No film connoisseur should be forced to forgo these 10 best B Western movies. We've compiled a list of the films that defined a crucial period of American history for a whole generation of people too lazy to check out the inside of a history book. Besides, textbooks are overrated and these hard-hitting films are much more interesting.
- "Savage Guns" (1961) When a former war hero tries to forsake violence forever and live out his remaining days on his farm, he runs into more trouble than he bargained for. This first spaghetti western may be slow, but it ushered in a completely new era of filmmaking, establishing many of the genre standards filmgoers came to expect.
- "Any Gun Can Play" (1967) With a release tagline like "Draw first or eat dust!" you know that this western is going to put it's money where its mouth is. The $1 million gold shipment train robbery plot may have been done before, but a high body count, oddly poetic philosophical quips from various characters and a bounty hunter known only as the Stranger promise to make this a great among spaghetti westerns.
- "Once Upon A Time in The West" (1968) When a ruthless railroad company assassin tries to off a widow for her land, she has little hope but to turn to the most unlikely pair for protection. With a harmonica playing drifter and a well-known desperado on her side, she may make it through alive. This uncharacteristically emotional Sergio Leone classic helped rewrite the Western genre.
- "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" (1966) Three gunslingers (the Good, the Bad and the Ugly) chase after a hidden cache of gold stored in a cemetery. This brilliant movie slowly unfolds through a twisted plot line full of evil villains and a now famous Clint Eastwood. As soon as you start watching this one, you'll recognize the Enrico Morricone score.
- "Kill Them All and Come Back Alone" (1968) A Confederate prisoner tries to steal Union gold from the prison camp. His escape is hindered by treachery and good ole' double-crossing varmints. Notable for its complete lack of female characters and extremely high levels of testosterone-fueled violence.
- "Navajo Joe" (1966) While Burt Reynolds as the eponymous title character may have indeed distanced himself from this film, it is nonetheless a classic. A tale of revenge following a bloody massacre by a certifiable psychopath.
- "High Noon" (1952) It's pretty hard to be a marshall in the nearly lawless Wild West, but it doesn't get any easier when the town you're in charge of is full of yellow-bellied cowards. One man has to fight to the death on his wedding day to prevent a criminal he sent to prison from exacting his revenge along with his wicked gang.
- "Death Rides a Horse" (1967) A great revenge movie where a child who witnesses his family being murdered grows up and seeks retribution. During this time he teams up with one of the gang members who was double crossed by the others,and now seeks his own revenge.
- "Blindman" (1971) A great take on the lone vigilante genre, this western stars Tony Anthony as a blind gunman in the style of Zatoichi the samurai. When he is tasked to transport mail order brides, his business partners betray him and he has to travel to Mexico to recover them. Although a blind, horse riding gunslinger may not be all that believable, great execution, lots of naked women and a cameo appearance by Ringo Starr pretty well make up for any faults this movie has.
- "A Bullet for the General" (1966) One of the earlier movies set against the backdrop of the Mexican revolution, this violent film has some major double-crosses. When bandits decide to rob a train to sell the arms they find to revolutionaries, they are helped by an unassuming passenger. The bandit leader takes a liking to the fellow, unaware that he is actually an assassin sent by the Mexican government.
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