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At the ripe age of 88, Clint Eastwood still ranks among the hardest-working men in show business. He’s also one of Hollywood’s longest-running icons, with a career spanning more than six decades. Eastwood began taking on bit parts in a handful of B-movies and TV shows in the mid-1950s, performing odd jobs on the side. In 1958, he landed a recurring role on the popular series “Rawhide,” followed by his big-screen breakout in Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful of Dollars.” A spiritual successor to John Wayne, Eastwood’s gritty, laconic swagger redefined machismo for a new Hollywood era. He eventually became equally as respected for his accomplishments as a producer, director, and occasional composer.
Eastwood’s personal life and history are less extraordinary. Before making it in Hollywood, he was a lumberjack, lifeguard, and firefighter. In his 20s, he survived an emergency plane landing by swimming ashore through shark-infested waters. He was the mayor of Carmel, Calif., for two years in the mid-1980s. He talked to a chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Seen alongside his two marriages, seven (or more) children, and a slate of professional achievements, Eastwood has enjoyed a full life.
Eastwood’s most recent effort is “The Mule,” which became a surprise hit in America’s heartland. But is it one of his best? To find out, Stacker ranked all of Clint Eastwood’s films according to their IMDb user rating, updated in January 2019. Ties were broken by the number of votes. Included on the list are all the films Eastwood has acted in and/or directed, while uncredited appearances and cameo roles were excluded. If Eastwood produced or wrote music for a movie, but didn’t direct it or star in it, then it was likewise left off the list. Counting down from #66, here are the best Clint Eastwood films of all time.
#66. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
IMDb user rating: 5.2
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Runtime: 94 min.
While casting real-life heroes as themselves was a noble endeavor, the result was Eastwood’s worst film to date, according to IMDb user data. It tells the true story of three U.S. friends who disrupted a terrorist plot aboard a Paris-bound train. Eastwood co-produced in addition to directing.[/nextpage][nextpage]
#65. Pink Cadillac (1989)
IMDb user rating: 5.3
Director(s): Buddy Van Horn
Runtime: 122 min.
Eastwood plays a crafty skip tracer named Tommy Nowak in this action comedy. While transporting his latest catch (Bernadette Peters), Nowak crosses paths with white supremacists, a kidnapping husband, counterfeit cash, and (as the title suggests) a pink Cadillac. Audiences can look forward to a brief appearance from a young Jim Carrey.[/nextpage][nextpage]
#64. Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958)
IMDb user rating: 5.4
Director(s): Jodie Copelan
Runtime: 73 min.
Eastwood was paid just $750 for his role in this movie, which he would later describe as “probably the lousiest Western ever made.” Set in 1867, it follows an army patrol carrying precious cargo through hostile Apache territory. When Eastwood became a star in the mid-60s, the film was re-released with his name at the top.[/nextpage][nextpage]
#63. The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)
Arthur Lubin Productions
IMDb user rating: 5.5
Director(s): Arthur Lubin
Runtime: 92 min.
Eastwood was still a struggling actor when he landed a supporting role in this comedy Western. It takes place at the turn of the century, and it stars Ginger Rogers and Carol Channing as Miss Rose Gillray and Molly Wade. After their careers go bust, Gillray and Wade team up to peddle barbed wire to shady cowboys.
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