Donald Sutherland, Essential 10

Counting down the best moments of one of the greatest actors of all time, a excellent way to put things in perspective when comes to entertainment.
Intelligent and eclectic, Donald Sutherland owns a movie without making too much of fuss.
His deep, low-pitched voice and his almost cold face expression do put a distance between him and all emotions but still we all walk out of the theatre thinking that what we just watched is Sutherland’s own experience.

Here are 10 Sutherland movies that everyone must watch:


The Dirty Dozen (1967)

In a good company, John Cassavetes & Robert Ryan, Sutherland made his first Hollywood film, directed by Robert Aldrich. In this anti-war drama, he plays the eccentric Pinkley: A convict who leaves for a death mission in the Second World War.

Mash (1970)

Humoring the surgeons in the Korean War, Mash is a must-watch for its’ exceptional anti-war style as well as for Donald’s remarkable performance.

Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

Justice is done for all those who consider the comic action movie “Kelly’s Heroes” to be the perfect film. It had action, it was sharp and mostly it had explosions. In the comic war-movie that tackles the streets of the Second World, Clint Eastwood had the lead, but Donald turned the tables.

Klute (1971)

On Jane Fonda’s side, Donald Sutherland plays an introverted detective in a film noir.  Bree is chased by a psychopath and Klute (Donald Sutherland) in his attempt to solve the mystery, falls in love with her. Of course the film’s sentimental elements are quite reserved…

Do not Look Now (1973)

In a particularly moving film by Nicolas Roeg, Sutherland starred as the father who lost his daughter in an accident. The strong relationship with his wife unfolds on a Venice background, making every scene memorable.

Casanova (1976)

When Fellini makes a movie, everything is done differently. In that different way,  Casanova is portrayed by Sutherland. The director’s dislike of the hero forces Sutherland to put all his talent to use in order to make the legendary lover come out as a graphic guy, chained by his passions. At the end, we did feel some sympathy for the guy.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

The adaptation of Finney’s novel by Kaufman had received bad criticism when it was released. Eventually, time did justice to Kaufman who turned the plot around and  Sutherland came out as an exceptional urban hero in the most iconic way.

Ordinary People (1980)

Robert Redford’s directorial debut won the Oscar instead of Scorsese’s “Raging Bull”. In this drama, although Timothy Hutton, Judd Hirsch and Mary Tyler Moore were casted for the leading parts, the main hero turned out to be Sutherland’s.

Eye of the Needle (1981)

This Richard Marquand’s spy-based film, based on Ken Follet’s novel is one of the best of its’ kind. Against the backdrop of a Second World War Britain, a German spy (Donald Sutherland) gathers important information about the D-Day while trying to escape back to his homeland.

JFK (1991)

In this Oliver Stone’s thriller, we  witness Sutherland’s genius monologue which is longing but not boring.


Photo by Susan Wood (1971)
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