What are the best westerns you’d recommend to somebody who wants to get into the genre?

Just anything really with a lot of adventure, gun fights, and a rag tag group. I’ve seen The Outlaw Josey Wales and The Revenant; I can’t recall seeing any other films in this genre. Not really looking for anything ridiculous or too insane or over the top like Tarantino films, that’s just not my thing. I was recommended Django and tried that but it didn’t really suit my tastes

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39 thoughts on “What are the best westerns you’d recommend to somebody who wants to get into the genre?

  1. TeamStark31 February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

    High Noon

    True Grit

    Pale Rider

    Unforgiven

    Tombstone

    Shane

  2. bigdonpaul February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    Once Upon a Time in the West

  3. TheBeardedRyno February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Rio Bravo
    The Searcher
    Lonesome Dove
    Tombstone
    3:10 to Yuma (new Version)
    Pale Rider
    Quigley Down Under
    The Sons of Katie Elder

  4. DifferentRun February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    No Country for Old Men.
    The 3 Amigos. Maybe Blazing Saddles haven’t seen that one.

  5. Somethin88 February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    The Wild Bunch is how I got into the genre.

  6. madhjsp February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    *Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid* is one of my favorite movies ever of any genre. Paul Newman and Robert Redford had an amazing on-screen rapport, and I wish they had done more buddy movies together aside from this one and *The Sting.*

    Of the others that have already been recommended here, the one I’d most strongly second would be *The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.* It’s hailed as one of the all-time best of the genre for very good reason, a truly great film.

  7. dmz144 February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    Stagecoach
    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    The Searchers
    The Wild Bunch
    Unforgiven

  8. Elfkrunch February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    Tombstone. Also Deadwood on HBO. Also Westworld. Apaloosa. Hateful 8.

  9. Evilsmile February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    Tombstone

    The Searchers

    Dances With Wolves

    Just saw “Hostiles” and would recommend.

  10. Kubrick1138 February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford

    Tombstone

    The Proposition

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    Appaloosa

  11. cvega88 February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    Start with more modern ones and phase yourself into the oldies. I’d start with Tombstone, and 3:10 to Yuma.

  12. Skywalkling February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    Rio Bravo

    The Magnificent Seven

    The Man With No Name Trilogy (‘A Fistful of Dollars’, ‘For a Few Dollars More’, and most importantly ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’)

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Unforgiven

    True Grit

  13. higgsbosonese February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is the greatest movie ever made in my opinion.

    You should definitely give that a go 🙂

  14. frmsea2okc February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    Most said the older stuff…

    Bone Tomahawk
    3:10 to Yuma
    Godless (netflix show)

    all great recent westerns.

  15. QuackFan February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    Tombstone

    The Searchers

    the dollars trilogy

    True Grit

    Butch & Sundance

    Blazing Saddles

  16. ShoulderCannon February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    You’ll see lots of Clint Eastwood and John Wayne flicks in here, so I’ll go with some more left field picks.

    High Planes Drifter.

    It’s Eastwood starring and Sergio Leone directing and it’s writing has lineage to Ernest Tidyman who wrote The French Connection. It’s an awesome retribution tale with cool twists and turns.

    The Cowboys

    This one stars John Wayne, but not in like a lead tough guy sort of role, but more as a mentor type. More of a moral tale. I am not a huge John Wayne fan, but this is one of the only films I like him in.

    Also, it’s probably listed here, but The Magnificent Seven is top notch. It’s a western style adaptation of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (there are a few of these, so if you are a Kurosawa fan but not a western fan, they are a great jumpoff) and it’s like an all star cast (Yul Brenner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaugn, Eli Wallach) with cool shit happening all the time.

  17. outrider567 February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    For A Few Dollars More(1965)

    The Unforgiven(1992)

    Shane(1953)

    The Westerner(1940)

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid(1969)

    The Magnificent Seven(1960)

  18. amil_box February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    Open Range – directed by and starring Kevin Costner, one of my favorite movies period let alone westerns

  19. pnpbios February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    The Revenant is the best non-western western.

  20. ancap_throwaway0119 February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    imo, The Quick and The Dead is a good intro to somebody more familiar with other genres.

  21. Karsaurlong February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    Wait, did you try *Django* or *Django Unchained*?

  22. JoeyJoJoSrShabadu February 14, 2018 / 2:29 am

    – Any Jimmy Stewart Western, but specifically “The Naked Spur” or “Winchester ’73”.
    – Tombstone
    – The Salvation (bit different, but Mads Mikkelsen was excellent!)
    – High Plains Drifter

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