Western : Thoughts on my top westerns to watch?

Thoughts on my top westerns to watch?

I have a westerns to watch list, each film rated out of five stars on my anticipation really, how excited I am to watch the film or how high my expectations are.

My five stars are:-
- Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
- Hud (1963)
- The Appaloosa (1966)

Four stars:-
- Three Godfathers (1948)
- Two Rode Together (1961)
- Cheyenne Autumn (1964) (runtime keeps putting me off)
- Cat Ballou (1965)
- Run, Man, Run (1968)
- Monte Walsh (1970)
- Lonesome Dove (1989)
- The Claim (2000)
- The Proposition (2005)
- Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Re: Thoughts on my top westerns to watch?

I've Seen 5 on your list ...
I've been told more than once I have strange taste in films
You'll probably LOVE the 4 I dislike

7 Rating - Very Good Film
Three Godfathers (1948)

4 Rating - Bad Film
Two Rode Together (1961)
Monte Walsh (1970)
Bone Tomahawk (2015)

3 Rating - Very Bad Film
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)

Re: Thoughts on my top westerns to watch?

Hud is one of the best films of the year, but it can be a downer. Great performances.

Appaloosa is kind of a mess, and I say that as a John Saxon fan. Brando looks disinterested, and it keeps the movie from taking off.

Lonesome Dove? Watch it. Now. Stop reading. Go!

I reviewed Bone Tomahawk last year for the list; there are a lot of really good things about it, but it doesn't seem to be for all tastes. It deserves that 'R' rating; be warned.

Three Godfathers is a solid John Ford outing with a particularly interesting story.

Monte Walsh is well-acted and has an interesting theme; as with a number of 1970s Westerns, it can be kind of bittersweet.

Personally, I find Cat Ballou very charming and reliably entertaining, but it is a comedy first and a Western second, so adjust your expectations accordingly.

Cheyenne Autumn is not only long, it's kind of a drag. Even with the Ford touch and an important and timely story, I find it hard to enjoy.

Seriously, why are you still reading this? Go watch Lonesome Dove!

Re: Thoughts on my top westerns to watch?

- Sergeant Rutledge (1960) I need to see this too.
- Hud (1963) Excellent
- The Appaloosa (1966) Fair.
- Three Godfathers (1948) O.K.
- Two Rode Together (1961) O.K.
- Cheyenne Autumn (1964) A slog, ponderous.
- Cat Ballou (1965) Fun
- Run, Man, Run (1968) ns
- Monte Walsh (1970) ns
- Lonesome Dove (1989) masterpiece.
- The Claim (2000) good
- The Proposition (2005) very good
- Bone Tomahawk (2015) surprisingly, I liked it.


"He was a poet, a scholar and a mighty warrior."

Re: Thoughts on my top westerns to watch?

Must Watch:

- Lonesome Dove (1989) is the most rewarding of this lot.
- Hud (1963) - technically not a western, but fantastic nevertheless

Worth your time:

- Three Godfathers (1948)
- Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
- Cat Ballou (1965)
- Two Rode Together (1961)


Take it or leave it:

- Cheyenne Autumn (1964) (runtime keeps putting me off)
- Bone Tomahawk (2015)


AlamoScout210

Re: Thoughts on my top westerns to watch?

HUD is not a Western, but a damn good movie, Monte Walsh (either one), and Lonesome Dove are at the top, The Appaloosa is also good.

Re: Thoughts on my top westerns to watch?

Even if you're not the biggest Ford, Stewart, or Widmark fan, Two Rode Together is well worth a watch just for that great scene with Stewart & Widmark on the riverbank.

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10fer on that!
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