journalist covering ...more

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Tightrope is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Tightrope Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold Tightrope is a 1984 American suspense thriller produced by and starring Clint Eastwood and written and directed by Richard Tuggle.

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Honkytonk Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Honkytonk Man Clint Eastwood, Marty Robbins, Ray Price Honkytonk Man is a 1982 American drama film set in the Great Depression. Clint Eastwood, who produced and directed, stars with his son, Kyle Eastwood. Clancy Carlile's screenplay is based on his ...more

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A Perfect World is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
A Perfect World Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, Laura Dern A Perfect World is a 1993 adventure crime drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Kevin Costner as an escaped convict who befriends a young boy, and ends up embarking on a road trip ...more

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The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
RobertDowney added The Bridges of Madison County Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Debra Monk The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American romantic drama film based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Robert James Waller. It was produced by Amblin Entertainment and Malpaso ...more

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The Beguiled is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
bellella75 added The Beguiled Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Pamelyn Ferdin The Beguiled is a 1971 American drama film directed by Don Siegel, starring Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page. The script was written by Albert Maltz and is based on the 1966 Southern Gothic ...more

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Bronco Billy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Bronco Billy Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood, George Wendt Bronco Billy is a 1980 American film starring Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke. It was directed by Eastwood and written by Dennis Hackin.

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White Hunter, Black Heart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
White Hunter, Black Heart Clint Eastwood, Timothy Spall, Marisa Berenson White Hunter Black Heart is a 1990 American film, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, based on the 1953 book White Hunter, Black Heart by Peter Viertel. Viertel also co-wrote the script ...more

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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
RobertDowney added The Rookie Charlie Sheen, Clint Eastwood, Lara Flynn Boyle The Rookie is a 1990 buddy cop film directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Howard G. Kazanjian, Steven Siebert and David Valdes. It was written from a screenplay conceived by Boaz Yakin and ...more

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J. Edgar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
J. Edgar Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench J. Edgar is a 2011 American biographical drama film directed, co-produced, and scored by Clint Eastwood. Written by Dustin Lance Black, the film focuses on the career of FBI director J. Edgar ...more

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Blood Work is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
brandon-archer added Blood Work Clint Eastwood, Anjelica Huston, Jeff Daniels Blood Work is a 2002 American mystery thriller film produced, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood. The film co-stars Jeff Daniels, Wanda De Jesús, and Anjelica Huston. It is based on ...more

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Tarantula is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Tarantula Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Alan Napier Tarantula is a 1955 American science fiction film from Universal-International, produced by William Alland, directed by Jack Arnold, and starring John Agar, Mara Corday and Leo G. Carroll. The ...more