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The Best Clint Eastwood Movies

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List of the best Clint Eastwood movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. After appearing in For a Few Dollars More in 1965, Clint Eastwood became the face of the modern cowboy. Clint Eastwood's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Clint Eastwood movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Clint Eastwood movies will be at the top of the list. Clint Eastwood has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Clint Eastwood movie of all time is or about the most entertaining Clint Eastwood films.

If you think the best Clint Eastwood role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Clint Eastwood performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list has a variety of films from the Clint Eastwood filmogoraphy, like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Gran Torino, and answers the questions, "What are the best Clint Eastwood movies?" and "What are the greatest Clint Eastwood roles of all time?" And if you're a fan of Eastwood's Old West films, you might also enjoy our list of best John Wayne movies and best Gene Hackman movies.


  • 1

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach

    Character: Man with No Name

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

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  • 2

    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke

    Character: Josey Wales

    The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western film. It was directed by and...  more

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  • 3

    A Fistful of Dollars

    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté

    Character: Man with No Name

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

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  • 4


    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Character: William 'Will' Munny

    Awards: Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director of a Motion Picture

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

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  • 5

    Dirty Harry

    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel

    Character: Harry Callahan

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

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  • 6

    For a Few Dollars More

    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef

    Character: Man with No Name

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

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  • 7

    High Plains Drifter

    Clint Eastwood, Geoffrey Lewis

    Character: The Stranger

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

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  • 8

    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker

    Character: Walt Kowalski

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

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  • 9

    Pale Rider

    Clint Eastwood, Chris Penn

    Character: Preacher

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

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  • 10

    Hang 'Em High

    Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper

    Character: Jed Cooper

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

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  • 11

    Magnum Force

    Clint Eastwood, Suzanne Somers

    Character: Harry Callahan

    Magnum Force is a 1973 American action film and the second to feature Clint Eastwood as...  more

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  • 12

    Escape from Alcatraz

    Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover

    Character: Frank Morris

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

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  • 13

    In the Line of Fire

    Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich

    Character: Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan

    In the Line of Fire is a 1993 American action thriller film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and...  more

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  • 14

    Kelly's Heroes

    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland

    Character: Pvt. Kelly

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

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  • 15

    The Enforcer

    Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly

    Character: Harry Callahan

    The Enforcer is a 1976 American action film and the third in the Dirty Harry film series....  more

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  • 16

    Heartbreak Ridge

    Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles

    Character: Gunnery Sgt. Thomas 'Gunny' Highway

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

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  • 17

    Where Eagles Dare

    Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton

    Character: Lt. Schaffer

    Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 WWII action film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary...  more

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  • 18

    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Character: Frankie Dunn

    Awards: Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director of a Motion Picture

    Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by...  more

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  • 19

    Two Mules for Sister Sara

    Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine

    Character: Hogan

    Two Mules for Sister Sara is an American-Mexican western film starring Shirley MacLaine set...  more

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  • 20

    Every Which Way but Loose

    Clint Eastwood, Beverly DAngelo

    Character: Philo Beddoe

    Every Which Way but Loose is a 1978 American adventure comedy film, released by Warner...  more

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  • 21

    Sudden Impact

    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday

    Character: Harry Callahan

    Sudden Impact is a 1983 American action film and the fourth film in the Dirty Harry series,...  more

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  • 22

    American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

    Character: Church goer

    American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and...  more

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  • 23

    Play Misty for Me

    Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills

    Character: David Garver

    Play Misty for Me is a 1971 American psychological thriller film, directed by and starring...  more

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  • 24

    Letters from Iwo Jima

    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley
    Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint...  more

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  • 25

    The Dead Pool

    Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey

    Character: Harry Callahan

    This film is a 1988 American action flim directed by Buddy Van Horn, written by Steve Sharon,...  more

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