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Best Western?

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posted on Nov, 4 2006 @ 09:22 PM
As a fan of the 'Western' genre, I thought it would be a good idea to guage some of my fellow ATSer's as to what their favourite Western is.

Here are my 3 favourites:

1. The Wild Bunch

The toughest Western ever! 'nuf said.

Pike Bishop: [the Gorches are protesting the dividing up of the loot] Sharin' up will be the same as always.
Lyle Gorch: Well, me and Tector don't think that he
[points at Angel]
Lyle Gorch: oughtta get the same amount. He's just startin' out and this is mine and Tector's openin' for a new territory!
Tector Gorch: That's right, and I figure a share to that old goat
[points at Sykes]
Tector Gorch: for watchin' them horses is damn sure a share too much!
Lyle Gorch: So, we decided; it ain't fair.
Pike Bishop: If you two boys don't like equal shares, why in the hell don't you just take all of it?
Pike Bishop: Well, why don't you answer me, you damn yellow-livered trash!
Lyle Gorch: [realizing the rest are backing Pike] Now, Pike, you know damn well...
Pike Bishop: I don't know a damn thing except I either lead this bunch or end it right now.

2. One-Eyed Jacks

Great film that hasn't received enough kudos for Marlon Brandos directing debut.

Bob: [referring to Rio's busted gun hand] It's been six weeks. That hand ain't gettin' no better. I say we lay for Longworth with shotguns and then go rob that bank.
Rio: Ambushin' folks ain't exactly my style, Bob.
Bob: I'd say your style's gettin' a bit slow. We brought you along because you're supposed to be the big man with the iron; but now, I think I could even out pull you.
Rio: [Putting his hand on his gun butt] You're probably right, Bob. You probably could get six into me by the time I get that one into you.

3. Once Upon A Time in the West

The Western raised to the level of 'Art-House' cinema. Henry Fonda, pure evil.

Harmonica: And Frank?
Snaky: Frank sent us.
Harmonica: Did you bring a horse for me?
Snaky: Well... looks like we're...
Snaky: ...looks like we're shy one horse.
Harmonica: You brought two too many.

[edit on 5-11-2006 by Beelzebubba]

posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 06:09 AM
My favourite is Once upon a time in the west,

I also like the fistful of dollors trilogy , and I would say my 2nd fave is the outlaw Josey Wales

[edit on 8-11-2006 by buckaroo]

posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 06:13 AM
without a doubt, "the searchers." john wayne should have gotten his first oscar with that one instead of 20 years later with "rooster cogburn."

nobody does western scenery like john ford. those monument valley shots have been copied by every other western directer since him. he set the standard.

[edit on 8-11-2006 by snafu7700]

posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 06:53 AM
I've always loved Big Jake (John Wayne) and just about any Clint Eastwood move. Most notable is High Plains Drifter. I always loved that movie.

posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 09:04 AM
Good idea for a thread.

I'd have to say for pure entertainment, Pale Rider and Tombstone are tops on my list.



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:05 PM
Id's say any western movie with John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Henry Fonda in it.

Mmm.....I'll say these.

My Name Is Nobody
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Rio Bravo

posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:32 PM
Purgatory - one of my fave movies! this is a must see as it has an amazing twist to it, that i would tell, IT was made in 1999

Dances with Wolves

posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:40 PM
Ahh, I love westerns. No way to pick one, but just to mention a couple of my favorites not already listed - The Magnificent Seven and Nevada Smith.

Steve McQueen. Go figure.

And here I thought this thread was going to be about cheap motels.

posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:46 PM
"The Misfits" with Clark Gable and Marlyn Monroe is one of my all time favorites.

"Gunfight at the OK Corral"

"One Eyed Jacks"

Everything with Gene Autry!!!

posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:54 PM
Awesome Thread! I would have to say Tombstone and Unforgiven are my favorite. I'm a fan of any western with Eastwood or Duvall.....Open Range is a great flick.

[edit on 8/11/2006 by SportyMB]

posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 01:06 PM
ooh ooh!

The Plainsman. Original version with Gary Cooper and the later one with Charlton Heston and Forrest Tucker.

Ride the High Country. A Peckinpah classic and may be better than The Wild Bunch. Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence. John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Lee Marvin, Lee Van Cleef. Classic.

I need to bow out. I could go on and on....

posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 01:22 PM
Ummmm, Shane anyone? Simply classic.

Tombstone, Unforgiven, Open Range, HBO's Deadwood series are all on my list of favs.

I also like:
My name is Nobody
The three "Trinity" movies
the Master Gunfighter
Red Sun
And about anything with Eastwood or the Duke.

posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 07:07 PM
Another title is a little Australian flick called 'The Proposition'.

Jellon Lamb (John Hurt): Forgive me, sir, but I've been stuck here with no one but this sorry sack of Hibernian pig s**t for conversation. Poor, poor Dan O'Reilly. Sit, sir. Drink with me.
[Charlie cocks his gun and points it to Lamb]
Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce): One more crack about the Irish, Mr. Lamb, and I'll shoot you. Am I clear?
Jellon Lamb: Oh, as the waters of Ennis, sir. Let us drink, then, to the Irish. No finer race of men have ever... peeled a potato.
[Charlie cocks his gun again and points it to Lamb]
Charlie Burns: Do you pray, Mr. Lamb?

Although set in Australia, 'The Proposition' is truly one of the finest Westerns I have seen. For those of you who want to see how another country does the 'Western' treatment, I recommend this film.

IGN: The Proposition
Rotten Tomatoes: The Proposition

posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 07:12 PM
No particular order:
High Noon
The Wild Bunch
Pale Rider
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 07:18 PM
El Dorado (serious with a little comedy mixed in)
Once Upon a Time in the West (sweeping)
High Plains Drifter (reminds me of Walker Lake, NV)

posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 12:22 AM
My friend M. Blake wrote this one.

"Dances with Wolves"

I think "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" deserves a mention.

posted on Nov, 9 2006 @ 09:49 PM
I always loved Glen Ford as a gunfighter. He made a number of good westerns in the 1950's.

The Violent Men
The Fastest Gun Alive
3:10 to Yuma
The Sheepman

Kirk Douglas in a more modern day western Lonely are the Brave.

TV but Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones are unforgettable in Lonesome Dove.

The Wild Bunch is probably the best ever.

posted on Nov, 10 2006 @ 09:03 AM
The Good, The Bad,and The Ugly. First western I ever saw. I was seven when I first watched it. Followed closeley would be The Wild Bunch.

I rented The Proposition and I heard that was very good as well. So we'll see.

posted on Nov, 10 2006 @ 09:28 AM

"Paleface" and "Son of Paleface" w/Hope and Crosby

"Blazing Saddles"

posted on Nov, 10 2006 @ 10:11 AM
Comedy? Cat Ballou. Lee Marvin with a well-deserved Academy Award for his dual role as Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn.

Singing "Happy Birthday" and blowing out the candles at Frankie Ballou's funeral - cracks me up every time.

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