A couple of the blogs I follow have been focusing on movies of late,. As such I thought I’d compile a list of my favorite westerns - just for giggles. – so off we go. There are some missing classics that easily make my top 20 but these are my favorite 10:
10. Silverado – not a truly great movie but it makes the list because it came at a time when westers were not being made and jump started the genre again. Plus, it has arguably one of the best movie themes ever made –
9. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef – nuf said. Also a great theme – coincidence???
8. Outlaw Josey Wales – classic Eastwood
7. The Wild Bunch – this one put the shoot in shoot ‘em up – great cast, Sam Peckinpah directing – who could ask for anything more?
6. Tie – She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Horse Soldiers – classic Duke westerns –
4. The Searchers – early proof Wayne was a vastly underrated actor – a darker portrayal, excellent in every respect
3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – quintessential buddy pic set as a western
2. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Duke again with Lee Marvin, Jimmy Stewart – very close to being my fave
1. The Magnificent Seven – everything a great movie should be – inluding again arguably the best western theme ever