Classic Western Movies

Classic Western Movies

Are you looking for some great movies that will help you rent the right DVDs this weekend? Here are some of the top western classic movies for true western movie buffs.
The major genre of American movie industry are the classic western movies. These western classic movies were a part of the early cinema that gave a face to wild west. The untamed American frontier was characteristically portrayed in some of the best classic western movies. These movies always had a lonely isolated town, with a saloon, jail, a stable, a small street, and a gamblers den. These iconic elements also included men in bandanas with Colt 45 hanging on their waist. Often these men met women (prostitutes) who had a kind heart made of gold.

These movies always had a plot that revolved around the same story lines. The storyline always had good vs. evil as the plot. The Native Indians were mostly portrayed as the savages that fought off the new arrivals on their land. It was a fight between the wilderness and civilization, the sheriff against the gunslinger villain. Bank robberies and shoot outs were a part of the play with ballroom brawls adding some spice in the plot. The classic movies had their heroes who were either lawmen or ranchers, army men or were skilled in a fast draw gun fight. They always rode around the town with their trusty sidekick and were known for their morals and courageous lifestyles. These western classic movies have always been loved by people of all ages. These movies give a thrill to a movie goer with a crude American hero winning over all that is bad and evil and saving the town along with a damsel in distress. Let us take a look at some of the top 10 western classic movies in the following list.

Unforgiven (1992)
This movie was about the life of a reformed assassin who takes on his one last job. This movie starred Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, and Gene Hackman. Clint Eastwood earned 4 Oscars for the movie that included the Best Picture.

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
This is a classic western movie that was about a prostitute and a gambler who were battling for a corporation in the Old West world. The movie starred Julie Christie and Warren Beatty as the protagonists.

Stagecoach (1939)
This western classic movie is about a group of people with different social backgrounds who fight to survive Geronimo's warpath and reach their destination.

Cat Ballou (1965)
This is one of the best classics that earned Lee Marvin an Oscar for his role as the drunk gunslinger for hire. Marvin was hired to avenge the murder of a dissident.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
An odd team of Paul Newman and Robert Redford rob trains and are on the run from law.

High Noon (1952)
The story is about a man who never backs down from standing for his principles, even if it means to face an opposition from the whole town.

Shane (1953)
A former gunslinger returns to the fight, when the battle between the western settlers gets out of hand.

The Searchers (1956)
A girl gets kidnapped by the Native Americans and is traced down by two men. This movie features John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter.

Red River (1948)
A story about a father and his adopted son who develop differences during a cattle drive. Starring John Wayne, this classic western movie was co-directed by Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson.

The Wild Bunch (1969)
This western classic movie is about a group of outlaws who have passed their prime time trying to get a chance in Mexico. The movie features William Holden and Ernest Borgnine in the lead roles.

Other Classic Western Movies List
  • High Plains Drifter (1973)
  • Little Big Man (1970)
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
  • A Man Called Horse (1970)
  • The Shootist (1976)
  • Dances with Wolves (1990)
  • Virginia City (1940)
  • Rio Grande (1950)
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)
  • The Magnificent Seven (1960)
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
  • High Noon (1952)
The tobacco chewing goons, the style oozing heroes, the damsels in distress made the western classic movies so memorable. Give a ditch to the latest blockbuster this weekend and enjoy an action packed evening with these movies. You will soon find yourself mumbling under your breath, 'Howdy Pardner?'.