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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 Virginian
The Virginian
Quigley Down Under
Quigley Down Under
Django Unchained
Django Unchained
A Million Ways to Die in the West
A Million Ways to Die in the West
The Revenant
The Revenant
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Dances with Wolves
Dances with Wolves
High Plains Drifter
High Plains Drifter
Rango
Rango
The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven
Old Yeller
Old Yeller
Django
Django
A Fistful of Dollars
A Fistful of Dollars
The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight
Return to Snowy River
Return to Snowy River
Jeremiah Johnson
Jeremiah Johnson
Cowboy Up
Cowboy Up
American Mustang
American Mustang
True Grit
True Grit
Rio Bravo
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Big Country
3:10 to Yuma
The Shadow Riders
Cowboys and Aliens
Shane
Legends of the Fall
The Frisco Kid
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Seven Ways From Sundown
Bone Tomahawk
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Lone Ranger
Last Train From Gun Hill
The Ridiculous 6
Jonah Hex
Custer's Last Stand
Wyatt Earp
The Westerner
The Man from Snowy River
Unforgiven
Gunfighter
Monte Walsh
Forsaken
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Bad Girls
Broken Trail
Yellowstone Kelly
River of No Return
Goin' South
True Grit
They Died With Their Boots On
Tom Horn
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
Oregon Passage
Soldier Blue
A Big Hand for the Little Lady
Fort Apache
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Jericho (2000 film)
My Darling Clementine
Dove
The Virginian
Viva Zapata!
The Hills Run Red
Across the Wide Missouri
Pancho Villa
Dead Man
Hud
Streets of Laredo
High Noon
The Alamo
Posse
When the Legends Die
Column South
In a Valley of Violence
Outlaws And Angels
Meek's Cutoff
McLintock!
Giant
The Retrieval
Horse Soldiers
Cahill U.S. Marshal
Lone Wolf McQuade
The Fastest Gun Alive
Hondo
The Way of the West
Chisum
Geronimo
Northwest Passage
Sweetwater
Badman's Territory
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter
Westworld
Doc West
The Quick Gun
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
Broken Arrow
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