As one of the most popular and enduring actors of all time, Clint Eastwood has built up a reputation for having one of the best acting careers in Hollywood. From small roles in the 1950s through to iconic parts in the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond, Clint has built up a diverse portfolio of movies that includes Westerns, crime thrillers, dramas, a musical and much more.

If you are less than familiar with Clint’s back catalogue, or you are merely trying to play catch up with his films, this post is sure to help you out. Below you will find a run-through of Clint Eastwood’s entire acting oeuvre, from uncredited bit-parts, to fully-fledged film roles and milestones moments to boot!

Please note: This post largely concentrates on Clint Eastwood’s acting career in movies. However, as he has also had a very successful directing career, you will find a list of all of Clint’s directing credits at the bottom of the post.

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1950s

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Clint Eastwood began his movie career in the 1950s with roles in various pictures, including Francis in the Navy, Never Say Goodbye, and The First Traveling Saleslady. Some of his roles were uncredited parts in films such as Revenge of the Creature and Star in the Dust, but it was during this decade that he started to build up his portfolio, appearing in 11 movies.

Clint’s 1950s movies include:

  • Revenge of the Creature (1955)*
  • Francis in the Navy (1955)
  • Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955)*
  • Tarantula (1955)*
  • Never Say Goodbye (1956)
  • Star in the Dust (1956)*
  • The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)
  • Away All Boats (1956)*
  • Escapade in Japan (1957)*
  • Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958)
  • Hell Bent for Glory (1958)

*Uncredited roles

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1960s

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Moving into the 1960s, and this is the decade that Clint really started to make a name for himself on the big screen, appearing in pictures such A Fistful of Dollars, Coogan’s Bluff, and Paint Your Wagon.

Clint’s 1960s movies include:

  • A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
  • For a Few Dollars More (1965)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
  • The Witches (1967)
  • Coogans’s Bluff (1968)
  • Hang ‘Em High (1968)
  • Where Eagles Dare (1968)
  • Paint Your Wagon (1969)
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1970s

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Heading into the 1970s, and Clint hit a real high point with his movie output, appearing in a total of 16 movies. Amongst these pictures were some of his most celebrated films, including Kelly’s Heroes, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Every Which Way but Loose, and Escape from Alcatraz.

It was during this decade that Clint Eastwood also took on the role of San Francisco police detective, Harry Callahan. He first played the role in Dirty Harry, then continued it in sequels Magnum Force, and The Enforcer.

Clint’s 1970s movies include:

  • Kelly’s Heroes (1970)
  • Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
  • The Beguiled (1971)
  • Play Misty for Me (1971)
  • Dirty Harry (1971)
  • Joe Kidd (1972)
  • High Plains Drifter (1973)
  • Breezy (1973)*
  • Magnum Force (1973)
  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
  • The Eiger Sanction (1975)
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
  • The Enforcer (1976)
  • The Gauntlet (1977)
  • Every Which Way but Loose (1978)
  • Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

*Uncredited

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1980s

With the 1980s came 11 new movies, including Any Which Way You Can, Tightrope, Pale Rider, and Heartbreak Ridge. Clint also returned to the role of Harry Callahan for two additional Dirty Harry sequels: Sudden Impact and The Dead Pool.

Clint’s 1980s movies include:

  • Bronco Billy (1980)
  • Any Which Way You Can (1980)
  • Firefox (1982)
  • Honkytonk Man (1982)
  • Sudden Impact (1983)
  • Tightrope (1984)
  • City Heat (1984)
  • Pale Rider (1985)
  • Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
  • The Dead Pool (1988)
  • Pink Cadillac (1989)
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1990s

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Into the 1990s, and although Clint’s acting roles started to reduce a little, he still continued to headline movies including The Rookie, In the Line of Fire, The Bridges of Madison County, and True Crime. He found time for a quick cameo in the children’s fantasy film, Casper, and took on one of his most famous roles in the four-times Academy Award-winning Western, Unforgiven.

Clint’s 1990s movies include:

  • White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
  • The Rookie (1990)
  • Unforgiven (1992)
  • In the Line of Fire (1993)
  • A Perfect World (1993)
  • Casper (1995)*
  • The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
  • Absolute Power (1997)
  • True Crime (1999)

*Uncredited

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2000s

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Moving into the 2000s, and at this stage in his career, Clint Eastwood started to slow down his acting, so that he could concentrate on his directing work. As such, he only acted in four movies:

  • Space Cowboys (2000)
  • Blood Work (2002)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Gran Torino (2008)
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2010s

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Acting roles in the 2010s continued to reduce, as Clint focused more of his time on directing. In this decade, Clint acted in just three films:

  • Trouble with the Curve (2012)
  • American Sniper (2014)*
  • The Mule (2018)

*Uncredited role

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2020s

Entering into the 2020s, and now into his 90s, Clint’s acting career remains much smaller than before. To date it includes:

  • Cry Macho (TBD)
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A list of every movie directed by Clint Eastwood

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As noted above, in addition to his extensive acting career, Clint Eastwood has also directed almost 40 motion pictures, beginning with 1971’s Play Misty for Me. His work behind the camera has received much acclaim, and includes:

  • Play Misty for Me (1971)
  • High Plains Drifter (1973)
  • Breezy (1973)
  • The Eiger Sanction (1975)
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
  • The Gauntlet (1977)
  • Bronco Billy (1980)
  • Firefox (1982)
  • Honkytonk Man (1982)
  • Sudden Impact (1983)
  • Pale Rider (1985)
  • Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
  • Bird (1988)
  • White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
  • The Rookie (1990)
  • Unforgiven (1992)
  • A Perfect World (1993)
  • The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
  • Absolute Power (1997)
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
  • True Crime (1999)
  • Space Cowboys (2000)
  • Blood Work (2002)
  • Mystic River (2003)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
  • Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
  • Changeling (2008)
  • Gran Torino (2008)
  • Invictus (2009)
  • Hereafter (2010)
  • J. Edgar (2011)
  • Jersey Boys (2014)
  • American Sniper (2014)
  • Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (2016)
  • The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
  • The Mule (2018)
  • Richard Jewell (2019)
  • Cry Macho (TBD)

Whether in front of the camera, behind it, or a mix of both, Clint Eastwood has become an important part of the movie making business.

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If you’re a fan of Clint Eastwood movies, then you may wish to know that all five Dirty Harry films are currently available to buy on Blu-ray.

The Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry Collection includes Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact and The Dead Pool.

The Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry Collection is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.

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