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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)?
regards

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

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

and

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
Rashômon

What about ...

Play Time (1967 Jacques Tati)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Play_Time

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953 Jacques Tati)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Vacances_de_Monsieur_Hulot

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_.

UNCLE CRABBY says

Aug 11, 2011

BD and SKYLARK:

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."