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  • Jeff Bridges for my money is one of the few actors of this generation who could have cut it during the glory days of Hollywood. He's one of the few actors with the brooding intensity of a Robert Mitchum, and the screen chewing force of a Kirk Douglas, but with an added dimension of vulnerability. However, Jeff Bridges choices in movies ,with few exceptions, has not been the best. 

  • Jeff Bridges has been making movies (discounting his childhood work) for over two and a half decades, and out of that period only about half a dozen really stand out. And the ones I like tend to be the ones he didn't get recognized for, but movies I felt he did his best work in. Movies in which the material was worthy of the man. Movies like the following (in reverse chronological order rated on a four star scale):


  • Big Lebowski, The (1998) .... The Dude... You either love this movie or hate it, I fall into the former camp. I found it laugh out loud funny, and one I can watch endlessly. One of the Cohen's best and from the people who brought you RAISING ARIZONA, BLOOD SIMPLE, and FARGO that's saying a lot. ***1/2

  • Wild Bill (1995) .... James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok. This movie is one of those great movies no one saw, one of those straight to video flicks, it's a gem well worth searching out. I love western's , I consider John Ford's SEARCHERS, and Howard Hawks' RED RIVER, not just great westerns, but great films, essential peices of Americana and filmmaking. This low budget movie isn't in the class of those two giants (few movies are), but it follows admirably in those mythic footsteps. WILD BILL stands as one of the last good examples, of an increasingly rare genre.***1/2.(that bar scene get's it the extra half point, is just riveted in my mind.Incredible.) 

  • Fearless (1993) .... Max Klein -This is one of the great movies of our time. And there is inherently nothing great about this story, it's a simple, small little story about a man picked by fickle fate to survive. It's the kind of movie I would consider a girl flick, except for two things. The superb ensemble acting of all involved, and the directing of Peter Weir. This was my first introduction to the work of Peter Weir, and from the first frame I knew I was in the hands of a master craftsman, a consumate profeessional, a director's director. ****

  • Fisher King, The (1991) .... Jack Lucas -Simply a beautiful film, notable for Robin Williams first strong dramatic performance.***

  • Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) .... Preston Tucker. Francis Ford Coppola has made some of the most lavish and well known movies of our time. This, his least known movie, was virtually ignored at the box office, but really is one of his finest works. A great movie, beautifully directed, definitely worth another look. And this might just tie with Fearless for Jeff Bridges best work. ****

  • 8 Million Ways to Die (1986) .... Plays Lawrence Block's P.I. Matthew Scudder.  

  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) .... Lightfoot-A great Clint Eastwood movie, Michael Cimino's best film, Jeff Bridges steals the show.***



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