THE ROAD TO TEN – WESTERNS

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310 to Yuma3:10 TO YUMA (2007)

Mike D
Director James Mangold (Logan) delivers a western that is character driven and its ending is what makes the film.  Russell Crowe and Christian Bale deliver great performances in this very approachable and fun remake of the 1957 film. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nyle C
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FistfulOfDollarsA FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964)

Mike D
This remake of the Akira Kurosawa Samurai film, Yojimbo, was directed by Sergio Leone with Clint Eastwood in leading role, and Ennio Morricone provides the score (great as usual) and started the whole “Man with no name” trilogy.  The film is great with Clint, having little dialog, gives glimpses of his toughness that we see in later films.  He appears a bit lighthearted than the later films as well.  Very enjoyable and look forward to revisiting.  This could appear in the ten.  Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nyle C
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Butch_sundance_posterBUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)

Mike D
An outstanding film with some wonderful chemistry between the leads, Paul Newman and Robert Redford.  The film has an unforgettable beginning and ending, and the middle is very entertaining due to the script and the actors.  This one is a film to watch again and again and you can be certain this will be in my ten.  Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

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CATBALLOU_POSTERCAT BALLOU (1965)

Mike D
Cat Ballouuuuuu Cat Ballouuuuu!!  This film was goofier than I expected. I was thrown off the bat right away when the banjos came in.  Funny at times and the actors do a fine job.  Lee Marvin shines, especially with his horse riding skills.  Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nyle C
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ForAFewDollarsMoreFOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965)

Mike D
This second part to the man with no name trilogy by Sergio Leone improves upon the first film with a tighter story and even more enjoyable characters.  Clint Eastwood returns and is less lighthearted this time, and he is joined by Lee Van Cleef as Colonel Mortimer who is utterly fantastic.  Even the score by Ennio Morricone is a better one making the film a must see in the western genre. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nyle C
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FortygunsfullerposterFORTY GUNS (1957)

Mike D
A solid film by director/writer Samuel Fuller who includes two strong female characters in the film, which you normally don’t see for westerns back in the day.  There are some intense moments, some sexual innuendo with the dialogue and some great camera work which includes looking at the female gunsmith through a gun shaft (ala James Bond intro).  There is a scene where Barbara Stanwyck does her own stunt which is a sight to behold.  Well worth the time to watch this old western. (Full Review) 
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Nyle C
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Good_the_bad_and_the_ugly_posterTHE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY (1966)

Mike D
The third and final chapter to Sergio Leone’s Man with no name trilogy brings a story of grand proportions focusing on three individuals (The good, the bad, and the ugly).  It is easy to see that this film was a huge influence on Tarantino from the inclusion of name tags that appear to introduce the characters to a story that brings individuals together near the end for an epic showdown.  Ennio Morricone delivers another outstanding score, which is somehow better than before.  Though slightly longer than it needed to be, the final showdown is well worth wait.  This is highly recommended.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nyle C
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 High_Noon_posterHIGH NOON (1952)

Mike D
The gimmick here is that the film is supposed to take place in real time as the Marshall attempts to gather fellow deputies to help fight the men off.  He searches throughout the town, fighting his own conscience, as the tension builds to those final minutes, which is a well worthy treat when it arrives.  A great watch which makes this classic a worthy contender for the ten. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nyle C
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JohnnyGuitarJOHNNY GUITAR (1954)

Mike D
“Down there I sell whiskey and cards. All you can buy up these stairs is a bullet in the head. Now, which do you want?”
  This 1954 western starring Joan Crawford starring as a saloon owner named, Vienna, is definitely a standout in the genre, being that the focus is not on Johnny Guitar but Vienna.  Who is a strong leading female character, which is severely lacking in the genre.  It’s a solid film with a bit of mystery and it is well worth checking out.  My negative comes from that it seems Joan goes a bit too dramatic with her lines and I felt Sterling Hayden was just okay as Johnny Guitar, but again, it doesn’t take away from recommending and I would feel better giving this another watch sometime soon.  Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nyle C
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The-magnificent-seven-1960-posterTHE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960)

Mike D
This remake of the Akira Kurosawa Samurai film, Seven Samurai, is a load of fun.  The directing is great, acting is top notch, and the film has a rousing score by Elmer Bernstein.  I enjoyed the team build up and McQueen and Bronson are my favorites of the seven.  The main con I have is that the film seems to run a little out of steam in the final battle.  However, the movie is great and a likely contender for my top ten.   Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nyle C
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monte-walsh-poster-2MONTE WALSH (1970)

Mike D
Lee Marvin stars as Monte Walsh in a film depicting the end of days the cowboy.  Jack Palance is the standout as his partner and the scene where Marvin is trying to tame a horse is a highlight.  It may not make the ten, but my dad really enjoyed this one and it is certainly worth a watch.  Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nyle C
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my-darling-clementineMY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946)

Mike D
My Darling Clementine from 1946 could be my favorite John Ford film so far.  The story, which is a fictionalized telling of the Wyatt Earp story is solid.  There’s wonderful scenery, and imagery, which is typical of John Ford films, and Henry Fonda delivers a fantastic performance as the chivalrous Wyatt Earp.  I had no clue this was a Wyatt Earp film, judging from the title, but I find that Clementine’s character, though left in the background most of the time, is important and her name is used in the title as her character represents hope and the coming of civilization. I really look forward to revisiting Tombstone to compare the story and the actors’ portrayal of the Earp brothers and Doc Holiday.  My immediate thought is I like Fonda’s portrayal of Wyatt better than Kurt Russell’s but prefer Val Kilmer’s Doc Holiday over Victor Mature’s.  Either way, I can see this film as being one of the great westerns and I can guarantee you that this will be in my Top Ten Westerns.  Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Nyle C
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OutlawJoseyTHE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES (1976)

Mike D
This remake of the Akira Kurosawa Samurai film, Yojimbo, was directed by Sergio Leone with Clint Eastwood in leading role, and Ennio Morricone provides the score (great as usual) and started the whole “Man with no name” trilogy.  The film is great with Clint, having little dialog, gives glimpses of his toughness that we see in later films.  He appears a bit lighthearted than the later films as well.  Very enjoyable and look forward to revisiting.  This could appear in the ten.  Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Nyle C
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OnceUponATimeinTheWest_coverONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968)

Mike D
This spaghetti western was completely epic.  Director Sergio Leonne takes his time with the film leading to slow and dramatic scenes.  The cinematography was stunning and the soundtrack from Ennio Morricone was wonderfully unforgettable.  The bright blue-eyed Henry Fonda plays a great villain and Bronson is no slouch as the gunslinger, Harmonica.  This will no doubt be in my top ten Westerns list and can’t wait to watch it again! (Full Review)  Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nyle C
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PatGarrettAndBillyTheKidPAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID (1973)

Mike D
This remake of the Akira Kurosawa Samurai film, Yojimbo, was directed by Sergio Leone with Clint Eastwood in leading role, and Ennio Morricone provides the score (great as usual) and started the whole “Man with no name” trilogy.  The film is great with Clint, having little dialog, gives glimpses of his toughness that we see in later films.  He appears a bit lighthearted than the later films as well.  Very enjoyable and look forward to revisiting.  This could appear in the ten.  Rating: ⭐️⭐️½

Nyle C
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rio-bravo-movie-poster-1959RIO BRAVO (1959)

Mike D
This response to High Noon is well done with some fine acting and a great story.  The highlight here is Dean Martin as the deputy, Dude, trying to fight off the alcoholic shivers.  Quite a contrast to High Noon whereas the town fights with the Marshall versus not fighting at all.  The problem though is by the end it comes off rather “too friendly”.  Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Nyle C
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THESEARCHERSTHE SEARCHERS (1956)

Mike D 
The Searchers is considered an American Westerns Masterpiece by many, however, I don’t see it.  I found the film a bit unbalanced, John Wayne’s character is an unlikable protagonist, and the ending did not hit me as I had hoped.  However, Ford’s directing and the stunning cinematography brightens the film.  The actors do a fine job, especially Vera Miles, who is a highlight.  Disappointingly,  “America’s Greatest Western” will not be in my Top Ten Westerns.
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nyle C
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SHANE_POSTERSHANE (1953)

Mike D 
Shane is not only a great western but a great film, which has influenced many other films after. However, this great film is marred by an annoying boy who says the name “Shane” way too many times and could be a determining factor when narrowing down to the top ten. (Full Review).
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nyle C
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Stagecoach_movieposterSTAGECOACH (1939)

Mike D 
My first John Wayne and John Ford film!  The film takes its time in the beginning but really gets going once the Ringo Kid (John Wayne) makes his appearance.  The film provides a nice mix of characters, a dramatic and exciting stagecoach shootout, and some great stunts courtesy of Yakima Canutt.  I may end up watching this film again before solidifying my top ten (Full Review).
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nyle C
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The_Wild_BunchTHE WILD BUNCH (1969)

Mike D
The beginning of this film is crazy.  First, as the credits start, I can easily see where this could be an influence for Tarantino.  The way the credits appear are quite striking the film starts with an all-out gun fest which could actually be inserted as a finale to a film.    This plus some oddities like random bursts of laughter over something not even close to being humorous left me wondering just what I got myself into.  However from then on the film is very good with some great scenes surrounding a train heist and a finale that IS bigger than the shootout in the beginning.  It is an awesome finale.  I still can’t pinpoint how I feel about this film. It definitely is outside the norm of the genre for its time but I think it falls between a very good and great.  A second viewing may help cement it but for now, I’m going with very good.  Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Nyle C
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