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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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Django Unchained
Django Unchained
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Soldier Blue
Soldier Blue
The Homesman
The Homesman
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Quigley Down Under
Quigley Down Under
A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Tombstone
Tombstone
Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo
Rango
Rango
Young Guns
Young Guns
Old Yeller
Old Yeller
Pale Rider
Pale Rider
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Blueberry (Renegade)
Blueberry (Renegade)
Young Ones
Young Ones
Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson
Dances With Wolves
Dances With Wolves
MacKenna's Gold
MacKenna's Gold
The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger
The Mask of Zorro
The Mask of Zorro
The Gundown
The Gundown
The Horse Whisperer
The Horse Whisperer
The Searchers
The Searchers
All the Pretty Horses
All the Pretty Horses
Shane
Shane
The Man from Snowy River
The Man from Snowy River
Hannie Caulder
Hannie Caulder
Open Range
Open Range
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles
Cat Ballou
Cat Ballou
The Shadow Riders
The Shadow Riders
Tom Horn
Tom Horn
Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in the West
Cowboys & Aliens
Cowboys & Aliens
Cowboy Up
Cowboy Up
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu)
For a Few Dollars More (Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu)
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
Last of the Dogmen
Last of the Dogmen
American Outlaws
American Outlaws
The Night of the Grizzly
The Night of the Grizzly
The Long Riders
The Long Riders
Bad Girls
Bad Girls
Bandidas
Bandidas
A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)
A Fistful of Dollars (Per un Pugno di Dollari)
3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma
River of No Return
River of No Return
Young Guns II
Young Guns II
The Wild Bunch
The Wild Bunch
Valdez Is Coming
Valdez Is Coming
Lone Wolf McQuade
Lone Wolf McQuade
Frontera
Frontera
True Grit
True Grit
The Legend of Zorro
The Legend of Zorro
Cahill U.S. Marshal
Cahill U.S. Marshal
Tickle Me
Tickle Me
Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy
The Professionals
The Professionals
Support Your Local Sheriff
Support Your Local Sheriff
Paint Your Wagon
Paint Your Wagon
Hondo
Hondo
How the West Was Won
How the West Was Won
Maverick
Maverick
The Warrior's Way
The Warrior's Way
El Dorado
El Dorado
Chisum
Chisum
Little Big Man
Little Big Man
Lawman
Lawman
Hidalgo
Hidalgo
My Name Is Nobody (Il mio nome e Nessuno)
My Name Is Nobody (Il mio nome e Nessuno)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Major Dundee
Major Dundee
Far and Away
Far and Away
Geronimo - An American Legend
Geronimo - An American Legend
Gallowwalkers
Gallowwalkers
100 Rifles
100 Rifles
Two Mules For Sister Sara
Two Mules For Sister Sara
Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers
Wild Bill
Wild Bill
Apache Blood
Apache Blood
The Missouri Breaks
The Missouri Breaks
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Chato's Land
Chato's Land
Around the World in 80 Days
Around the World in 80 Days
Winterhawk
Winterhawk
Jonah Hex
Jonah Hex
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Big Jake
Big Jake
Grey Owl
Grey Owl
The Missing
The Missing
Montana Sky
Montana Sky
BloodRayne II: Deliverance
BloodRayne II: Deliverance
Joe Kidd
Joe Kidd
Goin' South
Goin' South
Heaven's Gate
Heaven's Gate
The Ballad of Little Jo
The Ballad of Little Jo
The Wild Stallion
The Wild Stallion
Three Amigos!
Three Amigos!
Kentucky Rifle
Kentucky Rifle
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