Dirty Harry tops poll of Clint Eastwood classics

The renegade cop gets the nod from our readers

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Hard-boiled police drama Dirty Harry has topped a survey of nearly 2,500 RadioTimes.com users to find the best movie starring or directed by Clint Eastwood.

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The 1971 film introduced one of Eastwood’s most iconic roles, renegade cop “Dirty” Harry Callahan, and made famous the line “Do you feel lucky, punk?”

Hollywood legend Eastwood, who turns 80 at the end of the month, is also famous as the enigmatic Man with No Name in director Sergio Leone’s trilogy of spaghetti westerns. Two of these made the top ten: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars are in second and fifth place, respectively.

In recent years, the multi-talented Eastwood has become a successful and respected director. Three of the movies he helmed (and also starred in) feature in our top ten: 2008’s Gran Torino is in third place, with powerful western Unforgiven and moving drama Million Dollar Baby – both of which garnered best picture and best director Oscars – in fourth and eighth positions, respectively.

Here are the the full results:

1 Dirty Harry (1971)
2 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
3 Gran Torino (2008)
4 Unforgiven (1992)
5 A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
6 Play Misty for Me (1971)
7 The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
8 Million Dollar Baby (2004)
9 The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
10 Every Which Way but Loose (1978)
11 Where Eagles Dare (1969)
12 Kelly’s Heroes (1970)
13 Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
14 Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
15 In the Line of Fire (1993)
16 Mystic River (2003)
17 Paint Your Wagon (1969)
18 Pale Rider (1985)
19 Any Which Way You Can (1980)
20 High Plains Drifter (1973)
21 Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
22 For a Few Dollars More (1965)
23 Magnum Force (1973)
24 Sudden Impact (1983)
25 Changeling (2008)
26 Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
27 Space Cowboys (2000)
28 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
=30 Coogan’s Bluff (1968)
=30 The Dead Pool (1988)
31 The Beguiled (1970)
32 Firefox (1982)
=35 Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
=35 Invictus (2009)
=35 The Eiger Sanction (1975)
=38 Bird (1988)
=38 Hang ‘Em High (1968)
=38 Absolute Power( 1996)
39 The Enforcer (1976)
=43 A Perfect World (1993)
=43 Bronco Billy (1980)
=43 The Gauntlet (1977)
=43 The Rookie (1990)
=46 Blood Work (2002)
=46 Honkytonk Man (1982)
=46 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
=50 City Heat (1984)
=50 Pink Cadillac (1989)
=50 True Crime (1999)
=50 White Hunter, Black Heart (1990)
51 Tightrope (1984)
52 Breezy (1973)

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