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Ok, so I wanted to get a discussion on some of the best Western films of all time, and possibly suggestions of ones I have not yet considered.  I'm on a marathon of Western films that should last through October in order to pump me up for RDR2.  Before the marathon, Tombstone was my favorite, but ever since I watched Once Upon a Time in the West, that is now my favorite.

Also, of all the movies, No Country for Old Men is my favorite movie, but I wonder if people consider this a real Western?  I think it has all the right elements of a Western, as well as There Will Be Blood.

 

Prior to the marathon, I had already seen:

Tombstone
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Dances With Wolves
True Grit (2010)
Unforgiven
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)

And some arguable neo-Westerns such as:
No Country for Old Men
The Revenant
There Will Be Blood

My current marathon has consisted of:
Fistful of Dollars
A Few More Dollars
Stagecoach
The Outlaw Josey Wales
Once Upon a Time in the West
True Grit (1969)
The Hateful Eight

To be watched:
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
High Noon
Rio Bravo
The Man Who Shot Liberty Vance
The Assassination of Jesse James
Pale Rider
High Plains Drifter

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnndddddddddd some music!

 



 

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I think we know where I sit on which is my favourite. 

1. There Will Be Blood

2. Assassination of Jesse James (OST is AMAZING)

3. No Country For Old Men, which incidentally was filmed in the same location and at the same time as There Will Be Blood

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Next on your list needs to be Silverado, Quigly Down Under, and Young Guns I & II before anything else.  Then continue with what you’ve got. However, at some point you may want to check out The Proposition. And then, if you dare, Bone Tomahawk. 

 

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18 minutes ago, CMcC said:

Next on your list needs to be Silverado, Quigly Down Under, and Young Guns I & II before anything else.  Then continue with what you’ve got. However, at some point you may want to check out The Proposition. And then, if you dare, Bone Tomahawk. 

 

Ugh that scene, you know the one I mean. Ugh. 

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9 hours ago, CMcC said:

Next on your list needs to be Silverado, Quigly Down Under, and Young Guns I & II before anything else.  Then continue with what you’ve got. However, at some point you may want to check out The Proposition. And then, if you dare, Bone Tomahawk. 

 

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True story: my father is a HUGE fan of westerns.  His streaming queue is full of them on all the services he uses.  One night, my wife and I went out to dinner and he and my mom watched my kids.  After the kids went to bed, he started watching BT.  I got home halfway through the movie, and, knowing what was coming, advised my mother to stop watching.  She ignored me, and you can imagine how that ended...

 

Edit: I find the lack of Blazing Saddles on this thread disturbing.

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20 hours ago, CMcC said:

Next on your list needs to be Silverado, Quigly Down Under, and Young Guns I & II before anything else.  Then continue with what you’ve got. However, at some point you may want to check out The Proposition. And then, if you dare, Bone Tomahawk.  

I will definitely add those, especially Silverado and the Propostition, but I've never heard of Bone Tomahawk.  Also, considering it has Kurt Russell, I'm definitely down to watch.

19 hours ago, watery buffalo said:

Worth a mention. I know it isn't a true western film but it is still one of my favorites. Just wacky entertaining film worth a mention. 

Don't even get me started, because I imagine that this movie is what RDR2 Online will look like in about 6 months.  Steampunk giant spiders roaming the desert griefing other players. ????

13 minutes ago, #SadCowboy said:

One of my favorite movies right there. The cast was great and the story was perfect in my opinion.

I can think of any that haven't been named that were good but if I do, I will post them. 

I think what's awesome about this film is not just how good it is, but also how it spiritually represents Clint Eastwood's swan song and departure from Westerns, almost as if William Munny is the sum of all the characters he played in previous roles, but now old, retired, and just as mean.

 

20 hours ago, Benjo said:

I think we know where I sit on which is my favourite. 

1. There Will Be Blood

2. Assassination of Jesse James (OST is AMAZING)

3. No Country For Old Men, which incidentally was filmed in the same location and at the same time as There Will Be Blood

I literally just finished Assassination of Jesse James.  That was terribly emotional conflicting.  On one hand, Jesse James was a criminal and not the myth he was often portrayed as, and on the other, Robert Ford was just a sad story in and of itself.  Great movie, though.

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1 hour ago, X S said:

Don't even get me started, because I imagine that this movie is what RDR2 Online will look like in about 6 months.  Steampunk giant spiders roaming the desert griefing other players. ????

I mean if this ends up being the case, I wouldn't be mad. I would have a lot of fun with this although, it would get tiresome fast and people would likely end up pissing each other off. As long as I have the biggest spider, I am fine with it. 

Also, based on your list there, you will enjoy The Man Who Shot Liberty Vance. One of the better classics imo. 

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Though not a gunslinging Western, I recommend Mclintock. Grest John Wayne film. Also dug The Quiet Man.

And yes @BropolloCreed79, I am surprised no one said Blazing Saddles. Classic. 

No Country For Old Men was amazing. Young Guns was one of my favorites growing up.

Outlaw Josie Wales is great. High Plains Drifter may be my second favorite. Bad ass when he paints the town red.

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12 hours ago, TheHansonGoons said:

Though not a gunslinging Western, I recommend Mclintock. Grest John Wayne film. Also dug The Quiet Man.

The Blu Ray of The Quiet Man gets a lot of airings in Casa de Creed.  So much so, that my kids know there's a problem when I tell them, "you just made the list!".

Pro tip: Blazing Saddles is available to stream as part of the Amazon Prime package right now.

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On 8/2/2018 at 6:56 PM, X S said:

High Plains Drifter

 

19 hours ago, TheHansonGoons said:

High Plains Drifter may be my second favorite. Bad ass when he paints the town red.

Could not agree more. In fact, the mods have even been discussing this film quite a bit! Riveting story.

 

7 hours ago, BropolloCreed79 said:

Pro tip: Blazing Saddles is available to stream as part of the Amazon Prime package right now.

One of my all-time favorites. I only got the "I am not from Havana!" joke a couple of years ago. Leave it to Mel Brooks to tell a joke it takes you 40 years to get.

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1 hour ago, Cokeyskunk said:

One of my all-time favorites. I only got the "I am not from Havana!" joke a couple of years ago. Leave it to Mel Brooks to tell a joke it takes you 40 years to get!

There's so many great parts in that film, but the one that always makes me crack up is when Taggart and the raiders are slowed down by the William J. Le Petomane Thuway.  "Somebody's gotta go back and get a s---load of dimes!"

I die laughing every time.

That, and when Bart shows up at the labor camp again,:

Charlie: "They said you was hung."

Bart: "And they was right".

They'd never make that film nowadays.  Hell, I'm surprised it hasn't been banned outright.

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1 minute ago, BropolloCreed79 said:

There's so many great parts in that film, but the one that always makes me crack up is when Taggart and the raiders are slowed down by the William J. Le Petomane Thuway.  "Somebody's gotta go back and get a s---load of dimes!"

I die laughing every time.

That, and when Bart shows up at the labor camp again,:

Charlie: "They said you was hung."

Bart: "And they was right".

They'd never make that film nowadays.  Hell, I'm surprised it hasn't been banned outright.

Those are two of my favorites! I laugh my butt off at the dimes and the "Baby, they was RIGHT!" line every time.

Two more of my favorites:

 

Lamarr: "Just think about your secretaryyyy . . . "

 

Bart: "What do YOU like to do?"
Jim: "I don' know . . . play chess . . . screw . . . "
Bart: "Well, let's play chess."

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Making my way through Pale Rider at the moment.  I kinda like how they don't shy away from social norms back then, particularly a 15 year old girl wanting to have sex with someone who was probably 50-something.  I kinda laughed at that part.

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Had to revive this thread because the second train robbery in the game is straight from the Assassination of Jesse James.  Arthur even puts his foot on the rails like Jesse to feel the vibration.

Part 1

Part 2

 

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Love the old Zorro movies when I was young, and the movie "Mask of Zorro" is a newer retelling that I think is really good.  We all wanted to be Zorro! lol.

"Hateful Eight", because I like Q.T.'s movies, and "Django Unchained" had some great parts in it.  Q.T. cites as his favorite movie "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly", and you can really see it in all of his movies.

"Shane", this is an amazing movie and if you haven't seen it you absolutely need to.

"Jeremiah Johnson", classic.

"A Man called Horse", another classic.

Numerous Japanese Samurai movies scratch the itch, and a few are actually retellings of American westerns.  Among my absolute favorite Samurai movies of all times .. "Sword of Doom", one of the hardest movies ever made.

"Lonesome Dove" .. git from here you pig!

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Lots of good movies listed here and I can add to those recommending both Young Guns movies as well as, Tombstone, High Plains Drifter, Unforgiven and of course Blazing Saddles. 

There are a few old school westerns I really like such as:

1) Rio Bravo (or the later El Dorado...basically the same movie) 

2) Chisum

3) Red River

4) The sons of Katie Elder

5) Shane

and a few lesser known modern ones:

1) Forsaken (really good little Kiefer and Donald Sutherland movie)

2) The Quick and the Dead (ok not the most historically accurate but still fun)

3) Jane Got a Gun 

4) In a valley of Violence

There’s many more but too many to list! 

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On 12/25/2018 at 3:39 AM, SpeedyBeagle said:

Oh and have you guys seen Deadwood?

I have. I felt it was short lived. I don't remember if it just ended or it was canceled. It was one of the only series I took interest in back then on HBO.

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Yeah, it finished very abruptly....product of network cancellation I guess!

 

I liked the fact that it attempted to portray the west a bit more realistically....a lot of grime, greed and bad hygiene....but it also had some fantastic characters and it seemed to be building up to a action packed conclusion before the studio pulled a Sopranos on us! :-)

 

Always a chance it could get revived though!

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Hostiles was a good one that I don't think has been mentioned yet (although may take place just a tad before gunslinger era) also, not films, but if you're looking for a great series on Netflix, I highly recommend Godless & Hell on Wheels 🤠

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They're making a Deadwood movie with the original actors! That'll be sweet!

2 more John Wayne classics "The Cowboys" and "The Shootist".

The Quick and The Dead was always entertaining, Hostiles was great.

I thought the remake with Denzel of The Magnificent Seven was good, especially when they take the town over.

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18 hours ago, SpeedyBeagle said:

Yeah, it finished very abruptly....product of network cancellation I guess!

 

I liked the fact that it attempted to portray the west a bit more realistically....a lot of grime, greed and bad hygiene....but it also had some fantastic characters and it seemed to be building up to a action packed conclusion before the studio pulled a Sopranos on us! 🙂

 

Always a chance it could get revived though!

I am hoping for this. I too loved the picture they painted. They had all the things you'd expect from the time. It really worked well with character development. 

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