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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12. 'Hearts of the West' (1975)

One of Bridges' most interesting takes on the Western came during this Depression-era comedy-drama in which he plays an Iowa farmboy with dreams of becoming an aspiring dimestore novelist. The young man goes West, of course, falling in with a group of movie cowboy stunt riders and background actors led by Andy Griffith. What started off as a pseudo-horse opera becomes something of a showbiz satire, as our hero starts to achieve fame on his own and finds nothing but disillusionment. The movie maintains a surprisingly reflective tone throughout, suggesting that those days of yore were never quite as romantic as some may think. And Bridges – going from wide-eyed innocent to jaded cynic – is wonderful.

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