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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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Brothers in Arms
Brothers in Arms
Yellow Rock
Yellow Rock
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Dead Birds
Dead Birds
Django Unchained
Django Unchained
The Legend of Zorro
The Legend of Zorro
The Homesman
The Homesman
Tombstone
Tombstone
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Quigley Down Under
Quigley Down Under
Rango
Rango
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Young Guns
Young Guns
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Pale Rider
Pale Rider
The Secret of Navajo Cave (Legend of Cougar Canyon)
The Secret of Navajo Cave (Legend of Cougar Canyon)
Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson
Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo
A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Million Ways to Die in the West
MacKenna's Gold
MacKenna's Gold
Soldier Blue
Soldier Blue
Old Yeller
Old Yeller
Shane
Shane
All the Pretty Horses
All the Pretty Horses
Dances With Wolves
Dances With Wolves
Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy
The Searchers
The Searchers
Geronimo - An American Legend
Geronimo - An American Legend
The Shadow Riders
The Shadow Riders
The Last Rites of Ransom Pride
The Last Rites of Ransom Pride
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
The Mask of Zorro
The Mask of Zorro
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles
The Horse Whisperer
The Horse Whisperer
Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in the West
Bad Girls
Bad Girls
Last of the Dogmen
Last of the Dogmen
Hannie Caulder
Hannie Caulder
The Long Riders
The Long Riders
Cowboy Up
Cowboy Up
Lone Wolf McQuade
Lone Wolf McQuade
The Man from Snowy River
The Man from Snowy River
Cowboys and Aliens
Cowboys and Aliens
High Noon
High Noon
Young Guns II
Young Guns II
Hondo
Hondo
Support Your Local Sheriff!
Support Your Local Sheriff!
100 Rifles
100 Rifles
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)
A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)
Far and Away
Far and Away
The Warrior's Way
The Warrior's Way
For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu)
For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu)
Hidalgo
Hidalgo
Tom Horn
Tom Horn
Maverick
Maverick
Open Range
Open Range
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch
Valdez Is Coming
Valdez Is Coming
Joe Kidd
Joe Kidd
Dead Man
Dead Man
American Outlaws
American Outlaws
Bandidas
Bandidas
El Dorado
El Dorado
Jonah Hex
Jonah Hex
My Name Is Nobody (Il mio nome e Nessuno)
My Name Is Nobody (Il mio nome e Nessuno)
True Grit
True Grit
River of No Return
River of No Return
Wild Horse, Wild Ride
Wild Horse, Wild Ride
Hang 'em High
Hang 'em High
Blackthorn
Blackthorn
Renegade
Renegade
How the West Was Won
How the West Was Won
The Shootist
The Shootist
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Frontera
Frontera
Charro!
Charro!
Chisum
Chisum
Bad Company
Bad Company
Shanghai Noon
Shanghai Noon
A Cold Day In Hell
A Cold Day In Hell
Two Mules for Sister Sara
Two Mules for Sister Sara
Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn
Silent Tongue
Silent Tongue
The Quick and the Dead
The Quick and the Dead
Home on the Range
Home on the Range
Appaloosa
Appaloosa
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday
Dean Teaster's Ghost Town
Dean Teaster's Ghost Town
Gallowwalkers
Gallowwalkers
Support Your Local Gunfighter
Support Your Local Gunfighter
Cat Ballou
Cat Ballou
Lust in the Dust
Lust in the Dust
Rustlers' Rhapsody
Rustlers' Rhapsody
The Missing
The Missing
The Proposition
The Proposition
3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma
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