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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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The Revenant
The Revenant
Django Unchained
Django Unchained
The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Tombstone
Tombstone
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles
Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
Old Yeller
Old Yeller
Cowboy Up
Cowboy Up
The Man from Snowy River
The Man from Snowy River
The Cowboy Way
The Cowboy Way
Quigley Down Under
Quigley Down Under
Young Guns
Young Guns
Forsaken
Forsaken
The Shadow Riders
The Shadow Riders
The Searchers
The Searchers
Rango
Rango
A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Million Ways to Die in the West
The Long Riders
The Long Riders
Young Guns II
Young Guns II
Hannie Caulder
Hannie Caulder
Tom Horn
Tom Horn
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Shane
Shane
Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson
The Big Country
The Big Country
Chisum
Chisum
Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in the West
3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma
The Cowboys
The Cowboys
Pale Rider
Pale Rider
All the Pretty Horses
All the Pretty Horses
Little Big Man
Little Big Man
The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch
Jonah Hex
Jonah Hex
Soldier Blue
Soldier Blue
Unforgiven
Unforgiven
Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy
Hondo
Hondo
My Name is Nobody
My Name is Nobody
A Fistful of Dollars
A Fistful of Dollars
Geronimo: An American Legend
Geronimo: An American Legend
Cowboys and Aliens
Cowboys and Aliens
Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
Paint Your Wagon
Paint Your Wagon
True Grit
True Grit
The Mask of Zorro
The Mask of Zorro
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Chato's Land
Chato's Land
Tickle Me
Tickle Me
The Homesman
The Homesman
Far and Away
Far and Away
Extreme Prejudice
Extreme Prejudice
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
City Slickers
City Slickers
Lone Wolf McQuade
Lone Wolf McQuade
Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane
True Grit
True Grit
Posse
Posse
Bandolero!
Bandolero!
Hidalgo
Hidalgo
The Warrior's Way
The Warrior's Way
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
The Mountain Men
The Mountain Men
Frank and Jesse
Frank and Jesse
Hang 'Em High
Hang 'Em High
Apache Blood
Apache Blood
Open Range
Open Range
The Shootist
The Shootist
Cat Ballou
Cat Ballou
Mackenna's Gold
Mackenna's Gold
BloodRayne 2: Deliverance
BloodRayne 2: Deliverance
Bad Girls
Bad Girls
El Dorado
El Dorado
High Noon
High Noon
Valdez Is Coming
Valdez Is Coming
The Missing
The Missing
Joe Kidd
Joe Kidd
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Diablo
Diablo
Bandidas
Bandidas
Barb Wire
Barb Wire
Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn
The Night of the Grizzly
The Night of the Grizzly
Jane Got a Gun
Jane Got a Gun
River of No Return
River of No Return
Cheatin' Hearts
Cheatin' Hearts
American Outlaws
American Outlaws
Ride with the Devil
Ride with the Devil
Lust in the Dust
Lust in the Dust
Buck and the Preacher
Buck and the Preacher
Two Mules for Sister Sara
Two Mules for Sister Sara
Charro!
Charro!
Stay Away, Joe
Stay Away, Joe
How the West Was Won
How the West Was Won
Gang of Roses
Gang of Roses
The Hunting Party
The Hunting Party
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