Give Clint Eastwood a break (... for his '80s movies)

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Will Clint Eastwood's legacy be that of a stammering old man talking to an empty chair? Though that's what everyone is talking about these days -- because, if nothing else, it's a good excuse not to talk about his new movie Trouble with the Curve -- things will eventually normalize and he'll be Good Ole Eastwood again soon.

In the meantime, we have his library of movies to distract us. And while the '80s weren't Clint's golden age, he gave us a few to remember. Normally, I do these rankings on personal preference. This time, I wanted to be more scientific; they're based on the official IMDB ratings of his work.

TOP 5 CLINT EASTWOOD MOVIES OF THE '80s:

5. TIGHTROPE (1984): "Twenty-eight years ago I borrowed 40 dollars from my father, packed up an old, beat up suitcase, took a bus and came here. I was seventeen at the time. While I walked through the French Quarter, I looked out over the Mississippi and swore I'd never leave."

4. SUDDEN IMPACT (1983): "Go ahead, make my day."

3. HONKYTONK MAN (1982): "Mary was right to go back to her husband. What the hell did I have to offer a kid? Just honky-tonks and flop-houses."

2. HEARTBREAK RIDGE (1986): "You're Marines now. You adapt. You overcome. You improvise."

1. PALE RIDER (1985): "Well, if you're waitin' for a woman to make up her mind, you may have a a long wait. "

Just barely missing out: The Dead Pool (1988), Bronco Billy (1980), Any Which Way You Can (1980). Believe it or not, Firefox comes in nearly dead last, but ahead of City Heat and Pink Cadillac. Wondering what the top ranked Eastwood movie is? 1966's The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

[Last modified: Friday, September 21, 2012 10:26am]

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