One of the all time best American actors and directors, Clint Eastwood started his acting career with ‘Revenge of the Creature’, a low budget 1955 B-film. Starting from a small role, the multiple times Oscar-winning actor went on to star in many successful films such as ‘The First Travelling Saleslady’ and ‘Escapade in Japan’. From then on to doing some of his career’s best films in the 60s, Clint became a super star in his own right and worked in notable films such as ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, ‘The Beguiled’ and ‘For a Few Dollars More’.
Clint Eastwood shone in the spaghetti westerns in the 60s and 70s and particularly, his collaborations with director Sergio Leone struck gold many times. Some of the best Clint Eastwood films in his early career are all westerns, helmed by either Sergio or some other directors in that genre.
That being said, Clint Eastwood has faced failures too on a number of occasions. Although there are very few among them, but some of Clint Eastwood films that did not work magic are ‘Paint Your Wagon’ and ‘Sudden Impact’. In his later career, he took on directing and some of the most recent notable of his works are ‘Million Dollar Baby’, ‘Mystic River’ and ‘J. Edgar’.
Recently widowed Walt Kowalski is a disgruntled Korean War veteran and retired auto worker living alone in Michigan. He detests his Hmong neighbors especially because he caught teenager Thao Lor attempting to steal his prized 1972 Ford Gran Torino. However, Kowalski becomes an unlikely neighborhood hero when the teen's gang leader cousin attacks him for the failure.
This is the first film of the Dirty Harry series. When a psychopath sniper, called the ‘Scorpio Killer,’ terrorizes San Francisco, Harry Callahan, the SFPD inspector with ‘dirty’ attitude, is assigned to apprehend him. Harry succeeds in nabbing the criminal who is released over legal procedures. When Scorpio strikes again by kidnapping a school bus, only ‘Dirty’ Harry can save the situation.
When two cowboys attack and disfigure a prostitute, Sheriff Little Bill Daggett's decree leaves the rest of the prostitutes angry. They offer $1,000 to anyone who kills the two. This attracts William Munny, a former killer who is now reformed and leads a peaceful life. Along with his old partner-in-crime, Ned Logan, he sets out to re-enter the dangerous world.
Professional gunslinger Blondie forms a partnership with wanted outlaw Tuco to make profit off the bounty on Tuco's head, but eventually turn against each other following a misadventure. However, when they both acquire partial information about a hidden treasure cache, they must seek it out together, without knowing that they are being followed by a third person.
In the second movie in the Dollars Trilogy, a cruel bank robber, El Indio is rescued by his gang after a bloody slaughter in the prison. Two bounty hunters Manco and Mortimer join hands to capture El Indio and share the reward equally. However, one of them has an altogether different motive for catching the outlaw.
A stranger arrives in a small town on the Mexico-United States border and finds two smuggler families engaged in a fight for power. Smelling a chance to make money, the stranger decides to pit the families against each other. A classic Italian Western film that invented the genre.
Maggie Fitzgerald, a poor waitress, asks old gym owner Frankie Dunn to train her, but he refuses. Maggie is encouraged to train at his gym by his associate Eddie 'Scrap-Iron' Dupris and eventually convinces Dunn with her determination. Maggie, who has a dysfunctional family, and Dunn, whose daughter is estranged, gradually fill the voids in each other's lives.
Dave, a blue-collar worker who was abducted and sexually abused as a child 25 years earlier, is the prime suspect after the daughter of his neighborhood friend, ex-con Jimmy, is found dead. While their childhood friend Sean, now a homicide detective, investigating the crime, Jimmy takes law in his own hand by launching a separate investigation.
The companion piece to Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers, this movie tells the story of the Battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi clashes with fellow officers as he leads a group of inexperienced soldiers preparing for mountain defenses in a doomed battle against the approaching American troops.
This biographical drama depicts how American pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger safely landed Flight 1549 on the Hudson River after it was hit by a flock of birds, disabling both engines. Just as he is hailed as a hero by common people and the media, he faces a career-threatening investigation into claims that the accident was a pilot error.
Loosely based on a memoir by U.S. Navy SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle, the movie tells the touching story of how Kyle became the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history but ended by wrecking his personal life in the process. It is director Clint Eastwood’s highest-grossing film to date.
A film that explores the dark themes of child endangerment, political corruption, female disempowerment, and mistreatment of mental health patients, Changeling follows the story of a woman who is deemed “delusional” for rightfully questioning police authority in a case concerning her missing son.
Based on true events in South Africa, the movie follows President Nelson Mandela’s plan to unite the racially divided country after the end of the horrific apartheid. Mandela and Springboks captain François Pienaar inspire an entire country to unite under Rugby as the Springboks go on to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
A photograph of American soldiers raising the US flag on Mount Suribachi following their victory on Iwo Jima during WWII becomes a symbol of hope back home. The three surviving soldiers from the photo are sent on a tour to raise money by selling war-bonds, but struggle with the limelight, post-war trauma, and misrepresentation of facts by the government.
The biographical drama is based on the life and career of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. It follows Hoover’s journey as he rises through the ranks using ruthless tactics to keep America safe. While he becomes one of the most powerful men in the USA, the movie also reveals his many questionable decisions.
Clint Eastwood Awards
|Million Dollar Baby||Best Motion Picture of the Year||2005|
|Million Dollar Baby||Best Achievement in Directing||2005|
|Million Dollar Baby||Best Director - Motion Picture||2005|
|Unforgiven||Best Director - Motion Picture||1993|
|Bird||Best Director - Motion Picture||1989|
|Winner||World Film Favorite - Male||1971|
|Winner||Favorite All-Time Motion Picture Star||1988|
|Winner||Favorite Motion Picture Actor||1987|
|Winner||Favorite Motion Picture Actor||1985|
|Winner||Favorite Motion Picture Actor||1984|
|Winner||Favorite Motion Picture Actor||1981|
|The Bridges of Madison County||Top Box Office Films||1996|