My Picks: Top Ten Westerns

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HeaderWesterns might be the quintessential American film genre. Themes of justice and good versus evil dominated the genre from the birth of film making through the 1950s. As the genre has continued these themes were joined by revenge, retribution, greed, lust, and sometimes pure violence. Although the Western has evolved, the fascination with the West has never lessened. That great backdrop of the wild West is a great setting for the wonderful stories directors have told since Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery in 1903. Here are my top ten Westerns.

Unforgiven10. Unforgiven (1992)

Blazing Saddles9. Blazing Saddles (1974)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly8. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

High Noon7. High Noon (1952)

The Searchers6. The Searchers (1956)

True Grit5. True Grit (2010)

Dances with Wolves4. Dances with Wolves (1990)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance3. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

Once Upon a Time in the West2. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Shane1. Shane (1953)


  1. Never have been a huge fan of westerns myself and if I think of westerns I like there are some classics, but I would also mention the Young Guns movies…thought those were fun (although you might now be shaking your head)

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