Weekend Poll Western Week

Western Week: Nonsensical Weekend Poll

In honor of Western Week, this week’s ponderings:

What is your favorite Western movie?

A Fistful of Dollars – Remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, Sergio Leone’s film stars none other than Clint Eastwood.

For A Few Dollars More – Second of Leone’s Dollars trilogy.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – The third of Leone’s Dollars Trilogy, but actually a prequel to the other two. The most iconic and memorable of the trilogy, and commonly hailed as the greatest Western–and one of the best films of any genre–ever made.

Shane – The classic starring Alan Ladd as the drifting gunslinger Shane

Tombstone – Wyatt Earp and his boys bring justice to town. Features one of my favorite movie lines ever: “I’m your huckleberry.”

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – Starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the titled gang leader bank robbers.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre — Another of my dad’s favorites. Starring Hunphrey Bogart and Tim Holt, who go out to Mexico in the 1920s to prospect for gold.

High Noon – Gary Cooper stars as the lone, principled Marshall Kane, who takes on a whole bunch of baddies singlehanded. And gets to ride off into the sunset with Grace Kelley. Inspiration for Die Hard–you remember that first conversation between John McClaine and Hans Gruber, right?

3:10 to Yuma (2007) – Remake starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale is anything but a mere rehash. Stellar performances by all those involved.

No Country for Old Men – The contemporary western, film adaptation of the novel by Cormac McCarthy. You’ll never see Javier Bardem the same way again.

Once Upon a Time in the West – Sergio Leone masterpiece, starring Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda. Epic, with a capital E.

Unforgiven – Clint Eastwood’s tribute to Don Siegel and Sergio Leone, Eastwood takes every convention of the old western and turns them all topsy-turvy. Best Picture winner for 1992.

Three Amigos – Hilarious classic romp, poking fun at The Magnificent Seven. El Guapo! “Would you say I have a PLETHORA of pinatas?”

The Magnificent Seven – Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen make the ultimate, ensemble cowboy movie. *Hums theme music*

Maverick – To steal a line from Kristie, “before Mel was Mad!” he was a very entertaining actor. Very funny, witty film, with old Bret Maverick actor James Garner playing a major role.

The Missing – Anything Cate Blanchett acts in is an automatic winner for me. Tommy Lee Jones plays her estranged father in this touching, well executed (yet highly underrated) western.

Brokeback Mountain – Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal deliver brave, moving performances in this bittersweet love story.

The Quick and the Dead – What? I really like this movie. What’s not to like? Look at that cast!

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  • Thea
    April 5, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Toughie! My faves naturally have to be the Dollars trilogy and The Magnificent Seven (psh, could you tell? :p )

    So…I’m sticking with Yul Brynner on this one. Magnificent Seven it is!

  • Stacy~
    April 5, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Isn’t it sad that the only one I’ve seen (and barely remember) is Three Amigos? I’ve never been a huge fan of westerns, but now looking at these, I’d wished I’d watched them. Maybe I’ll have to do a movie marathon

  • Ana
    April 5, 2008 at 11:41 am

    No surprise from me here: Once Upon a Time in the Western is my favorite western and also figures in my top 10 best movies of all time

    A close second would be The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.

    Stacy, these are all great fun!

  • Katie(babs)
    April 5, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Brokeback Mountain. I cried over the shirt in the closet scene.

  • Shannon
    April 5, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I am not a huge fan of the standard western. I have a deep appreciation for a few of the classics. I hesitate to admit it, but the western that holds the most special place in my heart is Young Guns. So cheesy! I just loved Doc. ::sigh::

  • Ana
    April 6, 2008 at 12:43 am

    I forgot to mention that High Noon is also an outsdanding movie. First there is Gary Cooper one of my favorite Old Hollywood actors then the whole movie is in real time, the time that it takes for the bandits to come and fight the sheriff!

  • Kristie (J)
    April 6, 2008 at 5:18 am

    For me there is no question – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is my all time favourite – except for the ending. They did get away from the Brazilians – they did! They did!

  • Carolyn Jean
    April 6, 2008 at 6:50 am

    OOh, quick and the Dead was Delicous for Russel Crowe, but I think the Unforgiven was so great. So that’s my vote.

  • Katie(babs)
    April 6, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Oh yes! CJ how could I forget the lovely Russell and Leo in the same movie looks all hot and sweaty.
    I really need to get that movie back on my Netflix cue.

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