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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
The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight
Cowboy Up
Cowboy Up
Django Unchained
Django Unchained
Hannie Caulder
Hannie Caulder
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Young Guns
Young Guns
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Old Yeller
Old Yeller
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
Rango
Rango
The Cowboy Way
The Cowboy Way
Jane Got a Gun
Jane Got a Gun
Forsaken
Forsaken
Tombstone
Tombstone
Quigley Down Under
Quigley Down Under
A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Shane
Shane
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson
The Mask of Zorro
The Mask of Zorro
Lone Wolf McQuade
Lone Wolf McQuade
Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo
Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma
Open Range
Open Range
The Big Country
The Big Country
Dove
Dove
The Long Riders
The Long Riders
Man in the Wilderness
Man in the Wilderness
Winterhawk
Winterhawk
Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in the West
All the Pretty Horses
All the Pretty Horses
Breakheart Pass
Breakheart Pass
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles
A Fistful of Dollars
A Fistful of Dollars
My Name is Nobody
My Name is Nobody
True Grit
True Grit
The Legend of Zorro
The Legend of Zorro
Cowboys and Aliens
Cowboys and Aliens
The Cowboys
The Cowboys
The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch
Tom Horn
Tom Horn
Chisum
Chisum
The Homesman
The Homesman
Hidalgo
Hidalgo
The Quick and the Dead
The Quick and the Dead
Apache Blood
Apache Blood
Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane
Buck and the Preacher
Buck and the Preacher
The Searchers
The Searchers
Valdez Is Coming
Valdez Is Coming
Unforgiven
Unforgiven
River of No Return
River of No Return
Paint Your Wagon
Paint Your Wagon
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Frisco Kid
The Frisco Kid
High Noon
High Noon
Comes a Horseman
Comes a Horseman
Return of the Outlaws
Return of the Outlaws
Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers
Geronimo: An American Legend
Geronimo: An American Legend
The Man from Snowy River
The Man from Snowy River
Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn
The Missing
The Missing
American Outlaws
American Outlaws
Two Mules for Sister Sara
Two Mules for Sister Sara
The Sons of Katie Elder
The Sons of Katie Elder
Ride with the Devil
Ride with the Devil
Redemption: For Robbing the Dead
Redemption: For Robbing the Dead
The Ballad of Little Jo
The Ballad of Little Jo
Gunfighter
Gunfighter
The Hi-Lo Country
The Hi-Lo Country
The White Buffalo
The White Buffalo
Red Sun
Red Sun
Mackenna's Gold
Mackenna's Gold
Pale Rider
Pale Rider
The Missouri Breaks
The Missouri Breaks
El Dorado
El Dorado
Silverado
Silverado
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Support Your Local Sheriff!
Maverick
Maverick
The Shadow Riders
The Shadow Riders
Renegade
Renegade
Angel and the Badman
Angel and the Badman
A Fistful of Dynamite
A Fistful of Dynamite
Cat Ballou
Cat Ballou
Goin' South
Goin' South
Joe Kidd
Joe Kidd
Soldier Blue
Soldier Blue
The Salvation
The Salvation
Ain't Them Bodies Saints
Ain't Them Bodies Saints
The Donner Party
The Donner Party
Heathens and Thieves
Heathens and Thieves
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Windwalker
Windwalker
True Grit
True Grit
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