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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
Django Unchained
Django Unchained
The Revenant
The Revenant
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight
Rio Bravo
Rio Bravo
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles
A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Million Ways to Die in the West
Urban Cowboy
Urban Cowboy
True Grit
True Grit
Tombstone
Tombstone
Quigley Down Under
Quigley Down Under
The Cowboy Way
The Cowboy Way
Old Yeller
Old Yeller
Brimstone
Brimstone
Tom Horn
Tom Horn
The Outlaw Josey Wales
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Rango
The Shadow Riders
High Noon
The Man from Snowy River
Jeremiah Johnson
The Searchers
Far and Away
A Fistful of Dollars
The Long Ride Home
Legends of the Fall
Gang of Roses
Hang 'Em High
High Plains Drifter
For a Few Dollars More
Gunfighter
Support Your Local Sheriff!
Cowboys and Aliens
American Outlaws
Seraphim Falls
Once Upon a Time in the West
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Mackenna's Gold
Unforgiven
The Wild Bunch
Cowboy Up
The Ballad of Cable Hogue
Young Guns II
Buck and the Preacher
Giant
The Donner Party
The Stalking Moon
Forsaken
Pale Rider
Lawman
Bad Girls
Open Range
The Shootist
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
The Cowboys
Day of the Evil Gun
The Burrowers
Bandidas
Chisum
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Dust
Chato's Land
Outlaws And Angels
Dead Man
Jane Got a Gun
Paint Your Wagon
The Lone Ranger
The Quick and the Dead
The Night of the Grizzly
The Big Country
Sweetwater
The Frisco Kid
Hannie Caulder
Wild Wild West
Last Train From Gun Hill
The Homesman
6 Guns
River of No Return
Billy Two Hats
3:10 to Yuma
Hidalgo
The Long Riders
True Grit
A Big Hand for the Little Lady
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Windwalker
Support Your Local Gunfighter
The Professionals
Shane
Soldier Blue
Two Rode Together
Convict Cowboy
From Noon till Three
Extreme Prejudice
Breakheart Pass
Joe Kidd
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