Between 1967 and 1970, Dustin Hoffman starred in “The Graduate”, “Midnight Cowboy”, and “Little Big Man”, three iconic films that established him as a Hollywood anti-hero and which revealed a range of acting ability that stumped the critics, many of whom felt he was too unattractive to be a leading man. These films also tackled subjects that were usually glossed over by mainstream studios (adultery, homosexuality, homelessness, and a positive portrayal of Native Americans). If directors Mike Nichols, John Schlesinger, and Arthur Penn were some of the artists responsible for changing the direction of Hollywood films, Hoffman was their muse. He also paved the way for the emergence of a new leading man in the 1970’s (Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are two examples). If you thought he was funny in the “Folkers” comedies, watch these three just to understand his significance as a performer.