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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 Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
The Revenant
The Revenant
Django Unchained
Django Unchained
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Tombstone
Tombstone
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight
Old Yeller
Old Yeller
Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
Quigley Down Under
Quigley Down Under
Cowboy Up
Cowboy Up
Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo
Young Guns
Young Guns
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Outlaw Josey Wales
A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles
Young Guns II
Young Guns II
Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Cowboy Way
The Cowboy Way
Rango
Rango
The Man from Snowy River
The Man from Snowy River
The Searchers
The Searchers
Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson
The Mask of Zorro
The Mask of Zorro
The Sons of Katie Elder
The Sons of Katie Elder
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
High Noon
High Noon
The Long Riders
The Long Riders
The Shadow Riders
The Shadow Riders
Cowboys and Aliens
Cowboys and Aliens
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Shane
Shane
High Plains Drifter
High Plains Drifter
Chato's Land
Chato's Land
Ride with the Devil
Ride with the Devil
The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch
The Legend of Zorro
The Legend of Zorro
American Outlaws
American Outlaws
Wild Wild West
Wild Wild West
Gang of Roses
Gang of Roses
My Name is Nobody
My Name is Nobody
A Fistful of Dollars
A Fistful of Dollars
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Pale Rider
Pale Rider
Buck and the Preacher
Buck and the Preacher
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Support Your Local Sheriff!
Support Your Local Sheriff!
In a Valley of Violence
In a Valley of Violence
Soldier Blue
Soldier Blue
For a Few Dollars More
For a Few Dollars More
The Big Country
The Big Country
3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma
El Dorado
El Dorado
Valdez Is Coming
Valdez Is Coming
Hannie Caulder
Hannie Caulder
Jonah Hex
Jonah Hex
The Stalking Moon
The Stalking Moon
Giant
Giant
True Grit
True Grit
The Train Robbers
The Train Robbers
The Shootist
The Shootist
The Legend of Nigger Charley
The Legend of Nigger Charley
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Lust in the Dust
Lust in the Dust
The Salvation
The Salvation
Far and Away
Far and Away
Mackenna's Gold
Mackenna's Gold
Geronimo: An American Legend
Geronimo: An American Legend
Joe Kidd
Joe Kidd
Two Mules for Sister Sara
Two Mules for Sister Sara
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Night of the Grizzly
The Night of the Grizzly
The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold
The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold
The Cowboys
The Cowboys
Miracle In The Wilderness
Miracle In The Wilderness
Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane
The Burrowers
The Burrowers
The Culpepper Cattle Company
The Culpepper Cattle Company
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
The Return of a Man Called Horse
The Return of a Man Called Horse
Montana Sky
Montana Sky
The Last Outlaw
The Last Outlaw
River of No Return
River of No Return
Unforgiven
Unforgiven
Gallowwalkers
Gallowwalkers
Open Range
Open Range
Jane Got a Gun
Jane Got a Gun
A Hell of a Ride
A Hell of a Ride
Barb Wire
Barb Wire
True Grit
True Grit
Last Train From Gun Hill
Last Train From Gun Hill
Ambush At Dark Canyon
Ambush At Dark Canyon
Seraphim Falls
Seraphim Falls
All the Pretty Horses
All the Pretty Horses
Posse
Posse
City Slickers
City Slickers
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