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The 22 Best Clint Eastwood Movies That Aren’t Westerns

A large chunk of his films are Westerns – it’s undoubtedly the genre most people think of first when his name gets spoken – but he’s also acted in some great movies in different genres.
In this piece, we’ll take you through the 22 best movies Clint Eastwood has appeared in that aren’t in the Western genre.
1. The Eiger Sanction (1975, directed by Clint Eastwood)
The Eiger Sanction

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The Eiger Sanction is an action movie based on Trevanian’s 1972 novel. It’s about an art history professor, mountain climber, and former assassin who a secret government agency once employed, as he gets blackmailed into returning to his previous profession for one final mission that involves climbing the Eiger.
Eastwood plays the lead role of C-2 Agent Dr. Jonathan Hemlock and does so adeptly, if not iconically. The movie is suspenseful and dramatic, and the climbing scenes are fantastic. The plot’s all over the place, but it looks good.
2. Magnum Force (1973, directed by Ted Post)
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Magnum Force is a neo-noir vigilante action thriller and the second movie after 1971’s Dirty Harry to feature Clint Eastwood as the nonconformist cop Harry Callahan. In this one, Callahan looks into a conspiracy of vigilante cops who don’t mind bending the rules to kill San Francisco’s criminals.
It’s an exciting movie with an assured performance from Eastwood, but its conflicting moral themes bring it down (Callahan’s “anti-vigilantism” really isn’t believable). Nevertheless, Magnum Force has plenty of fast-paced action and some excellent stunts.
3. The Mule (2018, directed by Clint Eastwood)
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The Mule is a crime drama based on Sam Dolnick’s 2014 article in The New York Times. It tells the story of Leo Sharp, a World War II veteran who became a narcotics courier for the infamous Mexican Sinaloa Cartel while he was in his 80s.
The slow pace of The Mule means it isn’t an exciting watch, but it’s undoubtedly a charming one. Eastwood’s whimsical snarling is endearing, and his overall performance, while subdued compared to normal, is very good.
4. American Sniper (2014, directed by Clint Eastwood)
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American Sniper is a biographical war drama loosely based on Chris Kyle’s 2012 memoir. It’s about Kyle’s life, as he became the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history (he had 255 kills from four tours in the Iraq War, 160 of which the Department of Defense has officially confirmed).
Bradley Cooper is brilliant as Kyle, giving a gripping performance that makes the film worth watching. It’s a pretty sad movie, but its vivid accounts of events warrant significant praise. Eastwood has a mere uncredited cameo as a church-goer, but he appeared in it, so it counts.
5. The Gauntlet (1977, directed by Clint Eastwood)
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The Gauntlet is an action thriller about a down-and-out police officer who falls in love with a prostitute after being assigned to escort her from Las Vegas to Phoenix so she can testify against the mob.
It’s a fast-paced, energetic, funny movie with near-relentless action. Eastwood is fantastic as the cop who falls for the lady of the night, giving a typically gruff performance. The plot is ridiculous, and the dialogue is straight out of a comic book, but The Gauntlet is an easy, fun watch.
6. Space Cowboys (2000, directed by Clint Eastwood)
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Space Cowboys is an adventure drama about four older “ex-test pilots” – played by Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner – who are sent into space to repair an old Soviet satellite.
It’s a clichéd story, but its veteran stars make Space Cowboys a most enjoyable viewing experience. The acting and the tense chemistry between Eastwood and Jones are exceptional, and while it doesn’t take any risks, this movie does what it does well.
7. Kelly’s Heroes (1970, directed by Brian G. Hutton)
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Kelly’s Heroes is a World War II comedy-drama heist movie that follows a motley crew of American GIs going AWOL behind German lines to rob a French bank.
This film perfectly balances humor with the horrors of war. For the most part, it’s a fun heist caper with lively performances from Eastwood, Telly Savalas, and Donald Sutherland, but it’s also terrific when it gets serious. It’s top-quality satirical commentary.
8. A Perfect World (1993, directed by Clint Eastwood)
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A Perfect World is a crime drama about an escaped convict who takes a young boy hostage and goes on the run with the child while various law enforcement officers pursue him.
Kevin Costner stars as the convict, while Eastwood portrays a Texas Ranger in pursuit of him, and both men are fantastic. It’s an intelligent, gritty, haunting movie with much heart. The story could be more cohesive, but it’s highly watchable, thanks mainly to its cast.
9. Gran Torino (2008, directed by Clint Eastwood)
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Gran Torino is a drama movie about a recently widowed, angry Korean War veteran who befriends his young neighbor (and his family) after the boy gets pressured into trying to steal his prized 1972 Ford Torino for his initiation into a gang.
It’s a funny, touching, brilliantly acted movie with a 78-year-old action hero as its lead – and Eastwood pulls it off. The star has a knack for simultaneously being incredibly menacing and likable, and this film epitomizes that. Its multicultural inclusivity warrants praise, too.
10. White Hunter Black Heart (1990, directed by Clint Eastwood)
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White Hunter Black Heart is an adventure drama movie based on Peter Viertel’s 1953 novel. It’s a semi-fictional account of Viertel’s experiences while working on the 1951 film The African Queen. The main character, brash director John Wilson (Eastwood), is based on real-life director John Huston.
It’s a poignant and intelligent movie that brilliantly conveys the insecurity some artists endure in their careers. Eastwood is brilliant in this film, and the supporting cast is surprisingly great for a group of actors most people haven’t heard of.
11. Tightrope (1984, directed by Richard Tuggle)
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Tightrope is a neo-noir psychological mystery slasher crime thriller – and isn’t that a mouthful? This movie follows a New Orleans single dad and cop who goes after a murderer but becomes the hunted man when he gets too close to the criminal.
It received praise for portraying a gruff, hard-nosed cop developing as a character and coming to respect a woman. Tightrope is a gripping movie in which Eastwood gives a complex, layered, and impactful performance. The chemistry between him and Geneviève Bujold is palpable.
12. Play Misty for Me (1971, directed by Clint Eastwood)
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Play Misty for Me is a psychological thriller about a radio disc jockey who gets relentlessly stalked by an obsessed female fan. This movie was Eastwood’s directorial debut, and he plays the lead role of the DJ.
This excellent movie has some genuine scares, and Eastwood and Jessica Walter – the latter in particular – are both fantastic. It’s suspenseful, calculating, and thoroughly entertaining, and it has audiences in the palm of their hands and on the edge of their seats.
13. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974, directed by Michael Cimino)
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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a crime comedy about a bank robber who gets his old gang back together to organize a risky new heist with the assistance of a cocky and disrespectful young acquaintance.
It’s as funny and dramatic as you could hope a crime comedy could be. Eastwood and Jeff Bridges make a great buddy duo and have excellent chemistry. It’s entertaining throughout, if not a little vulgar at times. The tone changes often, but it works in this film.
14. Where Eagles Dare (1968, directed by Brian G. Hutton)
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Where Eagles Dare is a World War II movie chronicling a joint British-American Special Operations team raiding a mountaintop fortress in the German Alps to rescue a U.S. Army brigadier general.
This movie is a bona fide classic with thrills galore. Its excellent cast, led by Richard Burton, performs brilliantly. The plot is a little convoluted, but most viewers will get the gist of it. The third act, in particular, is completely riveting.
15. Dirty Harry (1971, directed by Don Siegel)
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Dirty Harry is Eastwood’s most iconic movie. It’s a neo-noir action thriller that follows San Francisco Police Department Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan as he seeks out a vicious and psychopathic killer.
As controversial as Dirty Harry was, it’s a brilliant film. Eastwood is formidable in the eponymous role, and Andy Robinson is frighteningly convincing as the Scorpio Killer and the thrills are neverending. It’s stylish, energetic, and action-packed.
16. The Beguiled (1971, directed by Don Siegel)
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The Beguiled is a Southern Gothic movie based on Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 novel, originally titled A Painted Devil. It’s about a Union soldier who, while recovering in a Confederate girls’ boarding school, cons his way into the hearts of several lonely women, causing them to turn on each other and, ultimately, on him.
Eastwood’s character, Corporal John “McBee” McBurney, is despicable in this film, but the actor is brilliant. It’s one of the strangest movies associated with the veteran star – Quentin Tarantino says it’s almost an art film – and it’s suspenseful, stylish, darkly funny, and engaging.
17. Million Dollar Baby (2004, directed by Clint Eastwood)
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Million Dollar Baby is a sports drama based on F.X. Toole’s (the pen name of fight manager and cutman Jerry Boyd) stories from his 2000 collection Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner. It’s about an amateur female boxer whom a cantankerous boxing trainer helps to achieve her dream of becoming a professional.
Seven Academy Award nominations and four wins say it all. Million Dollar Baby won Best Picture, Best Director (for Eastwood), Best Actress (for Hilary Swank), and Best Supporting Actor (for Morgan Freeman). It’s a brilliant movie with excellent performances, direction, and a heartfelt, impactful story. The ending is very depressing, however.
18. The Bridges of Madison County (1995, directed by Clint Eastwood)
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The Bridges of Madison County is a romantic drama based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 bestselling novel. The movie chronicles a four-day love affair between a National Geographic photographer and an Italian war bride in Iowa in the mid-1960s.
Eastwood and Meryl Streep are superb in this movie, with the latter receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance. It’s a sentimental, unrushed, and very easy-to-watch film that’s a lot more entertaining than its simple premise suggests it might be.
19. Tarantula! (1955, directed by Jack Arnold)
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Tarantula! is a sci-fi monster horror movie about a spider escaping from an isolated Arizona desert laboratory that experiments with giantism and wreaking havoc in the local area as it grows to enormous proportions.
We bet you were surprised to see this movie here! Eastwood appears uncredited in a minor role as a jet squadron leader, but it’s a movie he should be proud to be in. It’s fast-paced, has excellent special effects for its time, and some genuinely intriguing subplots are at play. Tarantula! is a classic of its genre.
20. Coogan’s Bluff (1968, directed by Don Siegel)
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Coogan’s Bluff is an action crime thriller about a veteran deputy sheriff from a rural county in Arizona who heads to New York City to escort a captured fugitive who is wanted for murder back for trial.
This movie influenced how action movies would play out for decades and shaped Eastwood’s cinematic persona in the future. It’s energetic, engaging, and quite funny at times, and Eastwood’s performance is easily the most underrated of his entire career.
21. In the Line of Fire (1993, directed by Wolfgang Petersen)
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In the Line of Fire is a political action thriller about a United States Secret Service agent who couldn’t save John F. Kennedy from assassination but is determined not to let a crafty assassin take out the current president.
Although it didn’t win any, In the Line of Fire received three Academy Award nominations, and rightly so. It’s a brilliant movie with awesomely charismatic performances from Eastwood and John Malkovich (who got a Best Supporting Actor nomination). It’s smooth, stylish, intelligent, and completely gripping.
22. Escape from Alcatraz (1979, directed by Don Siegel)
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Escape from Alcatraz is a prison action thriller based on J. Campbell Bruce’s 1963 non-fiction book, which dramatizes the 1962 prisoner escape from the infamous maximum security prison on San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island.
It’s Eastwood’s best non-Western movie, and he’s fabulous as Frank Morris, one of the inmates who escaped. The film is a masterful piece of storytelling and moviemaking, and it’s stylish, exhilarating, excellently acted, and makes terrific use of its claustrophobic setting.

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The Shining Actor Broke Down Into Tears While Working With Clint Eastwood After Being Traumatized By Stanley Kubrick On Set

Director Stanley Kubrick is known for being a taskmaster on his sets. Many actors have recounted horror stories about the director’s dedication to details and how they had to endure as much as a hundred takes due to Kubrick’s penchant for perfectionism.
Scatman Crothers, the actor who played Dick Hallorann in Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining also recounted memories of going on multiple takes for simple shots. In fact, Crothers was affected so strongly by Kubrick’s style that when he next worked with director Clint Eastwood, he broke into tears as he was satisfied with a single take.
Scatman Crothers On Stanley Kubrick’s Style Of Filmmaking

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Scatman Crothers

Actor and musician Scatman Crothers got to work on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining after being recommended by his frequent collaborator Jack Nicholson. Nicholson and Crothers had featured in three movies before and while shooting for the classic One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Nicholson told him that there was a role waiting for him.
Crothers was cast after he met Stanley Kubrick in the role of Dick Hallorann, the chef of the Overlook Hotel and a man who also possesses the power to ‘shine’ like Danny Torrance. Crothers was reportedly amused by Kubrick’s insane dedication to perfection and the number of takes he filmed to get what he wanted.

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Talking to Scraps From the Loft, Crothers spoke about Stanley Kubrick’s directing style,
“Stanley shot 87 takes of the scene in the ballroom with all of the cast. Even the part where I get out of the Sno-Cat and walk to the hotel door—a scene that has no dialogue—took 40 takes. Around the 39th take, I asked Stanley, ‘How do you want me to do it?’ He answered. ‘Walk a little bit to your left.’ So I said. ‘Look, show me how you want me to walk, give me the rhythm,’ and then we got the shot.”
Crothers reportedly also performed the stunts in the film on his own, in the scene where he gets struck with an axe by Jack Nicholson. The scene reportedly took twenty-five takes to get right.
Scatman Crothers Broke Down In Tears While Working With Clint Eastwood

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After his grueling stint on The Shining with director Stanley Kubrick, Scatman Crothers went on to work with director Clint Eastwood on the Western-comedy Bronco Billy. The director is known for being extremely efficient and reportedly often films only one take for every shot. This was a polar opposite experience for Crothers, who had by then become used to Kubrick’s intense style.
The actor reportedly broke down in tears after his performance was given the thumbs up by Eastwood after one take. Crotehrs spoke about the directors’ differing working styles,
“Clint’s much more of an easy-going director Clint would do a shot once or twice and I’d ask him, ‘Is that alright?’…Clint would answer, ‘Well sure. Scat.’ I’d say. ‘Okay, man!’ because after working with Stanley [Kubrick] for so long, I was used to doing anywhere from 15 to 30 takes.”
The actor would years later be in tears yet again after being asked how it was to work with such legendary directors. Crothers assured that they were tears of joy.

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You Won’t Believe How Much Clint Eastwood Was Earning Before He Landed His First Leading Role in a Movie

With a career spanning over 6-decades, Clint Eastwood has made a mammoth fortune with his net worth standing at $375M following his contribution to the field of acting, filmmaking, and composing. However, it wasn’t always sunshine and rainbow when it came to his salary in the entertainment industry, especially during his early 20s when he was just starting out as an actor.
Although it took Eastwood a while to land his first acting gig after getting rejected for Six Bridges to Cross, the following year, he made his acting debut in Revenge of the Creature. But after a string of minor and often uncredited roles, his career eventually picked up the pace with the western series Rawhide, for which he wasn’t exactly paid boatloads of money.
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Clint Eastwood Made $700 per Episode for His First Major Project
While it was Sir Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy that earned Clint Eastwood international stardom, prior to playing the lead in the Western, it was his part in Rawhide that put him on the map. And for his role of Ramrod Rowdy Yates, he reportedly made around $700 per episode which approximately adds up to $6000 in today’s dollars that pales in comparison to his huge paydays.
A few years after marking his debut in the hit western, the actor would eventually find himself playing the iconic Man with No Name in 1964’s A Fistful of Dollars, which he agreed for $15000.
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Clint Eastwood Almost Didn’t Return for the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
For the first installment in his Dollars trilogy, Sir Sergio Leone originally aimed to cast James Coburn in the badass role, but eventually let go of his plans for budget issues, as Coburn charged $25000.
Per BBC (via Farout Magazine), Leone stated,
“I really wanted James Coburn, but he was too expensive. The Italian cinema is very poor. We got Clint for $15,000, Coburn wanted $25,000.”
Following the mammoth success of A Fistful of Dollars, Eastwood’s paycheck witnessed a healthy spike for the sequel, as the studio offered him $50,000. But for the threequel, the Unforgiven Star made an astonishing $$250K following his reluctance to reprise the role in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, with Sir Leone almost recasting Charles Bronson in the role.
Also read: “I don’t like it when it’s dumb”: Yellowstone Star Kevin Costner Revealed He Hates Western Genre Despite Sharing Clint Eastwood’s Rare Record In Hollywood
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Thankfully, the American icon went on to star in the threequel, often considered the best the genre has to offer, and the film became the biggest success of the trilogy, making around $38 Million.
The Dollars Trilogy is available to rent on Apple TV.

 

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Disaster Drama Film Hereafter: Everything You Need to Know

The disaster drama movie “Hereafter,” directed by Clint Eastwood, explores the supernatural and the philosophical. The movie, which came out in 2010, looks at life after death through a series of interconnected stories.
The goal of this blog is to give a full picture of “Hereafter,” including its plot, cast, production information, reviews, and more.


Storyline
“Hereafter” combines three separate stories, all of which are about death and the future. The movie starts with a dramatic scene of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

It then follows the lives of three characters: a French writer who has a near-death experience, a psychic in San Francisco who can talk to the dead, and a schoolboy in London who loses his twin brother. The people in these stories seek answers to life’s most important questions.
Cast Members
Matt Damon plays psychic George Lonegan, who has trouble with his powers. Cécile de France plays journalist Marie Lelay, who survives the tsunami. And Frankie and George McLaren play the London twins, Marcus and Jason.

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In supporting roles, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jay Mohr, and Thierry Neuvic are also in the cast.

 

The story is more interesting by supporting actors like Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays George’s girlfriend Melanie, and Jay Mohr, who plays George’s brother Billy. Their performances are crucial to the movie’s study of relationships and the afterlife.
The Clint Eastwood movie “Hereafter” is known for taking a careful and thoughtful look at the subject. The production was well planned, especially the scene with the wave, which got great reviews for its realistic appearance.
Filming Locations
The movie was made in many places, such as San Francisco, Paris, and London. The different places give the movie’s look at death and the afterlife a global feel.

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Makers Team

 
The movie did well because of Eastwood’s direction, Peter Morgan’s script, and Tom Stern’s cinematography. The people who made this movie collaborated to bring this complicated story to life.

Reviews from Critics and FFans
Critical reviews of “Hereafter” were mixed. Some people liked how big the story was and how Eastwood directed it, but others thought it moved too slowly. It was, however, usually well-received by audiences who liked how reflective it was.
Where to Watch It?
It is possible to watch “Hereafter” on services like Netflix. This thought-provoking movie can be watched from the comfort of people’s homes by many people.
Matt Damon plays George Lonegan in a way that stands out for being subtle and deep. As Marie Lelay, Cécile de France gives an engaging performance that successfully shows the emotional journey of her character.

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Frankie and George McLaren, who are twins, give moving performances that capture the innocence and pain of youth.
 

 
Conclusion
The film “Hereafter” deals with deep and often unanswerable questions about life after death. The movie is a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience thanks to Clint Eastwood’s nuanced direction, the cast’s powerful performances, and the plot that weaves together different lives and experiences.
“Hereafter” is a movie that makes you think and feel deeply, whether you’re interested in its existential ideas or the emotional journeys of its characters.

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