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15 Favourite Westerns

15 Favourite Westerns

My 15 favourite westerns as of June 2017. Ordered roughly by preference, although I like most of them equally.

The Hateful Eight

Release Date 2015
Rating : 7.6 Production Companies: Double Feature Films / The Weinstein Company / Director: Jennifer Jason Leigh / Quentin Tarantino / Stars: Samuel L. Jackson  /  Kurt Russell  /  Jennifer Jason Leigh

Summary: Bounty hunters seek shelter from a raging blizzard and get caught up in a plot of betrayal and deception.

True Grit

Release Date 1969
Rating : 7.3 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / Director: Dennis Hopper / Robert Duvall / Stars: John Wayne  /  Kim Darby  /  Jeremy Slate

Summary: The murder of her father sends a teenage tomboy, Mattie Ross (Kim Darby), on a mission of "justice", which involves avenging her father's death. She recruits a tough old marshal, "Rooster" Cogburn (John Wayne), because he has "grit", and a reputation of getting the job done. The two are joined by a Texas Ranger, La Boeuf (Glen Campbell), who is looking for the same man (Jeff Corey) for a separate murder in Texas. Their odyssey takes them from Fort Smith, Arkansas, deep into the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) to find their man.

For a Few Dollars More

Release Date 1965
Rating : 7.8 Production Companies: Constantin Film Produktion / Produzioni Europee Associati (PEA) / Director: Antonio Molino Rojo / Klaus Kinski / Stars: Clint Eastwood  /  Lee Van Cleef  /  Gian Maria Volonté

Summary: Two bounty hunters are in pursuit of "El Indio," one of the most wanted fugitives in the western territories, and his gang.

Destry Rides Again

Release Date 1939
Rating : 7 Production Companies: Universal Pictures / Director: Vernon Keays / George Marshall / Stars: James Stewart  /  Marlene Dietrich  /  Mischa Auer

Summary: When a tough western town needs taming, the mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff gets the job.

My Darling Clementine

Release Date 1946
Rating : 7.6 Production Companies: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / Director: William Eckhardt / John Ireland / Stars: Henry Fonda  /  Linda Darnell  /  Victor Mature

Summary: Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to stay in Tombstone until James' killers are found. He soon runs into the brooding, coughing, hard-drinking Doc Holliday as well as the sullen and vicious Clanton clan. Wyatt discovers the owner of a trinket stolen from James' dead body and the stage is set for the Earps' long-awaited revenge.

A Fistful of Dollars

Release Date 1964
Rating : 7.6 Production Companies: Constantin Film Produktion / Jolly Film / Director: Mario Caiano / Julio Sempere / Stars: Clint Eastwood  /  Marianne Koch  /  Gian Maria Volonté

Summary: The Man With No Name enters the Mexican village of San Miguel in the midst of a power struggle among the three Rojo brothers and sheriff John Baxter. When a regiment of Mexican soldiers bearing gold intended to pay for new weapons is waylaid by the Rojo brothers, the stranger inserts himself into the middle of the long-simmering battle, selling false information to both sides for his own benefit.

Django Unchained

Release Date 2012
Rating : 7.8 Production Companies: Columbia Pictures / The Weinstein Company / Director: Tom Savini / Quentin Tarantino / Stars: Jamie Foxx  /  Christoph Waltz  /  Leonardo DiCaprio

Summary: With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

The Good, The Bad, The Weird

Release Date 2008
Rating : 7 Production Companies: Cineclick Asia / CJ Entertainment / Director: Kim Jee-woon / Stars: Song Kang-ho  /  Lee Byung-hun  /  Jung Woo-Sung

Summary: The story of three Korean outlaws in 1930s Manchuria and their dealings with the Japanese army and Chinese and Russian bandits. The Good (a Bounty hunter), the Bad (a hitman), and the Weird (a thief) battle the army and the bandits in a race to use a treasure map to uncover the riches of legend.

Red Sun

Release Date 1971
Rating : 6.9 Production Companies: Director: Alain Delon / Terence Young / Stars: Charles Bronson  /  Ursula Andress  /  Toshirō Mifune

Summary: An ancient Japanese sword is robbed by gangsters from the Japanese ambassador while he is traveling through west America. The embassador's bodyguard, a samurai, goes after them with the help of one of the gang leaders who was betrayed by his fellows.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Release Date 1969
Rating : 7.3 Production Companies: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / Campanile Productions / Director: Robert Redford / Paul Newman / Stars: Paul Newman  /  Robert Redford  /  Katharine Ross

Summary: In late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy is the affable, clever, talkative leader of the outlaw Hole in the Wall Gang. His closest companion is the laconic dead-shot "Sundance Kid". As the west rapidly becomes civilized, the law finally catches up to Butch, Sundance and their gang. Chased doggedly by a special posse, the two decide to make their way to South America in hopes of evading their pursuers once and for all.

Rio Bravo

Release Date 1959
Rating : 7.5 Production Companies: Warner Bros. / Director: Howard Hawks / Paul Helmick / Stars: John Wayne  /  Dean Martin  /  Ricky Nelson

Summary: The sheriff of a small town in southwest Texas must keep custody of a murderer whose brother, a powerful rancher, is trying to help him escape. After a friend is killed trying to muster support for him, he and his deputies - a disgraced drunk and a cantankerous old cripple - must find a way to hold out against the rancher's hired guns until the marshal arrives. In the meantime, matters are complicated by the presence of a young gunslinger - and a mysterious beauty who just came in on the last stagecoach.

Once Upon a Time in the West

Release Date 1968
Rating : 8 Production Companies: Paramount Pictures / Rafran Cinematografica / Director: Sergio Leone / Stars: Henry Fonda  /  Claudia Cardinale  /  Jason Robards

Summary: This classic western masterpiece is an epic film about a widow whose land and life are in danger as the railroad is getting closer and closer to taking them over. A mysterious harmonica player joins forces with a desperado to protect the woman and her land.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Release Date 1966
Rating : 8.1 Production Companies: United Artists / Constantin Film Produktion / Director: Antonio Molino Rojo / Clint Eastwood / Stars: Eli Wallach  /  Clint Eastwood  /  Lee Van Cleef

Summary: While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.

Blazing Saddles

Release Date 1974
Rating : 7.2 Production Companies: Crossbow Productions / Director: Mel Brooks / Gene Wilder / Stars: Cleavon Little  /  Gene Wilder  /  Harvey Korman

Summary: A town – where everyone seems to be named Johnson – is in the way of the railroad and, in order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar, a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor, so Hedley convinces him to send the town the first black sheriff in the west.

The Cheyenne Social Club

Release Date 1970
Rating : 6 Production Companies: National General Pictures / Director: Gene Kelly / Stars: James Stewart  /  Henry Fonda  /  Shirley Jones

Summary: Two cowboys inherit a "social club" specializing in satisfying men.