93. Clint Eastwood
THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES, HIGH PLANES DRIFTER, UNFORGIVEN, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, PALE RIDER
Some directors make their films in a vacuum, largely indifferent to the world around them, and to their own reputation. Clint Eastwood is not one of these. A man who made his name as an on screen avenging angel, Clint Eastwood has spent the latter part of his directing career trying to create a different legacy for himself. His work with Sergio Leone made the brutal violence of the Old West look like fun, so Eastwood attempted to show the emotional and spiritual consequences of a violent life in Unforgiven. His rogue cop Harry Callahan made vengeance and vigilantism look cool, so Eastood made Mystic River and Gran Torino, two films that question the validity of revenge and advocated for a life of peace. Previously thought to be an extension of his tough-as-nails persona, Clint Eastwood has proven himself to be a thoughtful, sensitive director with a deep sense of responsibility toward his fellow man.
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