There was a time when Ryan Phillippe was known more for being "Mr. Reese Witherspoon" than he was for being a noted actor. Phillippe wouldn’t mind us acknowledging this. He has made similar, candid observations about his career and personal life while working the publicity circuit for his latest film, and directorial debut, Catch Hell.

In the film, Phillippe plays a slightly distorted version of himself – a once-famous actor who’s seeking the next big break that will put him back in the conversation at the major studios. Catch Hell evolves into a kidnapping thriller, but there’s enough honesty and autobiographical detail in the script to make you wonder, "Yeah, what did happen to Ryan Phillippe after all of these years?" The dude was in a number of engaging films over the course of his career. And yet, he readily admits to The L.A. Times, "I’ve made 30-plus films over 20 years. And in my opinion, five of them are good."

Is he right? And if so, which five are the "good" ones on Ryan Phillippe’s resume. Let’s spitball a few educated guesses.

Flags of our Fathers
Flags of Our Fathers
Many would argue that the follow-up film, Letters from Iwo Jima, was the better of Clint Eastwood’s two World War II dramas released in 2006 (and they would be right). But from Phillippe’s own perspective, the opportunity to work with an icon like Eastwood on a pedigreed war-effort picture about a seminal moment of American history has to feel like a win. I’m willing to bet Ryan Phillippe’s proud that Flags of Our Fathers is part of his filmography.

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