Your Movie Recommendations Please: Westerns

My fellow Ricocheteers:

I would like your recommendations for good Westerns. It’s never been a genre that I’ve been interested in, and so my education regarding Westerns is sorely lacking. As we settle in for the Winter I imagine that an inordinate amount of time will be spent in front of the television.

I recently watched The Searchers, and enjoyed it far more than I expected. But before I go wasting my time on sub-par Westerns . . . I thought I would ask the assembled Ricotarians fo…

  1. Casey

    The Good, The Bad and the Ugly 

  2. Herkybird

    A couple of John Wayne classics” “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” and “The Shootist.”

  3. DrewInWisconsin
    Casey: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly  · Dec 9 at 1:01pm

    Ironically, I originally noted how I couldn’t make it through ten minutes of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but then edited out that line.

    So here it is again.

  4. flownover

    Comic westerns:

    Cat Ballou, Support Your Local Sheriff, Cheyenne Social Club

    Post-Modern  Westerns:

    Little Big Man , Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean , Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid , The Wild Bunch

  5. Kelly B

    I loved the new version of True Grit; my husband prefers the old one.  Good story, either way.

    Total guilty pleasure for me was Cowboys and Aliens - it may not be to everyone’s taste.

  6. Annefy

    Lonesome Dove (a mini series, so it’s good for a couple of sittings)

    Open Range

    High Noon

  7. Casey
    DrewInWisconsin

    Casey: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly  · Dec 9 at 1:01pm

    Ironically, I originally noted how I couldn’t make it through ten minutes of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but then edited out that line.

    So here it is again. · Dec 9 at 1:08pm

    That is ridiculous!  Anything Eastwood is awesome.

    Tombstone is good too.

  8. DrewInWisconsin
    Casey

    DrewInWisconsin

    Casey: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly  · Dec 9 at 1:01pm

    Ironically, I originally noted how I couldn’t make it through ten minutes of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but then edited out that line.

    So here it is again. · Dec 9 at 1:08pm

    That is ridiculous!  Anything Eastwood is awesome.

    Tombstone is good too. · Dec 9 at 1:21pm

    Ah, thanks for reminding me. I saw Tombstone when it originally came out. I HATED IT.

    Granted, it had Val Kilmer in it, and that probably had something to do with my loathing. I should probably watch it again just to see if I still loathe it as much.

  9. EJHill

    Just two words: John Ford. Nobody did the genre better, one of the golden age’s great directors.

  10. tabula rasa

    High Noon.  Best ever.

  11. Illiniguy

    High Noon, John Ford’s Cavalry Trilogy (Ft. Apache, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Rio Grande), McLintock!, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Ox-Bow Incident, Stagecoach, Red River (OK, I’m a big John Wayne fan) and for fun, City Slickers, because I’m absolutely in love with Helen Slater

  12. Frozen Chosen

     An underrated but very good western is Will Penny starring an older Charleton Heston in one of his best acting performances ever.  It is the most authentic western I’ve ever seen and has a realistic ending.  If you prefer authentic over stylized westerns this little gem is for you.

  13. John Marzan

    Meek’s Cutoff.

  14. Casey
    DrewInWisconsin

    Casey

    DrewInWisconsin

    Casey: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly  · Dec 9 at 1:01pm

    Ironically, I originally noted how I couldn’t make it through ten minutes of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but then edited out that line.

    So here it is again. · Dec 9 at 1:08pm

    That is ridiculous!  Anything Eastwood is awesome.

    Tombstone is good too. · Dec 9 at 1:21pm

    Ah, thanks for reminding me. I saw Tombstone when it originally came out. I HATED IT.

    Granted, it had Val Kilmer in it, and that probably had something to do with my loathing. I should probably watch it again just to see if I still loathe it as much. · Dec 9 at 1:27pm

    Guess I’m not much help in the movie department…. try this song recommendation.

  15. C. U. Douglas

    Okay!  Movies is my life!  So here’s some of my favorite Westerns:

    True Grit (original) — One of my favorites, not just for story and character, but also having one of the best movie scenes of all time.

    Silverado — 80′s film with Danny Glover and Kevin Costner.

    Once Upon a Time in the West — Starring Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson.  Infamous in casting Fonda as the villain.  Scenes were cut out from the first telecast as it was felt people wouldn’t be able to deal with Fonda being so evil.

    High Noon — Classic, all the action takes place in the last fifteen minutes of the film.  The rest is the slow build up to that, the increasing tensions, and growing frustration as Gary Cooper is refused by all the townsfolk who once praised him.

    The Quick and the Dead — Probably the most shallow on my list, still a good film directed by Sam Raimi and a great cast.

  16. Instugator

    Tabula has it right.

    tabula rasa: High Noon.  Best ever. · Dec 9 at 1:51pm

    Although CU also had most of my list too.

    C. U. Douglas: Okay!  Movies is my life!  So here’s some of my favorite Westerns:

    True Grit (original) — One of my favorites, not just for story and character, but also having one of the best movie scenes of all time.

    Silverado

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    High Noon

    The Quick and the Dead – 

    I like the new True Grit so much I got the book on Audible.

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is one you have to pay close attention too, but awesome.

    I would add The Outlaw Josey Wales, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and Pale Rider. (High Plains Drifter is a bit much at times.)

    Some of the Tom Selleck movies (Quigley Down Under and Monte Walsh) are pretty good as well.

  17. Instugator
    Casey

    DrewInWisconsin

    Casey: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly  · Dec 9 at 1:01pm

    Ironically, I originally noted how I couldn’t make it through ten minutes of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, but then edited out that line.

    So here it is again. · Dec 9 at 1:08pm

    That is ridiculous!  Anything Eastwood is awesome.

    Tombstone is good too. · Dec 9 at 1:21pm

    Hated Tombstone, loved Wyatt Earp.

  18. mesquito

     The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. 

    Anything directed by John Ford.

    Lonesome Dove, if you’ve got the time.

  19. Glenn the Iconoclast

    I’ve seen The Ox-Bow Incident 19 times.  It stinks on ice.

    I enjoy the spaghetti westerns.

    For comedy westerns, the Trinity series is variably good.

  20. Mama Toad

    No one’s mentioned Unforgiven? I loved it… as well as most of these movies mentioned above. Outlaw Josie Wales especially. Is Lonesome Dove the book better, or the movie? (I vote for the book…but am willing to be persuaded.)

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