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The Great Westerns

A director, teacher, and film buff looks at the quintessential movie genre - The Western, and comes up with a personal list of the essential films. Some of them are classics, some are neglected gems, some are huge popular hits, and some are huge, overblown failures, but all of them are worth watching. The author has tried to be balanced, and has had to leave off some favorites. He has also deliberately excluded the B-Movie programmers of the 30s and 40s because there are literally hundreds of them; he has used the first Hopalong Cassidy film (Cassidy was the best of the B series) to represent all of them. He has also excluded singing cowboys. Finally, on any list of great Westerns, John Ford, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Budd Boetticher and Sam Peckinpah are going to dominate.
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made by James Nelson
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The Great Train Robery, Edwin S Porter (1903)
The Great Train Robery, Edwin S Porter (1903)
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The Squaw Man (1914)
The Squaw Man (1914)
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Hell's Hinges (1916)
Hell's Hinges (1916)
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The Covered Wagon (1923)
The Covered Wagon (1923)
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The Iron Horse (1924)
The Iron Horse (1924)
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3 Bad Men (1926)
3 Bad Men (1926)
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In Old Arizona (1928)
In Old Arizona (1928)
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The Virginian (1929)
The Virginian (1929)
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The Big Trail (1930)
The Big Trail (1930)
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Hop-A-Long Cassidy (1935)
Hop-A-Long Cassidy (1935)
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The Plainsman (1936)
The Plainsman (1936)
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Stagecoach (1939)
Stagecoach (1939)
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Union Pacific (1939)
Union Pacific (1939)
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Dark Command (1940)
Dark Command (1940)
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The Westerner (1940)
The Westerner (1940)
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Virginia City (1940)
Virginia City (1940)
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They Died With Their Boots on (1941)
They Died With Their Boots on (1941)
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Western Union (1941)
Western Union (1941)
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The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
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My Darling Clementine (1946)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
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Fort Apache (1948)
Fort Apache (1948)
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Red River (1948)
Red River (1948)
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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
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Streets of Laredo (1949)
Streets of Laredo (1949)
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Broken Arrow (1950)
Broken Arrow (1950)
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The Gunfighter (1950)
The Gunfighter (1950)
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Wagonmaster (1950)
Wagonmaster (1950)
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Winchester '73 (1950)
Winchester '73 (1950)
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Bend of the River (1952)
Bend of the River (1952)
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High Noon (1952)
High Noon (1952)
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Shane (1953)
Shane (1953)
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The Naked Spur (1953)
The Naked Spur (1953)
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Track of the Cat (1954)
Track of the Cat (1954)
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Vera Cruz (1954)
Vera Cruz (1954)
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Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
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Seven Men From Now (1956)
Seven Men From Now (1956)
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The Searchers (1956)
The Searchers (1956)
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3:10 to Yuma (1957)
3:10 to Yuma (1957)
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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
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Run of the Arrow (1957)
Run of the Arrow (1957)
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