Top 10 Highest Rated Clint Eastwood Films
Known for his outstanding portrayal of heroes and villains in top-rated films such as Dirty Harry and Rawhide, Clint Eastwood is an established American actor, filmmaker, politician and musician. After gaining so much success with the Western Television series, Rawhide, Clint Eastwood Jr. gained international recognition for his outstanding performance in the Dollars Trilogy. Apart from being an actor, Clint Eastwood has also directed various feature films in which he also appeared in as well. Some of the films directed by Clint Eastwood include Million Dollar Baby, High Plain Drifters and Unforgiven.
1. Space Cowboys
Space Cowboys is an American space film, directed by Clint Eastwood and also features Eastwood in one of the leading roles. Other notable names in Space Cowboys include Donald Sutherland, Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner and Clint Eastwood. The four main characters assume the role of four ex-test pilots, who are sent on a space mission, where they are to repair a Soviet satellite. Upon its release, Space Cowboy grossed more than $90 million dollars in the United States alone, making it a commercial success. Both fans and critics alike had nothing but praise for Space Cowboys.
2. High Plains Drifter
Released in the year, 1973, High Plains is an American western film that was directed by Clint Eastwood. Just like in Space Cowboys, Clint Eastwood assumes a leading role in High Plains Drifter. High Plains Drifter was well received after its official release. In the United States alone, the film grossed approximately $15.7 million, making it one of the highest grossing films in the 1970’s. To date, High Plains Drifter remains extremely popular.
3. Two Mules for Sister Sara
With Shirley MacLaine and Clint Eastwood assuming the two leading roles, Two Mules for Sister Sara is another classic film that revolves around the French intervention in Mexico. Released in 1970, the film marked the second time Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood worked on the same project. Apart from Two Mules for Sister Sara, the two, later on, went ahead and collaborated on three other films, Dirty Harry, The Beguiled and Escape from Alcatraz. The plot in Two Mules for Sister Sara revolves around an American mercenary who somehow gets involved with a Catholic nun. The American mercenary with the nun works with a group of Jurista rebels during Emperor Maximilliano’s reign of Mexico.
4. Joe Kidd
Written by one Elmore Leonard and directed by the critically acclaimed producer, John Sturges, Joe Kidd is an American western film, in which Clint Eastwood yet again assumes the leading role. Set during the 1900’s, Clint Eastwood plays the role of a bounty hunter, who is currently in jail because he was caught disturbing the peace and hunting illegally on an Indian land. While Joe is in prison, Luis Chama a Mexican bandito organises a peasant revolt against the local landowners, who are constantly evicting the poor locals from their land. Released in 1972, Joe Kidd managed to gross more than $5.8 million.
5. Dirty Harry
Directed and produced by Don Siegel, Dirty Harry is a classic crime thriller, which happens to be the first film in the Dirty Harry film series. In Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood assumes the leading role. Inspired by the Zodiac killer, Dirty Harry follows a similar pattern, as the villain in this film, posses similar vicious psychopath. Upon its release, Dirty Harry became one of the most successful police films. Moreover, it also set a style that many police procedurals later came on to use.
6. Blood Work
Just like many of his films, Blood Work is a film that was directed and produced by Clint Eastwood. Moreover, Clint Eastwood also assumes a leading role in this film. Other notable names in Blood Work include Wanda De Jesus, Anjelica Huston, and Jeff Daniels. The film is based on a novel, whose main character is known as Michael Connelly.
7. The Eiger Sanction
The Eiger Sanction is another highly rated film, in which Clint Eastwood assumes the leading role as well as the directing role. Based on the Eiger Sanction, a novel written by Trevanian, the movie revolves around a history professor, former assassin and mountain climber. The US agency that he at one point worked for, blackmailed him, in turn forcing him to return to a profession that he had initially left.
8. Heartbreak Ridge
Released in the year 1986, Heartbreak Ridge is another film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood. Released in the year 1986, Heartbreak Ridge features well-established names such as Marsha Mason, Everett McGill and Mario Van Peebles. The premise of the story revolves around a United States marine who upon his retirement, decides to train a group of undisciplined marines and then leads them into war.
9. Gran Torino
Gran Torino marked Clint Eastwood first ever performance as a lead actor, after his 2004 film, Million Dollar Baby. The film features a high number of Hmong American cast including Clint Eastwood’s younger son, Scott. The film score was provided by Eastwood’s eldest son.
10. City Heat
Released in the year 1984, City Heat is an action crime comedy film which features Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood. City Heat was directed by one Richard Benjamin, while Blake Edwards wrote the film. Upon its release, City Head grossed more than $38.3 million in North America.