Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Best Westerns

Among The Guardian's recent roundup of 10 favorite Western films of all time was the John Wayne classic  Rio Bravo (1959), which we have in a special edition. Also on the list was The Plainsman with the irreplaceable Jean Arthur and the dreamy Gary Cooper (below). Not one of their faves, but definitely one of ours, is the late Robert Altman's McCabe & Mrs Miller, with Julie Christie and Warren Beatty.

McCabe is on the AFI's top 10 list, along with other favorites of mine such as Stagecoach, Cat Ballou, and The Searchers. Which Westerns would you place in your top 10?
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  1. My brother and I loved TV Westerns as kids! "Annie Oakley," "Sky King," "Hopalong Cassidy," "The Lone Ranger," all the non-traditional family combos. Then "Maverick" with the funny, smart, violence avoiding Bret Maverick (James Garner) was my all time favorite. Oddly, I'm not such a big fan of movie westerns (I suspect they are too traditional) with two tongue-in-cheek exceptions, "Calamity Jane," with Doris Day and "Blazing Saddles."

  2. I grew up with my Dad watching Westerns on our one and only television. Sadly, I never paid much attention to them, well only enough to know that he was usually watching one that starred John Wayne.

    I haven't seen many Westerns, but I did enjoy the remakes of 3:10 to Yuma and True Grit.

  3. I used to hate them, but I'm obviously coming around... I did love Roy Rogers & Dale Evans as a kid though! AND the Lone Ranger!

  4. I must admit that I am a big fan of "Blazing Saddles". I also enjoyed the spaghetti westerns that Clint Eastwood starred in. I loved the western TV shows growing up, too - "Wyatt Earp" (brave, courageous and bold!)and "Maverick". And, of course, "Bonanza". Wow - what memories!

  5. Bat Masterson ... Have Gun Will Travel .... you can tell we're baby boomers!

  6. I too loved McCabe & Ms Miller! But the old TV shows... Gunsmoke, Bat Masterson, Daniel Boone, Davey Crockett!! I loved those old shows.. westerns were such fun - I'm not as taken with them now but there was a time when I was hooked!

  7. 1- Shane
    2- High Noon
    3- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    4-10- Anything with Trigger in it.