best film: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Redford has been in many great films and that’s a strength of him in comparison with others on the list. There’s nothing else quite on the masterpiece level of Butch Cassidy. All The President’s Men, Out of Africa, and The Sting are all superb films and contenders but fall short.

best performance:   Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. This one isn’t as easy. He’s more of the lead in the second Newman/Redford pairing (Oscar winner- The Sting where Redford received his only acting nomination). Still, I think Redford borrowed his nickname in this film here for his film festival for a reason. He’s the muscle here as Sundance and a strong silent force. It’s a great performance. He’s top 6 performances (Condor being #6) are all great performances though and wouldn’t begrudge someone going with any of the six frankly.

stylistic innovations/traits: Redford was the ultimate pretty-boy, WASP and all-American type. Blonde, athletic (The Natural, Downhill Racer). He did his best (much like Brad Pitt who followed in his footsteps) to avoid clichés, romances (apparently the way we were was a favor to Pollock in exchange for doing Jeremiah Johnson) and roles that preyed upon his good-looks. I think he should be admired for all the challenging films and roles he took on despite the fact that he’s not as obviously gifted as many of the co-stars and peers he worked alongside. That’s the big problem for Redford actually, in almost all of his movies he’s paired with superior actors and it’s pretty obvious. Of course his two iconic pairings with Newman, but also Streep clearly outmatched him in Out of Africa, and his early work with Jane Fonda in (The Chase, and Barefoot in the Park). He also spent much of his time directing films so I’m sure that slowed down his acting production.

directors worked with:   Pollock (4) and these were big- Jeremiah Johnson, Out of Africa, The Way We Were and Three Days of the Condor.  George Roy Hill (2)—the two Newman pairings, and then Penn once and Pakula once

Top 5 Performances:

  1. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  2. The Sting
  3. The Natural
  4. All the President’s Men
  5. Jeremiah Johnson

Archiveable films

1966- The Chase
1967- Barefoot in the Park
1969- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
1969- Downhill Racer
1972- Jeremiah Johnson
1972- The Candidate
1973- The Sting
1973- The Way We Were
1974- The Great Gatsby
1975- Three Days of the Condor
1976- All the President’s Men
1977- A Bridge Too Far
1984- The Natural
1985- Out of Africa
1992- Sneakers
2013- All is Lost