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Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris
Key awards: Best Picture, Director and Supporting Actor, Academy Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics' Association, National Society of Film Critics
Why it's his best: No, not a terribly creative choice for the top spot, but sometimes consensus opinion has it right. Eastwood's revisionist western is the one that cemented his place in the pantheon of American filmmakers: a complete union of long-considered thematic and aesthetic preoccupations, and a steel-eyed farewell not just to a mode of cinema, but to a subset of American male heroism, and his single best-looking work to boot. Few directors make such an elegiac film at least 20-odd years before their eventual retirement. He'd never return to the western genre after this; he didn't need to.