wtf its not dead yet, theres still westerns coming out. Its not as strong as it once was though! Tombstone(i'm your huckleberry),shootist,young guns 2, the quick and the dead remake, 310 to yuma remake, rooster cogburn (as i get older i like the duke more and more)
Difficult one because I absolutely adore the western genre and would have to say it’s not dead, just sleeping, lol.
Anyway I adore the original “True Grit”, I think “Once Upon a Time in the West” is a master-piece and the likes of “Open Range” and “Appaloosa” are pretty decent modern takes on the genre. But then I could go on with the likes of “The Rare Breed” and “Fort Apache” which are just as impressive.
Agree with everyone who's mentioned a Duke or Clint movie, but I think my all-time favorite is the Magnificent Seven, which was basically a western remake of an old, silent Japanese film classic, the Seven Samurai.