The Top 5 Dustin Hoffman Films

September 24, 2016

Films And Movie Memorabilia

Though Dustin Hoffman’s comedy work is fresh in the mind of many viewers, his career has many more sides than the characters we’ve seen in I Heart Huckabees and Meet the Fockers. His entry upon the scene in the late 1960s introduced an immensely talented, energetic young actor who wasn’t afraid to be the butt of a movie’s joke. His top five films of all time are now playing on satellite TV.

5. American Buffalo. Playwright David Mamet’s plays have translated well to the screen, and American Buffalo is no exception. Along with perfectly-cast Dennis Franz, Hoffman shows what a perfect fit the edgy Mamet material is for his style. This 1996 film is featured on the Independent Film Channel on satellite TV.

4. Tootsie. With this film, Hoffman gave struggling actors a reason to keep trying to break through in the business. One of the funniest, most original movies you’ll ever see, Tootsie is even more famous for the cross-dressing work gamely taken on by Hoffman in the title role. Featuring Jessica Lange and Teri Garr, Hoffman is clearly having a lot of fun as Dorothy and the viewer is more than happy to join along. Director Sydney Pollack has some good scenes with Hoffman, and his Tootsie is a modern classic featured in HD on Turner Classic Movies.

3. Marathon Man. “Is it safe?” a menacing Nazi (Lawrence Olivier) on the lam asks Dustin as he pulls out his teeth in a torture session. A thriller that uses its New York locations very effectively, Marathon Man has that creepy tone which will make your skin crawl. Of course, a vicious Nazi dentist is one of the most intimidating figures of all time. This movie still delivers the chills on satellite TV premium channels.

2. The Graduate. The movie that made Hoffman a superstar, The Graduate is comedy and social commentary at its best. Among the legendary sequences, the ending has remained fresh decades later, as well as the terrific seduction scene with Anne Bancroft, who plays Mrs. Robinson. Her theme song by Simon and Garfunkel is just one of the many reasons to watch this film.

1. Midnight Cowboy. Yet another pop culture event that found Hoffman at the heart of things, Midnight Cowboy is one of those films that viewers never forget. From the Jon Voight performance to Hoffman’s famous “I’m walkin’ here!” line as Ratso Rizzo, the film is both frightening and depressing. Ostensibly a movie about a vacant male hustler and his near-homeless sidekick, all of the excesses of the 1960s are explored. “Everybody’s Talkin'” is the haunting song that plays throughout the film, meant to seen in its original form on satellite TV.

Dustin Hoffman’s career goes back to the unforgettable films he made in the 1960s with Hollywood’s best directors. See all of his films on Direct TV satellite networks. One of the few places where you can get the latest movies as well as the classics in HD, Direct TV is the place to find all of Hollywood’s finest.

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