We have a long thread about what latest movie we watched and what the "top 10" are, but how about a simple one;
What is your one all time favorite western movie?
Mine would have to be Jermiah Johnson. I can watch that one over and over again.
Although made at a limited budget, I thought that
Goodnight Justice featuring Like Perry, was a good saga and entertaining
Just watched "Unforgiven" last night. I saw it when it was new and did not have a good memory of it. Happy I watched it again. Still not happy with that much rain, but enjoyed the show. The viewing helped to greatly improve my memory.
Please understand this... I am a chronic western movie BLOWHARD... I'll keep a western on that I've seen a hundred times... just for back ground company... don't really have to watch...just nice to hear guns and horses and John Wane dialoging from another room... I could wear off my fingerprints just listing my favs... BUT.. I'll go with Shane... it's all there... fringed gunfighter... hesitant sodbusters... slinking dogs and biting foals and... BEN JOHNSON... and we all read the book as required reading in the 6th grade...
Thank goodness for Amazon.com's Video On-Demand Service. I can queue up a Western just about any time for nothing and have it running. Just watched "The Shootist" for the 100th time, and continue to find things I like about it..but just about any Western will do.
As for Shane, Ben Johnson made every movie he was in better.....as did Harry Carey Jr.
Ulzana's Raid 1972 Burt Lancaster
Wyatt Earp 1994 Kevin Costner Dennis Quaid. I know you need to take some scenes with a grain of salt, but I still love this movie!!
For a mostly-ignored but darn good Western, try THE SHADOO RIDERS. Tom Selleck, Sam Elliot, Ben Johnson, & Harry Carey Jr. Carey had a fairly small part, but Johnson had a big one as the brothers' black sheep uncle. Selleck & Elliot play brothers who were on opposite sides in 'The War,' Selleck a Yankee Lieutenant & Elliot a Confederate sergeant. They get together & come home ot Texas, only to find that some of the family's younger women have been kidnapped & are being taken to Mexico to be sold into prostitution. They enlist their black-sheep uncle & the 3 set out to rescue the girls. Lots of action & a really nasty villain.
Like others have said this is a really hard question and I absolutely love some of everyone elses choices.But for a John Wayne movie,I have to pick Tall in the Saddle.The Duke was in his prime and it also had Ella Raines rockin'
some hot looking chaps.For A Few Dollars More was the first spaghetti western I saw and I've always been a huge Lee Van Cleef fan.So it is one of my favorites too.Check out Van Cleef as gunfighter Johnny Drago in The Rifleman.
My father was a huge western film fanatic, the first film I remeber watching was Shane. Shane is my favorite western, and film regardless of the genre. Shane should be required viewing for anyone setting out to make a film. The cinematography uses the Grand Teton Mountains as a scenic backdrop in framing a simple story of ranchers vs. homesteaders in early Wyoming. The good guys and bad guys are not just cardboard cutouts. These men fought and tamed the land and are now being displaced by the homesteaders. What they want might not be fair, but it is not completely unreasonable either. Most of the scenes, even the simple ones, play in montage. It looks as though Stevens shot each scene from about 15 different angles and edited them together. The effect is striking.