Special Report

Clint Eastwood Movies Ranked Worst to Best

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23. White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
> Combined score: 2.14 — #6,600 highest out of 22,286 movies
> Director: Clint Eastwood
> Also starring: Jeff Fahey, Charlotte Cornwell, Norman Lumsden

Based on a 1953 novel by Peter Viertel, this adventure drama recounts the making of 1951’s “The African Queen” – for which Viertel was one of the screenwriters. Eastwood’s John Wilson is a thinly veiled portrait of director John Huston, whose obsessions with hunting threatened to derail the entire project. It opened to relatively positive reviews but floundered at the box office.

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22. Magnum Force (1973)
> Combined score: 2.20 — #6,020 highest out of 22,286 movies
> Director: Ted Post
> Also starring: Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul

“Dirty” Harry Callahan is on the trail of vigilante cops in the franchise’s second installment. The premise was partially crafted as a response to the controversial first film, in which Callahan resorts to some vigilante tactics of his own.

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21. Honkytonk Man (1982)
> Combined score: 2.23 — #5,654 highest out of 22,286 movies
> Director: Clint Eastwood
> Also starring: Kyle Eastwood, John McIntire, Alexa Kenin

An ailing country singer (Eastwood) heads to Nashville for one last shot at glory in this Depression-era dramedy. Along the way, he and his nephew engage in a series of misadventures. Playing the nephew is Eastwood’s son Kyle, a musician in real life.

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20. Play Misty for Me (1971)
> Combined score: 2.27 — #5,159 highest out of 22,286 movies
> Director: Clint Eastwood
> Also starring: Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, John Larch

The affair between a radio DJ (Eastwood) and a female fan turns dangerous in this psychological thriller. Eastwood’s directorial debut, it reportedly wrapped four days early and came in at $50,000 under budget. He would continue to take an economic and workmanlike approach to directing for the rest of his career.

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19. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
> Combined score: 2.32 — #4,573 highest out of 22,286 movies
> Director: Michael Cimino
> Also starring: Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, Geoffrey Lewis

From the director of “The Deer Hunter” comes this lively crime caper, in which a group of bank robbers enact a dangerous heist. “It’s Eastwood and Bridges’ film, and their ill-defined, tender friendship makes the movie,” wrote critic Keith Phipps for The Dissolve.

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