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Westerns Well Worth Watching

by Nathaniel Charles Riegel
I’m a big fan of westerns. The generalization could be made, and I dare to make it, that every movie is, in essence, the story of (a) individual(s) attempting to enter or reenter society. The western, therefore, with its setting at the border between civilization and the wilderness, is best equipped to throw this shared theme of all narrative movies into high relief. The below list consists of westerns which I recommend fully; there are plenty more that I would recommend conditionally, or even advise you to steer clear of, but these are the ones which I truly cherish. They rank in descending order, so that, yes, I really, really do believe… Read more

I’m a big fan of westerns. The generalization could be made, and I dare to make it, that every movie is, in essence, the story of (a) individual(s) attempting to enter or reenter society. The western, therefore, with its setting at the border between civilization and the wilderness, is best equipped to throw this shared theme of all narrative movies into high relief.

The below list consists of westerns which I recommend fully; there are plenty more that I would recommend conditionally, or even advise you to steer clear of, but these are the ones which I truly cherish. They rank in descending order, so that, yes, I really, really do believe Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is the best western, and, while it still has a great deal of notable merits, The Man From Laramie possesses less than the films above it.

It should be noted that, to be qualified, a film must be set on the western half of the North American continent and take place between the beginning of the Texas Revolution in 1835 to the outbreak of World War Two in 1914. Enjoy.

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