Full of action, suspense and gloriously rugged landscapes, western movies are a legendary genre of American filmmaking. They manage to capture the nostalgia of the era in North America when lawlessness and the fight against the elements was in full swing. Check out our pick of 4 legendary western films you need to watch.
The Great Train Robbery (1903)
The Great Train Robbery is broadly thought of as the first commercial movie ever made. It is a classic western that pioneered the genre, running at a length of just 12 minutes which was typical of the time. This film is said to have encouraged a number of other classic film moments, including James Bond’s well-known gun barrel sequence.
This film starred John Wayne in a breakthrough role, fugitive Ringo Kid. The film, John Ford’s first western with sound, follows the journey of a stagecoach as it makes its way across dangerous territory to the west. The film reveals the depth of each of their characters, and should definitely be on your “films to watch” list.
The Searchers (1956)
Another movie starring the iconic John Wayne, The Searchers is an ambitious tale based around the abduction of two young girls by the Comanche Indians. Voted the ‘Greatest American Western of All Time’ by the American Film Institute in 2008, it is certainly an epic tale that you don’t want to miss. John Wayne Memorabilia is still highly collectable today, proving a testament to his everlasting popularity
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
If you are keener on a western featuring a notorious bank robbery, look no further than this film. Follow Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (two bank robbers) in their journey of making raid after raid in the Wild West. If you need some more convincing, the fact that it won four out of the seven Academy Awards it was nominated for should seal the deal.
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