The Finest Western Films That Are Still Popular Today
|November 23, 2011||Posted by berns under Westernfilms||
Described below are some of the best Western films that we know you’ll enjoy watching at least once, or all over again. Each aspect of these films is what makes them unique and enjoyable even today.
Best Western Films in No Particular Order
The first is called “High Plains Drifter”, which was directed and also starred by highly respected actor-director Clint Eastwood who leaves his permanent mark all throughout this western film. While fitting the precise definition of a classic western; the stranger, a town in the middle of the plains, the usual bad guys that would scare anybody, viewers will have their eyes on the screen thinking what’s going to happen next and still wondering what really happened even after the credits, just like any of the best western films.
Next is “Little Big Man” made by Arthur Penn in 1970, is the captivating story of Jack Crabb, a 121-year-old white man-portrayed by Dustin Hoffman who is adopted into the Cheyenne tribe when he is just 10 years of age. But when a person lives for that length of time, a lot more things are likely to happen and the western film’s story is the character itself and his very interesting experiences that make audiences laugh, cry and smile all throughout the film. An example is when he was the assistant to a native American medicine man in the battle of the Little Bighorn in June of 1876, a historical moment in American history.
One of the most well-known western films is “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” made by acclaimed Italian director Sergio Leone and played by Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach as the main characters. This is an epic spaghetti western produced in 1966. The movie begins in a desolate ghost town where Tuco, known as the Ugly, escapes from three bounty hunters and runs into the desert. While doing this, in a totally different location, Angel Eyes, or The Bad, played by Lee Van Cleef questions an ex –soldier and kills him in cold blood. Meanwhile, Tuco runs into another group of bounty hunters who prepared to capture him when they are joined by Blondie, Clint Eastwood as The Good. The whole storyline is about the three people trying to find some lost treasure buried in some lost cemetery somewhere.
The Modern As Well As the Classic Western Films
Another is “Dances with Wolves” directed and also played by Kevin Costner, is one of those western films that will stay in the annals. This is the story of Lieutenant John Dunbar in a remote outpost in the wild Dakota during the American Civil War. He finds himself to have to make a decision, which will not only affect his life forever but also the lives of the local Sioux tribe that has become kind of like his family.
“Rio Grande” is one of western films directed by John Ford in 1950, is set after the Civil War when the Union was trying to solve the Apache problem. Union officer Kirby Yorke, played by John Wayne, trains new recruits and one of them, his son he has not seen in many years. Yorke gives him a hard time to accommodate his duties and his feelings which become even worse when his wife, actress Maureen O’Hara shows up to convince her son to leave the army and go with her back home.
Everybody has heard of “The Magnificent Seven” played Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach and directed by John Sturges in 1960, features seven gunmen that hired to protect a Mexican village from bandits. It is inspired from the well-known Japanese film The Seven Samurai. This one of those classic western films that you’ll enjoy watching repeatedly.
Last but not least is the Wild Bunch directed by Sam Peckinpah in 1969. This is one of those western films that tells the story of a not so young gang of riders who decide to rob a Texas bank, only to find out that their plan was already known by the bank before they even began. They are forced to run to Mexico but feels the need to steal something to make up for the failed bank heist. Nevertheless, their pursuer is not willing to let them rest and so the story goes on until the final and climactic end.