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Top 10 Best Westerns of All Time:
clinteastwood.org ^ | 9/11/04 | staff

Posted on 12/29/2004 3:00:15 PM PST by pissant

Top 10 Best Westerns of All Time:

1. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Sergio Leone's quintessential Western epic made Clint Eastwood the torchbearer in the genre and cemented Lee Van Cleef as one of the greatest movie villains of all time.

2. Shane - The archetypal Western plotline of the stranger who befriends a family and saves them from evil set the tone for all that swam in it’s wake, including The Unforgiven, the most blatant (and best) Shane knockoff.

3. High Noon - A case study in movie making, High Noon is among the first films to take place in real time.

4. The Wild Bunch - Sam Peckinpah's ultra-violent epic still packs quite a punch.

5. High Plains Drifter - The most badass revenge flick ever made. Clint's The Man With No Name could kick Dirty Harry's ass.

6. The Unforgiven - There would be no Unforgiven without Shane.

7. Outlaw Josey Wales - Practically a remake of High Plains Drifter but with more backstory, sub-plots and fully developed characters. You can still feel the sting of that darned whip!

8. Treasure of the Sierra Madre - A later-era Western to be sure, but a terrific character study in greed and trust, and a fine example of why we are still talking about Bogart to this day. The man oozes star power.

9. A Fistful of Dollars - The beginning of Sergio and Clint's Dollars series, this is the best of the bunch.

10. Once Upon a Time in the West - Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson lead this all-star cast. Never in cinematic history has a harmonica been the source of so much tension.

Do ya'll agree or disagree?

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This guy left out the dozens of John Wayne flicks that could have easily made it.

My favs: True grit, El Dorado, and McClintock

1 posted on 12/29/2004 3:00:17 PM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

THE SEARCHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2 posted on 12/29/2004 3:00:53 PM PST by Clemenza (AKA "Butch" to my friends in the Seattle Leather Underground)
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To: pissant

"The Shootist"

The best Duke movie EVER.


3 posted on 12/29/2004 3:01:23 PM PST by Gunrunner2
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To: pissant
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence. Period.
4 posted on 12/29/2004 3:01:56 PM PST by vetvetdoug (In memory of T/Sgt. Secundino "Dean" Baldonado, Jarales, NM-KIA Bien Hoa AFB, RVN 1965)
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To: Clemenza

good choice. Are you really a seattlite??


5 posted on 12/29/2004 3:01:56 PM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

Dunno how it stacks up, since of these I've only seen "High Noon" and "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (liked 'em both), but I'll always have a soft spot for "Gunfight at the OK Corral".


6 posted on 12/29/2004 3:02:25 PM PST by RosieCotton (He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative. - GKC)
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To: pissant

Nope, a New Yorker who was transplanted to this hellhole back in June. I just use that tagline to freak people out.


7 posted on 12/29/2004 3:02:46 PM PST by Clemenza (AKA "Butch" to my friends in the Seattle Leather Underground)
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To: vetvetdoug

Oh. . .and "Stagecoach" is a real winner too.


8 posted on 12/29/2004 3:03:14 PM PST by Gunrunner2
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To: pissant

ITA, anything with John Wayne is a true western.


9 posted on 12/29/2004 3:03:17 PM PST by mtbopfuyn
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To: pissant
I'll put in for Peckinpah's underrated Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, starring James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson. .....and a virtual who's who of famous western character actors. Soundtrack by Bob Dylan, who also played the character "Alias."
10 posted on 12/29/2004 3:03:23 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: pissant

I like "They Call Me Trinity", and "Trinity is Still My Name". Terence Hill and Bud Spencer are a great team.


11 posted on 12/29/2004 3:03:53 PM PST by stbdside
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To: pissant

What about "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence"? That's a really great western.


12 posted on 12/29/2004 3:03:56 PM PST by reg45
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To: pissant

My favorite western is #3, High Noon.
I also like quite a few of the John Wayne ones.


13 posted on 12/29/2004 3:03:59 PM PST by FreedomHasACost
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To: pissant
Although it's an amusing film, High Plains Drifter shouldn't be on that list.
14 posted on 12/29/2004 3:04:49 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Clemenza

The Searchers!
She wore a yellow ribbon.


Just watched Open Range with duval and costner it was
pretty good.

My all time favorite is RED RIVER!


15 posted on 12/29/2004 3:04:57 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: pissant

High Noon for me, the true movie of the american spirit. No bravado required, just standing up for what's right.


16 posted on 12/29/2004 3:05:19 PM PST by everydayislikesunday
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To: pissant
"This guy" thinks Eastwood is the best western actor.

John Wayne defined the "Western" in America, and The Searchers is the best Western ever.

17 posted on 12/29/2004 3:05:41 PM PST by sinkspur ("How dare you presume to tell God what He cannot do" God Himself)
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To: Clemenza
Defnitely The Searchers, also Stagecoach.
18 posted on 12/29/2004 3:05:46 PM PST by ScottFromSpokane (We're none of us prefect.)
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To: pissant
What about "Shakiest Gun In The West" with Don Knotts.

"A seven-shooter?"

19 posted on 12/29/2004 3:06:08 PM PST by sinatorhellary
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To: everydayislikesunday
That is good way to describe it and that is why it is my favorite.
20 posted on 12/29/2004 3:06:24 PM PST by FreedomHasACost
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To: pissant

Tombstone.


21 posted on 12/29/2004 3:06:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (I come swinging the olive branch of peace.)
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To: pissant
You left out Blazing Saddles?!? Man, that list is bogus.......LMAO


22 posted on 12/29/2004 3:06:44 PM PST by Viking2002 (Taglines? Vikings don't need no steenkin' taglines..............)
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To: sinatorhellary

Blazing Saddles


23 posted on 12/29/2004 3:06:56 PM PST by Ellesu
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To: Clemenza

Seattle a hellhole? There are worse places, I would think. Though, like in NY, you're surrounded by liberals.


24 posted on 12/29/2004 3:07:20 PM PST by pissant
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To: pissant
I like the orignal list a lot, but my list would find a way to include a guilty pleasure of mine, Sam Raimi's The Quick And The Dead.
25 posted on 12/29/2004 3:07:28 PM PST by denydenydeny
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To: pissant

Never really thought of The Wild Bunch as a western. It's kind of cult violence movie.


26 posted on 12/29/2004 3:08:01 PM PST by ProudVet77 (MERRY CHRISTMAS, damn it!)
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To: pissant
A Fistful of Dollars - The beginning of Sergio and Clint's Dollars series, this is the best of the bunch.

Bunch? There were only two, the other being For a Few Dollars More.

27 posted on 12/29/2004 3:08:05 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: pissant

In no particular order:

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Silverado
Stagecoach
A Man Called Horse
Open Range
Tombstone
The Magnificent Seven

I must make myself stop.

Dan


28 posted on 12/29/2004 3:08:29 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: pissant

Lived in Brooklyn with a Republican congressman (Vito Fosella). NYC is nowhere near as bad as Seattle, although it is still pretty bad politically (many worship at Hillary's feet). Seattle is just boring with awful food outside of Salmon.


29 posted on 12/29/2004 3:08:37 PM PST by Clemenza (AKA "Butch" to my friends in the Seattle Leather Underground)
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To: BibChr

Ooh...I loved "The Magnificent Seven"!


30 posted on 12/29/2004 3:09:10 PM PST by RosieCotton (He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative. - GKC)
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To: sinkspur

I just noticed where the article came from. :)


31 posted on 12/29/2004 3:09:14 PM PST by ProudVet77 (MERRY CHRISTMAS, damn it!)
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To: pissant

Where are the John Ford films?


32 posted on 12/29/2004 3:09:28 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: All

The Culpepper Cattle Company


33 posted on 12/29/2004 3:10:08 PM PST by Ellesu
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To: RosieCotton

How could one not love it? Just a great movie!

How about Silverado, though? Really fine modern western.

Dan


34 posted on 12/29/2004 3:10:19 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: cripplecreek

"Tombstone"

Ouch. Decent as recent westerns go, but all time fav??


35 posted on 12/29/2004 3:10:57 PM PST by pissant
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To: pissant
"The Bad, the Bad and the Bad" has no business in first place.

36 posted on 12/29/2004 3:11:02 PM PST by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: Mr. Mojo

"Bunch? There were only two, the other being For a Few Dollars More"

I won't accuse the author of being a rocket scientist.


37 posted on 12/29/2004 3:12:22 PM PST by pissant
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To: BibChr
How about Silverado, though? Really fine modern western.

I actually haven't seen that one. Who's in it?

Trouble with my movie knowledge is that it pretty much includes all the classics from the late fifties back and a few ones from the nineties or so forwards...I'm missing a lot!

Leaves much to look forward to, I suppose!

38 posted on 12/29/2004 3:12:23 PM PST by RosieCotton (He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative. - GKC)
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To: pissant
1) The Searchers
2) High Noon
3) The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
4) The Unforgiven
5) Red River
6) The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance
7) High Plains Drifter
8) Once Upon A Time In The West
9) They Call Me Trinity
10) True Grit
39 posted on 12/29/2004 3:12:41 PM PST by SoDak (home of Senator John Thune)
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To: pissant

OK, just to be a smart aleck...

"Evil Roy Slade"!


40 posted on 12/29/2004 3:12:48 PM PST by RosieCotton (He is a very shallow critic who cannot see an eternal rebel in the heart of a conservative. - GKC)
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To: BibChr
I was going to ping you to this thread, and here you are ahead of me!

How could one not love it? Just a great movie!

It is, even if it is a remake of an even better film, The Seven Samurai.

41 posted on 12/29/2004 3:12:51 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: pissant

I think when he mentioned a remake of "High Plains Drifter" he meant to say "Pale Rider" which was the Eastwood directed version of this plot line.

I agree with including Blazing Saddles along with another classic that many people don't realize was made tongue-in-cheek - "Once Upon a Time in the West" - with a stellar cast and a send-up of just about every conceivable western cliche.


42 posted on 12/29/2004 3:13:31 PM PST by shibumi ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - John Galt)
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To: Clemenza

I can recommend several excellent places for grub, if you are interested. And if you are a beer or wine drinker, Seattle can't be beat.


43 posted on 12/29/2004 3:14:35 PM PST by pissant
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To: pissant; cripplecreek

Yes, "Tombstone," definitely. A terrific film! While not exactly historically accurate, neither are a lot of Westerns.


44 posted on 12/29/2004 3:15:33 PM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Stupid grandma leaver-outers!"--Tom Servo)
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To: shibumi

"Head them off at the pass? I hate that cliche." BLAM!


45 posted on 12/29/2004 3:15:52 PM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: pissant

Please let me know. The places in Belltown are AWFUL!


46 posted on 12/29/2004 3:16:03 PM PST by Clemenza (That'll be the day!!! --- Ethan Edwards)
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To: William Terrell

yeah, agree on that, it's a terrible flick...

Fort Apache--Henry Fonda
ANY one with John Wayne.


47 posted on 12/29/2004 3:16:10 PM PST by GRRRRR (My Favorite Christmas Carols: "O Holy Night" and "Little Drummer Boy"...)
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To: SoDak

Hard not to throw all the rest of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood westerns in there too, along with The Magnificent 7. I have all these on DVD.


48 posted on 12/29/2004 3:16:17 PM PST by SoDak (home of Senator John Thune)
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To: shibumi; pissant

I just reread and realized I was not clear in my previous post. Pale Rider is a remake of High Plains Drifter, and the original list mistakenly has The Outlaw Josey Wales as the remake. It's a completely different story.


49 posted on 12/29/2004 3:18:01 PM PST by shibumi ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - John Galt)
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To: pissant
The best western book ever is "Outlaw" by Warren Kiefer.

It would make a great movie.
50 posted on 12/29/2004 3:18:07 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("SAK")
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