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Re: Top 5 Westerns
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2007, 11:03:43 PM »
5. Tombstone
4. Winchester '73
3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
2. Once Upon a Time in the West
1. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
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Re: Top 5 Westerns
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2009, 08:37:33 PM »
1. The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford
2. Man of the West
3. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
4. Rio Bravo
5. The Wild Bunch
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Re: Top 5 Westerns
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2009, 09:52:27 PM »
5. Tombstone
4. Winchester '73
3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
2. Once Upon a Time in the West
1. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid


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Re: Top 5 Westerns
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2009, 11:47:24 PM »
1. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
2. For A Few Dollars More
3. Once Upon A Time in The West
4. Silverado
5. El Dorado

I know this list is mostly expected picks, but I submitted because I didn't see enough love for Silverado and it broke my heart because I'm guessing most of you haven't even seen it.  I found out this year that my wife loves westerns, and we've been watching a lot of them.  Silverado is one of the few we've watched twice this year.

Also, I'd like to give an honorable mention to True Grit, a film that's considered overrated because John Wayne won the Oscar over more deserving performances.  I just watched it this summer and it's been labeled overrated for so long that it's now underappreciated.

And a 2nd Honorable Mention to Ride the High Country.  The 2 leads are fantastic.
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Re: Top 5 Westerns
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2009, 11:51:01 PM »
1. My Darling Clementine
2. Johnny Guitar
3. Once Upon A Time in the West
4. Stagecoach
5. Other

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Re: Top 5 Westerns
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2009, 03:21:58 AM »
I know this list is mostly expected picks, but I submitted because I didn't see enough love for Silverado and it broke my heart because I'm guessing most of you haven't even seen it.  I found out this year that my wife loves westerns, and we've been watching a lot of them.  Silverado is one of the few we've watched twice this year.

Also, I'd like to give an honorable mention to True Grit, a film that's considered overrated because John Wayne won the Oscar over more deserving performances.  I just watched it this summer and it's been labeled overrated for so long that it's now underappreciated.

And a 2nd Honorable Mention to Ride the High Country.  The 2 leads are fantastic.

Silverado and True grit are both terrific movies.

If you liked Ride The High Country, be sure to check out the series of Westerns Randolph Scott made with Budd Boetticher (7 Men From Now, The Tall T, Ride Lonesome, etc).  There's an excellent, cheap box set of them out there.
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Re: Top 5 Westerns
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2009, 03:24:09 AM »
Top 5 Westerns:

1. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
2. Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)
3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
4. Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
5. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)

Top 5 Pre-1970 Westerns That Were Not Directed By John Ford [that are not Rio Bravo]:

1. Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
2. Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)
3. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)
4. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966)
5. Devil's Doorway (Anthony Mann, 1950)

Top 5 Post-1970 Westerns [that are not The Outlaw Josey Wales]:

1. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)
2. Unforgiven (Eastwood, 1992)
3. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
4. Heaven's Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980)
5. Silverado (Lawrence Kasdan, 1985)
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Re: Top 5 Westerns
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2009, 03:31:12 AM »
To be honest, not my favorite genre, particularly the ol' back & whites,
but here are my top fave 5:



5.  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The first example of the lightning captured in a bottle that is the Newman & Redford combo. I like Newman's character more though in this movie than in the Sting. We get to see more of him as Butch Cassidy & the relationship with his fellow bank robber, Harry Longabaugh. A really unique western that is both lotsa of fun & tragic at the same time.

4. Magnificent 7 (1960)
Y'know, there may be cowboy movies that are better filmed, with stories that are better written, that capture the western history more accurately, that have an impact that is more poignant or even have characters that are more iconic.
But very few other cowboy flicks (those being a couple of them that were made with a dash of spaghetti sauce on 'em) were more bad-ass than this one.

3. High Noon (1955)
Real time in the Old West.
A simple tale of suspense building tension, as a newly wed marshall must make a decision between a new life by flying the Coop, or staying and standing as a "lone star" until the strike of twelve, in a town that has turned its back against him.

2. Unforgiven (1992)
I guess this film could've also been called The Final Chapter Of The Man With No Name, But Now We've Given Him A Name, Punk.
And yeah, I know, I know ..... it's not fashionable for those who study Western films to like this movie. Luckily, for me, I'm one of those who never studied.

 1.The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966)
At the outset of the first western movies, the cowboy characters had been categorized between two basic types: Those who wore the white hats, & those who wore the black ones.
As time passed though, the hat colors began to blur between who was bad, who was bad, & then to eventually who was just plain ugly.
Though the final film in the "Man With No Name" trilogy, IMO, the best & most definitive one of the three.
It's almost impossible to think of the genre of the spaghetti western, let alone this particular series & not think of the iconic trio of Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef & Eli Wallach.

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Re: Top 5 Westerns
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2009, 05:32:09 AM »

1. The Searchers
2. Unforgiven
3. Stagecoach
4. Pat Garret & Bily the Kid
5. The Good The Bad And The Ugly

Also if you like the genre some great lesser known Westerns are Wellman's The Ox-bow Incident and Yellow Sky.

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it's not fashionable for those who study Western films to like this movie.

Really? I always thought that one of the facinating things about the genre is how it has a clear arc, a beginning, a middle and an end.
And I always thought that Unforgiven is in many ways the closing chapter. But then again I don't study Western films either...

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Re: Top 5 Westerns
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2009, 08:30:37 AM »
1. Good, the bad, the ugly
2. Once upon a time in the West
3. Wild Bunch
4. Outlaw Joesy Whales
5. For a Few Dollars More
6. Unforgiven
7. Fistfull of Dollars
8. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
9. Rio Bravo
10. Magnificent Seven
11. Blazing Saddles
12. Tombstone
13. Open Range
14. Wyatt Earp


If I could include Dances with Wolves, I'd throw that in my top 5.... I almost consider it a Western
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