Ten weakest Clint Eastwood films

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by smilin ed, Nov 24, 2021 at 6:13 AM.

  1. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident Thread Starter

    As actor or director or both - 1965 to the present.

    I'm skipping The Witches because I haven't seen it, but here's my list:

    Every Which Way But Loose
    Any Which Way You Can
    The Rookie
    Sudden Impact (I can just about take the Harry franchise into The Enforcer, but for me, it stops there)
    The Dead Pool
    City Heat - should have been way better
    Cry Macho
    15:17 to Paris
    Jersey Boys

    Your mileage may vary.

    For clarity's sake, these would be my top ten Clint:

    Josey Wales
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    Play Misty
    Dirty Harry
    Mystic River
    A Perfect World
    In the Line of Fire or Tightrope, depending on which day it is...
    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

    And there are many others I really enjoy - the other two Leone Westerns, Honytonk Man, Bronco Billy, Pale Rider, High Plains Drifter, Magnum Force, The Beguiled, Kelly's Heroes, Flags of our Fathers and the even better Letter from Iwo Jima, Escape from Alcatraz, and Changeling
  2. parkgrover

    parkgrover Forum Resident

    Saw The Eiger Sanction the other week - couldn’t believe how embarrassingly bad it was! Clint as an Art professor/mountain climber/hitman. Reminds you how bad the 70’s could be.

    Luckily they had Escape from Alcatraz on this week...gripping and excellent
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  3. HotblackDesiato

    HotblackDesiato Well-Known Member

    Take your pick from Space Cowboys onwards. Cry Macho is major bollocks.
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  4. Watched 'Cry Macho' last week. Didn't like it at all.
    And Clint's getting old.
  5. Which is the more iconic line:

    "Make my day" or " Get off my lawn"
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  6. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I used to think that was really bad, but it's far surpassed by some of the other stuff that's been released since and, of course, bettered by some of it too
  7. nifticus

    nifticus Well-Known Member

    Vancouver, BC
    I mostly agree with that...but I liked both Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can!
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  8. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident Thread Starter

    There are possibly others I could have picked. I have to admit to not being up to speed on those he's only directed over the last few years - especially most of those since 2008
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  9. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Jersey Boys...
  10. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    yea, that'll happen in your 90's...
    we liked CM...the wife and I.
  11. The Wanderer

    The Wanderer Seeker of Truth

    I only watch Clint's westerns
  12. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    I'm not particularly a Clint Eastwood fan, but this seems related. There is a cd called Music for the Movies of Clint Eastwood. I found it in the used bin a few days ago and it is an excellent compilation, on shuffle, for an easy listening hour.

    I have the DVD of Paint Your Wagon, though it was Wandering Star that lured me in :)

    I watched a few of those Leone movies a few months ago, and found them rather tedious.
  13. Siegmund

    Siegmund Vinyl Sceptic

    Britain, Europe

    First one I thought of. Dated and embarrassing on more ways than you can count.

    CE’s character is called ‘Jonathan Hemlock’. Says it all.
  14. tmwlng

    tmwlng Forum Resident

    Find it hard to beat Pink Cadillac. Though I enjoyed it, there were some definite WTF/cringe moments. Clint being "funny" and making voices... Doesn't work! Lol.
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  15. DPM

    DPM Forum Resident

    In addition to those listed above I think Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino are good films. And I like White Hunter Black Heart also, but it's been many years since I saw it.

    As for his weakest? What was the one that had him and Lee Marvin singing?
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  16. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Yep. That could easily be added to my list. Not a fan of The Gauntlet either.
  17. a customer

    a customer Forum Resident

    10 is a lot

    I can't watch any spaghetti westerns they bore me.
    Hang em high
    Coogans bluff
    Dirty Harry
    Magnum force ok but that's enough
    Outlaw Josie Wales
    Changeling director
    Mystic river director
    Flags of our fathers director

    Most of his other films are average
    I never watched the one with monkee.

    He went through a stretch where his gf or wife was a lot of films.
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  18. RhodyDave125

    RhodyDave125 Streetwalkin' Cheetah

    "Bird" is easily his best movie as a director.
  19. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    Arizona desert
    Cry Macho was terrible. Firefox was bad. True Crime was a good book Clint ruined. Blood Work was another good book he screwed up.
    I'm a Clint Eastwood fan so I like most of his movies.
  20. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Paint Your Wagon. Good contender for the bottom ten list.
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  21. Spaghettiows

    Spaghettiows Forum Resident

    Silver Creek, NY
    High Plains Drifter: I used to love this one back when I was younger. I watched it a couple of years back for the first time in 30 years and it has not aged well, despite some memorable sequences.

    Bronco Billy
    Paint Your Wagon

    I can't think of 10.
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  22. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    1. Where Eagles Dare
    2. Paint Your Wagon
    3. Escape from Alcatraz
    4. Firefox
    5. White Hunter, Black Heart
    6. Absolute Power
    7. True Crime
    8. Space Cowboys
    9. The Rookie
    10. The Trouble with the Curve

    I know some of these are highly regarded, but they are all ones that either bore me or make me cringe.
  23. stepeanut

    stepeanut Only the innocent can lie with conviction

    It is an odd film. Not really an Eastwood vehicle, as he wasn’t a major star at that point and only appears in one segment.

    I own the Arrow Academy BD release because I’m a fan of Pier Paolo Pasolini. If you like European arthouse cinema, that’s a better reason to purchase the film — although it’s still not great, TBH. If anyone goes into this expecting a typically macho Clint Eastwood performance, they’re going to come away confused and disappointed.
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  24. Scott6

    Scott6 Forum Resident

    His best films were the comedies with the guy in the monkey outfit.
  25. Hammerhead

    Hammerhead Forum Resident

    Hereafter was bad. J Edgar too.

    I can’t bring myself to watch 3:17 to Paris, just sounds awful.

    Magnum Force is my favourite film of all time. I know it’s not the best film ever made, but it’s my favourite.

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