Top Ten Best Movies Directed by Clint Eastwood

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2. Gran Torino 

Personally, I’d love to put Gran Torino at number one (it’s my favorite of Eastwood’s films), but I know that wouldn’t be right. So here it sits at number two, beating out the likes of Unforgiven and Mystic River. And if you want to know why I put it this high up on this list, here is my answer: evolution. Yes, for me Gran Torino, more than any other film on this list, shows Eastwood’s evolution as a director. Gran Torino has a very similar tone to many of Eastwood’s other films, most specifically his Westerns, but what I love about the movie is how it takes the tough guy, growling grittiness of Eastwood’s earlier work and uses it show us something more optimistic – the possibility of finding the bonds of family with those who may not actually be a part of your own. To me, Gran Torino is Eastwood nostalgically acknowledging the past while impressively looking towards the future.

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Chris is a graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and FIlm. He has been writing for TVOvermind and Uncoached for two years and has written about numerous different television shows and pop culture topics. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13).
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