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.]
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Arlington Road
R1999
Based on 26 critics

Widowed when his FBI agent wife is killed by an extremist group, college professor Michael Faraday (Jeff... Read More

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The Big Lebowski
R1998
Based on 22 critics

Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski who insists on being called "the Dude," a laid-back, easygoing burnout... Read More

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Tron
PG1982
In Theaters on July 9, 1982

When talented computer engineer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) finds out that Ed Dillinger (David Warner),... Read More

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The Contender
R2000
Based on 35 critics

When the sitting Vice President dies, Senator Laine Hanson is chosen by the President to be the first... Read More

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The Fisher King
R1991
Based on 9 critics

After shock jock Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) inadvertently provokes a caller into murdering a group of... Read More

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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
R1974
In Theaters on October 19, 2001

While stealing a car, free-spirited drifter Lightfoot (Jeff Bridges) crosses paths with legendary thief... Read More

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Starman
PG1984
Based on 7 critics

Answering a NASA message intended for aliens, a space being tries to contact mankind, but an American... Read More

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Crazy Heart
R2009
Based on 32 critics

With too many years of hazy days and boozy nights,former country-music legend Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges)... Read More

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