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Clint Eastwood’s 10 Most Popular Movies, According to Letterboxd

Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker, Clint Eastwood, has been one of Hollywood’s top leading men since the 1960s starring in classics such as Hang ‘Em High, Dirty Harry and Escape from Alcatraz. Eastwood got his first big break on the Old West series, Rawhide and after the success of Italian Spaghetti Westerns like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Eastwood solidified himself as one of the greatest Western stars.
While he’s widely recognized for his Westerns, Eastwood has portrayed a variety of characters in other notable movies including romantic dramas and crime thrillers like The Bridges of Madison County and True Confessions. Out of the actor’s impressive and lengthy filmography, these are the 10 most popular movies starring Clint Eastwood according to Letterboxd!
10‘The Bridges of Madison County’ (1995)

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Photojournalist, Robert Kincaid, travels to Iowa to photograph the historic bridges of Madison County and unexpectedly meets Francesca (Meryl Streep) a young mother and housewife. While her husband and children are away, romance blossoms between them and turn into a brief, bittersweet affair that can only last so long.
Eastwood directs and stars in The Bridges of Madison County, an adaptation of the 1992 best-selling novel by Robert James Waller. Unlike his usual tough guy roles and movies, Eastwood bares his emotional side as he portrays a more heartfelt character that showcases Eastwood’s versatile range as both a filmmaker and performer.
9‘Escape from Alcatraz’ (1979)

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Lifetime criminal, Frank Morris has made numerous and successful escapes from prison and to avoid any future early checkouts, he’s transferred to the country’s most secure prison, Alcatraz, to serve out the rest of his sentence. After discovering the harsh and cruel conditions the inmates are forced to endure, Morris decides to do the unthinkable and with the help of a few other inmates, makes a plan to escape from the high-security facility.
Escape from Alcatraz is based on the book written by J. Campbell Bruce which was inspired by the actual 1962 prison break from Alcatraz. The film was the fifth and final film collaboration between Eastwood and director, Don Siegel. Siegel directed Eastwood in some of his early movies including Coogan’s Bluff and the iconic police thriller, Dirty Harry.
8‘The Mule’ (2018)

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When an elderly horticulturist, Earl, faces foreclosure, he reluctantly becomes a drug courier for a Mexican cartel to save his business. Earl starts off making a hefty and easy profit but when he starts moving larger shipments, he catches the attention of a tough DEA agent, Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper) his choices begin to weigh on him.The Mule was Eastwood’s first return in a lead role in one of his movies since Gran Torino in 2008. Eastwood’s character is based on a World War II veteran named Leo Sharp who became a drug courier in the 1980s for the Sinaloa Cartel. The movie also stars Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia, Dianne Weist and Michael Peña.
7‘Dirty Harry’ (1971)

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When a little girl is kidnaped, officer Harry Callahan races against the clock to find her before her abductor kills her. Callahan manages to locate the girl but when he roughs the suspect up, police are forced to drop the charges against him. Once the suspect’s back on the streets, he hijacks a school bus of kids forcing Callahan to go after him.
The action-packed film, Dirty Harry features Eastwood in one of his signature roles and essentially set the standards for a new genre of police films at the time. When Warner Bros. initially purchased the film’s script, they approached other stars to play the lead including John Wayne, Frank Sinatra and Robert Mitchum. Eastwood was considered after actor, Steve McQueen suggested him for the role of the unorthodox cop.
6‘For A Few Dollars More’ (1965)

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When a murderous outlaw and his gang terrorize a region out West, authorities put a hefty reward on their heads that catches the attention of two bounty hunters, Monco and Colonel Douglas Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef). Initially, the two see each other as potential competition, but eventually, they agree to become partners in their mutual pursuit of the outlaws.
A Few Dollars More is the follow-up film to Eastwood’s A Fistful of Dollars and the second installment in Sergio Leone‘s Dollars Trilogy. Eastwood was a crucial influence on Leone’s development of his character, the Man With No Name, and despite being a non-smoker, the director insisted on Eastwood smoking cigars to emphasize the ‘mask’ he was trying to create for the character.
5‘A Fistful of Dollars’ (1964)

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A stranger arrives in a small Mexican village that’s currently in the middle of a vicious power struggle between three brothers, the Rojo Brothers and the local sheriff. When the Rojo Brothers detain a group of soldiers and their gold, the stranger decides to feed false information to the brothers and sheriff for his own personal gain.
According to Clint: The Life and Legend by Patrick McGlligan, Eastwood’s Rawhide co-star, Eric Fleming turned down the offer to star in the Spaghetti Western, A Fistful of Dollars. Actor, Richard Harrison, who knew Eastwood could play a convincing cowboy, suggested the young actor to Leone. Eastwood accepted the part thinking it would be a nice change of scenery from his repetitive television role.
4‘Unforgiven’ (1992)

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When the local sheriff, Little Bill (Gene Hackman) refuses to punish two men for brutally attacking a woman, her friends secretly put up a reward for their murders. A cowboy arrives at the hog farm of retired gunslinger, William Munny, asking for his help in exchange for half the bounty. Munny reluctantly agrees to the job and after recruiting his friend, Ned (Morgan Freeman) they ride into town where they receive an unfriendly welcome from Little Bill and his men.
Unforgiven earned several Academy Awards including Eastwood’s first Oscar for Best Director and is regarded as one of the greatest modern Western movies. The movie’s a brutal but accurate portrayal of the lawless American West riddled with brilliant performances and sharp-shooting dialogue that pays homage to classic Westerns.
3‘Gran Torino’ (2008)

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Widower and retired mechanic, Walt Kowalski spends most of his time alone and irritated by the number of minorities moving into his once all-white neighborhood that’s now overridden by crime and violence. Walt stands up to a gang pressuring a boy into stealing his Ford Gran Torino, he becomes an unexpected hero to the boy. As he starts to get to know his new neighbors, Walt realizes that they have more in common than he thought.
Eastwood takes on both director and lead in his 2008 drama, Gran Torino, and features his son, Scott Eastwood, in a minor part as Trey, a kid from the neighborhood who goes on a date with Thao’s older sister. The young actor has appeared in several of his father’s films including Flags of Our Fathers, Invictus and Trouble With the Curve.
2‘Million Dollar Baby’ (2004)

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Frankie’s a retired boxing trainer in Los Angeles who, aside from his friend, Eddie (Freeman) keeps people at arm’s length. When an aspiring female boxer, Maggie (Hilary Swank), shows up seeking help from Frankie, the trainer turns her away but after some convincing by Eddie, agrees to train her. As they start to train, Maggie and Frankie build an incredible bond that ends up having a profound impact on them both.
Along with starring in and directing, Eastwood also composed the film score for the sports drama, Million Dollar Baby. Eastwood has composed several of his film scores including Mystic River, Changeling and J. Edgar starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Million Dollar Baby earned Eastwood his second Oscar win for both Best Director and Best Picture.
1‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ (1966)

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Outlaw, Tuco (Eli Wallach), has an uneasy arrangement with a stranger he calls Blondie who turns him in to collect a bounty and saves him before the authorities hang him. After one of their schemes goes wrong, Tuco bitterly parts ways with Blondie but when they learn about a buried fortune, they set aside their differences and race to claim the treasure before a sadistic mercenary, Angel Eyes (Van Cleef) gets there first.
According to Wallach’s autobiography, The Good, The Bad, And Me, he and Eastwood flew together to Madrid to film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, but when they arrived, all the hotels were booked. With nowhere else to go, Eastwood invited his co-star to stay with him at his friend’s house and the two ended up sharing a bed for the night. After Wallach’s wife heard about the incident, she said her husband could brag about being the only man to have ever slept with Eastwood.

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Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Reveals Her Favorite Advice He Gave Her

Alison Eastwood is an actress as well one of the daughters of the famed actor and director Clint Eastwood. Getting any type of advice from dear old Dad is a good thing. When it comes to her favorite piece that he gave her, you might think it was acting. She did get the acting bug, too, and did star in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. This advice must be about her career, right? Nope. It had to do with the always tough task of living life.

“I guess just not to take [life] too seriously,” Alison Eastwood tells Closer Weekly in an interview from 2019. “He never seemed to take anything too seriously. Maybe that’s not a good thing … I don’t know.” Yet she also would offer up a little more insight which she’s picked up from being around him. “He makes me laugh, I make him laugh,” Alison said. “That’s my favorite part about it. I think just having a lot of laughter, especially in our family, amongst ourselves. We’re all getting older.”

Clint Eastwood Isn’t A Big Fan Of His Birthday, Daughter Alison Says

She also says that Dad isn’t a big fan of his birthday. He would rather be doing something else, like working or playing golf, than celebrating his big day. Still, Clint Eastwood keeps on providing fans with film work as an actor and director. He’s achieved great success and to think he also has a classic TV connection. Of course, Clint does from his days playing Rowdy Yates on Rawhide.

Yet it is in the movies of Eastwood that has really made him a household name. Working in Europe would provide some foundational success thanks to the “Spaghetti Westerns” directed by Sergio Leone. He would play the “Man with No Name” in films like A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. They all would lead Eastwood to then become an iconic police officer as Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry. One time, he talked about A Fistful of Dollars possibly becoming an “absolute disaster.” What in the world does he mean by this? Eastwood told Roger Ebert years ago that the movie’s producers were arguing among themselves. The issue at hand was who would pay the bills to get the movie done. This leads him to say, “It could have been an absolute disaster. But, we got lucky with it. And it turned out Sergio Leone was for real.”

While his record of success and achievement is solid, sometimes Eastwood has to pick and choose between projects. When it came to playing Bruce Willis’ role John McClane in Die Hard, Eastwood did turn it down. Screenwriter Jeb Stuart would say that Eastwood said that he didn’t get the humor in the movie.

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Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Posts Rare Selfie, And Her Fans Are Absolutely Loving It

Earlier this week, Clint Eastwood’s daughter, Francesca Eastwood, took to her Instagram account to share a rare selfie.

The actress, who didn’t write a caption for the post, is seen with a pair of pink lens sunglasses while sitting near a plant. Follows of Clint Eastwood’s daughter gushed over the simple snapshot. “Extraordinarily Beautiful,” one follower declared. “You look gorgeous, so much like your mom,” another added.

Francesca is preparing to film her upcoming action-packed movie, “Live Fast, Die Laughing.” The film follows a broke taxi driver in Vietnam who thinks it is his lucky day when a mysterious offers him a fortune to drive her 1,000 miles from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. While on the road, the duo is pursued by mobsters and an assassin. Written by Timothy Linh Bui and Tim Tori and directed by Bui, Eastwood will star in the film alongside Harvey Keitel. 

Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Francesca Talks Starring in a Western Genre Film 

While promoting her 2016 film “Outlaws and Angels,” Francesca revealed to the Observer that she didn’t speak to her father, Clint Eastwood, about starring in the western genre film.

“I didn’t ask my parents for advice on this one,” Francesca stated about the role. But she did admit that she usually asks her parents but she wanted to do her own thing this time. “So I just ran and did it and talked with them about it later. I wanted to do one on my own, and it felt great.”

Frances Fisher, Francesca’s mother, was also part of the film. However, the duo did not appear in any scenes together. “This is the first time that I was on a film and then she came on after, rather than her being in a film and I join as her baby. I was probably the least experienced actor, and everyone was just so welcoming and really nurturing to that.”

While speaking about working in a desert, Francesca recalled, “It was pretty intense with the heat and the costumes, and we couldn’t wash them because they were supposed to look aged, so after about 3 weeks of being in the same layers it was just gross. It was fun and part of the experience though. Normally if you’re uncomfortable or too hot you go get a water and sit in a trailer, but that was so not the case with this one.”

Francesa went on to note that she and the rest of the cast just dealt with the production’s conditions. “No one really went to the trailers. We just hung out – no texting, Tweeting, Instagramming. I think it made it really special. There were no distractions.”

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Clint Eastwood: The Wild Story of How He Survived a Plane Crash Into Shark-Infested Waters

Although he is known for his successful Hollywood career, Clint Eastwood’s acting talents were almost never discovered.

According to War History Online, Clint Eastwood actually survived a plane crash in shark-infected waters. This was all during his time in the U.S. Army. The now actor was drafted into the military branch for the Korean War in 1951. He was then sent to Ford Ord, California to complete basic training and where he worked as a swim instructor as well as a bouncer at the NCO club.

While returning to California after a visit with his parents in Seattle, Clint Eastwood flew on a U.S. Navy AD-1Q Skyraider. The airliner was heading to Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California. However, during the flight, Eastwood and pilot Lt. Francis Coleman Anderson’s aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Point Reyes. The duo notably survived because they had access to a life raft and managed to swim in the cold water. 

Clint Eastwood spoke about the incident by stating, “In those days, you could wear your uniform and get a free flight. One the way back, they had one plane, a Douglas AD. Sort of a torpedo bomber of the World War II vintage, and I thought I’d hitch on that. Everything went wrong. Radios went out. Oxygen ran out. And finally, we ran out of fuel up around Point Reyes, California, and went into the ocean. So we went swimming.”

Clint Eastwood further recalled that the event took place in late October or early November and the water was very cold. “Found out many years later that it was a white shark breeding ground, but I’m glad I didn’t know that at the time or I’d have just died,” he noted. 

Clint Eastwood Responds to Whether or Not His Film ‘American Sniper’ Glorified War 

While speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Clint Eastwood discussed his 2014 film “American Sniper” and if the film actually glorifies war. 

“I think it’s nice for veterans,” Clint Eastwood explained. “Because it shows what they go through, and that life — and the wives and families of veterans. It has a great indication of the stresses they are under. And I think that all adds up to kind of an anti-war [message].”

When asked if he considers himself anti-war, Clint Eastwood answered, “Yes. I’ve done war movies because they’re always loaded with drama and conflict. But as far as actual participation … it’s one of those things that should be done with a lot of thought, if it needs to be done. Self-protection is a very important thing for nations, but I just don’t like to see it.”

Clint Eastwood went on to add that he wasn’t a big fan of going to war in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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