Even though he has a career in cinema spanning over half a century, Clint Eastwood has shown no signs of slowing down at age 86. Sully, his 35th film as a director, is opening this weekend to positive word of mouth. In a career as expansive as any filmmaker today, Eastwood’s directorial track record is full of peaks and valleys. From gritty westerns to historical dramas, each film in his canon has something worthwhile. With that said, a few of his films have helped to define his legacy. Here are the five films that stand head and shoulders above the rest as his most important and defining directing efforts. At the risk of sounding redundant, Unforgiven was left off this list.
Matt is a 21 year old film buff and recent graduate from The University of Rhode Island. Growing up in a small town in the smallest state, Matt began developing a taste in film and general geekdom at a young age. After years of watching various DC and Marvel animated television shows as a boy, Matt has become quite the afficinado in the realm of comic books. Towards the end of middle school, Matt began delving into the world of film by watching anything he could get his hands on. Nowadays, his tastes range from classic film noir and the mindbending works of David Cronenberg to the latest trends on the independent scene. Don't worry; he's still one for the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC animated adventure. Comics aren't the only source of literature Matt enjoys. He can sometimes be spotted reading the works of Stephen King or even the plays of William Shakespeare. As an aspiring film critic and screenwriter, Matt is always looking for inspiration and new ideas.