My Top 111 Westerns

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Westerns, long a favorite genre that I’d ranked years ago, finally put here for records sake. While 111 is a strange number to land on, it was just what I considered the ones I’ve seen that I’d say approach masterful status. Enjoy little doggies. 

  1. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)
  2. Warlock (Edward Dmytryk, 1959)
  3. Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968)
  4. Winchester ’73 (Anthony Mann, 1950)
  5. Track of the Cat (William Wellman, 1954)
  6. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)
  7. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
  8. The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
  9. Django, Kill… If You Live, Shoot! (Giulio Questi, 1967)
  10. The Naked Spur (Anthony Mann, 1953)
  11. Ride Lonesome (Budd Boetticher, 1959)
  12. Rancho Notorious (Fritz Lang, 1952)
  13. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)
  14. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
  15. Forty Guns (Samuel Fuller, 1957)
  16. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)
  17. Day of the Outlaw (André De Toth, 1959)
  18. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992)
  19. Requiescant (Kill and Pray) (Carlo Lizzani, 1967)
  20. 3:10 To Yuma (Delmar Daves, 1957)
  21. Yellow Sky (William A. Wellman, 1948)
  22. Terror in a Texas Town (Joseph H. Lewis, 1958)
  23. Destry Rides Again (George Marshall, 1939)
  24. The Legend of Nigger Charley (Martin Goldman, 1972)
  25. Shane (George Stevens, 1953)
  26. Vera Cruz (Robert Aldrich, 1954)
  27. Day of Anger (Tonino Valerii, 1967)
  28. The Great Silence (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)
  29. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966)
  30. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Yves Simoneau, 2007)
  31. Run of the Arrow (Samuel Fuller, 1957)
  32. Broken Lance (Edward Dmytryk, 1954)
  33. My Darling Clementine (John Ford, 1946)
  34. Pursued (Raoul Walsh, 1947)
  35. Man of the West (Anthony Mann, 1958)
  36. Lemonade Joe (Oldrich Lipský, 1964)
  37. Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980)
  38. Keoma (Enzo G. Castellari, 1976)
  39. The Hanging Tree (Delmer Daves, 1959)
  40. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah, 1973)
  41. Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt, 2010)
  42. Wichita (Jacques Tourneur, 1955)
  43. The Gunfighter (Henry King, 1950)
  44. The Tall T (Budd Boetticher, 1957)
  45. The Big Gundown (Sergio Sollima, 1966)
  46. The Paleface (Buster Keaton, 1922)
  47. Buffalo Bill and the Indians or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (Robert Altman, 1976)
  48. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)
  49. Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)
  50. The Ox-Bow Incident (William A. Wellman, 1943)
  51. Canyon Passage (Jacques Tourneur, 1946)
  52. Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)
  53. High Plains Drifter (Clint Eastwood, 1973)
  54. The Man from Laramie (Anthony Mann, 1955) 
  55. Grand Duel (aka Storm Rider) (Giancarlo Santi, 1972)
  56. Silver Lode (Allan Dwan, 1954)
  57. Ramrod (André De Toth, 1947)
  58. The Big Sky (Howard Hawks, 1952)
  59. For a Few Dollars More (Sergio Leone, 1965)
  60. Apache Drums (H. Fregonese/V. Lewton… 1951)
  61. Ride in the Whirlwind (Monte Hellman, 1965)
  62. Matalo! (Cesare Canevari, 1970)
  63. High Noon (Fred Zimmerman, 1952)
  64. Run for Cover (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
  65. River of No Return (Otto Preminger, 1954)
  66. Colorado Territory (Raoul Walsh, 1949)
  67. I Shot Jesse James (Samuel Fuller, 1949)
  68. The Furies (Anthony Mann, 1950)
  69. Whity (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1971)
  70. The Bravados (Henry King, 1958)
  71. Ulzana’s Raid (Robert Aldrich, 1972)
  72. Broken Arrow (Delmar Daves, 1950)
  73. Blood on the Moon (Robert Wise, 1948)
  74. Dodge City (Michael Curtiz, 1939)
  75. Tears of a Black Tiger (Wisit Sasanatieng, 2002)
  76. Jubal (Delmer Daves, 1956)
  77. They Died With Their Boots On (Raoul Walsh, 1941)
  78. The Far Country (Anthony Mann, 1954)
  79. Boss Nigger (Jack Arnold, 1974)
  80. The Mercenary (Sergio Corbucci, 1968)
  81. One-Eyed Jacks (Marlon Brando, 1961)
  82. Ride the High Country (Sam Peckinpah, 1962)
  83. The White Buffalo (J. Lee Thompson, 1977)
  84. Seven Men From Now (Budd Boetticher, 1956)
  85. Soldier Blue (Ralph Nelson, 1970)
  86. The Fastest Gun Alive (Russell Rouse, 1956)
  87. The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Kim Ji-woon, 2008)
  88. Decision at Sundown (Budd Boetticher, 1957)
  89. Duel in the Sun (King Vidor, 1946)
  90. Cut-Throats Nine (Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent, 1972)
  91. Hired Hand (Peter Fonda, 1971)
  92. ¡Three Amigos! (John Landis, 1986)
  93. The Tin Star (Anthony Mann, 1957)
  94. Walker (Alex Cox, 1987)
  95. Death Rides A Horse (Giulio Petroni, 1967)
  96. Death Sentence (Mario Lanfranchi, 1968)
  97. Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (Giuseppe Vari, 1971)
  98. A Bullet for the General (Damiano Damiani, 1966)
  99. The Proposition (John Hillcoat, 2007)
  100. Don’t Touch the White Woman! (Marco Ferreri, 1974)
  101. El Topo (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970)
  102. Stars In My Crown (Jacques Tourneur, 1950)
  103. Buchanan Rides Alone (Budd Boetticher, 1958)
  104. Cemetery Without Crosses (Robert Hossein, 1968)
  105. The Golden Stallion (William Witney, 1949)
  106. Une a venture de Billy le Kid/A Girl is A Gun (Luc Moullet, 1971)
  107. The Indian Fighter (Andre De Toth, 1956)
  108. Sukiyaki Western Django (Takashi Miike, 2007)
  109. The Price of Power (Tonino Valerii, 1969)
  110. The Outlaw (Howard Hughes/Howard Hawks, 1943)
  111. Ravenous (Antonia Bird, 1999)

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