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THE ESSENTIAL WESTERNS

DEAD MAN (Jarmusch) 
HIGH NOON (Kramer)
LITTLE BIG MAN (Penn)
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALENCE (Ford)
McCABE AND MRS. MILLER (Altman) 
MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (Ford)
THE NAKED SPUR (Mann)
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (Leone)
THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES (Eastwood)
THE OX-BOW INCIDENT (Wellman)
PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID (Peckinpah)
THE PROFESSIONALS (Brooks)
PURSUED (Walsh)
RED RIVER (Hawks)
RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (Peckinpah)
THE SEARCHERS (Ford) 

 
SEVEN MEN FROM NOW (Boetticher) 
SHANE (Stevens)
STAGECOACH (Ford)
THE TALL T (Boetticher)
THE TIN STAR (Mann) 
UNFORGIVEN (Eastwood)
THE WILD BUNCH (Peckinpah)

Is the western dead, eviscerated by its inherent racism and cockeyed historiography?  I ask this question not of the so-called modern western, mind you, but of the westerns of Ford and Hawks and Mann and the other iconic figures of yesteryear.  In other words, can we still treat the westerns listed on this page as we would other films, acknowledging their faults while praising their vigor and vision and beauty?  Are we able to go beyond their often patently false--and sometimes inexcusable--rendering of history to find truths, truths about ourselves, about America, about moral choices?  I feel we can. The western, perhaps more than any other genre, relates objects (landscape, especially) to character.  The conventions of the western are generally such that the character finds himself (almost always a man) in a hostile place where he is forced to examine himself and his relationship to other human beings.  


THE WESTERN DIRECTORS THE  COWBOYS THE STRONG SILENT TYPES WOMEN OF THE WEST
BUDD BOETTICHER
JOHN FORD
HOWARD HAWKS
SERGIO LEONE
ANTHONY MANN
SAM PECKINPAH
NICHOLAS RAY 
JOHN STURGES 
RAOUL WALSH
DANA ANDREWS 
SCOTT BRADY 
GARY COOPER
CLINT EASTWOOD
HENRY FONDA 
STERLING HAYDEN 
ALAN LADD  
JOEL McCREA 
ROBERT MITCHUM 
GREGORY PECK
ROBERT RYAN

RANDOLPH SCOTT
JAMES STEWART 
SPENCER TRACY 
JOHN WAYNE
RICHARD WIDMARK
BRONCO BILLY ANDERSON
WILLIAM S. HART 
TOM MIX
FRED THOMSON
HOOT GIBSON
BUCK JONES
TIM McCOY
KEN MAYNARD
JEAN ARTHUR 
ANNE BANCROFT 
JOAN CRAWFORD 
ANGIE DICKENSON 
KATY JURADO
VIRGINIA MAYO 
VERA MILES 
MAUREEN O'HARA 
JANE RUSSELL 
BARBARA STANWYCK 
CLAIRE TREVOR  
MARIE WINDSOR  
KINGS OF THE "B"s THE VILEST VILLAINS THE SIDEKICKS THE INDIANS
WILLIAM BOYD
JOHNNY MACK BROWN
WILD BILL ELLIOT
CHARLES STARRETT
BOB STEELE

THE SINGING COWBOYS
GENE AUTRY
ROY ROGERS
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Roy ROgers

CLAUDE AKINS
NEVILLE BRAND 
JOHN CARRADINE
JACK ELAM
L.Q. JONES
BARTON MacLANE
STROTHER MARTIN 
LEE MARVIN 
WARREN OATES 
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RAY TEAL
LEE VAN CLEEF
ROBERT WILKE
WARD BOND
WALTER BRENNAN
EDGAR BUCHANAN
ANDY DEVINE
FRANCIS FORD 
"GABBY" HAYES 
JOHN IRELAND 
BEN JOHNSON
VICTOR McLAGLEN
THOMAS MITCHELL

A TV MASTERPIECE
LONESOME DOVE

CHIEF JOHN BIG TREE
IRON EYES CODY
CHIEF DAN GEORGE
WILL SAMPSON
JAY SILVERHEELS
CHIEF YOWLACHIE 
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THE STUNTMAN
YAKIMA CANUTT

Visit Images Journal's 30 Great Westerns and The Western: An Overview