This is my personal list of Westerns that I could spend a weekend power watching. And I am just going to warn you now you’re going to see a pattern. And here we go.
8. Open Range
7. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
6. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
This adaption of the Seven Samurai is in my opinion the best version, way superior to the 2016 version of the film.
I get a lot of grief from my relatives and children for liking this movie. But it has classic scenes in it that are a pleasure to watch especially Jack Palance’s role as Jack Wilson. And the story of a gunfighter who is trying to change and hang up his guns only to find out that there are some roads you just can’t come back from and there is a price to pay. Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider was an unofficial remake of Shane.
4. Bite the Bullet
I’ve reviewed this movie before but let me again state this is a classic of men and a woman battling elements, each other, in a horse killing race that shows what loyalty, and friendship means.
3. The Searchers
Another John Ford/John Wayne film where John Wayne plays a man who is so obessed with hatred that he goes to extrordinary lengths to see it through. This is an intense film that deserves to be on any top ten list of Westerns.
There have been a few movies made about the shoot out at the OK corral and the events leading up to it. In my opinion this is the best. With stand out performance by Val Kilmer as the tuberculosis infected Doc Holiday and Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp.
1. El Dorado
This is without a doubt my favorite western movie. I have watched it over twenty times and can quote multiple scenes from the movie much to the chagrin of my wife and children. There is an audible moan when I turn it on. But the interplay between James Can, Robert Mitchum, and John Wayne is well worth the watch alone.
And there you have it my top ten Westerns.