By Chris Nashawaty
Updated April 27, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
RUGGED REDFORD Robert Redford in Jeremiah Johnson
Credit: Everett Collection

Actors don’t come more ruggedly handsome than Robert Redford, especially in his ’70s prime. But in director Sydney Pollack’s existential Western Jeremiah Johnson (1972, GP, 1 hr., 56 mins.), the movie star hides behind a shaggy mountain-man beard and cedes the close-ups to the snowy mountains of his adopted home, Utah. A contemplative classic about a loner’s quest to find meaning on the unforgiving frontier while fighting off grizzly bears and Crow Indians, Johnson (just out on a breathtaking Blu-ray) is a film of few words. But it’s so stunning and quietly powerful, you won’t miss them a bit. A-