The Dude Abides: Every Jeff Bridges Movie, Ranked Worst to Best

From charming rascals to old coots, 'The Last Picture Show' to 'The Big Lebowski' – the iconic actor's greatest hits (and misses)

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4. 'American Heart' (1992)

Ex-con Jack Kelson (Bridges) is just out of the joint. He's also suddenly burdened with the teenage son (Edward Furlong) that he long ago abandoned. As the tragic tale of desperate living on the margins in Seattle unfolds, father and son try to understand one another. Bridges balances both the immediacy of his character’s struggle for survival, as well as the slowly gathering regret or a life that was never really given a chance – a broken, haunted man who would set the stage for more gritty, lyrical roles, many of which would get greater acclaim. Criminally underseen, it's still consistently amazing and more than deserving of this spot – in many ways, this role, and not Rooster Cogburn or Lebowski, is the key to much of his later work. 

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