George Clooney is Hollywood. He acts, directs, writes, produces and fully embodies what we all imagine when someone says "movie star." So, it should come as no surprise that he's this year's American Film Institute Life Achievement recipient. 

Ahead of receiving this big—and well deserved—honor, we've been thinking about all of the amazing roles that Clooney has played over the years...not including all the projects he's created or produced.

He got his real big break as Dr. Doug Ross on ER, but you might remember that he was also on an episode of The Golden Girls and played Booker Brooks on Roseanne. Although TV is what got him noticed it's really his work in film that has set him apart in Hollywood.

Even though he's only won one Oscar (for acting) he has been nominated numerous times. Roles like Governor Mike Morris in The Ides of March or Danny Ocean in the Ocean's franchise have cemented Clooney as one of the best of the best in the entertainment industry.

He's taken on real-life stories like Good Night, and Good Luck and played all sorts of different characters over the past three decades. The Kentucky native has done comedies and dramas as well and with each role we are more impressed with his body of work.

Since the star-studded gala where Clooney will be honored (by his famous friend and co-star Julia Roberts) won't air on TV until June 21 on TNT (it takes tonight, June 7) we've rounded up the star's best roles for you to look through. After so many years of working in Hollywood it's hard to narrow down which roles really define Clooney, but we've definitely tried.

Check out some of his greatest characters below and vote for your favorite Clooney movie as well. PS: Feel free to re-watch any or all of these wonderful movies (and TV shows) in your spare time...they're all amazing.

Ocean's Eleven, Julia Roberts, George Clooney

Warner Bros.

Hail, Caesar!

Universal Pictures

George Clooney, O Brother, Where Art Thou, George Clooney's Greatest Roles

Buena Vista Pictures

George Clooney, Bill Murray, A Very Murray Christmas

Netflix

Tomorrowland

Disney

Gravity, George Clooney

Warner Bros.

John Goodman, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, The Monuments Men

Columbia Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox

Out Of Sight, George Clooney

Universal Pictures

BATMAN AND ROBIN, GEORGE CLOONEY

George Clooney, The Facts of Life, George Clooney's Greatest Roles

Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

George Clooney, The American

Giles Keyte/Focus Features

Good Night, and Good Luck, George Clooney

Warner Independent Pictures

George Clooney, The Ides of March

Sony Pictures

George Clooney, Syriana

Warner Bros.

George Clooney, Burn After Reading, George Clooney's Greatest Roles

Bobby Bank/WireImage

George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air, George Clooney's Greatest Roles

Dale Robinette/Paramount Pictures

The Men Who Stare at Goats, George Clooney, George Clooney's Greatest Roles

Overture Films

George Clooney, ER, Returning Stars

NBC

Ice Cube, George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Three Kings, George Clooney's Greatest Roles

Warner Bros. Pictures

George Clooney, Noah Wyle, Friends, George Clooney's Greatest Roles

Warner Bros. Television

The Descendants, George Clooney, George Clooney's Greatest Roles

Fox Searchlight Pictures

George Clooney, Leatherheads, George Clooney's Greatest Roles

Universal Pictures

George Clooney, Roseanne, George Clooney's Greatest Roles

ABC

George Clooney, Solaris, George Clooney's Greatest Roles

20th Century Fox

The Perfect Storm, George Clooney, George Clooney's Greatest Roles

Warner Brothers Pictures

George Clooney's Best Roles Poll
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