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About Western Movies

The Western genre is a group of films set in a very particular place and time-specifically, the American West in the last half of the nineteenth century. These films include the typical "cowboys and Indians" films, with their horses, gunfights, saloons and dusty little towns. The genre also includes more modern Westerns, in which the culture of the Old West is considered in more realistic and nuanced ways, and films set in the contemporary West but written in the spirit of classic Westerns.

Westerns were popular in the silent-film era, but they fell out of favor in the 1930s, when they were seen as low-brow entertainment. By the end of the 1930s, however, some new Westerns-most notably the work of director John Ford-were produced and promoted by the big studios and were able to bring the genre back to mainstream popularity. Ford's work made the dramatic landscape of the West a familiar sight for movie-goers, and the new Western made stars out of actors such as John Wayne.

The Western declined again in the 1960s, but a series of low-budget Western produced in Europe helped to bring about a modest revival of the genre in the late 60s and 1970s. These films, dubbed "Spaghetti Westerns" because of their Italian directors, were violent and gritty, and they are most well-known for giving a significant boost to the careers of actors such as Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson.

Modern Westerns have engaged in a fair amount of genre-mixing. Contemporary Westerns like the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men melds the Western spirit with a crime thriller, and Cowboys and Aliens combines science fiction with a Western-style plot, a tradition dating back to 1973's Westworld. Joss Whedon's Serenity goes a step further, transplanting a very Western-esque story into outer space.

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Quigley Down Under
Quigley Down Under
Django Unchained
Django Unchained
The Legend of Zorro
The Legend of Zorro
Jane Got a Gun
Jane Got a Gun
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Revenant
The Revenant
Hannie Caulder
Hannie Caulder
Rango
Rango
Tombstone
Tombstone
A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson
Old Yeller
Old Yeller
Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
Young Guns
Young Guns
Cowboy Up
Cowboy Up
Shane
Shane
Pale Rider
Pale Rider
The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight
The Mask of Zorro
The Mask of Zorro
Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles
Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy
Tom Horn
Tom Horn
Mackenna's Gold
Mackenna's Gold
The Man from Snowy River
The Man from Snowy River
Man in the Wilderness
Man in the Wilderness
The Cowboy Way
The Cowboy Way
Valdez Is Coming
Valdez Is Coming
Diablo
Diablo
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
A Fistful of Dollars
A Fistful of Dollars
The Searchers
The Searchers
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Hondo
Hondo
Cowboys and Aliens
Cowboys and Aliens
The Homesman
The Homesman
Soldier Blue
Soldier Blue
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
Bad Girls
Bad Girls
The White Buffalo
The White Buffalo
The Long Riders
The Long Riders
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
The Shadow Riders
The Shadow Riders
Paint Your Wagon
Paint Your Wagon
Gang of Roses
Gang of Roses
Dust
Dust
Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in the West
El Dorado
El Dorado
River of No Return
River of No Return
Renegade
Renegade
High Noon
High Noon
True Grit
True Grit
American Outlaws
American Outlaws
The Professionals
The Professionals
The Salvation
The Salvation
Apache Blood
Apache Blood
Triggerman
Triggerman
Jonah Hex
Jonah Hex
True Grit
True Grit
For a Few Dollars More
For a Few Dollars More
American Mustang
American Mustang
A Cold Day in Hell
A Cold Day in Hell
3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma
Open Range
Open Range
Far and Away
Far and Away
Young Guns II
Young Guns II
Lone Wolf McQuade
Lone Wolf McQuade
The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch
Brothers In Arms
Brothers In Arms
Gallowwalkers
Gallowwalkers
All Hat
All Hat
Colt .45
Colt .45
The Cowboys
The Cowboys
Chisum
Chisum
September Dawn
September Dawn
Maverick
Maverick
Cat Ballou
Cat Ballou
Unforgiven
Unforgiven
The Last Rites of Ransom Pride
The Last Rites of Ransom Pride
Appaloosa
Appaloosa
Young Billy Young
Young Billy Young
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Support Your Local Sheriff!
100 Rifles
100 Rifles
Thundering Caravans
Thundering Caravans
The Warrior's Way
The Warrior's Way
Dead Man
Dead Man
Two Mules for Sister Sara
Two Mules for Sister Sara
Hang 'Em High
Hang 'Em High
Flaming Star
Flaming Star
Dove
Dove
Slow West
Slow West
My Name is Nobody
My Name is Nobody
Pharaoh's Army
Pharaoh's Army
Winterhawk
Winterhawk
Hidalgo
Hidalgo
All the Pretty Horses
All the Pretty Horses
Geronimo: An American Legend
Geronimo: An American Legend
The Shootist
The Shootist
Joe Kidd
Joe Kidd
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