I enjoyed these films greatly right up till the end where, in my opinion, both were ruined by stupid endings. I grew up in the 60s when it seemed that fully half of all TV shows and movies were westerns. I admit that I see most westerns as light entertainment or as some would say nowdays, "popcorn flicks". However, I also see that some are far superior to the typical "horse opera". A few of my picks for best of breed are "Shane", "High Noon", "My Darling Clementine" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance". I list these to give a better idea of my tastes to better address the question at hand, not to start a debate on the best western ever. I also thought "The Searchers" and "Red River" were in the same class... until I saw their endings. I saw the ending of both films as a complete sell out because a "happy ever after" or "ride off into the sunset" ending was mandated by someone. I don't know if that is true but that is the way it seemed to me. I know many think highly of these films and I would like to know exactly why you regard them so highly and what you really think of the ending of both films. Opinions appreciated.