Once Upon A Time

In the West

A Film Review Page of the Best Westerns

With the above title of this page, it is not very hard to figure out my favorite Western of all time.  (If you haven't seen it, then go get it immediately at your local library or a video rental store.)  But why?  Is it the directing of Sergio Leone, the music score of Ennio Morricone; the acting of Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, and Jason Robards Jr.; or is it the magical combination of all of these factors?

As I stressed on my Sci-Fi/Horror page, it is quite a labor to research, remember and put into words the memories from the films of a particular genre--in this case Westerns.  I would much rather be watching a western than to be writing about them.  But, I want to share with all the visitors to this website, my comments on many westerns I've enjoyed over the years and why I prefer watching particular ones.

I know I said this about Sci-Fi/Horror and Comedies, but I really love westerns!  Stay tuned, I will be repeating this about musicals someday.

Some trivia questions:  Who played the "man with no name"?  What actor, when asked his name, said, "who me? . . . Nobody."  What was John Wayne's character's first and middle name in McLintock! ?  (Hint:  the initials were G. W.).  How many actors can you name of "The Magnificent Seven" (five of them were famous actors) and who played the leader of the bad bandits?

Which John Wayne western was the one that made him a STAR?  Was it "The Big Trail" or "Stagecoach"?  Was "Rio Bravo" a remake of "El Dorado" or was it the other way around?  Can you name all three of Clint Eastwood's Spaghetti Westerns?  What was Eastwood's character's name in all three of these Sergio Leone films?  Was there a western musical starring Lee Marvin and a young Clint Eastwood; and what was it called?  What was the major song from this musical?  Well, you will have to check my musical film reviews page for that one, because that is where I put it.


What the EXPERT CRITICS say--

Again I turn to AFI (American Film Institute) and their recent selection of the Top 100 movies of all time.  Going over the list, here are the picks in order of rank:  #33 High Noon with Gary Cooper.  High Noon is a movie that it is said disturbed Howard Hawks who made some John Wayne movies.  He was said to have commented that no town in the old west would have deserted their sheriff in the manner that the town deserted Gary Cooper in High Noon.  The memorable song "Do Not Forsake Me" sung by Tex Ritter is heard in this classic western.  Grace Kelly co-stars with Cooper as his non-violence Quaker wife in a movie that builds up to a climax that is well worth waiting for when four bad guys out of prison come after Coop and he has to face them all alone (?) while all the town's people (?) high tail and run.  Everyone should watch this movie at least once.

#50 is 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  Robert Redford (Sundance) and Paul Newman (Cassidy) put on quite a show as outlaws with a lot of humor thrown in.  Highlight of the movie is when Sundance is accused of cheating at cards and when challenged in a gunfight, draws his gun so fast and hits the belt buckle of the poor sap who challenges him, knocking his gun belt to the floor and shooting it across the floor.  Butch Cassidy also explains the rules of being a gang leader to his men, when he knocks the living daylights out of the big man who played JAWS (as I recall) in two Bond movies, in an unfair demonstration of why he is a natural gang leader--he cheats!  Katherine Ross is good in this one, with the B. J. Thomas song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" in the famous bicycle ride .

#63 Stagecoach was a movie just waiting for John Wayne to be discovered.  After starring in 60 some "B" Western movies, including The Big Trail in 1930, where he failed to impress anyone, John Wayne got his BIG ROLL as the Ringo Kid in the John Ford directed Stagecoach in 1939.  The Ringo Kid is a quiet man riding together with some other passengers on a stagecoach that runs into all kinds of problems.  An escaped convict, Wayne is seeking out the murder(s) of his father and brother.  All the passengers are social outcasts for one reason or another.  A magnificent film!

#69 on the AFI list of Greatest Films of All Time was a western simply titled Shane.  Released in 1953 (the year I was born), Shane, played gracefully by Alan Ladd, is a quiet hired farm hand who is running from a past as a gunfighter.  He has hung up his guns for good.  Or has he?  The HEAVY, Jack Palance, will not leave well enough alone.  And as they say, "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do."  A very FEEL GOOD movie, when a man seeks every avenue but violence, but fate makes him stand up for what is right.

#80 is The Wild Bunch.  This 1969 flick was re-released a few years ago with more scenes.  Probably known as the bloodiest western ever filmed.  An opening scene has a whole town caught in the crossfire of a shoot out between good guys and bad guys.  William Holden is good in this one as the outlaw.  The Wild Bunch is a Sam Peckinpah directed film.

#96 The Searchers 1956 is the movie for which John Wayne should have received an Academy Award as Best Actor.  Known as John Ford's masterpiece, it is thought by more than a few to be the greatest western ever made.  Returning home, Wayne finds his family has been massacred by an indian attack and his niece (a young Natallie Wood) was taken captive.  Wayne leads a search party to find her--and kill her, as he figures she will have been defiled by the time they catch up to her.  Ethan Edwards becomes a man driven by bitter vengeance.  A review of the time described Wayne's performance thus--"Wayne is fascinating for his sheer hardness.  There's no kindness in his nature--he is crafty and arrogant and his eyes are cold as ice."--William K. Zinsser, New York Herald Tribune.

And #98 is Unforgiven 1992, which was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood.  The picture won the Academy's highest award for Best Picture of 1992 and Eastwood received the Best Director Award.  One of the most realistic westerns of recent years.  A former outlaw (Eastwood) is reformed by his wife and changes his ways.  His wife dies leaving him to raise his two children.  He is asked by a young rider, who knows of his past reputation, to help go after a couple of men who cut up a whore in a town run by a corrupt sheriff (Gene Hackman) for $1000 reward money the other ladies collectively threw into the pot.  Eastwood hates what he was in the past and is always saying he is no longer the same man, but fate seems to present him with only one fixed destiny.  His quote on taking a man's life to the young rider with him is striking.  Morgan Freeman, a great actor in his own right, puts in a fine performance in this revival of the western in cinema.


K. J. Wolf putting in his 2 bits . . .

Now, I will begin to name my favorite westerns and make some comments about each flick.  The greatest western ever made was a 1968 movie starring Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale and Jason Robards Jr.  It was directed by the great Italian Western director Sergio Leone and the magnificent musical score was composed by the musical genius of Ennio Morricone.  I'm talking about the epic production Once Upon A Time In the West.  In my humble opinion, this movie has everything an armchair cowboy could ask for.  Henry Fonda plays the bad guy and Charles Bronson is the mysterious "man from the past."

The movie displays the end of the West and the beginnings of a new civilization.  The railroad is stretching to connect East and West.  The old ways are giving way to the new.  But one thing has not changed--human nature.  Two men, Fonda and Bronson, are destined to one day face one another to see who will stand and who will fall.  There is quite a bit of mystery in the film.  What does the "man with the harmonica" want?  What happened in his past that he is not able to forget?  Director Sergio Leone makes the viewer feel they are in the western with the actors.  And I cannot say enough about Ennio Morricone's music score for Once Upon A Time In the West.  One of my all-time favorite soundtracks (next to Bladerunner and Conan the Barbarian), in addition to his soundtracks for the Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns trilogy.

1964 was the year that brought us the first of three Sergio Leone/Ennio Moriconne Spaghetti (Italian made) westerns starring Clint Eastwood.  In A Fistful of Dollars, Eastwood was the "man with no name".  Leone first offered the part to James Coburn and then to Charles Bronson, but both demanded more than the $15,000 (that's fifteen thousand dollars) that was available for the part.  Eastwood, ready to go beyond his role in the Rawhide TV series immediately grabbed the part.  The rest . . . as they say . . . is history.  Eastwood as a cigar chewing mercenary plays both sides in a town feud between two families fighting for control of the town.

In 1965, Eastwood was back For A Few Dollars More, the sequel to Fistful.  This time the man with no name is a bounty hunter from the old school in direct competition with another bounty hunter from the new school for a band of outlaws.  Lee Van Cleef joined Clint Eastwood in this flick as his competitor and then as his ally.  But can the partnership hold together?  The showdown in the street between the two outside Eastwood's hotel is so serious, it's humorous.  The bad guy, who is the leader of a gang of bad guys, is absolutely ruthless and takes whatever, or whoever, he wants.  Can the two bounty hunters penetrate the gang's stronghold and bring them in?  The final showdown and the chime's music in this one is one of the finest moments in western cinema.  While watching these two movies, remember that at the time, the violence in them was way ahead of anything done in a western up until that time.  The Wild Bunch was still a few years away.

In 1966, the director/musician/actor team put out one more film with Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef (as the bad guy this time).  They added the brilliant actor Eli Wallach for the movie The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.  More money was put into this production, as by now the team knew that the public loved watching the "man with no name" rack up the outlaws.  For years I ranked this one third of the three in my book, but I have come to enjoy this one as the top film, as have the critics and other western fans.  Again, humor slips in here and there to keep this one light at times.  The music score from this movie is on a very high level of excellence.  The ending is a shocker.  The continuous friendly/exploitative relationship between Eastwood and Wallach are what make this one so rich.  Wallach's acting almost steals the movie.

At this point, I have to mention a western that I would probably put number 2 on my own list, just behind Once Upon A Time.  It is currently not available for purchase on video in stores.  It may be possible to special order it?  Some have been fortunate to have taped it off of TV sometime in the past.  In 1973 Henry Fonda teamed up with a relatively unknown actor named Terence Hill (actual name was Mario Girotti) in a movie titled My Name Is Nobody.  Hill is a fast gunslinger, and I emphasize "fast".  The music score is Ennio Morricone again.  The music is good all throughout.  The movie shows a retiring gunslinger, Henry Fonda, who can't seem to get out of the west alive without having to face some bad guys.

Hill is an admiring young man who has a love for this "old timer", knows of his different gun showdowns in his record making past and the exact number of men killed by Jack in each of them, the way a young boy would know the home run record each year of his favorite baseball player.  With one exception.  This young man can hit them way out of the park himself.  Hill is the man who calls himself Nobody when Henry Fonda asks him his name after the youth keeps following him around and showing off for him.  This movie would be my favorite western of all time, if it were not for Once Upon A Time In the West.  My Name is Nobody is great for those who understand the hero concept and have had a hero sometime in their own life or still have one currently.

Hill was in a 1970 western titled They Call Me Trinity, where he displayed his lightning draw--and I mean lightning!  1971 saw Hill teamed once more with his partner Bud Spencer in They Still Call Me Trinity.  The Trinity movies are still available in video and just fun to watch.  They do not have any depth as westerns along the lines of The Searchers with John Wayne.  They are just fun and light westerns with nearly everything done with tongue in cheek.  If you do not like the idea of western comedies, then stay away from them.  Imagine this--a man with a lightning draw of a gun would also be just as fast repeatedly slapping some poor sap upside the face before he draws his gun!


John Wayne:  The Westerns of the Duke

 The western is John Wayne and John Wayne is the western!  At least that is how it reads in my book.  If it were not for John Wayne, I don't know if I would have really developed the taste for westerns that I have.  He is simply a hero on the screen at nearly every moment.  He has weaknesses, which he displays, but he does not let his weaknesses stop him from doing the right thing.  Watching and enjoying as many of Wayne's westerns as I could in my life, I have grown to appreciate and admire this man, his acting, his mannerisms, his talk, his walk, and everything about him as an actor.  I'm going to list below--his westerns, which I have enjoyed and still enjoy the most, in chronological order.  The ones in bold print are the one's I will say something about on this page:
 
 


Wolf's Top Picks of John Wayne Westerns

Stagecoach 1939, Angel and the Badman 1947, Fort Apache 1948, Red River 1948, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon 1949, Rio Grande 1950, Hondo 1953, The Searchers 1956, Rio Bravo 1959, The Horse Soldiers 1959, The Alamo 1960, North to Alaska 1960, The Comancheros 1961, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1962, McLintock! 1963, The Sons of Katie Elder 1965, The War Wagon 1967, El Dorado 1967, True Grit 1969, Chisum 1970, Rio Lobo 1970, Big Jake 1971, The Cowboys 1972, The Train Robbers 1973, Cahill:  United States Marshall 1973, Rooster Cogburn 1975, The Shootist 1976.

There is nothing that quite compares to seeing a particular John Wayne western for the first time in one's life.  I cannot imagine reading the above titles of Duke's films without having any idea what they are about.  The closest thing I can think of that compares to this would be to see a particular John Wayne western for another time!

When discussing John Wayne westerns, there is one movie that usually gets mentioned by every western fan and makes every western aficionados' Top Ten List. Rio Bravo, made in 1959, is in my opinion, and I'm not alone here, the top Duke western.  Starring a supporting cast which includes Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson, Ricky Nelson and Walter Brennen; this is THE John Wayne western to start with to decide if you would care for any of the Duke's other westerns.  It is a familiar western theme with a man put in jail and held for the traveling U. S. Marshall, while his brother and hired gunmen threaten to cause a lot of harm if the killer is not released.  Dude (Dean Martin) is the town drunk and plays an excellent part in this super-western.  He joins John T. Chance (Wayne) and Stumpy (Brennen) in holding the prisoner, until Colorado Ryan (Ricky Nelson) comes along to help in his own way.  Feathers (Angie Dickinson) and the Duke play a little cat and mouse love game in a tense setting.  Ward Bond is there with his usual support.

Rio Bravo has it all.  It has light moments galore and shows us that even in dangerous situations, folks have to maintain their sense of humor.  You even get to hear two fine singers show their vocal abilities, when Martin and Nelson (Ricky went on to be a significant figure in Rock and Roll music) sing a couple of songs in the jail while Brennen joins in with his harmonica.  This is just a very fun western to watch.  I would have to put Rio Bravo at number 3 on my own favorite westerns list.

At number 4 on my own list would be another Duke western titled McLintock!.  McLintock! (1963) is one of those movies that a real Wayne fan can watch over and over.  George Washington McLintock (he goes by G. W.) is joined by his estranged wife Katherine (played by the beautiful and charming Maureen O'Hara, who in 1952 joined Wayne for the very popular Quiet Man and Big Jake in 1971).  Maureen O'Hara (best known for her role with Brian Keith and Haley Mills in Walt Disney's The Parent Trap) graces the screen in every scene she is in.  There are many themes in this fun loving western.  It's debut on TV in 1967 got the second largest audience of any John Wayne movie shown for the first time on TV.  (We will be talking about the #1 draw in a few minutes.)  McLintock! is a western remake of the successful Quiet Man and there are just too many precious moments in the movie to even begin to highlight in this one page review of westerns.  Just rent the video and watch this flick.
 

True Grit , released in 1969, is the movie in which John Wayne finally received his much over-do Academy Award for Best Actor.  True Grit was the number 1 draw on TV when it debuted on November 12, 1972 (one day before my 19th birthday).  Rooster Cogburn (Wayne), who has quite a pronounced drinking habit, teams up with little Mattie Ross (Kim Darby) and La Boeuf (Glen Campbell) to catch the outlaw who killed Kim Darby's father.  Robert Duvall, another outlaw, (who is himself a great actor) faces John Wayne in what has become one of the greatest exhibitions of bravery on the big screen, when Cogburn put the reins between his teeth, cocks his rifle in one hand, and with pistol in the other yells out at the top of his lungs his final warning to Duvall and his men before charging them on horseback.  This is one of the many great moments in this touching and moving movie.  Wayne's acting here is top notch.  This movie competes on my list with the three Eastwood westerns mentioned earlier in this review.

Some other highly ranked John Wayne westerns are She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Red River (1948), and Fort Apache (1948).

She Wore A Yellow Ribbon and Fort Apache are two parts of what has by some been called the John Ford 7th Calvary trilogy which includes Rio Grande (1950).  The last one being the weaker of the three.  She Wore A Yellow Ribbon is the best of the three, in my opinion (though some would choose Fort Apache) with John Wayne acting with Joanne Dru, John Agar, Ben Johnson and Harry Carey.  This is a movie about an officer (Wayne) who is near retirement, but has one last mission to try and stop an indian war.  It picks up where Fort Apache left off with Custer losing at Little Big Horn.  Henry Fonda and Shirley Temple co-star.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is an exceptional John Wayne western with Jimmy Stewart as a senator who picked up the name of the man who shot Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin).  The movie contrasts the old west with the new west with the law enforced by judges.  The famous title song "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" was a big hit for the young singer, Gene Pitney (his second million-selling disc).  Pitney happens to be one of my favorite male vocalists.

Red River is considered one of the best of Wayne's westerns by many film critics.  However, I have a problem with the Duke's character in this one.  It is considered one of his best acting roles, but I never could decide if he was a good guy or a bad guy.  Sort of like the question, "Was Julius Caesar the good guy or the bad guy?"  Is a dictator a good guy or a bad guy?  When does strong leadership slip into tyranny?  I'll have to watch this one again and see if I come up with an answer for myself.  Worth a viewing!!!  (I watched Red River again and it is one of the Duke's finer outings.  His character is hard, because he had to be tough to lead several dozen men on a cattle drive from Texas to Missouri . . . weather, indians, rustlers, and men wanting to quit.  This is a very good movie!!!)

I simply can't write about every one of the Duke's westerns on this page, as I like nearly all of them, but I would like to recommend the movie North To Alaska (1960).  Costarring Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian ("Turn Me Loose") and Capucine (she's a delight to watch on the screen).  Kovacs plays a serious role here as a sly villain who uses deception at every turn to take over more than his share of virgin land in Alaska and Stewart Granger is Johns Wayne's partner . . . Big John left Seattle in the year of ... with George Brett his partner and little Billie too (Fabian)--Johnny Horton title song "North To Alaska". This is another one that I can watch over and over for the humor.  Constant laughs and misunderstandings in this one.

I also enjoy viewing El Dorado (1967) once in a while.  It is Rio Bravo all over again with Robert Mitchum and James Caan as Wayne's side kicks.

This is all I'm going to say about John Wayne and his westerns.  But the reader can see that I can't even think about westerns without setting the Duke out as the centerpiece.
 
 
The Man With No Name



 
 


Clint Eastwood Westerns

A Fistful of Dollars 1964, For a Few Dollars More 1965, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966, Hang 'em High 1968, Paint Your Wagon 1969, Two Mules for Sister Sara 1970, Joe Kidd 1972, High Plains Drifter 1973, The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976, Pale Rider 1985, and Unforgiven 1992

With The Outlaw Josey Wales, we probably have Eastwood's finest western.  Of course, I'm already committed to the '64, '65 and '66 movies as my favorite three.  This may be a bias, as these were the first three in which I saw the "man with no name" star in westerns.  As the character Josey Wales, Eastwood shows what a man who has lost everything, and is fast with his pistol, would be like--"Are you gonna draw those pistols or whistle Dixie"?

Pale Rider is, in a way, a remake or sequel to High Plains Drifter.  Stranger rolls into town with business to conduct.  Seemingly invincible and almost supernatural, the townspeople slowly put the pieces together . . . or do they?  In Two Mules for Sister Sara, the "man with no name" picks up his role with Shirley MacLaine as a nun(?).  This flick is fun and still full of western gunfighting action and adventure.

Clint Eastwood makes a western film an action packed presentation.


Wrapping it up with
the Rest of the Best of the West . . .

Support Your Local Sheriff, along with the sequel Support Your Local Gunfighter are very entertaining films with James Garner playing the lead in each film.  If you can't have fun with these two movies, then you can't have fun with western comedies.  With both, you get Jack Elam and Harry Morgan.  You also get Jack Elam--oops, I've already said that, but you have to see Jack Elam at his best to appreciate why I would say that twice.  He was a treasure here!  James Garner is "just passing through on his way to Australia".

Little Big Man is the movie that shows the survivor at his best.  Dustin Hoffman is superb as a man who has both white man and Indian ties.  He quite simply claims to be on whichever side happens to be winning or in the advantage at any particular moment in the movie.  Watching him play the role of a "big boy" getting his bath in a tub of water, as the washee, while Faye Dunaway is the washer is too humorous to go into here.  Hoffman's character, Jack Crabbe, is a 121 year old man telling his story in a flashback throughout this one.  See it at least once in your life.

Sante Fe Trail  -- This one is worth watching just to see Errol Flynn, with his "Adventures of Robin Hood" buddy Alan Hale Sr. (look-a-like father to Alan Hale Jr., the skipper on Gilligan's Island), acting along side of Ronald Reagan (the actor--not the president--or I should say the actor before he became president) and Olivia de Havilland (also "Adventures of Robin Hood").  Not a real memorable western for the plot, but entertaining because of the actors.

The Outlaw -- Jane Russell's are the only reason to watch this one.  Did I say "Russell's", of course I meant Jane Russell.  This was once thought to be a very risque display of body parts in film.  Looks pretty tame now, but it is fun to see what all the stir was back in 1943.  If you only watch one Jane Russell movie in your lifetime, then watch her with Bob Hope in "Paleface".  Boy, what a pair!

Tombstone -- This 1993 western has everything the guy sitting in his recliner, with his big cowboy hat on his head, could ask for in a dusty adventure.  Kurt Russell is Wyatt Earp, Val Kilmer plays one of the finest Doc Holiday's the screen has ever produced.  Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton play Virgil and Morgan Earp.  You are there in Tombstone when these men take to the streets.  Should make everyone's top 20 westerns.  Some might even place it in their top 10 or even top 5; and I would not seriously question their high ranking of this one.

Lonesome Dove -- 384 minutes long, made as a miniseries, this movie is too long for me.  But, it is one of the best made westerns to grace the TV screen.  Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones as Texas Rangers.  There is also a tough cattle drive to Montana taking place.  This film features one of the most ruthless bad guys, and I mean "cut throat" ruthless!  It's an uncomfortable experience watching him in one scene, seeing an innocent family on the plains in the next scene and then watching a clean up party discover the dead family in the next scene.  I don't think I could watch this film footage again, but it should be mentioned on a review page like this.  Any book you look at will give it a all five stars.

The Quick and the Dead -- Made in 1995, this one features the acting of Sharon Stone as the good, Gene Hackman as the bad and plenty of uglies.  Picture a town where all the best gunfighters of the day are all drawn to it for a "tournament of sorts".  Individuals dual in a single elimination to determine a winner.  Stone has more motives for being here than just to win the grand prize.  This one is a lot of fun in my opinion as a loving spoof, or parody, of the spaghetti Westerns.  I plan to watch it again someday . . . soon.

Firecreek/Tin Star -- I list these two movies together because I find the themes so similar that they belong together in my book.  Firecreek has James Stewart, Henry Fonda and Inger Stevens.  Did I say Jack Elam?  Yes, Jack is here as well.  Stewart forced to become sheriff and stand up to Fonda and his band of bad boys.  The town of Firecreek, we discover as the movie progresses, is where all losers end up gravitating to while running from their former fears and problems.  Tin Star is the better of the two movies in the critics' opinion and I would agree here.  In this one, Henry Fonda is a tough gunfighter who is slowly persuaded to care enough to teach a young Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates of  "Psycho") how to face the bad guys as sheriff of his town.

The Magnificent Seven -- When you talk westerns, the conversation should always get around to The Magnificent Seven, eventually.  Where else can you watch interaction between Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, and James Coburn; with fine performances by Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz.  This movie even has the soundtrack to go with it.  This is a must see film!!!  I don't even want to explain the plot here.  I would rather leave it all as a surprise to those who have not seen The Magnificent Seven or have not seen most of these fine actors perform.  Here is your chance to get all of this in one movie.

Cat Ballou -- Who could forget Nat King Cole and Stubby Kaye singing "The Ballad of Cat Ballou" with the Academy Award winning performance of Lee Marvin as Kid Sheleen and the silver-nosed Tim Strawn as twin brothers--one good and one very wicked.  Jane Fonda is very natural looking in this one as the vulnerable, but strong willed Cat Ballou.

Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott ?
(as the Statler Brothers sang)

I really didn't see the westerns of Randolph Scott, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers (did catch Roy as a TV western star), William Boyd, Gabby Hayes, Smiley Burnette, Bill Elliott, Tim Holt, Rex Allen or any of the other early stars of the western genre.  I will leave reviews of these crowd pleasers to the people who were in the crowd being pleased.

Western Films listed on this page



Alamo, The 1960
Angel and the Badman 1947
Big Jake 1971
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Cahill:  United States Marshall 1973
Cat Ballou
Chisum 1970
Comancheros, The 1961
Cowboys, The 1972
El Dorado (1967)
Firecreek
Fistful of Dollars, A 1964
For a Few Dollars More 1965
Fort Apache 1948
Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The 1966
Hang 'em High 1968
High Noon
High Plains Drifter 1973
Hondo 1953
Horse Soldiers, The 1959
Joe Kidd 1972
Little Big Man
Lonesome Dove
Magnificent Seven, The
Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The (1962)
McLintock! 1963
My Name Is Nobody
North To Alaska (1960)
Once Upon A Time In the West
Outlaw Josey Wales, The 1976
Outlaw, The
Paint Your Wagon 1969
Pale Rider 1985
Paleface
Quick and the Dead, The 1995
Red River (1948)
Rio Bravo 1959
Rio Grande (1950)
Rio Lobo 1970
Rooster Cogburn 1975
Sante Fe Trail
Searchers, The 1956
Shane
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Shootist, The 1976
Sons of Katie Elder, The 1965
Stagecoach 1939
Support Your Local Gunfighter
Support Your Local Sheriff
They Call Me Trinity
They Still Call Me Trinity
Tin Star
Tombstone 1993
Train Robbers, The 1973
True Grit 1969
Two Mules for Sister Sara 1970
Unforgiven 1992
War Wagon, The 1967
Wild Bunch, The

The End
Where the cowboy kisses the horse and rides off on his . . .
that should be
where the cowboy kisses the girl
and rides off on his horse.

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