Westerns never go out of style. From classic scenes of Clint Eastwood in a handlebar mustache and heeled boots to one-shot action dramas, the Western genre has it all.
Here are some of the top Western movies that you need to add to your watch list ASAP.
Starring Grace Kelly and Gary Cooper, this 1952 Oscar-winning classic is one of the top-ranked Western movies of all time. A thoughtful and tense drama, which explores themes of duty, morality, and life. Cooper plays Marshal Will Kane, a prospective groom on the brink of retirement. He learns that an old enemy of his is coming to seek revenge—and so he decides to have a final showdown, alone.
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Considered one the best Westerns to have ever been produced, this Clint Eastwood classic was directed by spaghetti Western genius Sergio Leone. With brutal and powerful scenes, this movie was released in 1966. Eastwood stars as Blondie, a cowboy who goes searching for lost Confederate gold. With Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach playing gunslingers, the three keep bumping into one another in search for the prize until one last final showdown at the final destination.
Dances With Wolves
A passion project of lead actor Kevin Costner, this is the top-grossing Westerns of all time. Winning several prestigious Academy Awards, it revitalized the Western genre completely in 1990. A three-hour-long project, this movie follows the story of a Union Army Lieutenant traveling into the American frontier in search of a military post. During this time, he assimilates with the peaceful Sioux tribe near his one-man frontier outpost. This sweeping epic has extensive subtitles, with most of the spoken dialogue in the Lakota language, and was monumental in reviving the Western genre.
Directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and Samuel L. Jackson. Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a proud antebellum avenger, battles a parade of racist archetypes alongside Christopher Waltz. Hunting the South’s most wanted criminals, this dynamic duo arrives at the plantation where Django’s wife is still enslaved. In breathtakingly violent scenes with a star-studded cast, this 2012 Western is one of the craziest American films out there.
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