What Are Some Good Classic Western Movies?


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Some good classic western movies include "Stagecoach," "The Searchers" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." Other good, classic westerns include "Once Upon a Time in the West," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "The Wild Bunch."

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Some of the most famous classic westerns are those starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford, such as "Stagecoach" and "The Searchers." Wayne and Ford were highly influential in their approach to making westerns, which also include "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." Wayne also appeared in many westerns not directed by Ford, such as "Rio Bravo" and "True Grit." In addition to Wayne's westerns, other popular traditional westerns include "High Noon," "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

Many classic westerns are revisionist westerns made in the late 1960s and after. These westerns tend to put a greater emphasis on the lawlessness of the Old West, with higher levels of violence and more complex characters. Some of these westerns starred Clint Eastwood, such as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "For a Few Dollars More." Other classic westerns of this variety include "The Wild Bunch," "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "Django."

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