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Clint Eastwood picks his six favourite Clint Eastwood movies

The icon Clint Eastwood requires very little introduction. The Hollywood veteran rose to fame in the 1960s, joining John Wayne as one of America’s biggest western stars. Having established his tough-guy visage in the formative TV series Rawhide and finessing it into a global phenomenon through Sergio Leone’s legendary set of movies known as the Dollars Trilogy, he confirmed his unstoppable status after playing the part of anti-hero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films.
Over his six decades basking in the Hollywood limelight, Eastwood branched out increasingly into production and direction, earning four Academy Awards and four Golden Globes for his duties behind the camera. The legend is still active today, aged 92, and released his latest film, Cry Macho, just last year. As well as directing and co-producing the film, Eastwood starred in the lead role of Mike Milo, a retired rodeo star who’s tasked with reuniting a man with his estranged son.
Before his meteoric rise to stardom, Eastwood was cast in a run of uncredited B-movies through the 1950s. Following his appearance in 1958’s Ambush At Cimarron Pass, Eastwood was a hair’s breadth away from throwing in the towel. “It was so bad I just kept sinking lower and lower in my seat,” Eastwood once recalled to Crawdaddy Magazine. “I said to my wife ‘I’m going to quit, I’m really going to quit.”
Thankfully, Rawhide offered Eastwood a safety line in rough waters, and he never looked back. Maintaining such consistency in cinema for over six decades is no easy feat, and Eastwood’s passion for emotive, culturally and politically motivated storytelling is at the root of his astonishing longevity. When given a chance to pick some of his favourite moments from his career, he showcased the weight of his filmography.
In 2010, Eastwood revealed his six favourites of his own films in a feature with the Associated Press. We explore these choices below.
Clint Eastwood’s favourite Clint Eastwood movies:
Bird (1988)
In a divergence from his beaten path of action and violence, Eastwood directed a biopic focusing on the life of jazz saxophonist Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker in 1988. The gunslinger helmed the project from a screenplay written by Joel Oliansky and cast the magnetic Forest Whitaker in the central role.
The story flicks erratically back and forth through Parker’s tempestuous life and chronicles a tale fraught with addiction issues and related career troughs. Although the movie was commercially underwhelming, critics generally held it in high regard, with Eastwood swiping the ‘Best Director’ award at the 46th Golden Globes ceremony.
“It was a nice story about someone whose musicianship I admired so greatly,” Eastwood, who saw Parker perform in the ’40s, told the Associated Press of the project. “It was a good script on the analysis of the self-destructiveness of personality: people who insist on sinking into the abyss. Success, being idolised by other musicians, none of it was enough.”

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
In 2006, Eastwood directed Letters From Iwo Jima as a companion release to Flags of Our Fathers, which was released concurrently. The latter, which featured Eastwood’s son Scott, followed World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima from the American soldiers’ perspective, while the former examined the battle from the balancing view of the Japanese forces. The novel idea allowed Eastwood to remind audiences that soldiers are often forced into battle, merely pawns in a game lost by all players.
“I was proud of Letters from Iwo Jima. I got the idea of doing it while doing Flags of Our Fathers, which is about the American invasion of the island,” Eastwood said of the movie. “But the film pointed out what it must have been like to have been one of the defenders of the island, to have been there, and been told not to plan on returning home. What a difficult request to make of people. Also, the Japanese soldiers were facing certain annihilation. They never gave up hope. A lot of them would have loved to have been out of the war and home, just like soldiers from any nation.”

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
In 2004, Eastwood added perhaps his greatest directional triumph to his oeuvre with the sports drama movie Million Dollar Baby. For this modern classic, Eastwood flexed his creative muscles to co-produce, score and star in the movie as the cantankerous trainer who helps aspiring boxer Margaret ‘Maggie’ Fitzgerald to victory.
The movie was an all-around success, pulling in $216.8million worldwide and reaping seven nominations at the 77th Academy Awards. From these nominations, the movie won four Oscars, picking up ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Director’ for Eastwood, ‘Best Actress’ for Hilary Swank as Fitzgerald, and ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for Morgan Freeman.
“It appealed to me because it was a story regarding family, a search for the daughter he never had a relationship with, and the search for the father that was no longer there for her,” Eastwood told the Associated Press. “They were both sort of reticent and ended up putting themselves through the most emotional test possible, ending with her desire to be euthanised.”

Mystic River (2003)
In 2003, Eastwood directed Mystic River, a neo-noir crime drama featuring a strong cast, including Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden and Laura Linney. The movie follows the gritty story as told in Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name and boasted Eastwood’s first-ever soundtrack score.
The movie was received well both critically and commercially, swiping two Oscars from its six nominations at the 76th Academy Awards: ‘Best Actor’ for Sean Penn and ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for Tim Robbins, the movie remains one of Eastwood’s prouder moments.
“I liked the book and the screenplay by Brian Helgeland,” Eastwood said of his choice. “The way sometimes fate deals a bad hand, and it just keeps getting worse and worse, and there is nothing anyone can do. No amount of sane advice can stop the train.”

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The oldest film to feature on Eastwood’s pick of six was The Outlaw Josey Wales, the actor’s welcomed return to westerns in the late 1970s. Eastwood both directed and starred in this late western classic as the titular farmer who embarks on a vengeance mission after Union militants murder his family during the American Civil War.
The movie was commercially and critically favoured, ushering in a sequel in 1986 and garnering the star a newfound esteem. Eastwood stepped back from directing and acting duties for The Return of Josey Wales, which was panned by critics and drew much smaller crowds.
“It was the first western I had done in some time, since the 1960s Leone movies,” Eastwood said of the movie. “It came out in the ’70s when the country was restless about Vietnam. It addressed the divisiveness of war and how it can tear at heart and soul. But it also dealt with the rejuvenation of a cynic, re-instilling his life with purpose and with a surrogate family.”

Unforgiven (1992)
In 1992, Eastwood returned once again to his western roots. Unforgiven remains one of the genre’s finest movies of the 20th century. As well as directing David Webb Peoples’ screenplay, Eastwood starred alongside Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris as William Munny, an ageing former outlaw who decides to take one final job after laying low for several years as a farmer.
Unforgiven became the third western to win ‘Best Picture’ at the Academy Awards, following 1931’s Cimarron and 1990’s Dances with Wolves. Clint Eastwood also won ‘Best Director’, and while Gene Hackman won ‘Best Supporting Actor’ and editor Joel Cox scooped the ‘Best Film Editing’ award, Eastwood missed out on the ‘Best Actor’ award, which instead went to Al Pacino for his stellar role in Scent of a Woman.
“I loved the Unforgiven script,” Eastwood beamed. “You had to get a ways into it before you knew who was the protagonist and who was the antagonist. Even the villains, with the exception of the renegade cowboys, had good points to their character and had dreams. Little Bill (played by Gene Hackman) just wanted a peaceful life. He believed he was doing the right thing. The film dealt with issues – gun control and the struggles people have within. The hero went against instinct. It was a very rich story involving loyalty to friends, family and rationalising deeds. It was a very intelligent script.”

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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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