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What's a good Western movie to watch?

Asked by Berserker (33485points) May 2nd, 2015

Don’t know a hell of anything about cowboy movies, but I need one for tonight. Old, new, I don’t care as long as it’s good and has all the clichés and stuff that defines the genre. The only one I’m familiar with is The Quick and the Dead. I do know of some with zombies, vampires and aliens in them, but I’m looking for something more traditional.
So what would you recommend? Thanks.

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talljasperman's avatar

They call me trinity. It is a western comedy. Or anything with John Wayne or Clint Eastwood.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Can’t go wrong with the Dollars trilogy and Blazing Saddles.

flutherother's avatar

The Man who shot Liberty Vallance and High Noon. Classic westerns.

ragingloli's avatar

Django Unchained.
Wild Wild West.
Every Terence Hill and Bud Spencer movie.

canidmajor's avatar

For just a darned silly and cliched good time, with all the formulae of both genres I recommend Cowboys and Aliens.

Blondesjon's avatar


elbanditoroso's avatar


Said to be pretty authentic.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Silverado is one of my favorites. You might also like The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, or For a Few Dollars More. Both directed by Sergio Leone.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Once Upon A Time In the West It’s another Sergio Leone film.

janbb's avatar

Blazing Saddles

Kardamom's avatar

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

True Grit (the one with Jeff Bridges)

Little Big Man

Goin’ South


The Long Riders

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

The good the bad and the ugly This is the one you want.

If that does it for you then:
High plains drifter
Hang em high
Pale rider

canidmajor's avatar

Please let us know what you picked, I am nosy.

fundevogel's avatar

I quite like the remake of 3:10 to Yuma. And there’s Ravenous if you’re down with supernatural cannibalism.  
I known you are.

ragingloli's avatar

“My Name Is Nobody”

Berserker's avatar

@canidmajor I will. Man, that’s a lot to decide from. Thanks guys. :) Oh also, I have seen both Wild Wild West and Cowboys and Aliens. Both good.

@fundevogel dang straight

ragingloli's avatar

The movie has a bad reputation, but really, who does not love a giant steampunk robot spider in the wild west?

Berserker's avatar

Indeed. I denno, I thought it was a good movie. That spider was well done, too.

ucme's avatar

The Outlaw Josey Wales
High Plains Drifter
Pale Rider

Clint is the fucking master.

kritiper's avatar

“How the West was Won.”

Berserker's avatar

Man most of those you guys named were there. In fact I think they all were. I took True Grit. The guy who does the ex general looks awesome haha. Thanks for the suggestions, I’m keeping all those in mind, too. And name more if you got em.

janbb's avatar

“The Homesman” is a very different type of Western – from the female perspective. Different but brilliant IMHO.

canidmajor's avatar

@janbb, I have heard that, I’ll try to see it!

Berserker's avatar

@janbb I was looking for some that might have female protagonists, there seem to be quite a few. Well, this one has a girl in it, not sure if she shoots anyone though lol.

Zaku's avatar

Two Mules For Sister Sarah

ucme's avatar

Two not yet mentioned that I like…

A Million Ways to Die in the West

That last one is fucking hilarious.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Symbeline You might like Bad Girls, Madeline Stowe, Drew Barrymore, Mary Stuart Masterson? and one other woman as real bad asses in the old west.

Berserker's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Yeah, that was there. I was also interested in this really old movie about Calamity Jane. It was hard deciding lol.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Wasn’t there another one about a female sharpshooter? Drawing a blank on the name.
Duh, Annie Oakley.

Aethelwine's avatar

@Symbeline Now I want to watch True Grit again. I loved it. I like the idea of a girl seeking revenge for her father’s death. Hope you enjoy it.

Blondesjon's avatar

I’m so sorry @Symbeline this Western’s title should have been the first one I thought of in relation to the type of shit you normally like.


watch it, come back to this thread, and, if you like it, tell me you’re my huckleberry

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

You might also like this, the porn version of Westworld.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Noted westerns to watch:

• Man With No Name
• Outlaw Josie Wells
• True Grit (new)
• Unforgiven
• Hang ‘em High
• Fistful of Dollars
• Last Of The Mohicans
• Dances With Wolves
• High Plains Drifter
• Missing

Apparently_Im_The_Grumpy_One's avatar

I second @talljasperman who is one of the only other people I’ve seen recommend Trinity. The mini series seems to be a basket of well hidden gems.

Also, perhaps:
• The Wild Bunch
• The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

kritiper's avatar

“Will Penny.”

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

The challenge with movies in the “Western” genre is that many are not true to life, Hollywood-generated, and/or just plain dated.

If you want to view some films that are true to life, then watch some documentaries or read some books on the subject. Many Hollywood movies are knock-offs of Akira Kurosawa’s Samurai movies, thus starting the American Western’s film movement.

As for retirement, there are a few Western movies I’ve seen that just continue to be glorified despite the poor script, the bad acting, and the unrealistic story.

Berserker's avatar

Heh, I always wondered what the hell the relation between the samurai and the West was. :/
Actually though, I love samurai movies, but I don’t know of many. (although I doubt those reflect the real samurai any more than Westerns do real cowboys)
I like the Zatoichi movies, plus Lone Wolf and Cub. Anyone have any good suggestions for other samurai movies, while I’m at it?

But yeah, I quite enjoyed True Grit. The actors were great, and while I pretty much saw it coming, the parallel between gruff old boozehound and lively super smart girl was awesome. I don’t regret the movie at all. I think I might go through a Western phase in the near future.

ucme's avatar

They should make a Little House on the Prairie movie, only a dark, menacing version.
Charles would actually have a set of balls in place of a quivering pussy, Caroline would be the town whore & the kids could be racist fucking bullies, each with murder on their minds.
I’d watch that for a dollar XD

stanleybmanly's avatar

“The Wild Bunch” @Apparently_Im_The_Grumpy_One gets the cigar. It is the one essential western. I will admit that the list above is very good, but anyone who has yet to see the “Wild Bunch” has been criminally deprived. “Vera Cruz” belongs on the list as well.

Zaku's avatar

No one mentioned
A Fistful of Dynamite
yet? :-)

Kardamom's avatar

Actually Shanghai Noon was a pretty funny “Western” with Jackie Chan.

ucme's avatar

Just remembered this
Hotel Bastardos XD

Kardamom's avatar

Oh, and don’t forget Rango with Johnny Depp. This is a very good animated film that spoofs all of the great Westerns. This one is worth watching twice, especially after you’ve seen a few of the really famous movies, to see where they got the inspiration for Rango. It’s much funnier if you are familiar with the movies they are spoofing, but it’s still a good movie, even if you haven’t seen them.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Please keep us posted on the ones you watch and what you think of them. I’m new to the western genre myself and would find your comments more valuable than some of the IMDB ratings.

Berserker's avatar

Will do, got more planned for this weekend.

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