Skip to comments.Top 10 Best Westerns of All Time:
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 its 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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My favs: True grit, El Dorado, and McClintock
The best Duke movie EVER.
good choice. Are you really a seattlite??
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".
Nope, a New Yorker who was transplanted to this hellhole back in June. I just use that tagline to freak people out.
Oh. . .and "Stagecoach" is a real winner too.
ITA, anything with John Wayne is a true western.
I like "They Call Me Trinity", and "Trinity is Still My Name". Terence Hill and Bud Spencer are a great team.
What about "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence"? That's a really great western.
My favorite western is #3, High Noon.
I also like quite a few of the John Wayne ones.
She wore a yellow ribbon.
Just watched Open Range with duval and costner it was
My all time favorite is RED RIVER!
High Noon for me, the true movie of the american spirit. No bravado required, just standing up for what's right.
John Wayne defined the "Western" in America, and The Searchers is the best Western ever.
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