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July 20, 2011

10 Westerns I Like

In response to a challenge from Jim Coudal:

1. Once Upon a Time in the West
2. Blazing Saddles
3. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
4. High Plains Drifter
5. Seven Samurai (because, c’mon, it’s a western…)
6. The Wild Bunch
7. The Searchers
8. Westworld
9. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
10. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Edit: I just remembered a few more messed up ones: El Topo and Greaser’s Palace


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rado says

Jul 22, 2011

noticed this blog initiative - it's a great, a very pure, cinematic genre.
didn't anyone mention "Open Range" (2003)?

Steve Witten says

Jul 25, 2011

If you're gonna include 'Seven Samurai' then you must include 'Star Wars: A New Hope'! Also, 'For A Few Dollars More' is much better than 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' (as good as that one is). You leave off 'Unforgiven' and 'Pale Rider' -- probably the two best non-Sergio-Leone-directed Westerns Clint Eastwood ever made! How can you leave off 'My Darling Clementine'? It's John Ford's 'film noir' Western! Finally, I'd like to make a pitch for 'Silverado' -- Lawrence Kasdan's fabulously entertaining Western with great characters and a rollicking good-time story.

'Nuff said...

Steve Witten
Portland, OR

Alex says

Jul 25, 2011

Hmm. I really don't get all this love for Butch Cassidy. It wasn't terrible, but I wouldn't have any trouble coming up with 10 westerns that were better.

Obeythefist says

Jul 25, 2011

But, Unforgiven!

Partridge Creek says

Jul 25, 2011

I got to #2 and then stopped reading.

Paul says

Jul 25, 2011

Seconds on "Open Range". A great western. A great movie, period. One of my favorites. I think Costner and Duvall are perfect in this. It's thrilling, brutal, sweet, funny and intense. Anyone who hasn't seen it, do yourself a favor and rent it. I caught it on AMC several years ago and loved it, and turned around two days later and rented the DVD so I could see the uncut, commercial-free version.

BD says

Jul 25, 2011

How about "Shane," perhaps the quintessential western of all time?

skylark says

Jul 26, 2011

Soldier Blue
High Noon
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Big Country
High Plains Drifter
Rio Bravo
The Searchers
My Darling Clementine


Red River
Yojimbo (because, c’mon, it’s a western…)
The 47 Ronin (the Kenji Mizoguchi version -241 mins epic)
The Proposition (set in Australia)
Fort Apache

What about ...

Play Time (1967 Jacques Tati)

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953 Jacques Tati)

La lune dans le caniveau (aka, Moon in the gutter by Jean-Jacques Beineix)
Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix)

... I think I might be losing the focus now.

fausto says

Jul 26, 2011

I haven't yet seen a list containing The Outlaw Josey Wales...

skylark says

Jul 26, 2011

Duh! ... I just realised that "Play Time" by Jacques Tati fits in pretty well with "Urbanized" how the sad, vapid characteristics of contemporaneous urbanity can foil the discrete spirt - past, pro tem and prospective. Much Lewis Mumford's spiritual discomfort, I imagine.

They civilize what's pretty
By puttin' up a city
Where nothin' that's
Pretty can grow....
They civilize left
They civilize right
Till nothing is left
Till nothing is right.

~Alan Jay Lerner, "The First Thing You Know," Paint Your Wagon, 1969.

greck says

Jul 27, 2011

Ahh you must not forget the ultimate "messed up" Western: Jim Jarmusch's _Dead Man_.


Aug 11, 2011


I second you both on the shouts for SHANE, and RED RIVER?

SHANE = has one of the best fight scenes of any movie of any genre.
RED RIVER opening = "Among the annals of the great state of Texas may be found the story of the first drive on the famous Chisholm Trail. A story of one of the great cattle herds of the world, of a man and a boy - - Thomas Dunson and Matthew Garth, the story of the Red River D."