Legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood is celebrating his birthday today. He will be 91. Even at such an age, he remains as active as ever. He is best known for his films set in the Wild West, especially the Spaghetti Western genre, so named because the films were directed by Italian filmmakers.
It can be said without exaggeration that Clint Eastwood and his character Man with No Name in Dollars Trilogy are still synonymous with the Western film genre as a whole. Here are five essential westerns starring Eastwood that you need to watch:
1. The good, the bad and the ugly
The definitive Spaghetti Western, and some say the definitive Western, The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, released in 1966 and yet is just as appealing as it was when it was first released. Sergio Leone’s epic of a movie was the culmination of the Dollars trilogy and featured sweeping landscapes of the American Frontier, leading action sequences and a gripping story. Even those who haven’t seen this classic will find Ennio Morricone’s theme music familiar.
2. For a few dollars more
The second installment in the Dollars trilogy, For A Few Dollars More is another great Spaghetti Western that is an absolutely thrilling experience even for those accustomed to modern more fast paced cinema.
3. Don’t Forgive: Netflix
While the Dollars trilogy and other westerns that made Eastwood some of the best films in the genre emerged as some of the best films in the genre, it was 1992’s Unforgiven that earned him his first Oscar. Delete that actually. It earned him his first TWO Oscars — one for Best Director and the other for Best Picture.
4. A handful of dollars
The film that started the Dollars trilogy and also popularized the Spaghetti Western and introduced Eastwood’s iconic Man with No Name character.
5. The outlaw Josey Wales
This post-Civil War 1976 western reminiscent of the incredibly macho Man With No Name, and gave his character Josey Wales a sense of vulnerability.