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The Alamo (1960)
Director: John Wayne
Starring: John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon, Richard Boone, Linda Cristal, Patrick Wayne, Joan O'Brien, Jester Hairston, Denver Pyle, Chill Wills and Wesley Lau
In 1836 General Santa Anna and the Mexican army is sweeping across Texas. To be able to stop him, General Sam Houston needs time to get his main force into shape. To buy that time he orders Colonel William Travis to defend a small mission on the Mexicans' route at all costs. Travis' small troop is swelled by groups accompanying Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett but, as the situation becomes ever more desperate, Travis makes it clear there will be no shame if they leave while they can.
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Director: John Sturges
Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis and Dean Jagger, Walter Brennan, John Ericson, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin
A one-handed stranger comes to Black Rock, a tiny town possessing a terrible past the locals want to keep secret, by violent means if necessary.
Director: Fielder Cook
Starring: Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards, Paul Ford, Charles Bickford, Burgess Meredith, Kevin McCarthy, Robert Middleton and John Qualen
A high-stake poker game. The participants include some of the wealthiest men in the West. Into this rarefied atmosphere trudges an impoverished farmer who, despite the protests of his wife, plunks down his last dollars to join the game. Halfway through the proceedings, he falls ill. With quiet desperation, his wife sits down daintily at the table and says in a firm voice "Gentlemen, how do you play this game?" End of story? Not by a long shot!
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Director: Mel Brooks
Starring: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks, Burton Gilliam, Alex Karras, David Huddleston, Liam Dunn, John Hillerman, George Furth, Dom DeLuise, Richard Farnsworth and Count Basie
A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar, a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unliveable. After the Sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor. Hedley convinces him to send the town the first black sheriff in the West. Bart is a sophisticated urbanite who will have some difficulty winning over the townspeople.
Broken Trail (2006)
Director: Walter Hill
Starring: Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi, Chris Mulkey, Rusty Schwimmer, Scott Cooper, Donald Fong, Gwendoline Yeo, Valerie Tian, Caroline Chan, Olivia Cheng, Jadyn Wong and James Russo
Based on real life events. Set in 1898, Print Ritter and his estranged nephew Tom Harte become the reluctant guardians of five abused and abandoned Chinese girls. Ritter and Harte's attempts to care for the girls are complicated by their responsibility to deliver a herd of horses while avoiding a group of bitter rivals intent on kidnapping the girls for their own purposes.
Director: George Roy Hill
Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Jeff Corey, George Furth and Cloris Leachman
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the two leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Butch is all ideas, Sundance is all action and skill. The West is becoming civilized and, when Butch and Sundance rob a train once too often, a special posse begins trailing them no matter where they run.
Carry on Cowboy (1965)
Director: Gerald Thomas
Starring: Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Angela Douglas, Peter Butterworth and Bernard Bresslaw
Stodge City is in the grip of the Rumpo Kid and his gang. Mistaken identity takes a hand as a "sanitary engineer" (plumber) by the name of Marshal P. Knutt is mistaken for a law marshal. Being the conscientious sort, Marshal tries to help the town get rid of Rumpo and a showdown is inevitable. Marshal has two aids: revenge-seeking Annie Oakley and his sanitary expertise...
Cat Ballou (1965)
Director: Elliot Silverstein
Starring: Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Michael Callan, Dwayne Hickman, John Marley, Tom Nardini, Stubby Kaye and Nat King Cole
Wanna-be schoolteacher Catherine 'Cat' Ballou returns home from the East to find that Wolf City Development Corporation is scheming to take the ranch from her father. She who hires Kid Shelleen, a notorious gunman, to protect her father's ranch and later to avenge his murder, but finds that the gunman is not what she expected. Comedy-Western.
Django Unchained (2012)
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Johnson, Dennis Christopher, Bruce Dern, James Remar, Franco Nero, Don Stroud, Tom Wopat, Lee Horsley, Michael Parks, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Carradine, Zoe Bell, Ted Neeley, Michael Bowen, James Russo, Walter Goggins, Russ Tamblyn, Amber Tamblyn and James Parks
With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef and Rada Rassimov
A bounty hunting scam sees two men join forces in an uneasy alliance against a third man in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.
High Noon (1952)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Starring: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger, Lon Chaney Jr., Ian MacDonald, Lee Van Cleef, Sheb Wooley and Harry Morgan
Will Kane is a town marshal. It's his wedding day and his last day as a lawman. He is about to leave town with his new bride to start a new life when some men arrive and tell him that Frank Miller, a man he sent to prison some years ago, has just been released and is arriving on the noon train. Kane and any of the townsfolk who remember Miller, know that he's coming to town for one thing: to get Will. Will's friends tell him to leave town, which he does.
But Will feels that running away is not a solution and returns, intending to face Miller and his gang. Will tries to find support from among the townsfolk but none of them want to help him as they are too afraid. They all urge him to leave town and even Will's wife feels the same way. As the train comes closer, Will is all alone.
How the West Was Won (1962)
Directors: Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, John Ford and Richard Thorpe
Starring: James Stewart, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, Carroll Baker, Robert Preston, George Peppard, Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Eli Wallach, Thelma Ritter, Carolyn Jones, Karl Malden, John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Walter Brannan, Andy Devine, Raymond Massey, Agnes morrhead, Harry Morgan, Mickey Shaughnessy, Russ Tamblyn, Jay C. Flippen and Spencer Tracy (narrator)
A chronicle of a pioneering family's triumphs and tragedies spanning three generations and a half century of westward movement.
The Last Wagon (1956)
Director: Delmer Daves
Starring: Richard Widmark, Felicia Farr, Susan Kohner, Tommy Rettig, Nick Adams, James Drury and Carl Benton Reid
When a handful of settlers survive an Apache attack on their wagon train they must put their lives into the hands of Comanche Todd, a white man who has lived with the Comanches most of his life and is wanted for the murders of three men.
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Director: John Sturges
Starring: Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Eli Wallach, Horst Bucholtz and Brad Dexter
An oppressed Mexican peasant village assembles seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.
Man of the West (1958)
Director: Anthony Mann
Starring: Gary Cooper, Julie London, Arthur O'Connell, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Lord, Royal Dano, John Dehner, Robert J. Wilke, J. Williams, Chief Tahachee, Joe Dominguez, Dick Elliott, Frank Ferguson, Herman Hack, Signe Hack, Anne Kunde, Tom London, Tina Menard, Emory Parnell, Chuck Roberson, Glen Walters and Glen Wilkerson
Ex-outlaw Link Jones is aboard a train when it is robbed by bandits. When he tries to intervene, he's knocked out and left in the middle of nowhere with saloon singer Billie, whom he hoped to hire as a schoolteacher in his town, and Sam, a con man. Link brings the three to his nearby former home, now the hideout for the bandits, who are led by his uncle - and to save his new friends, he must rejoin the old gang for one last holdup.
My Name Is Nobody (1973)
Directors: Serio Leone and Tonino Valerii
Starring: Henry Fonda, Terence Hill, Jean Martin, R.G. Armstrong, Karl Braun, Leo Gordon, Steve Kanaly and Geoffrey Lewis
A young, easygoing gunman worships and competes with an old gunfighter who only wants to retire.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Director: Serio Leone
Starring: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Woody Strode, Jack Elam and Keenan Wynn
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with notorious desperado Cheyenne to protect beautiful widow Jill McBain from ruthless assassin Frank working for the railroad in this frontier epic.
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Director: Sam Raimi
Producer: Sharon Stone
Starring: Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Pat Hingle, Lance Henriksen, Tobin Bell, Roberts Blossom, Keith David, Kevin Conway, Gary Sinise, Fay Masterson, Olivia Burnette, Woody Strode, Mark Boone Junuior and Sven-Ole Thorsen
"The Lady" rides into the Old West town of Redemption circa 1878. In an attempt to seek vengeance for her father's death, she enters a single elimination gunfighting contest presided over by Redemption's ruthless leader, John Herod.
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Starring: Sean Connery, Brigitte Bardot, Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Honor Blackman, Peter van Eyck, Woody Strode and Eric Sykes
Shalako, the hunter and tracker, has to save a party of European hunters who are in danger from an Indian uprising.
My favorite films set in the American West.
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list by kathy
Published 3 years, 9 months ago
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