Thursday, February 03, 2011

10 Best Old Cowboy Movies

Selecting the 10 best old cowboy movies isn't as straightforward as it sounds. Most people consider westerns and cowboy movies to be different terms for the same film genre. They are not. Cowboy movies are films that involve cowboys, ranchers or the handling of livestock as a central part of the plot. Thus, movies that focus on gunfighters, cavalry and Indian fighting without some explicit connection to cowboys are excluded from the list of ten best old cowboy movies. 1. “The Searchers” A taciturn, unpleasant Confederate cowboy returns home after the war to visit his family in Texas. When Comanches kill the family, the cowboy and a companion begin a years long search for his niece, the only survivor of the massacre. 2. “Shane” Farmers are trying to work their land and build a community, but a powerful cattle baron and his men are determined to drive them from the range. It looks like he will succeed until a reformed gunfighter appears on the scene and sides with the farmers. This is one of the best old cowboy movies because it is based on true events. 3. “Red River” In desperate bid to save his ranch, a cowboy leads a cattle drive to new beef markets. But, he is such a viscous, tyrannical boss on the trail that his own son leads a coup against his leadership...more

7 comments:

slwilmeth said...

How can Stage Coach be left off this list? The best single scene in screen history, the lines, the demonstration of loyalty, the focus of youth and strength, forgiveness, hope, charity, courtesy, friendship, and a forbidden love all converged on the first of the supreme Western themes . . . I am so distraught. The temperature, -1, mirrors my now depleted mood.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Stage Coach is worthy of recognition, but 3:10 to Yuma or Gunfight at the O.K. Corral might also be worth mentioning.
Temp here -15 but warming trend on the way.....just like the movies!

wBenton said...

Well, we were -8 so maybe we are better off than we thought. We must agree with Wilmeth. My goodness Stage Coach is the daddy of all Westerns. Lives righted in the midst of chaos, an epic struggle with threat of death, subplots galore with right prevailing in the end in all, youth and strength, hope and charity, honor, horsemanship, and there in the soft light of the great West he stood and proclaimed, "Howdy". It just can't get any better than that! "How far you goin', son?" "We're goin' a long way." Yes, this was not only one of the best how did you feel at the end of the Searchers and, then, how did you feel after this one? That is right, it is numero uno!!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the mood with the Searchers!! I have always had the same opinion. Yes, yes all the good acting, but my gosh 'ol John about wore you out before it was over. Kinda' like a Lassie movie. HOW MUCH MORE CRAP DO WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH TO GET TO THE END?

Anonymous said...

iT'S A STRETCH, BOYS. AS LONG AS RED RIVER IS THERE I CAN LIVE WITH MOST OF THE REST, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING TO JUSDGE WESTERNS BY. IF THAT FEELING OF HOPE IS NOT THERE WHEN YOU WALK OUT OF THE BIG SCREEN IT CAN'T BE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE GREAT WESTERNS. FOR ME IT WASN'T THERE IN THE SEARCHERS, IT WASN'T THERE IN SHANE, IT WASN'T THERE IN THE OX BOW INCIDENT, IT WASN'T THERE IN THE FAR COUNTRY, AND IT WAS THERE ONLY IN MCLINTOCK BECAUSE JOHN WAS SITTING THERE. wELL, MAYBE MY FIRST COMMENT IS A BIT OFF, BUT BY GAWD IT WAS THERE SITTING IN THE DIRT AND THE BLOOD IN RED RIVER. WHEN JOHN DREW THAT RED RIVER D ON THE GROUND I CRIED LIKE A BABY. 'STILL DO EVERYTIME I SEE IT. THAT IS THE TRUE ESSENCE OF THE ENTIRE WEST AND THAT IS TO HAVE JUST A LITTLE PIECE OF IT. THAT IS A WESTERN.

Anonymous said...

I don't see where you got all the others of the 10, but if John Wayne was in it it had a chance. A couple of you are pretty hard on Searchers. Good son-of-a-gun in my opinion. If you think about it it was the same character as John played in Red River, just a different setting. Nobody else to count on just like the rest of his life. Just go get it done and if fate intervenes, well, that is the way it happens.

K. Place said...

I'm wondering if Allison is amongst the anonymous crowd. On second thought, I seem to remember him being a Will Penny fan. Anyway, a bit of a technical correction there Anomynous 3. It wasn't when Dunston drew the Red River D that had the impact, it was when he added Montgomery Cliff's initial to the brand. Was it a B? With that bit of correction you are right on point.