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Hi I am called Yoda1978 I am really just an average movie watcher and goer from a small town in West Virginia. I like to make lists on all type of things when it comes to movies. I will post in my opinion best westerns and I also think its a crime it is seen as a B movie things these days. Its breaks the heart the era of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood and Gary Cooper is not more respected. Hugh Jackman or Robert Downey Jr would Look Good in a Western Setting. Anyways I will start with 15 till get to my Number One Film. Anyone is welcome to post there own list or comment on some of the films listed.15

15 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

14 She Wore A Yellow Ribbon

13 Dances With Wolves

12 Chisum

11 Pale Rider

10 The Outlaw Josey Wales

09 Blazing Saddles

08 Hang Em High

07 The Wild Bunch

06 High Noon

05 How The West Was Won

04 The Good The Bad and The Ugly

03 El Dorado

02 The Searchers

01 Rio Bravo

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Here's the list I compiled in another thread on the same general subject:

Top 20 Favorite Westerns    (pre-1970)

  1. Once Upon a Time in the West
  2. The Wild Bunch
  3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  4. The Magnificent Seven
  5. The Searchers
  6. Stagecoach
  7. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  8. Red River
  9. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
  10. The Great Silence
  11. The Professionals
  12. My Darling Clementine
  13. Rio Bravo
  14. High Noon
  15. Shane
  16. Ride the High Country
  17. Winchester '73
  18. Django
  19. The Westerner
  20. 3:10 to Yuma (1957)

 

Top 20 Favorite Westerns  (1970 to present)

  1. Unforgiven
  2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  3. The Long Riders
  4. Little Big Man
  5. High Plains Drifter
  6. The Outlaw Josey Wales
  7. Tombstone
  8. 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
  9. Dead Man
  10. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  11. Three Amigos
  12. Blazing Saddles
  13. The Proposition
  14. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
  15. Ravenous
  16. Pale Rider
  17. The Missouri Breaks
  18. Bone Tomahawk
  19. Appaloosa (2008)
  20. Jeremiah Johnson
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Rather than repeat some of the fine films like The Searchers, High Noon, Shane, My Darling Clementine, Stagecoach, and 3:10 to Yuma, I'll pick 15 worthy films not yet mentioned:

1. Day of the Outlaw

2. Ride Lonesome

3. The Naked Spur

4. Warlock

5. The Ox-Bow Incident

6. Man of the West

7. The Big Sky

8. The Big Country

9. Westward the Women

10. Vera Cruz

11. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

12. The Hanging Tree

13. Silver River

14. Devil's Doorway

15. The Left-Handed Gun

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Here is my 15 favorite from the Studio-Era:

  1. Shane
  2. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
  3. The Magnificent Seven
  4. The Searchers
  5. Stagecoach
  6. Red River
  7. Dodge City
  8. Ride the High Country
  9. Winchester '73
  10. The Gunfighter 
  11. The Big Country 
  12. El Dorado
  13. High Noon
  14. The Westerner
  15. 3:10 to Yuma

 

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been thinkin about the big country last few days and I think Heston was miscast as jim leach. he's wasted because he's not nearly the main character and for him to have picked a role that puts hin in the background after starring in DeMille's greatest film The Ten Commandments I think was a mistake.

I doan like the film and I doan like carroll baker and McKay made too much of an issue outta tryng to prove whatta paragon of virtue he is.

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15 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

been thinkin about the big country last few days and I think Heston was miscast as jim leach. he's wasted because he's not nearly the main character and for him to have picked a role that puts hin in the background after starring in DeMille's greatest film The Ten Commandments I think was a mistake.

I doan like the film and I doan like carroll baker and McKay made too much of an issue outta tryng to prove whatta paragon of virtue he is.

Nipkow, your avatar is among my favs on these forums   Speaking of lee Marvin, AFI rane4d CAT BALLOU among Hollywoods Best Westerns?   Loved that since i was 6 though & would actually pour water on my face to stay awake to watch it coming on tv!

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You hit a marvelously popular tcm nerve with WESTERNS on here

 

Just love to throw mine in as usual

 

1. SEARCHERS-(took decades to finally get it's due)

2. SHANE

3. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (& my fav score)

4. UNFORGIVEN (l992)

5. gotta include the magnificent LONESOME DOVE (l989) even though it was a tv mini-series)

6. THE WILD BUNCH

7. RED RIVER

8. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE-(close for me & #7)

9. HIGH NOON

l0th MY DARLING CLEMENTINE

& RUNNER-UP>

STAGECOACH (l939)

ALSO  RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY

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15 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

great lists yoda78 because you recognize that duke and clint are at the top of their genre.

Large print on canvas of Legendary John Wayne

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What about Audie Murphy & Tim Holt at RKO for awhile?

Just playin of course

 

Eastwood's A #1 idol is COOPER!

 

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Sure we all can run into millennials,etc that never heard of him & especially Gary Cooper

 

My mom weeks back had to explain to some person who Bob Hope was as an example, that damn pat answer comes out of people "That Was Before My Time" unquote

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3 hours ago, kingrat said:

Rather than repeat some of the fine films like The Searchers, High Noon, Shane, My Darling Clementine, Stagecoach, and 3:10 to Yuma, I'll pick 15 worthy films not yet mentioned:

1. Day of the Outlaw

2. Ride Lonesome

3. The Naked Spur

4. Warlock

5. The Ox-Bow Incident

6. Man of the West

7. The Big Sky

8. The Big Country

9. Westward the Women

10. Vera Cruz

11. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

12. The Hanging Tree

13. Silver River

14. Devil's Doorway

15. The Left-Handed Gun

I love-love-love the fact you put DAY OF THE OUTLAW at the top of your list. It's a magnificent western noir. 

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I realized I forgot Unforgiven long after i made the thread and the post. I also loved a mini series Lonesome Dove and Lonesome Dove 2 and Dead Mans Walk. But they are considered mini series and not movies.

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3 hours ago, spence said:

What about Audie Murphy & Tim Holt at RKO for awhile?

Just playin of course

 

Eastwood's A #1 idol is COOPER!

 

duke didn't like clint's rape scene in high plains drifter so clint kinda holds it against him a little.

personally I wish duke had been a little more accommodating torwards clint since clint was respectful of him.

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I'd go....

1. Tie Between, The Good The bad And The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West, (it depends on my mood)
2. The Searchers
3. Hombre
4. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
5. The Wild Bunch
6. 3:10 To Yuma (original)
7. Man Of The West
8. The Tall T
9. Red River
10. My Darling Clementine
11. For A Few Dollars More
12. Rawhide
13. The Oxbow Incident
14. Yellow Sky
15. Rio Conchos

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Kinda hard to limit this to 15 or even 20, and in some cases(like SHANE and PALE RIDER) you have two versions of the same story.  ;) 

But out side of those two if I HAVE to limit, I'll put---

Hell's Heroes('30)

STAGECOACH('39)

THE OX BOW INCIDENT('43)

JESSE JAMES('39)

RED RIVER( '48)

FORT APACHE9'48)

WINCHESTER '73('50)

THE GUNFIGHTER('50)

HIGH NOON('52)

RIO BRAVO('59)

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN('60)

ONE EYED JACKS('61)

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE('62)

THE SEVEN FACES OF DR. LAO('64)  ;) 

CAT BALLOU ('65)

CHUKA('67)

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST('68)

HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER('73)

THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES('74)

UNFORGIVEN('92)

TOMBSTONE('93)

But of course, there are more that I like, it's all a matter of how much comparatively.  ;) 

Sepiatone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Westerner (1940)

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They Died With Their Boots On (1941)

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Red River (1948)

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The Gunfighter (1950)

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High Noon (1952)

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Shane (1953)

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Hondo (1953)

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The Searchers (1956)

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The Big Country (1958)

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The Hanging Tree (1959)

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Rio Bravo (1959)

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The Professionals (1966)

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The Wild Bunch (1969)

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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The Shootist (1976)

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I need to see The Gunfighter again. I watched it once about 15 years ago or so, and while I thought it was good, it didn't leave any kind of great impression with me. In the years since I've often seen it listed among the best westerns, though, so perhaps I undervalued it. 

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40 minutes ago, TomJH said:

The Westerner (1940)

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They Died With Their Boots On (1941)

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Red River (1948)

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The Gunfighter (1950)

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High Noon (1952)

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Shane (1953)

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Hondo (1953)

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The Searchers (1956)

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The Big Country (1958)

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The Hanging Tree (1959)

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Rio Bravo (1959)

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The Professionals (1966)

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The Wild Bunch (1969)

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

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The Shootist (1976)

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Ebert & Siskel loved THE PROFESSIONALS when it 1st came out on video late '80's   & to me that's the role THE DUKE shoulda won his Academy Award for THE SHOOTIST  Peter Finch was brilliant in NETWORK, but more a supporting role

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1. The Searchers

2. The Magnificent Seven

3. High Noon

4. Red River

5. The Big Country

6. Little Big Man

7. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

8. Shane

9. Rio Bravo

10. Ride The High Country

11. Nevada Smith

12. Forty Guns

13. The Furies

14. The Unforgiven ( Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Gish)

15. Duel In The Sun

Yikes, Forgot Johnny Guitar! love  that one and my boy Tyrone in Jesse James. Love  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, Hang "Em High, The Naked Spur, The Wild Bunch, they'd be listed, they're also favorites.  I know I'm forgetting some to add. Order depends on my mood but The Searchers will always be #1 with me. Anyone from NY remember Cimarron City in Monticello, NY ?  it was an Amusement Park that was based on Cimarron  and was opened when I was a kid.

 

 

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1 hour ago, lavenderblue19 said:

10. Ride The High Country

 

 

One of my favourite lines of dialogue from any western, beautifully capturing the character of its speaker

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"All I want is to enter my house justified."

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4 minutes ago, TomJH said:

One of my favourite lines of dialogue from any western, beautifully capturing the character its speaker

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"All I want is to enter my house justified."

Tom, Ride The High Country is a beautiful film. Loved seeing an older Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea together. Besides being such a good western, it's a very touching film, it's a favorite :)

 

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15 minutes ago, TomJH said:

One of my favourite lines of dialogue from any western, beautifully capturing the character its speaker

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"All I want is to enter my house justified."

INCREDIBLE & Not as well known as most?

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