If anyone was due for an Academy Award for Best Actor last year, it was the perpetually underrated Jeff Bridges, an actor who has spent 40 years playing everyone from presidents to bums with an intensity that is rarely flashy but always memorable.

The son of famed actor Lloyd Bridges, the actor got his first credit as an infant in 1950's 'The Company She Keeps,' and since the early 1970s has displayed an unparalleled versatility. Bridges is one of Hollywood's few A-list actors to successfully divorce the terms "actor" and "celebrity," which may explain why his immense body of work has flown so under the radar for so long (it took him nearly 60 films to win that Oscar, for 2009's 'Crazy Heart'). Yet you can always count on Bridges to deliver noteworthy performances, even in mediocre movies ('Against All Odds,''Tideland,''Stay Hungry.')

This month sees Bridges star in two of the year's most anticipated films: 'TRON: Legacy,' in which Bridges reprises his role from the original 1982 film, and 'True Grit,' the Coen Brothers' remake of Henry Hathaway's classic 1969 western of the same name. To honor Hollywood's most underrated actor, we've put together a list of Bridges' ten best roles -- but, yeah, well, you know, it's just, like, our opinion, man.

[Please note: Some of these clips are NSFW.]
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
In Theaters on October 19th, 2001

A thief and a drifter team up with the thief's old partners for a repeat robbery. Read More

Crazy Heart
Based on 32 critics

With his career in decline, an aging country star (Jeff Bridges) finds unexpected inspiration. Read More

John Carpenter's Starman
Based on 7 critics

Wisconsin widow (Karen Allen) loves alien double (Jeff Bridges) of her husband. Read More

The Last Picture Show
In Theaters on October 3rd, 1971

Lives (Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd) overlap in a dying 1950s Texas town. Read More

Arlington Road
Based on 26 critics

A professor (Jeff Bridges) learns disturbing info about his neighbors (Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack). Read More

The Big Lebowski
Based on 22 critics

Bowling buddies (Jeff Bridges, John Goodman) try to help a multimillionaire. Read More

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In Theaters on July 9th, 1982

A video-game designer (Jeff Bridges) becomes part of an evil superuser's software inside a computer. Read More

The Contender
Based on 35 critics

A vice presidential nominee (Joan Allen) refuses to testify about her past. Read More

The Fisher King
Based on 9 critics

Mad seeker (Robin Williams) of Grail meets shaken N.Y. talk-radio host (Jeff Bridges). Read More

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