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. What do you think?