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About Western Movies

The Western genre is a group of films set in a very particular place and timeâ€"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 Westernsâ€"most notably the work of director John Fordâ€"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 Virginian
The Virginian
The Dark Tower
The Dark Tower
Django Unchained
Django Unchained
The Revenant
The Revenant
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
Cowboy Up
Cowboy Up
American Mustang
American Mustang
A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Fistful of Dollars
A Fistful of Dollars
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
The Long Ride Home
The Long Ride Home
Rango
Rango
Dawn Rider
Dawn Rider
Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
Quigley Down Under
Quigley Down Under
Shane
Shane
Brimstone
Brimstone
Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson
Legends of the Fall
Tom Horn
High Plains Drifter
Horse Soldiers
High Noon
The Searchers
True Grit
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
The Sons of Katie Elder
Hickok
El Condor
Into the Badlands
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Old Yeller
The Big Country
Rio Bravo
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Broken Trail
3:10 to Yuma
The Lone Ranger
Maverick
Django
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Culpepper Cattle Company
A Man Called Horse
Savage Sam
Unforgiven
The Man from Snowy River
Forsaken
Wild Wild West
Lawman
Hud
True Grit
Fancy Pants (film)
Posse
Return to Snowy River
The Fastest Gun Alive
The Shadow Riders
How the West Was Fun
Calamity Jane
Geronimo: An American Legend
The Night of the Grizzly
Dead Man
The Virginian
Three Amigos
The Long Riders
The Beguiled
Virginia City
Love Me Tender
Oblivion
The Wild Stallion
The Alamo
Outlaws And Angels
Rio Grande
Casa de mi Padre
Hell to Pay
Johnny Guitar
When the Legends Die
The Hard Man
Bone Tomahawk
Renegade
Viva Zapata!
The Savage
Cowboys and Aliens
The Red Badge of Courage
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
Hang 'Em High
Gunfighter
El Dorado
Northwest Passage
Chisum
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
The Doolins of Oklahoma
Tall in the Saddle
Brothers In Arms
Soldier Blue
Justin Morgan Had a Horse
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Living by the Gun
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