Jun 212013

Clint Eastwood

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?

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 50+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories and commentary.

  20 Responses to “My Top 10 +1 Favorite Clint Eastwood Movies”

  1. Clint Eastwood! I have always loved his speghetti westerns. My dad is a huge fan. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly will always be my favourite. Clint oozes cool when it comes to cowboys. I even had the opening song as the ringtone for when my dad called (I need to put that back on my phone). Anyways…movie was great and so was the music. Two Mules for Sister Sara, Fist Full of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, Hang ’em High. I’ve probably seen them all with my dad. Now for his other movies…Bridges of Madison County, I enjoyed but that is also due to Meryl Streep (LOVE HER). I also enjoyed Dirty Harry. Every Which Way but Loose. And i will admit i even enjoyed him in Paint Your Wagon. Clint singing! Hated Million Dollar Baby. so bad that i have nothing else to say about it. I haven’t seen Unforgiven or Gran Torino, but I have no desire to see them. They just don’t pull me in as those old westerns and music by Ennio Morricine. Still nothing better than Lee Van Cleef as Angel Eyes, Eli Wallach as Tuco and Clint as Blondie. Think I may have to watch it again some day soon. Yep, I own it. Probably the only western movie I own. My dad has all the rest.
    Wonderful topic Mike!

    • Thank you, Jenn! Clint oozing cool could not be a better descriptor! All of those westerns are a must watch as you said. That is so cool that you had The Good, the Bad and the Ugly theme music as your ring tone for your Dad. That’s an awesome story! 🙂

  2. “Space Cowboys!” But I will throw in “The Eiger Sanction.” Not a great script, but the climbing sequences were amazing and Clint did his own stunts.

  3. OK, I’ve been mulling over whether to see Gran Torino or not, and since it’s your #1 favorite, I’ve decided to see it.

    But I won’t like it!

  4. Heartbreak Ridge is my favorite, and I don’t care for war movies, but this is one of the exceptions. Dirty Harry and Gran Torino are tops in my book too.

  5. I’ve only seen Heartbreak Ridge and Space Cowboys from beginning to end. But after watching these clips, I want to watch a few more of these. My uncle used to watch The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. I remember seeing a little of that one. Takes me back though. And it’s always a good trip.

  6. Any Clint Eastwood movie is a good movie. Two of my favorites are Unforgiven and Gran Torino. A couple I haven’t heard mentioned are A Perfect World and Kelly’s Heroes.

  7. Great choice of subject. Clint has lasted a long time in the business, a rare accomplishment. I love Kelly’s Hero, thanks to Ed for mentioning it. I also liked his “Rides a Pale Horse” I believe is the title. I guess the movies with the oragatan (spelling is not my strong suit) are better left not being mentioned, although they made money at the box office. His early no name Italian cowboy movies started a trend as did his Dirty Harry movies and have staying power making him legend in Hollywood and popular culture. I’ve practiced his stare and talk with barely moving my mouth many times, but it doesn’t work the same for me, people just stare at me funny.

  8. Kellys Heroes and Outlaw Jose Wales!

  9. The Good, the Bad the Ugly, Unforgiven and (I don’t know why) but Two Mules for Sister Sarah. Freaking cracks me up when the “nun” turns out to be a prostitute, LOL!!!!!

  10. I have liked Clint Eastwood for years. My favorite films of his are, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Clint’s best film (the best western ever), The Bridges Of Madison County, Every Which Way But Loose, Any Which Way You Can, great fight scenes in those films, I love Pale Rider too.

    • Great comment, Nick. It was even mentioned to me again last night about Josey Wales. Good call there. And you’re right about the fight scenes with Clint. I should have mentioned that somewhere! 🙂

  11. My top five faves of his acting/directing career are:

    1. Million Dollar Baby
    2. A Perfect World
    3. Sudden Impact
    4. High Plains Drifter
    5. Absolute Power

    Out of his non acted movies, my favorite is Changeling.

    • Excellent choices and rankings, Michael! I still have to see Trouble With The Curve. Thank you for stopping by, sir! 🙂

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