Western movies are one of the most popular film genres, including films about cowboys, mountain men, ranchers, or even just folks who live, work, or experience adventure in the West.
So this afternoon, I got to thinking about some of the best Western movies ever, and I put together a little list. Please let me know what you think in the comments at the end of the post.
High Noon (1952)
Featuring Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, and Thomas Mitchell, High Noon pits a Marshal Will Kane against the leader of the Miller Gang.
True Grit (1969)
John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Robert Duvall, Strother Martin, and Dennis Hopper are among the stars of this Western, revenge classic.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Staring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, and Tim Holt, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre tells the store of couple of guys in need of work who convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.
Clint Eastwood stared in and directed this tale about a retired old west gunslinger, William Menny, who walks the line between hired killer and would-be vigilante.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
The class spaghetti Western, Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo, is one of Sergio Leone’s finest. It stars Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach.
The Searchers (1956)
John Wayne stars as Civil War veteran Ethan Edwards on a quest to rescue his niece from Comanche Indians who murdered his family.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Paul Newman and Robert Redford play famed outlaws in this action Western. I will confess, however, that I never really understood the bicycle scene.
The Wild Bunch (1969)
William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, and Robert Ryan star in this film about a group of outlaws looking for one final score.
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Mexican peasants assemble seven gunfighters to defend their homes. For film fans, this is a retelling of sorts of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
My Name is Nobody (1973)
This Terence Hill and Henry Ford western is the odd ball on this list, but watch it and tell me it does not belong on the list.