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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19. 'Only the Brave' (2017)

This year's powerful firefighter drama, about the tragic story of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots of Arizona, was the kind of film Bridges might have starred in when he was younger. Instead, he got to play the veteran who served as a mentor to Josh Brolin's take-no-prisoners fire chief. It might have been a throwaway gig, but in the actor's hands it becomes a portrait of restrained bureaucratic authority. Until we get to the breakdown scene near the end, when he learns of the fates of his men and gives audiences one of the most emotionally devastating scenes in any 2017 film.

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