The acting talent of a child is not inferior to that of his father. Likewise, talent exists in Jeffrey Leon “Jeff” Bridges. He grew up in a family that made a living from the movie world.

His father is an actor who has starred in over 150 films and several television series. But the difference between the two is that the son is more famous as a comedian and his father is an actor who plays many comedic roles in the comedy field. For those who like to watch parodies, they must be familiar with the name Lloyd Bridges. He is the biological father of Jeff Bridges.

His acting career began when Jeff Bridges co-starred in a television series titled Sea Hunt, which starred his father and brother, Beau Bridges. He also appeared on the show hosted by his father, The Lloyd Bridges Show. But after diving into the world of movies on the big screen, he also came out of his father’s too big shadow.

Here, we pick out 10 of Jeff Bridges’ best films, seven of which have earned him Oscar nominations.

The Last Picture Show

The Last Picture Show

  • Released year: 1971
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
  • Actors: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd
  • Production company: Columbia Pictures, BBS Productions, Last Picture Show Productions

This small-town West Texas teen drama was a breakthrough for Jeff Bridges, who was just starting his film career.

Published in black and white for aesthetic reasons, the film received critical acclaim and received eight Academy Award nominations, one of which went to Jeff Bridges in the Best Supporting Actor category. best . Today, the film is a classic and has been registered with the National Film Registry.

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Movie The Last Picture Show

  • Release year : 1974
  • Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
  • Directed by: Michael Cimino
  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, Geoffrey Lewis
  • Production company : Malpaso Company

This crime comedy combines Clint Eastwood with Jeff Bridges. They are planning to rob the bank. Although successful, this plan took the life of one of them. Jeff Bridges’ performance is considered to surpass Clint Eastwood as the main character receiving much criticism, thereby bringing Jeff Bridges to be nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor.


Movie Starman

  • Release year : 1984
  • Genre: Romance, Science Fiction
  • Directed by: John Carpenter
  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith
  • Production company: Columbia Pictures, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM),

After starring in many films, including a commercial success, this film finally reprises Jeff Bridges for his first Oscar nomination as Best Actor.

Jeff Bridges plays an alien who comes to Earth at the invitation of the Voyager 2 spaceship and transforms into a dead man who happens to be the ex-husband of a widow.

From here, their romance intertwines even though they are hunting down the government. In this film, Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen feature on the song “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, one of the soundtrack songs for this film by director John Carpenter.

The Fisher King

Movie The Fisher King

  • Release year: 1991
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Directed by: Terry Gilliam
  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Adam Bryant
  • Production company : TriStar Pictures, Columbia Pictures

In this movie, Jeff Bridges collided with Robin Williams in one of Terry Gilliam’s best comedies. The story is quite interesting when a former broadcaster who used to make jokes about mass suicide helped a homeless man whose wife died from a suicide joke to find the Holy Grail.

The philosophical meaning in the story is quite touching, although there are many humorous elements here. Although Jeff Bridges’ performance was rated as good, it was Robin Williams who received an Oscar nomination in this film and Mercedes Ruehl who took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

The Big Lebowski

Movie The Big Lebowski

  • Release year : 1998
  • Genre: Comedy, Crime, Sports
  • Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore
  • Production company : Polygram Filmed Films Entertainment, Working Title Films

The directors of the Coen Brothers always release unique films, which tend to be unique but highly entertaining. Jeff Bridges and John Goodman performed well and bonded in this film, which also stars Julianne Moore and Steve Buscemi.

Due to a mistaken identity, he has to sue for compensation from his name, who turns out to be a trouble millionaire. The adventure begins when they are asked to find Bunny, the young wife of the billionaire.

At the time of release, the film failed miserably in distribution and was heavily criticized. But after a few years, the harsh criticism turned to praising the originality of the film and it eventually became a cult classic.

The Contenders

Movie The Contenders

  • Release year : 2000
  • Genre: Drama, Horror
  • Directed by: Rod Lurie
  • Actors: Joan Allen, Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges
  • Production company: Cinerenta Medienbeteiligungs KG, Cinecontender, Battleground Productions

This political conspiracy drama presents the story of the election of a new vice president with a lot of good and bad information about him. It is known that this film is a response to the Lewinsky Scandal during the US presidency of Bill Clinton. Through this film, Jeff Bridges, who plays the fictional US president, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Iron Man

Movie Iron Man

  • Release year : 2008
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard
  • Production company : Paramount Pictures, Marvel Enterprises, Marvel Studios

As a great actor, Jeff Bridges does not escape the sights of major producers to star in huge budget movie projects, one of which is Iron Man. In this film, Jeff Bridges plays Obadiah Stane, Tony Stark’s partner in the company, who turns out to have bad intentions to build giant robots to fight Iron Man.

His stern face and hoarse voice make his character look very evil, but still elegant and charismatic. It seems that not many people can act like that, one of them is Jeff Bridges.

Crazy Heart

Movie Crazy Heart

  • Release year : 2009
  • Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
  • Directed by: Scott Cooper
  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell
  • Production company: Fox Searchlight Pictures, Informant Media, Butcher’s Run Films

In the film that earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor, Jeff Bridges plays a country musician who fades and falls in love with a widowed female reporter with one child.

His psychological side was a bit disturbed because his career could not flourish and he had to open the door for a student who became a famous musician, making his soul restless.

A character like this turned out to be a great fit for Jeff Bridges and he did it very well and seemed natural when acting. Moreover, he also sang all the songs in the soundtrack.

True Grit

Movie True Grit

  • Release year : 2010
  • Genre: Drama, Western
  • Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld
  • Production company: Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, Scott Rudin Productions

The West is the second film adaptation of the Charles Portis novel after the previous one was shot in 1969 with actors John Wayne and Glen Campbell. Jeff Bridges stars as Vice Marshal of the United States, Cogburn Rooster, who is hired by a 14-year-old teenager to track down his father’s killer.

Along the way, they compete with the Texas Ranger, who wants to bring Tom Chaney, the killer, to justice. The same goal but different goals make them have to outdo each other in their hunt. The film received 10 Oscar nominations, one of which went to Jeff Bridges in the category of Best Actor.

Hell or High Water

Movie Hell or High Water

  • Release year : 2016
  • Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
  • Directed by: David Mackenzie
  • Actors: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
  • Production company: CBS Films, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, MWM Studios

Returning to his Western roots, Jeff Bridges plays the soon-to-be retired Sheriff tasked with hunting down armed bank robbers. His laid-back and slightly racist style is very comforting to him, even making his partner a little uncomfortable with him even though he’s really nice and professional.

Although it was only brief, the audience understood the psychological aspect of not being ready to retire and its totality in the pursuit of fugitives. Through this film, Jeff Bridges was once again nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor.

With his rising career and recognized acting quality, it is certain that there are still many film projects for him even though he has entered the late afternoon. In fact, it makes him appear as a mature character actor in acting.

His great charisma and singing talent are often shown in his films, adding even more value to the Hollywood-born actor on December 4, 1949. Stay tuned for the next movie projects.


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