Thursday, July 9, 2009


I love westerns, seems a lost art now. No more western heroes like John Wayne, Randolph Scott or even Clint Eastwood ( Clint has "retired" from acting ). To me the Western genre "grew up" in the 50's and we got thw wonderful "spaghetti westerns" of the 60's and although we got a few classic movies in the 70's the genre just started to die off. Changing times or young people just didn't care for a good western and wanted SF and Horror movies instead.
I have a wonderful memory of watching John Wayne and Kirk Douglas in The War Wagon at the local theater back in 1967.
Here's a list of Western movies i think are classic or just a good film to watch. Most are on DVD i think.

Fort Apache
Seven Men From Now
Wild Bunch
Big Hand For A Little Lady
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
The Shootist
The War Wagon
Rio Bravo
The Searchers
High Plains Drifter
Ride Lonesome
For A Few Dollars More
Magnificent Seven
100 Rifles
Cat Ballou
The Professionals
Train Robbers
True Grit
Big Country
and many more.


  1. Man, great list - but the western will never die. I'm a western writer and I'm counting on that.

  2. I hope you're right. It'll never die as long as there are fans.

  3. Let's hope so...but are there any actors left who look good in a cowboy hat, on a horse?

  4. I think George Clooney could be a good western star but he seems too busy making films no one wants to go see.

  5. Karl - me I look good in a stetson on a horse. I can also ride standing up

  6. High Plains Drifter is one of my all-time favourites. Mostly I don't like westerns all that much, although I do enjoy spaghetti westerns like Django.