Most film fans know the legendary Clint Eastwood from his Spaghetti Westerns of the '60s, his Dirty Harry Series, High Plains Drifter (1973), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Unforgiven (1992), In The Line of Fire (1993), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Gran Torino (2008), The Mule (2018) and numerous others.
Eastwood is also known for his efforts solely as an auteur for films such as Mystic River (2003), Changeling (2008), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Invictus (2009), and Richard Jewell (2019).
But the nature of superstardom is such that the audiences expect predictability; in Eastwood’s case he was expected to be the stoic, laconic, anti-hero with a firearm in his holster.
But Eastwood broadened his artistic horizons by making 'smaller' films that explored the human condition. He even played against type and explored themes usually untouched in mainstream cinema. This is probably the secret to his longevity as a star. He is as respected as a great artistic talent as he is loved as a star. His more artistic works were unfortunately overshadowed by his popular films.
On the occasion of his 92nd birthday, here are 10 of Eastwood's lesser-known pictures, sorted in no particular order of eminence.
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