30. Clint Eastwood
Chris Fujiwara

In the underrated Blood Work, Clint Eastwood returns to a situation he had previously dealt with several times, as both director and actor: the obsessive relationship between a cop and a criminal. Eastwood brings out the ritual importance of this relationship, transforming what might have been a routine thriller into a tense, brooding study in pain and persistence. He also brings to the project his awareness of cinema as a continuing communication with an audience with whom the filmmaker shares a known past (not only the past of film genres, and that of American society, but also that of the actor and his physical body). Eastwood is one of the few directors currently making popular films that both depend on and deepen this communication.