Movie primer list - Westerns

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  1. BretWeaver

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    I thought this would be kind of fun. List 25 movies that you would prescribe to someone as a primer to western movies. It should be broad ranging and cover classics from the entire genre. If you had just 25 films to show someone the western genre what would they be?
     
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    First off, you start with John Ford films then filter in westerns from other directors to complete the list.[​IMG]






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    Of course different people have different opinions. With the exception of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and My Darling Clementine, there wouldn't be any John Ford on my list. [​IMG]
     
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    Differences of opinion are especially prevalent when it comes to your opinions.[​IMG]
     
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    The Searchers
    High Noon
    Stagecoach
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    My Darling Clementine
    Shane
    The Magnificent Seven
    A Fistfull of Dollars
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    Once Upon a Time in The West
    The Wild Bunch
    True Grit
    High Plains Drifter
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
    Unforgiven
    Silverado
    Tombstone (just for Val Kilmer's performance alone)
    Quigley Down Under (the most underrated "Western" of all time)

    Also see the television shows -
    Have Gun - Will Travel
    Wanted: Dead or Alive
    Gunsmoke
     
  6. Alex S

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    Some of my favorite westerns:

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Open Range
    Rio Bravo
    El Dorado
    Lonesome Dove
    The Magnificent Seven
    A Fistfull of Dollars
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    Once Upon a Time in The West
    High Plains Drifter
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
    Unforgiven
    Silverado
    Jeremiah Johnson
    Sons of Katie Elder
     
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    My favorites, in no special order:

    High Noon
    Unforgiven
    The Searchers
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence
    The Ox-Bow Incident
    Once Upon A Time In The West
    For A Few Dollars More
    Whity
    The Wild Bunch
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
    High Planes Drifter
    Rooster Cogburn
    The Man From Laramie
    My Darling Clementine
    Open Range
    Blazing Saddles
    Rio Bravo
    Jeremiah Johnson
     
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    No "the searchers" ... wow, I would have guessed that movie would be on everyone's list.
     
  9. Lew Crippen

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    [​IMG]

    Very funny, even though I agree with George on many films.
     
  10. Lew Crippen

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    I used a very broad criteria for Westerns. The list is unordered.

    ·The Searchers
    ·The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    ·Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    ·Red River
    ·The Ox-Bow Incident
    ·My Darling Clementine
    ·Rio Grande
    ·Unforgiven
    ·The Wild Bunch
    ·Stagecoach
    ·Rio Bravo
    ·The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italians make Westerns too)
    ·The Man from Snowy River (an Australian Western)
    ·Shane
    ·High Noon
    ·Sanjuro (some Japanese Westerns)
    ·Yojimbo
    ·The Seven Samurai
    ·A Fistful of Dollars
    ·For a Few Dollars More
    ·Bad Day at Black Rock (a post-WWII western)
    ·McCabe & Mrs. Miller
    ·Drums Along the Mohawk (a Western set in the East)
    ·Missouri Breaks
    ·One-Eyed Jacks
     
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    I don't think anyone's mentioned two that would absolutely be on my list: Fort Apache and Red River.

    Edit: Lew Crippen mentioned Red River as I was posting. I gotta have Fort Apache in there as well.
     
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    I just edited my list to exclude ‘Lonesome Dove and include McCabe and & Mrs. Miller—I’m a fan of Fort Apache as well. Maybe I’ll make another swap—but I have to consider which one to drop.
     
  13. Lew Crippen

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    Actually this is one of the most controversial Westerns ever made. Maybe the most so—and George would exclude it on subject matter alone. He is not alone.
     
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    As you'll see, mine is even broader. [​IMG]

    Blazing Saddles
    The Magnificent Seven
    The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
    Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
    High Noon
    Unforgiven
    A Fistful of Dollars
    For a Few Dollars More
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    My Darling Clementine
    The Paleface
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    Support Your Local Gunfighter
     
  15. Lew Crippen

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    I thought about including Destry Rides Again. That would not only give me the comedy, but music as well.

    And no one has cast their net wide enough to include Cat Ballou. [​IMG]
     
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    I haven't seen as many as some folks here, since I've just been enjoying westerns for a few years. But here are my recommendations for what I have enjoyed, with an explaination of why.
    • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Non-typical western plot with non-typical characters, represents the end of the west. Anyone should like this film.
    • Rio Bravo - My favorite John Wayne...comedy, action, AND music. Walter Brennan is fantastic.
    • Destry Rides Again - Most excellent western comedy. One of my favorite westerns. Also very accessible.
    • The Searchers - Not my favorite, but fascinating in its depiction of Indian-relations. It's influence can be found in many modern films. John Wayne's character is not the most likeable.
    • My Darling Clementine - My favorite John Ford. Every shot is a classic.
    • Stagecoach - Decent little flick about getting from point A to Point B with an ensemble cast. Overuses Monument Valley footage in every wide shot.
    • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Long and languid, but with an attitude. The score is one of the characters.
    • High Noon - Tight, small film, with great cinematography. Plot is not my favorite (predictable plot and cardboard characters).
    • Open Range - Excellent modern film with great visuals and sound. Plot doesn't explore new areas, but is still enjoyable.
    • Lonesome Dove - Gritty realistic western mini-series that takes you from Texas to Montana and back. Did I say it was gritty?
    • The Magnificent Seven - Enjoyable remake of Seven Samurai. Not necessarily a classic in my opinion.
    • Once Upon a Time in The West - Long operatic western with a winner score. Every shot is a classic. Morricone pays homage to just about every western before him.
    • Silverado - Fun bit of western fluff from the 80s.
    • Support Your Local Sheriff - James Garner doing his "Maverick" thing in a non-Maverick comedy.
    • The Man From Laramie - My favorite of the currently available Mann/Stewart westerns.
    • Treasure of the Sierra Madre - Western set in the 20th century. Classic about the power of greed.
    • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - Only if you like cheesy musicals [​IMG]
     
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    Precisely the reason why I would include it. I think if you're going to have 25 films to showcase the entire western genre, the most controversial one would be a must.

    A lot of these lists are great... I'm still working on mine, hard to not have 10 john wayne/clint eastwood films [​IMG]
     
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    How about Firefly then? [​IMG]

    But seriously, no mention of Unforgiven? Might not be in top 10, but with 25 I'd have thought it would merit inclusion.
     
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    Tampopo - Juzo Itami
    El topo - Alejandro Jodorowsky
    Whity - Rainer Werner Fassbinder
    The Missouri Breaks - Arthur Penn
    Little Big Man - Arthur Penn
    Springtime in the Rockies - Joseph Kane (Gene Autry)
    Heart of the Rockies - William Witney (Roy Rogers)
    Paint Your Wagon - Joshua Logan
    Destry Rides Again - George Marshall
    McCabe & Mrs. Miller - Robert Altman
    The Wild Bunch - Sam Peckinpah
    Dirty Dingus Magee - Burt Kennedy
    The Hanging Tree - Delmer Daves
    Heaven's Gate - Michael Cimino
     

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