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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49. 'Simpatico' (1999)

It's a wan and wanting adaptation of a Sam Shepard play, with Bridges on hand as a sleazy, successful horse racer confronted by a former bud (Nick Nolte) over a duplicitous act they committed in their youth. It should be a home run – Bridges and Nolte playing diametric opposites is an inspired idea, and the great cast also includes Sharon Stone and Catherine Keener. But for some reason, the whole thing lacks energy, and for all his typical amiability, Bridges can do smug when he sets his mind to it; this plodding film, however, doesn't really give him (or anyone else) much of a chance.

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