28 March 2007

My Favorite Westerns

On an old blog I’ve abandoned (and locked), I posted a list of my favorite Western films. Since the Western has such a major importance to me as a genre, this list bears repeating on my official website. The movies are presented in alphabetical order so I don’t have to go through any internal squabbling about which ones are better than the others.
  • Fort Apache (1948)
  • The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (1966)
  • The Great Silence (1968)
  • High Plains Drifter (1972)
  • Little Big Man (1970)
  • The Long Riders (1980)
  • Man of the West (1958)
  • The Naked Spur (1953)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
  • Pursued (1947)
  • Red River (1948)
  • Ride Lonesome (1959)
  • Ride the High Country (1962)
  • The Searchers (1956)
  • Stagecoach (1939)
  • Ulzana’s Raid (1970)
  • Unforgiven (1992)
  • Vera Cruz (1954)
  • Winchester ‘73 (1950)
If I had to pick only one movie from this list as my top-favorite Western of all time, I'd refuse to do so at first. Then the black-hatted man would place the barrel of his Colt Peacemaker between my eyes and cock the hammer back, and I would answer . . . The Outlaw Josey Wales.