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    Scrumpet There are no words

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    Welcome to the next chapter in my fight against my own ignorance of all things film.

    I don't think I've ever seen a proper Western before. Shameful, I know, so how should I go about rectifying this? Should I jump straight in and watch what people regard as the classics? Or are there particular ones I should see first to ease me in?

    Guide me, Entertainmentards.
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    Randall Flagg Worst of the best

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    I havent seen a lot of the classics except for The Good the Bad and the Ugly. Its amazing

    More recently True Grit and 3:10 to Yuma are both excellent. As is Unforgiven
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    CassiusClaymore Is it Gaizka Mendieta? Scout

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    Just watch Once Upon A Time In The West. It's my favourite Leone. I always fall asleep during The Good, The Bad......zzzzzz for some reason.

    Unforgiven is a must watch.

    High Plains Drifter/The Outlaw Josey Wales are my favourite Eastwood westerns aside from that.

    If you're looking for something more recent I'd recommend Tombstone, 3:10 to Yuma, Open Range and (does this count?) .. Aussie Western 'The Proposition'.

    Also, The Assassination of Jesse James...... was a beautiful movie (but don't go in expecting balls out action like the ones listed above).
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    Mr Anderson Eats, shoots, leaves

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    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
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    2 of my favs from when I was younger, watching them with my dad.
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    Red Dreams Full Member

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    Shane is a must watch..not just as a western...but just a great movie.

    For a Few Dollars More
    Silverado
    High Noon


    Start with those.
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    The Outlaw Josey Wales, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Once Upon a Time in the West are all fantastic. Claudia Cardinale...

    I always liked Tombstone, True Grit is good, and I can't think of any more off the top of my head that I've seen recently.
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    Red Dreams Full Member

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    John Wayne remade Rio Bravo as El Dorado later and I always liked El Dorado more.

    The Mitchum, Wayne and Caan combination was better imo.
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    The Long Riders was also excellent. Great Ry Cooder music and some of the cinematography is just beautiful.

    4 sets of real brothers play the various characters. it all works.
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is also great.
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    Cant remember it off the top of my head. The father had "The Duke" collection on VHS. Then we discovered TCM on sky and it was great. Havent watched one in ages myself.
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    "Long Riders" is cool, one of my all time faves is "High Plains Drifter" by Eastwood. I also love "The Wild Bunch" by Peckinpah. It plays at a slightly slower pace than modern movies but hosts a classic final reel.

    "Open Range" is not bad as well, shot nicely with a cracking gunfight. If you fancy a full on spaghetti western experience, try "Django".

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    High Plains Drifter is one of the best
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    If Sergio Leone directed it, its probably a great western. Particularly Once Upon a Time in the West. If it wasn't for a fairly major editing feck up which messes with the chronological order of 2/3 scenes, I'd say it was a perfect film
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    Motherfeckin' Stagecoach. Best Western.

    Also

    The Good the Bad and the Weird.
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    Scrumpet There are no words

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    I decided to ease myself in and go for a recent one so I watched 3:10 to Yuma (2007). I quite liked it although I'm not exactly a big Christian Bale fan. I liked it enough to be extremely pleased when one character was killed so I guess it was doing something right.
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    Adzzz Astrophysical Genius - Hard for Grinner Staff

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    Westerns are still some of the most bad-ass films of all time.

    Effortlessly cool when done properly, just behind Film Noir in the cool stakes.
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    I'm sure I have seen this and a lot of teh Franco Nero westerns a long time ago. I ordered it on Netflix.

    Thanks for the suggestion :)
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    Can't believe nobody mentioned this classic...

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    CassiusClaymore Is it Gaizka Mendieta? Scout

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    Yeah, it's a classic for sure. Probably frowned upon in movie snob quarters though due to being a Kurosawa remake.
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    Really? I thought it was terrible.

    I quite like the offbeat approach of High Plains Drifter. Very thoughtful stuff from Clint at a time when it was usually guns and fighting and not much else. I really have a thing for Verna Bloom too.
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    Scrumpet There are no words

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    Well, obviously I'm new to this Western business so I don't know how it compares to others in its genre but I found it reasonably entertaining. Not sure what I'll go for next.
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    You might like The Searchers...it's a classic. I also really like Fort Apache.
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    Scrumpet get on to High Plains Drifter son

    It is a beauty.
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    olesmyhero Emmy Moses

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    Does anyone on here like John Wayne movies on here? I've been in a debate for years with my brother and dad about them. I can't stand them. They both think they're great. Where do ye all stand on the topic?


    To the OP, as someone said, if it's directed by Sergio Leone it's worth a watch. Also, Sergio Corbucci did some good ones; like The Great Silence which was mentioned earlier as well.
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    Grinner Fat gutted, hairy shouldered, stinky Arse. Staff

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    Shout out for High Noon too. I think John Wayne said it was the most un-American movie he'd ever seen.
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    I'm going to embark on a quest to watch every half decent Western ever made. Hated them when I was younger but I needs educatin.

    Any further recommendations folks to those mentioned upthread?
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    RDCR07 Not a bad guy (Whale Killer)

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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    The Trinity trilogy
    Magnificent Seven
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    For a Few Dollars More
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    Cheers. I haven't seen The Trinity trilogy so googled. Is it spoof? If so not interested. A mans horse is no laughing matter and neither is anyone's mule.
    I also haven't seen the last three listed there so thanks for the heads up
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    The Man with No Name trilogy.
    The Outlaw Josey Wales
    Unforgiven
    High Plains Drifter
    Pale Rider
    Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid
    Magnificent Seven
    Once upon a time in the west

    On 2nd tier... ( Just my personal quirky choice)

    The quick and the dead
    Wild Bunch
    Cowboys and Aliens
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    Grinner Fat gutted, hairy shouldered, stinky Arse. Staff

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    Got to add Bone Tomahawk now.

    Damn, everytime I hear the name of that movie my mind goes back to that scene. It's never going to leave me.
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    Monte Hellman's psychedelic westerns, The Shooting & Ride in the Whirlwind.