Dustin’s next success was his role in the Little Big Man drama western based on the novel by Thomas Berger, telling about the relationship between whites and Indians, about the history of life and all the difficulties that Jack Crabbe had to overcome. The narration is conducted on behalf of the main character, a 120-year old man, to whom Dustin had to reincarnate. The actor, who once again surprised the audience with his unique talent of reincarnation was partnered by Faye Dunaway, Richard Mulligan and real Native American Chief Dan George.
The topic of unwanted people who found themselves at the very bottom of life raised in the picture was highly appreciated by critics, and the audience was amazed at Dustin's reincarnation, who realistically coughed and limped, portraying a cripple. For the role of Rico Dustin was again nominated for an Oscar.
The role of Raymond in the drama of 1989 the Rain Man brought Dustin his second Oscar. The unlucky businessman Charlie, who was played by
I never thought that I would come out to be such an ugly woman the actor joked after the premiere.