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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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Grey Owl
Grey Owl
Dust
Dust
Quigley Down Under
Quigley Down Under
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Outlaw Josey Wales
A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Million Ways to Die in the West
BloodRayne 2: Deliverance
BloodRayne 2: Deliverance
The Retrieval
The Retrieval
Django Unchained
Django Unchained
The Missouri Breaks
The Missouri Breaks
Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo
Brothers In Arms
Brothers In Arms
Lawman
Lawman
Shane
Shane
Mackenna's Gold
Mackenna's Gold
Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy
Tombstone
Tombstone
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Rango
Rango
The Gundown
The Gundown
The Mask of Zorro
The Mask of Zorro
Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
Cowboy Up
Cowboy Up
Pale Rider
Pale Rider
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
Young Guns
Young Guns
Valdez Is Coming
Valdez Is Coming
Soldier Blue
Soldier Blue
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles
Comes a Horseman
Comes a Horseman
Tom Horn
Tom Horn
Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold
The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold
Apache Blood
Apache Blood
The Long Riders
The Long Riders
Slow West
Slow West
A Fistful of Dollars
A Fistful of Dollars
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Young Billy Young
Young Billy Young
Hannie Caulder
Hannie Caulder
Bad Girls
Bad Girls
The Homesman
The Homesman
From Noon till Three
From Noon till Three
The Man from Snowy River
The Man from Snowy River
The Big Country
The Big Country
Last of the Dogmen
Last of the Dogmen
Gallowwalkers
Gallowwalkers
The Searchers
The Searchers
The Burrowers
The Burrowers
Ride in the Whirlwind
Ride in the Whirlwind
Sam Whiskey
Sam Whiskey
Buck and the Preacher
Buck and the Preacher
River of No Return
River of No Return
Open Range
Open Range
3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma
The Spikes Gang
The Spikes Gang
Jonah Hex
Jonah Hex
Cowboys and Aliens
Cowboys and Aliens
High Noon
High Noon
How the West Was Won
How the West Was Won
For a Few Dollars More
For a Few Dollars More
Tickle Me
Tickle Me
Sabata
Sabata
Far and Away
Far and Away
Gang of Roses
Gang of Roses
Hondo
Hondo
El Dorado
El Dorado
Hidalgo
Hidalgo
Bandidas
Bandidas
The Lucky Texan
The Lucky Texan
All Hat
All Hat
The Cowboys
The Cowboys
Major Dundee
Major Dundee
100 Rifles
100 Rifles
Young Guns II
Young Guns II
American Bandits: Frank and Jesse James
American Bandits: Frank and Jesse James
The Shadow Riders
The Shadow Riders
The Donner Party
The Donner Party
Cat Ballou
Cat Ballou
Chisum
Chisum
The Frisco Kid
The Frisco Kid
Old Yeller
Old Yeller
Vengeance
Vengeance
My Name is Nobody
My Name is Nobody
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
Kings of the Sun
Kings of the Sun
Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in the West
Man in the Wilderness
Man in the Wilderness
Lone Wolf McQuade
Lone Wolf McQuade
Extreme Prejudice
Extreme Prejudice
Maverick
Maverick
American Outlaws
American Outlaws
Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers
The Way of the West
The Way of the West
Flaming Star
Flaming Star
The Stalking Moon
The Stalking Moon
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch
Rio Lobo
Rio Lobo
Big Jake
Big Jake
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