5. 'Hell or High Water' (2016)
This sleeper-hit nouveau Western/crime thriller gave Bridges' one of his greatest roles: a
crotchety, politically incorrect modern-day Texas Ranger tracking down a
pair of bank robbers. His Ranger Marcus Hamilton is a man who appears to be living in the past –
imagining himself as a cowboy going after wild outlaws on the frontier, with his devout, straight-arrow Mexican-Indian-American partner by his side. But he also knows that the old myths have become empty. The actor captures that
delicate mix of delusion and disillusion superbly – giving the character a real
dose of humanity, even as the suspense of the chase keeps going. And that last scene between him and Chris Pine is already a Hall-of-Famer.