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The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood

Updated October 14, 2019 14.1k votes 2.9k voters 169.3k views45 items

List RulesOnly 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 Outlaw Josey Wales1
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    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke

    Released1976

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • Unforgiven2
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    Unforgiven

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released1992

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a...  more

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  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly3
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    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach

    Released1966

    Directed bySergio Leone

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by...  more

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    Dirty Harry

    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel

    Released1971

    Directed byDon Siegel

    Dirty Harry is a 1971 American action film produced and directed by Don Siegel, the first in...  more

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  • High Plains Drifter5
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    High Plains Drifter

    Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis

    Released1973

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    High Plains Drifter is a 1973 American film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, written...  more

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  • Gran Torino6
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    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker

    Released2008

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also...  more

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  • Pale Rider7
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    Pale Rider

    Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn

    Released1985

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Pale Rider is a 1985 American western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, who also...  more

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  • For a Few Dollars More8
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    For a Few Dollars More

    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef

    Released1965

    Directed bySergio Leone

    For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and...  more

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  • A Fistful of Dollars9
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    A Fistful of Dollars

    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté

    Released1964

    Directed bySergio Leone

    A Fistful of Dollars, titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars, is a 1964 spaghetti western film...  more

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  • Escape from Alcatraz10
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    Escape from Alcatraz

    Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover

    Released1979

    Directed byDon Siegel

    Escape from Alcatraz is a 1979 American prison film, directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint...  more

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  • Hang 'Em High11
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    Hang 'Em High

    Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper

    Released1968

    Directed byTed Post

    Hang 'Em High is a 1968 American Western film directed by Ted Post and produced and co-written...  more

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  • Heartbreak Ridge12
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    Heartbreak Ridge

    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles

    Released1986

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Heartbreak Ridge is a 1986 American film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also...  more

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  • Kelly's Heroes13
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    Kelly's Heroes

    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland

    Released1970

    Directed byBrian G. Hutton

    Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of WWII...  more

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  • Magnum Force14
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    Magnum Force

    Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers

    Released1973

    Directed byTed Post

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  • Million Dollar Baby15
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    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released2004

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • Two Mules for Sister Sara16
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    Two Mules for Sister Sara

    Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine

    Released1970

    Directed byDon Siegel

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  • In the Line of Fire17
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    In the Line of Fire

    Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich

    Released1993

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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  • Every Which Way but Loose18
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    Every Which Way but Loose

    Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo

    Released1978

    Directed byJames Fargo

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  • The Gauntlet19
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    The Gauntlet

    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday

    Released1977

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • The Enforcer20
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    The Enforcer

    Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly

    Released1976

    Directed byJames Fargo

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  • Sudden Impact21
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    Sudden Impact

    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday

    Released1983

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • Where Eagles Dare22
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    Where Eagles Dare

    Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton

    Released1968

    Directed byBrian G. Hutton

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  • The Dead Pool23
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    The Dead Pool

    Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey

    Released1988

    Directed byBuddy Van Horn

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    Any Which Way You Can

    Clint Eastwood, Glen Campbell

    Released1980

    Directed byBuddy Van Horn

    Any Which Way You Can is a 1980 American action comedy film, starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra...  more
  • Play Misty for Me25
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    Play Misty for Me

    Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills

    Released1971

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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