Westerns 1980-2013 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 109

A Chronology of Western Movie Posters 1980-2013.

With Facts and Ratings.

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The Long Riders (1980)
The Long Riders (1980)

The Long Riders (1980) Directed by Walter Hill. 100mins

David Carradine - Cole Younger
Keith Carradine - Jim Younger
Robert Carradine - Bob Younger
James Keach - Jesse James
Stacy Keach - Frank James
Dennis Quaid - Ed Miller
Randy Quaid - Clell Miller
Christopher Guest - Charlie Ford
Nicholas Guest - Bob Ford

Above average western based on real events.

Noteworthy for having real life actor brothers play the wild west outlaws.

Box Office $15.8m

Tagline - "All the world likes an outlaw. For some damn reason they remember 'em." - Jesse James

IMDB rating 7.0

Heaven's Gate (1980)
Heaven's Gate (1980)

Heaven's Gate (1980) Directed by Michael Cimino. 148mins (216mins)

Kris Kristofferson - James Averill
Christopher Walken - Nathan Champion
Isabelle Huppert - Ella Watson
Jeff Bridges - John L. Bridges

Also starring John Hurt, Sam Waterston, Brad Dourif and Joseph Cotten.

Epic western which became infamous for spiralling costs, endless production problems and being one of the biggest flops of all time.

Heaven's Gate cost twice as much as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, released the same year. Where did all the money go?

The disaster signalled the end for United Artists, the studo producing the film. The director Michael Cimino became a pariah as Hollywood turned it's back on him.

Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction.

Nominated for 5 Razzie Awards winning for Worst Director.

Cost $44m - Box Office $3.4m

Tagline - The only thing greater than their passion for America...was their passion for each other.

IMDB rating 6.6

Tom Horn (1980) Japanese poster
Tom Horn (1980) Japanese poster

Tom Horn (1980) Directed by William Wiard. 98mins.

Steve McQueen - Tom Horn

Also starring Linda Evans, Richard Farnsworth, Billy Green Bush, Slim Pickens and Geoffrey Lewis.

Based on the life of wild west lawman Tom Horn (1860-1903).

Steve McQueen would make one more film, The Hunter (1980), before dying of cancer at the age of 50.

Tagline - See him before he sees you

IMDB rating 6.7

The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)
The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)

The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981) Directed by William A. Fraker. 98mins.

Klinton Spilsbury - John Reid / The Lone Ranger
Michael Horse - Tonto

Also starring Christopher Lloyd, Matt Clark, Juanin Clay and Jason Robards as Ulysses S. Grant.

Based on characters created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker.

An expensive western which is noteworthy for being the lead actor's (Klinton Spilsbury) only film credit, apparently he was getting into fights on set, drunk during promotional interviews and even Andy Warhol found his behaviour odd.

Nominated for 5 Razzie Awards winning 3 including Worst Actor (Spilsbury).

Cost $18m - Box Office $12.6m

Tagline - The Man. The Hero. The Legend Behind the Mask,

IMDB rating 4.5

Pale Rider (1985)
Pale Rider (1985)

Pale Rider (1985) Directed by Clint Eastwood. 115mins.

Clint Eastwood - Preacher
Michael Moriarty - Hull Barret
Carrie Snodgress - Sarah Wheeler

Also starring Sydney Penny, Richard Dysart, Christopher Penn, Richard Kiel and John Russell.

Interesting western with similarities to Shane and High Plains Drifter.

Cost $6.9m - Box Office $41.4m

IMDB rating 7.2

Megan Wheeler: [reading the Bible] "And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the fourth beast say: "Come and see." And I looked, and behold a pale horse. And his name that sat on him was Death. And Hell followed with him."

Silverado (1985)
Silverado (1985)
Silverado (1985) German poster
Silverado (1985) German poster

Silverado (1985) Directed by Lawrence Kasdan. 133mins.

Kevin Kline - Paden
Scott Glenn - Emmett
Kevin Costner - Jake
Danny Glover - Mal Johnson

Also starring Brian Dennehy, Rosanna Arquette, John Cleese, Jeff Goldblum and Linda Hunt.

An enjoyable western with an interesting cast.

Kevin Costner and director Lawrence Kasdan would work together again on Wyatt Earp (1994).

Oscar nominations for Best Music (Bruce Broughton) and Best Sound.

Cost $23m - Box Office $32.1m

Tagline - Four strangers became friends. Four friends became heroes. On the road to... Silverado.

IMDB rating 7.1

Young Guns (1988)
Young Guns (1988)

Young Guns (1988) Directed by Christopher Cain. 107mins.

Emilio Estevez - William H. Bonney
Kiefer Sutherland - Doc Scurlock
Lou Diamond Phillips - Chavez y Chavez
Charlie Sheen - Dick Brewer

Also starring Dermot Mulroney, Casey Siemaszko, Terence Stamp and Jack Palance.

1877. The story of William H. Bonney aka Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War.

Tom Cruise reportedly appears somewhere in the film uncredited. I haven't spotted him.

Cost $11m - Box Office $45.6m (US)

Tagline - Six reasons why the west was wild.

IMDB rating 6.6

Quigley Down Under (1990)
Quigley Down Under (1990)

Quigley Down Under (1990) Directed by Simon Wincer. 119mins.

Tom Selleck - Matthew Quigley
Laura San Giacomo - Crazy Cora
Alan Rickman - Elliott Marston

Also starring Chris Haywood, Ron Haddrick and Tony Bonner.

Australian Western set in Western Australia.

Clint Eastwood was considered for the lead role.

Cost $18m - Box Office $21.4m

Tagline - The West was never this far west...

IMDB rating 6.6

Dances With Wolves (1990)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
Dances With Wolves (1990)

Dances With Wolves (1990) Directed by Kevin Costner. 181mins (236mins)

Kevin Costner - Lt. John Dunbar
Mary McDonnell - Stands With A Fist
Graham Greene - Kicking Bird
Rodney A. Grant - Wind In His Hair

Also starring Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman, Robert Pastorelli, Charles Rocket and Maury Chaykin.

Based on the novel by Michael Blake, published in 1988.

Celebrated award winning film which became the highest grossing western of all time.

Nominated for 12 Oscars winning 7 - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music (John Barry), Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Editing.

DGA Winner for Outstanding Directorial Achievement

WGA Winner for Best Screenplay.

Chosen for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 2007.

Cost $22m - Box Office $424.2m

Tagline - In 1864 one man went in search of the frontier... and found himself.

IMDB rating 8.0

Major Fambrough: You wish to see the frontier?
John Dunbar: Yes sir, before it's gone.

Young Guns II (1990)
Young Guns II (1990)

Young Guns II (1990) Directed by Geoff Murphy. 104mins.

Emilio Estevez - William H. Bonney
Kiefer Sutherland - Doc Scurlock
Lou Diamond Phillips - Chavez y Chavez
Christian Slater - Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh

Also starring William Petersen, Alan Ruck, Balthazar Getty, Robert Knepper, Viggo Mortensen and James Coburn as John Chisum.

Very loosely based on real events.

Oscar nomination for Best Song "Blaze of Glory" (Jon Bon Jovi)

Golden Globe winner for Best Song "Blaze of Glory" (Jon Bon Jovi)

Box Office $44.1m

Tagline - The West just got wilder.

IMDB rating 6.1

Unforgiven (1992)
Unforgiven (1992)

Unforgiven (1992) Directed by Clint Eastwood. 131mins

Clint Eastwood - Will Munny
Gene Hackman - Little Bill Daggett
Morgan Freeman - Ned Logan
Richard Harris - English Bob

Also starring Jaimz Woolvett, Saul Rubinek and Frances Fisher.

Clint Eastwood's final western, critically acclaimed and successful, a fitting farewell to the genre which made him famous.

The end credits feature the words "Dedicated to Sergio and Don", referring to the two most important directors in Clints life - Sergio Leone & Don Siegel.

Nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Actor (Clint Eastwood), winning 4 - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman) and Best Film Editing.

DGA winner for Outstanding Directorial Achievement

Chosen for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 2004.

Cost $14.4m - Box Office $159.1m

IMDB rating 8.3

Posse (1993)
Posse (1993)

Posse (1993) Directed by Mario Van Peebles. 111mins

Mario Van Peebles - Jesse Lee
Stephen Baldwin - Little J
Billy Zane - Colonel Graham

Also starring Melvin Van Peebles, Tone Loc, Pam Grier, Tiny Lister and Blair Underwood.

A western in which all the villains are white and all the heroes black.

Box Office $18.2m

Tagline - The Untold Story of the Wild West

IMDB rating 5.2

Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) Directed by Walter Hill. 115mins.

Jason Patric - Lt. Charles Gatewood
Gene Hackman - Brig. Gen. George Crook
Robert Duvall - Al Sieber
Wes Studi - Geronimo

Also starring Matt Damon, Rodney A. Grant and Kevin Tighe.

Screenplay by John Milius.

Oscar nomination for Best Sound.

Cost $35m - Box Office $18.6m

Tagline - A Warrior. A Leader. A Legend.

IMDB rating 6.3

Tombstone (1993)
Tombstone (1993)

Tombstone (1993) Directed by George P. Cosmatos. 130mins (134mins)

Kurt Russell - Wyatt Earp
Val Kilmer - Doc Holliday
Sam Elliott - Virgil Earp
Bill Paxton - Morgan Earp
Dana Delany - Josephine Marcus
Powers Boothe - Curly Bill Brocius
Michael Biehn - Johnny Ringo
Stephen Lang - Ike Clanton

Also starring Jason Priestley, Billy Zane, Jon Tenney, Thomas Haden Church, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Joanna Pacula, Michael Rooker, Billy Bob Thornton and Charlton Heston as Henry Hooker.

Narrated by Robert Mitchum.

One of the most popular and quotable westerns of recent years. Kevin Costner was attached to this movie at one point but he wanted to make a film about Wyatt Earp's life story instead and left the project.

Mickey Rourke turned down the role of Johnny Ringo.

John Carpenter, a friend of Kurt Russells, was one of the directors considered for Tombstone.

Cost $25m - Box Office $56.5m (US)

Tagline - Every town has a story. Tombstone has a legend.

IMDB rating 7.7

Wyatt Earp: All right, Clanton... you called down the thunder, well now you've got it! You see that? It says United States Marshal! The Cowboys are finished, you understand? I see a red sash, I kill the man wearing it. So run, you cur... RUN! Tell all the other curs the law's coming. You tell 'em I'M coming... and hell's coming with me, you hear?... HELL'S COMING WITH ME!

Bad Girls (1994)
Bad Girls (1994)

Bad Girls (1994) Directed by Jonathan Kaplan. 99mins.

Madeleine Stowe - Cody Zamora
Mary Stuart Masterson - Anita Crown
Andie MacDowell - Eileen Spenser
Drew Barrymore - Lilly Laronette

Also starring James Russo, James Le Gros, Dermot Mulroney and Robert Loggia.

Not a sequel to Bad Boys.

Box Office $15.2m (US)

Tagline - It was a dangerous time to be a woman. And a good time to have friends.

IMDB rating 4.8

Maverick (1994)
Maverick (1994)

Maverick (1994) Directed by Richard Donner. 127mins.

Mel Gibson - Bret Maverick
Jodie Foster - Annabelle Bransford
James Garner - Marshal Zane Cooper

Also starring Graham Greene, Alfred Molina and James Coburn.

Based on the TV series 'Maverick' (1957-1962) created by Roy Huggins and starring James Garner as Bret Maverick.

Meg Ryan was first choice to play Annabelle.

Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design.

Cost $75m - Box Office $183m

Tagline - The greatest gambler in the West has finally met his match.

IMDB rating 6.9

Wyatt Earp (1994)
Wyatt Earp (1994)

Wyatt Earp (1994) Directed by Lawrence Kasdan. 191mins (212mins)

Kevin Costner - Wyatt Earp
Dennis Quaid - Doc Holliday
Gene Hackman - Nicholas Earp

Also starring JoBeth Williams, Linden Ashby, Jeff Fahey, Mark Harmon, Catherine O'Hara, Michael Madsen, Bill Pullman, Isabella Rossellini and Tom Sizemore.

Originally planned as a six-hour mini-series for TV.

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography.

Nominated for 5 Razzie Awards winning 2 - Worst Actor (Kevin Costner) and Worst Sequel or Remake.

Cost $63m - Box Office $25m

Tagline - The epic story of love and adventure in a lawless land.

IMDB rating 6.5

Wild Bill (1995)
Wild Bill (1995)

Wild Bill (1995) Directed by Walter Hill. 98mins.

Jeff Bridges - James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok
Ellen Barkin - Calamity Jane

Also starring John Hurt, Diane Lane, Keith Carradine, David Arquette, Christina Applegate and Bruce Dern.

Based on the novel "Deadwood" by Pete Dexter, published in 1986.

Keith Carradine would play Wild Bill Hickock in the TV series 'Deadwood', the first episode was directed by Walter Hill.

Cost $30m - Box Office $2.1m (US)

Tagline - A legend never dies.

IMDB rating 5.8

The Quick and the Dead (1995)
The Quick and the Dead (1995)
The Quick and the Dead (1995) Japanese poster
The Quick and the Dead (1995) Japanese poster

The Quick and the Dead (1995) Directed by Sam Raimi. 107mins.

Sharon Stone - Ellen
Gene Hackman - John Herod
Russell Crowe - Cort
Leonardo DiCaprio - Fee 'The Kid' Herod

Also starring Tobin Bell, Roberts Blossom, Keith David, Lance Henriksen, Pat Hingle and Gary Sinise.

When Gene Hackman lightly slaps Sharon Stone's face it wasn't in the script, her surprised look was real.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress (Sharon Stone).

Cost $35m - Box Office $18.6m

Tagline - In this town, you're either one or the other.

IMDB rating 6.3

Wild Wild West (1999)
Wild Wild West (1999)

Wild Wild West (1999) Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. 106mins.

Will Smith - Capt. James West
Kevin Kline - Artemus Gordon / Ulysses S. Grant
Kenneth Branagh - Dr. Arliss Loveless

Also starring Salma Hayek, M. Emmet Walsh, Ted Levine and Rodney A. Grant.

SF-Fantasy-Western-Comedy based on the TV show Wild Wild West (1965-1969) which starred Robert Conrad as James West and Ross Martin as Artemus Gordon.

George Clooney was considered for Artemus Gordon

Nominated for 9 Razzie Awards winning 5 - Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Song and Worst Screen Couple (Will Smith & Kevin Kline).

Cost $170m - Box Office $222.1m

Tagline - On July 2nd, it's a whole new west.

IMDB rating 4.6

Shanghai Noon (2000)
Shanghai Noon (2000)

Shanghai Noon (2000) Directed by Tom Dey. 110mins.

Jackie Chan - Chon Wang
Owen Wilson - Roy O'Bannon

Also starring Lucy Liu, Roger Yuan, Xander Berkeley and Jason Connery.

Kung Fu-Comedy-Western.

Cost $55m - Box Office $99.2m

Tagline - The Classic Western Gets A Kick In The Pants

IMDB rating 6.5

Sequel - Shanghai Knights (2003).

American Outlaws (2001)
American Outlaws (2001)

American Outlaws (2001) Directed by Les Mayfield. 94mins.

Colin Farrell - Jesse James
Scott Caan - Cole Younger
Ali Larter - Zee Mimms

Also starring Gabriel Macht, Gregory Smith, Kathy Bates and Timothy Dalton.

Jesse James rides again.

Cost $35m - Box Office $13.3m

Tagline - Sometimes the wrong side of the law is the right place to be.

IMDB rating 5.7

Open Range (2003)
Open Range (2003)

Open Range (2003) Directed by Kevin Costner. 139mins.

Robert Duvall - Boss Spearman
Kevin Costner - Charley Waite
Annette Bening - Sue Barlow

Also starring Michael Gambon, Michael Jeter, Diego Luna and James Russo.

Based on the novel "The Open Range Men" by Lauren Paine, published in 1990.

The studio originally had Costner top billed on the credits but Costner insisted Duvall should be first and the credits were reversed.

Cost $22m - Box Office $68.2m

Tagline - No place to run. No reason to hide.

IMDB rating 7.4

The Alamo (2004)
The Alamo (2004)

The Alamo (2004) Directed by John Lee Hancock. 137mins.

Dennis Quaid - Sam Houston
Billy Bob Thornton - Davy Crockett
Jason Patric - James Bowie
Patrick Wilson - William Travis

Also starring Emilio Echevarría, Tom Davidson and Marc Blucas.

Based on real events, the Battle of the Alamo, 1836 San Antonio, Texas.

Ron Howard was going to direct with Russell Crowe starring but it didn't work out. Ethan Hawke was considered to play Travis.

Cost $107m - Box Office $25.8m

Tagline - You will never forget

IMDB rating 5.9

Seraphim Falls (2006)
Seraphim Falls (2006)

Seraphim Falls (2006) Directed by David Von Ancken. 115mins.

Liam Neeson - Carver
Pierce Brosnan - Gideon

Also starring Michael Wincott, Xander Berkeley, Ed Lauter, Tom Noonan, Kevin J. O'Connor, Wes Studi and Anjelica Huston.

Richard Gere was cast as Gideon but dropped out, and the role was taken by Brosnan.

Box Office $1.2m (US)

Tagline - Never turn your back on the past.

IMDB rating 6.7

3:10 to Yuma (2007)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)

3:10 to Yuma (2007) Directed by James Mangold. 122mins.

Russell Crowe - Ben Wade
Christian Bale - Dan Evans

Also starring Logan Lerman, Dallas Roberts, Ben Foster and Peter Fonda.

A pretty good remake of the 1957 western of the same name which starred Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, loosely based on a short story by Elmore Leonard.

Tom Cruise was interested in playing Ben Wade but changed his mind.

Eric Bana was considered for Dan Evans.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Music Score (Marco Beltrami) and Best Sound Mixing.

Cost $55m - Box Office $70m

Tagline - Time waits for one man.

IMDB rating 7.8

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) Directed by Andrew Dominik. 160mins.

Brad Pitt - Jesse James
Casey Affleck - Robert Ford

Also starring Sam Shepard, Jeremy Renner, Sam Rockwell, Mary-Louise Parker and Zooey Deschanel.

Adapted from the novel by Ron Hansen, published in 1983 and based on real events.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Suporting Actor (Casey Affleck) and Best Cinematography.

Cost $30m - Box Office $15m

Tagline - Beyond the myth lies America's greatest betrayal.

IMDB rating 7.6

True Grit (2010)
True Grit (2010)

True Grit (2010) Directed by Joel & Ethan Coen. 110mins.

Jeff Bridges - Rooster Cogburn
Matt Damon - LaBoeuf
Josh Brolin - Tom Chaney
Hailee Steinfeld - Mattie Ross

Also starring Barry Pepper, Dakin Matthews and Leon Russom.

Based on the novel by Charles Portis, published in 1968, it was first filmed by Paramount Studios in 1969 and starred John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn.

In the 1969 version John Wayne wore the patch on the left eye, in this version Jeff Bridges wears it on the right eye. There's trivia for you!

Nominated for 10 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director(s), Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Jeff Bridges) and Best Supporting Actress (Hailee Steinfeld).

Cost $38m - Box Office $251.1m

Tagline - Punishment comes one way or another

IMDB rating 7.7

Jonah Hex (2010)
Jonah Hex (2010)

Jonah Hex (2010) Directed by Jimmy Hayward. 81mins.

Josh Brolin - Jonah Hex
John Malkovich - Quentin Turnbull
Megan Fox - Lilah

Also starring Michael Fassbender, Michael Shannon, Will Arnett, Tom Wopat and Wes Bentley.

Horror-Western based on the comic book character created by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga and published by DC Comics in 1972.

Josh Brolin couldn't eat with the burnt flesh makeup stuck to his face.

Nominated for 2 Razzies - Worst Actress (Megan Fox) and Worst Screen Couple (Megan Fox - accent / Josh Brolin - face)

Cost $47m - Box Office $10.9m

Tagline - Revenge Gets Ugly.

IMDB rating 4.6

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Directed by Jon Favreau. 119mins (135mins)

Daniel Craig - Jake Lonergan
Harrison Ford - Woodrow Dolarhyde
Olivia Wilde - Ella Swenson

Also starring Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown and Keith Carradine.

Sci-fi Western based on the graphic novel created by Scott Rosenberg and first published in 2006.

Robert Downey Jr was originally considered for the lead role, which was rewritten when Daniel Craig came on board.

There was pressure from the studio to shoot the film in 3D but director Jon Favreau refused.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Harrison Ford).

Cost $163m - Box Office $174.8m

Tagline - First Contact. Last Stand.

IMDB rating 6.1

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
Django Unchained (2012)
Django Unchained (2012)
Django Unchained (2012) Mexican poster
Django Unchained (2012) Mexican poster

Django Unchained (2012) Directed by Quentin Tarantino. 165mins.

Jamie Foxx - Django
Christoph Waltz - Dr. King Schultz
Leonardo DiCaprio - Calvin Candie
Kerry Washington - Broomhilda von Shaft
Samuel L. Jackson - Stephen

Also starring James Remar, Don Johnson, James Russo, Bruce Dern, Jonah Hill and Franco Nero.

Will Smith was Tarantino's first choice to play Django, but Smith turned the role down.

Franco Nero has a cameo in the film, Nero played the title character in the classic Italian western 'Django' (1966) and 3 sequels.

Tarantino's most successful film to date.

Nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture, winning 2 - Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz).

Nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards winning 2 - Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz).

Nominated for 5 BAFTA Awards - winning 2 - Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz).

Cost $100m - Box Office $422.8m

Tagline - Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Vengeance.

IMDB rating 8.5

Calvin Candie: I think you are a bad loser.
King Schultz: And I think you're an abysmal winner

The Lone Ranger (2013)
The Lone Ranger (2013)

The Lone Ranger (2013) Directed by Gore Verbinski. 149mins

Johnny Depp - Tonto
Armie Hammer - John Reid / The Lone Ranger

Also starring Helena Bonham Carter, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, William Fichtner and Tom Wilkinson.

Music by Hans Zimmer.

The first Lone Ranger adaptation to have Tonto take top billing.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Make Up and Visual Effects.

Nominated for 5 Razzie Awards - Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Actor (Depp), Worst Screenplay and Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel

Cost $215m - Box Office $260.5m

Tagline - Never Take off the Mask.

IMDB rating 6.6

John Reid: If we ride together, we ride for justice.
Tonto: Justice is what I seek, Kemosabe.

The Lone Ranger (2013)
The Lone Ranger (2013)

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UnnamedHarald 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Steve, the posters are A-1, as usual, but the last 20+ years haven't been kind to the Western genre. Sure there are a few really good ones here...... wait a sec..... Johnny Depp as..... Tonto... sweetjesus....finally, something to look forward to!


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Well I'm hoping The Lone Ranger turns out well, some have already written it off as a disaster, we shall see. Look at that ridiculous price tag! $250m!

The greatest decade for the western was the 1950s, a flood of Italian westerns in the 60's signalled the end for this great American genre, you could say Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and it's Burt Bacharach score was the final nail in it's coffin, despite it's success. But the western will never really die, the Old West is just too fascinating. :)

Thanks as always for commenting David.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for commenting Mhatter99, always appreciated.


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Geekdom 3 years ago

Another great list. I love Silverado, Maverik and Shanghai Noon made the list. Tombstone is one of my favorite westerns.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Geekdom, appreciate the comment amigo.

Tombstone is a favourite of mine too, I'd also pick Silverado, Unforgiven and Django Unchained.

3:10 to Yuma was pretty good too. You can't beat a good western for a lazy sunday afternoon. :)


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

My random thoughts while reading and viewing your latest hub. (1) I wonder which current acting brothers would get cast in a Long Riders remake? Baldwins, Hemsworths, Francos? (2) Pale Rider is a good but not great Eastwood western....glad he made Unforgiven as his swan song in westerns. (3) Not a huge fan of Kevin Costner but....he is the best part of Silverado. (4) Talking about Costner...I have always thought his Dancing With Wolves was very overrated. (5) Tombstone is not only one of my favorite westerns but one of my favorite movies of any genre. Lots of great performances and so many great lines....and it even has a Mitchum narration and Heston appearance. (6) Remember when Mel Gibson was popular? Maverick now looks like the end of his run...who saw that coming. (7) 3:10 To Yuma....Bale was pretty athletic for a guy with only one leg...I do not think I could have run and jumped like his character did in the movie with two healthy legs (8) Being a John Wayne fan....I did not want to see Jeff Bridges in True Grit.....but after seeing his performance in the remake I am impressed with both Cogburn performances. (9) Jonah Hex's running time is very short.....I was amazed how short that movie was....seems like it was just over an hour long....with about 10 minutes of credits. (10) I wanted to like Cowboys & Aliens but it was not able to accomplish that....plus when a movie wastes the greatly underrated Sam Rockwell...it loses points in my book (11) Django Unchained is a nice addition in the Quentin T. collection (12) Depp's Lone Ranger looks like it could be horrible....I have yet to see a trailer that makes me think...I have to go see that movie when it opens....I am thinking I will wait until I can get it for free from my local library.

Voted up and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Whoa! An epic reply Bruce, appreciate the review, info, trivia, observation, preference and comment!

I have one more hub prepared for tonight and that will be it for a while, Hubpages seems to be under new management, it's not the site I joined over 2 years ago. I'll wait and see how things develop before I carry on writing here.

A lot is riding on The Lone Ranger being a hit, $250m, are they insane? That's how much Avatar cost!

Picked up Unforgiven on blu-ray yesterday for £5, blu-ray prices are dropping. The DVD was more expensive!

Thanks for another good read amigo.

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