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3. "The Outlaw Josey Wales"
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George
Key awards: Nominated for Best Original Score, Academy Awards
Why it's among his best: While Eastwood had already taken the genre in a more experimental direction, this feels like his most classical, positively Hawksian western -- a triumph of grounded storytelling and burnished craft, though not without its political inclinations. Eastwood himself described it as an anti-war film of sorts, in which his formerly Confederate protagonist comes to terms with the widespread human damage left by the Civil War. It also marks a milestone in the positive representation of Native Americans within the genre.