Bob Dylan Turns 74: His 5 Most Memorable Moments in Film (Video)

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In honor of Dylan's birthday, THR highlights the iconic singer's best onscreen performances and portrayals.

Bob Dylan may be best known as a legendary singer-songwriter, but he's also earned the title of director, actor and inspiring film subject over the span of his five-decade career.

To commemorate the singer's 74th birthday, THR rounds up Dylan's most memorable movie moments.

1. Masked and Anonymous (2003)

Dylan played the role of Jack Fate, a former rock legend with a dying career who is forced to make a comeback, in the Larry Charles-directed music drama. The film, also starring Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson and John Goodman, featured a soundtrack comprised almost entirely of covers of Dylan's famous hits.

2. Dont Look Back (1967)

The music documentary, directed and written by D.A. Pennebaker, painted a youthful portrait of Dylan as it followed the young, then-23-year-old during his three-week tour of England in 1965. Folk singer Joan Baez and Donovan made appearances in the doc.

3. I'm Not There (2007)

Though Bob Dylan himself didn't appear in the film, the 2007 biopic (directed by Todd Haynes) brought about a multidimensional portrayal of the singer's life and career. Six actors -- Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw — played characters each embodying a different aspect of Dylan's persona. Blanchett nabbed an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for her performance in the film.

4. Renaldo and Clara (1978)

Directed by and starring Dylan, the drama is a combination of three different film genres: concert footage, documentary-style interviews and fictional role-playing scenes (in which he and his first wife, Sara Dylan, starred as characters Renaldo and Clara, respectively).

5. Eat the Document (1972)

The musician made his directorial debut with the 1972 documentary, which focused mainly on his 1966 United Kingdom tour with The Band. Along with directing the feature, Dylan also starred in and produced the film with the help of cinematographer D.A. Pennebaker (who previously helmed 1967's Dont Look Back). Iconic singers such as John Lennon and Johnny Cash were featured in several scenes.

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