Robert Redford, born Charles Robert Redford Jr. in Santa Monica, California, on August 18, 1936, is a fundamental figure in understanding American cinema in the second half of the 20th century. Actor, producer, director and activist for a multitude of causes, Redford overcame his youthful rebellion by trading drink for acting. After trying his luck on television, in the 1960s he became a Broadway star thanks to the play ‘Barefoot in the park‘, directed by Mike nichols, shuttle to a Hollywood that would give a good account of its charms.

Eternal next to Paul newman in ‘two men and one destiny‘(George Roy Hill, 1969), it was not long before he became one of the fashionable names thanks to his participation in jewelry such as’The Adventures of Jeremiah Johnson‘(Sydney Pollack, 1972),’The hit‘(George Roy Hill, 1973),’The three days of the condor‘(Sydney Pollack, 1975) and’All the president’s men‘(Alan J. Pakula, 1976). Nominated for an Oscar for best actor only once, the award finally came to him in the category of best director for his debut behind the scenes, ‘Ordinary people‘(1980). Established as a filmmaker, but without putting aside his acting side, an always busy Redford signed titles such as’The river of life‘(1992),’Quiz Show. The dilemma‘(1994),’The man who whispered to the horses‘(1998) and’Lions for lambs‘(2007).

As if all this was not enough, let us remember that the bohemian spirit of the star led him to found the Sundance Institute in 1980 on land he owned in Utah. Created as a teaching center in which, at paid expenses, young audiovisual promises took an intensive summer course, little by little it became a world reference, especially its aspect of competition that ended up becoming the essential Film Festival of Sundance. Following the ratings of the IMDB platform (the most comprehensive database on the Internet in terms of public taste), We have prepared a top with the most valued titles in which the actor has worked. This is the result.


The Candidate (Michael Ritchie, 1972)


Winner of the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and one of the best films of the 70s, she reflects on how the rise of mass media It has ended up turning politics into a circus in which the image is much more important than the discourse and ideas. Redford plays a young lawyer who tries to fight in the 1972 presidential campaign by facing Richard Nixon. Directs Michael Ritchie and round out the cast Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter, Allen Garfield and more.

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Barefoot in the Park (Gene Saks, 1967)


Delicious romantic comedy, a genre in which Robert Redford has not lavished himself too much, but which he has always nailed with his charisma and classic Hollywood heartthrob charm. In this film, our man embodies a straight, serious and formal lawyer, who falls in love with a wild and jovial Jane Fonda. Adapts the Broadway smash hit by Neil Simon, and directs Gene Saks.


The Snoopers (Phil Alden Robinson, 1992)


As one of the best robbery and heist movies, this film offered us tension and excitement alongside stars like Robert Redford, Mary McDonnell, Sidney Poitier, Ben Kingsley, River Phoenix, Dan Aykroyd and more. The story follows Martin Bishop, a computer genius who is forced to work for a secret agency on a mission to steal a black box. As defined in PHOTOGRAMS: “A worthy exercise in symbiosis between adventure and technological fantasy.”


Spy game (Tony Scott, 2001)


Directed by Tony Scott, the story of this film follows a veteran CIA agent who, on the same day of his retirement, finds himself involved in a last and dangerous job: it turns out that his disciple has been accused of espionage, is in a Chinese jail and will be executed within 24 hours. And the master will do everything possible to save him. It is also one of the best Brad Pitt movies.


As We Were (Sydney Pollack, 1973)


Based on the novel by Arthur Laurents, who also adapted it for the big screen, this film marked one of the great romantic films of Robert Redford’s career. And it is that he counted as a companion of love affairs the great Barbra Streisand, under the direction of Sydney Pollack. The story follows two university students of very different character who will live a torrid and also complicated relationship. He won two Oscars: Best Original Song and Best Soundtrack.


Brubaker (Stuart Rosenberg, 1980)


Robert Redford brought to life in this film a real person, Tom Murtom, whose life conflicts carried over into this prison drama Directed by Stuart Rosenberg. History tells us how this director of prisons shocked the country by uncovering the scandalous abuses and murders that took place in the state prison. And how did you get it? Infiltrating like a newly arrived prisoner.


Out of Africa (Sydney Pollack, 1985)


One of the best romantic films of all time (unforgettable the scene in which Robert Redford washes Meryl Streep’s hair in the middle of a stream) and one of the best films of Meryl Streep, who plays a woman at arms have. Based on the novel by Karen Blixen, it takes us to Kenya in the early 20th century, where a marriage of convenience ends up leading to an adventure of self-discovery for the protagonist.


The three days of the condor (Sidney Pollack, 1975)


The best movie Sidney Pollack and Robert Redford signed together is a conspiracy thriller in which the actor plays a CIA official who verifies with amazement how, one by one, they are murdering all his colleagues. The film adapts the novel ‘Six Days of the Condor’, by James Grady,


A distant bridge (Richard Attenborough, 1977)


Based on the novel by Cornelius Ryan, we can consider this film at the same time one of the best war movies in history and also the one with the most impressive cast of all time: Sean Connery, Edward Fox, James Caan, Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine, Robert Redford, Anthony Hopkins, Liv Ullmann, Maximilian Schell, Gene Hackman, Ryan O’Neal, Laurence Olivier, Elliott Gould… They all came together in this blockbuster about World War II.


The Best (Barry Levinson, 1984)


The Adventures of Jeremiah Johnson (Sidney Pollack, 1972)


Redford was able to shape his environmental and anti-establishment concerns of the time with this western. deeply inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ and based on the life of John “Liver-Eating” Johnson, aka ‘Mountain Man’. It was the second of his many films directed by Sidney Pollack.


All the President’s Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976)


If in ‘The Candidate’, Redford rival politically with Nixon, in ‘All the President’s Men’ he sinks his career by uncovering Watergate. He and Dustin Hoffman play the two Washington Post journalists who, thanks to their investigation, managed to uncover a government corruption plot which ended up forcing the resignation of the then tenant of the White House. Steven Spielberg would film a kind of prequel to ‘The Pentagon Archives’.


‘Two Men and One Destiny’ (George Roy Hill, 1969)


Redford formed with the unrepeatable Paul Newman one of the most famous couples in cinema, whose first collaboration took place in this western in which the first personifies the Sundance Kid and the second one as Butch Cassidy, two gunmen who make their living robbing banks and robbing trains, and who decide to continue with their lives separately. It is one of the best westerns in the history of cinema.


‘The coup’ (George Roy Hill, 1973)


Four years after ‘Two men and one destiny’, Redford, Newman and director George Roy Hill teamed up again in this unforgettable 7 Oscars-winning classic, and for which Redford earned his only Academy Award nomination as an actor. He and Newman play two con men who hatch a plan of revenge against the murderer of one of their colleagues.

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