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The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood  

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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. 

Are you a fan of Clint Eastwood's filmography? Vote on our lists of the best movies directed by Ron Howard and Robert Zemeckis too.

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Unforgiven is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Directed by 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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Gran Torino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Directed by 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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The Outlaw Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Directed by 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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Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon
Mystic River is a 2003 American mystery drama film directed and scored by Clint Eastwood. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, and Laura Linney. ...more
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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Directed by 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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High Plains Drifter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Directed by 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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Pale Rider is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Directed by 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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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya
Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the ...more
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American Sniper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
Clark Benson added Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jonathan Groff
American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. It is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal ...more
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Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell
Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 American film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood and written by William Broyles, Jr. and Paul Haggis. It is based on the book of the same name ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, Laura Dern
A Perfect World is a 1993 adventure drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Kevin Costner as an escaped convict who befriends a young boy, and ends up embarking on a road trip with ...more
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Sudden Impact is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Directed by 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
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Heartbreak Ridge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Directed by 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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Play Misty for Me is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills, Jessica Walter
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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Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris
Absolute Power is a 1997 American political thriller film produced by, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood. The screenplay by William Goldman is based on the 1996 novel Absolute Power by ...more
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The Bridges of Madison County is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Debra Monk
The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American romantic drama film based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Robert James Waller. It was produced by Amblin Entertainment and Malpaso ...more
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Changeling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan
Changeling is a 2008 American drama film, written by J. Michael Straczynski and directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, that explores child endangerment, female disempowerment, ...more
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Space Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Jon Hamm, Jay Leno
Space Cowboys is a 2000 American space adventure film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood. It stars Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner as four older "ex-test ...more
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The Gauntlet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Directed by 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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Invictus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood
"From director Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar ...more
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Tightrope is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold
Tightrope is a 1984 American suspense thriller produced by and starring Clint Eastwood and written and directed by Richard Tuggle.
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Sully is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood
Hawkeye Ranker added Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
Sully (also known as Sully: Miracle on the Hudson) is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Todd Komarnicki, based on the autobiography Highest Duty ...more
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Clint Eastwood, Anjelica Huston, Jeff Daniels
Blood Work is a 2002 American mystery thriller film produced, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood. The film co-stars Jeff Daniels, Wanda De Jesús, and Anjelica Huston. It is based on ...more
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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
Kevin Spacey, Jude Law, John Cusack
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a 1997 American drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, and an adaptation of the book of the same name by John Berendt, which was based on real-life ...more
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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