Top List of Western Movies
The List - best classic westerns according to GreatestMovies.org
Man of the West
Anthony Mann was one of the most prominent directors of western movies in the 1950s. Man of the West is one of his most matured and forming a tragedian drama.
Year: 1958 | Director: Anthony Mann
Duel in the Sun
Duel in the Sun, written a produced by David O. Selznick, deserve to be mentioned among the best westerns. The emotionally intense acting between Jennifer Jones and Gregory Peck almost hurt and the script is complex enough to make us wonder all the way to the finish.
Year: 1946 | Director: King Vidor
Bend of the River
A classic western with the typical theme settlers going to the west for finding a new place to live. They have Glyn McLyntock (James Stewart) as the scout, who is taking the caravan through the plains, through the river and up in the mountains. He will also help with the escort through the dangerous land in which indians and other evil forces. The movie has some naïve features, but on the same time work great as escapism in Technicolor.
Director: Anthony Mann
My Darling Clementine
John Ford is one of the most recognized western directors of all time and his movies always bear something of the old American history of the west. In My Darling Clementine he is telling his version of the famous Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday camaraderie.
Year: 1946 | Director: John Ford
Hour of the Gun
John Sturges return once again to depict the Wyatt Earp-Dock Holiday-Clanton Brothers ten years after his Gunfight at the O.K. Corral film. Hour of the Gun is a western with an ambition to tell the true story and therefore divide from the the legend.
Year: 1967 | Director: John Sturges
Fritz Lang as the director and Marlene Dietrich as one of the characters in a splendidly told story. A man is searching for the murderer to his fiancée and follow the traces to a place called “Chuck-a-luck”.
Year: 1952 | Director: Fritz Lang
You don’t expect to meet Jack Lemmon in a western movie, but his persona work well even in this genre, which are demonstrated here. He plays against Glenn Ford and the duo creates fine dynamics on the screen. Ford’s character Tom Reece is an experience cowboy and Lemmon’s character Frank Harris is a hotel clerk who wants to have a more exciting life and want to catch up with the girl who for a while stayed on the hotel he worked.
Director: Delmer Daves
How the West Was Won
How the West Was Won includes so much more than a story about a revolver man or a fight between landlords. Here is the American early civilization portrayed in great pictures and integrates a fine story.
Year: 1962 | Directors: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall & Richard Thorpe
The breakthrough movie by the western director par excellence, John Ford. Stage Couch depicts some of the essences of western movies with the desolated Monument Valley as fond for human drama in a violent and undomesticated world.
Year: 1973 | Director: John Ford
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Kris Kristofferson portraits the outlaw Billy the Kid in a stylized western movie with ingredients of a Bob Dylan soundtrack and violent revolver fights. One of the best attempts to capture the famous story of the antagonistic affair between Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett.
Year: 1973 | Director: Sam Peckinpah
The Naked Spur
The best of the five movies Anthony Mann made with James Stewart as the main character. A well constructed plot with a wanted murderer who has been captured and are transported to his hanging. After it being confirmed that there is a reward involved the dynamic in the group changes.
Year: 1953 | Director: Anthony Mann
Gregory Peck portraits the feared gunfighter Jimmy Ringo that returns to a certain town with the intention to meet a woman he hasn’t seen for a long time. He has left his violent background behind, but he still has to deal with his reputation.
Year: 1950 | Director: Henry King
Paul Newman plays the unconventional western hero John Russell reminding about Humphrey Bogarts Rick in Casablanca that only show which side he stands on with implicit gestures until a dramatic event forces him to expose it.
Year: 1967 | Director: Martin Ritt
Revisionist western of the best kind with Clint Eastwood as Bill Munny, former revolver man, but now old and regretful. But after a cut up of a prostitute he once again rides out when his old partner is asking for help.
Year: 1992 | Director: Clint Eastwood
The Ballad of Cable Hogue
Cable Hogue finds water in the desert on a desolated transport route and acquires the land. Sam Peckinpah has revised the western genre in many ways and the result is both different and sometimes funny.If you can't agree that a car and a motorcycle can be among the props in a classic western, you have to avoid this one.
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Ride the High Country
The ex-sheriff Steve Judd is hired to transport gold trough dangerous territory. To his help he rides with an old and a new partner. The story tells what gold can do with people and their loyalties.
Year: 1962 | Director: Sam Peckinpah
One of the best contribution from Howard Hawks to the genre. John Wayne and Montgomery Clift are the father and son herding cattle to Missouri. Then the son turns against the tyrannical father a bitter confrontation takes place.
Year: 1948 | Director: Howard Hawk
The good, the bad and the ugly (Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo)
Sergio Leones masterpiece with Clint Eastwood as Blondie, a bounty hunter with very odd methods. He and Tuco enter a partnership without trust in the quest for a gold treasure. The upper hand between them shifts many times along the way.
Year: 1966 | Director: Sergio Leone
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
A celebrated western movie with the pair-horses Paul Newman and Robert Redford as Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid. After doing one too many bank jobs they are being hunted by a large force, driving them to Mexico and the ending is classic.
Year: 1969 | Director: George Roy Hill
A western movie monumental in its complexity and as storyteller of a hazardous, bygone world. John Wayne comes and goes out through the screen in the intro and the final, which renders two classic film sequences. The scenery of the pompous monumental valley gives this epic story an even greater resonance.
Year: 1956 | Director: John Ford
An iconic western that succeed in many ways. Shane is the man from the vast land that got a job for some settlers who is terrorized by some landowners. A common theme that has been seen over and over again in a western, but Shane is nonetheless a memorable movie. The director George Stevens known for movies like Giant and A Place in the Sun delivers here a great contribution to the western genre.
Year: 1953 | Director: George Stevens
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
John Ford’s late western film is loaded with symbols and rich of nuances. A senator arrives at Shinbone for attending the funeral of Tom Doniphon. The question is why such a simple man known for drinking attracts a visit from a Washington senator.
Year: 1962 | Director: John Ford
The Wild Bunch
Sam Peckinpah puts a new rawness to the western genre with The Wild Bunch that may be his masterpiece. The movie shows a new kind of esthetic of violence and depicts a couple of desperate humans and their restlessness in a world doesn't seem to have any place for them much longer.
Year: 1969 | Director: Sam Peckinpah
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