Top 5 Clint Eastwood Westerns

Clint Eastwood acted in over 60 movies over the years.  He also had recurring roles in television series.  What are Clint Eastwood’s best western roles?  Below is a list of his top 5 Westerns.

5:  “Pale Rider” (1985).  Pale Rider was released at a time of declining popularity of the Western genre.  At that time, few westerns movies or series were being made.  However, this film is partially credited with reviving the western.  Eastwood stars, once again, as the man with no name.  This time, he is a preacher who enters a small mining community.  He finds that the residents are slowly being driven out by the greedy local mine owner who is intent on stealing their claims.  Eastwood transforms from the preacher to the gunfighter and defends the community against the evil land baron and his hired guns.

4:  “Rawhide” (1959 – 1965).  Rawhide was a series that depicted a series of cattle drives.  Along the way, the cowboys performed good deeds with the local residents as they pass through on their cattle drive.  Clint Eastwood stars as ramrod and second in command, Rowdy Yates.  

3:  “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966).  Eastwood stars as the man with no name in this Spaghetti Western.  He is told of some buried gold.  The gold is buried in a grave and he is told of the name on the grave.  Unfortunately, the graveyard is not known to him.  The location of the graveyard is given to a greedy gunfighter named Tuco, played by Eli Wallach.  He must partner with Tuco in order to find the gold.

2:  “Outlaw Josey Wales” (1976).  Eastwood stars as a peaceful farmer who had just witnessed the murder of his family by renegades.  With his farm burned down and his family murdered, he has nothing left to do, so he joins a band of Southern guerillas fighting the North during the Civil War.  After the war, he only wants to be left in peace.  Unfortunately, he is relentlessly pursued by law enforcement, Northern agents, bounty hunters and Texas Rangers.  He struggles to survive alone and on the run.

1:  “The Unforgiven” (1992).  Perhaps, Eastwood’s finest role, Clint plays a retired gunfighter who, with the help of his wife, has gone straight.  He still has a bad reputation, but struggles to maintain his clean life and raise his children properly.  Unfortunately, he is now a poor farmer and his wife has died.  He is approached by a young gunfighter and decides to go on one last killing.   He travels with his partners in order to kill two cowboys who defaced a woman in order to earn a bounty.

Clint Eastwood had a long and storied career.  He played in many other genres, but is perhaps best known for his role as the unnamed gunfighter in several movies.