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my favorite westerns
List creator: pbmsf
Created on: July 1, 2004 - 10:22 PM PDT
Description: i've added a few more... the order is still somewhat random

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The Long Riders (1980)
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  this is the first western i remember seeing that includes the influence of the civil war and aftermath on the culture of the wild west and outlaws. brothers as brothers casting, a stroke of genius . usually what i would call my favorite western.
Unforgiven (1992)
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  this is clint eastwood's brilliant answer to all those earlier, heroic/killing-is-what-real-men-do westerns. it often vies for #1 for me. it is absoloutely beautifully done.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
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  look! in this epic film, we see charles bronson, acting! henry fonda, good as a nasty bad guy! and claudia cardinale beautiful, barely hindered by her limited english. excellent, moving ending.
Little Big Man (1970)
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  frankly, a movie that most americans should see. it is a wonder that native americans don't all hate the rest of us.
High Plains Drifter (1973)
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  this was my first clint eastwood spaghetti western, and it is still my favorite. eerie, violent, mythic, stark and beautiful. good post-film discussion starter, too!
The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
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  really well done, and based on a true story. this one does not get enough credit -- or showings!
Blazing Saddles (1974)
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  mel brooks takes on western movies -- and *we* win! ridiculously funny.
High Noon (1952)
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  some say that this is the greatest western. i don't know if i agree with that, but it is great, with our hero having a very real moral quandary.
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
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  this was my favorite as child/teen. there are some very haunting scenes in this one. and i can't think of too many other movies that go o long between any spoken words that aren't old silent movies.
Destry Rides Again (1939)
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  jimmy stewart is wonderful in this atypical anti-gun western. and marlene dietrich is marvelously jaded.
Silverado (1985)
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  this is not the greatest western, but i can't resist it. it is full of familiar faces enjoying themselves. i especially love a young kevin costner's ridiculously exuberant performance.
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
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  this is not a great movie. i like it anyway, at least partly because of the casting: sharon stone as a gunfighter. gene hackman as the bad guy. a very young leo di caprio. and russel crowe as a failed preacher...
Rooster Cogburn (1975)
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  john wayne has met his match in katherine hepburn, and it is delightful. it makes me think of "african queen", which is not a bad thing.
Tumbleweeds (1925)
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Not Rated
  this silent movie contains some of the greatest shots ever copied in other movies -- namely the land rush of the former indian territories in the 1880s. that part is strong enough that i forgive the cheesy melodrama.
Paint Your Wagon (1969)
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  i would call this my western guilty pleasure. even though the two male leads can't sing. i come back to enjoy it again and again...

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