Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood: Legendary actor’s top 5 movie roles

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Clint Eastwood is a name that is synonymous with the world of film. The actor has become a legend, having a career that spans decades and numerous classic films to his credit. His presence is remarkable, and every performance is remembered by millions of fans and critics alike. As he turns 84 on his birthday today, we take a look at his top most amazing movie roles, and salute the actor.

5. Frank Horrigan in ‘In the line of fire’

In one of his more serious roles, Clint plays a Secret Service agent who is at an advanced age. He always remembers his inability to protect the President from assassination. However, he gets a chance to stop an assassin from doing the same to the current President as well. He makes the role a captivating one through his acting skills.

4. Frankie Dunn in ‘Million Dollar Baby’

This movie was directed by Clint, and he also played the role of a trainer, who coached Hilary Swank’s character. She was a poor woman who wanted to be a boxer, and he was hesitant to train her at first, but eventually makes her a skilled boxer. Clint delivers a heartfelt yet technically spot-on performance as the ‘macho’ coach who ‘doesn’t train girls’, and his movie went on to win four Academy Awards.

3. Harry Callahan in ‘Dirty Harry’

This was the movie that really made Clint a household name, and a reliable movie star. He plays a police inspector, who resorts to equally ‘dirty’ means to solve issues. The movie has Clint saying the memorable line, “You’ve got to ask yourself one question… ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well do ya, Punk?”

2. Frank Morris in ‘Escape from Alcatraz’

In this movie, Clint plays a heinous criminal named Frank, who manages to escape from any prison he is put into. Then he is put into the Alcatraz prison, which is impossible to leave. Based on the life of an actual criminal, the movie has impeccable acting by Clint, including some crucial moments of tension.

1. Man with No Name in ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’

In the Sergio Leone – directed trilogy, this film is made the best thanks to Clint’s acting and portrayal of the Man with No Name. Considered to be the greatest movie of all time by many, Clint plays the good guy, facing off against two other characters with not-so-good intentions. The final scene is especially epic.

  • Joe Kidd

    Eastwood was already “a household name” and “a reliable movie star” when he made “Dirty Harry.” Indeed, in July 1971, five months prior to the release of “Dirty Harry,” “Life” magazine placed Eastwood on its cover, calling him “The world’s favorite movie star.” The Hollywood Foreign Press Association had named him the leading international star a few months earlier, and in 1970, Eastwood ranked second in the Quigley’s Annual Top Ten Moneymaking Stars Poll, which surveys North American theater owners and film buyers about the movie stars who sell the most tickets. Eastwood had ranked fifth in that poll in 1968 and 1969. The films that had turned him into “a household name” and “a reliable movie star” were the Sergio Leone Westerns, which rendered Eastwood an international icon. “Dirty Harry” made him a legend in own time.

    Also, Eastwood is only “good” in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” in an ironic, relative sense, good by default, in other words.

  • Joe Kidd

    And I would say that Frank Morris is more of a “hardened criminal” than a “heinous criminal.”