Westerns 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.