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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3. 'True Grit' (2010)

He may have began acting at a time when the Western was dying, but Bridges appeared throughout his career in a number of bold, daring takes on the genre – everything from The Last Picture Show and Hearts of the West to Rancho Deluxe and Wild Bill. His presence in these films was rarely that of a typical oater actor, however – he usually played a character who was aware that the times had passed him by. So how appropriate that one of his greatest roles came in the part that had once won John Wayne an Oscar. As Rooster Cogburn, the former Texas Ranger turned broken-down bounty hunter enlisted to track down a murderer, Bridges initially appears as a rough wreck of a man. But as the story proceeds, we come to know him in all his complexity – his ruthlessness, his bitterness, his humor, his compassion, and ultimately his heroism. It is an absolutely riveting performance, and it makes you wonder what an actor like this might have done with the Western in its heyday.

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