Best Westerns...errr Favorite Westerns

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  1. tele salivas

    tele salivas Poster Extraordinaire

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    Last night I watched 1992's The Unforgiven, which a lot of folks reckon is one of the best westerns ever shot. I don't know about that, but its damn fine!

    The "squaw who wont stop squawking in The Outlaw Josey Wales makes an appearance as Ned's (Morgan Freeman's) silent wife, Skinny Pete is one of the gang of men Eastwood's character and the town battle in High Plains Drifter and the Schofield Kid is reminiscent of the kid who gets killed in the The Outlaw Josey Wales.

    I venture there are other little nods to Eastwood's volume of western works. Gene Hackman as Little Bill and Richard Harris as English Bob(who my cat is named after) take excellent turns.

    But this is only one of many great Westerns out there, I reckon.

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    Oh, yeah, these are all great.

    My initial reaction to "Favorite Westerns" was to think of the old TV westerns. I think those were on the air before I remember watching TV. I didn't care for them at all, especially for their preachy morality tales that always included bloodshed. I was also really bothered by shows shot in video on soundstages. Of course, I didn't know anything about the technology, but something about the atmosphere seemed cramped and claustrophobic.

    I was reading the newspaper from a young age, and remember being hit by a ton of bricks when I read that Ward Bond, of Wagon Train, had died of a heart attack. I knew that the newspaper was about the real world, while tv shows were not. So, reading about his death apart from the show that he was in really drove the point home that dead is dead.
     
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    Vortexan Friend of Leo's

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    I keep a cabinet full of DVDs for a rainy day and my western part of the collection is my pride and joy. The Outlaw Josey Wales is my all time favorite.
     
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    High Plains Drifter. Great movie, freaky as hell.
     
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    The good, the bad, the ugly
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    Did clint make a bad western?
     
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    I don't think so


    There are a lot of great westerns, we watched High Noon a few days ago. Gary Cooper is pretty good in that one;)
     
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    High Noon
     
  8. tele salivas

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    Eastwood painted the sign himself.
     
  9. tele salivas

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    One of the greats I haven't seen yet, is Shane. Might have to check that out this week.
     
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    Shane is a good one
     
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    As far as TV goes:
    Lonesome Dove
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    There's not much to go wrong when Clint Eastwood or Robert Duvall are lead stars in your western.
     
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    Yeah, Clint's westerns top the list and are my favorite. But The Cowboys, The Sons of Katie Elder and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance are right up there too.
     
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    There's lots of great John Wayne and Clint Eastwood westerns but I think I'm most partial to Silverado and Open Range.
     
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    Actually too many to list, but these are some that I mentioned in a similar thread back in 2009, and I pretty much stand by it today.

    Films:

    Shane
    Ride The High Country
    High Plains Drifter
    Hour Of The Gun
    Rio Bravo
    The Dollar Trilogy
    Junior Bonner (contemporary Rodeo Western)

    TV mini series:

    The Sacketts
    The Shadow Riders

    TV series (long):

    The Macahans/How the West Was Won
    The Magnificent Seven
     
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    A brace of Brando:
    One-eyed Jacks & The Missouri Breaks
     
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    The Professionals, Big Jake, Red River, Tombstone, Man From Laramie all are go-to's. A lot of Randolph Scott's movies are great, too. And as an aside I recently read that Glen Ford did all his own quick draw scenes because he was really that fast.
     
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    Those are some interesting observations. Clint also had an offscreen relationship with Strawberry Alice, Frances Fisher, same as he did with Sondra Locke. Seems like he used to get involved with his female costars back then.
     
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    My top three................................................

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence

    Open Range

    Shane
     
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    Can't believe "The Searchers" with John Wayne hasn't been mentioned yet.
    Great western and it inspired Buddy Holly to write "That'll be the Day".

     
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