Clint Eastwood: 10 Essential Movies To Watch

Last weekend, Clint Eastwood celebrated his 90th birthday, as the world applauded him for his contributions to the filmmaking industry. The actor turned producer and director is among the most accomplished Hollywood personalities, boasting of the longest career in the entertainment industry. Besides being an exemplary actor, Clint has also had an impressive resume as a song composer and musician.

Here are the top ten movies featuring Clint Eastwood in his long career, spanning over 60 years. Before going through the list, you may also want to redeem the PA lottery bonus code for enjoying a lottery entertainment with a chance to make real cash.


To date, Unforgiven is the highest-rated film directed by Clint Eastwood, paying homage to his previous Western genre. The story follows former gunslinger William Munny in his last job as a hitman, bringing you scenes that are morally murky and shocking.

The Beguiled

This old psychological movie features Clint as a union soldier who’s imprisoned in a girl’s boarding school in the American civil war. Eastwood starts to ignite his sexual desires amongst all the ladies in the school, leading to disastrous results.

A Fistful of Dollars

While the movie took time to reach its revered status, it gave rise to Leone’s Dollars trilogy and contributed to Eastwood’s meteoric rise to stardom. Critics consider the movie as a remake of Yojimbo, a samurai movie by Akira Kurosawa, though the story is quite different.

High Plains Drifter

High Plains Drifter was Eastwood’s second movie in his career as a director. The film seems like a straight-forward western movie, though it’s essentially a horror story. However, the story brought a unique perspective to the film industry, though Eastwood was still in his developmental stage as a director.

Escape from Alcatraz

The last collaboration between director Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood was a phenomenal as Dirty Harry, though more universally entertaining. This movie sees Eastwood leading a group to escape from an inescapable prison, inspiring several future classics featuring in this genre.


Eastwood is often celebrated as a star who found his way to the top through hard-work in Hollywood B movies in the 50s. This 1955 classic movie features one of his most exquisite performances, though he only appeared briefly as a fighter pilot.

Coogan’s Bluff

Coogan’s Bluff launched one of the most significant relationships in Clint Eastwood’s career in the movie industry. It was among the first five movies that he made with director Don Siegel, popularly known for his contribution in Dirty Harry.

Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry is arguably Eastwood’s signature role, and it remains his most quoted role to date. While the movie isn’t controversial due to its unforgiving approach towards police violence, it has continued rising in popularity for years.

Honkytonk Man

With the movie featuring Clancy Carlile’s novel in the same name, this film gives you the musical drama of a young boy coming to age with his alcoholic and talented uncle. Eastwood features in the movie as the boy’s uncle, showcasing his musical capabilities in one of the most vulnerable characters he has ever featured in.

Hang’Em High

This movie was Eastwood’s first main role in his popular western genre, directed by Sergio Leone. In the movie, Eastwood is mistaken as a cattle rustler, who’s nearly lynched through hanging. However, he manages to survive the incident before being offered a job in law enforcement.