How do you spell tough guy? C-L-I-N-T-E-A-S-T-W-O-O-D. Eastwood is a great actor. Those Dirty Harry movies were awesome. Do you feel lucky, punk? I also enjoyed his performances in High Plains Drifter and Pale Rider. It gives me great pleasure to give Clint Eastwood a 5 star rating.
Never came close to being as good an actor as he turned out to be as a director. I liked all of his movies, but his roles always displayed a limited acting range, and he always was the same character -- scowling, rough and tough, unemotional, sardonic. But he floors me as a director and is way up at the top of my list.
Unforgiven is my favorite movie, and is magnificent. However, his body of work is mixed. I Love him, but in all fairness, there are a few directors who are better, so he can't get 5 stars - but close:)
One of the last of a breed, film makers whose main interest is telling a story and doing so by assembling a cast of fine actors and letting them work with a good script.. I can't think of a single Eastwood directoral effort that featured anything resembling special effects. Movies need more directors who direct actors instead of action.
Four stars for acting, five for directing. I think he was the John Wayne replacement when the Duke passed. He was great in the spaghetti westerns and as Dirty Harry Callahan too. Most of the other films until fairly recently were snoozers.
Eastwood is great at acting and directing. But I think he is better at film directing, he is one of my favorite directors. He awesome and he's the coolest of the cool.
Clint was a major director by the end of the 70's as evidenced by High Plains Drifter, Play Misty for Me, The Gauntlet & The Outlaw Josey Wales (the film Orson Welles described as 'one of the great westerns'). In the 80's the jazz bio Bird & White Hunter, Black Heart (the latter a fascinating condemnation of the macho types Eastwood himself had built his career playing) along with the charming & satirical Bronco Billy showcased Eastwood's interest in stretching himself as both director & actor. In the 90's Unforgiven, A Perfect World & Bridges of Madison County ranked amongst the best American movies of the decade. Eastwood also directed a sympathetic film about gays & transvestites called Midnight In the Garden of Good & Evil along with crowdpleasing blockbusters such as Space Cowboys & potboilers such as True Crime & Absolute Power. In the last few years he has directed four great movies back to back with Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby & his WW2 diptych Flags of Our Fathers/Letter... Read more
He's a great actor, but has shown us his versatility with a wide range of movies that he's directed too.His strength lies in his superb effort to detail, to bring out the characters, even the music, in full dramatic effect.Rarely does anything bad, particuarly in the last 25 to 30 years. He's still going even in his 70s, he's an inspiration...Respect!....
I've never thought that actors made good directors as a general rule, but I've been impressed with Client Eastwood's work for the most part and he seems to be getting better. His latter films (e.g. "The Bridges Of Madison County" and "Million Dollar Baby") evidences Eastwood's skill at making movies built on dialogue, tone and mood. Not among the greatest yet, but he's getting relatively close. Clinton Eastwood, Jr. was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco.
The only reason I didn't give him 5 stars is because westerns make me feel like going back to sleep, and he always looks like he's constipated. He's the man, though. There's no denying that. I'd rather hand wash Steve Seagal's hair than tangle with the Clint.
"The man with no name" "dirty harry" need i say more. truely ahead of his time. a great actor during the 70's and 80's. Cool and calm.
Very good actor. Just love the old Westerns he did.
One of my favorite actors ever many wonderful films!
A very strong director with a good narrative sense. His movies are always entertaining and technically proficient but they stop short of greatness.
A 3.5 really- he has gotten much better with age.
My hero since I was 10 years old. Everytime he'd unholster that .44 cannon in the Dirty Harry movies, you knew the bad guy was goin' to die! Guys like Clint and John Wayne, their movies you knew the good guy was going to win. They may get beat up, or put down for a little while, but they always come back, guns blazing! All American man if there ever was one.
One of the best all time actor and now a top director. When John Wayne died he was the only man big enough to fill his shoes. Did a damned good job too. No point in listing his movies, you now them all.
He is a great actor and a great director. He has mainly been in oaters, but he branches out often enough not to be type-cast.
Better director than an actor (that's not an insult) Unforgiven is one of the best films I've ever seen.
Eastwood has made the leap from acting to directing with grace,and has done an amazing job in such movies as Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil and Million Dollar Baby.
As a director he's rarely put a foot wrong. My personal faves are his westerns - 'Outlaw Josey Wales', 'High plains drifter', 'Pale rider' and 'Unforgiven'. That already deserves 5 stars. then there are some classy thrillers 'Play misty', 'The Eiger sanction' and 'Sudden impact'. Not too keen on 'Bridges of Madison County' but it was fine for its type.
He went from actor to director. And honestly, he did the right thing :)
He's a great director now....
Doesnt make a lot of movies, but the ones he did have been very good.
Eastwood is a legend, and he has found another career for himself in directing, which I would argue, he does better than his acting.
I'm surprised that this guy is so low down on the list. Clint Eastwood's work is nothing but extra-ordinary. Hes one of the few directors that pays attention to detail and its all about the story and performances and less about the special effects. Its all well and good adapting a story from a book, but really and truly it's the movie directors responsibility on how to tell that story from a visual perspective convincingly. If you watch his most recent work Mystic River you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.
Clint Eastwood is both a great actor and director. Which will he be known for better is somewhat up for debate. But his performances are legendary. Whatever the viewer's political inclination, Eastwood plays the most unforgettable roles- whether as the Man with No Name in the Sergio Leone westerns, or as Harry Callahan in the 'Dirty Harry' series. Perhaps more than anything, he epitomized his own legend in directing himself along with a great cast in 'Unforgiven'. Long after the dust settles, Eastwood will be rated among the best as he rightfully deserves to be.
Do you feel lucky-punk?
Has more screen presence than 1000 Ben Afflecks or Luke Wilsons. Easily one of the most compelling directors working today. A living legend.
His spaghetti westerns will always remain my favorites with him. Classic, to say the least.
His time has passed.
He can do comedy, action, drama, and musicals. Clint Eastwood, even at 73, can play it tougher than any other actor out there.
Anyone can say, "you feelin' lucky punk?" Come on, that's not talent.
First of all, I think the quintessential Eastwood art form is the Western. I don't really like Eastwood movies that are non-Western, and I don't like many Western movies that are non-Eastwood. I prefer his brand of revisionist western. The old John Ford movies, with the good guy wearing white, who would never draw first or shoot a man in the back, are merely fantasy versions of the old west. In Clint Eastwood westerns, by contrast, he is the hero by default; every other character is so miserable and dishonest that Clint looks angelic in comparison, even if his character is mainly motivated by money, and not above stacking the odds in his favour. He is the epitome of the lonesome drifter. Maybe he is not a very versatile actor, but is so likeable and charismatic that he will forever be an icon of American cinema. He has also done a lot of work for environmental causes, and is a good man. For anyone to dismiss him as some right-wing glorifier of violence is to entirely miss the p... Read more
Really sympatetic! A true gentleman in Bridges of Madison County! :o)
Crappy, clumsy attempt at an actor who's made a fortune glorifying violence. It's interesting that he's a rightwinger and his political bedfellows are always decrying the negative messages sent out by Hollywood, yet their boy Clint is perhaps the most noteworthy icon of mayhem worship in Tinseltown history. One of their own (include that other no-talent, Schwarzenegger, in this grouping, too) is a prime contributor to the problem they wring their hands over: just another example of conservative hypocrisy, folks. Eastwood has appeared in alot of worthless films and has directed/produced more than his share of clunkers. He appeals to people whose taste ends in their mouths. And he's a geriatric old fart already: he should have retired about 10 years ago. "Go ahead, make my decade."
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Along with Stallone and Bronson, Eastwood is the exact same guy in "EVERY" movie. As I understand acting, playing yourself in a role, is "NOT" acting. An actor sounds different; moves different; and is different then what he is in real life. Hence, none of the three stated above are "actors."
"There are 2 kinds of people in this world, Tuco. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig." The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. Recently digitally enhanced on AMC. Clint is the coolest!!
I'm not a big fan, but I still appreciate him.
Glued to the TV when he was in Rawhide. 'Go ahead, make my day' has to be the most memorable movie line ever. At least in top contention with "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn". He took us from Dragnet to Dirty Harry. Macho & a man's man, a gal can enjoy him too!!!
As much as I love Clint's movies I have to admit that since making "A Fistful of Dollars" he's played the exact same character over and over again.
An American classic!
Clint Eastwood is prolly the worst actor i know. hes not cute and hes not good at anything he does and you can tell he thinks hes hot stuff and hes not.
Represents what I hate more than anything else in movies: violence! People who are entertained by watching people hitting other people, need to get their heads examined.
Among the best around.
In the old westerns, in "Dirty Harry," he always played the great sly, callous figure. I love his style. My favourite of his films is probably "Escape from Alcatraz." And for everyone who calls him "one-dimensional," I think he's been able to attack a wide variety of roles in his career.