Candles, cake, and great cinema — a fitting way to pay tribute to Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman, who turns 80 this Tuesday, Aug. 8. In celebration of his milestone birthday, here are eight standout movies he’s gifted to audiences across his 56-year career, available to stream now.
The Graduate (1967)
Hoffman received his first of seven Oscar nods (all in the leading category) for this Mike Nichols classic about a college grad wooing a young woman and her mother.
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Hoffman’s ascent into the Hollywood elite continued through the late ’60s alongside Jon Voight as a hustler who bonds with another man as he travels across the country from Texas to New York.
Marathon Man (1976)
With one of the most cringe-inducing scenes in movie history (our teeth are quivering just thinking about it), Marathon Man’s tale of a grad student caught in a twisted web of international conspiracy, ex-Nazis, and stolen jewels still thrills audiences some 40 years after its original theatrical bow.
All the President’s Men (1976)
Though it lost the Best Picture Oscar to Rocky in one of the most stunning upsets in Academy history, this 1976 classic about Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein — who investigated the Watergate scandal in the run-up to Richard Nixon’s resignation — endures, as do the performances of Hoffman and Robert Redford.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Meryl Streep plays Hoffman’s unhappy spouse in Kramer vs. Kramer, a family drama that sees the recently separated bachelor reconnecting with his young son in the wake of the unraveling of his personal life.
Before the Madea series and Mrs. Doubtfire, Hoffman was flaunting his womanly charm opposite Jessica Lange in Tootsie as a struggling actor who poses as a woman to land a role.
Rain Man (1988)
Hoffman won the Best Actor Oscar for his role in Barry Levinson’s brotherly drama about a pair of siblings who travel cross-country after their father unevenly splits his fortune between them.
This live-action take on the classic Peter Pan tale sees Hoffman playing the iconic villain, Captain Hook, opposite Robin Williams as an adult version of the boy who wouldn’t grow up.