Special Report

Clint Eastwood Movies Ranked Worst to Best

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8. Dirty Harry (1971)
> Combined score: 2.57 — #1,622 highest out of 22,286 movies
> Director: Don Siegel
> Also starring: Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni

The film that introduced “Dirty” Harry Callahan (Eastwood) remains controversial in its brutal disregard for standard law enforcement practices. Callahan would argue that he does whatever it takes to get his man, in this case the menacing Scorpio Killer. Multiple sequels would follow.

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7. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
> Combined score: 2.60 — #1,324 highest out of 22,286 movies
> Director: Don Siegel
> Also starring: Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau

Eastwood and director Don Siegel collaborated for the last time on this prison-based thriller, about the most famous escape in modern history. Along with two fellow inmates, a bank robber (Eastwood) plans to break out from the country’s most secure penitentiary.

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6. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
> Combined score: 2.63 — #979 highest out of 22,286 movies
> Director: Clint Eastwood
> Also starring: Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George, Bill McKinney

This revisionist Western takes place during and after the Civil War and stars Eastwood in the title role. In the wake of a violent massacre, Wales goes on the run from Union soldiers and bounty hunters. A commercial success, it earned $31.8 million at the domestic box office on a budget of $3.1 million.

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5. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
> Combined score: 2.65 — #850 highest out of 22,286 movies
> Director: Clint Eastwood
> Also starring: Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

This harrowing sports drama tells the story of an ambitious female fighter (Swank), who rises in the ranks with help from her aging trainer (Eastwood). It won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Bring tissues.

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4. For a Few Dollars More (1965)
> Combined score: 2.72 — #357 highest out of 22,286 movies
> Director: Sergio Leone
> Also starring: Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volonté, Mara Krupp

The second installment of an iconic trilogy follows two bounty hunters (Eastwood and Van Cleef) as they track down a ruthless bandit. “Here is a gloriously greasy, sweaty, hairy, bloody and violent Western. It is delicious,” wrote Roger Ebert in his three-star review.

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