10 Best Western Films
They don't make as many Western films as they used to, so choosing the 10 best Western films involves going back in time a bit. But some of those films still stand up well today because of the great acting and compelling stories.
- "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" Hollywood has rarely seen the sort of chemistry Paul Newman and Robert Redford produced together. With "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," these men proved that they could do Westerns, and do them well. The way they combined humor with action and drama is astounding.
- "Dances with Wolves" This Kevin Costner directed film appeals to Civil War buffs, Western film fans, and animal lovers. And there's not another movie in this 10 best Western films that can meet that criteria.
- "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" This Sergio Leone-directed film, which starred Clint Eastwood, is the king of the Spaghetti Western.
- "High Noon" Gary Cooper, as the strong, silent Marshal Will Kane, is brilliant. You could just see the struggle to do the right thing all over his face.
- "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" This John Ford film, which stars John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart, is about a senator who kills an outlaw. It also has an excellent theme song.
- "Once Upon a Time in the West" Also directed by Sergio Leone, this is one of the few Western films that earns the description of epic.
- "The Searchers" This film also takes place at the intersection of the Old West and the Civil War, and matches John Ford's spot on direction with John Wayne's iconic acting.
- "Shane" This George Stevens directed film proves the point that gunfighters never retire.
- "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" John Huston directed this film, which pits the lust for wealth vs. the lust for a woman.
- "Unforgiven" This time, Clint Eastwood directs himself in a Western, which is about, you guessed it, a gunfighter that can't retire.
Posted on: Sep. 09, 2010