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The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood

Updated December 12, 2019 5.8k votes 1.3k voters 107.5k views41 items

This is a collection of the best movies directed by Clint Eastwood as voted on by film buffs. If you're wondering, "What movies has Clint Eastwood directed," this list focuses specifically on Clint Eastwood films in which he was behind the camera, as opposed to his origins as an actor. 

Eastwood won the Academy Award for Best Director in 2004 with Million Dollar Baby, which made him the oldest living winner of an Oscar for the Best Director category. Other Clint Eastwood directed movies include Unforgiven and Gran Torino, as well as Mystic River, a 2003 film directed by Clint Eastwood, which led to Oscars for lead actor Sean Penn and supporting actor Tim Robbins. As a director, there are more than 30+ Clint Eastwood movies in total. 

What are your favorite films directed by Clint Eastwood? If you think the greatest Clint Eastwood movies aren't as high as they should be on this list, make sure to vote so that your opinion counts. If you're new to his work, and wanting to get into Clint Eastwood films, this list is a great starting point. Also, be sure to check out this list of Eastwood films for his acting work, too. 

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    Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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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 on Wikipedia

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    The Outlaw Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke

    Released1976

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    The Outlaw Josey Wales is a 1976 American revisionist Western film. It was directed by and... more on Wikipedia
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    Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    Mystic River

    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn

    Released2003

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    Million Dollar Baby

    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

    Released2004

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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

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    High Plains Drifter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    Letters from Iwo Jima

    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley

    Released2006

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint... more on Wikipedia
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    American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    American Sniper

    Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

    Released2015

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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

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    Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    Flags of Our Fathers

    Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe

    Released2006

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 American film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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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 on Wikipedia
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    A Perfect World is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    A Perfect World

    Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner

    Released1993

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    A Perfect World is a 1993 adventure drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Kevin... more on Wikipedia

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    Play Misty for Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    Play Misty for Me

    Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills

    Released1971

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Pale Rider is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Sudden Impact is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    Sudden Impact

    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday

    Released1983

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • 15
    Absolute Power is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    Absolute Power

    Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman

    Released1997

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    The Bridges of Madison County

    Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep

    Released1995

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Changeling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    Changeling

    Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich

    Released2008

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Space Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    Space Cowboys

    Clint Eastwood, Jon Hamm

    Released2000

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Space Cowboys is a 2000 American space adventure film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood.... more on Wikipedia

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    Invictus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    Invictus

    Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon

    Released2009

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    A Star Is Born is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    The Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    The Gauntlet

    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday

    Released1977

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    The Gauntlet is a 1977 American action film directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Eastwood and... more on Wikipedia
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    Tightrope is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    Tightrope

    Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood

    Released1984

    Directed byClint Eastwood, Richard Tuggle

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    The Eiger Sanction is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    The Eiger Sanction

    Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy

    Released1975

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    The Eiger Sanction is a 1975 American action thriller directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.... more on Wikipedia
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    Midnight in the Garden of Good is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    Released1997

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a 1997 American drama film directed by Clint... more on Wikipedia
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    Sully is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
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    Sully

    Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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