Whose Better: John Wayne or Clint Eastwood?

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Whose Better: John Wayne or Clint Eastwood?

Poll closed Sep 9, 2009.
  1. The Duke

    28.6%
  2. Clint Eastwood

    66.7%
  3. They are equally the best.

    4.8%
  4. Neither, ______________ is better.

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  1. Coloradomtnman
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    Obviously this is a ridiculous thread.

    John Wayne is an American icon. He starred in dozens of movies, mostly Westerns - or maybe all of them were Westerns. His slow-talking, deep baritone voice conveyed wit, humor, disappointment and threat sincerely and with the same tone. I haven't been as exposed to John Wayne as much as I have been to Clint, and the Duke is a serious bad-ass, but...

    Clint Eastwood is also an American icon. I would go even further and say a National Treasure but I'm an obvious fan and biased. He's won 2 academy awards for Best Director, and 2 for Best Picture (for the same movies: The Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby) and he's been nominated for Letters from Iwo Jima and Mystic River for the same awards. His squint is unforgettable, and his raspy voice iconic in itself. He's starred in something like 50 movies and directed more in which he didn't appear. He's done some lousy films and has starred in timeless classics like Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, Two Mules for Sister Sarah, and the Dirty Harry Films. If you have cable, at almost any time a Clint Eastwood film is playing. Gran Torino was the best movie I've seen this year and it came out in January.

    Clint Eastwood is clearly better.

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    Better at what?
     
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    Def Clint.. I just saw him in Grand Torino, he's still one of the best actors ever.
     
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    Had the Duke lived longer he might have done some movies with Clint. "Unforgiven" being one that quickly comes to mind.

    Wayne's body of work isn't comparable to Eastwood's, partly because of death. But I doubt that, even if Wayne were still around, his body of work would compare. Eastwood's just been prolific for a long time, with both quantity and quality. Writing, producing, directing and acting. Wayne was in movies for fifty years, so time in play wasn't his enemy.

    Harris does an annual poll on this that is interesting:

    Harris Interactive | The Harris Poll - Denzel Washington: America’s Favorite Movie Star (This is a PDF)

    It's pretty subjective. My vote would have to go to Eastwood, just because of his consistent quality work in front of and behind the camera directing, producing and even writing. He wears more hats than Wayne typically did.

    My short list would be:

    1. Clint Eastwood
    2. John Wayne
    3. Harrison Ford
    After that list it's hard to make any other comparisons IMO.
     
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    Wasn't that a great movie? The ending makes it impossible to watch again, though.
     
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    It was wonderful, I laughed and cried throughout the movie. I also loved him in the old Westerns he was in though and I usually don't really care for them.
     
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    Marion wins my vote.

    Eastwood is good. Wayne was GREAT!
     
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    If his lone mission in making Gran Torino was to make grown men cry, he succeeded marvelously.
     
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