There is no denying that Robert Redford is one of the greatest actors and directors of all time. He received his Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2002, and he has continued to produce fantastic movies in the following 20 years including An Unfinished Life, A Walk in the Woods, and Alexander Pierce in the Marvel universe.
If you want to enjoy a little bit of Robert Redford goodness, HBO has you covered as they are now streaming five excellent Redford films. The majority of political thrillers, which are certainly a Redford favorite.
Oh, and if this isn’t enough, Redford also plays the president in the HBO series Watchmen.
3 Days of the Condor (1975)
In this political thriller, Redford plays a CIA researcher who finds himself moving into active agent territory when he discovers that one of his colleagues has been murdered.
He is joined on screen by a young Faye Dunaway as his love interest, as well as Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow, and John Houseman.
The film received mixed reviews when it was released, with the acting and directing praised, but the story was criticized as lacking drama. Nevertheless, it has become a modern classic. It is said to have inspired the superhero film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which also cast Redford as a homage.
All the President’s Men (1976)
This Redford political drama is based on the Watergate scandal, which brought down the presidency of Nixon. Redford plays one of the key journalists in the drama.
He partners on-screen with Dustin Hoffman, who plays another investigative journalist, and we also see Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, and Jason Robards.
At the time, the film was praised as the best observation of the working life of investigative journalists that is ever likely to be seen on film. Of course, since then we have had the brilliant Spotlight, about the Boston Post.
The Candidate (1972)
A political film with a lighter edge, Redford plays a political candidate, and we go behind the scenes to see all the facets and machinations involved in a political campaign (this would be a horror movie today).
Redford is joined on screen by Peter Boyle, who plays an election specialist who is determined to get Redford elected against a popular California senator.
The film was praised as striking the right tone between humor and telling real political stories. It certainly strikes a better balance than some newer movies, such as Will Ferrell’s The Campaign.
Jerimiah Johnsom (1972)
This is a biopic about the legendary mountain man John Jeremiah Johnson. He is said to have married an Indian wife, who was later killed by the Crow tribe. So, he hunted down and killed and scalped more than 300 crows, eating their livers.
Based on the book by Vardis Fisher, Redford is joined on screen by Will Greer, Allyn Ann McLerie, and Stefan Gierasch.
This film could be considered a much earlier, and less grizzly, version of the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Revenant.
Spy Game (2001)
Redford plays a veteran CIA agent on his last day in the office, who must use all the skills he learned in the field to trick his own team and save a very important asset.
Brad Pitt stars opposite Redford in this action thriller as a young recruit to whom Redford can pass on his wisdom and experience.
Critics characterized the film as clever, with just the right amount of twists and turns, though perhaps a little lacking in heart.