Happy 90th Birthday, Gene Hackman! His 6 Best Movies

January 30, 2020

Gene Hackman is a movie legend.

Born on Jan. 30, 1930, Hackman found success in acting after years in New York spent working side gigs and rooming with two other struggling actor buddies — Dustin Hoffman and Robert Duvall.

When an instructor from his alma mater Pasadena Playhouse (where Hackman and Hoffman were voted “Least Likely to Succeed”) told Hackman he “wouldn’t amount to anything,” the actor was determined to prove him wrong.

And he did just that, going on to enjoy a decades-spanning career that included countless awards, including 5 Oscars.

To celebrate his 90th birthday, these are Hackman’s best films.