All of Clint Eastwood's Movies Ranked From Worst to Best

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All of Clint Eastwood's Movies Ranked From Worst to Best Newsweek

It's hard to think of anyone still alive who embodies American cinema more than Clint Eastwood. "The roles that Eastwood has played, and the films that he has directed, cannot be disentangled from the nature of the American culture of the last quarter century, its fantasies and its realities," wrote film scholar Edward Gallafent in 1994.

Born at the start of the Great Depression, Eastwood didn't get his break until the 1950s. He was cast as Rowdy Yates in the Western TV series Rawhide, developing the persona of a rugged, All-American cowboy he would riff on throughout his career.

His chance to go beyond cookie-cutter cowboys came when he was cast in the spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars in 1963. His character, the Man with No Name, complicated the wholesome cowboy image with his eccentric, taciturn manner—more anti-hero than hero.

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The character would be revived during the two sequels, For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). The trilogy helped project Eastwood into fully fledged stardom, landing him further roles, largely in Westerns and war films.

He portrayed his other most memorable character, the loose-cannon cop Dirty Harry, in five films starting in 1971. After turning down the role of James Bond, he made his directorial debut with the hugely successful psychological thriller Play Misty For Me.

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He continued to explore the Western over the following decades, adding new twists and keeping the genre alive even as the New Hollywood directors turned audiences towards contemporary, gritty filmmaking.

Perhaps most memorably, he directed and starred in 1994's Unforgiven as an aging gunfighter. Unforgiven was a major critical and commercial success, winning Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. His 2005 movie, Million Dollar Baby, would go on to win him the same two awards over a decade later.

Now 88 years old, Eastwood is as prolific as he ever was. Earlier this year he directed The 15:17 to Paris, a drama about a real-life terror attack on a Paris-bound train, and December will see the release of The Mule, which he directs and stars in.

Using data from critical review aggregation websites Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, as well as user-submitted reviews from IMDb, we've ranked all of Eastwood's movies, from worst to best.

01 Pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac: Warner Bros.

59. Pink Cadillac (1989). Total score: 43.5%. IMDb users: 5.3. Metacritic: (n/a). Rotten Tomatoes: 4. Directed by: Buddy Van Horn. Starring: Clint Eastwood, Bernadette Peters, Timothy Carhart. 
Plot summary: A bounty hunter captures a young woman and finds himself caught between her good-for-nothing husband and his white supremacist cohorts and the wads of cash hidden in the pink Cadillac she's driving.
What the critics said: "It is the laziest sort of action comedy, with lumbering chase scenes, a dull-witted script and the charmless pairing of Mr. Eastwood and Bernadette Peters." Caryn James, New York Times.

02 City Heat
City Heat: Warner Bros.

58. City Heat (1984). Total score: 43.7%. IMDb users: 5.5. Metacritic: (n/a). Rotten Tomatoes: 3.9. Directed by: Richard Benjamin. Starring: Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Jane Alexander. 
Plot summary: A slick private eye and tough police lieutenant—once partners, now bitter enemies—reluctantly team up to investigate a murder.
What the critics said: "Under the direction of last-minute replacement Richard Benjamin, the results are insufferable—grotesque, chaotic, demoralized." Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader.

03 The 15-17 to Paris
The 15:17 to Paris: Warner Bros.

57. The 15:17 to Paris (2018). Total score: 46.7%. IMDb users: 5.2. Metacritic: 45. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.3. Directed by: Clint Eastwood. Starring: Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone. 
Plot summary: Three young Americans play themselves as the real-life heroes who discovered and foiled a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train.
What the critics said: "It's impossible to say whether The 15:17 to Paris would have been a better movie with professional actors in the lead roles. All we can do is go with what we've got." Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times.

04 Every Which Way But Loose
Every Which Way But Loose: Warner Bros.

56. Every Which Way But Loose (1978). Total score: 49.7%. IMDb users: 6.3. Metacritic: 41. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.5. Directed by: James Fargo. Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Manis the orangutan. 
Plot summary: The San Fernando Valley adventures of trucker turned prize-fighter Philo Beddoe and his pet orangutan Clyde.
What the critics said: "An amusing redneck comedy from that brief period of time when Clint Eastwood was copying Burt Reynolds." Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily.
When adjusted for inflation, it still ranks as one of the top 250 highest-grossing films of all time.
 

05 The Rookie
The Rookie: Warner Bros.

55. The Rookie (1990). Total score: 52%. IMDb users: 5.9. Metacritic: (n/a). Rotten Tomatoes: 4.8. Directed by: Clint Eastwood. Starring: Clint Eastwood, Charlie Sheen, Raul Julia. 
Plot summary: Clint Eastwood plays a veteran detective who gets stuck with a rookie cop in a case where they have to chase down a German crook.
What the critics said: "It's all meant in good fun, but it isn't. It's tired." Vincent Canby, New York Times.

06 Paint Your Wagon
Paint Your Wagon: Paramount Pictures

54. Paint Your Wagon (1969). Total score: 52%. IMDb users: 6.6. Metacritic: (n/a). Rotten Tomatoes: 4.6. Directed by: Joshua Logan. Starring: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg. 
Plot summary: Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.
What the critics said: "The fact is, Paint Your Wagon doesn't inspire a review. It doesn't even inspire a put-down. It just lies there in my mind—a big, heavy lump." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.

07 Firefox
Firefox: Warner Bros.

53. Firefox (1982). Total score: 52.3%. IMDb users: 5.9. Metacritic: 44. Rotten Tomatoes: 5.4. Directed by: Clint Eastwood. Starring: Clint Eastwood, Freddie Jones, David Huffman. 
Plot summary: A pilot is sent into the Soviet Union on a mission to steal a prototype jet fighter that can be partially controlled by a neuralink.
What the critics said: "A slick, muscular thriller that combines espionage with science fiction." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.

08 Any Which Way You Can
Any Which Way You Can: Warner Bros.

52. Any Which Way You Can (1980). Total score: 53.7%. IMDb users: 6.1. Metacritic: 51. Rotten Tomatoes: 4.9. Directed by: Buddy Van Horn. Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, C.J. and Buddha the orangutans. 
Plot summary: A trucker turned prize fighter, his brother and their pet orangutan have a series of misadventures involving the mob, corrupt cops, motorcycle gangs and pretty dames.
What the critics said: "Not a very good movie, but it's hard not to feel a grudging affection for it." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.