Clint Eastwood, now 85 years old, is the icon among macho movie stars and has attained an immortal status. Known for his roles in Spaghetti-Western action films, Eastwood also has directed some memorable films and continues to do so.
Note - Spaghetti Western, also known as Italian Western or Macaroni Western (primarily in Japan), is a broad subgenre of Western films that emerged in the mid-1960s in the wake of Sergio Leone's film-making style and international box-office success.
Here we look at 10 essential films of Clint Eastwood one must watch.
1. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
Sergio Lione's grandiose 1966 western epic is nothing less than a master class in movie story-telling. This is the third and the best film of Lione's Dollars' Trilogy. This film has been widely influential on modern filmmaking and the likes of Quentin Tarantino .This is one film we immediately associate with when we hear the name Clint Eastwood.
2. UNFORGIVEN (1992)
This is Eastwood's finest film in which he has proved his mettle as an actor as well as a director. This is a gripping and haunting film, undoubtedly one of the best western films in cinematic history. This work of art won Eastwood the Academy awards for Best Director as well as Best Picture.
3. MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)
This film proved that Clint Eastwood, like wine, is only getting better with age. The film sucker-punches the audience with the bleakest of plot twists- a movie thought to be about boxing, turns out to be about family.
4. DIRTY HARRY (1971)
This is Clint Eastwood's most enjoyable film. This revenge film catapulted Clint Eastwood into massive stardom and led to a spurt of films about taking the law into one’s hands.
5. GRAN TORINO (2009)
This film covers a lot of ground as it rolls: religion, the toll of war, mortality and what it means to be a man. This film perfectly encapsulates his onscreen persona and his brilliant directorial career.
6. THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (1995)
This film is considered by some to be better than the book from which it is adapted. This film showed that Eastwood can carry a film without carrying a gun - this is probably Eastwood's best effort as a director.
7. LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA (2006)
This film is a finely structured study on war. Eastwood illuminates the boundless nature of the human spirit, which extends beyond race and nationality.
8. HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER (1973)
This was Eastwood's first Western as a director – It is an engrossing revenge drama and the film is quiet disturbing, due to the excessive violence.
9. FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965)
This hard-hitting western film comes second in the popular Dollar's trilogy. This is a film which is a pleasure to watch and marked the arrival of Spaghetti Western films, with a bang.
10. A PERFECT WORLD (1993)
This is an entertaining manhunt based film, one of Eastwood's underrated works as a director. It is a sad, funny as well as powerful tale about a Texas Ranger (Clint Eastwood) pursuing an escaped convict (Kevin Costner) who takes an 8-year -old boy hostage.
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