Friday, 19 August 2011

CRAIG'S TOP 10 GENRE SERIES - WESTERN

Westerns are the major defining genre of the American film industry, a nostalgic eulogy to the early days of the expansive, untamed American frontier. They are one of the oldest, most enduring and flexible genres and one of the most characteristically American genres in their mythic origins.”


#1. HIGH NOON - 1952
Director: Fred Zinnermann
Starring: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges


#2. THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY - 1966
 Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach


#3. STAGECOACH - 1939
 Director: John Ford
Starring: John Wayne, Andy Devine, Thomas Mitchell


#4. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST - 1968
 Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale


#5. UNFORGIVEN - 1992
 Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman


#6. SHANE - 1953
Director: George Stevens
Starring: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin


#7. THE SEARCHERS - 1956
 Director: John Ford
Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Natalie Wood

#8. TRUE GRIT - 1969
Director: Henry Hathaway
Starring: John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Robert Duvall


#9. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID - 1969
 Director: George Roy Hill
Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katherine Ross


#10. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN - 1960
 Director: John Sturges
Starring: Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson

Howdy partners, my final list of this genre series ends with the Western category which itself was hard to churn out a solid group of films but I got there in the end. High Noon just clinched this ahead of Good, Bad....which was a hard choice to make but it had to be done. In fact 3rd place was even harder to predict but I just felt Stagecoach was the better film, but this is still an impeccable list though plenty of these films will get several re-views anyway.


It's been a pleasure presenting my Top 10 Genre series and now I hope to finally piece together my Top 100 Heroes AND Villains lists which I expect will get a lot of opinions. Speak to you all soon!

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