Robert Redford celebrated his milestone 80th birthday on Thursday. TheWrap honors the great actor by looking back at 15 of his most memorable movies.
Redford has played just about every character, from a Western outlaw to a talented American skier.
“Barefoot in the Park”
One of Redford’s earlier films before he hit the peak of stardom, it’s an old fashioned romantic comedy about two newlyweds who are the complete opposite of each other.
“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”
Redford plays the Sundance Kid, an outlaw, in this critically acclaimed Western.
The film won 4 Academy Awards and is ranked as the 50th greatest American film by the American Film Institute.
Redford plays an overly confident skier who is incapable of understanding or being involved in anything but himself.
Roger Ebert called it “the best movie ever made about sports — without really being about sports at all.”
Redford plays a no-name Democratic candidate who is running in a race he can’t possibly win, so he ends up saying whatever he wants during his campaign.
This 1972 satirical film on American politics continues to be relevant and is still talked about to this day.
“The Way We Were”
Redford stars alongside Barbara Streisand in a romantic drama about an activist Jew (Streisand) and a carefree WASP (Redford) during World War II.
The film was a major box office success grossing just under $50,000,000 domestically.
Redford was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as a con man in the 1970’s film.
“Three Days of the Condor”
The cultural impact of this 1970’s film can still be seen as it continues to be referenced in modern day television and movies.
It’s about a bookish CIA agent (Redford) who returns to the office to find all his colleagues have been murdered.
“All the President’s Men”
This was arguably one of the best films of all time. It’s based off the book of the same name and is about two journalists investigating the notorious Watergate scandal.
This film was Redford’s directorial debut and won the Academy Award for Best Director.
The film also won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Writing. Mary Tyler Moore was nominated for Best Actress for her role in the film.
Redford comes back to star as another sports star, but this time he plays a baseball player.
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards.
“Out of Africa”
The film is based loosely on the autobiographical book by Karen Blixen who is played by Meryl Streep. It follows Blixen, an aristocratic woman, who begins to develop feelings for Redford’s character, a more simplistic man.
The film won seven Academy Awards.
“A River Runs Through It”
Redford returns to the director’s chair in this critically acclaimed coming of age film set during World War I and the Great Depression.
It stars a young Brad Pitt and was nominated for three Academy Awards.
Redford is again behind the scenes in this historical film about the 1950’s quiz show scandals where the show’s producers would manipulate the outcome.
Although it didn’t fair well in box offices, Redford was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director.
“All Is Lost”
The film literally stars one person–Robert Redford.
The actor doesn’t disappoint in the film about a man lost at sea. The survival drama received rave reviews and made the Top 10 list of multiple critics.
Redford has a supporting role as a woodcarver who tells children stories of a mythical dragon in this remake of the 1977 musical film.
Although often times remakes get a bad reputation for ruining the original, “Pete’s Dragon” received outstanding reviews.
Even at 80 years old he manages to give us the same feels
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