Clint Eastwood films: Go ahead, ace this quiz!



By: Olivia Cantor

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So are you "punk enough" to ace this Clint Eastwood quiz? As his famous gun-slinging character would reply, "Go ahead, make my day!"

Who doesn't know Clint Eastwood, the actor? Ever since he stepped in front of the small and silver screens decades ago, the world has never forgotten who he is. Starting in so-called spaghetti and then TV westerns, the man knows how to act out his gun-slinging, attitude-bearing heart out. Are you familiar with some of his early classic films from this genre? This quiz has them, for sure!

As he grew older, though, the gun-toting man became the quiet observer, and sometimes reluctant hero in some stories of his films. With age comes maturity, and Mr. Eastwood sure matured in a way that's admirable in Hollywood! Not only did he choose great films to act in, but he also stepped behind the camera to direct some of them. And as an actor with a great portfolio under his belt, he most definitely knew how to compose a shot, entice fellow actors, and bring a story to life on the silver screen. Indeed, some of his best work in his decades-long career are those that he both directed and starred in. Are you familiar with these screen gems? Yep, they're also included in this quiz of ours!

So go ahead, make your day by ticking off your Clint Eastwood filmography knowledge. We're sure you'll enjoy it. Have fun -- punk!

Clint Eastwood is known earlier in his career for starring in films belonging to this genre.

Eastwood embodied the All-American cowboy stereotype in American western films since the 1960s.


What is the TV series Clint Eastwood appeared in, which led to him snagging his popular western movie lead roles?

Of course, he played a cowboy in this TV series.


His early film called "Every Which Way but Loose" had a sequel. What was its title?

This 1978 and 1980 film duo is actually an offbeat comedy.


Early in his career, Clint Eastwood became popular in Italy for playing an anti-hero in this modified kind of western genre.

In Japan, this subgenre is actually called “macaroni western."


Perhaps Clint Eastwood is best known for playing the Dirty Harry role. What is the character Harry’s last name?

It is said that Eastwood’s stern personality is a match to the eccentric and gruff nature of the Callahan character.


In his western films, what is the description of the character Eastwood popularized as a cowboy loner?

This character was actually an adaptation of the ronin character (a samurai with no name and master) from Akira Kurosawa’s film Yojimbo.


Which Italian filmmaker directed his famous spaghetti western trilogy which includes A Fistful of Dollars?

Sergio Leone made this subgenre with a multicultural cast and crew popular during the 1960s.


The third film in his famous spaghetti western trilogy is entitled The Good, The Bad, and The __?

It was Spanish journalist Alfonso Sanchez who actually coined the term “spaghetti western."


This is the film where Clint Eastwood played an Arizona deputy sheriff hot on the trails of a psychotic criminal he’s tracking down in New York.

Don Siegel directed this film, who eventually directed other successful Eastwood films. The two eventually became very good friends.


Clint Eastwood also starred in many films he directed, except for this one.

He also produced some of the films he starred in and directed.


Surprisingly, Clint Eastwood did star in a musical film, his first and last one, released in 1969. What was its title?

This 1969 film was actually nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) despite being a critical and commercial failure.


What film did he direct which holds the record for the biggest opening for an Eastwood film?

The 2014 film is about a real-life American war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.


The Dirty Harry film, through Clint Eastwood’s critically-acclaimed performance, pioneered what kind of law enforcer character?

Harry Callahan is a Homicide Division Inspector of the San Francisco Police Department known for his ruthless and violent methods of law enforcement, hence becoming unpredictable even to his partners and peers.


What year did Clint Eastwood try his hand at producing films?

He actually had uncredited executive producer roles in earlier films, though, including Dirty Harry.


Dirty Harry’s most famous quote, from the first film in the series, starts as "You’ve got to ask yourself a question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’” What is the second part of that quote?

It’s ironic but people remember this quote as “Do ya feel lucky, punk?” instead of its original version.


These films are part of the Dirty Harry film series, except for one. Can you guess which?

Sudden Impact and The Deadpool complete the Dirty Harry film series.


Another iconic Dirty Harry quote, from Sudden Impact, states this.

This quote is included in the Top 10 of the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Movie Quotes.


In 2006, Clint Eastwood directed two films set in the 1945 World War II era. They are Letters From Iwo Jima and this film.

The film was about that iconic photo of soldiers trying to raise the American flag.


This critically-acclaimed film that starred Clint Eastwood as a disc jockey who had an affair with a fan-turned-murderous stalker​ is also his directorial debut.

In Eastwood’s filmography, one would note the actor-filmmaker’s penchant for directing and/or playing roles about musically-inclined characters, either directly involved (e.g. singer, musician) or indirectly (like this disc jockey role).


In 1979, Eastwood starred in this popular film about the real-life story of prison inmates escaping a maximum security penitentiary.

This film was Eastwood’s last collaboration with director Don Siegel, director of his earlier films like Two Mules for Sister Sara.


Eastwood began his role as a producer with two films, Firefox and this film.

This 1982 film was not only produced by Eastwood; he also starred in it and directed it.


Appropriately, Eastwood starred in and directed a western film that earned him an Academy Award (Oscars) for Best Director. What was this film’s title?

Unforgiven is the third western film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. The first two were Cimarron and Dances With Wolves.


Eastwood’s second Best Director honor from the Academy Awards (Oscars) was for this 2004 film about a boxing coach teaching a female boxing contender.

Of course, being able to direct himself, Eastwood played the boxing coach.


This equally famous American director was Eastwood’s co-producer for his directorial tandem films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima.

Eastwood first collaborated with Spielberg when the former tried his hand in TV directing.


Eastwood directed this critically-acclaimed but commercially flopped biopic about legendary jazz musician Charlie Parker.

Forest Whitaker played the title role.


In this 1993 film, Eastwood played a guilt-ridden US Secret Service agent who wasn’t able to prevent JFK’s assassination.

The film was directed by Wolfgang Petersen.


The interesting 2000 dramedy film Space Cowboys had Clint Eastwood playing an astronaut has-been alongside this fellow thespian of his generation.

The comedy revolved around a bunch of analog astronauts trying to help now-digital NASA maneuver a Cold War era relic stuck in space.


In "The Bridges of Madison County", Eastwood played a photographer for this famous publication.

His character is a photographer for the National Geographic.


This 2008 period film finds Eastwood directing Angelina Jolie in a true-to-life crime drama set in Los Angeles during the 1920s.

The film is entitled Changeling.


Eastwood actually directed one musical, the 2014 film adaptation of a Broadway musical about the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. What was its title?

This film exemplifies Eastwood's penchant for making films that have musically-inclined themes, subject matter, and characters.


The Dirty Harry film series had how many movies?

The Dirty Harry films actually spawned Dirty Harry novels penned by a writer using the pseudonym Dane Hartman, also featuring the detective Harry Callahan character and his law enforcement actions.


Touted as Eastwood’s “darkest (directorial) movie” by Time Out Magazine, this film won an Academy Award for Sean Penn in playing an ex-con trying to investigate the murder of his teen daughter.

The film also starred other stellar performers like Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Laura Linney, and Marcia Gay Harden.


What year did Clint Eastwood started directing?

He actually started directing TV trailers as a way to enter directing TV, then eventually film.


Fond of directing biopics, this Eastwood-helmed 2009 film featured the real-life event when Nelson Mandela utilized the 1995 Rugby World Cup Finals as a way to heal South Africa’s post-apartheid era.

Morgan Freeman did justice to the role of the great Nelson Mandela.


When he was 74 years old, Clint Eastwood became the oldest film director to win the Academy Award for Best Direction when his boxing film Million Dollar Baby won the citation. Who starred with him in this film?

In total, Eastwood directed 11 actors (including himself) in Academy Award-nominated roles.


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