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What are your top 5 favorite Westerns of all time


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These guys are hitting on mine. Trying to keep it to five and in no particular order; *Gunfight at the O.K. Corral*, *Winchester 73*, *Broken Lance*, *She Wore A Yellow Ribbon*, *El Dorado* or *Rio Bravo*


Edited by: mrroberts on Mar 24, 2011 5:37 PM


Edited by: mrroberts on Mar 24, 2011 5:38 PM


Edited by: mrroberts on Mar 24, 2011 5:38 PM

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Only five? OK, here goes:


Gunfight at the OK Corral

Last Train from Gun Hill

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

The Big Country

The Magnificent Seven


I'm glad my favorite, OK Corral, rates so high with so many folks. The acting, scenery, music, and costumes are all first rate but it's the story by Leon "Exodus" Uris that sets it apart. Family bonds, both good and bad, the meaning of friendship and justice, and moral dilemmas all mix in a plot that keeps you watching.

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Thank you, I had no idea. I just start chiming in when I think I have something to say and hope other the other posters think so too. I really enjoy it and have learned a lot in these past 16 months. I'll keep at it as long as I'm wanted.

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Top 5, well no surprises here, well maybe:


*The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance*

*The Searchers*

*She Wore a Yellow Ribbon*

*The Wild Bunch*

*Ride the High Country*


Incredibly Honorable Mention:


*Fort Apache*

*The Big Trail*

*Hell's Hinges*

*Red River*

*Three Godfathers*

*Once Upon a Time in the West*

*Dances with Wolves*

*Silverado* (yeah, it has flaws but it's a rousing tale)



As always, in no particular order except the top two of the original list.

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My next 5 are some rarely mentioned:

"Distant Drums"

"From Hell to Texas"

"The Iron Horse"

"The Professionals"

"The Gunfighter"


The next 5:


"Bite the Bullet"

"Comanche Station"

"Colorado Territory"

"Blood on the Moon"

"The Tall T"

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Once Upon A Time In The West

Rio Lobo

El Dorado

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The Magnificent Seven


Next 5


The Horse Soldiers


Gunfight at The OK Corral

The Searchers

High Plains Drifter


I like all westerns, including B movies.

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High Noon (1952)

Fort Apache (1948)

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Shane (1953)

Dances with Wolves (1990)




The Horse Soldiers (1959)

Pale Rider (1985)

The Night of the Grizzly (1966)

Quigley Down Under (1990)

Warlock (1959)




I would probably pick 3 out of the 10 different tomorrow

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The Searchers

Winchester 73

Seven Men From Now

Rise Lonesome


Next Five:

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

For a Few Dollars More

The Magnificent Seven

The Professionals

The Outlaw Josey Wales

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Wagon Master


The Searchers


3 Bad Men




Westward the Women






Fort Apache


Devil's Doorway


The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance


Go West Young Lady (Hey, they can't all be genius)


The Wild Bunch




Ride the High Country


Destry Rides Again


Rio Grande


Hell's Hinges


The Big Trail




Broken Arrow


Decision at Sundown

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1, Shane...the nuances with the different characters...and the ending: Good conquers evil by pure unadulterated violence by a man who had the inner being to carry it out or maybe fate...


2. The Hanging Tree...This is the most underrated Western that exists...Daves' direction with pace and crescendo is unmatched....Coop's best performance and the essence of time and place is beautifully portrayed in this movie by a very underrated director Daves.


3. The Searchers...The Duke, my favorite, as a man of complex motives...not necessarily dark but a man who must live in his time and place and do what he believes is riight...and he was right


4. Red River....maybe Duke's best movie if the ending were better...


5. High Noon...



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Gosh! 'd love to talk about it and see what people have to say about it. I'll have to watch it again soon! I've only seen it once, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought it was such a spin on the traditional cowboy story. It was a real mind blower for me.

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My five favorite Westerns are:


1972 The Culpepper Cattle Company

1993 Tombstone

1969 True Grit (I haven't yet seen the remake. I also liked the novel.)

1966 Nevada Smith

1970 Rio Lobo


Next five:


1940 The Westerner

1970 Little Big Man

1958 Rio Bravo

1965 The Sons of Katie Elder

1959 The Horse Soldiers

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If you liked the novel "True Grit" by Charles Portis, then you should really like the remake produced in 2010. The new film is not really so much a remake as a fresh retelling of the original story with the focus on the young Mattie Ross. An excellent film as far as I am concerned.

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My 5 favorite westerns of all time:


5. They Came To Cordura

4. The Proud Rebel

3. Garden Of Evil

2. The Charge At Feather River

1. River Of No Return


Honorable Mention: duel at silver creek, surrender, guns of fort petticoat, dakota incident, santa fe passage, destry, plainsman and the lady, escort west, jubilee trail, border river, johnny guitar...

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1. The Magnificent Seven

2. The Wild Bunch

3. Jubal

4. The Violent Men (Steiner's score needs to be on CD!)

5. Rio Conchos (FINALLY coming out on DVD this summer!)


I'm putting our a book in a few weeks entitled "Head `Em Off At the Pass! 95 Westerns You Should Watch" It doesn't rank the films - - - as a matter of fact, in the introduction, I mention why particulart ones aren't in the book - - - but certain ones are listed for their 'watchability.'

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Without examining anyone else's previous replies, I might arrange mine like this:

  1. Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone)
  2. The Wild Bunch (William Holden, Ernest Borgnine)
  3. The Westerner (Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan)
  4. My Darling Clementine (Henry Fonda)
  5. The Ox-Bow Incident (Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn)


alternate five:

  1. The Magnificent Seven (Brynner, McQueen)
  2. The Big Country (Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons)
  3. Shane (George Stevens)
  4. Stagecoach (John Wayne)
  5. The Searchers (John Wayne)


but I'd still have these leftover :huh:

"Hombre" (Paul Newman)

"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (Leone)

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