Y’all know (or should) that westerns are my favorite genre, so this post was long overdue.
~The Magnificent Seven (1960) – Are you surprised? My favorite movie, my favorite western, and it’s perfection in almost every way. And the score is worth a listen or two, even if you’ve never watched the film.
~3:10 to Yuma (1957) – A tense, gripping western with a great cast and a great ending. Love it!
~The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) – Sitting through over three hours of three guys fighting over some treasure might not be everyone’s idea of epic, but it’s mine. You’ve heard the theme song a million times…now it’s time to watch the movie that goes with it. #thatshowdownthough
~High Noon (1952) – Gary Cooper’s performance alone makes High Noon a film you need to see, whether you enjoy westerns or not. Come to think of it, several of the movies on this list live up to the ‘great movies, not just great westerns’ thing.
~Rio Bravo (1959) – My newest favorite. Dude is easily my favorite character, but almost all them are likable, in one way or another. And the music! The songs that Dude and Colorado (and Stumpy) sing, of course, but also that eerie Mexican tune that was played at the Alamo… *shivers* I dig it.
~True Grit (2010) – Haven’t seen this one in a while because my family misplaced our DVD. But Jeff Bridges is the BOSS. Not to mention Hailee Steinfeld. Overall, the film is a carefully crafted masterpiece from beginning to end, and I love the soundtrack so much that I now own the CD (very rare for me).
~Hidalgo (2004) -A western set (mostly) in Arabia. It’s a unique concept and one that this film pulls off exceptionally well. Hidalgo is a rich, vivid experience, with an addictive ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ feel to it. “Let ‘er buck!”
~The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) -I’ve praised this movie before in my review, so I’ll leave you with a link.
Do you spot any favorite westerns on this list? What are some of your favorite westerns?