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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 th... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

Released: 1966

Directed by: Sergio Leone

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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#2 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #90 of 377 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Rankedlisted on Civil War Movies List

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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

Released: 1976

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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#5 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #54 of 481 The Greatest Movies for Guyslisted on Civil War Movies List

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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

Released: 1992

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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#1 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #211 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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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

Released: 1971

Directed by: Don Siegel

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

Released: 1964

Directed by: Sergio Leone

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

Released: 2008

Directed by: Clint 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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High Plains Drifter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis, John Hillerman

Released: 1973

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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For a Few Dollars More ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Sergio Leone

Released: 1965

Directed by: 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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#19 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #84 of 481 The Greatest Movies for Guys #137 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Pale Rider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn, Michael Moriarty

Released: 1985

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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Escape from Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan

Released: 1979

Directed by: Don Siegel

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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Magnum Force is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers, Hal Holbrook

Released: 1973

Directed by: Ted Post

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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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

Released: 2004

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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Hang 'Em High is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern

Released: 1968

Directed by: Ted Post

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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#20 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #8 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s #99 of 163 The Best Movies of the '60s

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In the Line of Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo

Released: 1993

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

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) 15 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

Released: 1970

Directed by: Brian G. Hutton

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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Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason

Released: 1986

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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Every Which Way but Loos... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo, Ruth Gordon

Released: 1978

Directed by: James Fargo

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) 18 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Bradford Dillman

Released: 1976

Directed by: James Fargo

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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Where Eagles Dare is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

Released: 1968

Directed by: Brian G. Hutton

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 Sar... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine, Armando Silvestre

Released: 1970

Directed by: Don Siegel

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 Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Sondra Locke

Released: 1977

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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 Dead Pool is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey, Axl Rose

Released: 1988

Directed by: Buddy Van Horn

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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Any Which Way You Can is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Glen Campbell, Ruth Gordon

Released: 1980

Directed by: Buddy Van Horn

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) 24 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Sondra Locke

Released: 1983

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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Play Misty for Me is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Starring Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills, Jessica Walter

Released: 1971

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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