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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7. 'The Last Picture Show' (1971)

Bridges achieved an early breakthrough as a high school football hero in a dead-end Texas town in Peter Bogdanovich's 1971 coming-of-age masterpiece. He's not the lead – that honor goes to melancholy Timothy Bottoms – but Bridges is arguably the film's most representative character: A good-looking, poor, happy-go-lucky kid who doesn't seem to realize that his relationship with the richest, most beautiful girl in town is doomed. There's an undercurrent of anxiety beneath the actor's surface charm and confidence, but it's a very gentle one: He seems largely content to let the world pass over him, like so many young people in Nowheresville, America. A star is born.

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