Limiting Clint Eastwood's greatest roles to a mere ten films is a damn near Sisyphean task. Over 55 years of movie-making, the steely-eyed actor/director has created so many indelible characters, it's hard to imagine them all coming from the same mortal man.

With the release of the supernatural thriller 'Hereafter,' it's a good time to look back on some of Eastwood's most memorable characters. We did have two rules: Only one movie could be considered per series -- hence the omission of 'A Fistful Of Dollars,' 'Magnum Force' and the like -- and films directed by, but not starring, Eastwood were discounted ('Bird,''Mystic River,' etc.). The debate begins ... now.
Hang 'Em High
In Theaters on January 1st, 1968

Rescued rancher (Clint Eastwood) deputized to hunt his would-be lynchers. Read More

Play Misty for Me
In Theaters on December 29th, 2002

Ardent fan (Jessica Walter) stalks a DJ (Clint Eastwood) who had an affair with her. Read More

High Plains Drifter
In Theaters on September 6th, 2003

Stranger (Clint Eastwood) makes town prepare garish welcome for convicts. Read More

The Outlaw Josey Wales
In Theaters on September 7th, 2003

A Missouri farmer (Clint Eastwood) hunts down brutal Union soldiers. Read More

Million Dollar Baby
Based on 39 critics

A cantankerous trainer (Clint Eastwood) bonds with a female boxer (Hilary Swank). Read More

Escape From Alcatraz
In Theaters on July 3rd, 2005

Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood) and two brothers plan their 1962 escape from the rock-island prison. Read More

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
In Theaters on December 29th, 1967

A drifter (Clint Eastwood), a bandit (Eli Wallach) and a bounty hunter (Lee Van Cleef) want gold. Read More

Watch on
Based on 21 critics

An old gunslinger (Clint Eastwood) and others hunt bounty in Big Whiskey. Read More

Dirty Harry
In Theaters on February 15th, 2000

A Magnum-powered San Francisco police inspector (Clint Eastwood) hunts a so-called Scorpio Killer. Read More

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In the Line of Fire
Based on 16 critics

Master assassin (John Malkovich) toys with Secret Service agent (Clint Eastwood). Read More