Top 5 Westerns

By on September 16, 2013

Western movies used to be loved by just about everyone, but they have fallen out of fashion recently. That is a shame as it is a fantastic movie genre, particularly when done right. We have compiled a list of the best westerns ever made. Some are recent movies, but unsurprisingly many on the list are from the 1960s – the golden years of western movies.


1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is the defining western movie. It was made in 1966 and was directed by the best western movie maker of all time, Sergio Leone. It is the third movie in a trilogy often described as the Dollars Trilogy. The first two movies in the series were: A Fist Full Of Dollars; and, For A Few Dollars More. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly starred a youthful Clint Eastwood in the prime of his acting career. It also stars Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach. The three lead actors play the roles of cowboys competing with each other to find gold which has been hidden and buried.


2. True Grit

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There have been a number of western movies made under the title True Grit, including the classic 1969 film starring John Wayne. The version at position 2 on our top 5 list, however, is the Coen brothers movie made in 2010 and starring Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. The story is based on a 1968 novel of the same name and revolves around a 14 year old farm girl whose father is murdered by a hired hand. She recruits a US marshal to help her find her father’s murderer.


3. Tombstone

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Damien is a professional writer, qualified journalist, father, husband, expert jam-on-toast spreader, rugby fan, and experienced player of games involving dressing up like a knight and building forts. Hails from Belfast.