Some of the most popular old Western movies include "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," "The Searchers," "High Noon," "The Wild Bunch," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Magnificent Seven." Sergio Leone movies, such as "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," are also very popular.
The Western genre has played a large role in the history of film. Early Westerns, such as "The Great Train Robbery," were very popular with audiences in their day and continue to hold their place in cinematic history.
Rotten Tomatoes, a website that collects reviews from film critics and assigns percentages based on the number of positive reviews, ranks the top 100 Western movies in its "Best of Rotten Tomatoes" section. On this list, classic movies hold the top five positions. Only three modern films make the top 10: "True Grit," "Unforgiven" and "Sweetgrass."
"Best of" lists on websites, such as The Guardian film blog and The Art of Manliness, also favor classic Western movies over newer titles. The Guardian's "Top 10 Westerns" list includes selections such as "Red River" and "The Searchers." The Art of Manliness's "The 17 Best Western Movies" feature includes "Stagecoach," "Shane" and "The Shootist."
Many popular Westerns feature the same personalities. John Wayne starred in many classic movies that remain popular with audiences in the present day, such as "The Searchers" and "Stagecoach." John Ford directed many of the same films.