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The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood  

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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 (just check out our Clint Eastwood filmography for a full list of all his 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
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. The screenplay was written by Age ...more
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The Outlaw Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, John Vernon
The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western film. It was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood, with Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Sam Bottoms, and Geraldine Keams. The film ...more
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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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 who takes on ...more
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Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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
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
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
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
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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Magnum Force is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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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Pale Rider is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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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Escape from Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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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In the Line of Fire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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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Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles
Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of WWII soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don ...more
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Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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, Inger Stevens as a widow who helps him, ...more
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Every Which Way but Loose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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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The Enforcer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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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Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason
Heartbreak Ridge is a 1986 American 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. The ...more
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The Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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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Where Eagles Dare is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern
Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 WWII 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. Alistair ...more
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Two Mules for Sister Sara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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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The Dead Pool is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey, Axl Rose
This film 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 final ...more
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The Eiger Sanction is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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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Any Which Way You Can is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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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Sudden Impact is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
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