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.
I think "The Gunfighter" is really a classic - overlooked by many. It's said that the Studio Bosses blamed the poor box office on the moustache that Peck wore in the movie....hence that never happened again.
"Winchester 73" with James Stewart is also a classic of a movie with a lot of good lines.
"Support your Local Gunfighter" is just as good as "Sheriff"; the James Garner/Jack Elam parts are just great, and the comedy is broad and funny.
Shane was a good movie, but what really made it good was Stevens' directing. Alan Ladd wasn't really that great an actor, but Stevens probably got the best acting of Ladd's career out of him in that movie. Jack Palance really made the movie as one of the scariest bad guys in movie history.
The only scarier villain I ever saw in a Western was, believe it or not, Audie Murphy in No Name on the Bullet. It's the only movie in which Murphy played an out-and-out bad guy. He used a completely different approach than the typical Western bad guy. His character, John Gant, was handsome, articulate, friendly, outgoing--and a completely cold-blooded killer for hire. That's what made him so scary.
Hard choice but "The Cowboys" with John Wayne is up at the top. :-)
My Saturday night movie last week was the first installment of a 2 disc set--Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts. I'll watch the rest of it this week. Great cast--Sam Elliot & Tom Selleck, of course, Ben Johnson as the old non-comedy sidekick, Glen Ford, with Jack Elam & Slim Pickens as the head bad guys. Elliot & Selleck have made at least 2 other Westerns together & Ben Johnson was in one of 'em. Elliot made a made-for-TV called Gone to Texas. He played Sam Houston in that one.
Incidentally the original title of the Forrest Carter novel which was the basis for The Outlaw Josey Wales was GONE TO TEXAS. He also wrote THE EDUCATION OF LITLE TREE, whch all the critics loved until they found out Forrest Carter was also known as Ace Carter, & he was George Wallace's head speechwriter.
Believe it or not, George Wallace didn't start out as a rabid segregationist. He first ran for Alabama Governor on a typical jobs/schools/roads Southern-governor platform.
John Patterson, who ran against him--he's the guy who, as Attorney General in Alabama, cleaned out Phenix City, which was a Hell-hole--ran on a rabid segregationist platform & wiped up the floor with George. George gathered his team & told them John Patterson out-N-worded him & told them never to let him be out N-worded again. From then on he ran as a rabid segregationist--& it worked. I got that from Ace himself over a pitcher of beer in Montgomery back in the '70s.