Top 10 Western Films

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Top 10 Western Films

By Chris Traficante

There's something intriguing about open terrains, galloping horses and bitter men, particularly on the silver screen. So, here's my top 10 western films list:

1. High Noon

Gary Cooper is brilliant as Will Kane. He's alone and against all odds. By far, the greatest western film of all time.

2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Sergio Leone's tale is one of the greatest ever told in cinema. This three-part vigilante narrative is made all the more intriguing by each outlaw's quirks, as well as their individual quests for gold hidden in a cemetery.

3. Once Upon a Time in the West

Once again, Sergio Leone proves that he is the master of the western genre with this intense, melancholic tale about a widow, a killer, a vigilante and a harmonica.

4. Tombstone

Val Kilmer. Enough said.

5. The Proposition

John Hillcoat's gritty tale about murder, revenge and justice is nothing short of poetic. Set on the backdrop of a harsh late 19th century Australian outback, Hillcoat's imagery and performances are nothing short of beautiful and gritty.

6. For a Few Dollars More

Leone truly is the master.

7. The Magnificent Seven

A brilliant story about seven rogue heroes defending a remote Mexican village under siege. Another brilliant film from John Sturges!

8. Unforgiven

Clint Eastwood's work in front of - and behind - the camera here is magnificent. Alongside Tombstone and Dead Man, this is one of the last great Hollywood westerns.

9. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

In George Roy Hill's film, Paul Newman (as Butch Cassidy) and Robert Redford (as the Sundance Kid) are, quite possibly, the best western duo of any kind in Hollywood cinema.

10. Dead Man

This is a fantastic, slightly quirky black and white murder tale from Jim Jarmusch. His narrative is beautiful; imagery is always serene and his soundtrack always brooding.
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Gary Cooper's the man... [MOG]
Serenity?
Cowboy Bebop movie?

I haven't seen many Westerns :P
The Wild Bunch, The Ox-Bow Incident, The Searchers...
Does Westworld count? :P One of my fav movies that one, otherwise I haven't seen many Westerns either. I checked out The Proposition, but didn't love it. Looking forward to True Grit though.

catch_33 said: The Wild Bunch, The Ox-Bow Incident, The Searchers...


Definitely - all great films. The western genre is an old, long-lasting one with many great titles. So hard to give a limited list of 10... :(
All of these films are great! It's hard to choose just one but love the fact there is an article published on these movies. Western films will never die out and more people need to start watching them! Besides, who doesn't love playing with toy guns, right?
So glad The Proposition is in this list.

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