My Favorite Clint Eastwood Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   White Hunter Black Heart (1990)

2.   Bird (1988)

3.   Play Misty for Me (1971)

4.   Gran Torino (2008)

5.   The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

6.   A Perfect World (1993)

7.   Unforgiven (1992)

8.   Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

9.   Million Dollar Baby (2004)

10. Mystic River (2003)

11. Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

12. Pale Rider (1985)

13. Honkytonk Man (1982)

14. Bronco Billy (1980)

15. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) 

16. High Plains Drifter (1973)

17. The Blues (2003)
Episode: “Piano Blues”
(Documentary)
(Television)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   The Mule (2018)

2.   American Sniper (2014)

3.   Richard Jewell (2019)

4.   Sully (2016)

5.   Breezy (1973)

6.   Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

7.   The Gauntlet (1977)

8.   Firefox (1982)

9.   Sudden Impact (1983)

10. The Eiger Sanction (1975)

9 thoughts on “My Favorite Clint Eastwood Films

  1. Clint Eastwood has been a part of my life as long as I can remember, what a career! I do love his 70s and 80s output: High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider all culminating in Unforgiven. As you’ve probably guessed I’m a big fan of westerns. Also Alex Cox featured Bird on Moviedrome back in the day and considered it Eastwood’s best, yes even better than Unfforgiven. High praise indeed.

  2. Clint Eastwood has directed a lot of great films and yes all of those works you mention are high points indeed. I too am a big fan of westerns like you are as well 🙂 You are also correct that Alex Cox did introduce the film Bird on Moviedrome and considered it better than Unforgiven. Not only that, but in his introduction to Coogan’s Bluff, he also seemed to imply that White Hunter Black Heart was another great one which could only mean that that is another one that is better than Unforgiven in his opinion. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  3. I love A Perfect World as well and according to the IMDB Trivia link of A Perfect World, Eastwood considered it to be one of his favorites as well. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. I love Clint Eastwood. Do I think he was a great actor? No. But no actor has better utilized his or her skills. Do I think he is a great director? No. But I think he is a very good director that has made one masterpiece and a handful of really good films. Here’s my list:
    1. The Unforgiven–To me this is his masterpiece. Though I think it is inferior to McCabe & Mrs. Miller, I love the concept of the revisionist/ultra realistic Western.(John Hillcoat’s The Proposition is another great one.)
    2.Mystic River 3. Outlaw Joesy Wales 4. Letters From Iwo Jima (grossly underrated IMHO) 5. The Changeling (see #4) 6.High Planes Drifter 7. A Perfect World (see #5)
    8. Play Misty For Me (you get the picture) 9. Blood Work 10. Gran Torino

  5. As with John Wayne, Clint Eastwood was most certainly an icon during his peak years as an actor. Nevertheless, his channeling of John Huston in White Hunter Black Heart (named John Wilson in the film) is just amazing. I actually think that he is a great director and he comes off as an old school filmmaker, who does not believe in anything fancy yet still manages to find a lot of beauty in simplicity. As you know, my favorite Eastwood western is The Outlaw Josey Wales (that is your number 3 choice as well), but I do not think he could have bid farewell to the western any better than he did in Unforgiven. As for McCabe & Mrs. Miller, that is my number one favorite western of all-time 🙂 Letters from Iwo Jima does come off as more and more underrated as the years go by despite its wide (yet quiet) acclaim at the time. Changeling is (along with Invictus, J. Edgar and Jersey Boys) seems to come off as more minor films in my opinion yet they are still worth watching. High Plains Drifter may not be on top, but I still love it. I read somewhere that A Perfect World (along with Bronco Billy) are Eastwood’s two personal favorites of the films he directed. I can’t confirm this completely, but I read about it somewhere, yet I could be wrong. Love Play Misty for Me and Gran Torino. Blood Work is also very good. In retrospect, it looks like the cinematic equivalent of an appetizer before his release of Mystic River the following year in 2003. Anyway, thanks for dropping by and keep those comments coming 🙂

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