I was in the check out line at the grocery store the other day waiting my turn. I looked over at the display rack and there was a Geek magazine sitting there. I know you’re thinking to yourself, “I knew it about this guy!”, among other things.
Actually I had never heard of the magazine prior to that moment but the cover article that caught my eye was “Star Wars – Yes, It’s Cool Again.” When the frick did Star Wars ever stop being cool?
Anyhoo, what does Star Wars have to do with Clint Eastwood in this post? Absolutely nothing. Other than within this magazine there was an awesome two page article on Clint Eastwood. Bam! There was my inspiration for the week’s list.
Clint has made some real heavy hitters for movies over the past 50+ years. And early on in his career he worked with two of the most amazing directors in movie history in Sergio Leone and Don Siegel. My Top 10 +1 Favorite Clint Eastwood Movies covers the whole spectrum of his work that I enjoy.
A thank you to Google Images and You Tube this week for help. It’s interesting revisiting each movie to be reminded of the blockbuster casts Eastwood had in his movies.
+1 The Gauntlet (1977) I can still watch the movie to this day and be fixated on the raunchy, sexiness of Gus. She played her role excellently to Ben’s eventual knight in shining armor.
10 In The Line Of Fire (1993) This was a star-studded cast as Mitch Leary is a wickedly notorious bad guy. The growing relationship between Frank and Lily builds to a nice crescendo at the end.
9 Absolute Power (1997) What a different, unique role. Playing master burglar Luther as he witnesses an unjustified murder by President Richmond’s agents. The cat and mouse game along with the suspense makes this one really good.
8 Space Cowboys (2005) Frank, Hawk, Jerry and Tank reuniting was like a who’s who reunion for the actual actors. This is such a total fun escape film for me without the usual depth that is often in his films.
7 The Bridges Of Madison County (1995) The part towards the end where Robert drives away and Francesca realizes its good bye forever, totally twisted my romantic heart. I love the soft side of Robert and the fact that he has my dream job as a National Geographic photographer has my attention every second along the way.
6 Million Dollar Baby (2004) This was an absolutely riveting, heart-wrenching for me seeing the story of Frankie and Maggie unfold then conclude. As the last quarter of the movie dove deeply into morals and euthanasia it had me sitting in stone silence after it ended. I think having Scrap’s voice narrate thoughout really made this the blockbuster it was.
5 Heartbreak Ridge (1986) I have so very many friends that are ex-military and who have shared many of their stories with me. I truly wonder if the exploits of Sgt Tom Highway and the troops were actually underplayed here. Respectfully, oorah!
4 Dirty Harry (1971) I loved going on this vacarious ride-a-long with Harry through the streets of San Francisco as they were 40 years ago. There are some classics within this movie with the forever famous one liner along with making the .44 magnum revolver famous in the modern era.
3 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) This is the fifth highest rated movie of all-time on IMDB. I loved the epic journey of Blondie , Tuco and Sentenza. Nothing digital, nothing CGI. Just meat and potatoes the best western that will have ever been made in history.
2 Unforgiven (1992) The life path that Will Munny goes on is spell-binding to me in that he’s set to always ride down the right path from the depths of wrongs in his past. But, his encounter with the horrifically evil Little Bill shows that the best men will always stand up for what is right. Ok, maybe once a killer always a killer.
1 Gran Torino (2008) Walt’s evolution from being a disgruntled neighbor to an endearing and protective friend is powerful. There are many moments that deeply tugged at my heart yet none more than after Walt’s passing. When Thao and Daisy are driving down the road in the Gran Torino I lost it and it made my top spot for My Top 10 +1 Favorite Clint Eastwood Movies.
What is your favorite Clint Eastwood movie?