Jump to content

Recommended Posts

So I'm looking to expand my western movie collection.  While I know we all have our favorite western films this time around I'm looking for those definitive western films. Along the lines of a director's best western film, an actor or actress' best western film. The only restrictions are:
1) You have to tell me why you picked that film so state whether its for the director or the actor. You can only name a director, actor or actress once.For instance you could name Clint Eastwood twice, once for his best (or defining) western role and once for his best (or defining) western film he directed. He could still appear in other films you have selected.
2) Don't just throw a list out there, I want to know why I should consider hunting down that film.
3) You can name as many movies as you like as long as they fulfill the 1st restriction.


  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 33
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

Quigley Down Under because Alan Rickman in a western.

five of my favorites: Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks director Stagecoach, John Ford director Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid, Newman & Redford actors High Noon, Gary Cooper actor The Good, The

Tombstone because Tombstone. One of the best westerns I've seen. Amazing casting all around.     And Tom Selleck as a gunslinger. It was an interesting combination of actors, and it worked. It. Wo

Tombstone for Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday.


(This is a difficult task, because my favorites are not necessarily because they are the best a director or actor has done)

Tombstone because Tombstone. One of the best westerns I've seen. Amazing casting all around.



Quigley Down Under because Alan Rickman in a western.

And Tom Selleck as a gunslinger. It was an interesting combination of actors, and it worked. It. Worked.


My personal favorites:

  • Pale Rider - Clint Eastwood was always one of the best actors for westerns, IMO.
  • The Jack Bull - I'm a huge John Cusack fan, and I really liked him in a western. It was a different character style for him, and he really pulled it off.
  • Like 4
Link to post
Share on other sites


Tombstone for Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday.


(This is a difficult task, because my favorites are not necessarily because they are the best a director or actor has done)

Tombstone because Tombstone. One of the best westerns I've seen. Amazing casting all around.



I was going to type basically that same reasoning, but I was trying to follow the rules.


Some of my favorites:

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - because Newman and Redford

Unforgiven - because Eastwood with Freeman

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Best Eastwood movie, probably

The Assassination of Jesse James - because Pitt


Some that people tend to leave off that I still enjoy:

True Grit - because Jeff Bridges

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

Stagecoach is perhaps the DEFINITIVE western, with iconic performances by John Wayne, Andy Devine, John Carradine, and pretty much everyone else in the movie, and set John Ford up for the rest of his career.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance cemented Jimmy Stewart's western chops, as well as being one of the best westerns ever made.

Clint Eastwood's spaghetti westerns served as a fascinating deconstruction of the iconic American western while serving as some pretty good examples of the genre.

...and Randolph Scott was just flat out fun.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

True Grit (the original) Audrey Hepburn and John Wayne both their characters  and as actors played off each other very well to make a very appealing story


Once Upon a Texas Train. Willie Nelson plays a one time legendary outlaw in a movie that is really very funny, and somewhat heartwarming 

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites

Westerns are Awesome Wife's favorite genre so we have many here on our movie shelf and we watch many more on TV.


Unforgiven is the best movie by Clint Eastwood.  Just excellent all around and like the progression of his character returning to the bad man that he once was.


Awesome Wife's says that the best John Wayne western would have to be Rio Grande with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hare.  She tells me that in order for the studio to make the Quiet Man (one on my favorite Wayne movies) he had to agree to make another western and Rio Grande was that movie.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By CaptainPete
      Deadlands is a series of Role Playing Games based around alternative history, with the major change taking place on July 3rd, 1863. This change, called The Reckoning, made the US Civil War grind to a halt, resulted in half of California fall into the sea, and had a new miracle substance called Ghost Rock revolutionize technology. The game has used different rules systems; including the original "classic" system, Savage Worlds, a new system that is/was releasing soon, a d20 conversion, and had a GURPS port.
      The Weird West - Beginning in 1876, players would wander around the Weird West, full of monsters, gunfighters, agents of the United States of America, Confederate States of America, the United Kingdom, the Empire of Mexico, the Dominion of Canada, and Lost Angels, might get involved in the Great Rail Wars, get lost in the Sioux Nations, or confront the creations of the New Science.
      The Wasted West - It's 2094 and the world is almost over. Irradiated Ghost Rock bombs, as well as conventional nuclear weapons, were dropped on major cities all over the globe. The east of the Mississippi  river is full of the Walkin' Dead, the city of Lost Angels has fallen into the Pacific Ocean, and the only place where people can eek out a living is the west. Using Spook Juice, you can travel the collapsing highways from Junkyard to the ruins of Boise, and all points in between, traveling with Templars, Tellers, Cyborgs, Toxic Shamans, Sykers, and Junkmen.
      The Way Out West - The final part of the original trilogy of settings, this one is set on Banshee, the first alien world colonized by humanity. Of course, there were native people there first, and history has repeated itself again. Take up a badge and defend the colonists, or rob them instead, or maybe try to work with the natives, now that no one from Earth is coming to help. Ever.
      Deadlands: Noir - Set in the period between World Wars, centered around New Orleans, this was the first new game and first one done in the Savage Worlds system.
      So, I made this thread so folks could talk about games they're run/played, ask questions about the setting and system(s), or just share their love for the game.

    • By CaptainPete
      Since I suggested it, I guess I'll do it...
      Here's a thread to discuss what horror movies, books, shows, comics, and etc that you're looking forward to watching during the holiday.
      I'm actually thinking about doing a Scooby-Doo movie marathon:
      Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
      Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost
      Scooby-Doo Meets KISS: A Magical Mystery (yes, this movie exists)
      Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost
      What about the rest of you?

    • By Mckenna35
      Found this and thought I'd pass on:
      FYI the game components graphic near the top show what you get if you go "all in" NOT what's in a standard box.
    • By Jordan Peacock
      Okay, so this isn't so much a "conversion" as it is an "appropriation."  I had #77470 "Elthin Bluesteel, Gunslinger" (Pathfinder Bones) in my box o' Kickstarter Bones, while I was digging through to find anything that might even remotely look appropriate for a "Wild West" scenario.  Sure, he's got some crazy boots, a big ol' dagger, and some sort of leather armor layered thing going on with his torso area, but he's got a gun, a cowboy hat, and a drape to one side that feels kind of Eastwood-ish to me. 
      He also suffers from a wee bit of "melty face," as there's next-to-no definition to that face, and I'm still not even sure where the eyes were supposed to be, exactly.  In my case, though, that only inspired me to notice that the details for his leather armor, etc., were so shallow that most of the parts incongruous to a cowboy gunslinger could probably just be painted over.  He's not going to win any contests, but looks passable as another pistol-toting gunslinger in just another ordinary western town.  (In this case, it would be the Flats outside quasi-historic Fort Griffin, as interpreted by Dog House Rules LLC in their "Frontier Towns: Fort Griffin" supplement.  I based the scratch-built building off of a floor plan by Karl Keesler, and it's the central piece to a mini-adventure pulled from the book.)
      Anyway, I just think there's something ... amusing? ... about when I can delve into Reaper's regular fantasy line and find something that would work perfectly well for other genres.  For some subjects, there's nothing terribly special about it: A fox is a fox, a bird is a bird, a dog is a dog, a cat is a cat, and it's not the least bit surprising that a pack of little animal familiars in the fantasy line would work just as well as pets for a modern or historic or even sci-fi setting (we just pretend that they're REPLICANT animals, or we paint them in funky colors).  Plus, there are a number of D&D-ish monsters that bear no resemblance to anything recognizable from well-known myths and such -- and the only reason we think of them as "fantasy" was because Gary Gygax found a bunch of cheap plastic imported Kaiju toys and transformed them into "owlbears" and "rust monsters" and so forth for D&D, and "D&D is fantasy," so that's that.
      Still, somehow there's something "neat" about digging through a big box o' Kickstarter Bones, picking up some barbarian model, and realizing that if only I swap his bendy axe with a spare 40K POWER AXE, and paint up his armor plates to look like scrap metal (maybe with some paper-printed license plates and stop signs glued on), he'd make a GREAT post-apocalyptic raider type, etc.  Or, some beast-man monster type could just as easily be some sort of pulp-universe alien, if only I paint up his armor a little differently and stick a ray-gun in his hand.  And one of these days I'm going to turn that Mantis Assassin into a Kamen Rider.  ;)
      Oh yeah, and as for the building: That's scratch-built from foam-core, cardstock (for raised details such as window and door frames), mat board, craft sticks, chopsticks (for the porch pillars), and wire, decorated with some Hirst Arts Castlemolds castings (for the porch furniture).
    • By Maledrakh
      “Off to off the wizard”
      The figures are from Reaper Bones KS3, “Chronoscope Wild West Oz”.  Since they all were armed, I see this as a sort of hit squad, hence the title.
      I based them on 30mm round display bases from Reaper, and I 3d Printed a 20mm round in a similar style for Toto.
      Since not only the Tin Man, but also the flying monkey are obvious metal robots, I think “Weird West Oz” or even “Steampunk Oz” would be a more fitting moniker.
      The miniatures are made in the slightly harder Bonesium, henceforth to be known as Better Bones™. Since the third Bones kickstarter, all Chronoscope Bones are coloured grey,
      The Flying Monkey, Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow are sculpted by Bob Ridolfi, with Dorothy and Toto by Julie Guthrie. Only the Scarecrow seems to be released in Bones as of yet.
  • Who's Online   9 Members, 2 Anonymous, 63 Guests (See full list)

  • Create New...